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07 December 2011

I’m on the Cover!

… Well, my quilt is, anyway.

I’m very happy to share with you a sneak peak at next month’s MACHINE QUILTING UNLIMITED magazine:

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That’s my “Teapot” on the cover!  Now, I know it’s not mature and dignified to say things like super duper, but I am super-duper excited!  I can’t wait until January when this issue hits the news stands.

Inside you’ll find an article about my artistic journey and photos of some of my work.

You can buy MQU magazine at JoAnn Fabrics, select quilt stores, or by subscription.  http://mqumag.com/order-a-subscription/

It was my great pleasure to work with Kit Robinson and Vicki Anderson at MQU.  Thanks Vicki and Kit, for your generosity and patience, and for all the hard work you put into every issue!

26 October 2011

“Stars” Accepted into Art Quilt ELEMENTS

Yippeeee!!!

I am THRILLED to announce that Stars Not Included has been accepted into Art Quilt Elements 2012!

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AQE 2012 is the 10th Exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia. "One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts. The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form.”

This year, jurors David McFadden, Sandra Sider and Elizabeth Barton reviewed over 660 entries from all around the world.  They selected 48 quilts, representing artists from 42 US States and 11 countries.  I am very happy to be one of the 28 first-time exhibitors.

Art Quilt Elements will run from March 30 – May 13, 2012

Please see the show in person if you have a chance!

The Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087 /  phone: 610-688-3553
email: info@wayneart.org

21 October 2011

My Trunk Show Quilt Part of Permanent Collection at Kresge Art Museum (Michigan State Univ.)

I’m thrilled to share the news that my SAQA Trunk Show quilt, Luka’s Eyes, has been chosen to become part of the permanent collection at Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University. 

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This little portrait, like all the trunk show pieces, measures 8x8 in. and is matted in a 12x12 frame.

The show’s theme called for artists to answer the question “How do we as SAQA members explain what we do – create quilts – without people immediately thinking of a nine patch that goes on your bed?”

The entire Trunk Show contains 268 small art quilts and will travel around the world from now until 2013.  This week, my quilt is somewhere between Oregon and Northern California.

Fifty quilts were chosen to become part of Kresge Art Museum’s permanent collection at the end of the exhibition.

It’s a little sad to think that “Luka” will not be coming back to me after his amazing tour, but I think he has found a very nice home.

 

29 September 2011

Sketching: Small Study of Light

Lately I’ve been working on the idea of bright lights surrounded by darkness – what kind of colors and effects are created with different kinds of lighting, etc.

Spain (4)SMThis week I created a small sketch (8” x 10”) based on a photo my brother took while visiting Spain.  The setting is some kind of alley or side street, I think.  And the cobblestone is slightly wet.

With this piece I’m testing out some ideas about shadows and the way light is reflected off wet stones vs. dry stucco.  Like any sketch, I tried to work “quickly” (2 days) and not over think it; I just wanted to create the illusion of light in general.

Over the next few months I’ll be experimenting and testing out different theories with these little pieces, until I get a handle on the idea for a large composition.  I’ll share my sketches as I go along.  Hope you enjoy them!

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20 September 2011

“After the Wake” will be on display with A Show of Heads (Hudson, NY)

Themel_afterthewakeSMMy portrait, After the Wake has been accepted into “A Show of Heads”, a multi media art exhibition presented by SlowArt Productions, publisher of Direct Art Magazine.

It will be on display at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY from November 3 - 27, 2011.

Reception: Sat. Nov.5, 2011 5 – 7 PM

Open to all artistic media, the exhibition includes various interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual.

LIMNER GALLERY
123 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-2343
TheLimner@aol.com

Gallery Hours

Wed through Sat: 12pm - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

16 September 2011

“GottaHavaCuppa” SOLD: 2011 SAQA Benefit Auction

SAQA Benefit Auction officially began on Monday September 12th at 2pm Eastern Standard Time.  After one week, SAQA has sold 25 pieces and raised over $10,000!

