Archive for May, 2010

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Finding Focus

May 19, 2010

Maria 2 (after cut)

 

 The results of Maria 2 have never sat quite right with me.  The subject of the art quilt, my great-grandmother Maria, is a favorite of mine.  In this old family photo she is standing on a hill,  maybe collecting dandelions with her granddaughters.  She just seems to have all the answers.  But in the quilt, something just seemed off.     

Since receiving Lyric Kinard’s,  Art + Quilt: Principles and Creativity Exercises,  my inner ‘critical’ eye has been on alert for proactive ways to improve my work.  Focus is something I’ve had to work on.   

 The  other day, while looking for work to send to a show, I came across Maria 2 again.  With my new perspective, I began folding back sections and realized its the ‘space’ that bothers me.  Maria was not the focus…there was too much going on around her.    

 A daring person (it runs in the family!), I took a deep breath and grabbed the rotary cutter.  I cut a good 6 inches off the top and right side and took a step back.  I liked the difference.       

Maria 2 (before cut)

 

Click on the images of Maria 2 before and after to open in a new window and larger format.  Zoom in and look at the details if you like.       

What do you think?  Do the changes work for you?  Do I need to do more?  Should I have left it alone?  Leave your suggestions below.     

For more art quilts of a cultural nature, please visit Cultural Cloth.

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Crystal Coast Quilters Guild Show

May 16, 2010

E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth

It was wonderful to visit the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild 28th Annual Quilt Show this past weekend.  Not only were they hosting my ‘baby’, E Pluribus Unum II, but the guild showed the results of the Cultural Cloth workshop I taught in March, 2010.  The icing on the cake…some of my work was also appearing at the show!

E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth, a Quiltart.com challenge, highlights the many ways we all came to be American through art quilting. With criteria of 14 inch square, and the inclusion of some form of photo-transfer, the participating artists rose to the challenge in flying colors!  Enjoy the many subjects, stories and techniques utilized in these quilts through images at the Cultural Cloth Blog, or Cultural Cloth on Facebook photo albums.  E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth and the workshop, Cultural Cloth:  Exploring and Expressing Our Cultural Histories are available for venue near you.  Please visit www.culturalcloth.wordpress.com or email culturalcloth@gmail.com for information.

Patron viewing some of my work

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White Heron Gallery, Dunn, NC now open

May 10, 2010

White Heron Gallery is now open! 

Along with magnificent art by more than thirty artists, the hard work of Ginger and Joe Gehres, and Adelaide ‘Nicky’ Page has paid off in a wonderful setting for the art.

I had the great pleasure of attending the opening, sharing my beading techniques with visitors.  The parlor is a wonderful spot to sit and chat.

If you are interested in fiber art, there are four or five of us represented at  White Heron Gallery alongside the talents of oil and watercolor artists, potters, jewelers, and more.

Please take a few moments to visit the artist pages of the gallery.  You will be amazed and impressed.  I’m sure you will find something of interest there.

If you make a visit to White Heron Gallery, let me know when.  If possible, I’d love to meet up with you.