Monday, October 5, 2015

Local Exhibits

Mission rose
Lovely roses... seen on a recent day trip

Happily the heat has given way to cooler temperatures, and fall has finally arrived!  Here are a few Southern California fiber art exhibits to catch this fall.   The annual Extreme Quilters Art from Cloth exhibit runs until October 14th at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery.  I have heard from friends that there are wonderful works to see this year.  I have always enjoyed the past shows.  The gallery is open daily, 10 am - 5 pm at 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park  91320.

Extreme Quilters exhibit
Extreme Quilters exhibit

Opening October 17th at Visions Art Museum will be the group exhibit Interpretations- Celebrating 30 Years.  Also showing will be two solo exhibits: Linda Colsh's Hearing the Quiet: Walking the Creeks   and Viviana Lombrozo's Excavating for Meaning.  All three exhibits will run until January 3, 2016.  The museum is located at 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100, San Diego 92106.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stitching Isles

"Lavender Isles" is complete!  This quilt was long in process, however much of that time was spent with my favorite task of hand stitching.

Lavender Isles   © 2015 Linda A. Miller
Lavender Isles  
© 2015 Linda A. Miller

Lavender Isles (detail)   © 2015 Linda A. Miller
Lavender Isles (detail)  
© 2015 Linda A. Miller

Drawing from my stash, I bordered the image area with two different upholstery fabrics.  (Over the last year I set an intention to use what I have and not buy anything new when at all possible.)

This quilt was made using my shrinkage technique.  Shown below are some process shots, after shrinking....  You can see how puffy and loose the fabric becomes in areas with the least amount of quilting stitches.  I like the effect's sculptural feel.

Lavender Isles (detail)   © 2015 Linda A. Miller
After washing...

I worked the surface with more color using Inktense and Neocolor II water soluble pencils and crayons to deepen the color intensity.  My approach is intuitive... open to discovery, without a fixed plan as to where the piece should go.

Adding color

Added embroidery stitching to further enhance the textures... 

Adding stitching...

Hope you enjoyed the brief tour.  Let me know what you think....

(I will admit this is the first quilt to be finished this year.  I have been putting my hand to other projects, letting quilt ideas percolate.  It is good to start fresh.)

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Visit and enjoy the artists on the site.

Monday, September 14, 2015

It Begins September 18th

My quilt "Engage" will be up for bid at the SAQA Auction in Group 4 on Friday, September 18th (Diamond Day, when all donated quilts can be bid on), and then available for purchase at the SAQA Booth at the International Quilt Festival - Houston (October 28 - November 1).

Engage by Linda A. Miller
Engage by Linda A. Miller 2014

I am thrilled this quilt will be going to Houston!  Attending the IQF?  Be sure to check out all the Auction quilts at the SAQA booth.  Here are four more wonderful works in this varied group:

Sherry Kleinman - Seagull Sunset

Teresa Shippy - Cool Daze Ahead

Karen Schulz - Wither Thou Goest

Jenny K. Lyon - Reminisce

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SAQA Auction 2015

It is that time of year again.  The 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction will begin on September 18th The Auction helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.

Here is my "RED" selection of six quilts -

Ellen Bourassa Red Shadows

Lisa Kijak Las Vegas Study

Brenda Gael Smith - Dyad

Wil Opio Oguta - Through

Geri Patterson-Kutras - A Room with a View

Pixeladies - Walk a Mile in her Shoes: What It's Really Like Out There

There are so many more fabulous works available.  See all the quilts here.  You can purchase one of these for yourself while supporting SAQA!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In Appreciation...

Did you know August is Artist Appreciation Month?  In honor of the month let me introduce Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo. (Regular readers may have seen her mentioned in my past posts.)

Lotus 2000, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo
Lotus 2000, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is a contemporary textile artist, teacher, and caretaker of a sacred Tibetan appliqué tradition. She trained in Dharamsala, India, as an apprentice to an appliqué master, T.G. Dorjee Wangdu.  Leslie is one of only a few women practicing the art.

I first connected online with Leslie through our mutual membership in the Textile and Fiber Arts List (TAFA).  We met in person at the opening of her Threads of Awakening studio, where I later came to teach prayer flag workshops.  

Padmapani 2004, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo
Padmapani 2004, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

I am inspired by the vibrant color, precision and delicate line of Leslie's work.  I appreciate the time and patience that goes into the hand stitching for these beautiful thangkas since taking one of Leslie's day workshops. That process brought a deeper connection to the handwork I use on my own pieces.  It is easy to resonate with the joy and spirit that shines through Leslie's work, emanating from the artist herself.  She shares her work with enthusiasm and passion, making it accessible to all.  It is a pleasure to know her.  Learn more about Leslie.

Three Mongolians 2006, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo
Three Mongolians 2006, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Thank you to Patience for letting me know about Artist Appreciation month.  In case you don't know, Patience is the artist behind the hand designed Christmas ornaments her company produces.

Monday, August 24, 2015

My New Website

Molten (detail)   © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Molten (detail)  -  19" x 15.5"
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

I am happy to announce that my newly designed website (with new URL) is published!  I invite you to visit: 

My blog will remain where it is on this Blogger site for the time being, so you can still catch up with my news here.  From the website, just click on "Blog" to be directed here. 

You can still reach me through Linda Miller Designs, as well.

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Comings and Goings

Taking a much needed break from a consuming project to write this post.  The news is... I am creating a new website! Yes, I have finally taken the step to move to Word Press after much hemming, hawing and delaying, knowing this would not be a quick process. Those of you with websites will understand.  The past few months have been about preparing text and photos, deciding on the look, the template, etc.  Even with following a tutorial, there are frustrations at roadblocks.  However, now that I am seeing the actual pages, I can say it was worth the effort.  I am learning a lot.  The writing is also a good time for reassessing art/work priorities, which can be very revealing.  I will make an announcement when the site is published.  Stay tuned!

felted feelie heart
A felted feelie heart...

Following along with last week's post about stitching with purpose, let me share "Feelie Hearts" with you.   I first learned about the hearts in the wonderful Rachel Naomi Remen's "My Grandfather's Blessings".  Bridges, a bereavement center in Washington, gives the hearts to children who have been touched by death.  These tactile hearts are small enough to be carried around, providing comfort.  I loved the idea, and have recently made my own hearts to give to loved ones for condolence gifts.  A sweet and simple way to share your heart.

Green beans!

It is summer and my garden is going strong.  In early July I planted green beans for the first time.. and WOW did they take off!  The vines seemed grow inches overnight.  So thrilled to watch the blossoms grow into beans.  The essence of life...

Green beans!
Green beans!

My cat Maya is settling in.  Though still shying away from touching, after almost 6 months, she will play with me now.  She is quite a sweet one.  Patience is still a key word.

Maya the cat


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