Thursday, May 13, 2010

Time Away

I feel renewed and inspired from my recent trip to Santa Fe.  Time with dear friends and a new environment for a change.  My friends worked as a group on the next Bhavana Project flag.  I participated, but more in the background to give the others a chance to play and explore ....which they did... I will do a separate post of the process once the flag is completed. 
We went to see some outstanding art, of course.  Up on Museum Hill, the Museum of International Folk Art had a fabulous fiber exhibit called "Material World"  which included a wide variety of clothes, quilts, weavings from their collection: 

 At the Gerald Peters Gallery there were Ansel Adams photographs that yet again took my breath away.  Though I have seen them many times I am always drawn in by the compelling images of nature captured in Adams' evocative style.  A new discovery was the fine work of British watercolorist Tony Foster.  "Painting at the Edge of the World"  His imagery is also comes from nature, which he captures on treks in wildernesses.  Each painting is framed with symbolic souvenirs from the area...this really was interesting in helping to grasp the physicality of that particular spot.   

Watching the landscape far below from the homeward bound plane window, I saw so many wonderful patterns that reminded me of my blocks and flows.  The photos I took were not very clear, but will inspire drawings (and more??.....) that I am eager to get to work on!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cindy's Peacefilled Addition

I got the flags in hand yesterday!  Always fun to see them again.  Cindy Rinne wrote this on her fabulous flag:
"I hope to bring an atmosphere of peace   I am calm   I am alive   I am open to adventure"
Thank you Cindy!
An added bonus, I got to hear Cindy give a presentation at the guild meeting last night.  It was great to see her in action, and to see her wonderful ecclectic work that draws on asian and nature influences.  I love the mix of fabric and textures Cindy uses.  She often combines poems with her pieces.  (Knowing that she was a poet and artist motivated my inviting her to be a part of the Bhavana Project).  A terrific inspiring evening!  For more:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Essential Core

I "finished" Essential Core last year, but the more I sat with it, the more unresolved it felt.  I began with some Photoshop Elements experiments to redesign EC...had not used Photoshop in this way before. What a great tool, I will certainly apply tool more in the future. Once I had my design direction, I went on to fabric and applique.  Of course things change once fabric gets involved, so the image continued to evolve to it's final state.
My process was to cut the old quilt to a new shape, face it with a piped edge to allow smoothness of the curves.  I created a full quilt for new back layer, and quilted it evenly all over, even areas that would be hidden once the top was on.  The former quilt is then appliqued on top, again evenly machine quilting it to adhere it fully to the new backing.
I am happy with the results, feeling it more fully expresses my idea. What is behind Essential Core? The core is a metaphor for our essential nature, always there, hidden beneath the layers.  These layers are slowly removed, much like peeling an onion, as we move on a path toward discovering our Self.

Quilt Before:

Quilt After:


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