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My auction quilt "GottaHavaCuppa" went up for bid on Monday and was sold on Wednesday.

There are still MANY beautiful art quilts available, but they are going fast! Please visit SAQA’s website and consider bidding on any one of these lovely 12x12 quilts to help support fiber art.

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Your donation to SAQA is tax-deductible and very much appreciated! http://www.saqa.com/saqa-u.php?ID=1791

06 September 2011

“Dandelion” Earns the People’s Choice Award at Quilt National

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Visitors to Quilt National in Athens had the opportunity to see all 85 quilts and vote for their favorite.  At the end of the show’s run at the Dairy Barn Art Center yesterday, the votes were counted and “Dandelion” was named the winner of the People’s Choice Award!

I am so thrilled to see the announcement on Dairy Barn’s website.  http://www.dairybarn.org/quilt/index.php?section=226&page=366

Winning the People’s Choice Award means so much to me as an artist.  This is NOT to take anything away from Young Emerging Artist award, which is an incredible honor to win. 

But the People’s Choice has nothing to do with me as a person or my age.  It is based on my artwork speaking for itself, making a connection to viewers.  That is a true thrill.  WOW!! 

Thank you Dairy Barn Art Center and everyone who made the trip to see the show.

If you missed Quilt National in Ohio, you can see the exhibition in St. Charles, Missouri at the Foundry Art Centre.  Visit Quilt National’s page for an updated schedule:

http://dairybarn.org/quilt/index.php?section=226&page=245

01 September 2011

New Work: “Stars Not Included”

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My latest piece “Stars Not Included”, in case you are not familiar with sailing/navigational equipment, is based on a mariner’s sextant.  This tool has been around for centuries, helping sailors find their way across the oceans and back home again.

Although I haven’t sailed in years and even then we didn’t use a sextant, making this piece brought back memories of racing in Long Island Sound.  I can smell the sunscreen and salt water now!

Themel_starsnotincSMdetailThe basic principle of the sextant uses 2 fixed reference points to help the sailor figure out his/her location.  Typically the 2 fixed points are the horizon line (which I can easily find) and a known star or constellation (this is where I am completely useless.   Hence the title).

I love the beautifully complex shape and different metal finishes on this little technological marvel, especially the polished brass scope.  Maybe I like the scope because I actually know what that part does, unlike the rest of the dials, wires and mirrors.  Those are a complete mystery. 

To me, that “unknown” quality makes this object even more intriguing.  Or maybe I’m like a bird, simply mesmerized by anything shiny.

23 August 2011

“Dandelion” featured as the Jaw Dropper in MQU Magazine! (Machine Quilting Unlimited, Sept/Oct issue)

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I received an early copy of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazineand was THRILLED to see my “Dandelion” featured on page 78, in the section labeled “Jaw Dropper”!   

286127_10150410032179062_317320744061_10930991_2395861_oThe current (Sept/Oct 2011) issue of MQU magazine will go out to subscribers and select fabric stores September 1st.

Look for the cover, showing a detail of Ann Horton’s quilt “Honoring Those Who Served”.  

Sneak peak of the contents and Editor’s note here: http://www.mqumag.com/media/uploads/2011/08/15/files/TOC_Sept_.pdf 

Check out the MQU website for information on how to order the current issue or subscribe: http://www.mqumag.com/home/

11 August 2011

Festival of Quilts Opens Today in Birmingham, England

BoatmanSketch (4)Boatman Sketch is on display now, as part of SAQA’s special exhibit in the Festival of Quilts.

The show opened today and will run until Sunday.  If you happen to be in the Birmingham, United Kingdom area please stop by and see it!

National Exhibition Centre
Birmingham, West Midlands B40, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.twistedthread.com

Hours: Thurs - Sun:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

 

04 August 2011

“Blood Iris” is Complete – a grim name for a lovely flower

Themel_Iris_finishedSMAll done!  “Blood Iris” (also known as iris sanguinea) is complete, finished size 33” x 46”.  I just finished the binding, which is a very light khaki green batik. 

