Monday, 26 December 2011
Above is an image of my Christmas card for this year, sent as a post card to perhaps two dozen family and friends. The angel is from a photo taken at a Montreal cemetery, transferred with TAP onto painted cotton and finished with some stamping and stenciling. Backed with Timtex and paper, then zigzag finished.
Christmas dinner is just a memory now, and a fridge full of leftovers. We were lucky enough to have our four children here, two with boyfriends in tow. We know we won't always be blessed with a full table for the holiday dinner, so we are grateful for it now. Our niece announced her engagement as the family gathered, which made it very special.
Warm wishes to all of you and your families for a festive holiday season.
Sunday, 25 December 2011
sitting in ottawa watching the snow gently fall is how i always imagined the perfect christmas day. martin (my husband) is working at the hospital and tikvah (my younger daughter) and i are frying latkes and getting ready for our 6th night of chanukah.
a beautiful , cherished holiday time to you all and wishing you all a blessed 2012. belonging to this group is one of the blessings i give thanks for at this time
love to you all
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
I've blogged about this technique, including links, in case you are sufficiently interested and have time between the mince pies and the carols.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
I have just received the photos of my dogs modeling organic cotton handknit sweaters. Here is the link for the sweaters, but I just have to share my beautiful dogs. And now you can see the original Lucy who was featured in the Street Life piece, New Girl on the Street.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
I have written up the story of this quilt on a blog attached to my website. No, I am not about to start blogging but I thought this might be one way of keeping a record of the trials and tribulations of my quilt making. Here's a detail which includes bar codes, my QR code and Braille.
You can read the rest of the story here: http://hilarygooding.weebly.com/blog.html
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
This was the first of the series for our steetlife challenge. It sold together with the companion piece Through the Looking Glass II ,at a gallery space that was rented for the month of December by 13 local Hudson artists. It is a very nicely lit space and will hopefully be of use to all the Hudson artists until the building sells. The first photo was taken from the side to show the wrap around images.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Pam attended the silent auction today, and said there were hundreds of people there, though only 20 - 30% of the pieces were actually sold. I am thrilled to report that both of mine were sold, and also Pam's piece with the yellow star.
It was fun to participate. I find that the event is something of a peek into another dimension of fibre art.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
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The image is in my Google+ albums which may be a problem, but I won't know until/unless someone wants to try it!
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wanted to share these images with you, collages done by Claudette Castonguay. I bought these in the form of gift cards at the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Montreal, some years ago. If you study them closely, you can see that she has blocked in the major shapes with paint, and then added tiny photos of windows, doors, Persian carpets, etc. often repeating a single image. She has also introduced whimsical drawings of chairs, bikes, etc. as well as printed material: sheet music, menus etc. I find them very lively and very beautiful.
They are titled "Madrigali", "La Ruelle" and "Allegrossimo"
‘Street life’ or ‘Life on the street.’
I drive my daughter to school every morning and we cross a very busy intersection (Plamondon and Cote des Neiges) where there is a crossing guard and many children. Most mornings we chat about what we see. The changing seasons are very visible at this intersection - either the mounds of snow or piles of leaves. We often comment on the attire of those crossing the road and discuss how their clothing and paraphernalia (snow boards, skate boards, hockey sticks, roller blades etc) relate to the seasons. In our opinion, autumn (or fall) wins the trophy! The season starts with a few unremarkable brownish leaves and ends with an enormous collection of every shade of autumn you can imagine. One morning this past autumn, when the leaves were at their best and many of the children began to wear their warm, brightly colored jackets, my daughter said, ‘Mommy, why don’t you sew this for ‘Street life?’ That did it!
Techniques are appliqué on steam a seam for the people , the sign, the building and windows. For the autumn leaves I ‘sliced’ bits of silk and bonded them to the background with steam a seam and bo-nash. I did not cover these silk bits with tulle or anything similar because I kind of don’t mind if bits of the silk ‘flutters’ around much like the leaves. If they eventually all disappear off this piece, that will be part of what we see at this very interesting intersection. One of my favorite South African artists (no, not William Kentridge …) is Jan Van der Merwe http://www.art.co.za/janvandermerwe/ . He works in rust which also changes its composition over time. I used this rationale when deciding not to ‘trap’ my leaves down.
I had fun with this piece – it was quite a ‘leap’ out of my usual style.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Street Life in East Africa is dusty, hectic, colourful, noisy and fantastic! At a guess I would say that a third of business takes place around the pavements and streets. You can buy just about anything. Bananas are one of the staple foods of the people in the area. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are eaten in various ways. This street vendor is typical of what you will come across and the one common factor amongst them all is the smile.
