Friday, February 24, 2017

The Miro Challenge

Joan Miro is one of my favorite artists.  Maybe my absolute favorite.  So, when it was my turn to choose a piece for the monthly studioQ challenge, of course I chose one of his paintings.

Miro (1893-1983) was a Catalan, from Barcelona, Spain.  His work bridges abstract art and surrealism.  The painting I chose was "Woman with 3 hairs, bird and constellations," (1973).
It was interesting to see what everyone did with this painting as inspiration.  You can see that some took the painting fairly literally and some used it more as a jumping off point.  Our pieces are spread out on the table below:
I made two pieces.  I thought my first looked a bit cartoonish:
I liked my second one better:
Several fun pieces shown at Monday's meeting:
Jay's scrap piece
Wendy's piece made almost entirely of mens' work shirts
I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall FridayFriday Fabric FrenzyConfessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hanging Around in Round Rock

It's a wonderful thing to have a really good friend.  One who gets your silly jokes, cheers you up when you are down, tolerates your moods, and truly seems to know what you are going to say before you say it.  One who is there through life's ups and downs, one to whom you can talk about absolutely anything.  I was lucky enough to spend last week with my bestie, Kyra.

We spent the week laughing, sewing, drinking wine, eating some really great food (Kyra is a great cook) and discussing our current problems and triumphs.  It was a wonderful visit!
While there, I made a small (it will be 8"h x 6"w after quilting) quilt for the SAQA spotlight auction in April.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Another Goal Met!

VOLCANO!,  32"w x 48"l, 2017
I have been a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) for something like ten years.  It's a wonderful organization, dedicated to promoting the art quilt, and providing networking, professional development and educational opportunities to its members.  One of the most exciting things about SAQA is their strong exhibition program, giving members the chance to show their art quilts all over the world.

It has been a goal of mine to get juried into one of the shows.  I've tried three times, but the fourth time was the charm!  My quilt, VOLCANO!, was chosen for the Textile Posters show that will debut at the Houston International Quilt Festival next November.

I am thrilled!  My work is usually very abstract, but for this call I wanted to do something more graphic and representational.  So here are a few process pictures.  And yes, before someone asks, you can see bits of a large black and white quilt behind the volcano.  I had to finish the volcano before I went back to it -- it had a tighter deadline.  So I just hung a piece of white fabric over the black and white monster.

First, I built the center core.  You can see I've stayed firmly in my palette comfort zone -- love those hot colors!
I pieced the volcano:
And then I pieced the background.  
And added a pyroclastic plume.
 And finally, I quilted it.
I am thrilled to have gotten into my first SAQA exhibition.  Now I'm back to work on the black and white monster!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Circular Abstractions Opening at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio!


Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
Feb. 4- April 23, 2017
Nancy Crow, Curator
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
Lancaster, Ohio
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Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, a touring exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, showcases some of the best machine-piecing and quilting being done today. The juried, invitational exhibition features 51 quilts by an array of artists that improvise around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt maker Nancy Crow. The artists were challenged to create artworks that stretched the possibilities of the machine-pieced quilt and conveyed a sense of energy and excitement. Participating artists come from across the U.S. and abroad, with represented countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Switzerland. A printed, full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase. This display will be on view at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio from February 4 through April 23, 2017. 

I'm proud that "Orbital Plane" is part of this exhibit!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Artwork for Sale!

Amazing mall artworks for sale! Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. sends out trunk shows of small artworks around the U.S. and the world to showcase art quilts as an art form. Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches (25.4 x 17.8 cm), mounted on a black 12 x 9 inch backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. The 2014 artworks are now for sale. I thank the, as of yet, unknown buyer of my artwork, "Tuning Fork #15," in Trunk Show A.
Tuning Fork #15, 10"h x 7"w, 2014
See all of the 2014 trunk show art for sale HERE!

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