Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vespers

As I surrender to the Holidays I am also aware that this is a time for inner reflection, not just celebration.  Keeping that in mind as you read on:

VESPERS By Martha Graham

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is:nor how valuable it is: nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.


You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.
Keep the channel open...


No artist is pleased...
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

In Memorium

A friend, Lahar Goldberg, died quite suddenly this week from a stroke.  Her death has been a shock to all, and a reminder of the fleeting fragility of this life.  We had met about 15 years ago, and would catch up with each other at yoga and chanting workshops.  I had not seen her for some years, but we were in contact recently when she participated in the Bhavana Project.  Lahar was always so full of life.  I am posting the photo of her flag as a memento to her bright spirit.  My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.
(To see more on her flag go to the post for May 14.)

Monday, December 7, 2009

More Exhibits of Note

The Mingei International Museum has lots to show!  "Sonabai- Another Way of Seeing" is a suberb exhibit of Sonabai Rajawar's creative vision in sculptural forms, and of other artists she influenced.  Uplifting and wonderful.  Also at the Mingei are June Schwarcz's unique enamel vessels.  Go to: http://www.mingei.org/ for info!  These are well worth seeing.

My own showing of selected works at the Longevity Medical Center offices is closing.  It proved to be a wonderful environment for hosting the quilts, thanks to Annika Gruenn.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December is Upon Us!

Can you believe it is December already?!   "Flowing Through" is completed and entered - entry acceptance results come out in a few weeks.  I am pleased with the finished piece and the play between blocks and flow.  

Flowing Through   -  20" x 22.5"  © 2009 Linda A. Miller
Flowing Through   -  20" x 22.5"
© 2009 Linda A. Miller 

I have begun the first layer of threadwork/quilting on the second piece (detail below), and am enjoying the process.  Never quite know where the work will take me.  That new discovery sparks my ongoing interest.

     
WIP
I had the opportunity to visit several exhibits while down in the San Diego area over the weekend.  "Interpretations 2009" on until Jan. 17 at Quilt Visions Gallery had wonderful varied work displayed.  Inspiring to see and difficult to choose which pieces I liked best. Go to: http://www.quiltvisions.org/   The Front Porch Gallery is showing "Fiber is Good for Your Art", a fabulous mix of fiber work that includes quilting, basket making and weaving.  I especially enjoyed Erin Wilson's detailed quilts.  http://www.erinwilsonquilts.com/  You will find the gallery at:  http://www.frontporchgallery.org/   2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad 92008.

As the holiday season with all the related busyness comes upon us, I leave you with this quote from Pema Chodron:  

"It's a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately filling up 
the space.  By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness 
as well as fundamental spaciousness."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blocks and Flows

The theme of blocks and flows continues to emerge as  I experiment with painting (with fabric paint, water soluble pencils, oil sticks, acrylic), drawing, printing and applique.  Here are some explorations:

 






Monday, October 26, 2009

Emily Richardson Exhibit

I went to see the art quilts of Emily Richardson last week at Visions Art Quilt Gallery.  I spent a long time with the quilts and found they drew me in more and more.  I appreciated her use of color and layering of the hand painted fabric - silk mostly.  Very painterly, etherial and translucent. The colors are at once intense and soft.  The hand quilting and stitch work is a wonderful counter point to the delicate silk.  Photos do not show the quilts off very well, so glad I did not rely on that postcard photo to determine whether I would go or not.  The show runs until November 1.  See it if you can!  For info:  www.quiltvisions.org

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Work in Process

Some new work that has been percolating...I have begun experimentation for a new series.  This thread of an idea began with sketches earlier in the year.  Now I am putting pencil and paint to fabric...then threadwork. 








This excerpt from Rainer Maria Rilke's "Buddha in Glory"-
Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there there rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace.

Monday, October 5, 2009

SAQA Visioning Project

The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams and making them happen.  It will be a public commitment of the artist to achieve a specific goal.  Ready for the challenge, I have decided to be a part of this project.  My goal over the year is to create a body of work that will stretch my artistic development and refine my creative voice.  What motivated me to take part?  It seemed to be a new way to look at work discipline.  To begin the work with an intention will be a wonderful step in that direction.  This may leave more room for creativity to blossom.  Just making the decision to join the group has already brought me more clarity.    I look forward to seeing how both the work and the year unfold!  I will take you on the journey with me.

