Wordless Wednesday

March 4th, 2015

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The Printed Fabric Bee February

March 2nd, 2015

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I will admit to being distracted with the enraged knee and my solo show painting, so this printing was done very quickly.

Carol Eaton was the queen bee and she chose the forest floor as her theme. I created two therofax screens to represent the Oregon forest floor – pine boughs and pine cones. I chose a dark beige hand dyed fabric for the base and screened the pine boughs first, using dark green and a metallic green.

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I didn’t take more photos, but it was pretty basic, anyway.

The six inch give away piece is at the top. Here is the piece going to Carol:

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And here is the mosaic of all the pieces that were completed on time.

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You can go to Carol’s blog and/or the PFB blog and leave a comment. There are some gorgeous pieces in this collection.

 

Making Progress

February 28th, 2015

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I finished this, except for the edges. Turned it in and it got a great review from EB. As is my MO, I was a underwhelmed when I finished it, but it is growing on me.

I did some more work on this piece, but need to quilt the background before I finish the top.

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I started working on the water piece for this group.

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Lisa is here, looking for a house to buy. She thinks she found one to make an offer on. We are meeting the realtor with her tomorrow at the house. It seems like the perfect place for them. Tonight we had a nice family meal at Stephanie’s.

 

On Creative Overload

February 26th, 2015

greenpastures

This is a sneak peek at one of the pieces for my show. This will be titled Green Pastures, referencing Psalm 23. I had so much fun this morning, fusing and cutting into the fabric.

I am on my last week of the Photoshop Class. I have learned so much. So worth fitting it into my busy life.

I started a 5 week clay workshop at Trinity last night. It is just on Wednesday nights. He told us to make as many small objects as we could – he suggested food and body parts as well as pinch pots.

Here is some of what I did:

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claypears

It was very relaxing to play with clay.

I am on a deadline to finish this month’s homework for the EB Master Class.

I dedicated yesterday to getting it done. I have been so restricted with work space because the studio is maxed out with solo show stuff. I finally set up on the dining room table.

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I had made freezer paper patterns for this last year. I sorted them out on the big drawing.

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I started with this mess and some photos of where I left off last year plus my sketch.

It took all day, but I got it assembled. I ironed it to my big teflon sheet and moved it back in to my sewing room.

 

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I almost had a disaster today. I brought batting and backing from the studio and moved the teflon sheet to the sofa while I cut the batting and backing and fused them. The teflon sheet slipped off the sofa and I had to do some finessing to get it rearranged on the backing and fused. I finished quilting it tonight, but have not photographed it yet. I will do that in the morning.

I have to get the multi-purpose room cleaned up in the morning. Lisa arrives at lunch time to start the house hunting in earnest. She will be out on Friday and again on Saturday. It would be so great if she could find something this week-end that they can move into at the end of March when they move here.

Phase 2 of An Illuminated Psalter

February 23rd, 2015

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I am starting phase 2 of the work for my solo show, An Illuminated Psalter. The description is this:

Gerrie Congdon will portray how the Psalms teach us to express our emotions and longings, articulate our anger and our compassion, and see our lives in the grand scheme of God’s creation. Her fiber art creations will use colors and forms that bring her favorite psalms to life.

I am doing the 23rd Psalm first – imagery is pretty easy to create and I hope it is not going to be hokey!! Here is my plan. For each of the colorways, the central piece will just be a length of surface designed art cloth with no stitching – 5.5 feet, finished.

Each piece in this collection will have some foiling as part of the surface. This large piece will have a foiled sun in the sky.

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The foiling glue is drying and I will add the foil tomorrow.

I also decided the green pastures needed some colorful flowers.

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Each art cloth hanging will have at least two smaller pieces mounted on wrapped gallery frames – 18 inches square. I will start them tomorrow. I am getting excited to work on these.

Last February, when I dropped out of the Master Class, I had gotten this far on the February assignment.

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I put everything in a box and it has been sitting in my studio. So. I am attempting to put the pieces back together and finish it for this month’s homework.