It was scary cutting so much off the top and sides, but in the end I think the tighter composition works better.  There was just too much white space around the flower. 

I also added a few different colors into the background stitching, to give an impression of something blurred in the background and further break up the white space.  It’s very light, like a diluted watercolor wash.  Some of the detail is lost because I took this photo with a flash, but you may be able to see some color variation in the detail below.

Thanks to my friend and fellow artist Martha Wolfe for the idea of quilting the background first (before I added the layers of fabric for the flower). That step saved me a lot of headaches later!  I could really stitch a lot of details while the foundation remained flat.  I didn’t have to worry about starting in the middle and working out towards the edges like you would do for a traditional quilt.  I could just work on a section at a time, one color then the next. 

I’m very happy with how this piece turned out.  I’m considering entering it into a few shows but I’m kind of looking forward to just hanging it in my living room.

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31 July 2011

New Portrait: “Under Stress”

Themel_trialsSMSo this week I have been watching the news… feeling a mixture of anger, fear, disgust and helplessness.  I needed to break away from the TV and do something constructive!

When I entered my studio, this portrait was right in front of me.  It has been on my design wall for a few months, pieced together but not quilted. 

So I took a second look at it.  It was mostly red and black. Stark. Ominous.  Looking like a person who is preparing for the worst.

It seemed like a good place to work out my anxieties. 

I used blue threads to represent patience, listening, meditation and thought, as a way to “cool down” the hot colors in the fabrics which represent conflict, noise, anger and fear.

I like the way the colors seem to vibrate next to each other.  It looks uncomfortable and jumpy.  Like a person who is quietly freaking out.

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Finishing this portrait gave me a sense of accomplishment and control.  In the end, I felt a lot better.

Of course the same problems remain in the world, and I still have anxieties about the future.  But at least I didn’t spend all day stewing about it.  If nothing else, I occupied my brain for several hours with lines and colors instead of worry and frustration.  Good therapy!

29 July 2011

Show & Tell Time: Update on “Iris”

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So here we are at the end of Phase 1.  All the fabric pieces are in place, the background is quilted with big meandering stitches to give it some structure and strength as we move to Phase 2, quilting.

I was able to get quite a bit of detail with the pieces of fabric, partly because the composition is so large overall and I didn’t have to cut very tiny pieces.  The finished work will be about the same size as “Dandelion”, roughly 3ft x 4ft.

Also, the hand dyed fabrics provide a lot of energy and variation within each color.  The fabrics are doing a lot of the work for me.  I love working with tie dyes and batiks, its like painting with watercolors.

Thinking of titles for the finished piece… 

If you know my work you’ll know I don’t get all that fancy with the titles.  I’m pretty literal most of the time. It makes it easier when I’m talking about a specific piece because people remember what it looks like, not the stylish name I made up.  For example, I thought of naming this “The Day Before the Big Storm” because that’s when I took the original photo.  But in the end I know everyone would end up calling this the Purple Flower quilt, or Japanese Iris.  So maybe I’ll just go with that.   It’s easier to put on a title card anyway.  :-)

I know this flower is in the Japanese iris family but to be truly accurate, I had to look it up.  Yes I have botany books in my library.  Why?  I never successfully cultivated a flower in my life (unless you count the Peace Lily that a friend gave me 10 years ago that I managed not to let die).  But I love looking at flowers and learning their names – they have such cool names!  I’m pretty sure the species I have in my yard is actually called “Iris sanguinea” or “Blood Iris”.   Gardeners out there – any thoughts?

Stay tuned for updates on Phase 2 – detail stitching!

17 July 2011

Trip to DC for Sacred Threads

Worth the trip!  The Sacred Threads exhibition this year was incredible.  To really appreciate the 170 quilts on display, you had to set aside at least a few hours.  Unlike a typical art exhibition, the artist’s statement was included along with each piece.  Learning the story behind each quilt was enlightening, powerful and at times heartbreaking.

