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Vintage Japanese Textiles

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Inspired by a kimono wallhanging in Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s studio, I decided to pull out some of my vintage kimono fabrics. This is very patchy, but I think it has possibilities. I really like the wonkiness of it. I need to square it up a bit and decide how to finish the edges. I will hang it on a bamboo rod.

I need some new work for the Japanese Garden show next month. I am going to try another color way tomorrow. Next week, I will have M & M for a couple of days and even though they are in school during the day, I am sure it will cut into my studio time.

It has taken a couple of days to recover from the SF trip. I have been getting caught up on sleep and getting back to my exercise routine. Today was a gorgeous day, but we have rain coming for the next couple of days.

More Studio Tours

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Before I flew home tonight, I spent the day with Lisa, visiting her studio and  the studio of her best friend, Diana.

While we were there, she photographed one of her daily collection photos. Her 2010 project is to photograph or illustrate a collection every day. She is posting them on the blog, A Collection a Day. Her project will be featured in the May Martha Stewart Magazine.

Her studio mate, Jamie, does glitter paintings. Here are her bottles of glitter. These must be seen to be believed. Check my Flickr site.

After lunch, we went to Lisa’s home to pick up Wilfredo and then went to visit Diana in her pottery studio. She takes care of Wilfredo when Lisa and Clay are out of town. She calls him Noodle and he adores her.

Here are some shelves in her studio.

I love the glaze samples.

I bought a set of these glow bowls that hold votives. If you would like to see more of Diana’s work, check out her website.

You can see more of my photos from the day on my Flicker Set: Lisa and Diana’s Studios.

It is good to be home. Scooter really missed me and jumped and jumped to welcome me home. Mr C said he did not eat for the first two days. It is nice to have such unconditional love.

Inspiration Galore

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Today, I enjoyed a full day of visiting textile artist studios in the East Bay. We left the hotel at 9 am and returned at 5 pm. Above is a photo of Ana Lisa Lindstrom’s live work space. She no longer lives here, but she could.

Here is a sneak peek at one of her gorgeous art to wear pieces that I am bringing home with me. A photo on me later.

Yoshiko Wada and Jean Cacicedo had work at Ana Lisa’s studio, also.

Next, we went to Richard Eliot’s studio. Richard has been head of fibers at California College of Art. he says he makes work for himself and does not care if it sells. I like that attitude. These are rusted pieces stretched on round canvases. He meticulously rusts with steel wool to look like real cellular structures.

After lunch, we went to the shared space of Susan Avila and Candace King – both do amazing work. This is Susan talking about her work.

We then stopped at the home and studio of Robin Crowley who is just now getting her sight back after losing it as a result of two strokes. She did not have new work and as a result of her problems, she is looking at new ways to work. Her husband is a landscape designer and their garden was a delight.

Our last stop was the studio of Karen Livingstone who designs and creates fabrics for designers of clothing and home decor. I loved this piece of shibori hanging in her studio.

To see many, many more photos of the day’s delights, go to my Flickr site, SDA/SAQA set.

The Brain is Brimming

Friday, March 19th, 2010

When you are at an SDA/SAQA conference, there will be fabric! But, really, the best part of this conference has been the food for the brain. Our speakers today provided a plethora of inspirational fodder.

The first speaker was Marci McDade, editor of Fiberarts Magazine. She walked us through several exhibitions that have been transforming the face of fiber. Next, was Jane Przybysz, Ex. Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, speaking about what makes Fiber Art. After lunch, we first heard from Stefano Catalani, curator for the Bellevue Arts Museum who addressed, Reinvention or Reassertion?, Fiber Art and the Contemporary Identity Discourse. The last speaker was Kill D’Alessandro, from the De  Young Museum, who took us through the evolution of fiber art at the prestigious museum.

Probably the meatiest stuff came out of the panel discussion with all of these speakers at the end of the day. A lot of discussion around the Q word and should we use it, embrace and love it or leave it behind. Quilts conjure up comfort and mother love and grandma and babies for most people. They just can not equate the word with art.

Back to the shopping. Exotic silks has these absolutely gorgeous iridescent silk scarves for sale. I might have to buy some for printing or discharging.

Here is an overview of our small shopping area.

Ok, now for some photos of friends. Here is my friend Teri with her new red do. She has to start chemo soon and she figured, what the heck!!

Here is one of the Twelves, Karen, with my friend, Deborah Weir, part of the SoCal contingent.

And here are the gadabouts, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, curators of the Beneath the Surface show. They have been out and about San Francisco today, missing most of the conference!! They do know how to have fun.

The conference is great, but the accommodations are less than desirable. First, the hotel is pretty far from SF State, the site of the conference. The shuttle system did not work well this morning. Thank goodness, Teri had a rental car so we rode with her. Tonight, the restaurant and the bar were closed in the hotel. We ended up getting take out from an Italian restaurant and eating in the lobby with wine purchased from the front desk. Apparently, when they do not have business men, they do not provide these amenities.

That’s all for tonight!

In My Fave City by the Bay

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

San Francisco skyline from the bay bridge — I love this city, especially on a bright sunny day!

Just a quick check in. Lizzie Berg and I are chatting like crazy and catching up with each other.

I had a nice time with my son who picked me up at the airport in Oakland. We drove to his new digs in The Mission. Jayme had a mid-term exam so I didn’t get to see her.

Here is the view out his third floor window.

I found this on his office bulletin board. It is a drawing he did when he was 2 or 3 years old. He told me what it was about and I wrote it down for him. It says Winnie the Pooh hanging onto his balloon near the honey tree.

Lisa and Clay met us there and we went out for Thai food. It was so delicious. The menu cracked us up. Here is what it says about the coconut ice cream.

If you can’t read it, it is clickable.

I have to get up early so G’ Night!