Monday, September 22, 2014

Craft and Folk Art Museum

While we were at CAFAM for the opening of the Textile Society display, there was another opening going on upstairs. To my mind, a far more interesting exhibit

Clare Graham: The Answer is Yes was the name of this exhibit and you can read a wonderful review here in the L.A.Times.

The images above are from the internet, because I think you need to see the scope of this man's studio.  He is a collector of stuff, what one review called "trash treasures", which include scrabble tiles, bottle caps, pop tops (where do you even find those these days), tin cans, dominoes and puzzle pieces to name a few. When he has several hundred thousand of what he collects, he makes it into wonderful art.

These are puzzle pieces

And a room full of furniture made from pop tops

The back of a pop top chair


But my favorites were his cabinets. Large, maybe 7 feet high curio cabinets he made, each one with a different theme, including one titled "Molars" that was filled with teeth in jars and containers, and had teeth imbedded in the outside..  I didn't take any pictures of these, it was just to crowded, but I pulled one off the internet to give you an idea

I believe this is paint by number paintings cut up and reassembled.
If you get a chance, this is really fun exhibit to see. It's up until January 4th.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Last night Ted and I drove into L.A. to attend the opening reception of  "New Directions: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Textiles", put on by the Textile Society of America at CAFAM.  We were able to hear a few of the artists talk about their work, which I always love, because it seems to give the work more depth.  If you click on the TSA link above, you can look at the catalog,  but I have a few badly taken photos of my own favorites.

 At first look, this is an interesting image with lots of beautiful lines and shapes.  If you read the artist's statement below, you realize it's much more.

The theme of the show is to "Explore Themes of Change and Innovation" and I think this is an excellent example of that.

My second favorite is this beautiful work by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, who's name is well known in the world of shibori.

I dragged this image off the internet since I couldn't get  a good picture at the opening.  This is made of wool felt, dyed with natural dyes and hand stitched together.

My only disappointment was that at the end of the artists talks, the jurors were asked to say a few words, and they all said no, with one of them saying the work speaks for itself.  That may be true, but wouldn't it be interesting to know, how the work ties together in their minds.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World of Threads Festival

I have long admired World of Threads, run by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bates, for their fabulous interviews with all kinds of fiber artists.  Most of the artists are unknown to me, and it's interesting to learn about their creative processes.

They also put on a festival every year, and this year I had 4 pieces accepted. Here's the link to the Festival.  I'm planning to attend the opening, and am looking forward to meeting the other artists, which is always my favorite part of any show. I'm spending a week in Toronto before the show opens, and I'm looking forward to exploring all the artwork Toronto has to offer.

Gut Feeling, above, is on of the pieces I'll have in the show.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Patchwork Professional

Some of the good publicity to come out of my solo show at Art Quilt Gallery New York  was the attention it got from Dorothee Crane, the publisher of Patchwork Professional

This is a German magazine, published quarterly.

I was surprised to see the length of the article, I had only expected one or two pages.

Originally Dorothee wanted to focus on my travel journals, seen below,

but she ended up publishing pieces from my current work with "A View Within", from my texture series, and from the "Twelve by Twelve" challenge.

It's pretty cool to see my work in such a beautiful magazine.

Patchwork Professional

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Weekend of Art

Ted and I headed up to San Francisco this weekend to immerse ourselves in art.  Our first stop was to Monterey to see this little guy.  He started walking the day after we were there.

In San Francisco we went to the American Craft Council show at Fort Mason.  We've gone to this show for a few years now and always like looking at the work.  My favorites were Lynn Pollard  where we bought something similar to this

and Ealish Wilson

Her work was also at the San Jose Quilt Museum, where we headed next. The Museum's current exhibition is International TECHstyle Art Biennial 3, and it is fabulous.  Here's a link to their Facebook page which shows a few photos

I was not sure I would like this show, as I'm not a techie, but I loved it. In particular I loved the work by Julie V Garner,   who does woven photos,  Rob Gonsalves and Anna Kristina Goransson, who did a beautiful piece with felt, lights and music, that I could have watched all day

Several of the artists were in attendance, and it was such a pleasure to watch Therese May present her work. I consider Therese one of the innovators of the art quilt movement, along with Yvonne Porcella and Jean Ray Laury. Therese brought a bag of tricks, pulling samples of her work out and sharing them with us.

My favorite was my friend Paula's work

Isn't that amazing.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Any Publicity Is Good Publicity, Right?

Wrong.  The good people at ArtQuilt Gallery·NYC let me know that my work would be featured on an episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap", a rather dubious show about well know people's wives trading places and dealing with family issues different than their own.  In this episode, it's the wives of Penn Gillette and Judy Gold.

Penn Jillette's wife took the two teen age boys of Judy Gold to the gallery so they could be exposed to
fiber art.  Here they are looking at my work.

The older of the two boys said he was "bored out of his mind"


Monday, July 28, 2014

Dye Experiments

A few weeks ago, I was reading this blog,  and compared the results with what I've done in the past.  I thought I had checked out every black made by Dharma and ProChem, but somehow I missed Dharma 300.  My main reason for testing them is to see how well they bleach to white, or cream.

 I use the formula I learned in Carol Soderlund's classes, and ended up with 10 color gradations.

As you can see, the 300 bleaches pretty close to the off white I always look for.  It also has some beautiful grays.   The Dharma 39 has nice grays too, but bleaches to this pinky peach color, which is nice, but not what I'm looking for.