November 29, 2013 3 comments

Week Link Post - 2

First up - this article inspired a lot of talk around the water cooler: phew! Talk about mixed media!

Artist Anna Dumitriu makes storytelling quilts - out of superbugs!

"The quilt squares are made using natural and clinical antibiotics on Chromogenic (pigment-generating) agar in which the fabric has been embedded and inoculating the squares with bacteria, creating patterns that reflect the interaction between bacteria and antibiotics. The quilts are embroidered with thread dyed with saffron as well as with the antibiotic Vancomycin."
Check out the article and a video of the artist talking about her work in her own words, HERE


Next up, photographer Nicholas Alan Cope and creative director Dustin Edward Arnold have combined forces as well as painting, chemistry, sculpture, fashion and installation, to make extremely beautiful, thought-provoking art.

Gorgeous, decomposing still-lifes, discomfiting "fashion" shoots, abstracts that examine the internal world of an object, and a new, very unexpected twist on florals are just some of the series they explore. I am very grateful to for introducing me to these inspiring artists. 

Check out their digital retrospective HERE.  The article isn't new, but is one that is certainly timeless.

For this week's Material Matters link, here are "Three branding opportunities most artists miss" by Lezley Davidson.

In the "crazy-like-whoa" category - did you know that Francis Bacon's triptych of Lucien Freud studies broke the world record for art sold at auction a couple of weeks ago? Click HERE to find out the eye-watering price paid for Three Studies of Lucian Freud


And finally, Will Kemp writes an amusing article about a trip to see Cézanne's studio* in France that also gives you a bit more insight into the artist himself.  Check that out HERE in Will's article entitled "How to paint, sleep and nearly die like Cézanne". 

*By the way, have you actually ever seen pictures of it? I actually keep a picture of it in my "inspiration" folder on my desk top - it's my dream studio!

Kit 120

P.S. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I talked about re-arranging how I blog a bit? I think I've figured it out.

Life/health permitting, it will go as follows:

  1. Monday will be a process and/or talky post;
  2. Wednesday will be the WIP (wordless or otherwise - why break with tradition?); and 
  3. Fridays will be my Friday'S-linky post and the current week's finish of the lunchtime project. 

That seems workable for me at the current time and I hope will be entertaining for you.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

November 27, 2013 4 comments

Next hand-work project - here I come!

When I was trying to get "just the right effect" with my rust dyeing over the summer to make the fabric for Erosion; well, need I say more? lol 

Those of you who have rust dyed, know that you have virtually no control over the finished product. Try as you may - things never turn out exactly how you had envisioned. So I had to rust dye a LOT of fabric - yards and yards - (about 7!) to get the piece I wanted for Erosion.

But then, what's a girl to do with 6 yards of rust-dyed fabric? 

One of the ideas I came up with was the above. Each of those is a 6.5 inch square - very manageable as a piece of portable work, and if I get tired of it after these first 12 blocks, I can stop. But my intent is to make eight or twelve of these sections  - so, 144 of those 6.5 inch squares (I know, right?), put them all together, and then use them as a background for a still larger piece. I imagine it will take approximately a year of lunches in total.

But who wants to think about that?!  So, I'm starting with one six and 1/2 inch square. 

Very manageable. 


Kit 120
November 25, 2013 9 comments


At long last, a finish! :)

This one is actually quite significant, not least because of the hours and hours of hand stitching in it.  Observe:
November 20, 2013 12 comments


I haven't been around for awhile - and this was one of the reasons. I gave myself a nasty steam burn, when the lid fell off of the tea kettle when I was making a pot of tea. Ouchie!

And then I had some really busy days (going in early and staying late) at my day job; and with my new limitations, I can't spend long days in the office and then also spend time in the studio - so the studio has had to wait. 

And this calendar is already radically behind, as that first one "someone" which was supposed to be finished the first weekend is November, is still not finished now -pushing back everything else. *ahem*

November 13, 2013 6 comments

It's my first Week Link post!

I think there's some great reading here – I hope you'll enjoy it!

