Archive for the ‘water’ Category


International Artist Collaboration Flows

September 2, 2012

ARTQUILTSrivers at TIQE 12
photo by Jan-Ru Wan

A few years back, I had the pleasure of getting to know Hsin-Chen Lin while returning her work from a PAQA-South exhibit.  We talked about organizing an exhibit with both members of Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South in the US and Taiwan Art Quilt Society in Taiwan, ROC.  ARTQUILTSrivers is the result of that conversation.

Comprised of twelve panels with a river visually flowing from one panel the next, ARTQUILTSrivers illustrates the natural flow of artful communication that takes place in all societies.  Each artist is celebrated for their unique point of view, yet they all show harmoniously together.

Congratulations to all the artists of ARTQUILTSrivers

Well done!

PAQA– South Members                                           TAQS Members

Mary Beth Bellah                                                        Lin Hsin-Chen

Christine Hager – Braun                                             Wang Li-Chun

Denny Webster                                                           Lin Mei-Hui

Eileen Williams                                                           Chuang Huei-Lan

Ann Flaherty                                                               Huang Ming-Mei

Christine Zoller                                                           Chen Yen-Chiu

Solace by Ann Flaherty
photo taken by Jan-Ru Wan

ARTQUILTSwater will show in conjunction with ARTQUILTSrivers January 4 – March 24, 2013 at Page Walker Arts & History Center, in Cary, North Carolina, USA.  Deadline to enter ARTQUILTSwater is October 5, 2012.  Please visit PAQA-South for prospectus and entry information.  Questions about both exhibits may be directed to

ARTQUILTSrivers exhibit schedule

August 11, 2012-September 7, 2012:  National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

September 22-October 29, 2012:  Taichung County Culture Center, Taichung, Taiwan

January 4-March 24, 2013:   Cary Arts Center, Cary, North Carolina

January 25, 2013:  Artist reception at Cary Arts Center, 6-8 pm, Public Welcome

Additional photos for ARTQUILTSrivers taken by Jan-Ru Wan are available on my Facebook page


As much as things change . . .

August 30, 2012

. . . they remain the same.

A decade later, I’m still following the same love of winter blues.  Several years ago, I made Scituate Light (on the left) for a dear friend.  This year, I created Solace for ARTQUILTSrivers, a collaborative exhibit with Professional Art Quilters – South and Taiwan Art Quilters Society.  I can’t get over the similarity of color and theme.

Be sure to visit ARTQUILTSrivers in Taiwan or Cary, NC .  Also showing with the exhibit in Cary, NC is PAQA-South’s 10th International Juried Exhibit:  ARTQUILTSwater.  Entry and exhibit information, as well as information about PAQA-South, can be found at:

A collaborative exhibition of Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South and the Taiwan Art Quilt Society.
August 11, 2012-September 7, 2012:  National Tainan Living Art Center,Tainan, Taiwan
September 22-October 29, 2012:  Taichung County Culture Center, Taichung, Taiwan
January 4 – March 24, 2013:  Cary Arts Center, Cary, North Carolina
January 25, 2013:  Artist Reception coinciding with Cary Art Loop at Cary Arts Center, Cary, North Carolina
Paqa-South’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibit of Innovative Quilts
January 4 – March 24, 2013:  Page – Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina
January 25, 2013:  Artist Reception coinciding with Cary Art Loop at Page – Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina
Deadline for Entry:  October 5, 2012


Titled Recycled

April 26, 2010

Harmony 28.5" X 22"

Thanks to everyone who sent me title suggestions for the works in the earlier post.  With my brain stimulated, I had a title for each piece before bedtime, last night.

They went off to Kimberly-Clark Corporation this morning.  Each work shows how products that normally end up in the trash can be re-purposed into works of art.  I wish I had more time to properly photograph them.

Experimenting with different products and methods is great fun.  Perhaps, you’ll be inspired to think about what you can re-purpose.

Here’s the list:

Harmony (formerly ‘three beads’)

Fowl Play (formerly ‘chicken’)

A World Away (formerly ‘Walden planet’)

Global Effect (formerly ‘tree’)

As always, I hope you like the work and welcome your comments and suggestions.


Moving Day

September 8, 2008

This is a new link for me, and I hope all my friends will find me.  I was having a tough time posting to the old site and decided to give WordPress a try.  You’ll let me know what you think?  Of course you will.

Winter Moon 12 1/2" X 12 1/2"

Winter Moon 12 1/2

Winter Moon reminds me of a winter sky off the coast of New England, the air is cold and biting; the beauty is endless. This piece has some shimmer to the fabric and paint that doesn’t photograph well (for me). But I think you get the idea.

It utilizes commercial cottons, thread painting, fabric paint, and fusible appliqué. The thread painting was done several years ago and sat waiting, actually pinned to my design wall waiting, until the muses offered a solution. What do you think?

The next quilt is a labor of love . . . my love of beads! I bead on the road while traveling with Steve. Often we will be in the car most of the day, not hard to take in our little Beemer, but still it can be boring. I throw a recorded book in the CD player, place my ‘bead box’ on my lap, and time flies by from there.

I recall a few years ago, Steve and I were on our way home from visiting the kids in  Atlanta.  We had the top down, enjoying the sunshine and a perfect day.  All of a sudden a burst of wind hit me.  The flower I was beading flew out of the car, into center island of I-85.

Steve didn’t blink.  At the next exit he turned around and drove south until we saw the splotch of pink.  Thankfully, it was still in the grass and not stuck to the tire of a big eighteen-wheeler. Around again at the next exit, he parked on the grass (don’t tell the Statie’s) and rescued my flower.  It’s now, thread painted and beaded,  attached to a quilt that hangs in our guest bath.

Tide Pool 9 1/2" X 15 1/2"

Tide Pool 9 1/2

The background of Tide Pool is basic, with purple fabric covered with tulle for a bit of texture, and a nice batik border.  The beads are varied in size and style.  I like to just bundle and bunch (a real technical term) and see where it leads.  Do you like the leaves?  As with most of my work, the piece leads me . . . it will tell me what it wants to say.

Seems like I’ve been drawn to creating works with water lately.  I grew up in the Boston area, and water played a big role in our lives.  My father loved the sea, spending every spare moment out on the water.  Winter Moon reminds me so much of him.

My childhood was spent in the water.  Sunset Lake, camping at Maple Park, the beaches of West Dennis, Wollaston or Nantasket, any day with sunshine involved water.  I never missed a good wave or an afternoon with water skis .

And I can’t forget the Gidget/Moondoggie effect of a good beach.  You never knew when the next adventure would present itself, and who would be a part of that adventure.  When I think back on my younger years, almost every great memory involved a beach. I wouldn’t trade a moment of it!

I’ve got a few more ‘water works’ that I’ll share later  when I’ve finished ‘framing’ them properly.  As a good friend pointed out, sometimes they just need a backdrop.  I think you’ll like the results.

Thanks for visiting Ann Flaherty’s Strands of Imagination.  As always, if you have any questions about my work, do not hesitate to ask.  I hope to see you again soon.