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


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

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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


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

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….


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.


02 June 2011

Back to Work: Progress on “Sunflower”


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!