Monday, October 10, 2016

Mark on the Body

Mark on the Body by G. Margaret Blank
Mark on the Body by G. Margaret Blank

Margaret Blank, my friend from SAQA's Visioning project, has created a unique exhibit opening October 20, 2016 in Lacombe, Canada.  Her late husband lived with Type 1 Diabetes.  After his death, Margaret got to thinking about the impact of the disease and how many injections would have been taken over a lifetime.  She "did the math", and decided to "express the impact of  T1D in stitch" to raise awareness about the disease and those affected by it.

The installation grew into three parts.  First is a foundation body piece created by Margaret with stitches representing all the pin pricks.  Margaret invited others to participate in a second adjunct by stitching on a small square of fabric that she provided.  (You may remember last year's post about participating.)  These squares were to be assembled into an additional figure for the exhibit.  For a third adjunct, Margaret invited knitters to knit stump socks.

Margaret chronicled the journey in her self published book that will accompany the installation.  View the book on Blurb.  Proceeds to benefit Type 1 Diabetes organizations.

The exhibit runs October 20 - November 17, 2016 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, Lacombe, Alberta. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, October 26th.

Well done, Margaret!

I invite you to follow the links above to learn more about Margaret and the project.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Making Bowls...

fiber bowl workshop
Ready to go with samples...

Last week's fiber bowl workshop at the Embroiderers Guild of America meeting was a lot of fun to teach. This Long Beach EGA chapter is a very enthusiastic group of stitchers.  I began with a demo on the process from sewing to rinsing out the stabilizer and molding the shape.

molding thread bowls
A molded bowl...

  Students were interested and eager to begin for themselves.  They had a lot provided materials to choose from, ranging from threads, lint, yarn, ribbon.

fiber bowl workshop

Despite some machine issues, bowls were assembled at the numerous sewing stations.  This bowl making process is really very forgiving, and works well for all levels of experience.

 fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop
Stitching the bowl...

fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop

fiber bowl workshop


Several finished their pieces up to the molding stage.  It is always interesting to see how others take on their creative expression.

fiber bowl workshop

Most took their bowls home to complete, so we have to wait.  The bowls will be finished with sealer at a future meeting.  I look forward to seeing the results!

Thanks to Program Co-Chair, Monica Dami, for taking most of these photos... and for asking me to bring this workshop to her guild in the first place.  I was happy to share the process and to spend time with the group!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bowl Workshop

Fiber Bowls by Linda A. Miller

Tomorrow I will be teaching a fiber bowl workshop for members of the Embroidery Guild of America in Long Beach.  It will be interesting to see how hand embroiderers approach the task (machines are being provided, however).  I use heavy machine stitching on my bowls for texture and to keep the bits of thread, lint, or yarn together, then adding some hand embroidery (a new element in recent bowls).  I am looking forward to sharing the process with the EGA group, and seeing what develops! Stay tuned to find out more.

Fiber Bowl by Linda A. Miller
This happy bowl recently sold, but there are more on Etsy..

Interested in making thread bowls?  Check out my tutorial link here.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Visit the site to see more artists at work!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Day at the Museum

Taking a break from garden activities (more on that to follow), I met my friend Terry at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena for a lovely day out.  No special exhibits going on currently, so we enjoyed their permanent collection and lunch in the garden.  The museum has several Rembrandt paintings, including one self portrait, which I had forgotten about not having visited that gallery for a while.  Looking into the eyes of his subjects are mesmerizing.  Such depth and soul residing within.

And some images from my favorite Rodin sculptures in the gardens.

Rodin at Norton Simon

Rodin at Norton Simon

Rodin at Norton Simon

Rodin at Norton Simon

I have been applying my creative energy to my garden recently.  Noticing how stressed everything was getting from our ongoing drought and water restrictions, I decided it was time to begin to remedy the situation by rebuilding soil, transitioning beds and more.  Very satisfying work, despite sore muscles!  The example below is one bed in transition.  I took out a failing old rose, along with other plants, then mulched and composted the soil.

Before the process began...

Ready to mulch...

This bed will now be a mixture of flowers and edibles. (Wondering about the cages around some of the plants? These are protection for the young plants from the local gardener squirrels who are burying acorns from a neighboring oak tree in my beds and pots!)

A refreshed bed.

A new beginning!  Watching how things progress over the next few months...

Friday, September 2, 2016

SAQA Selection

For your viewing pleasure, here are 6 of the 400+ quilts up for bid at the online SAQA Benefit Auction beginning September 16th.  Like what you see?  Interested in more?  For details on bidding process see more here.

Heather Dubreuil SAQA Auction

Uta Lenk SAQA Auction

Catherine McDonald SAQA Auction

Annette McFarlane SAQA Auction

Karen Rips SAQA Auction

Norma Schlager SAQA Auction

Friday, August 26, 2016

In Progress

Taking a break from the brushwork pieces.  I have been working on something new, which came about after my recent studio clear-out.  Cleaning out gave me a clear picture of materials and supplies that are here.  For the background in this work, I pieced together strips of blues, which were mostly leftover from other quilt projects.  Smaller strips were appliqued on.

work in progress Linda A. Miller

I cut up an old art quilt ("Comfort Zone") that I was no longer happy with, in order to use the threadwork rectangles (made in much the same way as my thread bowls with yarn, thread, and bits of fabric sandwiched between sheets of water soluble stabilizer and stitched).

Comfort Zone Linda A. Miller

These rectangles were paired with a prayer flag weaving made several years ago.  The weaving consists of strips of decayed prayer flag from my yard and woven together with other fabric strips, embellished and embroidered.  (A side note that you may be unaware of... traditionally it is suggested old prayer flags not be thrown out but burned instead.)  All of these elements were appliqued to the background.  Yes, it is prayer flag imagery...

work in progress Linda A. Miller
Work in progress - detail

Embroidering is underway.  Still in progress, so stay tuned...

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.   Drop by to see other artists' sites.

Speaking of prayer flags, currently I am sharing weekly posts on my Bhavana Project site, revisiting our 2009 - 2013 Peace series.  Visit The Bhavana Project to learn more about this ongoing community prayer flag project.  New participants are always welcome!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Soon... 2016 SAQA Auction

Sonata 6 by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 6 by Linda A. Miller

This year's SAQA Online Benefit Auction begins next month, September 16 through October 9, 2016.  About 430 12" x 12" art quilts will be available to bid on, including my piece, "Sonata 6".  This is a great opportunity to add to your collection while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach programs.  I will post a selection of my quilt picks in a future post.



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