Monday, August 14, 2017

Out of the Dye Pot

dyeing fabric


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... 

dyeing fabric


The baggie contained pieces above bake in the sun to intensify colors.


dyeing fabric


Another selection....

dyeing fabric

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..

ginger sprout








Monday, July 31, 2017

Synchronicity



Synchronicity © 2017 Linda A. Miller


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.


Synchronicity © 2017 Linda A. Miller


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!

Sabrina Gschwandtner
Sabrina Gschwandtner







Thursday, July 20, 2017

What's Up?

work in progress


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!








Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Projects

WIP


This is what I am thinking about... kindness keeps rising in my mind.  Playing with another version of kindness in the 12" x 11" piece below...


WIP
Kindness 2 © Linda A. Miller 2017

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!


creativity lab


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.


gardening


It has been quite a project to trim it down, giving away staghorn fern pups to friends and family as I went.


gardening


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. 

garden

 
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! 







Thursday, June 22, 2017

Off to Sacred Threads


On the Wind © Linda A. Miller
On the Wind © Linda A. Miller 2016
"On the Wind" is on the road to Sacred Threads, which runs July 7 - 23 at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171.  I love being a part of this exhibition of work expressing life's journeys: Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, Peace.  "On the Wind" comes under the Inspiration theme. 

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my quilts which were shown in past Sacred Threads exhibits:

Energy © Linda A. Miller 2010
Energy © Linda A. Miller 2010


Linear Moves © Linda A. Miller 2011
Linear Moves © Linda A. Miller 2011


Heart's Vision © Linda A. Miller 2011
Heart's Vision © Linda A. Miller 2011



Serenity © Linda A. Miller 2014
Serenity © Linda A. Miller 2014

Perhaps next time I will attend the exhibit myself!   Maybe....
















Monday, June 12, 2017

Opening Reception

"Conversation" by Linda A. Miller
With "Conversation"

Yesterday's SAQA Regional "Untethered Thread" exhibit opening reception proved to be a fun afternoon.  The morning began with unexpected rain showers on the drive south with my friend Sally Wright, who also had work in the exhibit.  By lunch time we were enjoying the sunshine in my sister's garden before we all headed to the exhibit.  The Poway Center for the Performing Arts' double level lobby is a wonderful expansive light-filled environment, and makes a great venue to view art.  The reception was well attended with exhibiting artists and friends.  Always good to run into old friends and meet new ones. 


"Sonata in Blue" by Linda A. Miller
With "Sonata in Blue"




Sally Wright with "Swan Song"




"Hey Kahuna, No Trespassing" by Terry Waldron (right)




"Water Dance" by Terry Waldron



And on the upper level...





Linda Anderson




Work by Laura Bisagna, our curator






The show runs through June 24th.  PCPA- 15498 Espola Road, Poway, 92064. There will docent tours led by Mary Tabar on June 19th and 23rd at 1:00pm.  Viewing hours:  *Tuesday - Friday 9a - 5p; Saturday 10a - 3p. Come on by!

*Parking pass required Tues - Fri.  BEFORE parking stop at green curb, go into PCPA lobby Admin Office for a free parking pass.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SAQA


SAQA's Regional Untethered Thread opening reception is this Sunday, June 11th, 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway.  See you there!



Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016














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