I got to meet the lovely Lisa Ellis, who took over management of the show with Christine Adams after founders Vikki Pignatelli and Wendy Bynner stepped down.  I also talked to Luana Rubin, owner of www.equilter.com (where I buy almost ALL my fabric and thread).  She shared a few of her own quilts and talked about the design & creation of her fabrics.

I was thrilled to participate in this unique show, and plan to enter again in 2013. 

Here are a few photos from my visit:

DSCN3314My sons Graeson and Luka admire their portraits.

DSCN3322Here is my sister Megan next to her portrait, looking much happier in real life.

DSCN3328Luka’s favorite quilt in the show was Arlene Wagner’s piece called “Make Me Smile”.  Guess it worked!  I asked Luka what he liked about it and he said it made him think of playing.

DSCN3340I love this one: “Primary Chairs” by Jeanette Thompson.  To see it in person, you notice that one leg of the chair is broken, and different objects are placed on it to balance it out.  For some reason it just spoke to me.

DSCN3332The “Walking in Love” special exhibit was amazing.  I admired the beautiful, sheer drapery and individual panels made by various artists.  My brother-in-law and husband noticed the awesome hanging system, specially made for this exhibit.  I never would have seen the spiral-shaped copper pipes if they hadn’t pointed them out!

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You can see more examples of Sacred Threads quilts on their website:

http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/html/gallery2011.html

25 June 2011

Two Openings this Week: Herndon, VA and Morristown, NJ

I have fiber art in two exhibitions that officially opened this week.  

The Opening Reception for “Sacred Threads” is TODAY

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After the Wake and Lemme See! are on display in Herndon, Virginia (just outside Washington DC) in the “Sacred Threads” exhibition.

Church of the Epiphany

330 Hidden Meadow Dr.

Herndon, VA

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.

Themel_LemmeSee_full1Opening Reception Saturday, June 25 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sacred Threads on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacred-Threads-Quilts/116893261699431

For Planning Your Trip to Sacred Threads, please visit this webpage: http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/html/trip.html

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Themel_KosljunFullMonastery at Kosljun is at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ in the “Visual Thoughts” exhibition featuring artwork by Fiber Revolution.  

Opening Reception Wednesday June 29, 2011, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Morris Museum

6 Normandy Heights Road

Morristown, New Jersey

“Visual Thoughts: The Art of Fiber Revolution” will run from June 23 – October 16, 2011

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Themel_DandelionSM And if you are in the Ohio area, Dandelion will remain on display at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens until September 5, 2011.

The Dairy Barn Arts Center
8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, OH 45701

GALLERY HOURS
Tuesday 12:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 12:00-5:00pm
Thursday 12:00-8:00pm
Friday 12:00-5:00pm
Saturday 12:00-5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm

 

10 June 2011

Next up: “Iris”

Themel_irisphotoSMI’m anxiously waiting the new fabric and thread I ordered to arrive so I can start on my next piece, “Iris”.  All those rich purples and greens…  Yummy!

The other day (after surrendering in a fight with my PC over corrupted files), I took my camera outside to find hope and inspiration.

This lovely iris was growing right outside my front door!  I love flowers but I’m definitely no gardener.  We haven’t ‘planted’ anything other than grass seeds in the past 8 years.  So anytime a real flower appears on our property I’m amazed.

Then last night we had a terrible storm which left the little guy still standing but sadly missing most of its petals.  I’m so glad I took a picture of it before, so I can try to recreate its majesty in fabric.  I have it sketched out; when finished it will be about 35”x50”.  At that size, I wouldn’t expect finished photos for a while. 

I may work on a few small sketch projects, to figure out a few things.  If those turn out well I’ll share some pix.  Stay tuned!

 

06 June 2011

“Woops” is NOT good when using rotary cutters….

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Good news: “Sunflower” is now finished. 
Bad news: I accidentally trimmed it about 1/2” too small.  Argh! 

The Japan show requires pieces be 20”x20” square.  I can’t blame my tools, it was entirely my own fault.  However, there’s a little red area on my new ruler, about 1/2 inch along one side, which I stupidly misread.  The result is that I cut off too much from the edge of my quilt, making it 19 1/2” per side.

