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23 July 2014

Demonstration at Windham Textile Museum Aug 16 (Willimantic, CT)

In connection with the Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now exhibition, I've been invited to lead a 90 minute demonstration at the Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM).

Please join me at WTHM on Sat. August 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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I'll present my raw-edge layering technique using freezer paper to trace, cut, and layer fabric into a fiber art composition, and I'll answer questions from the audience as time allows.

This is the same technique I teach in my Magnolia workshop.  However, I'm working on a fun new design just for WTHM.  Hope you can be there!

Windham Textile & History Museum is located at 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT. Registration is strongly suggested.

The event is called “Building A Picture.” Admission is $10 per person. To register, call 860-456-2178 or email: themillmuseum@gmail.com 

18 July 2014

"Iris" and Local Color Featured in Quilting Arts Magazine (Aug/Sept 2014 issue)

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(image: Quilting Arts Aug/Sept 2014 cover)

This month's issue of Quilting Arts Magazine features an article about SAQA Connecticut's regional show "Local Color", including images of eight exhibition quilts.

That's my "Blood Iris" on the gallery's opening page! Woo-hoo!

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As one of the managing curators, I was asked to write a brief description of the show.  The gallery continues onto the next 4 pages, featuring artwork by Ruth Anne Olson, Phyllis Small, Catherine Whall Smith, Barbara McKie, Kendell Storm, Norma Schlager and the show's Co-curator Diane Wright. These 8 quilts were hand picked by QA and professionally photographed for the magazine. Each image is labeled with the artist's name, title and statement about the piece.

Seven of the quilts (including mine) will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Quilting LIVE! at the Sewing & Quilt Expo, September 11 – 13, 2014. http://www.sewingexpo.com/QuiltingLIVE.aspx

Check it out if you can!

01 July 2014

New Work: Viewpoints 9 Challenge

Our latest challenge: Interpret the following words…
One universe
Nine planets
Two hundred and four countries
Eight hundred and nine islands
Seven seas
And I had the privilege to meet you.

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I usually listen to music in my studio. The song "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric came up on random rotation. The words to the song made perfect sense for this month's challenge.

When I was a young boy, my mama said to me
"There's only one girl in the world for you
and she probably lives in Tahiti"
I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world just to find her

I started thinking about the distance Tom and I traveled before our paths crossed in Westbrook, CT.  And how lucky I am that we ended up in the same place. Which led me to the idea of maps.

I pulled out one of my favorite photos of Tom, a very rare one of him sailing, as inspiration. This background fabric by Carol R Eaton reminded me of vague land formations and water. I used similar colored fabrics and shapes to create Tom's portrait, and used echoing lines within the shapes to make him look more like part of the map.

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The red dots are like push pins you might use to mark your travels. The numbers next to them are coordinates – latitude and longitude – related to 9 important places for Tom and me.  They range from Rijeka to Dublin to San Francisco as well as our home in Cheshire, CT.

To see and read the stories behind the latest Viewpoints 9 challenge quilts, visit: http://viewpoints9-2.blogspot.com/

24 June 2014

New Work: Aubrey and Jacob

Why the long pause between posts?  I've been working on 2 commissioned portraits for a private buyer in California.  They were purchased as a gift for the kids' mom, so I didn't want to post any photos before now (didn't want to spoil the surprise!)

So here they are, Aubrey and Jacob.

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Jacob

Each one is 12" x 12" finished, sewn onto black canvas which was then stretched over 14" x 14" wooden stretcher bars.  A wire is attached to the back for easy hanging.

I love getting a commission when I'm free to "play" with color and composition!  For these adorable munchkins, I chose colors to reflect their bright, energetic personalities (as described by the client). And since the pieces are small, I thought the bold colors would add visual impact, but it needed a palette that would work for a boy and a girl. I went with some playful color combinations, hopefully not too cutesy-cutesy.

My frequent partner-in-creativity, Carol R Eaton, created hand dyed color packs intended for my Magnolia workshop. But I had other plans for some of them! I rummaged through several packs to find just the right colors and shades for these portraits.  Guess I'll have to find other uses for the leftovers! LOL

Here are a couple detail photos:

Aubrey – I loved working on her hair, with those wispy lines and cool braid.  Fun!

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Jacob – Just wanted to pinch those cheeks.  LOL

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20 May 2014

New Exhibition "Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now" is Open (Willimantic, CT)

Please join me at the opening reception on Saturday May 24, 2014 from 1:30 – 3:30pm at the Windham Textile & History Museum!

Many of the artists will be there to see the show, mingle with our fiber art buddies and talk to visitors.

Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now
May 16 – September 7, 2014
Windham Textile & History Museum

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The exhibit celebrates the museum’s 25th anniversary by featuring 25 special quilts: twelve antique quilts from the museum’s collection, twelve contemporary quilts created by artists inspired by the antique quilts, plus a group quilt composed of 25 blocks by members of the Connecticut chapter of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

This month's issue of Connecticut Magazine features an article about the show with photos of my "Honey Bee" as well as the quilt that inspired it: Ruth Snow Bowden's "Grandmother's Flower Garden".

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To find out more about the Inspiration Quilts show and other special events, visit www.millmuseum.org

Windham Textile & History Museum
411 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
860-456-2178

27 April 2014

New Work: Looking Back

My latest portrait was created as part of the Viewpoints9 challenge "Memories of the Movies and September."

For as long as I can remember, September has meant the beginning of school.  This month, my son and I have been on the road visiting colleges. Hours of driving, talking and sharing music have allowed me to get to know the amazing person he is today.

This piece is a an exploration of nostalgia and how it prevents us from seeing the truth about the past as well as the present.

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Title: Looking Back
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echnical details: hand dyed cotton fabric, cut and layered, raw edge applique, machine quilted using free motion stitching.
Finished size: 18" H x 27" W

17 April 2014

Upcoming Exhibitions: Windham Textile History Museum and New Britain Museum of American Art

"Honey Bee" will make its debut at the Windham Textile & History Museum on May 16, 2014. 

I made this piece especially for the Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now exhibition.  Twelve artists were invited to create a modern interpretation of one of the museum's antique quilts.

The show runs from May 16 – Sept 7, 2014
Opening Reception is May 24, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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Windham Textile & History Museum
411 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
http://www.millmuseum.org/

Then later this fall…

I'm thrilled to share the news that I've been asked to loan my fiber artwork "New Year's Eve" to the prestigious New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA), for their upcoming show:

"Stitched in Time: American Quilts 1758-2014" 
October 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015

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Museum curators have selected examples of masterful quilts and fiber art from over two centuries of textile history.  I can't wait to see the show and visit NBMAA's beautiful gallery.

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052
http://www.nbmaa.org/

I'm grateful to SAQA for this opportunity, because my work was brought to the attention of NBMAA by way of the Studio Art Quilt Associates' annual "Portfolio" book. 

SAQA-Portfolio20-cover_lgThe SAQA Portfolio contains full page color images of fiber art by SAQA's Juried Artist Members.

It is available for purchase through the SAQA online store.