Sunday, 29 September 2013

Congrats Helena and Marion

Congrats to Helena and Marion who have their piece, Origins, featured in the latest SAQA Journal (page 29).  It is in the chapter, Art quilts shine in Quilts, Inc. collection by Sandra Sider.  She says of the piece: 

"Helena Scheffer and Marion Perault created Origins (2006) using a collage process and
fusing appliqu├ęd fabric.The central panel is an over-dyed vintage damask tablecloth.
Other fabrics include vintage silks and men’s shirting. The design includes spirals that
extend into space, symbolizing the potential of new beginnings."
Well deserved.



Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Hudson & Region Studio Tour

Water Tower #1, Heather Dubreuil

Michele Meredith and Heather Dubreuil are delighted to participate in this weekend's Hudson Studio Tour, as it marks its tenth anniversary year.

Heather's home and studio will be opened to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Michele will show her intriguing new work, both two- and three-dimensional, at the same address. Both plan to give small demos of their techniques.

Vessel, Michele Meredith

To learn about the other twelve artists and artisans on the tour and how to find their venues, please visit the website.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Tour, a special blog has opened, featuring profiles of the artists and news of their recent events.

Hot spiced cider will be on hand to welcome visitors. See you there!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Wonderful link to a Green fibre exhibit

Thankfully this arrived in my in-box after the deadline for our Green Challenge, or it would have been way too influential on my process. This link was sent to me by our text'art member Lauma, and what a find it is!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

SAQA Auction Fundraiser

Every year, Studio Art Quilt Associates holds an on-line auction of 12" x 12" art quilts. More than 400 quilts were submitted this year, and they have been divided into three lots, with the first lot going on the block today.

The prices start at $750 on Day 1, and then go down a little every day until anything available on Day 6 is priced at $75. The second lot will go on the block next Monday, September 16, and the third lot on Monday the 23rd. Last year, over $60,000 was raised to offset the organization's operating expenses.

I was delighted to have my piece sold within the first two hours of the auction's opening today, priced at $750. It was bought by Nysha Nelson of Tennessee. Nysha is known to buy works by well-known art quilters, so it is a special honour to have him choose my piece. I actually met Nysha when I attended the SAQA conference in Santa Fe last spring, where he bought my donation to the postcard auction.

If you'd like to find out more about the auction, or to view the more than 400 art quilts donated to the event, please visit the auction website.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Next Colour

Determined to crack my colour as a theme barrier (I don't think I'll get away with another self portrait!) I turned to my PC. How about this for a breakdown of Linda's wonderful photo:

Blowing my own trumpet

I put something about this on my own blog and Heather suggested that I share it here - which didn't occur to me. I seem to lack the necessary embouchure <G>

A piece that some of you may have seen at FOQ - Transitions:

has gone on to pick up the award for 'use of Colour' at the Harrogate Quilt show this last weekend. Last year I joined with several others to create a group with the intent of exhibiting our work, and this was round one.  We have been meeting together for a year but generally work on our own, nor can everyone make every meeting, so progress is steady but slow.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Before and After Ferns

Helena said she would like to have seen a more mute piece.  Well, here it is without the pink foiling.  I am divided as to whether I was right to add the pink...



For some reason I could not find my photo to show my source of inspiration, however, I have now uncovered it.  It was taken on a visit to the village of Tyneham with Hilary and my sister-in-law, Leslie (husbands sister).

I elongated the picture and ignored the flowers .... on revisiting I may add the flowers!

Next colour

And our next colour is......

....the beautiful blue of this Hibiscus.  Enjoy!!

 Most of the time I "over think" what I want to create for these challenges. When "Green" was announced, I went into my stash and realized that I did not have much green fabric, so I started collecting green fabric. Then I thought that I would do another felted piece and realized that I did not have enough green fibers, so I started collecting a variety of green fibers. As the deadline began to loom, I looked at all of my new green fabrics and my new green fibers but I wasn't inspired. I dug deep into my stash and found this piece of fabric that I over dyed years ago. BINGO!! I had dyed it green with streaks of blue onto commercial fabric that had black dots that gave the impression of flowers and leaves. I could see the leaves in all different colors of green on this wonderful background of green.

As a result, this is a whole cloth quilt. I outlined with black thread around the flowers and the leaves. I thread painted most of the leaves with a variety of threads. The flowers and a few of the leaves are painted with Fabrico pens.

This is the back of the quilt to show the leaves that are thread painted.

Lessons learned from this Challenge:
1. Don't over think...just do it
2. Shopping doesn't always solve the problem
3. Wine helps