It's almost time for Front Range Contemporary Quilters big event of the year - Desserts and Demos! I'm sharing a table this year with Marge, and making little things to sell. It's fun to make stuff other than big "serious" projects for exhibitions. Simple, easy pillows, purses, polymer clay pendants, small framed pieces - things that come together quickly and are pretty.
Here are a couple new works done in the last two weeks. I wanted to use thermofax screens for a theme, and included SoftScrub with Bleach along with screen printing ink in my chosen media. I think it gives the work an interesting contrast when I juxtapose bits of each.
I brought these to my fabric artists group yesterday as my show-and-tell. Regular attendance at the groups is a great motivator to create new work and try new techniques, if for no other reason than to have something worth showing!
It's time once again for our bluebird nestbox monitoring! These wonderful creatures have migrated back for the season, and we keep stats for national databases on our set of boxes at a nearby park. This is such a marvelous thing to us, I even wrote an article for Somerset's Art Quilting Studio magazine.
This is a detail of my piece for the Lafayette, CO show coming up in August. I titled it "Unafraid", because this wonderful 102 year old woman has lived a remarkable life and has no fear of the future. I love her face, which has wisdom, humor, peace and so many more beautiful qualities. Looking at her gives me hope for a bright future, even though aging has it's challenges.
This morning I was up before the sun, excited to see what my prepared screen would produce! I layered golden brown shapes on first, let dry, and then another layer of dark blue. I tend to like the paler, ghost prints best, but when I rinse out the more contrast-y ones, some aging and weathering effects will add to the enjoyment.
Here's a detail shot of my entry for the "Contrast" show at the Parker Arts Center in May. Now that I've been juried in, I can post a picture. I wanted to put a new twist on the way I normally portray hair, so I drew it as a zentangle.
Here's my contribution to the HerStory project, which honors women from the 20th century who blazed trails for those of us who came after. Pearl S. Buck was a Nobel prize winning writer who wrote about life in China before the revolution. She painted vivid, unforgettable scenes and characters which I read as a child. The book by Susanne Miller Jones is available now, and the HerStory exhibit will tour major art quilt venues through 2019.
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?
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.
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.