Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Farewell to 2008




















Between the holidays and the computer crashing, I have been time and technology challenged! Working slowly. This photo of 12" sq. "Winter" is one entry for the SAA Squared show... will keep you posted on the exhibit status as I know more. 
This month I saw the wonderful "Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota" at SDMA. Absolutely exquisite, breathtaking work! Go to http://www.sdmart.org/ for more.....closes January 4th. A master artist!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thread Experiments













I have been having creative fun with threadwork and sheets of soluble stabilizer...using the resulting lacework to inspire another 12" square.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Autumn



Taking the time to reflect on changes this season has brought with the many transitions in the world, the country and personally.
This from the end of Nelson Mandela's 1994 speech: "As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Complete!


Set #2 of the Bhavana Project is finished! "Imagine Peace" is Jeannie Matthewson's wonderful addition for the final flag. Set #3 will begin in the near future, please let me know if you are interested in joining!


Karin Amour, who contributed flag #3 of the project, asked to take the set to Sedona recently. Bill and Karin Amour are pictured holding the flags with the Twin Sisters in the background.

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Portrait of the Sewing Artist" exhibit opens at Sewing Arts











My solo exhibit opened last Friday and was very well attended. I was thrilled to see everyone and excited to be able to share the work with the larger community!


My statement: I set the intention over the past year to grow my creative life. This exhibit displays the flowering of the year's journey. I have drawn from elements in my visual vocabulary as well as expanding out in new directions. The sun, representing light, clarity and energy, is a significant recurring image that continues to intrigue me. I relish finding different ways to visually describe that potent, life giving energy. Vibrant color has remained a vital component, often becoming the starting point from which a piece will evolve. I have deepened trust in my intuition, and allowed process to be as important as the end product. The “Squiggles” series is a wonderful example of joy of process. Starting with soluble stabilizer sheets and cuttings of fabric, yarn, or ribbon, I then become absorbed in drawing and coloring with threadwork. The results are unexpected. I delight in using thread as a way of making marks to express beauty. I enjoy finding surprising new discoveries that feed my artistic curiosity.



The show continues through October, and the Center is open Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. http://www.sewingartscenter.com/

Friday, October 3, 2008

Waterfall


Here is a detail from a newest piece entitled "Waterfall". As I sorted through my stock of painted panels, this one jumped out with the aquas, yellows and oranges. The more I observed it, the more I began to see a flowing waterfall. That became my creative motivation for this quilt, adding the extensive detailed threadwork to highlight fluid movement.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Exhibit Prep


I have been in creative process mode these past weeks, finishing and preparing for my exhibit in two weeks....that is besides all the other non creative prep factors needing to be done, too!! This is all a great learning experience as an emerging artist. How to keep the creative process going through subjective experiments, especially with the threadwork "squiggles" (as I have named them). Playing with dissolvable "Solvy" stabilizer, bits of fabric, yarn and lots of thread. "Comfort Zone" was built around three such squiggles.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

SAQA Socal Blog

There is a listing of southern California fiber events on http://saqasocal.blogspot.com . Lots to see, including my exhibit at Sewing Arts in October.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bhavana Project Set 2










The flags return with Mary Roy's creative addition. I shipped the set to Jeannie, our last artist participant. It is great to see the journey the flags have taken, from Thailand to travelling all over the western U.S.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

October Exhibit

I am pleased to announce my work will be featured in "Portrait of the Sewing Artist" at Sewing Arts in Santa Monica beginning on October 10, 2008, reception 7:00 - 9:00pm. See www.sewingartscenter.com for event details, or for information on my work.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Flags Return from Red Bluff


The Bhavana Project's second set has returned with a wonderful addition from artist Asya Lesly. 

Mary Roy is the next in line to add her inspiration on the 11th flag. This set is almost complete, with one to go. Here are related sites to visit: http://www.asyalesly.com/ ; http://www.redbluffartgallery.com/



asya lesly prayer flag
Asya Lesly
  





Friday, August 22, 2008

Bhavana Project at Vedic Chant Center, Santa Fe NM


Set #1 on display at the Vedic Chant Center as a group gathered for a chant workshop with Sonia Nelson this month.