Whole cloth, fused and painted. I stitched the background first and then went in with the fabric oil pastels and pens.
Four weeks ago I went to Quebec City. I printed out some of my photos taken there and made a collage with them. Working with a photocopy of the collage, I outlined the major shapes with a marker, and then traced this line drawing to a water-soluble stabilizer, which I then spray-basted to a square of gray, hand-dyed cotton. With black, 40-weight thread, I machine-stitched the line drawing onto the cotton, backed with white Timtex.
Colourful buildings are one of the distinctive features of the Old Town, so I considered applying paint to the roof shapes to correspond to the original photos. I had a photocopy made of the stitched cloth so I could preview the effect, but in the end I decided on a monochromatic palette. I may make a more colourful version in the future. I used TAP to introduce the photographic images, but they were so high-contrast that they detracted from the couple walking in the foreground, so I scratched some of the TAP off the cloth. The original collage included some beautiful stone walls, but again I opted for simplicity and decided against duplicating the texture in stitch.
There was some scorching of the cotton when I applied the TAP, and I can only guess that there may have been some residue of soda ash, basting spray or stabilizer that caused this. Also, I must remember in the future to make my sketch a little less than 12" a side, as I like to have a narrow border of the painted canvas mount showing. By making the sketch 12" square, I had to trim the edges a little too close to the photo images.
I suspect that I was guilty of trying too hard because, in the end, it was a personal response that led to this piece which was completed within twenty-four hours of my first response.
A recent trip into Manchester lasted longer than intended and I got caught up in the evening rush hour as the already busy streets filled with workers making their way home. I used to love the buzz of the city but this time I was struck by the isolation of the individuals in the crowd and my own increasing discomfort at being propelled by the momentum of the rush hour.
The border fabric was chosen to represent my discomfort and the photograph was Colour mapped in Gimp to match the fabric as closely as I could. The photograph was then bondawebbed, slashed and attached to the backing fabric.
In the end I enjoyed putting this piece together and thanks must go to Michele for suggesting an offshoot from a previous piece!
And yes, Dianne, it was someone with a bag - but you couldn't see the bag in that little clip - good guess!
The figures were sketched, scanned and printed onto old fashioned typist's copy paper and only the main lines stitched through the paper. Then, with paper removed, the blocks of coloured fabric were fused in position and the rest of the lines stitched free-hand. The border is first satin stitched then four colourful yarns twisted and attached with the serpentine stitch (the multi stitch meandering one).
Now I can't wait to see what you all have come up with.
This is my piece which I have given an African theme. The graffitti means "come" in Zulu and I have used Shwe Shwe fabric for the dress the flower seller is wearing. This is a very South African 100% cotton which is used extensively in the quilting medium and also is an extremely popular garment fabric. We have come a long way with this fabric and you can read all about the history of this if you google the name. We had a wonderful show of this at the Birmingham Festival.
Looking forward to seeing eveyone's interpretation - its always exciting to see what everyone has done.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Friday, 18 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
I had to make sure that I'd finished by this weekend as next week I'm going to Grasmere in our Lake District from Monday to Friday with a dozen other quilters to be led in a workshop by Gillian Travis who is just such a natural teacher. I've been to Glenthorne with Gillian before on a 'Retreat' so I know what to expect. The place is warm and welcoming and as you might expect very peaceful. The food is good, and there is the opportunity to have wine with dinner which I hadn't expected. My only problem is that the freshly made cakes with afternoon tea take some walking off, but that's OK as Gillian insists that everyone takes a break in the afternoon!
and clicking on the red words, "Cliquez ici pour voir les images."
The images are divided into three pages, arranged alphabetically by artist. If you hover over the thumbnail, you can read the name of the artist, but if you click on the thumbnail, you can get more information, like the title, as well as a larger image.
The work submitted gives you some indication of the aesthetic of this group, which is certainly not that of your typical quilting guild. I'd say the work Pam and I submitted represents just about the most conventional approach in the gallery. I find it intriguing to see what's being done in the young, francophone sector of the city, especially as this group is partially supported by public funds.
Friday, 11 November 2011
I wish I could give you a naughty clue - maybe when I get started...
