SMALL CONSTRUCTIONS FROM THE RAG BAG

Continuing on with the making of small constructions and preparing them for framing I quilted 3 this morning.  The first with  bits from Svaha Woodward’s curtains as predominant elements. I have been using a lot of pinky coral lately it seems.  The next construct came right out of  the building the first set of curtains […]

FINISHING A COMMISSION

It’s so interesting doing commission work. How do you make the client happy while staying true to yourself and making yourself happy?  It’s a big job.  This quilt began with a call from my friend Renee Knight to make a quilt for her son Xai.  They came to the studio and looked at everything (I […]

MINING THE UFO BOX

At times when I am stuck or blocked or just uncertain about where to go next with my art, I return to the UFO (unfinished objects) box and go through it and fold and refold all the thought forms that I have started and discarded. Sometimes it brings about inspiration.  Yesterday I decided to make […]

BEGINNING A NEW SERIES (AGAIN AND AGAIN)

I finally got the last commissioned quilt off to the quilter and am waiting for my silk velvet to arrive and decided (art making is decision making) to go through my basket of little stuff and clean it up: refold, reassign, reorder.  Then I decided to make a few small quilts for framing for my […]

WORKING IN A SERIES

I received a commission from Integrated Art LLC to make a series based on this small 15×19″ wall piece. Of course I had no more of the fab polka dot fabric although I did spend an hour looking for it. so I made this series. The first a gallant attempt to copy the original. Not […]

WARM AND COOL COLORS

I spent most of a day in conversation with Leslie Bixel about what are warm colors versus cold colors.  She said Nancy Crow says warm colors come foreward.  OK so what does that mean?  she gave me a little exercise with crosses  in hot and cold colors to see which came forward, which went back.  […]

Black is not always black!

Yesterday I decided to dye 2 different blacks from Dharma Trading Company in 5 color gradations using Katy Widger‘s formulas.  I have here in San Miguel Jet black and plain old fashioned “black”.  I used 2 tsp in 100ml of urea water with salt and did a full strength 400ml  on 1 yard of manta […]

Making an art quilt a different way!

We finished half of the center of the 2nd quilt Gordon commissioned me to support him making.  I never work from pattern or try to get a specific color.  this has been a big learning curve  for me… but we are moving along. and here is Gordon Kyle holding up his painting/cutout in front of […]

Working in series

I received a commission from the UW Hospital (where I am the most represented artist) to make  2 series of 4 quilts 20×30″  I made the first series before leaving Madison called dots and blocks and I am now working on the second series called Simple Arches.  yesterday I finished the first of the series. […]