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Some Studio Time and an Art Date

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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I had a rude awakening this week and realized that I needed to get a project done for The Printed Fabric Bee. So I spent some time in my studio this week. It is cooler now so much easier to work there. I did a little syringe writing with black paint.

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I also used one of my wood block designs to do some beeswax crayon rubbings. I will share more of this project later when it is finished and mailed to the Queen Bee.

It has been one of those crazy weeks. Monday and Tuesday were left brain, excel spread sheets, kind of days doing my membership work for SDA. Wednesday, I worked at Trinity helping to prepare food for the community outreach meal. I love doing this; it combines two of my favorite things, making food and hanging out with great people. Then, I got to spend some time in the studio for a couple of days.

Sidnee Snell, a local textile artist and SAQA member has an exhibit of her work at the Guardino Gallery in the Alberta area of N. Portland. Sidnee manipulates photos to create patterns to create her beautifully stitched pieces, using hand-dyes.

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This piece is from a photo of a rusting bridge.

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This one is called red laces:

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I love the richness of the colors that Sidnee uses and her machine quilting adds a wonderful dimension to the work.

I loved the two pieces she calls sacred seating which are church pews.

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The other artist in the show makes wood sculptures with figures in evocative situations. They were very interesting and well done.

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After our gallery trip, we stopped at the mall and I did some binge shopping at Macy’s for some things for out upcoming trip to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss.

 

Quilt Knit Stitch and More

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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This was a happy week here in Portlandia. My art quilt daughter, Kristin La Flamme, was in town and stayed with us for a few days and it was the debut of Quilt Knit Stitch in Portland. It is the latest Quilts, Inc show which included more than quilts — knitting, crocheting, fashion shows, etc. It really was a good show, but the attendance was not what was expected. The quilts part of it was much smaller than you see at Houston and there were some exhibits just for this show. One was with a theme of roses since this is the City of Roses. The show will be back next year and I hope it gets more publicity going and the attendance improves.

On Tuesday, I had volunteered to help set up the SAQA exhibit and Kristin came along to help. You can see us hanging a sampling of this year’s auction quilts that were on display. SAQA had two of their special exhibits there: Metaphors of Aging and Text Messages. Many people who had not seen art quilts like this before and they were quite taken with the stories that accompanied them.

On Thursday, we had STASH at Gale’s house and we helped Reva get started tying her huge t-shirt quilt. Here we are, stitching away. It was meditative, but hard on the back.

 

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On Friday, we were off to QKS. Kristin was doing docenting in the SAQA exhibits and I was  intermittently schmoozing at the SAQA table, checking out exhibits and shopping in the vendor area.

It was fun to see our fellow Twelve by 12 member, Terri Stegmiller, who was visiting her aunt who lives here. We were able to get a selfie.

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I bought some dye-painted tencil yarn to knit a shrug for myself. I saw it hanging in my friend, Teresa Ruch’s booth and I had to make one too.

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Here is the yarn that I bought.

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I also bought a set of celtic style alphabet woodblocks. I am going to use these in my next Printed Fabric Bee project.

 

 

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It was fun to stop by Marcia Derse’s booth and look at her fabrics. She does printing and discharging on hand-dyed fabrics and then they are commercially printed. I don’t buy her fabric because I like to print my own, but I love to look at what she has done.She has wonderful colors and designs. She just moved from Ohio to Whidby Island and says that she loves it here in the North West.

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On Saturday, we jumped on the street car again and went back to the show to hear Marci Rae McDade, SDA Journal editor, talk about the exhibit she curated at the Hap Gallery, which includes one of Kristin’s Army Aprons. This is a synopsis of the show.

Hap Gallery is pleased to present Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home, a group exhibition of contemporary textile and fiber-based artists curated by Marci Rae McDade. The show features a range of art forms made with seemingly safe and comforting materials from everyday life that are loaded with incendiary content. Each object reflects an aspect of anxiety, discontent, and longing in the 21st century, from poverty and racism to mortality and digital disconnect. These potent works compel viewers to take stock of the world today as we collectively contemplate our futures.

On Saturday night, Marci hosted a reception at the gallery so Mr C, Kristin and I went down on the street car. I really enjoyed seeing the show. Such a variety of work. I got a couple of photos. This is of Marci and Kristin, with her apron on a manikin in the back. It is knitted from undershirts that her husband wore during his deployments. You can see a better photo of this and more of her work in the Army Wife series, here.

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I loved this piece that was thread painted and the pieces were hung to give a 3-D effect.

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I also love an exhibit of miniature clothes hand sewn from clothing of deceased people. They are done as a memorial for loved ones to keep. They were exquisitely done.

And so that is what I have been up to. Kristin left at 3 am this morning and now it is quiet around here and I am trying to catch my breath before the next big event in my life.

