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Modern Art Kimono

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015


We had a very interesting talk and showing of kimonos at our local SAQA meeting today. Lorenz Hermsen collects kimono and haori from the early 1900s, concentrating on kimono that was inspired by modern artists. Here is what he says on his website:

The first quarter of the twentieth century, especially the Taisho Era (1912-1926), saw Japan’s interest in Western art and culture increase dramatically. Japan was entering the modern age, and with that came greater ease of travel, a flow of information, women entering the work force, and, for some, a departure from traditional Japanese values.

During this time, kimono remained the mainstay of clothing for women. While their structure did not change, their surface design began to reflect increased contact with the West, as some designers looked to Western art and design for inspiration. These ‘modern’ kimono represent a melding of traditional Japanese sensibilities with new, Western–influenced ideas. They are also valuable as objects of art, as these kimono designers were not mere copiers, but creators of original art synthesizing East and West.

Movements such as Arts and Crafts, Impressionism, the Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Art Deco and Constructivism are recognizable. Many of the major modern artists are represented, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró, as well as important textile designers of the era—William Morris, Sonia Delaunay, Ruth Reeves, and others.

I just loved seeing these kimono and the fabrics. I was totally unaware of these textiles and I was mesmerized.

The haori up above was probably inspired by the work of Chagall. Here is a detail:


What blew my mind was how this was done. It is a form of ikat weaving called meisen. Here is what I found on the web regarding meisen:

Meisen was patterned using chemical dyes that were mixed with rice paste and applied through stencils on to warp (vertical) threads woven with temporary weft (horizontal) threads. After application of the dyes, the latter were unravelled and discarded and the true wefts woven in. This was a speeding up of the traditional kasuri (ikat) technique, by which sections of yarn were hand-tied or compressed in certain areas to prevent the colour penetrating when the skein was dipped in the dye bath. The new method produced the characteristic blurred outline of kasuri, but also allowed for the creation of more complex designs, particularly when a system for stencil-printing wefts as well as warps was developed.

This was a lovely indigo kimono:


And a detail of the very modern print.


And another:


And detail:


I loved the colors in this one, that looked art deco to me:



Here are some details of kimono and haori:

This piece was inspired by impressionist trees.



I just loved the wacky orange and black graphic lining in this one.


This was a very modern design done in the old shibori method. The colors were wonderful.


He also brought lots of kimono fabrics to sell.


And even though I fell in love with this one, I did not buy anything. Those who have been around a long time must know how hard that was for me as I used to use a lot of vintage Japanese fabrics in my work.


I am slightly immobile again since by other knee is in lots of pain. It is a week of meetings, High Fiber Diet last night, SAQA today and STASH tomorrow. I delivered my tree quilt to SAQA today. It will probably be traveling for a couple of years.


Exploring Layers – Oregon SAQA Exhibit

Monday, May 11th, 2015


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.


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


This is Sheila Finzer’s You are Unique.saqacarol

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


This is Swept Away by Sara Miller.


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.


Layers of Influence by Karen Bates.



Another horse from Chris: One Who Looks Back.



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


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


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


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


Laura Jaszkowski’s Rift Valley. saqabeard

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


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

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Awakenings by Mary Stiewig.explorlayers3

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



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


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


Canyon de Chelley, 1973 by Anne Daughty.


Pathways by Georgia French.


Cascade by Nancy Bryant.


Summer Harvest by Amanda Miller.


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!

Moving Outside With The Fiber Rebels

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


It has been a week since I posted, but honestly, I have been very busy! I finished up my four seasons piece for the Moving Outside exhibit. I created an 18 by 24 inch plastic sign for the exhibit and started plans for my workshop that I am doing at Trinity next month.

We installed the exhibit this morning and it really looks great. Up above is the piece by Betty Daggett and Jean Wells. They were inspired by a Chihuly installation, titled Call of the Wind.


This is  Ephemeral, a lovely piece by Carol Heist.


I just love this horse by Chris Brown. It is fashioned from telephone wire and fabric bits. Click it to see it larger.


This is a piece by Janet Hiller from Eugene. She repurposed a quilt that she had made and had friends and family write messages on it. It is titled, An Old Story.


Barbara Friedson created these shoes with words and symbols, titled, Walk in My Shoes.


We all had fun helping Laura Jaszkowski lace bomb this tree. It is titled, Fragments. The streamers have childhood memories written on them.


Diane Born made this installation titled, The Spiral of Life.


Here is my piece. I wish I had taken a photo from farther away. I promise I will. We have steel rods inserted between each panel and at the ends. I awoke every night for the past two weeks, worrying about whether this installation would work. With the help of Mr C, it seems quite stable. Here is a detail shot of the winter panel so that you can see how I added some paint marks. I also coated the panels on both sides with Golden matte medium and I am hoping it will hold up to the inevitable rain.


Here is the sign that I made.


And here is the flyer I made to have at the SAQA conference. Hoping some people come by to see the exhibit.


Tomorrow, the conference starts and I have to be their by noon to wear my expert badge to help folks find their way around the hotel and Portland. I will be spending the next few days there. I will be at our exhibit on Saturday afternoon so if you live around Portland, come by and say Hi!

Oops! Missing in Action

Sunday, April 19th, 2015


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.


Then, I cut circles in freezer paper.


Her is my first print from the rectangles.


Then, I printed magenta circles.


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.


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.


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

Peacefully Piecing

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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I am doing it. I am piecing these skinny lines. I went round and round with input from EB about what fabric to use for the background of this. I just couldn’t make myself comfortable with the commercial fabric. Just not me. EB felt the gray had-dye had too much texture which would fight with the lines. So, after STASH meeting on Thursday, I stopped at the studio and picked up some PFD cotton and ecru and a black procion dye. I carefully mixed dye and tried to get as even a coverage as I could in large plastic bags in my utility room.

The ecru was the winner. The gray which I tried with diluted black was too lavender. I have been able to complete 4 pieces of the puzzle. I sometimes have to unsew and try again, expecially where I have the crossed lines. EB has suggested that I quilt each piece separately and then put them together. I think that is a great idea. This will end up being 24 by 42 so that I can enter it in the High Fiber Diet neutral show, which has specific sizes.

Last Wednesday was our local SAQA meeting. We had a presentation by Paula Benjaminson, a SAQA member who spent many years in Africa. She showed some of her fabrics and quilts made from African fabrics. I loved this dress.


Fabric detail:


Here is lovely piece of mudcloth.


And this printed fabric.


I have been busy with meetings and other things. My knee is getting better.

Oh, the best news is that Jayme got her first choice for her pediatric residency – Stanford Children’s hospital. This means they will stay in the Bay area. Mark can keep his job, but they will move out of San Francisco and closer to Palo Alto so that Jayme will not have as much of a commute.

Paige’s 3rd birthday party is coming up. She had a party this past week-end. We had to miss it, but her other Grandma sent me some photos. Here she is chomping on a cupcake!

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