Archive for the ‘Trinity Arts’ Category

Send in the Clowns

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

I have been working on this piece for an exhibit at Trinity with the theme The Circus of Life. I just had to do this piece because I feel as if Washington DC is a circus with a bunch of clowns trying to govern. Here are details:

I printed resistance words for the background.

It is very therapeutic to work on a piece like this. I am so frustrated with all  the bad stuff being done to our country. I worry about how we will ever get back to normal and doing things that are actually good for people and the planet.

I have been having fun teaching my wool felt stitching class on Wednesday nights at Trinity. Here are some photos of the designs they are working on.

I made this rooster to demonstrate adding the decorative embroidery stitches.

So you can see that I have been busy. I am having some trouble getting around because of plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I miss being able to take Scooter for long walks. Today, I went to REI and bought some New Balance walking shoes and orthotics. I am noticing a difference tonight. But, dang, they are kind of ugly shoes and I so want to have warm weather and to be able to wear sandals again. Hope springs eternal.

Oops!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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This mess is what I have been working on this week. I am trying to create the redwoods photo in fabric. I am doing the confetti collage method where you use bits of fabric and then cover it with tulle, pin it down and quilt the heck out of it. I am using a lot of my hand-dyed fabrics to get the special effects of sunlight through the giant trees. Here is the original photo.

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I have set it up on my sewing table which is not quite the full size I need. I so miss my old work space at the big house, but I am adapting. I am using the ironing board for my cutting surface.

Last night was my last art quilt class. I didn’t get a lot of photos, but my students did such a super job. Last night. I gave them the opportunity to make a fiber art postcard. Here is my sample, not finished.

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Here is a student postcard. I took my sewing machine in so that I could zigzag stitch the edges.

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And here is am art quilt done by one of my teenagers. I love how she did the curvy landscape.

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The stove in The Congdo is falling apart. It has cheap plastic parts that are cracking and breaking. To replace the parts. it will cost quite a bit so we decided to get a new slide in GE range. Can’t wait for it to get here.

So now you know why I have been a slacker blogger.

 

Back Home and Busy

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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We arrived home on Wednesday, mid-day, just in time to get my self organized to teach another art quilt class at Trinity. I am so proud of my students, who range in age from 8 to 70. Wednesday night, I introduced them to the serenity of slow cloth. We sat and did hand stitching on our little art quilts. Here are some examples of what they are doing. The piece above is done by my oldest student. We had to do some engineering to get the elements off the space to be sturdy.

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Adea is a budding abstract artist. Love the colors that she is using.

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This piece is the four seasons.

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Her Mom is doing a wonderful still life.

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This is my youngest student. She has a lot of stitching to do; I hope she can stick with it and finish.

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This piece was started by  the Dad of the family and is getting finished by Mom. It is an homage to their camping experiences.

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This is a bit blurry, but the daughter in this family is doing a beautiful multi-colored leaf tree.

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A fun landscape by her Mom.

Here are some photos from Jayme’s graduation. It was a very exciting evening. She graduated with an MD with distinction.

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This is a very blurry photo of Mark and Paige hooding Jayme.

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It was a great few days in the bay area with Mark, Jayme, Paige and Jayme’s family.

Checking in With Some Fun Stuff

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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Friday night was the opening night for the Wrinkle in Time Art’s Festival at Trinity. Work that was made in the series of art classes over the last few months was on display. Here is some work from the screen printing class. My magenta and black piece is in the top middle.

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These were work down in the Reduction Printing class. My piece is on the bottom left.

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And here are my ceramic pears from the clay class. I have a lot to learn about glazes.

Here is some work from my art quilt class. These pieces are fused down, but not much stitching has been done.

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The lighting on this panel made it difficult to photograph. I am so pleased with work and the originality.

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Here is my Moonstruck piece hanging in the exhibit in Kempton Hall. The spotlight made it difficult to photograph. I got lots of nice comments about it.

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We had to miss many of the festivities over the week-end because we left on Saturday morning to fly to San Francisco to celebrate Jayme’s graduation from UCSF med school.

On Saturday, we were thrilled to have Paige hang out with us. We took her to the park near their new home in San Mateo.

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Yesterday, we had a big party to celebrate with Jayme’s family and friends. Since they only moved in two weeks ago, there was much to do to get the house and backyard ready. Mr C and I did all the food shopping. By the time we got home, it was time to start cooking for the 4:00 party.

Here are some shots from the party:

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Their new home has a wonderful big back yard. The weather was in the 60s, but we all enjoyed being outside, anyway.

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My son, slicing the tri-tip that he grilled.

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Here is the beautiful guest of honor, who worked as hard as any one to put on the party.

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Here is Paige with her buddy Clark. The quilt I made her is on her bed.

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What a little beauty she is!

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Love this photo of Paige and two of the boys from her old neighborhood.

Today is a down day of just hanging out with Jayme and her family. Tomorrow night is her graduation. That will be an exciting event.

 

Art Quilt Workshop Prep

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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I am getting ready to teach an art quilting class for our multi-generational art program at Trinity. We will have no sewing machines so I got permission from Laura Wasilowski to pattern my class after her wonderful little hand-stitched art quilts. This is my class sample that I am working on. I have some stitching done.

I love this part soooo much. Slow stitching – ahhhhh!

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The class will be on Wednesday nights for the next 4 weeks – an hour and a half per class. So part of my planning is parsing out the steps to a finished quilt. For those who get done early, I will have them make fiber postcards.

I bought several batiks for them to use for the background fused to black felt. I have lots and lots of fused scraps that I am bringing in for them to use for their creations.

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There are so many things to think of. I will try to take photos as we go along.

I was exhausted after the SAQA conference and then I had a backlog of SDA work to do. Today, I am feeling rested and energetic again.