On another SAQA note, I am happy to report that my "Squiggles" piece sold and contributed to the auction.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall Arrival of Flags




Sara Cloud has completed #5. This is one of my favorite parts of the process....opening the package containing the flags and seeing the latest contribution. The peace theme is growing! The text on the flag reads "Mountain stillness in motion".

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Home










These two 1' square pieces from my Solstice series have found a new home with Elizabeth Dailey and Wes Cowan. Thank you both and Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Journal Quilts




I will have 3 quilts in the online exhibit through Quiltart which opens on October 15. They are in journal format of 8.5" x 11". See: www.quiltart.com for more info. "Lighten Up" is shown here, and the other two are in my 7/20 post.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Barnsdall Exhibit Opens












The LA Open Call 2009 reception was last Sunday. Lots of people and lots of artwork! My hat is off to the curators. It cannot be easy to hang a show with 1000 works in varied media, styles and subject matter! There was entertainment, food and vendors outside the gallery, though we focused our time inside. The show runs until 9/27.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

SAQA Auction 2009 and IQF in Long Beach


Before I forget, I donated "Squiggles 2" for the SAQA Online Auction due to start on September 10th, 2pm Eastern time...lots of wonderful 12" square pieces for sale. Check it out! http://www.saqa.com/newsebulletins/Squares09_1.aspx _1.aspx
I had a great time at the International Quilt Festival on July 25th. Met new people, as well as connecting with friends at the SAQA booth during my volunteer shift that morning. So much amazing work to see at all the exhibits! I spent the afternoon focusing my attention on the art and taking it all in. The variety and scope of ideas and techniques was astounding. I came home very inspired.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Flags Return










The flags are back! Sigrid Wagner added her wonderful, creative touch to this set. The words on the flag read: "This wonderous sound brings me back to myself. I send my heart out with the sound of the river. Listen Listen Listen Listen"

Monday, July 20, 2009

Journal Images




Open Call LA 2009










"Gaia's Magic Hour" will be shown in "Open Call LA 2009" at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90027. Exhibit runs August 13 to September 27. Gallery open Thursday - Sunday, noon to 5p, first Friday, noon to 9p. (323) 644-6269 for infomation. Reception August 16, 2p - 5p. This will be a big event with the hundreds of artists showing works. I was amazed at the line on intake day! I did not see any fiber art from my vantage point in line. It will be interesting to see how the show will be curated.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dye Magic




I have been dyeing and painting fabric again. I always forget what a project it is, but love the results! There is something wonderful about the unexpected beauty that comes of the dyeing...when the fabric is cleaned and laid out in front of me. New sources of inspiration!

Ganesh


I went to a superb exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena on Ganesh, that unique Indian icon who is the remover of obstacles. In "Discovering Ganesha" artwork, beautiful photos and a video explore modern festivals that continue to honor the deity in Mumbai. I have known of Ganesh for many years through my vedic chant studies. More info on the touring exhibit at www.discoveringganesh.com and at the museum website www.pacificasiamuseum.org

This ispired my own 12" sq fiber "Celebrating Ganesh"

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Santa Monica Quilt Guild "Explorations 2009"

The SMQG exhibit runs June 13, 10a -5p and 14, 10a - 4p, at Burns Recreation Center at LMU (www.lmu.edu/maps for parking and directions).
Go to http://www.santamonicaquiltguild.org/ for information and to download discount ticket form (give $1 off the $7 price). My pieces, "Fire in the Belly", "Magenta Energy", and "Turtle Dreams" will be on display along with many others' fine work. Come on along!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Flags!


The flags have been waiting for addition #3, and I was inspired to create another one myself. It seems to me that peace must come from within before we can expect it to happen outside us. I have drawn from my eastern studies and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.33, for this flag. "The mind becomes clear and serene when the qualities of the heart are cultivated: friendliness towards the joyful, compassion towards the suffering, happiness towards the pure, and impartiality towards the impure." I have woven the words "happiness, compassion, kindness, equanimity" into this flag, as these are interconnected elements in developing inner peace.
The previously completed set 2 is due to be exhibited at Sound Yoga in Seattle, WA at the end of this month.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Completed!


This detail from "Gaia's Magic Hour". I find where I begin with a piece is never where I end up. The process of creativity takes me often in unanticipated directions. Layers and layers of threadwork evolved Gaia until it felt complete.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bhavana Project Flags Update







The flags will soon arrive back here in California from Maui. Here are some shots of Lahar's beautiful addition to the second flag! Lahar said it made her think "how sometimes we come from another direction than someone else, but we discover that we have a common purpose so we can mingle peacefully and support a common vision, even if we come from a different point of view. Thanks so much for awakening the creative process in me with cloth, thread and color."
Who is next?!

