27 January 2013

New Work: Hartford Provides Inspiration for CT Local Color

Done and submitted!  I went a little beyond my self-imposed deadline of January 20, but my latest major piece is complete.  “Science Center” as I have so creatively named it, is one of 3 entries I’ve submitted to SAQA-CT’s Regional Exhibition “Local Color”.

Themel_CTSciCtrSM(Science Center, 33h x 39w)

If you live in Connecticut you’ll probably recognize the unique architecture of the CT Science Center in Hartford, which was the inspiration for this piece. 

Themel_CTSciCtrDetailI used colorful, geometric batik fabrics to represent science, medicine and technology, and to convey the fun our family has had playing (and learning) at the Science Center.

I used acrylic tulle to approximate glass for the center part of the building (see detail, left).

This is a bit of a departure for me.  There are no solid color fabrics in this piece, other than the black binding.  I’m a LITTLE obsessed with patterns and batiks as of late.   And with the exception of window pane lines, I didn’t use the quilt stitches to add realistic details like reflections or texture.  Most of the stitches are done in coordinating thread so it blends into the fabric.  I wanted the patterns of the batik to show through and shine on their own.

Attention SAQA Members in Connecticut: Don’t forget to enter your work into Local Color.  Entry/Registration is open until February 15, 2013


14 January 2013


For the past year and a half, my co-Rep for SAQA Connecticut Diane Wright and I have had the dream of creating a State-wide exhibition of fiber art.

LogoTomorrow, we are one step closer as registration for “Local Color” officially opens!  I’m very excited and nervous, hoping people will get multiple entries in right away. 

I, of course, am still working on one of my entries.  Did you think I would NOT wait until the very last minute?  Don’t you know me at all? 

But in my defense I will be entering 3 pieces.  I have 2 done and almost ready with the 3rd.

Fortunately I have until February 15, 2013 to enter, using SAQA’s on line system.  I’m sincerely hoping most of our members in Connecticut will be better than I am and get their entries in before that date!

Wish us luck!  And if you live in CT please consider entering “Local Color”.  More details can be found on our Facebook page: