Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring has Sprung

Warmth is upon us in Southern California and I am happy to see it.  Spring is my favorite season with all that vital energy budding out.  There are lots of spring tutorials abounding on the blog circuits.  Some of my picks are: Lyric Kinard's sktetchbook cover , Jane LaFazio's Freezer Paper Stencils.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Butterflies Abound

This 2006 Bhavana Project flag from Helene Zimmerman seemed a fitting theme for the start of Spring,  and to "Remember what it is like to walk among the butterflies."  Helene was to attend a friend's wedding soon after finishing this flag.  The bride so liked the idea behind the project that she wanted the flags to be a part of the wedding reception.  Pretty cool, I think!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stitch by Stitch

Deep in process with hand embroidery....letting the piece lead me where it wants to go.

Detail: oil sticks, hand embroidery and couching

Detail: oil sticks, hand embroidery and couching

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I took a fabulous lamination workshop with Deborah Weir yesterday.  We laminated papers, photocopied images and more to fabric.  Once the fabric was dry, we worked into them to with color, pens, crayons and more to begin to integrate the images.  A very fun and intriguing process.  And among companionable friends, old and new.  Check out Deborah's blog for a slide show of our enjoyable day.  Below is a detail of one of my in process laminations....more to follow at a later date as I continue with this.

Meanwhile Photoshop Elements continues on with the Pixel Ladies...and I am learning so much!  Deb and Kris present the material in a very approachable way.   Did I mention it is geared towards quilters and fabric artists?  I feel I have a much better understanding of the software, and we are only halfway through the course.  This has meant, however, that I have been on the computer more than usual.   That is why it was great to do hand work this week in Deborah's workshop for a change of pace. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Continuing to share with you previous Bhavana Project flags, here is one from 2006 by Mary Cochran, a Southern California artist.  Mary crafted an evocative image in fabric on front and back. 
Her thoughts, "I certainly enjoyed the process. When I first received the flags I was filled with excitement and also tension about having a deadline and having others see my work. I loved having a project though... I was happy with the results. Looking back I am in awe of the things it has triggered and brought to my attention. I am still almost daily being shown how deeply rooted a very important influence in my life it has been."

The quote on the back from Esther Dendel  reads: "Familiarity often blinds us to the Marvels of the commonplace."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Marching Along

 This month I am taking several workshops.  A Photoshop Elements intro online class through Quiltwhisper  began yesterday, taught by the Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki.  Now, I am not new to PSE, however with being mostly self taught, it seemed a good opportunity to learn or brush up on some basics, especially as this class is geared towards quilters and fiber artists.  Already in the first lesson I have learned much!

Next week I look forward to playing with Deborah Weir in her Lamination workshop along with some of my art group companions.  Sounds like fun, as well  a good way to spring into spring!  I will keep you posted.

For a recent baby shower I had the opportunity of sewing another fabric ball, called Whimsie Balls based on Victorian puzzle balls.  I don't know how many of these I have made over the years for numerous kids and adults, yet they are always fun and always different.  Babies seem to love them!  I purchased the pattern from "Love Tokens", and the designer, Nancy Brenan Daniel , still sells patterns on her site.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March Doings

Working on a new quilt that began in tandem with Fluid Fissure.   Seems to me the dyed background of this piece is more erratic (as compared to the last one), and will take more layers of paint, oil sticks, etc to resolve to my satisfaction. The interesting textures that arise from this shrinkage technique continue to engage me. So many wonderful surprises!

Good to be working hands on the cloth again.  I have been clocking in hours of computer time recently updating  websites and blog (take a look at the new portfolio pages by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page), as well as applying for exhibits.  Entries entail writing statements, organizing images and filling out applications.  I soooo appreciate that more venues are now using the quicker online applications.   Yet, each venue has different specs or requirements, and it all takes time.  So it is important to be selective with choosing shows that are appropriate.  Of course, with juried shows, the final result is up to the juror, and that is out of my hands. 

All the writing and rewriting of statements has made this a good time for general reassessing things.  It is clear that more time spent hands on with the artwork is important, and that means less spent on the computer.  I was feeling a pressure to get out there in the cyber world more.  However I am not one who wants to post everything I am doing online...I just do not have that kind of it takes energy away from what is a priority.  So if I must choose, I will sacrifice some of the online visibility.  There are ways to share with others without constant web contact.  After all, I must be true to myself and honor my nature.

Spring is springing up!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Button Flag

This week for my Bhavana Project post, I feature the contribution from Washington resident, Virginia Wise.  A simple design packed with a depth of meaning.

Virginia wrote: "..there are chakras, to me representing wholeness and balance but also I want to tell you about the buttons.  A native American friend died and I went to his 2-day service during the time I had the flags.  The mother of the deceased was gifted a blanket at the service from a 95 year old elder... It was decorated in a traditional way with buttons--many many buttons carefully and precisely sewn onto the blanket by her nearly 100 yr old hands.  So the button blanket is a tradition among some tribes in this area... I felt drawn to connecting the traditions of India Indians with American Indians with a prayer that we all know and honor our oneness and that our native people here be restored to wholeness and balance from the terrible destruction the whites inflicted upon them. Thanks for the chance to express."

 Thank you, Virginia!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Heart's Work

Another heartfelt Bhavana Project flag interpretation from Marjorie Beale in August 2005.

As a post script, Marjorie reported that she found her heart's work after this project.


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