Thursday, December 16, 2010

Points of Light 40"x42" 2010

It seems suitable to end this year with my quilt inspired by the word illumination.  
I incorporated my own photos, and many of my own dyed and painted fabrics.
May the holiday season bring peace and relaxation to all of you.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sister Love for Marybeth 16"x16" 2010



























This is the second of my Sister Love series.  Marybeth is on the right in the photo.  I used garden colors and quilted fruits and vegetables because all three of them are avid gardeners.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sister Love 15"x15" 2010
























My sister Sheila sent me this photo of herself (on the left), and two other sisters, Vicky and Marybeth.  I think it was taken in the late fifties.  So I am making a small quilt for each of them.  I love how putting a photo on fabric gives it a new tactile incarnation.  This one includes bits of lace and buttons from our mother's large collection. She was also a fiber artist who probably made the little dresses they are wearing.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Persimmon and Pear Postcard 4"x6" 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Gobble Gobble!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Persimmon and Pomegranate Postcard 4"x6" 2010


















I could do postcards all day.  They are such (almost) instant gratification.  And they take up a lot less room than my growing mound of art quilts.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reclining Buddha 9"x12" 2010


























More and more I enjoy using my own photos in my quilts.  I printed my photo of a reclining Buddha statue  on copy paper which I placed face down on a piece of fabric.  Then I wet it thoroughly with a sponge and rubbed it hard to transfer the image.  Rather ghostly.  I photographed the rusty kanji at sunset.  It means The Way.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Launched by the Sixties 39"x43.5" 2010


I went to university in San Francisco in the sixties.  The music, the politics, the fashions, the philosophies of that era launched me into adulthood.  I scripted the names of my favorite bands onto the tie dye fabric with bleach.  I painted the other fabrics to represent the turbulence of the Vietnam war.  (There's also some metaphorical grass.)  The sandhill cranes taking off were photographed by my husband and I printed them on more hand dyed fabric.  The sixties were the wind beneath my wings.  Peace.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thread Squashes Postcard 4"x6" 2010


















Same still life... thread painted.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Morning Light Squashes Postcard 4"x6" 2010


















A shaft of early morning light lit up my little still life.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blue Pumpkin postcard 4"x6" 2010

















One of my quilt guilds has started a Postcard Club.  I am having so much fun that I can't resist making multiples.  I know people love receiving them in the mail, but sometimes they're hard to part with.
Will a photo do?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reserved for Tony Graffiti 40" x 40" 2010



























This quilt contains my photos of graffiti in Europe, and my hand-painted, monoprinted, and flour resist painted fabrics.  The title is from a specific piece of graffiti I saw in Birmingham, England.  With simple construction, I wanted to capture the scattered complexity of  graffiti art we glimpse as we speed by.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Jacey in the Merry Month of May 23" x 32" 2010


















A guild challenge was to create an asymmetrical composition that illustrates the term merry.  To create the silhouette, I used a photo of my 8 year old niece Jacey happily performing a cartwheel.
She's backed by a fabric I hand painted, and I'm pleased to say that I won the Best Use of Term award.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ardi 40"x61" 2010

Ardi, or Ardipithecus Ramidus, lived 5 million years ago in Africa.  She was a hominid, one step in the evolution of the human race.  Her fossil skeleton is remarkably intact because her body was buried in the silt of a river.  I assembled her "skeleton" life size (about 3 foot 11 inches) on a piece of indigo dyed fabric collected in West Africa.  Her skull was very fractured so I hand embroidered her head.  The symbol to left of her head is from Ghana, Sankofa or Go Back and Retrieve.  It symbolizes wisdom, knowledge, and heritage.  Based on a mythical bird that flies forward with its head turned back, it reminds people to value the past and carry it with us as we move forward in time.  I created Ardi for a Women's History Month exhibit next year.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Be the Buddha 18.5" x 19" 2010


My artist group, Loose Threads, is taking on monthly projects to make pieces with certain techniques that are also inspired by a word.  The technique for July was fabric weaving and the inspirational word was "reflective."  Using fabrics I dyed and painted myself, I wove the mandala.  Then I photographed my garden statue of the meditating Buddha and printed it on silk.  The lotus blossoms, a symbol of purity  often associated with Buddha, are cut from commercial fabric.  

This will be my last post for several weeks as I am traveling to Europe to see my "Blue Boobs Are Best" quilt at the International Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.  Then I'm going to Germany and France to visit friends.  While in Heidelberg, I'm giving a slide lecture to a quilt group.  I sure hope my little memory stick holding 60 quilts does its job.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bronze Tea Bowl 18"x22" 2010


The end of the tea bowl series, at least for now.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Koi Tea Bowl 16"x25" 2010


A friend commented that the painted fabric on the right looked like koi fish swimming.  Aha....a title.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fuschia Tea Bowl 17" x 21.5" 2010


My tea bowls became a series of small quilts.  More to follow.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Three Tea Bowls 2010 20"x51'


A perfect tea bowl is one that is not perfect.  There should be fascinating irregularities in the shape and glaze that evoke the earth from which it came.  If filled with hot tea, it should allow your fingers to hold it gently but confidently so you can inhale the fragrance.  As the tea cools, the bowl should seduce you to embrace it in your cupped hands.  Just sitting on a shelf, a perfect tea bowl should remind you of the calm warmth of sipping tea.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Romaine 7" x 24" 2010


