Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wow Factor

I can't remember the artist who submitted this hair sculpture, mimicking a 19th century hair wreath, but it certainly deserved winning the Wow Award from Rochester Contemporary's director Blue Cease. Yes, hair is fiber. So, fiber wins.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Opening Tonight

In the back, and up high is "Moonlight Saturna" at the Rochester Contemporary members show. Always great to see the breadth of talent here, and fun to be in the crowd on opening night. No matter the crowd is looking elsewhere.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Art Makes You Cry

Starlee Kine's work "Issue 10: Crying Instructions" is a bamboo cutting board with offset lithograph letters. Part of the text is "Today I am the crazier person because I bought an onion at the farmer's market. This onion made me cry and so naturally it reminded me of you." Part of my Tuesday tour at the BMA. Talk about using materials in a new way.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Delusions of Grandeur

Rene Magritte's work "Delusions of Grandeur" at the Baltimore Art Museum, on my stop today, had me wondering his meaning. That it's time to pare down? Or is it time to segment my life? Or that progressive lenses would be best for someone with my eyesight? I'm still wondering.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Figure Studies

Sarah Mary Taylor's work from the 1990s "Business Man" is at the Schweinfurth now in an exhibition curated by Jonathan Holstein. This work, from his collection, has engaging shapes cut and appliqued to strong colored backgrounds. I have a detail here, so that you can see how it is cut, applied and quilted.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pollen Season

Betty Busby's work "Pollen" greets you at the door of the Quilts=Art=Quilts show. Knowing where Betty gets these shapes helps, but I like it for just what I see, and really don't need to know the subject matter. But if it helps you to see, that's ok.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Seeing is Believing, But Feeling...

... is the truth. Kathy Ford's lecture did something unusual. She told the story of a "class" healing quilt that was passed from member to member for five years. It returned to her, and she passed it for us to hold as well. Can't remember the last time a quilt was passed around.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lecture Tomorrow

Kathy Ford's work is part of the Schweinfurth's exhibition Quilts=Art=Quilts, and she will be speaking tomorrow (Sunday) at 2:00. Weather and time permitting, I hope to be there.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Shopping Begins

While I won't be participating in Black Friday, I've mailed some printed scarves to the Pink House Gallery in Saranac Lake. Yes, wool might be a better bet, but these silk drape beautifully and I wear them 18 hours a day. And they are warm! Happy day after turkey day.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Drawn and Figured

For a section of this next work I needed to draw and piece the element. To the rescue is my freezer paper. Those who know my technique know it saves me again and again for figuring out how to piece in a shape. Well, here it is again -- the drawing on left, and a few pieces on the right.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On the Wall

Inspired by the fabric I've made this summer, I've started a piece improvisationally. Now that my travel is slowed down, I can indeed concentrate on my design wall.