Last week, I was privileged to take a 2 day workshop with Fran Skiles. I had so much fun and it was kind of like making a mystery quilt. She would do a demo and give us instructions to create some pieces and then we would move on to something else. She purposely did not show us a finished piece so that we would not have a preconceived notion of what to do.
We started by making random stitches on a piece of plain fabric.
Then we coated one side with gesso.
Next we made monoprints on Chinese rice paper using printing ink.
Then we drew on Japanese rice paper with a bamboo pen and India ink.
We learned how to transfer photos from copy paper using gel medium.
I don’t have photos, but we also drew on stitch and tear pellon with watercolor crayons which we then transferred to the fabric with gel medium.
Once, we had all our parts, we started assembling collages and then doing washes with thinned paint.
I have 3 more skins (Fran’s word for the treated fabric) and lots of parts to make more collages. It was so much fun and so freeing to create the parts without a plan – just to play.
On Thursday, we have our Oregon SAQA one day conference. Our guest speaker is Kay Khan, who does intricate 3-D fiber work. In an homage to her, we were invited to create 3-D pieces. I am cutting up a boring quilt which will become a structure. I glued the parts to stiff pellon tonight.
Tomorrow I will assemble it and hope it stands upright without too much work!!
Beyond Fistula is an organization that helps women and girls in Africa who have recently undergone surgical repair for fistulas- a complication of difficult childbirths. My friend and fellow art quilter, Mary Ann McCammon, is very involved with this organization and has traveled to Kenyan to work with the women, teaching them to create little art quilts. You can read about her here.
There is to be a fund raising event here in Oregon wine country, selling a lot of the work these women have created. Mary Ann asked us to create a larger piece, using the work done by the women. I have done two of these. I am embroidering their names on the front.
On the back is a pocket with a card with information and photo about the maker.
Here is the second one I made.
The fund raiser is in November at a winery.
Tomorrow is Columbia Fiberarts Guild with Fran Skiles as guest speaker. On Thursday and Friday, I am excited to take a workshop with her.
Monday was our 52nd wedding anniversary. We headed for central Oregon to the high desert area. We stayed in a lovely B & B in Bend. It was close to the Deschutes river where we could take morning walks and there were really good restaurants within walking distance.
On our way, I had to stop at Camp Sherman and take a short hike to the head waters of the Metolius River. Here we are, enjoying the beauty of that place.
On Tuesday morning, we decided to check out the High Desert Museum which is a lovely place set back in the Ponderosa pines. There were a couple of art exhibits that I wanted to check out. We found much more than that. One art exhibit was art that was for sale to benefit the museum. Here is a piece that I really liked.
The other exhibit was about art that was created as part of the WPA program. It was very interesting. Here is a painting that we liked.
I liked seeing this special exhibit by Marie Watt that was commissioned by the museum. Marie lives and works here in Portland. There was an informative video about her work, as well.
In addition to the indoor exhibits, there were special exhibits of animals and birds of the area. I saw a few Aspens, too.
I really enjoyed the chance to get away and just enjoy the natural world. Now, I am trying to buckle down and get some creative work accomplished.