January 24, 2008

Imprint of the Soul

This is the quilt I've been working on for the last couple of weeks. It has a lot of stitching, both by hand and machine. I love the colors and the way the light hits the silk. It feels very rich and elegant.
The first source of inspiration came from a poem that my son Sean wrote called Couturier. Here is the first line: "The first things to notice are the sterile lights illuminating fabrics one dreams of but rarely visits with touch".
I've collected some silk fabrics, but never used them. After reading his poem, I couldn't find the silk fast enough. I was working on a series of line drawings that I felt would work well with the poem and the silk. I ended up doing a lot more hand stitching than I usually do but the texture the seed stitching was exactly what the piece needed.
Okay, enough already, here it is. Did you notice all the circles? I'm telling you, they keep showing up in my work.

With any luck, it will be on exhibit at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara in March. It is a little bigger than the size specified, however, my Fibervision group is known for breaking the rules. We'll see if the rule breaking/bending applies to size!

January 21, 2008

More Paint, More Depth

A couple of weeks ago, I posted photos of the first pieces that I painted. I left the fabric to dry overnight and didn't realize that it would continue to change until the fabric was dry. Was I ever in for a surprise the next morning! Both pieces were very pastel, the salt had sucked a lot of color out and our tables were uneven, so a lot of color slid off. Live and learn! They were nice, but I knew they could be better. So, I decided to add a second layer of paint and here are the progress shots. I paint in my dining room now, so the dry time is much shorter and my tables are even!The colors are so rich and they have so much depth now. I feel like they are finally finished.

January 19, 2008

I LOVE Circles

Circles appear in my work more than any other shape. I'm not sure why, but it definitely seems to be my symbol. So when the challenge for my "Blockheads" mini group came due, I looked through my vast selection of photos for inspiration. This photo of circles spoke to me the loudest, so this is what I added to my envelope. The exchange was random, but Jean and I ended up choosing each others envelope. Jean's inspiration is beautiful lily pads (looks a lot like photos in my personal collection). Jean and I share the same birthday (except I'm 20 years older), we also share many of the same ideas and interests: quilting, photography & computers. The only rule for this challenge is no barbed wire! It's going to be fun to see what comes out of this.
The painted fabric from a couple of weeks ago finally cured, so I rinsed the salt out and dried it. I stretched two panels today and added another layer of paint. The paint is transparent, so it will add more color and depth. I'm taking photos of the progress and will post on Monday. Tomorrow, I going to Road to California quilt show in Ontario with some friends. I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun.
My silk piece is almost done, I'll should finish it tomorrow. I'm loving it more with every stitch.

January 13, 2008

Work in Progress

I'm working on a new silk piece that was inspired by a poem my son, Sean, wrote. It is still in progress so I won't show the quilt yet, but I thought I would tease you a little with a close up of one small area. Lots of texture and stitching will be added. I really enjoy working with silk, I'm going to have to buy more when I go to the garment district!Here is a sampling of the January Artist Trading Cards. I am amazed that we used such similar colors. I swear it wasn't planned! My book of ATC's is very full, I really have to get a larger one.

January 6, 2008

More Painted Fabric

Here are the results of another painting session with Setacolor and salt. The first photo shows the newly painted surface, the second photo shows the dry fabric 4 hours later. I am still experimenting but really like what is happening so far. It's pretty amazing how much variety you can get from four colors of paint!This super bright combination uses Vermillon, Light Green and Buttercup. This piece is approximately 20 x 20".This combination is Light Green, Buttercup and Parma Violet. This measures 22 x 36".This combination is Cobalt Blue, Parma Violet and Vermillon. This piece also measures 22 x 36". My husband and I have designed a super quick and easy technique to stretch the fabric on frames (no more thumb tacks for me). So now I have 2 large frames and 2 small frames. That should keep me out of trouble for a while!

January 4, 2008

Make My Day Award

Vicki W gave me this You Make My Day Award. Thanks Vicki, it was quite a surprise. When I started my blog I thought it would be a good way to track my progress as an artist, a journal of sorts. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the whole process and how many friends I would make throughout the world. It has been a great experience and I appreciate all my visitors and their notes. Keep them coming!

I am giving this award to ten blogs that inspire me and/or make me laugh. I hope you enjoy them as well. Ladies, it is up to you whether or not you would like to pass the award on.
Sue B