Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Blog and Website updated

Sorry.  A bit late but I finally had a moment to update the blog ('Grey' page added) and the website (Jinnie added and also a page for past members).  Let me know if there are any problems.  Hope you like the page for our past members.

How is the turquoise inspiration going?  I have a couple of ideas but nothing concrete - yet.  Please don't say someone has finished already!!!


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

That's my work on the cover!

Surprised and delighted to receive this photo from Maggi Birchenough, incoming co-rep for SAQA's UK, Europe and Middle East region. She recently received a shipment of Portfolio 21's for next year's Festival of Quilts, and recognized one of my pieces on the cover. I had no idea! A pretty good-looking cover, I have to say.

That's Camden Town #2 on the lower right.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Art by the Lake

One can hardly imagine a more beautiful setting for the Lakeshore Artists' annual fall show than the beautiful, terraced grounds of Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire. The event was held on September 6 and 7, and though the first day was compromised by showers and lower attendance, Sunday more than made up for it with glorious sunshine, a gentle breeze off the lake, and constant traffic.

Helena was the show coordinator, managing more than 50 artists and their work, and I was honoured to be a Guest Artist. Our secondary mission was to raise the profile of fibre as art, and we did the cause proud.

Here is Helena in a rare, quiet moment. Her tent was thronged with visitors all day, and she made a number of nice sales.

And here I am with my display of Cityscapes. Though I didn't make any significant sales, I was busy all day, answering questions and accepting compliments from people who were excited to see something they considered to be truly unique.

The Lakeshore Artists Association is considered to be an elite group in the Montreal area, and having fibre represented in the context of their show is a welcome opportunity.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Inspired by Chatham Dockyard

For my teaser I posted an image of one of the covered building slips at the Chatham Dockyards built in the nineteenth century. The covered slips really have a cathedral like feel because of the vast roof space. See for more images
But as I said in my last post it was the contents that inspired this piece. I'm not 'into' naval history but all that metal, the welded joints and the patterns of rivets on the exhibits kept me entranced whilst my other half explored.
As well as being inspired by the colour of the exhibits I also had in mind the working conditions, the heat and the noise in particular, of the boat builders that worked on the iron clad ships:

Monday, 1 September 2014


    I have spent a lot of time in the last three weeks looking  for grey in my surroundings and it has opened my eyes to a colour that I have never really considered before. I found myself looking at pavements and the cracks in between and finally decided to try and replicate the cobblestones outside the mairie. Another pavement  nearby had cushions of almost emerald green moss growing in the cracks and I put the cobblestones and moss together. I sponge  painted a light grey commercial fabric with various shades of grey for the cobbles, using trapunto to make them stand out a little bit more. The moss was made with velvet.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Message from Pamela

Hi all
We moved house on thurs
I am unable to post to blog from my iPhone All the pieces are magnificent This is an extraordinary bunch of talented women Can't wait to do my piece And i love the next color Helena Love to you all Pam

Pamela Chasen


I loved the colour when Colleen announced it and had a couple of ideas in mind but it was a disappointing piece in a lamination workshop that gave me this idea.  The gel medium applied in a 'dry brush' style seemed at first a disaster - her eyes hadn't been captured (see below).  The face was empty and I was about to bin it when someone suggested I embroider the missing bits back in.  I love a challenge.  The embroidered details have been designed and digitized in my Bernina software.

I discovered that the additional details needed to be quite subdued colour to avoid standing out starkly - and lining up the embroidery and the image was tricky.  I think I need to add a bit more of her hair.  It was a conscious decision not to add the pink face paint.


The original photo

'Cutout' filter image

The workshop piece