Category Archives: Fiber Art

Working in a series

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.  

Purple Vase Bouquet
Purple Vase Bouquet
Blue Vase Purple Background
Blue Vase Purple Background
Sunflowers in Green Vase
Sunflowers in Green Vase

All three pieces are approximately 15″ wide and 22″ tall.  As I make more I’ll post them too.  A good winter project!

 

Inspiration from photo filter

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. 

Aspen Tree Photo
Aspen tree photo

Playing with the filters I made this picture.  It reminded me of a mosaic and needed to be made into fiber art. 

 

 

Photo with filter
Photo with filter

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.  

On the design wall
In progress on the design wall

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. 

Steller Jay Mosaic
Steller Jay Mosaic

Christmas Cards

This year I decided to make Holiday Door Fobs and send those as Christmas cards this year.  I had lots of fabric to chose from.

Lots of Christmas fabric
Lots of Christmas fabric to chose from

I made a mini quilt using the technique I described in the blog below: 

Making a Mini Quilt part 1

Run this slide show and you will see how I made the door fobs.  Enjoy. 

Along the Path

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.

Cataract Creek
Early October at Cataract Creek

Summer at Cataract Creek
Summer at Cataract Creek

Cataract Creek
Close up of Cataract Creek

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.

Here is the final.  I’m taking it over to Arts Alive in Breckenridge for the Trails and Paths show in November and December.

Along the Path
Along the Path

Landscapes in Fiber at Arts Alive

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,

Landscapes in Fiber exhibit
Landscapes in Fiber exhibit

mountains, lakes, ski areas, and Victorian towns.

Delving into Instagram

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:

Autumn Shapes
Autumn Shapes 
Instagram photo of Autumn Shapes
Instagram photo of Autumn Shapes

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.

 

Below is the Instagram photo.

Fabric Painting Demo

This coming Saturday, July 23rd, I’m doing a fabric painting demonstration at The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake.   I’ll be there between 2 and 4 pm.

Last January I took a class from Patt Blair, this is her technique using Tsukineko Inks.  I’m also using her drawing method from a photograph that truly anyone could do!

Here are a couple pieces that I’ve already completed.  I’ll be working on new ones Saturday.

Three Boys
Three Boys
Alaska cove
Alaska cove