Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Loss, and Loss

Yesterday was a large snowfall. This front yard tree couldn't take that amount and split severely. Being on city property, the city quickly removed the limbs and thought they might be back to take down the rest next week. Maybe there'll be new this spring.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Henry's Moon

Tonight's full moon was extraordinary. I don't know who Henry Lester was, but his safe was painted with a haunting night scene depicting a ship on the water guided by moonlight. This I found in the Rochester Art Supply Store. Candy for any visual artist. Or more like drugs.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Starting Anew

It helps to have a design wall. And it helps to clear it. I've taken a dive in the pile of prints from this summer to jump start the next piece. We'll see how it evolves.

Inside / Outside

Colleen Buzzard curated a show "Inside Out" that deals with the space either interior or exterior (or both). This cardboard group (and I'm sorry to not know the artist) sits on a clear plexi shelf that gives a group of strong shadows from the single light source. Such dynamic shapes!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Up and Delivered

I've finished the piece I'll call "Duck's Breath" in time to drop it off for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center's member's show. A statement in minimal piecing, this is all about leaving the print to do the work. The show opens December 7. If you're round Rochester, NY, stop and visit!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Sleeves. Can't Go Without

Always, even for a functional couch quilt, add a sleeve. That will save looking at your work nailed, pinned, taped or clamped (between wood cleats) to the wall. It happens; I've seen it. I've sewn a sleeve with wrong sides together so there's a finished seam when I look inside, which is never.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

On the Machine

I say this to whoever will listen: I love to quilt the lines that I've drawn with dye. They might be from silkscreen, monoprint, or directly drawn with a thin pointed bottle. But accenting what is already there just feels like the right thing to quilt.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Meeting Up

Now, I know the second piece was a demo for some class. I was using a "fun foam" sheet that I got from Walmart. Great for monoprinting. Same thickened dye formula for both pieces. I love that there is white background in both half yard pieces.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Starting Off

When I teach surface design workshops I demonstrate methods on a half yard piece. This may be one, can't remember. It's got various printing techniques. I'll pair this with another to make my entry for the Rochester Contemporary Member's show.

Monday, November 4, 2019

What I Use in Between

I often forget just what I use,and people often ask. Today I opened a new roll of batting. Mine is wool. This gives me a fairly flat sandwich, which I like. I've stopped using cotton because wool is so much lighter to work with, carry around and packs beautifully for travel. All good reasons.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Shirting the Issue


I'm revisiting the images I've captured from the Quilts=Art=Quilts show. This Piece "Spin Cycle" by Helen Geglio has me standing and lingering long. It's not just the fabrics -- cotton, linen, and found white dress shirts -- but how she has stitched them and presented them that please my mind.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

RIght Side Up

I was reminded that I've returned to and upstate New York fall from leaving Australia's spring. These eucalyptus plants, for example, left an impression of the wild, strange forms I saw left and right. Those with me had to slow down and look as well. I've not forgotten the kind beauty I saw.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Begin November

These reds, golds, yellows will be left for gray, brown and bleak pretty soon. As November rolls in its time to turn inward and inside to work. I'm giving myself the weekend to put back my house and take care of chores. Monday I'll head to the studio.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

When Things Don't Work

You know me and this blog. Every day a picture and a few words. Well, for some odd reason the "add a photo" part ain't working. So, I'll report that I had a meeting, saw a friend (thanks for the salsa!), had no treaters, and went to the philharmonic. You get the picture. Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Bit of Glam

Jenny came to last week's class prepared to print everything. She even had time to print on this shawl which went through our crude washout and machine cycle and survived. She's modeling it (I asked her to) and it's just fun -- even with the ever present rubber gloves.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Close Inspection

Last week's printing class took a break and got a look at the Quilts=Art=Quilts show upstairs of our studio at Schweinfurth. Seeing printed, dyed, reworked fabric used so creatively was inspirational. Being fluent in the techniques used in surface design is a plus in understanding this medium.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Also On View

Before driving home yesterday, I caught the additional exhibition at the Schweinfurth's. This is just one work from her "Holes" series where Ellen Blalock's includes powerful imagery and compelling story lines.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Being in the Background

