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Some Time Out

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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After getting 3 quilts done and photographed, sewing facings, making labels and travel bags, I had to take some time to breath.  Here is the travel bag that I made for the finished Glacier National Park piece which is 24 inches square. It would not roll easily so this is a great way to send out into the world. The plastic sleeve has a photo and identification information.

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Yesterday, I cleaned up the sewing room which was a bit of a disaster. Lisa and Clay called and wanted to come and hang out and have dinner with us. I love to have them stop by.

Today, I headed to the studio to get some work done. I got the July Printed Fabric Piece done – the theme is insects. I will post photos at the end of the month.

I am behind on my Master Class homework for this month. The theme is rhythm. I need to do a little work on my sketch. I want to do some layering with silk organza and silk charmeuse so I painted some organza to use. Here it is still wet.

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It has been nice to have a few days without looming deadlines.

Blue Exhibit Opening and Current Work

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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This afternoon, Mr C and I braved the traffic on I-5 and drove up to Longview, WA to see the High Fiber Diet exhibit, What’s Blue to You, at the Lower Columbia College Art Center. The gallery was quite lovely and the show looked fantastic. I loved how they hung the blue and orange pieces together. You can see Blue Picasso Woman in this shot.

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We drove home on a different route, more back roads and it was lovely. We stopped at Burgerville for supper so that I could have Walla Walla onion rings.

I have been working on a neutrals piece for the next HFD show. It is composed of black and white photos from our trip to Glacier National Park. I printed them on Jacquard Extravorganza.

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I created pdfs of the photos and printed them poster style and fused them together to make them larger for the piece I am doing. I created a thermofax to print the title.

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I am doing some handstitching on each photo.

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Our hot, hot weather has finally abated and it was quite lovely today. What a relief.

Exploring Layers – Oregon SAQA Exhibit

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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I promised some Facebook friends that I would post photos of the SAQA Oregon Exploring Layers show. I sat the gallery on Saturday and had time to take photos. Above is Jill Hoddick’s South Rim, Grand Canyon and one of Chris Brown’s charming horse sculptures, View from Rowena Crest.

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Paulette Landers does exquisite layered abstract pieces that look like paintings: I Once Saw a Tree.

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This is Sheila Finzer’s You are Unique.saqacarol

Carol Heist is a wonderful surface designer. She works such magic with textiles: Fractured Green.

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This is Swept Away by Sara Miller.

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This is Sahalie Falls by Amanda Miller. She has used a lovely combination of machine quilting, hand stitching and couched threads in this. This piece sold at an earlier show.

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Layers of Influence by Karen Bates.

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Another horse from Chris: One Who Looks Back.

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Mary Arnold’s Strata. This was facing the window of the gallery so I had to take an angled photo.

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Food Value by Betty Daggett – this was also in the window.

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Santa Fe Fences – Sculpted by Time, Sand, Sun. This piece sold here at our last venue. Bravo, Diane Born!!

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Mary Goodson’s painted piece, From Water to Ice. This also sold at our current exhibit space.

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Laura Jaszkowski’s Rift Valley. saqabeard

Aspen Lea by Catherine Beard. I love this, of course. Surprised it has not sold.

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On the left is Rejuvenation by Jean Wells and on the right, Polychromatic Pool by Betty Gientke.

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On the left, another piece by Paulette Landers, Ancient Memories and on the right, Rivets 2 by Sidnee Snell.

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This is the second piece made by my friend Suzy Bates –Riches to Rags – the first one sold at our very first venue.

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Here is a second piece by Sidnee – Sliced Not Diced.

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Canyon de Chelley, 1973 by Anne Daughty.

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Pathways by Georgia French.

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Cascade by Nancy Bryant.

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Summer Harvest by Amanda Miller.

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This is Diane English’s After the Fire II.

I didn’t post a photo of Walking with Scooter and Mr C – you have seen it often enough.

I have been busy since I last posted. I made it through my first art quilt workshop at Trinity. I had a lovely Mother’s day with my girls.

I have also been working on my Master Class May assignment. More about that tomorrow!