As my kids would say… DERP!

sigh, So now my options are:

1. hope the rules are kinda flexible on that size thing… or

2. make another sunflower the right size.

If I make another one, I think I could do a good job and maybe even improve it a little.  And for once I have this done way ahead of the deadline (October), so I could feasibly finish another one with time to spare.  But if I make another one, I’d want to change it a little (not just the size).  Different color scheme?  Another angle?

Any advise is welcome.

Ah, well.  That’s why Norm Abram always says “Measure Twice, Cut Once”!!!

The other good news is that I really like this piece on its own. It’s still beautiful and makes me happy to see it. So even if it doesn’t go to Japan I won’t mind having it around the house.

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02 June 2011

Back to Work: Progress on “Sunflower”

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After all the excitement of the past week, I’m back to work in the studio, getting some of the quilting done on “Sunflower”.   Here’s a sneak peak of the work in progress.

This composition will be 20” x 20” when finished, and will travel to Japan for the invitational Friendship Show in December.

Breaking from tradition, I’m trying to get this done ahead of the deadline in October.  Actually once I figured out my approach, making its has been really fun to create. 

“Sunflower” is the brand-new-box-of-Crayons kind of fun.  I love the colors & the way the flower looks like it’s on fire.  Seems like I’ve been in a color pendulum swing in my recent work… going from monochromatic gray to super bright, saturated orange & yellow.

At the moment I’m using the stitches to blend the colors on the petals and flesh out come additional details in the center – all those little seeds… Yikes!   I’m also thinking of changing some of those dark red sections on the left; it may be too much of a solid color.  Maybe I’ll add a few pieces of batik or modeled hand dyes on top to break it up.  It will mean tearing out a lot of stitching and re-doing that section, but might be worth it.  We’ll see.  Stay tuned!

30 May 2011

Young Emerging Artist Award at Quilt National!

Themel_DandelionSM I'm honored and overjoyed to announce that "Dandelion" has earned me the "Young Emerging Artist" (YEA) Award, sponsored by Katie & Bobby Masopust.

What a thrill to be there and meet the artists, many of whom I have admired for a long time. And to see a little diamond-shaped badge on my name tag denoting a special recognition.... WOW!

I can finally share a photo of the finished piece. It will be on tour with QN for about 2 years, and then off to its new owner (“Dandelion” was sold during QN’s Opening Weekend). Strange to think it won't be coming back to my house. But I am happy to let it go since I know it will be loved and appreciated.

We got back from Ohio yesterday; I'm trying to settle down and regroup. Going through the exhibition book (it's beautiful, by the way) and remembering what each artist said about their work, recreating the experience in my mind.  It has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I've received many congratulatory emails & comments from friends and fellow artists. Thank you to everyone, for all your encouragement and support!!  And many thanks to The Dairy Barn Arts Center, all the hard working staff, and to Katie & Bobby Masopust for their generous support.  Themel_DandelionDetailSM

The YEA Award was created by the Masopusts to reach out to young artists and introduce them to fiber art.  It was intended for an artist under age 30, to encourage more young people to enter Quilt National.

This year there were no artists under age 30 who were accepted to QN, so they expanded the eligibility to “30-something”.  Lucky me!  It is with a sense of humility that I accept the award, knowing that the sponsors may have liked to give it to a younger person. But I will always cherish the YEA Award and my QN experience, and I will definitely encourage young people to explore fiber as an artistic medium. 

Check out the “Quilt National ‘11” Photo Album on Dairy Barn Arts Center’s Facebook page to see more photos of the show and all the award winning quilts.

18 May 2011

Gearing up for Quilt National

QNI’m so excited!  The opening of Quilt National is just over a week away.  I can’t wait to go and see the show.  And I will be honest, I’m looking forward to seeing my own work displayed at the Dairy Barn Art Center.  It’s hard to believe I began working on that quilt nearly two years ago!

Stay Tuned - I’ll be sharing photos after the QN Opening.  But if you’d like a sneak peek at my exhibition quilt, check out the Dairy Barn’s website under “Exhibitions”.  Right next to the description of Quilt National 2011 -- that’s my Dandelion!

