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Monday, March 30, 2009

Rust Dyed Art - SOLD!


This 12 x 12" piece was juried into the SAA Squared Fiber Arts Exhibition at
Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles, CA.

I have just learned it sold!

Rust dyed cotton, screen printed with images from Painted Desert National Park in Arizona.
The background fabric is block printed hand dyed fabric.

I used printing blocks made from plumber's rubber gasket material - a technique I outlined in my article in the current Quilting Arts Magazine!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Quilting Arts Magazine Cover

I am delighted to announce my first cover art in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
The magazine features an article I wrote about using hardware store supplies for printing fabrics. Primarily, the plumbers rubber gasket material that carves so nicely to make printing blocks.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

South Fork Road - Shoshone River,Wyoming

Shoshone National ForestA winter storm had just whitened the area, but the temperatures were warming, and the roads were clear.

We'd gone to Cody for my quilt talk with the local guild, and since we stayed overnight, we puttered around the area the next day to celebrate Joe's birthday.

We drove all the way to the end of the South Fork Road. Wow! What spectacular beauty!

I can't wait to go back again sometime in the spring when things are green and blooming and the water is rushing!

The bighorn sheep are protected in this area. We happened to see these along the road. I just took these pictures out the window of the car.

There were quite a few in this group - maybe 20 or so.

A single adult buck with a lot of ewes and yearlings.

We watched a small herd of elk grazing on a hillside.

What a great view!

I know - too many elk pictures, but I could not decide which was best! Again, all the pictures of animals were taken out the car window.

We saw flocks of these beautiful Mountain Bluebirds. They don't stay still for very long, so I had a hard time photographing them!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Paintbrush Piecers Quilt Talk Continued

"Gelatin Print Calendar"
I used first and second printings on a gelatin printing plate to create the border and the actual calendar pages for this piece. I had some cosmos I used for the prints.

Here, I am explaining the first and second prints that result from using plant material for the resist and print making using a gelatin plate.

These are examples of discharged fabric. I used household bleach. The one above was done with a resist paste - can no longer recall what the paste was made from. The one below was pole wrapped before the bleach was applied.

The coat is constructed of a variety of shibori discharged pieces. I am pretty sure this fabric is Kona cotton in black, which pretty consistently discharges to a rusty or peachy shade.
I have not been able to find a black that discharges to white in a very long time. If anyone knows of a good source - I would LOVE to hear about it!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Paintbrush Piecers Quilt Talk Continued

Another technique I enjoy for applying color to fabric is dye. I love to apply dye to manipulated fabric - shibori - as in the silk organza jacket above.

"Six Colorful Sisters in a Small House"

"Merlot" is also primarily dyed rayon and cotton fabrics. It, too has been shown all around the globe!

"Dancing til Dawn"

"Crazed and Confused"

"Chickadee Conclave"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Paintbrush Piecers Quilt Talk

I received a very nice invitation to visit the Paintbrush Piecers Quilt Guild in Cody, Wyoming to give a talk.

"Springtime in the City"
I focused on several different techniques I use.
"Crystal Lake Trout"
I no longer work with commercially printed fabric. Instead, I purchase big rolls of cotton broadcloth and apply my own color and printing.

I used paints for all of the art quilts shown in this blog entry.

"Thunder II"

"White Picket Fences" - this piece is going to Sacred Threads."Firestorm" - another version. The trees are Tyvek.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Family Visit

My sister and her family came all the way from Connecticut for a visit.

We painted fabric.

Pablo, age 8, was very careful with his painting project.

Liliana, age 4, especially loved this activity. She is very artistic.

We played with toys and read books.

Diego, age 2, was especially into the trucks, puzzles and books. Very fun!

The cousins really enjoyed their time together.

We had some great meals together.

And very sweet good-byes.