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 Brewster.com 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:  LindaAMiller.com 

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










Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stitching with Purpose


mark on the body

My friend and colleague, Margaret Blank, developed a project called Mark on the Body honoring those living with Type 1 diabetes.  Marks on the body come from daily blood sugar testing and insulin injecting.  Margaret is working on large piece representing the full body with hand stitching "marks".  

She recently set up a sub-project to include others who might like to contribute to the installation: 
 "To anyone who is interested, I'll send a small quilt sandwich ... and some coloured embroidery floss ... All the recipient has to do is fill the centre of the square -- inside the "borders" -- with stitching."  Read more here.

The deadline in August 9, 2016.  Get in touch with Margaret if you would like to join in.

I was happy to play a part, and have just returned my stitched square.

mark on the body





A worthwhile and satisfying project.







Saturday, August 1, 2015

Creativity for Peace, Part 2

As promised, here is a brief photo journey documenting Creativity for Peace's July 30th fundraiser, with the Bhavana Project prayer flags on exhibit.  Creativity for Peace prepares the next generation of female leaders in Israel and Palestine through art and dialogue.  Learn more about CFP here.

Bhavana Project prayer flags



Creativity for Peace fundraiser
Setting up the space




Bhavana Project prayer flags



Bhavana Project prayer flags




Bhavana Project prayer flags

 Attendees making their own flags...

Creativity for Peace fundraiser




And their flags....

Thank you Creativity for Peace and Debby Everett for including our flags in your event!  Thanks to Don Nofte for the photographs.









Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Creativity for Peace

Bhavana Project Prayer Flags
Bhavana Project Flags 2012.  Photo by Judy Warner

Creativity for Peace is an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico that works with young Israeli and Palestinian women on collaborative leadership and peacemaking through art and dialogue camps. My friend Debby Everett volunteers for the non-profit, and has participated in my prayer flag Bhavana Project numerous times.  Through her efforts, the third set of the Bhavana Project will be shown at Creativity for Peace's fundraising event this week.  There will be the opportunity for attendees to make their own prayer flags.  All very exciting!

As you may remember, the third set of flags was created around the theme "Reflections on Peace".  Most fitting for this event.  Stay tuned for more details and photos.


Bhavana Project Prayer Flags
Bhavana Project 2010.  Photo by Elizabeth Dailey.








Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July - Garden and Exhibit...

Happened to be nearby for lunch with a friend and seemed time to check out what's new at my favorite Arlington Garden.

Arlington Garden
Lovely blossoms


Arlington Garden
Not sure if these actually spray water.


Arlington Garden
Bird House with corn cobs...

Sacred Threads is now open through July 26th in Virginia.  My quilt Serenity is there, but I will not be attending, but perhaps some of you lucky ones will be going.  Let me know your thoughts if you do!  A few shots from the exhibit courtesy of the Sacred Threads Facebook page...


Sacred Threads
A pile of quilts...  Photo by Sacred Threads.


Sacred Threads
Prayer Flag table.  Photo by Sacred Threads.



Sacred Threads prayer flags
And Prayer Flags made.  Photo by Sacred Threads.



Sacred Threads
Overview of the exhibit.  Photo by Sacred Threads.

 






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