Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Late January

I feel like my mind has been in a whirl since my last post, but all is well. I was scheduled to have an exhibit at our wonderful local gallery, Create Artisan Studio, in February, but soon realized that I would  not be ready in time. We delayed my show until April, which should be perfect and, in the meantime, I began a big reorganization of my sewing room/studio. I seem to always bite off more than I can chew!

I did finish the embroidered girl I had begun and I'm happy with the combination of hand stitching with a bit of fabric accent. I think she looks a bit like my daughter.

We're just seeing the end of a huge blizzard here in New England. Photos don't capture the high winds and swirling snow but we do have a lot of snow and bitterly cold temperatures. Here are a few of my "blizzard" photos - all taken from safely inside the house!

I'm so grateful to my husband for using the snowblower to clear our driveway!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Artful Pursuits

I've been working on a small embroidery, in an effort to create some type of art every day. I started out with a sketch, transferred it to muslin with a light box, then embroidered it with brown thread. I have more to do, but this is where I am so far.

I like hand stitching, but I know I'll soon be experimenting with drawing 
with machine stitching. I have a few ideas!

And, on recent sunny day, I braved the cold on our unheated porch  and
did some fabric painting -

on smooth cotton fabric,

cotton gauze,

and on cheesecloth!

These will come in handy for some future landscapes.

Very cold here in Massachusetts! Hope you are nice and warm 
wherever you may be while you read this.


Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Word for a New Year

Like many people, I've chosen a word to inspire 
me during the year 2015, and that word is

I'm not usually a risk taker, but I was inspired by this quote 
I saw on Facebook:

You know all those things
you've always wanted to do?
You should go
 do them.

I'm thinking of the risks I avoid taking in
so many areas of my life.
I want this year to be one of attempting new things,
being a bit daring
and jumping in when I would normally hold back,
paralyzed by fear.

I'll be taking more risks, in my artwork and in my
approach to life.

We'll see what happens when I
live a bit more bravely.

I know that good things will happen!

Hope your January is off to a good start.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Endings and Beginnings

Our 2014 ended with a lovely visit with our daughter Kate and her partner Jason in Toronto, Canada. The weather was unseasonably warm, so I was happy that I hadn't worn my wool coat! A vest and a raincoat served as the perfect cover-up.

We stayed at the charming Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street, four trolley stops away from Kate's street, so traveling was very convenient. The hotel is very quirky and each room has a different theme. Ours was "Travel" and a stack of vintage suitcases hid the TV and DVD player!
The hotel was hosting a fiber art exhibit which Kate was excited for me to see. Part of it was right outside of our door! These are just a few of the pieces on display.

We visited Kate's lab where she teaches wearable technology and looked at some of the projects being made by her assistants. Lots of electronic bits and pieces!

We had a delicious Christmas eve dinner prepared by Kate and Jason...

after which we played with trying on some funny hats which Kate had made...

Lots of laughter!
These visits are never long enough, but it's always so great to spend time with family.

And now we move on to new beginnings!
I wish everyone who reads this a wonderful New Year filled with good things!

May this be our best year ever!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ready for Their Close-Ups!

Like so many people, I'm bustling around preparing for Christmas. But I thought I'd
 take a moment to share close-up photos of some of the pictures I did 
for a recent exhibit.

Fused fabric, French knots, favorite colors of mine...

Fused fabrics, beading and French knots...

Fused fabrics, hand embroidery and beading...

Fused fabrics and beading...

More fused fabrics and hand embroidery!

These pictures are very small - most are about 5 inches wide.
I was looking for a way to allow them to stand up on a shelf, without 
using an easel, so I decided to experiment with some of the clear plastic
frameless frames I had around the house. 
I made the picture, mounted on black felt, a bit larger than the frame,
then stitched a second piece of felt to the back, leaving the bottom unstitched.
It formed a pocket to slip over the whole frame, leaving only the 
plastic stand showing!

Here are a few in a little grouping on my kitchen counter!
Just a little pop of color!

Thanks for visiting!
Hope you are enjoying the season and are not too stressed!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello Again!

I feel like I've been largely absent from the blogging world lately, which is a shame. I've made such good friends here and I don't want to lose all of you! Recently I've been preparing for an exhibit which took place last weekend. When I'm engrossed in creating new work I tend to isolate myself and become super-focused, to the point where laundry and grocery shopping, blogging and emailing take second place in my mind. I really need to find a balance!

I decided to try something different for this show, which was put on by our Arts Collaborative. I made some small pieces that stand alone on their own little easels. There is a lot of detail in each of these, and I like the way they provide a little pop of color on a shelf or ledge and brighten up a dark corner.

You can see how small they are in this photo of my exhibit space. I really do love small things!

Here is one picture which sold, with french knot foliage and fused fabric details. The vase of flowers above is tiny, and I'm glad it didn't sell, because it makes me smile when I see it on a ledge in my kitchen.  I'll share more close-ups of other pieces in future posts.

Now that the show is over, I'm back to getting ready for Christmas and the Holidays, which are coming up soon. I'll be coming over to check out your blogs. Hope everyone is doing well!! Take care...


Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Work

Is anyone finding, as I am, that November is slipping by very quickly? Where do the days go? I'm doing some new work, but here are a few more photos of the pieces I completed recently for an artisan show.

My photos are not great - sorry! This picture is mounted on white linen and 
is made with fabric, hand embroidery, beading, trims and machine stitching.

This little tree sold quickly. I used similar materials on it, 
with the addition of painted green lace in the foreground.

This piece has a lot of machine stitching and hand painted fabric for the sky.
It was framed with a black frame and also sold.

I love purple and this is my favorite piece from this group.
Terrible photo! I must make a little photo booth - I've seen some on Pinterset!

I'm working out a simpler method of mounting pictures and I'll share it with
you soon. Meanwhile, here's a photo of me at that last show. You can see here that 
the linen borders were very crisp, and outlined with black chenille yarn.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend and not too stressed out preparing for
Thanksgiving next week. We are keeping ours simple this year!

A friend of mine passed away this year - very suddenly - 
and I always loved the way he ended his Facebook posts. In memory of 
Joe Donovan, a very sweet guy, I'm going to end my blog posts the same way.

Have a good week.