Thursday, December 15, 2016
I love these!
Pinch a white fat quarter in the middle.
Draw it up with the middle at the top.
Weight it at the bottom so it doesn't float up. I use coins and a bull clip.
Put it in a cylinder with about an inch of dye concentrate at the bottom.
Every 15 minutes pour another inch or so of soda ash.
This is after an hour or so.
Monday, December 12, 2016
There was an amazing exhibit in Mazatlan last month.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
We're back to Mazatlan. Same amazing and beautiful place. Same wonderful people. AND there's a new quilt shop in town...just two blocks from my house.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
It came early this year. In my limited experience of 7 years here in the valley, this year's "weather" has come early. Typically I've enjoyed beautiful autumns lasting till Thanksgiving. After that it seems to go to hell. But this year? Much earlier.
We've had daily fires in the wood stove for a month now. Leaf raking is a frequent activity. I seem to be making stews and soups more...yum! And best of all, my studio is getting a good workout.
Just finished a top that was very spontaneous...I started it Monday night after our local SAQA meeting. Inspired by the election.
There's always good inspiration at our meetings. Here is a portrait from a photo by Deb Runnels. "Praying for Rain".
Sunday, October 16, 2016
I'll be doing a couple of gelli plate printing demos this week so thought I'd do a dry run yesterday. It was the perfect stormy day to stay in and play.
I printed up some leaves on earthy colored remnants with acrylic paint then pieced them together for a table runner. What a fun and easy process!
Here are some of the individual remnants.
Friday, August 12, 2016
A few years back I was into an "eat your greens" placemat series. Now I am working on one for a SAQA poster exhibit. I used a 7 color collection dyed from lemon yellow and steele gray. Today I free-motioned the sun and some lettering. Next step is the greens. And on and on. With buttons!!!! Yeah!!! This is a fun one, and speaks well to my graphic skills.
Friday, July 15, 2016
We're home now from our great trip to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. So much inspiration!
With a week full of classes held just prior to Saturday's show, there definitely was incredible talent present with all of the outstanding teachers on site. On show day, we really enjoyed the large tent just for displaying teachers' works. It was early morning and the sun was shining brightly behind one wall of quilts. Every seam allowance was shining through. We even could see some of the backing pop through on a few of the quilts. For me, it was an amazing display!
Sunday, July 10, 2016
We spent the weekend here in the local campground and enjoyed this amazing quilt event. We missed the classes but now know to sign up next year. By the end of the day we were energized by the creativity, and overwhelmed by all that was to be seen. Amazing!
Friday, June 17, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
The patterns and designs in clothing from Latin America represent individual villages/origins. Here is a sun motif typical of Chichicastenango in Guatemala. I used the book "Threads of Identity: Maya Costume of the 1960's in Highland Guatemala" by Patricia B. Altman and Caroline D. West as a reference.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016
My annual "Sisters of the Castor Bean" trip took us to the state of Veracruz this year, located on the eastern seaboard of Mexico, on the Gulf coast. One of the many highlights was visiting the Magic Town (Pueblo Magico) of Xico (HEE-coe). Located in the central part of the state, it is home to a month long celebration in July featuring the festival of Maria Magdalena.
The local church, dedicated to Maria Magdalena, is flanked at the entrance with a beautiful archway of natural flowers and plants, now dried with age. It is made anew every July to grace the entrance where a statue of Maria is carried through town. Our guide informed us that in these daily processions, she wears a different dress every day, and has been doing so since 1898.
The statue that is carried through town is your typical upright, hands-in-prayer mode Virgin Mary, but the statue at the altar was much different and quite surprising. Here we found a lounging Maria Magdalena, as she had a reputation of being a repentant prostitute or loose woman. This was my first experience of a reclining Mary.
Our guide suggested we see if the Dress Museum was open. We had no idea there was such a thing. When we entered the building and saw row upon row of the dresses that Maria has worn over the years, we were awestruck. Of course many of the early ones have gone by the wayside, but we saw many from mid century and of course all of them from recent years. Let's see....31 days in July times 117 years of the festival equals 3,627 dresses. That is one well-dressed ex-prostitute!
All of the dresses were beautifully made and a few were hand-painted. We were so curious as to who the seamstresses were, how they were chosen, etc., but that wasn't included. Regardless, it was an amazing display!
Down the street was the Muso del Danzante Xiqueno. This featured another prominent part of the July festival...the masked clowns and costumes that are dancing through the streets each day.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
That's where all my creativity is these days...in my head. I have had the fortunate pleasure of traveling lately. We (hubby Tom and I) just returned from 5 weeks in Colombia, and now I am off on my annual girlfriends' trip...this year to the state of Veracruz on Mexico's east coast. My iphone is clogged with photos that don't seem to want to download. I am backlogged on journaling about Colombia. My head is swimming with thoughts about what I will create when I get settled in Oregon. One goal I have is to be better with time management. There is so much to do and so little time!