Monday, July 28, 2008

International Quilt Festival

The International Quilt Festival in Long Beach was spectacular! What a feast for the the eyes to see the amazing work created by so many hands...from the SAQA exhibits of "A Sense of Place" and "Creative Force" to the many journal pages to so much more. I felt so inspired and awed by the works and the artists. It was a pleasure to volunteer at the SAQA booth to meet some fellow members and share information with others. For more info: http://www.quilts.com/

Friday, July 18, 2008


Great news! "Magenta Energy" has been accepted into the Santa Cruz Art League's 4th Annual Fiber Art Exhibit! The show dates are August 16 - September 7, 2008. See: http://www.scal.org/

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Quilt and Flags Summer Happenings


There is lots of activity... I have donated "Solstice" , shown here, to the SAQA (Studio Arts Quilt Associates) Auction 2008 - One Foot Square. See it online and find out about the auction: www.saqa.com/newsebulletins/Squares08_4.aspx

The International Fiber Collaborative W.R.A.P. has been getting lots of press, such as Washington Post, USA Today and CBS News. Go to http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/ to see what has been going on. There will be more projects to come in the future.
The first set of Bhavana Project flags have left Seattle and will be on exhibit in Santa Fe at the Vedic Chant Center through mid August. As always I am thrilled to have them out in the community to be appreciated by others. See: http://www.vedicchantcenter.org/

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bhavana Project June Update




Last week the flags returned again! Love and patience is the theme of Suwon Weaver's flag. Yet another wonderful contribution to the project! With flag #10 added, the set is heading to northern California where artist Phil Dynan will be the newest participant. Two more flags to go following Phil and this set will be complete.
The first set is on exhibit in Seattle at Sound Yoga this month.. http://www.soundyoga.com/

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I went to a fabulous exhibit "Transformations 2007: Reverberations" at Visions Art Quilt Gallery in San Diego. It was exciting to see the wonderful variety of expression in the pieces. Such creative energy! Check out the gallery website: http://www.quiltvisions.org/

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Work in Progress



Here are two very different works in progress. The piece using hand painted fabric is moving in a new more abstract direction. "Roses" collage is another in the 9" x 11" series.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008






The International Fiber Collaborative's gas station is wrapped! This is amazing to see in the photos. I would love to have been there in person. Check out http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/ for more photos. I am proud to be a part of this project. My panel is shown on the back side, 3rd row up from the bottom.

Friday, April 25, 2008

I took a fabulous fabric dyeing and painting workshop last week with Brian Dykhuizen at my local quilt shop, Sewing Arts in Santa Monica. I had been experimenting with some dyeing, however Brian helped clarify the process immensely and make it a lot of creative fun. I am ready to do more now! Brian also has a very unique style with his art quilts. To see more, check out his website: http://www.briandykhuizen.com/

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sketches

Here are some sketches, on paper or fabric. Using the lexicon, my personal artistic vocabulary, can help me reconnect to making art especially when the ideas are not clearly formed yet. I can work fast and not over think things...get right to heart of creative flow.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The Bhavana Project flags have returned from being with the latest participants, Janice and Dale Garber, in Georgia. Their theme of celebrating being "together" is a super addition to this growing set. The next flag has been added and the set is again in route to the next artist. This is, as always, a wonderful process to be a part of!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Website is Launched!


The Linda Miller Designs website is up on the Internet! Go to "Link to my Website" to see it! Creating it was an absorbing creative and technical process. I was reminded that change plays a major role, for unlike publishing a book, elements on the site or the blog can be changed instantly! Nothing has to be set in stone.

The attached photo is a playful sun that uses embroidery, applique and thread work.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Silk Painting













Here are shots of two hand painted silk hangings. My website is finally nearing completion! It will be great to have more time again for creative projects once it is launched.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Portrait


This was a fun playful portrait project combining inkjet printing, applique and thread painting!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New Panel




I have submitted a quilted panel to a wonderful collaborative project which allows participants to express concerns about our country's dependence on oil for energy. While designing the 3' by 3' panel, I was reflecting on the importance of maintaining a balance with nature, and how with that balance everything thrives. See the website http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/ for more information.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Addition...




This art quilt ( 9" x 11.5") is part a new series expressing the fire to create. The smaller size of the piece enables me to explore new ideas more quickly. These ideas feed into future projects.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Special Flag Projects




The Bhavana Project continues with the current set now in Georgia. For those unfamiliar with the Project, please follow the link above to my website. I have also organized special sets of flags that were created for specific people, such as a friend facing illness and another grieving the loss of a family member. See the photos of recent sets. The creative expression allowed friends to send their support through images or words on a flag, making it a healing journey for both the giver and receiver. These sets are always wonderfully fulfilling projects!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

About the Surya Series



I have always felt the influence of light living in southern California. My fiber “paintings”, in the form of small wall hangings or flags, use the sun imagery to express light, clarity and energy. Drawing from my studies of Vedic chanting, I have titled the series Surya (Sanskrit for “sun”). For me, Surya is a connection to the heart, sharing the beauty of life through the gift of art making. The recent piece shown here, "Energy", consists of applique and thread painting.

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