Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Printed Fabric Bee: Petroglyphs

It's time to reveal the newest theme for The Printed Fabric Bee. It's Petroglyphs! Isn't that fun and unexpected? Lynda Heines is the Queen Bee this month and she picked a great theme.

Tune in later this week and I'll share with you the mosaic of all the fabrics created by the other members of The Printed Fabric Bee!

After a bit of searching for a new-to-me technique to try, I came across Alisa Burke's tutorial for mono printing with a plastic bag. Perfect! I gathered my supplies and found some fabric that suggested southwestern cave walls.


I did a few test prints on a scrap of white fabric that already had some weird green marks on it. (?)

I liked the technique just fine, but I wasn't too excited about some of the petroglyph shapes I created. So I sketched some additional ideas and settled on motifs that were all circular.


 Here's a quick little video of the simple process.
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So, I ended up with this. But it needed a little more depth or layers or something...

I spattered some green metallic paint. Hmmm.

Oops. Big green blob.

The splatter painting would have been better if I had one of these tools. (I was just using a toothbrush and my fingernail which is very messy and unpredictable.)


Here is my finished piece that will go to Lynda. She requested fabric 8x18.

Here is my finished 6x6 piece for the monthly The Printed Fabric Bee give away!

You can win by posting on The Printed Fabric Bee blog or Lynda's blog.

Remember I said I was going to share what was successful and what was less-than-successful for each of my The Printed Fabric Bee pieces? Here goes.

Successful

  • the plastic bag mono printing
  • using only circular motifs
  • the beautiful rust color of the fabric
  • sloppy, but not too sloppy, designs


Less-than-successful

  • spatter painting
  • I wish I would have used some kind of extender with the paint that might have made the prints slightly darker
  • I wish I would have varied the size of the motifs more
  • I wish I would have come up with another technique to add different layers of design

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Museum Outing

A group of arty friends and I had a fantastic museum outing last week. First stop was the Crow Museum for the Japanese Fashion exhibit.

Isn't this texture fabulous? Some of the pieces were so structural, I really wanted to see how they would look on a real person moving about in real life.

This jacket had two sleeves... or rather four sleeves, two on each side.

After the Crow, we walked across the street to the Nasher for a delicious lunch in their cafe. I had the best squash soup. Then we walked through the sculpture garden where I snapped this simple leaf.

I really wanted to see the Staff Art Show at the Dallas Museum or Art, so we walked down the block for that. Yes, there are three world-class museums within walking distance of each other in the beautiful Dallas Arts District and two of them are free!


Inside Job is an exhibit of art in many different media made by people who work at the DMA. The labels included a snapshot of the artist, their job title, how long they'd worked at the museum, plus the title of their artwork. It was so awesome. We all loved it. 

My favorite were these piece by Doug McLeod. They are digital prints on paper. I think they are great from far away and entrancing from close up.

They were framed on thick cardboard. Perfection. I'm not sure about those titles.

Speaking of titles, we loved Rosemary's titles! Who says titles need to be short? Or formal?

Here are the works that go with those great titles.

There is a stunning new acquisition in the Center for Creative Connections at the DMA. It's called Starry Crown by John Thomas Biggers.

I'm eager to visit this piece again. The references to quilt blocks drew me in.

I leave you with this sweet moment caught in the sketching gallery at the museum.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fiberart For A Cause Contribution

Thank you for helping me decide which art quilt to donate to THE 100 Fiberart for a Cause. Here is my contribution: When Blue Blooms, 10x10.

Here's a detail showing the machine stitched arch at the top and a bit of the painted twigs with French knot buds.

More hand stitching... my beloved Y stitches and a swirly vine.

You can get all the details about this exciting, innovative fundraiser here.

1 Day - 100 Artists - 100 Patrons - $10,000Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opens 10 a.m. Central

How The Fundraiser Works

On February 4, the first 100 people to contact Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.com) beginning at 10 a.m. Central will be given a link to donate $100 by credit card directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. 

