I have had
four pieces of my artwork stolen BY the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ. I,
and the other members of Confluence, participated in that gallery's Sept. -
Nov. 2013, International Textile Exhibition. There was a lot of strange
behavior going on like no proper opening, almost no Facebook or website
postings of the show, and then we were told that the whole thing had come down
several weeks early. But they did not return the work until my co-curator
(Inga Buell) and I called and emailed numerous times. At that point they
sloppily wrapped the work NOT in our original packing materials and sent back
most of it. Several pieces came with damaged frames, etc. But
three of my mixed media embroideries and one textile lamination have never been
returned to me. We have called and emailed countless times since Nov. 16,
the purported closing date. They do not respond at all and I have filed
a police report, not an easy task in another state from the one in which I
live, and am also filing a complaint with the NJ Attorney General's Office.
This has been excruciatingly painful and I therefore want to warn any
and all artists NOT to show their work at the Art Factory. The owners are
David J. Garsia and Donata Anna Garsia.
This is an as yet unfinished piece that I started in the Sue Cavanaugh workshop I took in Ohio a couple of months ago. She taught us, and showed us, her amazing 3D shibori quilts. I stitched and tied and dye painted then ripped the whole thing into pieces. Now I'm in the process of stitching it to a ground fabric and starting to embroider it. Off to get more creamy white silk threads.
This is the fifth module for Chroma:Red. It refers to all those student essays I KINDLY corrected with non-threatening green ink. But I always secretly wished I could really say what I meant with the power of RED!!
Arctic Summer is a paper and ink collage I did last year and it is the basis for five subsequent pieces done in fabric by myself and four other artists. It will be on display in Whittier, CA, in January-February 2014. Details to follow.
Algae is a brand new piece that is made by piecing fabrics, many of which I dyed myself. Once stitched, I added a lot of antique lace and other embellishing threads for movement and texture. It's 18" x 24".
Fabulous trip! The opening of the Oz Quilt show in Canberra was worth the trip in itself. I saw A LOT of amazing textiles including drop dead gorgeous tapestries by Valerie Kirk (thank you, Valerie, for jurying my piece into the exhibit!), but my fav is below: "Perhaps Renewal" by Marianne Penberthy. The essence of Australia's landscape. Haunting.
Here are a few examples of shibori I made in the Sue Cavanaugh Workshop I just completed at the (Nancy) Crow Barn in central Ohio. The workshop was fabulous and Sue is inspirational. Not sure yet how I will incorporate the techniques into my own work, but they work well for large and 3D so I know they will pop up soon.
I have been working on the Chroma series for about 16 months. Chroma:Red is the fifth panel. They are all about 6 feet tall and 44 inches wide. Here we can see the modules of Red which I have recently finished. Two more are in progress at the moment. There will be eight modules making up the panel. These are Fire, Hearts and Texture which explores the range of what we call red. Many more images of the completed panels are available to be seen on the blog if you scroll back to summer 2012.
Here's for the show in Canberra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canberra as the capitol of Australia. Willy-willy - my art quilt - and I will be winging our way over later this month. Can't wait. Tell all your Aussie friends!
This is round three of the round robin challenge my workshop group has had since we met for a month at FiberFly Studios last spring. I pieced the underlying quilt block then made a copy of it on printable voile. I'm so proud of everyone for continuing to do their pieces!
This is the piece - 36" square - I sent off to Illuminations, the 2013 Art Cloth Network exhibition for jurying by Bruce Hoffman. Let's hope he likes it! There is a hidden layer of silk satin underneath the panels. It was so cool to see how two different kinds of silk took the same dye using the same fold pattern. It's called Sparks for obvious reasons. Ooops! I forgot to mention in my Artist Statement that it is foiled, too.
I've waited a couple of years since my visit to both St. Petersberg, Russia, and St. Pete, FL, to make this piece. While it is cold and snowy in the former, it was actually the visit to the latter which really inspired this quilt. The chunks of industrial glass which create part of an exterior wall at the Chihuly Glass Museum are captured here in fabric and paint.
Off to Australia, both Willy-Willy and I, in October. Willy-Willy (the name for the swirling wind funnels which act like tornadoes) will be on view at the National Museum's upstairs gallery from the end of October into December in Canberra, Australia, along with the work of leading Australian textile art/quilt makers. I'm the only American with work in the show. Lucky me!!
If you will be in or around Laguna Beach in the next few weeks please swing by this gallery which will have two of my embroideries: Flotsam and Jetsam, among many other small works. Check their website for opening hours. Let me know if you stop in.
Six of us spent Sunday at Susan Willen's house dyeing up a storm. Here are some samples from my stash. The first five photos are of work I completed on Sunday, done very precisely as can be seen by the clarity of the crackle. The next day I did more of a general immersion dyeing to use up the left over dyes and those samples are much muddier as is expected. All will, I'm sure, find their way into future art quilts. Keep a look out!
This is my Art Cloth Network 2012 piece which is part of the touring Inspirations series going to Evanston, Illinois, and San Jose, CA, this fall and winter (see side panel for dates). The "inspiration" was the experience of seeing all that gorgeous trash in the river after flooding. The piece is recycled bubblewrap and other plastics.