Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book of Minimals 13"x13"







Minimal design.  That bee wouldn't leave my bonnet until I tried some more.  First I limited my choices to a beige fabric and a few scraps of handpainted blacks.  Improv piecing and composing was fun, especially the curves. But I think I abandoned restraint with the quilting lines.  That might be the next challenge--how to fill negative space minimally while still creating interest.  

So what to do with a pile of small art quilts? A perennial problem for someone who likes to make them.  These six I sewed together on the left edges to create a "book."  Sure makes them easier to show to groups of people. 

On that note, I am totally tickled that my little 12 inch donation to the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction
sold for $350.00 to a lovely person in Geneva, Switzerland.  Here's one last look at it, although I do have a larger version I kept for myself.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Tea Bowls



Last month I took a class from Judy Coates Perez titled "Tea and Ephemera."  She taught us a variety of techniques for creating a two dimensional collage on background fabric.  We incorporated used tea bags, stamping, thermofax printing, stenciling, images printed on lightweight abaca paper and cocktail napkins.  Lots and lots of layering to create complex backgrounds upon which I added the tea bowl outlines.  

My fiber artist group is preparing for a coffee/tea-themed exhibit at the Bello Mundo Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo in January 2017.  In addition to some older Tea Bowl pieces I created about 6 years ago, I'll be including these three.