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.
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.