Saturday, February 7, 2015

India and Sri Lanka part 2

The last of my people pictures.  Ted and I were two of only four non Indians to attend this Pongal Festival in a small village in Tamil Nadu.  Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated on January 14th each year


There is a parade led by an oxen, with lots of dancing.


Even the local police let me take their picture.


Around 200 women were lined up in two long rows on the street, boiling milk in these pots, allowing it to boil over, then adding rice, vegetables and sugar cane.


The women seemed genuinely happy to see us and encouraged us to take part, stirring pots and shaking hands.


Our guide told us Indians tend to want to look somber for photos, smiling afterward


They loved posing in family groups


The dots are placed on her face to ward off the "evil eye"


kayaking on the river in front of a houseboat. Probably going to market



washing her dishes in the river


Muslim school girls


A contrast between young and old




Muslim men.  In a few days (If I ever get over this jet lag) I'll post a few more pictures


Friday, February 6, 2015

Southern india and Sri Lanka, part 1

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know I was in southern India and Sri Lanka for three weeks.  It was amazing and whirlwind and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. We've started sorting through the pictures and I am posting them, little by little. Some you may have seen already.  Today and tomorrow I'm focusing on the people.


It seems like everyone in India owns a motorcycle, it's certainly the easiest way to get around.  The most people we saw on a bike were five, two adults, two kids and an infant. none wearing helmets.


This is at the flower market, and I would say the majority of men wear this kind of dress, with the younger men tending towards pants.


The back of a truck is seldom empty.  I found everyone in India incredibly friendly.  If you smiled or waved, they broke out in great smiles, shouting hello.


Women in the back of the truck this time, all wearing saris. I don't think we saw any women in India in anything other than saris.


Priests at a temple where people were bringing them offerings to pray for something they needed.


A line of people at another temple, waiting for a free meal the temple would provide to a certain number (depending on the size of the temple) of people. This was not for beggars, but for pilgrimages.


Another priest, waiting to put a red and white dot on my forehead



This little boys first haircut, given by a priest after many blessings and gifts.

It was such a wonderful, busy, intense trip, and a beautiful culture, so different yet in many ways the same as ours.  More pictures tomorrow


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Donation Piece Finished

Looking back, it seems I promised you progress reports on the making of this piece. I did remember to take pictures, but never blogged about it.


I decided to start out with a piece of commercial black fabric that I knew would discharge to orange. I made my lines with  soy wax, then discharged with diluted bleach.


I like the way this looked, but wanted a little subtle color difference, so I dye painted parts of the circles and the bottom area to darken it.


After stitching and shrinking, I added a little hand stitching.  These pictures were taken with my little camera, below are the truer colors


And the detail shot.  This is called "On The Line", and it's 12 x12.



For more details about this wonderful fundraiser click here.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fiberart For A Cause

I have been invited, along with 99 other artists to help Virginia Spiegel raise money for the American Cancer Society. The goal for this fundraiser is to raise $10,000 in one day!  Virginia's brilliant idea is to match 100 patrons with 100 randomly assigned pieces of art, for $100.


We've all been affected by this terrible disease, and I feel privileged to take part in this worthy cause.
In the next few months I'll be posting progress on the artwork I'm producing. Feb. 4th is the big day. For more details, click here, and thank you for your support.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Final Exhibit Pictures and Churchill

There were many artists whose work I like and neglected to photograph at World of Threads Festival, but these two I'm happy to say I did remember. Trina Perry Carlson's work "Cocoon" included calfskin baby shoes, madrona branch, cotton and plastic. Her work is about reclaiming the lost and discarded.  This was very piognant to me, and I thought it interesting that she mounted it on the reverse side of the canvas.  Another artist in the show did this also.


Melanie Siegel's large piece "Winter" was outstanding. It's made of ribbons and threads very condensed, but hanging loosely. When I looked up close, I saw many decorative ribbons I have collected in the past for various projects, and here they all are making up this shimmering piece of art.


Before we arrived in Toronto, we spent some time in Churchill, on the Hudson Bay, looking for polar bears.  There's no road to Churchill, you can fly in or take the train, which is what we opted to do. It's a two night trip, which I was a little leery of, but we ended up in a large sleeper car and we loved it.


The scenery was spectacular, different than anything I've ever seen. This was the view out our train window.


The Tundra Buggies hold about 40 people, but there were only 20 of us, so we all had window seats, plus we had a "patio" on the back, for those that wanted to freeze while taking the perfect picture.  Ted and I immediately made friends with the couple that brought the Bailey's on board to add to our morning hot chocolate.


We saw lots of mothers with two cubs. They stay with her until they are about two.  These babies were about 10 months old.


I'm not sure how many bears we saw, some people said 24,  but we went out two separate days and I'm sure some of them were repeats.  The full grown male bears can weigh up to 1500 pounds, and they are fast.


We saw one female leap out of the tundra and race away from a male who was getting a little to close.  This time of year the bears are in a "walking hibernation", waiting for the ice to form on Hudson Bay so they can hunt seals.


Churchill has around 800 residents year round, which swells quite a bit during polar bear season, and in the summer during Beluga whale season.  This time of year the town is on high alert for bears coming into town, and they have a jail, were the bears are kept for 30 days before being helicoptered out if they wander in. Bears are rarely killed, they use flash bang ammo to scare them away.


The environment in Churchill is permafrost, and it is really beautiful. The green in the picture two above is lichen, which grows most everywhere here.


The landscape is stark


With howling winds,


and lots of shallow estuaries. The tour group we went with, and I assume other tours, did their best to educate us about the bears.  We had researchers from various organizations talk to us while out on the tours, and they were collecting data to try and keep track of the population. One of our drivers was a former zoologist from the San Francisco zoo.  I will leave you with this live polar bear cam, which can be really interesting or incredibly boring.







Friday, November 7, 2014

World of Threads Festival 2014

I've just returned from Oakville, Canada, where I was able to attend the World of Threads Festival opening.  This venue is different from anything I've ever exhibited in before, in that some of the work is shown in a few gallery rooms and the rest is in hallways. Another difference is that the curators chose several pieces by each artist to exhibit together, which made it a very cohesive show.



A few blogs have talked about this show already, including Judy Martin's Nov. 2nd posting and Pat Pauly's current post.  One of Judy Martin's pieces  



"Not To Know, But To Go On" , was featured in one of the galleries.  If you have read Judy's blog, you know about this work, which is about marking time. It's really stunning.


Jim Arendt is an artist I've been following for a while, and it was so nice to see his work in person.


This piece is called "Meghann", and is made of denim, rivets, and zipper. Isn't that amazing!


This work by Karen Goetzinger is "A State of Transparency", and it was hanging in an alcove, where


we were able to walk all around it.  She used the Korean Pojogi method of stitching this, and it was very ethereal, moving slightly in the breeze.


Ana Diosdado's piece "Communication Breakdown" caught my eye as it's the kind of three dimensional work I want to be doing.


It seemed to float down, and make beautiful patterns on the wall.


"Skin Deep 1"



"Skin Deep 2"


"Skin Deep 3"

These three pieces are by artist Pat Loucks, and are made using plant and earth pigments. Like a lot of the artwork, this was suspended from the ceiling and allowed to float in front of us. 

As I said earlier, this exhibit was different than anything I've been in, and it was exciting to see the artwork displayed in such an interesting way, and to see so much  dimensional work in the show.