Monday, April 27, 2009

IFC Tree Installation
















The International Fiber Collaborative's Interdependence tree is up! It was showcased at Big Springs Park (Panolopy Festival), Alabama. It is 28' x 25', with more than 7,000 leaves used from 23 countries including 39 U.S. states. The tree will come down this week and be installed in the Earlyworks Childrens Museum in Huntsville, Alabama in August. Check out the website for more info: http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/

Friday, April 17, 2009

In Process


More in the thread lace experimentation...love dissoluble stabilizer!  Thanks Solvy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April Happenings

I highly recommend the Visual Journal course at the Creativity Center in Santa Monica. Sharon Kagan is a wonderful teacher, and your eyes will be opened to the creative possiblities in this workshop. Next session begins April 23. For details: www.creativitycenterla.com

Elias Sime's exhibit "Eye of the Needle, Eye of the Heart" at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Bergamot Station runs until April 18th. Wonderful, not to be missed! Info at: http://www.smmoa.org/

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ruminations












I took a workshop on creative process and perception through Shambhala Art last week that was very eye opening. I look forward to more in the future. See: http://www.shambhalaart.org/ for more.

"There is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other. It manifests out of nowhere like mushrooms in a meadow, like hailstones, like thundershowers." - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Friday, March 20, 2009

SAA Squared Opens!














Last Saturday's opening was packed. It was art walk night in the area, also. Great to see so many people, as well as to view all the wonderful pieces. The photos of the gallery are, of course, pre opening night! The show runs until April 5th.  Artist Connie  Rohman was one of the curators.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Projects



This is a detail from a recent quilt made for my sister. It was refreshing to go back to more traditional quilting for a change!

Friday, March 6, 2009

IFC's "Interdependence" Project



These are the final leaves I sent off to IFC for my contribution. The Tree Project will be displayed in Big Springs International Park in Huntsville, Alabama in April. It will be on permanent display beginning in August at the Earlyworks Childrens Museum, also in Huntsville! Go to: http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/ for more details. (And on my January 26th entry)

Friday, February 20, 2009

SAA Squared


I have had two pieces, "Squiggles 3" & "Seed Core", accepted for the upcoming SAA Squared show at Avenue 50 Studio from March 14 - April 5! Gallery address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles 90042. Opening reception is Saturday, March 14, from 7 - 10pm. Go to http://www.avenue50studio.com/ for more info.
"Squiggles3" is shown here ("Seed Core" is on my January 9th posting.)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bhutan Prayer Flag at the Smithsonian
















My friend, Penny, sent me this prayer flag, along with photos, from the Smithsonian Institute's Folklife Festival last summer! It is wonderful to see other countries that have a similar tradition to Tibet. She thought this was a prayer for the house (please excuse if the flag is shown upside down, for anyone who can read it!) For info about the yearly festival go to www.folklife.si.edu/festival2008

Friday, February 13, 2009

Creativity

How to keep the creative flow moving when I am limited by injury, and for the time being, cannot do much at the machine...finishing this piece begun before the holidays was one way to satisfy my artistic voice. It incorporates rubbings, painting, and threadwork. I am spending time with my sketchbook. There are so many ways to find expression. What is important is to keep my hand in..making a practice of artmaking.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Third Set Begins!


Drawing from my Vedic chant studies for the first flag, I have written "may we be protected and nourished, so that the work we do may flourish with energy, clarity and friendship". This short translation comes from the peace chant traditionally done between teacher and student to begin studies. It seemed an appropriate way to start, as the theme is Reflections on Peace. Peace seems to be an element that is most needed in many lives right now. The flags are now winging their way to Maui for Lahar to add her creative touch.




Let's launch Bhavana Project 3 with these lines from the late John O'Donohue's beautiful book "To Bless the Space Between Us" - 

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Leaf Experiments


Over the past few months I have been playing with leaves, initially inspired by the trees shedding leaves. I have been making rubbings with all sorts of pencils, crayons, oil pastels and oil sticks.....then began to create thread leaves using soluble stabilizer.
I will be sending in some leaves for the new Fiber Arts Collaborative project (remember the wrapped gas station last year?) called "Interdependence". Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 at Big Springs International Park in Huntsville, Alabama. Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole. Up to 30,000 leaves may be used. See: http://www.internationalfibercollaborative.com/

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