I tried tried tried to get these enormously tall windmills to look large and looming in this photo. But you can see it is sadly lacking. And that horizon just halfway in the picture plane. Yikes. Well, I was going 55.
At the Sisters Quilt Show in Oregon this year, I happened to see this quilt. I was taken with it, as it was unusual. And graphically sharp. But now I know that its origin is a printed poster that is quite well known. And this quilter does not cite the original designer. Can't like it now. Original it has to be.
This is the last panel of the six panels for my "Genesee" for Greentopia. Bits of throw-away plastic bags (white part on far right), shower curtain (thank you, Kyra!), nylon canvas scraps, and window netting all stitched down with my longarm machine. Now to trim, and ready for hanging.
In the thick of things, and this is the view of the workings for "Genesee". Hard to walk through the studio. Reminds me of Audrey from "Little Shop of Horrors". And don't think my studio is always neat and tidy.
Company came last week and we needed the design walls in my studio. So, here it is vacuumed and stripped bare. It lasted this way until just after the meeting, and now I am knee deep in strips of nylon scraps. You can see "Genesee" out the door hanging down from the balcony.
I know. Crumby photo. Had just a quick snap before leaving the Greek Festival in town. What you can't hear is the loud all greek music, the flash of the frying pan, and the kids running and screaming for the fun they are having. It was fun, even if you were not "young".
And how can you resist? Wait, that is just tie-dye. Heather Barben takes that tie-dye attitude and just seems to have fun. I saw these in the Adirondacks at the Lowville Autumn Festival a few weeks ago.
Three panels hang from the balcony. I have three more to do to complete my Greentopia piece. It is about 12' high and made with nylon, plastic, fiberglass window netting, and tuille. Oh, and discarded (but new) shower curtains.
Many of my fellow artists are trying to finish work to enter Quilt National. My other works have all been seen, but this bit is lingering on the design wall while I finish my Greentopia piece. But I will try to beat the clock. Tick tock.
I have waited years, yes, years to see this "Queen of the Night" bloom (only for a night, maybe once a year), and last night TWO blooms happened. Without me. Better to know it happened than to never know. So much for being there.
I like this composition a lot, maybe on account of that diagonal. Or do I just like the water that becomes white? It was on a garden tour this month, and about 15 feet away is the owner's garage. Who would think?
Along the street in Lowville, New York, is a vacant lot where once stood a building. Left behind are marks from floor joists, post and beam, and bits of wall paneling and materials. I saw this today, and it fascinates me.
I saw this in Delaware on the coast, and I also saw blooms on the streets of Portland, Oregon. So, what's up with that? It is beautiful, white, and I love that shiny leaf. Those shapes are perfect for another big leaf quilt.
Should I call this garbage? It is another try at using discarded material for a piece for Greentopia at High Falls for this September. I have not gotten a set pattern yet that I like, so its back to the longarm tomorrow for another round. Ding!
Okay, divide this photo in two. Beach vs. Boardwalk. These benches flip so that you can choose your view. I must say, I never had seen this part of the Atlantic coast, nor met a boardwalk before. What a week! But, good to be home.
I saw this wooden leaf at Rehoboth while getting ready to teach "The Big Leaf". Seemed just the same as my design. My ice cream is on the side for scale (as well as to operate the camera). More neutrals, though. Ha!
I am fine with beaches off limits to us humans. These fragile scapes deserve to evolve without our ruffling them up. Which is why I prefer the beach at Lewes to its neighbor, Rehoboth. But, I saw them briefly. More study in the future?
Its hard to capture the glee that Terri and Donna have as they work on "The Big Leaf" today in my class in Lewes, Delaware. It was a full house, lots to take in, and pretty much fun all around. I loved being asked to be there. Thanks!
Stood on the sand of the Atlantic shore today, and though I am unable to add a photo to prove it, I will. This thought will have to do for now -- which is the reason I am travelling. Just to do what makes me feel happy.
On the clothes line is the sketch for the piece I am thinking about. Since I added Solvey over some of the pieces, making sewing over the bits easier, I now have to hose the piece to wash the Solvey out . Makes using Solvey something to rethink, no?
I am working on a piece, sort of a sketch to try out materials. I've got some neoprene, some thin plastic bags, some nylon netting and nylon canvas material. All smooshed together with my longarm. Oh -- the backing is a shower curtain. Kinda fun.
It should be. This is a private Brighton, New York garden maintained by someone with great taste and the knack for using a talented landscape designer. Sitting on a city-sized lot, this rear garden features a stream and loads of conifers. And I got to tour it tonight.
William Morris made this wall of hand blown glass for installation in the Portland Art Museum. He mimicked stone, bone, and wood with his glass. Intending that we look at the objects (greater in its sum, than its parts) as a collection. He got the art part of artifact right.