This is a *very* interesting article by Kathleen Loomis about Anne Loveless winning the Art Prize (the world's biggest purse in the art world - $200,000!) with her beautiful textile art piece  Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore. But it's not what you think – it's about why this won't make any difference to the larger art world, and why it won't change how textile art is thought of (craft, women's work, not-art)>

This is an article from Matthew Schuler. He writes about how he believes creative people think – mean to be shared with the people in your life who just "don't get" you.  I recognized a lot of myself in it – perhaps you will too. :

This is a fantastic article – one of my favourites that I read quite often – about how the art gallery system works.  You may have read it before yourself (it's not new); but some of you may not have – and it bears reminding if you any interest in those kinds of shows. Good reading even for those who don't!

This is a fiber artist I "discovered" through this blog, Ana Teresa Barboza. Her work is incredible!

And these are a set of articles about using quilts to talk about words we are uncomfortable with. The accompanying interviews may be enlightening to those of you haven't considered the impact of the words on the people they are being spoken about.  Warning - the words are NSFW – but we're all big girls here, right?

Kit 120
November 11, 2013 1 comments

In case you were wondering...

I actually haven't forgotten about the lunch time project - but it's taking a lot longer than the last one did!

The repetitiveness of these particular stitches is hard to be motivated by, and I have to put it aside for long stretches of time and work on something else.

But I'm in the home-stretch now. This hooped portion is nearly all I have left to do.

November 8, 2013 9 comments

Sweetness and light...

Well, that's what we'll start with, anyway. 

I was in a park near work collecting leaves for a project, when I came upon this man feeding peanuts to the squirrels. I must have taken 20 or 30 pictures of this scene. I mean check out the squirrels! Those black blurs are squirrels coming and going - in the few minutes I stood there, snapping away, he must have individually fed 20 or 30 squirrels!  
I was really just trying to get a good picture of the squirrels, but when I got home, after looking at two or three of these pictures, I completely forgot about the squirrels. I kind of fell in love with this man as a subject. 
I mean, wow. 

There's a species of resignation in his face that reads as a quiet kind of sadness despite the fact that the squirrels were coming and taking the peanuts directly from his hands and the fact that he must find pleasure in this activity. Seeing the lush foliage around him that is nevertheless in an early stage of decay... as I looked at the photos, a story about him fell into place.  

I was quite taken with the aptness of it's being fall in this little scene - and suddenly, I realized, I'd captured something much more than I had intended. 

I think this will be one of the pieces I work on over the winter.

But back to what I'm working on right now...
November 6, 2013 7 comments

Back to business...

I am working on "The Boy" again.  

You may remember that I started him early in the summer and then sort of abandoned him when I lost the "feeling".  He was kind of a long shot anyway, as he was never a purposeful piece and came about as a result of a series of accidents, anyway.

I had been working on a piece for a show about Oseola McCarty for a call for entry - and I had a very clear idea about what it was I wanted to do. 

But then the problems started. I pieced, quilted and painted THREE backgrounds (all 65" by 40") and never actually came up with one that worked for my original concept.
November 4, 2013 17 comments

News Post

Fair warning: this is a talky-talky post, so if you have little tolerance for such things, skip to the end. 


It seems I am always thinking about time.  

I used to think about time in terms of how little time I had to spend in the studio, and though I overcame my resentment at time spent away from it; I still struggled with What To Do while I  was in it. The whole "make pretty, or make art?" debate consumed a large portion of my thought process, and recently, making art expressly for sale took up a lot of my studio time, much to my chagrin.

But over the past several months, I've been struggling with time in relation to my own failing health.
November 1, 2013 7 comments

Another bird for the series...

When I got to this point, I thought I was done, but as I looked at it, I realized that I didn't like the total sky  background. It was lifeless, and oddly drab in a way.  

Unfortunate in many ways, because I've already made up ten of these backgrounds in preparation for more birds. Alas - they'll have to be used for something else. But in the meantime, this bird needed to be cut out and put on a different background.

Shall we audition some?