If you wont be able to make it to Athens, Ohio to see this show in person, the exhibition catalog can be purchased through the Dairy Barn’s website: http://www.dairybarn.org/shop/proddetail.php?prod=a-books-QuiltNational11&cat=7

09 May 2011

SOLD: Artifacts – Film, Cassette and Telephone

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I’m thrilled to report that 3 of my fiber art pieces have been sold at The Art Bazaar in NYC. 

Film, Cassette and Telephone are gone.  Just Light Bulb remains available from the Artifact series.   During the Artists Reception last Friday, it seemed like “Telephone” resonated with people the most.  I talked to so many viewers, reminiscing about their giant clunker phones of yesteryear.  Who knew we would miss them so much?

If you are hoping to see some of my artwork in person, please make a trip to fantastic NYC before May 30th.  I am planning to be at the gallery next Saturday, May 14th if you’d like to stop by and chat.

The Art Bazaar 
175 Seventh Avenue (@West 20th St)
New York, NY 10011
Tel: +1 646 588 5252

26 April 2011

New Work - Artifact: Cassette

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Ah, those old mix tapes… I remember trying to tape songs off the radio as a kid.  Now we don’t even own a radio or stereo.  And cassettes?  My kids wouldn’t even recognize this thing if they saw it.  Who needs tape when you have ipods and mp3 players?

So the 4th in the artifact series is almost done, but I have the idea to use thin black satin ribbon as the tape - making it come out of the cassette in a tangle.  Remember how that tape would sometimes get wrapped around the inside of a tape player, and you’d have to wind it back in using a barrette or a pen, turning those little toothy gears?  Good times…

I just have to locate the right size ribbon and I’ll probably sew that on by hand.  But I don’t have much time if I’m going to have these ready for The ART BAZAAR!

This week I’ll be busy finishing the final touches and framing/labeling/pricing all the work to be hung on May 4th.  More info on the Art Bazaar exhibition/art sale:

http://katethemel.blogspot.com/2011/04/art-for-sale-at-art-bazaar-nyc-may-5-30.html

Hope you have a chance to see the show!

 

23 April 2011

My Work Chosen for Sacred Threads 2011 (Herndon, VA)

I’m very excited to announce that two of my favorite pieces, After the Wake and Lemme See! have been juried into Sacred Threads 2011.

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I am thrilled to participate in this very special exhibition.   If you will be in the Washington DC / Northern Virginia area this summer, please stop by and see the show.

Here is a little more information from their website www.sacredthreadsquilts.com:

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters  who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.  The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it. We want to share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.

Entries were juried by Sue Reno, Sue Pierce and Diane Herbort

The Exhibition will run from June 22, 2011 - July 4, 2011

Artist’s reception: Saturday, June 25, 2011 / 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Church of the Epiphany

3301 Hidden Meadow Drive

Herndon, Virginia 22071

For Planning Your Trip to Sacred Threads, please visit this webpage.

22 April 2011

Fun with Sharpies and Egg Dye

Happy Earth Day Everyone! 

And to all who believe, Happy Easter, Ridvan or Passover.   Its that time of year when you celebrate Spring by coloring eggs with bright, unnatural colors… I’m not sure where the tradition started but who am I to question? EggsSM

So what do you do with the eggs that turn out kind of, shall we say, less than pretty?  Let’s say someone (Not naming names!) went a little overboard to see how many colors she could dunk the egg into.  And then let’s say instead of being cool and marbled, the egg ended up looking like some kind of gray mutant alien egg.  Hypothetically.

It looks like an oval meteorite next to all these bright colorful eggs that the 4 and 6 year old made like experts.  I’ll tell you what I did… waited until the kids left and then broke out the Sharpie markers, extra fine.

I just started doodling, starting with the eggs that didn’t have great color.  Then I moved onto more because it was so much fun!  The results are a mix of wonky Ukrainian-inspired patterns and freehand sketches.  Not bad.  I’m kinda proud of the drawing of an Iris on the purple one.

