This past winter I had fun painting houses and villages. My inspiration was walking through a Berkeley California neighborhood. Wondering what I was going to do with all of these little masterpieces, I decided to add embroidery and place them on a small landscape. They are quilted and stretched onto a 8″ square canvas. I have them for sale at High Country ARTisans in Silverthorne Colorado.
Normally in the winter, I do winter scenes. This year I did a couple and thought, that’s enough and started snow dying fabric instead. Hey, I have to take advantage of the natural resources. The new fabric gives more inspiration and now I’m having fun making a flower bouquet series.
All three pieces are approximately 15″ wide and 22″ tall. As I make more I’ll post them too. A good winter project!
I have the Photo Lab app on my iphone that has lots of filters for pictures. I took this picture of the aspen trees outside my window near the bird feeder. There are a couple Steller Jays hanging out waiting for peanuts.
Playing with the filters I made this picture. It reminded me of a mosaic and needed to be made into fiber art.
Here is the work in progress on my design wall with the photo inspiration along side. I used my hand dyed and painted fabrics cut into irregular squares placed on black fabric. The jays were cut out of the black fabric.
Here is the final piece 17″ wide and 22″ tall. I’m taking it over the the Gallery on Keystone Lake tomorrow if you want to see it in person.
I just finished a piece that was a challenge to myself. This past spring I had interpreted one of my photos of Cataract Creek into fiber art. On that piece I was pleased with the way moving water was captured. The challenge was to do it again. I took this picture of Cataract Creek in early October. It was interesting how the light was golden compared to my other picture which had a cool blue feeling.
Listening to my own recommendation to “just do it”. I started placing fabric. Thinking of each piece of fabric as a brush stroke. This is mostly my own hand dyed or painted fabric, though there is some commercial fabric interspersed. These photos show the process, click on the picture, then on the arrow to see the next picture in the process. The little white dots are my pin heads, I use a insulation board as my design wall.
I’ve hung a new show at Arts Alive in Breckenridge. You will be able to see it through October. Arts Alive is at 500 S. Main in the LaCima Mall, just south of the Park and Main Restaurant.
The exhibit showcases the “Yin and Yang” of my latest work.
The fiber art landscape pieces express an impressionistic interpretation of photos taken on my many hikes. Fabrics are used to portray rushing water and sunlight streaming thought the woods. The other aspect of my work is the whimsical village scenes. The goal is to bring a smile, they come from the imagination and are inspired by my painted houses and other fabrics. The hope is encouraged you, the viewer to make up his or her own story to go with the piece. All of these represent where I live in Heeney Colorado,
My sister showed me how to post on Instagram the other day. I wonder what she unleashed? I posted pictures of a couple of my latest art quilts and linked that to Facebook. Then I realized the Instagram photos are square, both of my pieces are rectangular. So I thought I would show the difference here:
This is the complete piece 36″ tall and around 26″ wide. This art quilt was part of a challenge not to use measuring tools or a rotary cutter, my lines are pretty straight, considering. I liked how just a few shapes could depict the fall day.
It started in January when I made the “leap” to even apply to Carol Ann Waugh’s Mentorship Program. Then there was the panic of being accepted in February. Classes started in March and its been a fun challenge. I’ve put together an artist statement, a body of work statement, a new web site (with my name as the domain name), and a portfolio. I’m still working on the social media. Needless to mention the Art Work has to be completed for the show which opens July 28, 2016. My classmates are two other emerging artists, Karen Bennett and Mary Clark.
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