Just the zero marks the beginning of the next decade, and although there should be a six in front, this is a great symbol for starting anew. Happy Birthday to me. And thanks for all the great well wishes, and cards, and greetings. I am so happy to have great friends.
Nancy, one of the Peeps, brought in a boro textile from Japan. These indigo dyed, and ikat woven fabrics are from the 1800s or early 1900s. The distinguishing feature is the patching. I love the handwork, and the fade in and out of the patterning.
Albert Paley's steel sculpture is shown twice -- in a maquette that is about 24" high, and outside, which is perhaps 3 stories high. Got to talk with him tonight at his wife's, Francis', opening of photographs at the Geisel Gallery at Bausch and Lomb. Enough name dropping!
A parade of quilts were show at the last GVQC quilt club meeting, and were made through the quilting project at ARC of Monroe County Community Arts Connection. All were hand pieced, machine sewn to connect blocks, and then hand quilted. It was the hand quilting that got me.
A detail shot of Pink Leaf 5 shows the stamping of those soft triangles. I think I cut a lino to use, and inked it with fabric paint. I stamped it after it was pieced. That black and brown is discharged fabric, using branches as the resist.
The first Pink Leaf was the result of a mola challenge, and now this is Pink Leaf #5. Different mola, and you can dig back through the blog posts to see the evolution. Although, I might add some more things. But, it is faced (and finished), so it can be fairly done.
Pancakes are all gone, but left are the cheese strata and turkey links. Coffee, ice cream and cookies, and more, are all for $5 at the Episcopal Church in town. Bargain, and definitely fat Tuesday fare.
Found a pile of montages of my photos, with a few cut from magazines, glued to scrap foam core. I like to go back and study the composition, and how they can be channeled into new work. So, cleaning is good.
There is a break in the weather, the roads are dry, so it is time for some clearing out. Eight bags full went on to Crafts Bits and Pieces, donated to raise funds for East Rochester Seniors. (And many of my fabrics were just going back from whence I found them.)
This night-blooming Cereus is hidden in my hall way, out of direct light. But a new and robust shoot has formed (out of my picture frame). I never tire of the shape of that leaf. Might have to keep this plant around.
In honor of the mola's technique of reverse applique, I am adding some lines. I have cut the yellow ground fabric, and lay fabric beneath. A loose baste of the two layers, a bit of folding, and I am ready to sew.
The term "dye pots" sounds so quaint. I use just about anything, here are some plastic bins. The first has some men's tee shirts with plastic clamps to resist here and there. No mystery how the pieces are dyed, and not terribly quaint, either.
A batch of hand-dyes brought this yard. To me, it is the world seen from far away. I'll bring it with me to sell this spring in Amherst, Massachusetts. Or, maybe keep it and fold it into the next work.