Underwater Bouquet 1 & 2

April 2, 2018

Where does the time go? Such a cliché, but I am not good yet with keeping a blog. So I will attempt to update this post, at least, and endeavour to post more often with follow through. 

I had SO much fun creating these pieces. What started out as one ended up being 2 finished works, each 8.5" x 11" when finished.

I have them entered in a FAN exhibit called From a Tiny Seed. This show was meant to satisfy many inquiries to this group from quilt guilds. Often our exhibits are in gallery spaces and this one is small enough that it can be shipped and shown in a more casual environment. 

I love this style of fabric collaging motif's of flowered fabrics with each other to create unusual groupings of sizes and colours. Then adding metallic threads for some shine and unusual buttons if I'm lucky enough to find the weird ones.

For my next trick I'll be teaching some snow dying in Fernie in a few weeks. I hope to share some pre-workshop experiments if the temperatures next week climb above zero. Stay tuned. 

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February 9th, 2018

I'm getting started on some new work. I'm starting to create 2 small pieces that will be
8.5"x 11" when finished. They are for a new FAN show called From a Tiny Seed, they will be for a trunk show that will travel around to guilds who would be interested in showing it to their members. The pieces will be for sale but will have to travel for 2 years first. They are due on March 31, 2018. 

My initial thoughts about 'what?' to create for this show have been sketches in my sketchbook. I've gone back to some drawings that I did for the last piece I did, "Dying to Eat". That was such a fun concept to work on, Food. The choices we make about eating was a diverse conversation, there were many angles and sketches that I still want to pursue. But for these pieces it's such a small image area that I wonder if the ideas will translate? I also have wanted to keep pursuing work with an underwater theme. Friends recently came back from Indonesia scuba diving and shared their photos, they really have inspired me to return to that subject. I played around with some fabrics and have decided to start. Start something. As any artist knows, it's the hardest part. I've sewn two pieces of fabric together for a background and free motioned the water. I also cut up some fabric motifs and massaged them around a bit. This looks bright and fun and starting from nothing seems to fit the theme. Let's see what grows!

 A piece of commercial meets a piece of hand-dyed fabric. Step 1

A piece of commercial meets a piece of hand-dyed fabric. Step 1