September 30, 2013 1 comments


It's Monday - and does it seem like we've been here before? 

Well, as you may have noticed on Friday, the last piece was called "Red Bench No. 1" so, here we are with the beginnings of No. 2.  There won't be more than that (at least not for awhile), because I don't have any more of that painted fabric on hand. 

September 27, 2013 11 comments

Red Bench No. 1

When I left you on Wednesday, I said I had just a few more touches, so after I'd added some snow and some little cardinals in the tree, I was all "Done!"  

But as it hung next to my design wall, I kept looking at it, and thinking it needed something. So I added one more thing.
September 25, 2013 12 comments

WIP Wednesday

These days I'm enjoying the mix - whether it be in interior design, music, or my art - I'm liking combining, seeing things work together, following natural progressions and letting my instincts guide me without worrying about some of the questions and things that took up a lot of real estate in my brain this summer (i.e. capital A "art", am I developing, where am I going, how do I get through this block, etc.)

And since I'm operating out of instinct, of course I'm making trees. Expect to see a lot of trees over the next little while. ;)

Speaking of trees...
September 23, 2013 3 comments

Revisiting November

Some of you may recall that a couple of years ago, I made a piece called "November". At the time, I was reasonably chuffed with it, but somewhere along the way, it ended up in the infamous "I hate it" pile where it has languished ever since. 

And now, every time I see it I get this disappointed feeling - like I not only missed the boat, but wasn't even queued up on the right gangway. It's a terrible feeling!
September 20, 2013 6 comments

A Teensey Mistake...

So, I had this idea - it may even have been a picture I saw...  A lake, a bright blue sky, a smattering of clouds, some marsh in the distance - the tip of a cherry red canoe.

September 18, 2013 4 comments

and the stitching continues!

Kit 120
September 16, 2013 0 comments

My newest lunch-time project...

Back to the hand-stitching, I didn't show you what I was up to after I finished "Strange Fruit: Stand Your Ground". 

I began working with some of my rust-dyed pieces of fabric. I was trying to achieve a certain look with my rust-dyeing, so there were a lot of "failed" pieces in the bunch, but finally got this one. 
September 14, 2013 7 comments

More "in situ" pics at Artists Loft Gallery in Mount Rainier :)

Here you can see, "Incendiary: Marie-Joseph Angelique" on the right...

and "Written On the Body", also on the right...

And here is "Angelique" unobstructed.

A fun thing I found out about my Marie-Joseph Angelique piece is that my posts about her were compiled into one (by whom, I don't know), along with my photos, all properly attributed to me with link backs, and then that post was re-blogged and re-blogged and re-blogged - it was a rabbit hole! I stopped looking after finding 10 or 15 shares.

Although ordinarily, I wouldn't approve of someone doing so without my permission (and in future, please ask!) because it was always properly attributed - even to the 15th share - I didn't mind, and thought it was really cool. :)

Kit 120
September 12, 2013 3 comments

The rest of the journals and a story...

So, back in 2011, I made this wall quilt, called "Fractured" (you really should click on that link and the links within to see the story of how it came to be, I'm always amused by it!) - and that wall quilt eventually was requested by the curator of the Union Art Gallery, who wanted t it be part of a show called "Throw: Great Lengths of Innovation in Modern Quilting " (that link goes to a review of the show.)

Anyway! If you remember all of that you may remember that this flower thingy above, was originally part of that wall quilt. I have four of them, actually, but decided to make one of them into a journal cover.
September 11, 2013 5 comments

Making paper "fabric"

So, as I mentioned last week, the chosen charity work that Group of Eight does, is that we make journals for the residents in a womens' homeless shelter. 

Although I am trying to make them pretty, I am also using them as a way to experiment on a small scale.  And I have been very interested in seeing what else I can do with my hand-painted papers.

I began by tearing them up into small bits...
September 6, 2013 0 comments

We get by...

...with a little help from our friends.

Do you know Deb Lacativa? If you don't, you should! She makes wonderfully intriguing pieces of art, sells amazing hand-dyed fabric which I've mentioned numerous times here as I use them in my pieces, and is a generous and warm-hearted person.

I'm writing today about her, because her Goodman has been taken ill, and though we are all confident he will get through this well and strong, their finances may not.

We can all help her by buying her work.  Whether it's a splurge on an original piece of her art, some of her beautful hand-dyed fabric, or some (newly available) reprographs of her work, we can all help her a lot by helping ourselves according to our budget.

I bought three of her beautiful reprographs on Wednesday as a birthday present to myself and when I have them framed up I'll be sure to show them here.

You can do the same -one of her reprographs costs only as much as two cups of fancy coffee, and having gotten a cusspot or two, I can tell you that they are simply stuffed with fabric - that big pile beside her cusspot is exactly how much is one of those. And if you want larger swaths of fabric, she sells that too.

Those quilters have a community, let's show that fabric artists do too. And if you *are* a quilter, then you already know how that works. ;)

Have a great weekend!

Kit 120
September 4, 2013 5 comments

So, what progress have I made on my projects?

I have actually started on my challenge piece (but can't show you anything until it's been revealed to the group) and sent off one of my birds for the Cloth Paper Scissors Challenge. 

I was going to make a new one for the challenge because I thought they kept the piece if it was accepted, but they send it back. So, scratch *that* off the to-do list. But ...
September 2, 2013 5 comments

A class sample...

So, I finished up my little disperse dyeing piece which, as it turns out, is a great sample piece for a future disperse dyeing class.

What's really lovely about disperse dyeing, is that if you have limited skills, you can make something really pretty, such as the piece above.