How's everyone else getting on? I know that one or two are already finished - lucky you.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Standing at the back are Venetta, me and Helena. Seated at the table are Ellen (who nearly joined the group at the beginning), Dianne, Marion (who sadly left the group) and Jean (who has just spearheaded another online group). This is their brand new blog: http://www.voyagearttextiles.blogspot.com/
I wonder when we will next meet up? I still have hopes that one day the group will meet up at the Festival of Quilts in the UK - well, I can dream...
Sunday, 6 November 2011
'Le papillon' was inspired by a poem written in French by Pavel Friedmann in 1942 the year in which he was deported to Thesienstadt concentration camp. Two years later he was deported to Auschwitz where he died. Following are a few lines from the poem translated into English:
The last, the very last
So richly, brightly, dazzling yellow.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here, in the ghetto.
I used photographs of children taken in Theresienstadt concentration camp which I photocopied and then used gel medium to make them into the background. I then used yellow tulle for the butterfly which I stitched and then appliqued over the images. I mounted it over an 8" square canvas board.
The second one 'etoile jaune,' follows on the theme of the first. The jacket and star were machine appliqued onto a raw edged 8 X 8" background onto which I had machine stitched barbed wire fencing. I then glued it onto an 8" square fabric board
I had the pleasure of taking Heather's and my submissions to the gallery to hand in. There is an exciting exhibition on of Barbara Wisnoski's work. She was sitting there and sewing n an old singer treadle machine. I had the pleasure of meeting her and chatting with her. I also saw a room piled high with entries!!
We'll keep you posted!
Friday, 4 November 2011
Pam and I have each entered two pieces into a fundraising auction for Diagonale, a Montreal-based organization for the promotion of textile art. It is a juried event, and they have a very particular aesthetic: very urban, rather conceptual. Neither Pam nor I is a member, but I am somewhat intrigued by them as they are actually a major, francophone, tax-funded group here in Montreal.
Each piece is to be no more than 8 x 8, excluding framing. If accepted, they will be auctioned on December 3 for a minimum of $100 each. The theme is "Jaune".
My first piece is titled "Simple Pleasures". It uses a line drawing I produced in a workshop, when given 30 seconds and required to use my non-dominant hand. Have always liked the drawing, and thought it might be used to illustrate the playful, childlike quality of yellow. It is mounted on a 9 x 9 pre-stretched canvas covered with hand-dyed blue cotton.
The second piece is titled "Insomnia". It was stitched onto Timtex and black felt, and mounted on a 6 x 6 pre-stretched canvas which cannot be seen behind the edges of the piece.
Pleased with myself for getting them both completed with a tight deadline. Will now wait and see whether they're accepted. All pieces juried in will be displayed on their website,
www.artdiagonale.org so you can follow along if you, too, are intrigued.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Here it is: http://www.dippydye
Sadly Phil, Patricia and Venetta probably will never the chance to try it out and Lindas B and F and my chances are fairly limited but I know that Dianne has taken the rest of you on this adventure already. Winter is on it's way - we gave in and put the crentral heating on yesterday - so get ready to play again!
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Nearly there. Both plates are from Hilary and my lesson. The one on the right, with very little definition, I sealed with Artists Varnish, as we had had problems earlier going straight in with the non-etching paint. This has probably removed some of the definition particularly the indents and is not so successful. The left plate I left as is and went in straight with the paint. I mixed acrylic paint with and extender and a bit of gel medium and painted lightly the plate, removing excess with a dabbing movement and paper towel; I painted the area of the fabric with gel medium and then placed the fabric over the plate which I had placed on a soft pin board; a length of felt was placed over the fabric and then I ran a brayer with as much force as I could over the plate area. The left hand sample is a lot better and will perservere with new plates and more bumps and dents.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Michele and I belong to a group in Ottawa called Out of the Box Fibre Artists. We have been given the challenge of producing a piece no bigger than 12" in any dimension for a show in an Ottawa-area library. The theme of the show is "Unsquare".
I made this piece as something of a follow-up to my Fresh challenge. It also relates to the large "It's All That..." piece I produced last May for the local medical centre. I tried to make the outer edge interesting, and to make the brighter fabrics luminous by setting them next to duller colours. I have always loved Janet Kurjan's piece, "Underwater Reflection", which you can see at www.thefiberconnection.com/janet.html.
The pieced cotton top was bonded to a Timtex stiffener, which was in turn bonded to black felt. The whole thing was stitched in the ditch. and then the edge was satin-stitched. It has been mounted on an 8" x 8" canvas, painted with black gesso, which will not be seen, but will serve to project it out from the wall about an inch. Wanted to avoid that "potholder look". It will be fun to see the other entries when we meet tomorrow evening.