Posts Tagged ‘thread painting’

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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 artquiltswater@gmail.com.

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

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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:  www.artquiltersouth.org.

ARTQUILTSrivers
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
ARTQUILTSwater
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

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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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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.