Oops! Missing in Action

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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This may be a record for me! Seventeen days since my last post. I don’t have any exciting reason. I got a really nasty sinus infection with the worst vertigo. Ended up in bed for a few days. Then, this past week, I had a hectic schedule. On Monday, Mr C and I helped to hang the SAQA Oregon Exploring Layers show at the AIR Gallery in Pioneer Place, downtown Portland. It will be there through May 17th. The Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, noon to 6 pm. That is Walking with Scooter and Mr C hanging at the show.

On Tuesday, I got caught up with some SDA work. On Wednesday, I joined a large group of SAQA members for a docent tour at the Portland Art Museum of Italian Style, a comprehensive look at Italian fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day.  It was fantastic. I had lunch with friends and then took the street car back home.

On Wednesday night, I went to Trinity for the latest art short course. This month, we are screen printing. I could, of course, teach this class, but it is fun to be a participant. We used torn and cut paper to make our designs. First, I cut craft paper into rectangles in a pattern. by folding and cutting.

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Then, I cut circles in freezer paper.

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Her is my first print from the rectangles.

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Then, I printed magenta circles.

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We printed on paper. I am quite happy with this.

On Thursday, I got my neglected hair cut an colored. I felt so much better. Mr C and I took the street car downtown to a symphony concert. It was a one hour free concert for donors, educators and other community folks. It was at 6 pm and and then we stopped at one of the breweries for supper.

On Friday, I got lots of errands done. I found some steel rods to use for my 3-D construction and have started work. Hopefully, I can share some progress tomorrow. I also produced the Constant Contact newsetter for Columbia FiberArts Guild and got it sent Friday night. Whew!

On Saturday, I met a friend at 8:30 in the morning and we drove down to Silverton for our Oregon Critique group meeting. This was the beautiful view of the Silver Lake reservoir from Carol’s deck. So pretty and peaceful.

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Our critic was an artist from Salem. I thought she was a bit too complimentary of our work. Didn’t really get much out of it. I did enjoy seeing the work the others have done.

Betty and I left, Silverton and then went to Pioneer Place to set up for the opening reception of the exhibit. Hung out there until 9 pm, when Mr C came and picked me up. Today, I have been trying to recover from the week and to get caught up on SDA work! Here is a shot from the show. It looks great.

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So, now we are all caught up. I hope I can get back to my regular blogging schedule again.

No Rest for the Weary

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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Well, I am not that weary, but fortunately, I recovered from my sinus infection and taking care of M & M so that I could keep up with my busy schedule this past week. On Tuesday, I went out to the Expo Center to help hang the SAQA Oregon Show, Exploring Layers. On Wednesday, I was busy, busy doing my left brain SDA work. On Thursday, I went back out to the opening of NW Quilt Expo. I spent a couple of hours at the Columbia FiberArts Guild table, showing some member’s work and promoting the guild. Then, I gave a docent talk for the SAQA show. That is me with my quilt, Walking With Scooter and Mr. C. That quilt has really been getting around.

On Friday, I finally got to my studio to start some clean up and to work on my latest Printed Fabric Bee piece. The queen this month is Leslie Jennison who has asked for Urban Surfaces -think about layered textures of old walls, peeling paint, graffiti, etc., on building walls. I was trying to decide what piece of fabric to use as my base for printing and had an epiphany as I was falling asleep or waking up. (Always get my best ideas, then.) I had done some shibori folds on some cotton scarves that I bought from Darma. They looked horrible – what was I thinking horrible. Here is one of them, dampened and ready to be tortured some more. I will only say that my first step was to paint over the whole thing with diluted black Jacquard DynaFlow paint. I will show the final result in a few days.

 

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Intermission: Time to stop, make dinner and go to the symphony.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg played a violin concerto by Shostakovich. Fantastic concert.

And, I am back!

While at the quilt show, I found my favorite booth with hand-dyes from Maureen Schmidt – a friend from Sonoma County. I bought two packs of neutrals – one, warm and one, cool. High Fiber Diet has neutral as the theme for next year.

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And I also found some Radiance (cotton/silk blend) in colors that will be perfect for the commission I am working on.

 

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This is the gorgeous nuno felted backdrop that my friend, Maris Cavanaugh, made for the guild fashion show.

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When it is plugged in, it pops up on it’s legs. When you hold it to iron, the legs disappear, but as soon as you let go of it, up it pops. It has a long cord and it goes off after 30 minutes when not in use, unlike most irons, which last for only 7 -8 minutes. I love its bright sunny color.