Saturday night Quilts=Art=Quilts opened at the Schweinfurth Art Center. It was a night that held talk between new friends, old friends, and close friends. The works matched those relationships with some new, some old, and some dear. My work "Blue Garden" is center at back.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Takes All Sorts

Anne claims her piece from the just washed and dried printed fabric.  This is important to check intensity of the color, nuance, and strength of the dye. Plus, feel free to leave that for me.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Elbow Room

I ask my students to have two goals. The first is to print as many pieces of fabric as they can. The second is to make a good print. What helps us out is having enough space and adequate equipment to make this happen. We've got that covered this week; we've got that extra elbow room.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Planting the Pallet

Don't think that all Carol is going to print is red/orange/yellow. It just happens to be the mood she's in. We'll add more to this, and move on round the color wheel. Or not.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

First Day First

Day one we swept through scraping, rolling, mixing, stenciling, and monoprinting. The "On Your Mark -- Print!" class at the Schweinfurth Art Center keeps going tomorrow with more. We're just starting to make our mark.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mark Making


Tomorrow a room of eager printers will gather at the Schweinfurth wet studio and delve into making marks on fabric. This Tony Tuckson painting "White lines (vertical) on ultramarine" might influence their large, graphic, rough and immediate strokes.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Packin It Up for Schweinfurth

Suitcase not for clothes but silkscreens, fun foam, soda-soaked fabric, Styrofoam, scrapers, string, putty knives, box cutters, tyvek, and some printed fabric. There's buckets, print stuff, and some pool noodles. If my life was writing, I'd replace this with a slick laptop and cup of coffee.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Line Work

In packing for my fabric printing class next week (a couple of spots left!) I've will remember to pack the graphic prompts I've got tucked away. These lines found in one of my airport stops had me thinking about the application of repeated squares. Gonna do this for sure.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Here's The Foam Roller

People ask me what kind of roller I use to print. I'll be at the Schweinfurth next week, and if you're joining me (or are just wondering) this is the little foam roller I like to use for various techniques in printing thickened dye on fabric. They're hi density, not the cheap ones, and slip on the holder.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Doin Nothin Next Week?

If so, come join us for four days of printing fabric at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. Starting Wednesday, and finishing Saturday -- in time for the opening of Quilts=Art=Quilts, no less -- I'm teaching "On Your Mark -- Print!" There are a few spots left.   http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org/classes_studio.cfm

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Being Pear Shaped

This extra large group of pears (George Baldessin's "Pear -- version number 2") on the grounds of the National Art Gallery of Australia led me to think about shape. I'm more an apple, though I'd like to be more a banana. Suffice to say my month away had me return in the same shape.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Touching Down

The 13 hour flight from Brisbane landed at dawn in Los Angeles. My stay in Australia over, it's time to reflect, remember, and express my gratitude to my new friends for all the time they spent making this visit memorable .

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Memorial to the Dead

200 hollowed out tree sections represent aboriginals who fought for their country, one for each year of Australia's bicentennial. Installed in the late 80s in the National Gallery in Canberra, this was a moving and dynamic work.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Moon's View




This October moon is the Hunter's Moon, and quite frankly, I'm not sure it is full tonight, yesterday or tomorrow. As my dates and times are quite confused (I'm visiting Australia) I'm calling tonight. full. This vintage globe will suffice for the moon's view of US while we gaze at the moon.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Design Time

Part of the Improv class was, well, improving. Sandra works at the technique of adding, then dividing fabric apart to remix and reconstruct into designs. This class with the Canberra Quilters has us all watching what would come of this different method of piecing. I say all good.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Visit to National Museum Art Gallery

A cloak by Issey Miyake stands in front of a Frank Stella work that is part of the highlight of abstraction in art, a topic near to my heart. More to see later in Canberra.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Gettin' Curvey Wit' Ya

The Queen Victoria Building (or commonly the QVB) is a Sydney landmark. Having been shined up and reno'd it's a great study in architectural details, not to mention a testament to curves among curves. Should you need to see how to loop and encircle, take a camera and take notes.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Intense Blue

Brett Whiteley, a renowned Australian artist, painted "The balcony 2" in 1975. It was his painting of his view from his residence in North Sydney that he used the deep ultramarine color and explain that it had "and obsessive, ecstasy-like effect upon my nervous system unlike any other color."