I hope you are all enjoying some time with family and loved ones this weekend, and maybe finding some fun ways to express your creativity!

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15 April 2011

See “Monastery” at The Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) in June

Fiber Revolution Presents: VISUAL THOUGHT

An Exhibition of Fiber Art

Curated by Kevan Rupp Lunney

June 15 – October 9, 2011

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The Morris Museum / 6 Normandy Rd / Morristown, NJ 07960

More about this quilt:

Monastery at Kosljun was inspired by a recent trip to St. Mary’s monastery on Kosljun – a tiny islet off the coast of Krk in the Adriatic Sea.

The Franciscan monks have occupied it since it was renovated in the 15th century, built on the site of a ruined Benedictine abbey.  Visitors are asked to be respectful and quiet since the monks (who continue to live and work here) have taken a vow of silence.

Although the public areas are usually decorated with flowers and potted plants, I chose to recreate only the stone architecture in this quilt.  I felt like these graceful archways were alive somehow, keeping secrets and watching generations of people come and go over the centuries. It is amazing to think these very walls have been standing and providing shelter for over 500 years.

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More about Fiber Revolution:

Fiber Revolution is a network of professional textile artists combining their knowledge and experience in marketing to exhibit and sell their artwork.
Fiber Revolution's goal is to provide greater visibility for our art while educating the public about fiber art as an exciting art form. Although the art is constructed from fabric, it is not meant to lie at the foot of the bed, but rather to hang on the wall like an oil or watercolor painting. The artists use fiber as their medium - dying it, painting it, cutting it, tearing it, stamping it, fusing it and embellishing it. The final step, stitching through the layers of fabric, brings a dimensional depth to the artwork that mere paint cannot.

13 April 2011

Art For Sale at The Art Bazaar (NYC) May 5 – 30, 2011

   

Come See My Work at THE ART BAZAAR Gallery in New York City

MAY 5-30, 2011

Artists' Reception:
Fri. May 6th: 6 - 9pm

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04 April 2011

“Artifact: Film”

Number 3 in the Artifact series, “Film” is finished.   I was one of those people that hung on to my manual camera long after digital cameras came on the scene.  I loved the control I had with my Canon; I’d used it all through high school and college and I just couldn’t get used to those little point-and-shoot cameras.  How could this thing the size of a deck of cards take decent pictures? 

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But then I had my first child.  I didn’t have time to sit there and manually focus the camera as my son was scooting across the floor.  I gave in and bought a cheap point & shoot just so I could catch him in action. 

But like most technological advances, once I got used to the quicker, easier, clearer photos of digital, my manual camera got shelved. I still have it.  Every once in a while I find a random roll of 35mm film in a drawer or suitcase.  It’s fun to get it developed just to see what’s on there.

But now it’s harder to find a place where they know how to develop film, especially the one hour places that treat everyone’s film like McDonald’s treats burgers.  You’re pretty much at the mercy of whatever settings their machines are set to.  So you could get pictures that look great or look like they were taken under water, you never know.  I guess it makes sense to use film if you do your own developing and can manipulate the results.  But I can do that on my PC with digital photos, with no fumes or expensive equipment.  Which is why my beloved 35mm film is now an artifact of the past.

 

31 March 2011

“Artifact: Telephone” Complete

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The second in the Artifact series, “Telephone” is now quilted and showing a lot more personality.

The numbers are pretty sketchy but they were fun to do.  I always learn something about an object when I draw it, because I have to observe it very closely, breaking it down into shapes then details. 

I guess that’s why I choose maybe mundane items for my subjects so often.  I always think I’ll find something new about them. 

I forgot (or I never knew) that there is no “Q” or “Z” on a phone dial.  (see detail image below).  And the letters start at 2 instead of 1.  Why do I care about this stuff?  I don’t know.  Like I said, I like seeing things I never noticed before. 

Then I started wondering, “Why do they even have letters at all?”  I really can’t figure out what their purpose could be.  If you know, please leave a comment.

Enjoy!

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