When there is enough daylight to do at least five things after dinner. Just minutes from taking this shot I was in the water below paddling the Erie Canal (yes, that Erie Canal). There are plenty of diversions around to keep me from my work. It's summer.
On my walk through the Unitarian Church grounds (my neighborhood garden) there is a solitary lily in the midst of the woodland garden. The area is so sweetly scented, and the landscape so pretty. Definately the height of summer.
A beautiful walk to the park and beyond brought me to the new West Elm store. Here is either a decoration of driftwood, or a basket of driftwood for sale. Either way, it says that nature is the hip decorating style. Or maybe neutrals rule.
Part of the experiments I did out on dye/print day at my friend's barn. This has some monoprinting, some direct dye drawing, and some pulls of color through it all. This is about a 1/2 yard of fabric. Might add some more later on. Next month we're going to do some discharge and textile paint stamping.
A bit from the dye day yesterday. I left the right side to 'batch' longer -- like a day -- before washing out. The left side washed about six hours after I applied the dye. Can't see a whole big difference, so for the impatient in me, I'll not wait to wash.
Bev's beautiful barn (and there were real chickens in the floor below) was the place to do some dyeing and printing today. With a mild rain outside, Anne and Mary stretch a piece of soda-soaked fabric over her dye plate for a monoprint.
I've sent off examples of my New Big Leaf to guilds here and there, so now I've none to show when I travel. Time to do another. This batch of fabric was a gift from Beth, so I'm trying this color scheme. Except the green is mine.
Back yard studio setup includes (foreground) plastic table, rollers for dye, containers; (middle ground) clothesline with pins; and (background) hammock for waiting for the fabric to dry. Also helps to have a cool drink on hand.
These five works -- Barbara Watler, quilt from the Pilgrim/Roy collection, Elin Noble, Terrie Mangat, and another from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection --- are on the exhibit at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania till the end of August. I curated and designed the show, and it can only please.
This photo was sent in by a traveling reader. She saw these installations in Memphis, and they seem made of plastic or non-textile material. But aren't they for all the world quilt patterns? Pretty cool.
Yes, I have four small works in the middle of this mayhem. Over 6,000 works from all over the globe are to be seen for the last weekend. Nearly 2,500 of them have been sold for $20 each. What fun to see the materials, subjects, styles. Food for thought!
June was a month with lots of travel, and the studio filled with items unpacked from workshops and shows. Now it's time to reroll the works, shelve them for a few months, and get back to work. It won't be long before I see my work table again.
Sometimes I take on an exhibit design just to return to work in museums. This panel exhibit was installed yesterday and will be officially open tomorrow. I love the process, the collections, and the stories behind the theme.
My work is far right Mummy Bags/Canopic Jars in the exhibition that opened mid June. Nancy Crow's is far left, with a wonderful bars quilt from the LancasterHistory.org collection in the middle. In Harrisburg at the Susquehanna Art Museum till August 30.
My friend Marcia sends all her friends home with canna bulbs in the spring. Now they are filling my containers. I'm plenty happy with the foliage alone. I know the flower will be icing on the cake. Just happen to really like that Big Leaf.