Last week, we flew to Syracuse, NY so that I could attend my 60th high school reunion and touch base with my family. This photo was taken on our first night there. My sister lives on Little York Lake and we took their pontoon boat out for a sunset cruise.
The next day, I met up with 6 of my bff’s from high school for a cruise on the mail boat on Skaneatlas Lake. It was a small boat with tables and chairs so that we could have our lunch. It was fun to watch the delivery of mail to cottages along the lake. The girls at this camp come out and do a dance for their mail.
After the boat cruise, my sister and I headed to Auburn so that I could check out the SDA exhibit, Transgressing Traditions, at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I took photos of some of my favorite pieces. The exhibit consisted of very avant garde art pieces. I loved looking at each one and marveling at the creativity that went into the making of them.
This piece was not so innovative as it was beautiful, layers of printing by Elizabeth Odiorne. Here is a detail:
This piece by Diane Siebels was copiously hand stitched. I forgot to write down the title.
Here is a detail:
This wonderful piece is by Amy Meisner, called Inheritance. She used abandoned needlepoint, vintage doilies, cotton velvet, silk organza, wool. Click any image to see larger.
I have no idea who did this whimsical piece with pins, needles and safety pins.
I am a huge fan of Judith Content’s shibori kimonos so I had to have my photo taken with it.
This piece by Georgia Roswell is made from strips of discarded textiles. See the detail for a better idea of the construction.
I loved the graphic quality of this piece. It is all computer generated and printed on polyester and quilted!! By Russ Little.
This piece is so lovely and so organic. It is by Andrea Huffman and consists of variety of textiles and is hand stitched.
There is so much more to see in this exhibit. Click Here for a link to a video of the show.
Continuing with my trip! On Saturday, my little high school class had a picnic. There were 36 in my class in a very rural town in upstate New York. Here are the 17 of us who attended.
On Sunday, my sister and brother-in-law hosted a family gathering. Jim made us a fantastic feast of clams, lobster tail, shrimp, kielbasa, potatoes and corn. So delicious.
We got home on Monday but I have been busy catching up.
I signed up to take Radical Embroidery at Oregon College of Art and Craft. It was a 3 day workshop. It turned out to be not that radical, but I learned a lot about using embroidery as an art form. The instructor was a delightful young woman from the CA bay area, Victoria May. Her website is here. Her work is a bit radical as she has a fondness for the gritty and industrial debris that she finds in her travels. I think that adding delicate embroidery to these found objects serves to confound the viewer.
On the first day, we learned different ways to create line in our work. The piece at the beginning of this post is my sampler. We used Dynaflow paint on canvas to begin our work. Then I added lines in various ways. We used organza in our work. For this line, I painted organza which I tore into strips and couched down. I really like the effect.
The next day, we moved on to working with painted organza layered on canvas and we were to capture some things between the layers.
I had some previously quilted rusted silk which I cut into rectangles. Two pieces are under the organza and the middle one is on top. I am in the process of stitching the quilted silk pieces down. Then, I will add some interesting stitching to the rest of the piece. I am thinking of adding a bit of rust to this in some way.
Then we were introduced to stitching on water color paper. The trick here is to pre-punch your stitching holes with a needle or awl. For my piece, I stained the water color paper with acrylic ink and got some interesting effects by blow drying it. Click on any photo to see it larger.
I am in the process of stitching with variegated thread, following the design created by the ink.
On the last day, I had an idea that I just had to work on using some of the materials that I brought.
First, I painted the canvas with indigo Dynaflow paint. I forgot to get a photo before I started stitching, but you can get an idea from this photo.
I had some indigo fabric with clamped circles. I cut out three circles for the composition. I also had a dark blue shibori organza which has black lines in it. And I also had a piece of Rymplecoth that my friend, Maris, gave me. It is more loosely woven than cheesecloth and is used for cleaning and polishing. She uses it in her felting. I dyed it a dark black. It takes the dye really well.
I used strips of the organza as I wanted some of the painted canvas to show to give a better value change. I ripped some holes in the Rymplecloth so that the organza can poke through.
The top circle is on top of the organza and is couched down and stitched with silver metallic thread.
The other circles are under organza and stitched with the silver thread. I have started doing some stitching on the organza and canvas and then I will tack the Rymple cloth down.
Here is the final layout which looks a bit messy, but I think I know where I am going.
I was feeling a bit overwhelmed earlier this week and wishing my recovery was moving faster. Yesterday, I had Mr C help me get my sewing machine table back where I use it and pulled the Janome up out of hiding. It made me so happy, I almost danced. I think it is a symbol for the life I want to live and now, I am feeling so much better and have been doing better. I think I turned a corner.
All I did was shorten some clothes, but it felt good. My knee didn’t like the knee lift, but that will get better.
I took a break to attend a 3 day workshop and I did well, but I was exhausted every night. I have always been a people person, but I spent so much of my recovery holed up with Mr C here in the condo, that I am finding spending a lot of time stimulated by the presence of other people is exhausting for me! Who knew that would every happen to me! I will share some stuff from the workshop later, but I wanted to finish my SFMOMA posting.
Our next stop was at the Calder exhibit which was inside and out. I love his mobiles.
In the outdoor area, there was a beautiful garden wall of ferns and other plants.
Then we were off to Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture since 1900. A couple of Matisse portraits caught my eye. The first is The Girl with the Green Eyes.
This one is Woman With a Hat. This one was done a little earlier than the one above. I thought it was interesting that it had a more impressionistic quality to it. I really like it better, I think.
I love color and the beauty of juxtaposing colors as Josef Albers does in these 4 pieces.
Mr C and I both have an affection for Robert Motherwell’s works. His work is so bold and graphic. We own a signed print of his work.
See how exciting this place is. You walk into a room and on every wall is a piece by one of your favorite artists. This being work by Mark Rothko.
And what is not to love about this Diebenkorn, Berkeley #7?
There were several pieces by Clyfford Still. His color use is extraordinary.
This is one of Robert Rauschenberg’s gritty pieces.
I was happy to see this collage by Romare Bearden, one of my favorite artists. I was introduced to his work when I lived in North Carolina and was a docent at an art museum that owned a few of his pieces.
By now, I was beginning to feel as if a truck had run over me but I was determined to find the small works by Klee, another favorite artist.
I was happy to find this in the gift shop: Art Inc. by my daughter, Lisa.
There was so much more. I hope to go back again, soon.