I created this small panel to be part of a larger group quilt titled "Victory Garden".
Eleven other artists from California Fiber Artists are making panels and the whole piece will be assembled and quilted by our leader, Louise Schiele.  It will be displayed at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California September, October, and November this year.  Can't wait to see the entire quilt.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rock Creek 27" x 36.5" 2010


In October 2008, my husband and I camped one very cold night at Rock Creek in the eastern Sierra.
This quilt is inspired by and includes some of his photos of the partially frozen creek.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Adena's Birthday Strip 6"x32" 2010


This strip was included in a "ribbon" quilt created by the members of Loose Threads, my artist group, for Adena's birthday.  Looking around for some fabric in her favorite colors, I found this piece left over from painting my "Blue Boobs."  It looked like a landscape and was a pleasure to quilt.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grace's Square 10"x10"

My friend Grace loves purple, so I created this piece as part of an assemblage with other members of our friendship group.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Untitled 20"x18" 2010


Even the smallest piece of silk is entrancing, especially bits I dyed myself.  This quilt is a donation for the Orange Blossom Little Quilt Raffle.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Colorado River 44" x 18" 2010


Inspired by a photo of the Colorado River, I pulled colors and sewed myself a table runner.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Seeking Essence 36.5" x 14.5" 2010

Although not actually a series, here is another "seeking" quilt.  The tea bowls are a metaphor for the sometimes emotional journey to be an artist.  To quote the late Leonard Cohen, "There is a crack in everything.  That is how the light gets in."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Celtic Windows 53" x 30" 2009

I'm sharing this quilt again because it won a First Place ribbon at the Best of the Valley Quilt Show last week.  The judge was impressed with all the texture so I've added a detail shot.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Seeking the Path 17"x23" 2010

Moving from the known to the unknown is can be uncomfortable.  The incomplete kanji meaning "The Way" symbolizes the path I seek when I try to create my art.  

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Seeking: Beyond the Web 17"x20" 2010

As I wander along the trail labeled "how to be an artist", I often feel I'm on the outside looking in.  

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Rain 41"x47" 2010

Under the tutelage of Roberta Horton, I constructed this quilt using Japanese yukata fabrics as the inspiration.  The quilting is simple vertical lines enhanced with many clear glass beads for raindrops.  

Friday, March 26, 2010

My "Boro" Shirt

I attended the Studio Art Quilt Associates/Surface Design Association Conference in San Francisco last week where I studied with Yoshiko Wada.  Her workshop was titled "Boro Transformed: Piecing, Patching, and Stitching."  Boro is a very old Japanese custom of repairing, darning, patching old worn textiles to extend their lives.  I worked on this old shirt I purchased at a thrift shop by hand stitching on some hand-dyed cheesecloth.  What was intended to be an old shirt for painting now has been reinvented.  Stay tuned for future additions as there are still lots of blank areas awaiting my needle. 

Exploding Pear 12"x12" 2010

This is the last in the small pear quilt series.  I have no more pears left.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No Egrets 12"x12" 2010

A bad blurry photo turned into something better.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Floaters 18" x 27" 2009

There is an obscenely huge island of plastic trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Perhaps we should be looking for more creative ways to use discarded plastic.  We need bubbles, not bubble wrap, sparkling in the seas.

This piece is one third of a group triptych.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Great Wall 9"x12" 2009

Part of a series of small journal quilts inspired by my trip to China.  I felt like a very lucky person to see this amazing structure, but it took pluck to climb it as the steps are quite steep.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Shanghai Night 17"x15" 2009

On a hot August night in Shanghai, the best place to be is on the river.  The brightly lit skyscrapers cast sparkling colors on the rippling black waters.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mango Hummingbird 15"x20" 2009

 Only silks and satins could do this hummingbird justice.  It's paper-pieced from a design by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Controlled Burn 48"x54" 2009

When there is too much dead and dry undergrowth in the forests of California, sometimes a controlled burn is prescribed.  This is to prevent wildfires and enhance the health of the redwoods and other trees, when it doesn't get out of control.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Engagement Lobster 25"x30" 2008

 My son proposed to his wife over her favorite meal.  Here is their engagement gift.  The lobster is assorted silks and brocades appliqued to an antique brocade.  The border is black satin on which I cleaned my paint brushes during other projects.  It reminds me of the inside of an abalone shell.

Where's the Bowl? 16"x18" 2008

  When I showed this quilt to a friend, she asked, "Where's the bowl?"  So it was titled.  I quilted the fish from the fabric on the back and painted them to be less transparent. The rocks are painted and melted Tyvek.  I love how silk takes quilting.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Autumnal 15"x19.5" 2009

  Playtime in the studio during my favorite season.  The background is layered bits of threads and fabrics under tulle and heavily stitched.  The fragmented leaves are painted and melted Lutradur.  The whole leaves are Angelina film sandwiched in chiffon.  Some are dangling from the top on beaded stems so they flutter in a  breeze.

Blue Pears Study 12"x12" 2009

 Rubbing Paintstiks on many different fabrics over a commercial rubber stamp gave me a whole harvest of pears.  Smelly but rewarding.

Earth Touching Pose 8"x8" 2009

 For the background, painted fusible web was applied to grey satin.  I used gold flake and gold paint for the Buddha and wheel.   It has unfinished edges because it was to be matted for SAQA's 20th Anniversary Trunk Show.  It is currently touring the U.S. in Trunk B.

Blue Jazz Notes Diptych 59"x40" 2009

  Put on some great jazz.  Play with foiling on chiffon.  Applique the pieces on gorgeous blue silk.  Stitch wherever the music takes the needle.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!