To be fair to all, no e-mails time dated before 10 a.m. Central will be opened. Virginia is not responsible for the vagaries of the e-mail system.

Please note your donation to the ACS will be credited through the Forest Lake Area Relay For Life. Why?

Each donor will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists here. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. See our Pinterest board for previews of many artworks.

The artwork may be any size as long as the minimum retail value is $100. Artwork smaller than 8x10" will be mounted to 8x10" or 9x9." The artwork will contain fiber and may or may not be stitched. The artwork may or may not be made specifically for this event.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Auction Project Finished!

Hooray! They are finished. Thank you for all your enthusiastic comments about this project. I bet you're eager to see the results.



Here you can see a bit of machine and hand stitching. Each piece got some of both.

Here is the cross series.

Here are the houses. See the little green grass stitches? And the orange flowers on the white houses?

Here is a shot of the back with the label I created with an image of the original sketch and the name of the student who created it. This one is for the pink house that you see above.

Here are the flowers. They make an especially nice collection, I think.

I made a simple muslin sleeve for each piece. This will make for safer, easier transporting from here to there.

I'll be visiting the classroom this week to meet all the young artists and talk a little about art quilting. I'm really looking forward to it!

The auction is a new endeavor for this school and the teacher and I are eager to see how it all plays out. I'll keep you posted!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Printed Fabric Bee... in the works!

I've pulled together some materials for the next theme for The Printed Fabric Bee.


I can't tell you the theme until the reveal on January 30, but it's a good one! Can you guess from these supplies what technique I might be using? Here's a hint. (Not really a hint. It's exactly what I'll be doing.)

I've been in a bit of a surface design rut, so I'm very excited to try this technique. Come back on January 30 to see my finished fabric and how I created it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Opening Exhibit

We had a great time at the opening reception for the Visual Arts Society of Texas 125-Mile exhibit on Friday. 

Since I'm a member of the organization that hosted the exhibit, I brought cookies to the opening. Yum! 

The show is in a lovely gallery, well lit and full of a huge variety of work. You can see my quilt just behind the woman on the right.

As I browsed the exhibit before the awards were announced, I was immediately drawn to this painting by Faith Jessop titled, Landscape, Spoon, House, Home. I just love the color palette, the composition and the vast landscape combined with the more intimate close up images.

It won the Best of Show. Well deserved.

There were six categories in the show ranging from photography, to sculpture to drawing. An honorable mention and a first place was awarded in each category.

I was honored to win the award for the fiber/textile/ceramic category!

I was also thrilled to be called by local reporter who wrote about the show, my quilt and my creative process for the paper. Check out this big picture of my quilt! You can read the article here.



The show will be up until February 21 at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton. (If you're in the area and planning a trip, I'd suggest going after February 6 when Materials Hard and Soft will open in the other gallery in the same building. It's always a great show.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Help Me Choose!

I am thrilled that Virginia Spiegel asked me to contribute to her exciting fundraiser: THE 100!

1 Day - 100 Artists - 100 Patrons - $10,000Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opens 10 a.m. Central

It's a great concept. You can get all the details here. Basically, anyone can email Virginia beginning at 10 am CT on Wednesday, February 4 with a promise to donate $100 to the American Cancer Society. The first 100 donors will receive a piece of fiber art donated by one of 100 really wonderfully talented and inspiring artists.

You can see several of the donated pieces of art here

I created these two art quilts after I finished my two large silhouette pieces. They are a continuation of my thoughts about reflecting on life and the possibilities that lie before us.

Which one should be my contribution for THE 100? Care to vote? 

 When Aqua Shines, 10x10


When Blue Blooms, 10x10

(If you're reading this on Feedly, you probably can't see the cool poll I've embedded in my blog. Click on over to deborahsjournal.blogspot.com to vote!)

Which art quilt should I donate to THE 100 fundraiser?

When Aqua Shines?
When Blue Blooms?
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