Sacred Threads in Seattle

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Mr C and I spent a nice couple of days in Seattle, enjoying some art and good food. I feel creatively and spiritually fulfilled. We went to two museums, I will post about them tomorrow. Tonight, I will share some photos from the Sacred Threads show. The above pieces are by Vikki Pignatelli. She founded  the Sacred Threads exhibit. Her work is exquisite with loads of curved piecing and beautiful quilting. Here is a tree.

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A detail shot shows the beautiful workmanship.

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Here is my Aspen Quilt, looking dwarfed next to the wedding of Adam and Eve.

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Here is some other interesting work. I thought I took photos of the names, but can’t find them.

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This piece is by Wen Redmond.

 

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And this piece was by Ginny Greaves.

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A added benefit for Mr C and I was getting to see two volumes of the St. John’s Bible.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press.

Beginning in 1970, master calligrapher Donald Jackson expressed in media interviews his lifelong dream of creating an illuminated Bible. Following a Saint John’s-sponsored calligraphy presentation at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1995, Jackson discussed a handwritten Bible with Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, former executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Between 1996 and 1997, Saint John’s explored the feasibility of the Bible project, Jackson created first samples, and theologians developed the illumination schema. The Saint John’s Bible was officially commissioned in 1998 and funding opportunities were launched. The public was introduced to the project in 1999 and production was completed in 2011, with the final word penned in May 2011 and touch-up work completed by December 2011.

The Epiphany Parish, where the Sacred Threads exhibit was held has two copies of two of the volumes: The Gospel and Acts and The Prophets. I love the art work in these books. The actual pages are kept at St John’s and copies of the pages were printed so that they could be shared around the world. There are also coffee table size reprints. I came home and ordered the Psalms edition.

Here are some photos of some of the pages:

 

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Some of you may know that I have a soft place in my heart for religious art. So this was a real treat.

We so enjoyed meeting the women at Epiphany Parish. They were so lovely and fun to hang out with for the time we were there. Many thanks to them for hosting this exhibit.

 

Another Marathon Day

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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This morning, Mr C and I spent some quality time in our storage area, getting it organized and doing some purging. I was hoping to locate my container of perle cotton threads. It wasn’t there. We did find some lost items that made us happy. I did finally find my perle cotton in  the storage hassock in my multi-purpose room -whew!

After a walk to the dog park where we hoped Scooter would get worn out, we headed to the closest street car stop and rode the street car to the Portland Art Museum. They are between special exhibits, but we enjoyed checking out the contemporary art galleries. It has been so long since we have been there and it just made my heart sing to wander the exhibits and look at all that creativity. Here are some favorite pieces. The opening photo is a detail of a painting I love.

High Fiber Diet is doing a blue themed show, so this piece intrigues me. Wonder if I dare to do something really minimalist.

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The colors in this piece just sing for me.

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But then, I can be totally drawn into a monochromatic piece with simple lines, creating an abstract figure.

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And who couldn’t love this blue woman with a table of red fruit.

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Tonight we walked down to a wonderful restaurant and ran into some friends. We shared a table and enjoyed our time and walk back home. I managed over 15000 steps today and am feeling quite proud of myself. So far, it has been a great week-end.

Diebenkorn, The Berkeley Years

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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Many years ago, we saw an exhibit of Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park paintings. He has always been a favorite of ours. The Ocean Park paintings are flatter and more linear than the paintings done during his Berkeley years, which are on view at the De Young. We were so excited to get to see the drawings and paintings of his earlier work.

During his years in Berkeley, Diebenkorn was deeply engaged with the unique setting of the Bay Area, saturating his works with color, light, and atmosphere. More than 130 paintings and drawings, beginning with the artist’s earlier abstract works and moving through his subsequent figurative phase, display his profound influence on postwar American art.

I was fascinated with his drawings of the human figure. The gestures are fluid and unrestrained.

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His early abstract landscapes really captivated me with their wild colors and the organic nature of the brush strokes.

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His work evolved to include figures, sometimes in interiors and often in landscapes.

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To give you a frame of reference, this is one of his more spare and restrained Ocean Park paintings.

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It was just a wonderful experience to walk among all of this work and marvel in the color and composition.

I love this entrance to the De Young, designed by Andy Goldsworthy which has a fissure that runs through the surface and rocks and meanders up to the entrance.

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After lunch, we picked up the makings of dinner for Paige and her parents. We were allowed to pick her up early from daycare. I was especially happy to get to see where she spends her day and the wonderful care that she gets.

You can see her in the mirror, as she sits in her car seat.

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She sang all the way home, even when we were stuck in traffic because of an accident. She enjoyed story time with Poppop.

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Her Mama, got to come home early and so did her dad, since he didn’t have to pick her up. I made my veggie pasta sauce with rice pasta and Paige chowed down.

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This is such a nice visit for us. Tomorrow, we might drive up to Sonoma County, where we used to live and get into some warmer temps for the day.