Monday, November 17, 2014


You need a room with no view so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
-Annie Dillard

 Molten   © 2014 Linda A. Miller
19" x 15.5"  
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

"Molten" began with shrinkage technique of a hand dye.  I used wool gauze* (thank you for the sample, Karen Rips!) rather than wool felt... produces wonderful texture without the bearding.  Foil, oil sticks, embroidery, couching and applique were applied.  Initially intending this to be small, which changed as I was auditioning binding fabric.  The quilt's reds seemed to call for the framing by the large dark borders.  I appliqued the center section to the backing and couched the raw edges of the quilt, but leaving the raw edges of the gauze showing (thanks to feedback from my Fiber Fanatics friends).

And the name?  Hearing about the volcanic flow in Hawaii, Molten came to mind...

Molten by Linda A Miller
Molten (detail)

The exhibit Women's Work was on show at Freehand gallery this past month.  It was mixed media collection from 12 female artists "dissolving the boundaries between traditional gender roles" and 4 male artists finding voice in fiber art. Though enjoying the overall exhibit, it was the work of several artists that kept drawing my attention back.  Stephen Sidelinger's small thread paintings were intriguing and lively.  Michael Rohde, whose work I am familiar with,  showed brightly colored small tapestries.  Loved the detail of Rob Watt's embroideries.  Women's Work closed November 15th.

Carol Sauvion opened Freehand in 1980.  The gallery is also a center for Craft in America.  Work is on exhibit by several artists from the latest installment of the television series, "Service", which aired on November 2, 2014.  Included were Pam Deluco's fascinating "Paper Doll Stories" and Ehren Toole's compelling ceramic cups. Check with the gallery to see how long this exhibit will show.  If you missed "Service" you can watch it online here

Linking to this week's Off the Wall Friday.  Enjoy!

* Source for wool gauze


  1. Intriguing work by those fellows. It would have been interesting to see their work together with the pieces created by women. I think there are striking differences in approach and aesthetic but couldn't be certain without seeing them altogether. (Watched the Craft in America episode almost as soon as it was out. Not what I expected -- all related to the armed services -- but very well done.

    1. I saw the episode as well and it helped enrich seeing the work in person.

  2. This is beautiful! I love the delicate handwork.

  3. A beautiful piece! I love the hand work, too.

  4. What a gorgeous piece, the colours and textures are amazing! I do a lot of felting but have never encountered wool gauze - where did Karen source it from? It looks like something I would enjoy experimenting with :)


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