Monday, April 4, 2016

Getting Ready

As I sit here in my home just north of Boston, snow is falling steadily and it is extremely cold. Luckily, I have plenty to do inside, getting ready for a collaborative art exhibit later this week. I just wanted to share a couple of the pieces I've been working on.


This piece is made with fabric, both hand painted and commercial. The banks of flowers are painted pieces of Warm and Natural batting and I've added some fiber embellishments as well as hand embroidery. Lots of hours invested in this and it's satisfying to finally mat and possibly frame it!


Another landscape in process, now completed. Again, lots of embellishments - laces, netting, yarn, hand embroidery. Already matted and ready to be shrink wrapped.

I have a couple more to be finished - ready a few days ahead of time!! A good feeling!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Smiles,
Judy






Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In Creative Mode

I feel like I've been an absentee blogger lately. My head is full of concerns for a family member and preparations for a trip which is coming up soon. On top of that, our arts collaborative is having a show next week, so I am in full creative mode!
This is how I get ready for something like this - I have a large trifold piece of foam board that I tape to the front of our dining room hutch, out of the way of nosy cats. I then lay out possible landscapes, using all of the hand painted and dyed, as well as commercial fabrics that I have in my stash. I had actually spent some time last week painting fabrics with acrylic paint thinned with fabric medium, as well as painting lace with this mixture.


 On the piece below, I used acrylic paint on Warm and Natural batting for the textured pink and purple flower fields - just trying out all sorts of things.


The piece below has a beautiful sky, fabric I purchased somewhere along the line. I think I overpainted the purple on a piece of green commercial fabric for the mid ground and the foreground is felted wool. I'm auditioning some gauze which I may use for flowers in the front.


Today I'm cutting out some little houses to plant in these landscapes to, hopefully, make them more interesting. Then stitching and matting and I'm done! I'll share the final results.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I know it's hard to follow a blog with big gaps between the posts, and I appreciate your  visit! I hope to blog more frequently in the future.

Hope everyone had a great Easter holiday!!

Smiles, 
Judy

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Birthday Wishes



Today is a very special day for our family, the day our wonderful daughter Kate was born.
It seems like yesterday when, at the crack of dawn, on March 2, 
our beautiful little girl made her first appearance.
Now, 35 years later, she appears on stages all over the world, giving talks and workshops,
explaining the importance of, and the making of, wearable electronics.
She is kind, funny, unassuming, adventurous, loving and intelligent,
as well as being a thoughtful and caring daughter.
One of my very favorite people.
Happy Birthday, Kate!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts - Part 2

 In my last post, I wrote about a terrific exhibit I saw last week, showcasing the work of two quilt artist friends. I shared the work of Susan Walsh, and now I'd like to do the same with the quilts of Barbara Malek. When she's not doing professional long arm machine quilting on other people's quilts, Barbara creates beautiful work of her own.





On the basket quilt below, the flowers are intricately quilted as part of the design.




And this award-winning cone flower quilt is one of my favorites!




This quilt has pockets to hold part of Barbara's collection of vintage hankies, which can be swapped with others from time to time, and shows off some of her mother of pearl button collection.


This Christmas quilt has beautiful hand embroidery...


as well as some personal humor! (Barbara's husband and cats!)


And finally, Barbara has begun a series of vintage dresses, with hand embroidery and rich embellishment. They are really stunning 'in person'.




There are more quilts, but I've chosen my favorites. Hope you've enjoyed seeing them!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts - Part 1

I went to a wonderful quilt exhibit this week, showcasing the work of two quilt artists whom I know personally. It was held in a beautiful room used as the sanctuary of a local church, and I couldn't help but think how wonderful it would be to attend a service, surrounded by these handmade beauties.


The first artist is Susan Walsh, a former quilt shop owner, whose work is infused with color and warmth. A group of ladies (including me) meet at her house every week to stitch and chat, and I'm constantly amazed by the quality of her hand appliqué and stitching.

Here are just some of her quilts.



Some hand appliquéd details from this quilt -



This is just a portion of a larger quilt -




Detail from this quilt -




In my next post I'll share photos of quilts by the other artist, Barbara Malek.
I'm sure you'll agree that these are spectacular!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Snow Day


Hello everyone,
I've been away from my blog for a while, but just had to come back to show some pictures of our "snow day" yesterday.
This storm was not originally predicted to be that bad, but it came down continuously all day, coating every tree branch with beautiful white icing. These photos show how enchanting everything looked!




To top it all off, late in the afternoon, the sun came out and the highest branches turned a beautiful yellow, as the ice crystals reflected the sunlight. It was stunning!


And the sun show was followed by a lovely, soft sunset. A poet would have loved writing about this!



I just wanted to share these photos. I've been working on several projects and I'll post pictures and write about them soon.

Wishing everyone a belated "Happy February"!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Creative Play for the New Year

Today I begin my 10th year writing this blog, and this is my 800th post. Yay! When I set out on New Year's Day in 2007, the blog was named "Fabric Art and Crafts" and I can still remember how excited I was at the prospect of sharing my work and connecting with other bloggers. My tech-y daughter got me started with Blogger and, although I've had my ups and downs with consistency, I'm really happy that I've stuck with it. Most of all, I'm so happy with the very good blogging friends I've made along the way.

In the past, I sometimes chose a word or words to inspire me through the year. This year I really feel like playing with art - trying new things I've always wanted to try and making what pleases ME! I used to love painting fabric and I plan to go back to that, plus cut paper, felting, collage and - most enjoyable for me - creating characters in a variety of mediums. Now I'm getting excited and it's time for bed, as I write this at 12:30 am on New year's Eve!

And so, my inspiration words for the year are Creative Play.





I hope you have some creative plans for your year, too. Do you have an inspiration word and something you'd really like to try for the first time? I hope we can share our creations. Leave a comment and I'll visit your blog!

 In the meantime, here's wishing you a very
  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!