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Walk Along the Beach

Coogee Beach was painted in 1888 by Tom Roberts. My walk to day from Sydney's Bondi Beach to Coogee had this spectacular view, almost untouched or maybe with a few more houses. Just stunning from any vista.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Green Patchwork Style

Passing by this building covered in green growth reminded me of that chia pet kinda thing -- add a medium and some green and you'll get hair. Great idea for cooling the building, especially since Sydney gets loads of warm.

Monday, October 7, 2019

It's Not Easy

I'm returning to my Geelong Week to talk briefly about Carol's piece that she made using three pieces of fabric. It was so dynamic, and not easy. It did grow and form and become. And I hope will be the start of many more explorations for her.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

View From a Studio

Bundeena, a quaint coastal town near Sydney, hosts a studio art tour each first Sunday of the month. The view from this studio was so charming and relaxing. Not the best shot, but the best spot to contemplate.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

What It is All About

Yes we come together for a week, and yes we work hard to learn to advance out skills, and yes we invest time and energy. But we share and share and share. With classmates, with strangers, with close friends. I did, my students did, and now you know too.

Friday, October 4, 2019

They All Celebrated

At the last evening of our week all classes held an impromptu exhibition of work. From felt, to gold embroidery to indigo dyeing and raffia weaving there were displays of fine work and craft. There was even a fashion show that wove between our improv quilt works. Good night Geelong Fibre Forum 2019, it was swell.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Time for My Lecture

They saved me for last, but I can say that all stayed awake. The Geelong Fiber Forum has a myriad of classes in collage, dressmaking, metal works, and dyeing. So, this Abstract Contemporary Quilt Form was of great interest. The Aussies are a load of fun!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Art Quilt Australia

Such good timing to be in Geelong, Australia at the same time as Art Quilt Australia. A strong group of art quilts from across the country were beautifully exhibited. Many names were familiar to me from other exhibits and meetings. Just a treat for my mid-week teaching at Fiber Forum.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Working Abstractly

Some are just fine working improvisationally like a guitarist who can riff a tune atop the melody. Making it up as we go, it means that the parts start to have a dialog with the other sections that appear. Margaret is getting that tune for sure.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Landing at Fibre Forum in Geelong

I'd no idea this school was so beautiful, historic, and charming. My residence is at left, the dining hall to the right. With a day of class behind me, I can see that we can cover a massive amount of improv design. I love this!

Saturday Fireworks Sendoff

Saturday night was an early dinner, then a walk along the path on Brisbane's river to see the Riverfire extravaganza. Besides boat dances (?) there were fighter jet fly-bys and then a spectacular firework display. Nice way to end my visit to Brisbane.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Second Day with Queensland Quilters

My Brisbane area workshop went pretty well, but in the corner was the renegade who blew through the exercise to start a larger work. Can't stop creatives! We'll stay tuned to see what she comes up with, and wish her to do the same with each class -- go past the goal post.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Two Days to Design

Some of the folks at my "Dozen Ways: Design for Art Quilts" hadn't ever tackled working abstractly, and took on that challenge well. I had a great time in Brisbane with the Queensland Quilters. A lovely group as well as generous.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Forms I Love

This piece carries a narrow color pallet with an overly of drawing. The drawn white lines intrigued me because of the vessel shape drawn. It was made by an aboriginal artist Judy Watson.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Art Museums

Brisbane has major galleries grouped together. So, I developed severe museum fatigue today needing to see every last building, room and exhibit. These shields from the late 1800s connected with me because of the graphic design.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Touching Down Down Under

It was a long day (about 22 hours to travel) but I'm on the ground in Australia. This is a lookout to the city from Mount Gravatt. I had a ride with my hostess from the Queensland Quilters. I'll get a close up look at Brisbane tomorrow.