The SAQA Auction 2017 begins September 15th and runs through October 8th. This is a great opportunity to add to your collection while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach programs. Here is my collection of "Blues"...
And enjoy this video sneak peek of more available quilts:
Here is a detail of the latest work in progress. More lines appliqued. Now the hand stitching begins...
It has been an interesting few weeks. As you may remember, I stepped back from social media, taking some personal retreat time at home. I also limited the time spent with email and on the computer in general. (I admit there were occasions where I found myself getting hooked back into the computer. So easy to go down the rabbit hole!) Whatever activity I engaged in I aimed to focus on doing one thing at a time. At the midpoint of this retreat time, I went to a community meditation day at the Shambhala center I attend.
What did I discover from this time away? I feel clearer, less distracted and more settled. This approach may not be for everyone, but it suited me well. As I look to my priorities now, I am considering spending less time with social media on an ongoing basis. There is so much else that can be done in life when not glued to the screen.
A studio is an artist’s
default fantasy, but a short-term residency, road trip, walk in the woods or
desk under the stairs are each also a committed, created place for silence.
Allow yourself to be undisturbed, then breathe deeply and focus on your own
imagination — be delighted.
I am beginning to play around with some of the newly dyed fabrics. Stay tuned for more...
From my garden- I have been able to pick ripe figs for the first time in years! Here is how I saved figs from the wildlife...
... by covering the branches
with cloth bags. The tree does not produce a very large crop, so this
idea has worked successfully to allow me to enjoy some sweet figs, while
leaving a few for the critters.
In fact, I had some overripe ones, so I made a jar of lemon fig honey jam. Yummy!
Something new- I have picked and processed some of my grape leaves by blanching in briefly in hot water, then storing in the freezer to make dolmas in the future.
For the next 2 weeks I will be taking some personal retreat time... I will be off social media and this blog until September 2nd. I have been spending more time online (especially Facebook), feeling increasingly distracted, getting less done and often distressed. It is time for some renewal with quiet away from social media. It will be interesting to see what discoveries arise. I will let you know how it goes. Enjoy the rest of your summer, dear readers!
Leaving you with this:
... each one of us counts to do this peacemaking work with our
own hearts and minds, because if one person does, it influences the people
around them ... Peacemaking is as contagious as violence.
I was going through things on the porch, and found my selection of Procion dyes. Considering passing them on since I had not touched them for many years, then figured why not dye one last batch. It ended up being a fun summer project experimenting with not only cotton, but brocades and other fabrics. And now I have a selection of interesting pieces to work with...
The baggie contained pieces above bake in the sun to intensify colors.
Still considering passing on the remaining dyes. For one thing, the process uses a lot of water, not good for our drought sensitive area.
And from the garden... I planted this ginger root that began to sprout in the kitchen, and it is growing..
I finished "Synchronicity". It is created from a hand dye that I bought at a quilt show. Since it had been sitting in my stash, feeling it "too precious" to use... so used it by cutting it up and piecing it! I added much embroidery to the piece. Very satisfying work.
And, an interesting exhibit to report on... Sabrina Gschwandtner's "Hands at Work" at Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamot Station through August 26th. Looks like a quilt doesn't it? The artist sewed vintage 16mm film strips for her quilts. The quilts are hung over a light box frames on the wall, so the film imagery can be seen when up close. There was also a video of hands at work knitting, stitching, etc. Striking work!
Between various house and garden repair projects I have not been keeping up with posts. However, I have been slowly embroidering on the piece above, from a hand dye. It is the slow work that I love to do.
Perfect for the hot days of summer.
It has also been website updating time. I invite you to take a look at the galleries on my site: www.lindaamiller.com.
Reporting on a few exhibits of note at the Getty Center. "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney" includes a number of David Hockney's enigmatic self-portraits through the years, and also a series of his inventive photographs. He is one of my favorite artists. Show runs through November 26th. Also on is "The Birth of Pastel" through 12/17/17. Spent a lovely day up there this week. Always an uplifting time, and it was not too hot either!
And finally, here is an inspirational book I have been reading: "From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older" by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald Miller. This is a wonderful practical view to approaching elderhood with fresh open mind...
Before I close, let me leave you with this from Lee Worley’s Four Foundations for Creative Process (in her book Coming from Nothing):
Willingness to open
Trusting in your experience
Willingness to take a chance
Not making anything of it
I will be taking more time offline this summer, so posting will be light until fall. Have a great summer!
In the June Creativity Lab, where creative process and meditation meet, we explored drawing the space between the object. Always good to have a fresh approach in art making!
In the garden, this huge staghorn fern finally grew too heavy, and came down taking the lattice with it. It had been given to me years ago by a neighbor when he moved away, and over time it happily grew through the lattice, becoming double sided. The supporting chains finally rotted.
It has been quite a project to trim it down, giving away staghorn fern pups to friends and family as I went.
Now all cut up, I am considering where to hang some new fernlets in future. And the lattice? Not sure that it will be replaced... I rather like the open space with more sun.
And here is the first globe carrot from the garden.... long in growing, but delicious!
And finally, did a bit of computer maintenance for overheating issues, cleaning out a wad of dust and hair (see below upper right). Thanks to YouTube for the how to video, thankfully quite easy for my computer. And the fan works great now!