I was a guest at Christmas dinner where a very talented guest made us chapati over a conventional gas stove. Fun to see her roll them out, heat them in the pan, then watch as they puff up like little bladders. Can't ask for more fun.
We are adding one more, Chester the Brown Bear, and then all is calm. Thanks to our friends for the Yankee trading game, the desserts beyond capacity, and the great chicken. But mostly for honoring our tradition on Christmas eve.
Winterberry Holly stands just outside the entrance to the Cleveland Botanical Garden across from the Museum of Art. Brilliant show and the perfect color for the subdued palette. If it were in my garden the deer would take it down.
Priscilla brought beautiful things from her recent trip to tempt us, and this bag was my favorite. The beading was superb, and the scarves were also brilliant. Her eye is very sharp and she knows just what is best. Happy Birthday, Priscilla.
Since forever I have made cucciddati for Christmas. For the past handful of years I have made them with friends Nancy and Varsi. My job is to man the ovens and do the frosting. Here they are loaded and ready to go home. Lucky if you get one, for sure.
Oh, hooray! I found the photos from the class this October. Now I can show how great that workshop "Cutting Up the Pretties" really was with all the BIGNESS in the composition, the great precious fabric, the sweat coming off the brow! It was amazing to see how these intrepid Art Quilters Unlimited themselves.
My last week's visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art led me to these portraits of Roman women. Want a do for the holidays? Try the cheerio lady here. Or for a safer bet, the loose bun of the gal on the left.
Donna Lamb, director at the Schweinfurth, is here with Marilyn Belford. Studio Art Quilt Associates met at the art center today for a lunch and meeting and open-to-the-public show and tell. Total fun for sure. If you could have seen all the talent in the room, it would have blown you away. Thank you Schweinfurth.
This totally out-of-focus shot of Shelley Brenner Baird does not show fairly her fascinating work now on view at the Focus: Fiber 2011-2012 show. But it was great to meet up with her and chat. Santa, upgrade my camera!
"Mummy Bags Influenced" is on the left at the opening last night of the Focus: Fiber 2011-12 show. Very fun, great to see other participating artists, and lovely gallery. If you go, you will not be disappointed with this world of fiber art.
Wonderful to visit with my great supporters and friends, especially the peeps. I would be nowhere if I did not have them. This is the reception for my show "Design in Fiber / Pat Pauly" currently up at the University Gallery at RIT until January 13.
Such a mudane topic, but I am here adding velcro as a hanging device on a two-part piece that will replace "Pink Leaf 4 (Yellow)" in the RIT show. Proper Met version technique is to put velcro to twill tape, and sew tape to work. Never put velcro staight to work.
If you put me in a lovely oak barrel I might just age gracefully and take on that "medium plus toast" quality like this wine that is waiting at Casa Larga. We took a wine tour this evening. I love the high tech way to label the contents. I only hope that some saboteur does not remove that label, as all would be lost.
This lovely book is now mine. Written and designed by Paula Kavorik and Jean Holmgren it is the story of the collaboration between the two on work and an exhibition. I got it from Blurb. You can get one for yourself, I would think, on PaulaKovarik.com.
Just a glimpse at the expansive studio that Marcia has to work in. She is trying out a border on one piece, and the unfinished work on the right is looking for its resolution. Nice to spend the day sewing amongst friends.
I am finishing one half of "The Stalker" and getting it ready for its binding. I pin the work to the design wall, spritz it with water, and wait till it is dry. Today I sped up the process with a space heater. Side benefit? I was comfy, too.
For those who were with me in Hudson River Fiber Art Workshops and Fort Myers, here is the final version of what I had been working on. It is now hanging in the exhibit at RIT, and will be there until January 13, 2012. Strangers? Because that is how I felt at Greenville and Fort Myers. But in Paradise.
Maybe it would not be as crisp and clear without that water background, but the line of this branch is so beautiful and sharp. I would love to capture this in a quilt. Taken at the Six Mile Cypress Slough in Florida.
Pieces (of my work above) are resisting for sure. I am working on one that could replace a quilt now on exhibit that will be traveling for a show this winter. Many of the fabrics were made during the summer experiment time -- discharge, stamping, dying. Let's hope the finish is pleasing.
This wonderful letter written by a blob of rubber cement (created by Tom Boyce) can be seen at the Bevier Gallery at RIT. The show highlights work of school of art graduates of 1979. Most interesting is how they (classmates) looked then and now.
This photo shows the mob scene after a QIG trunk show at the Schweinfurth. Angela is describing her work, a felt based, fused printed, felted, needleworked image. Very intriquing to me as well as Caris. And how serious we are! I told Angela that there are drugs you can get to overcome this obsession. Unless the obsession is the drug.
...but don't touch the quilts at the Schweinfurth. Here is Liz, to the terror of Priscilla, getting close to Marcia's wonderful coat. It is all right, the coat can take it, Priscilla. Quilts=Art=Quilts is on view until January 8, 2012.
I am not the greatest saver, but apparently, there is one who is, because someone boasts about it. I just need to know two things. 1. What currency does he work with? and 2. What rate of interest does he get?
Priscilla is using this panel she has from her travels abroad which is about 12" wide. It has the most incredible threadwork and line quality. I wish I could remember the country where it was made. Beautiful. Check out the teeth and fingernails. They are tiny stitches.
I know that I mentioned this before. Here is the email version of my postcard. Did I mention the reception? December 6 from 6-8. Mention this blog while you are there and I will give you an extra cookie. Ha!
Out at the Stafford Museum of History, before I my car blew out its water pump, I was checking out the boys who used to hang around Stafford in the Odd Fellows lodge. Is this too much fun, or what? Wish I had a date on this photo, but I know it was indeed taken in Stafford, New York. Those were the days!
Here is a concept -- a gallery with no permanent (no pun intended) address having a show at a hair salon. Drinks cool in the wash basins, art hung above the hair spray line. Can't wait to see where 1975 Gallery pops up next.