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.