Saturday, January 31, 2015

At Tonight's Opening

Yes, it was 6 degrees outside tonight, but the walls were glowing, and the crowd was cosy. Lots of great friends who came out, and many new ones. My work is up till March 14 at the AXOM Gallery, and next week will be another open house for First Fridays. If you visit, tell Margot how beautifully she installed the work.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pink is Her Color

I've got the dozen roses ready for Mom's 101 birthday tomorrow. Has to be pink, the operative color. I don't wish to live that long, but knowing someone who did has changed my life.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

More Art from Albright-Knox

Adolph Gottlieb's piece Dialogue 1, from 1960, is like an old friend. I went to school across the street from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and on lunch breaks would walk across to amble through the gallery. I remember this piece fondly.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fiber in the Albright-Know Art Gallery

Seeking art, I visited the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo today. Know around the world for its contemporary art collection, and holding many of my favorites, I spotted a recent work by Theaster Gates called Civil Tapestry 5, from 2012. It is decommissioned fire hoses on oil cloth mounted on wood panel. Wow -- fiber!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time of Day

I'm working on a series called Time of Day. It is about how the day is broken into repeated and rhythmic order, from coffee break, to nine to five, to happy hour, and dusk to dawn. These four open my show Saturday night.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sign In Please

This is the first time for signing 2015. I found I'm fond of the printed 7 ounce canvas because it takes the needle so easily. I'll keep that in mind for more pieces.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Going Up on the Walls

"Time of Day" is the series here, and it was installed today at the AXOM Gallery. Fun to see them in different and beautiful light. Opening is Saturday night.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Resisting A Rest

People wrinkle their collective noses when I say my blog is called Pieces and Resistance. Well, in this case, my resistance to couch potato mode is to get outside for a walk. I managed 6 miles today, a year-to-date record. If I weren't in the pack, might not have gone at all. See? Resistance.

Friday, January 23, 2015

On the TAFA List

I've a page on the Textile and Fiber Arts site called TAFA. Many other wonderful ways of using fiber is here, and its a lovely site for seeing engaging work.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

On the Wall

Trifold #3 is finished. I've done some after-the-quilting stamping and some direct dying on this. I like the changes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thick Thread for Thin Line

I've a bunch of this lovely hand-dyed thick thread to try out, and thought this piece could use more line. (More cowbell?) Good day for hand sewing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time of Day

My latest series is called Time of Day, and deals with the punctuations and rhythm of daily life. This is the finished work "Happy Hour" and is on the invitation to my upcoming exhibit at AXOM Gallery opening January 31.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Not Done Till I Say So

This piece (I am calling Trifold 3) just needed more. So, after quilting, facing, and adding a sleeve, I plopped it back on the table and did some stamping. It's better now, and maybe done.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back to Longarm

Winter is great for getting to the studio without distraction. And drawing in this piece is such freedom. This fabric was made with direct textile paint and screened and monoprinted.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy 2015

Here is Trifold (that's its name for now) after quilting. I may go back and do more on it, but for now I like the simplicity of it. I've sized it twice 2015, so it is 30" x 40".

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dimensional Fiber

More caught my eye at the World of Threads Festival this past fall. These are by Denise Lithgow from Australia. They are hand felted with a resist and molded. I love this form, as you might imagine.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

My mind was clearly on something else when I sewed the facing (with the stay stitching on top) to the wrong side of the quilt. No easy way out, and so along comes my handy rotary cutter to take out the stitches.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


As a way of sketching, I have chosen three slices of my printed fabric. I want to see how these forms interact with that very straight line between them. This is before I have quilted.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How Undramatic

So, before it becomes wall glamour, my work just sits like a lump waiting for its spotlight. Glad to have the attention, and sometime in the near future you too can see it on the wall at RIT's Shop One2. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

I'm Having All the Fun

My mind is saying "wheeeee" when I quilt around these marks. The fabric is discharged, and the bottom piece is direct painted and monoprinted. Please, someone, design a bobbin to hold more so I don't ever have to stop.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

How Revealing

The wall was finally clear for me to hang the piece I have wanted to finish. You can see the scale of the "Time of Day: Nine to Five" with my furniture at the edge. Now to photograph it for the record with proper light and perfect edges. But till then, I'll enjoy it from my kitchen counter.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lovely Madness in Knit Pelts

Lindy Fyle  says if her interweave fabric constructions that they are are serged "pelts" of knit fabric that "unfold as fields of colour and pattern during the process of making and finally reveal themselves when stretched over a frame." I saw them at the World of Threads Festival this fall.

Friday, January 9, 2015

An Apple a Day

This funny storage wall holds lots of real apples as the decoration for a restaurant. Maybe they offered us a goodbye gift. Sort of like those little mints. I left them there.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Stop at the Quilt Club

Today was the Genesee Valley Quilt Club's meeting (my home base quilt club). The raffle quilt was on view, and here's a close up. Yes, I bought raffle tickets, and if you are lucky, I'll send one your way.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Freezing Outside

The other side of the quilt is faced (what with all the extra time from not going outside). I know, I know, the northern states are heading to minus 20, but here hovering at 5 is cold enough, thank you. My shovel is at the ready.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Unglamourous Side

Finishing by sewing facings on the work. No jet setting for me, no, siree. Just hand sewing. But, hey, I get to catch some tube.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Freezing Out, Spritzing In

To block the work I pin to the design wall and then spitz down with plain water. Tomorrow I'll divide the piece in two sections, then add the facings and start to finish the work. Glad for winter, and no distractions.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Under the Needle

My favorite part of using shibori fabric is following the lines for the quilted pattern. Now that I have trimmed, neatened, and joined the halves together, it's loaded on the machine. Go!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Applique by Tree Light

Sometimes a tricky seam needs to be handstitched. Nice to have sunlight, and the tail end of Christmas decorations around, to do that.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Six to Ship Out

I can't for the life if me remember what date I FB posted to offer to the first six people something handmade (with them in return doing the same for another six) but Kathi, Carol, Linda, Wendy, Suzanne, and Aviva, here they are. Now to check for your snail mail addresses.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Promised Art

Waaaay back when, I promised 6 people (who had commented on a Facebook post) a piece of handmade something, if they would in turn do the same. Well, now that year is ALMOST up; it is time to make good on my promise. Sending soon.