February 28, 2008

Quilt on Canvas

Here's the newest addition to my canvas series. Hmmm . . . is it a series if all they have in common is the painted canvas they are sewn onto? The style of each quilt is very different. I blogged about the other two pieces here and here.
I love the way it looks mounted on the painted canvas and am going to explore this further.

At our last Fibervision meeting we had a workshop on Creativity. Brecia Kralovic-Logan discussed several different ways to tap into our individual creativity. This is a tracing of my hand that I decorated during the session. Brecia said to use it as a reminder that I am a one of a kind artist making REAL and one of a kind ART work.

Brecia shared several quotes with us, but this one really got my attention. "Given the chance, that place inside will speak to each of us." Mark Nepo

The workshop finished with a mini fashion show of Brecia's incredible wearables. They are very imaginative, colorful and textural.

February 25, 2008

Frame of Reference

My favorite group of like-minded thinkers, Fibervision, is having an exhibit called Frame of Reference at the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation from March 4-March 28. In addition to their fiber art, each artist will display their source of inspiration. It may be a photo, a seashell or perhaps a movie or a single word. The reception with the artists is on Friday, March 7th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. We will have the gallery open for Viewing with the Artists on March 8th and March 15th. It's going to be a lot of fun and all of you are invited!! My quilt, Imprint of the Soul, was chosen for the front of the postcard; If you would like to see a photo, I blogged about it here. Fibervision has started a group blog, please stop by here to see what we're up to.

February 24, 2008

Photoshop Manipulation

These postcards were made from photos that were manipulated in Photoshop. I printed the tweaked photos using my inkjet printer and pre-treated cotton fabric from Jacquard. These are going to be traded with members of the Surface Design group. It's a lot of fun playing with Photoshop because you're never quite sure what your image will end up looking like. Hope they like them!

February 15, 2008

It was a Colorful Week

This week was both colorful and creative. First was my ATC exchange. Ever since our exhibit at AFS and newspaper article, this group has been growing steadily, and this month we had 20 artists trading. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with. Here are some of the beautiful cards that I received.

Top row: Mary Stanley, Angela Moll, Syd McCutcheon Second Row: Colleen Darling, Lindsay C (she's 10 yrs old), Joan Dineberg

Top row: Angela Howard, Pierrette Bottom Row: Judy Nilsen

This is a beautiful hand-painted piece that I purchased from Terri Stegmiller. I loved everything about this piece as soon as I saw it and it's even more beautiful in person. Thanks Terri.

I took the day off from work (always good) and spent it beading with a several of my creative buddies, Oleta, Jeanne, Mary and Lora. Deana Hartman lead the "Need to Bead" workshop and showed us quite a few stitches ranging from simple scatter stitch to encrusted collage. I have a large collection of beads (what a surprise) and brought way more than I could possibly use, but I just wasn't sure which piece I was going to work on. It was a lot of fun and I still have a long way to go before my piece is worth showing.

February 12, 2008

ATC Trade

These are my offerings for the ATC trade tomorrow. If you are in Santa Barbara, stop by to meet a great group of artists at the Good Cup Cafe on the Mesa.
Some of the backgrounds have a bleached design, others have been monoprinted using Sherrill's Sorbet paint. I really love the great assortment of colors and the great coverage of this paint is truely amazing.I had lots of fun playing with the positive and negative shapes, circles punched from aluminum foil and recycled receipts.

February 9, 2008

Cyber Fiber Postcard Trade

If you haven't already heard about the online trade and upcoming exhibition organized by Susan Lenz, you really should visit her Cyber Fiber blog. Susan has a wonderful assortment of postcards and ATC's available for trading. Here is postcard #40 that I reserved.Here is the bottom layer of my postcard for Susan. It consists of silk, inkjet photo, painted baby wipe & commercial fabric scraps. I added a total of five layers of yarn, painted dryer sheets, thread ball bunches and stitched each layer down.And here's the final card all trimmed, stitched and ready to mail. I really like the idea of recycling materials and love the layers of texture that this technique creates.

February 3, 2008

Can Frogs Smile?

I've been so busy, the week just flew by. I finally took a little break today while the sun was shining and went to one of my favorite places, the zoo. As usual, I took a bunch of pictures, but I had to share this one with you. Can frogs really smile? Sure looks like this one can, that smile made my day. I'm going to make a large print of this one and post it in my studio.

Last weekend after our Fibervision meeting, Susan and I went to the Elverhoj Museum to see our show hanging for the last time. It was a great venue and I hope we can do it again in the future. One of my pieces sold, so I wanted to visit it for the last time. We exchanged UFO's for our second annual reVision challenge. I have documented all the before reVision tops and quilts. Stay tuned for the unveiling later in the year. The piece I have is a complete quilt about 48" square. I am having a little trouble cutting up a finished quilt, but I'm confident I will find a way to reVision this piece into something that will make Lorna proud!

Susan had a wonderful present for me, a beautiful rusty and overdyed piece of fabric. She has been rusting everything in sight with great success. I haven't had much luck, but I do have some old macrame rings rusting outside and will try again soon.

This last photo is a postcard that I received from Betyann. It is a Photoshop Manipulation PC trade from the Surface Design group. Betyann made a negative from an old family photo in Photoshop, printed it on Cynotype fabric and hand embroidered the flowers. Very pretty.