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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Catching Up

It has been a busy few weeks. I am taking a photography certificate program and I have been spending quite a bit of time shooting in my community. In the Learning to See Creatively class, the idea is to look at things differently or enhance an everyday object in an artistic way. Each class, we present our assignment and discuss our work as a group.  There are some very talented people in the class and I feel I am holding my own. Tomorrow is our last class and I have to admit, I am having a very difficult time finding two 'killer shots'. I think I will use a portrait I of a young family member and who knows what else. Here are a few of my photos:
Playing with light and shadows

Playing with contrast and intensity.

Night Writing with Cam
I noticed I am drawn to bold geometric lines. I will show more work in future posts. 

The closing reception for the annual DAFA Members show was held Monday. Here is a link to a slideshow created of the exhibit. I was the scribe for our juror, Lesli Robertson and listening to her comments on the various pieces, I learned valuable information that I will be able to consider in future work.  

Speaking of future work. I created 'Messy Geometry' for the Spirit is Ageless: 2012 Art Contest, Exhibit and Event at The Point, Center for Art and Education. It is a combination of hand dyed cotton, screen printing, fused silk and free motion quilting. I like to use Adirondack Spray Wash as a quick dye. I think the colors are vivid and bright and they have warm colors I am drawn to. I also created the screens used for the grid and dot pattern. The dot pattern was created using a technique I learned in Quilting Arts Magazine. I used sheer fabric, heat set vinyl and two different hole punches.  Cam named this piece, the grid reminded her of geometry but nothing really lined up well.  It takes me forever to come up with a name that suits the piece. Names usually have to grow on me so a lot of my work is untitled.

Messy Geometry

Detail of Messy Geometry
 I  Main Street Art Festival in Fort Worth. WOW! This is a juried event and when I am able to attend, I look forward to seeing Jeff Zachman's kinetic sculptures. This year his son,Carl, also an artist, was accepted. You can see the family resemblance. Here are a couple of pictures of the 'side show' activities.  Here is a street performer who entertained the children jumping over hurdles and telling stories. There was also a musician playing an instrument from West Africa. I don't remember what he was talking about - however I do remember he played classical music on that thing - beautiful!

Crossing over a 3 inch hurdle

Street musician
 I have been dyeing fabric using IDye from Jacquard. I will post my results later.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DAFA Annual Show

The 2012 DAFA Annual Show -Legacy in Fiber- is up and open to the public!
Jules and Lisa planning the layout of the Alzheimer's

Lu hanging the Alzheimer's quilts

The show will run through April 23 when we will have our closing reception.
In addition to the Annual Show, there are two special exhibits - Legends in Fiber Art, and, Pathways: DAFA's Alzheimer Quilt Project. The show is at the The Point, Center for Arts and Education, 4847 West Lawther Drive, Dallas. The Point is less than three minutes from White Rock Lake so you can see the show and then take a walk around the lake. This will be a great afternoon. The Point is open 7 days a week.
While we were diligently laying out the show, storms were brewing in North Texas. The warning sirens sounded while we were working and we ended up spending time in the garage of the building next door. We were very lucky the tornadoes did not come our way however there was terrible devastation in surrounding areas.

Wednesday, I had my second opportunity to quilt some projects using a longarm machine. I am still intimidated by the machine but at the same time I am getting more comfortable with it. I love that you can get so much done so quickly. I am not trying to quilt award winning patterns; I just want to finish some of the quilts I started years ago. I completed two large baby sized quilts today.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Okay, it has been a while since my last post. A lot has happened some good, some not so good. One happy event is the upcoming Dallas Area Fiber Artists Annual Show 'Legacy in Fiber' at The Point, Center for Arts and Education in Dallas. I have 2 pieces that made the cut, Lenten Peacock and an untitled mixed media piece Lenten Peacock was a challenge I setup for myself a couple of years ago, to create or finish a piece of art each day during Lent. I got this idea from my friend Deborah Boschert. It was a real challenge and I was happy to complete several pieces that were just laying around. The peacock feather piece was one of my favorites and I am very happy to share it during the show.

I used a stencil, copper metallic paint and added stitching with lime green thread. I love the way the stitching makes the feathers glow.

The second piece is a combination of rusted fabric, matte medium, acrylic paint, book and scrapbook paper, thread and stone beads.

We will hang the show tomorrow and it will run through April 23
Along with the juried DAFA show, we have a special display Pathways: DAFA's Alzheimer Quilt Project. These 9 X 12 in quilts were a special exhibit at the Dallas Quilt Celebration. The quilts will be donated to the Alzheimer Quilt Initiative for sale.

Pieces of a Life

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