Friday, February 26, 2016

Texturizers Round 7

We have reached the penultimate round - one more to go.  Again, this is my response to the six pieces I received from the other artists.  And, as usual, I don't feel comfortable posting their work so you can't see how the series are evolving (you could look at their sites to see if they have put up their work -  Cindy McConnell, Carol Nilsen, Barbara James, Jeanne Sission, Priscilla Smith, Connie Tiegel and Lisa Kerpoe).     I over-dyed a piece of cotton on which I'd printed awhile ago.  Then I printed with the gold paints using a couple of different screens.  Next, I appliqued on the vertical strips and the curved ones which I tacked invisibly in place.  No backing on this piece as I'm thinking more about what the final recipient (Carol) might want to do with it and to leave her a lot of options.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Opening at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

My quilt Gyre #8 is one of about 40 pieces by international artists which were juried into Water is Life.  The show goes to the New England Quilt Museum once in closes in Switzerland and then tours through 2017 all over the US at the Mancuso Quilt shows.  Pleased and proud to be included in such a socially important exhibit.

btw - Gyres are the many mile wide garbage patches which pollute the oceans of the world with plastic debris;  they will not ever break down completely.      Apparently there is not an animal or plant in the seas which does not contain micro beads from these insidious objects we discard!

I ice dyed the ground fabric then melted household plastics and appliqued them in place.

See the whole exhibit at (copy and paste this address):

Monday, February 22, 2016

Dyeing Wool

Spent a couple of hours today creating an array of reds for my hooking project.  Good old fashioned Cushing dyes.  Where it all began for me: Maine roots and childhood packets of dyes.  Nothing simpler, more instantaneous and rewarding.  My only problem was that I didn't have any white wool so, in fact, these are all over-dyes.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Back in Action

Back from a glorious trip to Tasmania, I've recovered from jet lag and am finding time to do a bit in the studio.    Believe it or not I'm actually testing some old school hooking techniques.   Been trying an array of wools, yarns, etc., and various ground fabrics to work into.  Here's a bit with ideas which might apply to a project I have in mind - yea, a quilt.