Posts Tagged ‘embellishments’


Coffee & Crepes & Art

September 22, 2010

Aah . . . the ideal venue:  Great coffee . . . to die for crepes . . . and bright colorful art!  What’s not to like!

Join me as I share my art work at  Coffee & Crepes at Crossroads Plaza in Cary, NC on Friday, September 24th from 6 -9.  Rhythmicity will play on the patio, while the good food will be cooking up inside.

And to my Gluten Free friends, almost all the crepes are available Gluten Free!!! I think I’ve found Heaven!

The works I’ve chosen to show at Coffee & Crepes cover a variety of techniques:  photo-transfer, distressed, story telling, thread painting, embellished, and more.   Got questions on how I did that?  Come on out on Friday and I’ll be happy to answer them.  Or you can leave a question in the comment section below.

If you can’t make it on Friday, my work will display at Coffee & Crepes through October 26th.  Stop by and take a look!


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.


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.


Trash to Treasure . . .

May 17, 2009
17" x 10"

"Untitled" is 17" x 10"

Here’s a couple of pieces that use recycled wrappers. I’ve read quite a bit about using ©Tyvek in fiber art. I’ve been experimenting for some time with it. I love the results of this light weight version that are thrown away every day as wrappers.

Flaherty Ann Untitled DETAIL

Untitled is painted wrappers, that are layered. I then printed directly on the sheet with my ink jet printed. After stitching over the printed lines, I got out my trusty heat gun and had at it. I like how layers of color interm

ix. The feel of the finished piece is almost like a leather.
What do you think?

'Overseas" is 8 1/2" x 11"

The second piece using wrappers, Overseas, was sold through the Fiber Art for a Cause. In fact, all three of the little quilts I donated were sold! Virginia Speigel and her gang raised a total of $190,000 over seven years with this project. What an impact they have made!

The painted, fused, stitched and distressed wrappers make up the fabric’ of the sea. Don’t be shy about leaving your comments. I’d love to hear from you. Can you guess where the wrappers came from?


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.