Monday, October 23, 2017

Haute Handbags Magazine!

I'm in the current issue of Haute Handbags!! These are the artsy purses I make from used jeans I get from the Goodwill in our town. Beautifully faded is far better than buying new denim from JoAnn's, don't you think?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Polymer Buttons for Embellishing

It was a cloudy, cold day yesterday, so I needed a fun, easy project to lift my spirits. I rolled out the Fimo on the kitchen counter, pressed with rubber stamps, and used a BBQ skewer for the buttonholes. After baking and cooling the buttons, I gently swiped them with a soft sponge with just a bit of acrylic craft paint. It added enough color to contrast with the clay-colored Fimo and bring out the stamped texture.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Deconstructed Screen Print Session Today

I'm in the beginning stage of creating a quilt for a call for entry my art quilting guild, FRCQ is sending out. The theme is "contrast". Now, I normally love to use soft layers and subtle transitions - that's what I'm all about. But I'm going to consider this a challenge. If I have an area I need to work on, it's probably contrast more than any other one thing. So I began with creating some fabric using deep reddish pink and black. I'll create more fabric and fine tune the idea as I go - right now it's just a vague concept.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Diversity Show at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Our reception was very well attended, and it was so fun to see everybody. I was excited to see the caliber of work juried into the show - and there seemed to be as many ways to interpret the theme of diversity as there were entries. Mine is the one with the faces, and the title is "Light Has Every Color". What I meant by the title is that light is a spectrum. Each bright, pure hue is contained within light. We all contain light, and shine our own colors outward to brighten the world.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Moth Art Quilt

I started by collaging a page in my sketchbook, using watercolors and drawing a moth with pencil. The pictures show you the various stages. When I was satisfied with it, I copied it onto printer/fabric. After I added strip pieceing around the outside of it, I stitched through a layer of batting, and added some hand stitching for texture.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Denim Purses for LifeImages Artfire Store

I've made these purses and talisman bags from denim that I've painted, bleached, and appliqued. The appliques are my sketchbook drawings copied onto printer/fabric. The image of an artquilt I made a few months ago is what I'm using for my store banner.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New ArtFire Store

I'm just now getting it up and running. LifeImages went live on Saturday, so be patient with me - I'm still learning how to use it. But if I can learn Blogger, I can certainly do this! To see: Scroll down and go to the LifeImages section of the right sidebar on this page.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Open House at Textiles West

This is a hotbed for fabric babes like me who dye, paint, and print with fabric. The alpacas and the yak made an appearance as "ambassadors" to show some sources of natural fiber. They were petted and loved by the general public. Textiles West has just gotten a brand new fabric printer which uses pigments, not copier ink. This is the only one in the region as far as I know. The results on fabric are beautiful!!! I'm even now scheming about ways I can use this in my art. . .

Monday, August 22, 2016

Finishing Another Small Work

For this piece, I collected and dried wildflowers between the pages of a book, made a gelatin print plate, and did a reverse print for the background. The bird and the flower are pencil drawings from my sketchbook, which I copied onto printer-fabric on my home copier. The polymer clay embellishment is one I made during a session in my kitchen using a rolling pin and rubber stamps. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Details For the Pearl S. Buck Quilt

I'm getting closer and closer to finishing my Herstory quilt - here's a picture of some free motion stitching and an applique of a Chinese field worker on silk organza. I screen printed it on with a thermofax I had made from my art by Lyric Montgomery in NC. Next, the plan is to see what hand stitching I can strategically add, and sew on beads of different types to make the whole thing come into focus. My goal is to tell the story and to make this piece work on different levels as a piece of art for the book and the traveling show.

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages