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An Artful Weekend

November 15, 2010

Tunde and Ann at ART of the CAROLINAS

Its been an artful weekend! In the company of fellow artists creativity has been flowing.

Saturday was a great day at Art of the Carolinas! As a volunteer, I manned the Visual Art Exchange (VAE) table for four hours along with Tunde Afolayan Famous and Victoria Carpenter. Both talented artists whose work explodes with color, I enjoyed learning about their work and Raleigh’s art scene. I am inspired!

It was a pleasure to share information about VAE.  A great organization, VAE’s mission is to support emerging artists.  Located in downtown Raleigh, VAE is perfectly placed to show your work to the public.  Monthly group exhibits in the main gallery, along with four new feature artists in the front gallery, keep fresh work available to patrons.  Regular events, lectures and workshops provide business knowledge, skills and support to artists.  VAE is the one group that every artist should belong to.

We met so many nice people at the event.  The table next to us was staffed by my old friends from Carolina Mixed Media Artist Guild.  A few years ago, members of the group comprised a test group for my workshop Cultural Cloth.   Their work continues to inspire other students at the workshop blog. It was so nice to see Roberta, Michelle and the other talented mixed media artists again, and to talk about the fabulous art they are making.

The show also provided a great opportunity to share my work and publicize Cultural Cloth and the upcoming Creative Cruisin’ with Cultural Cloth cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  It was a lot of fun discussing technique and process with the variety of people attending Art of the Carolinas.

Josie Girl

 

During the event, I demonstrated stitching and beading this small art quilt:  Josie Girl.  Recently, I took this photo of my granddaughter that begged to become art.  She needs a bit more stitching and beading, but I couldn’t wait to share.  I think I’ll make a larger piece from the same image.   Josie has infinite possibilities.  What do you think?

As always, please leave your comments below.

To learn more about Cultural Cloth or Creative Cruisin’ with Cultural Cloth, please email culturalcloth@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting,

Ann Flaherty

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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!

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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.

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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?