Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sonata Continues

I have created several more small Sonata series pieces, looking towards the SAQA 2017 Trunk Show, which will premiere at the SAQA Conference, April 27 - 30, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following the conference, the exhibit will travel to venues both in and out of the United States for up to three years.

My statement about the series:  A sonata is defined as a musical composition for one or two instruments, usually consisting of three or four movements.  For my visual sonatas, I paired ink painted line with fabrics in limited colors.  My intention is to translate the essence of brushwork to cloth with simplicity and movement

"Sonata 17" is the one going to the Trunk Show.

Sonata 17 by Linda A. Miller 2016
Sonata 17 by Linda A. Miller 2016,  10" x 7"

Sonata 17 by Linda A. Miller 2016
Sonata 16 by Linda A. Miller 2016, 10" x 7"

Felt good to be stitching again... finding some sanity in creativity and being present in the moment.

By the way, SAQA just extended the entry deadline to December 18th if you were considering participating.  Go here for more information.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On the Wind

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
  who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
~ Mary Oliver

I intended to finish this post last week but got distracted, enough said.  Meet my newly completed "On the Wind", which came into being due to various stash discoveries made while cleaning out my studio space over the summer. 

On the Wind by Linda A. Miller 2016

I pieced together the background with strips of blues, which were mostly leftover from other quilt projects.  Smaller strips were appliqued on.  Embroidery was added.

On the Wind by Linda A. Miller 2016

I re-purposed the three thread painted rectangles from an old quilt of mine.  (Felt liberating to cut up something that no longer worked for me!)  These elements were initially created using the same beginning process as my fiber bowls... by sandwiching threads, bits of fabric and yarn between sheets of soluble stabilizer and stitching them together.  The result is a new piece of fabric.

On the Wind by Linda A. Miller 2016

To complete the prayer flag imagery, I paired the three rectangles with another prayer flag weaving made several years ago.  The weaving consists of strips of decayed prayer flag from my yard, then woven together with other fabric strips, embellished and embroidered.  A side note... traditionally it is suggested old prayer flags not be thrown out but burned instead.  All of these elements were appliqued and stitched to the background. Finally, I couched a yarn strand across the flags.

I have long been inspired by the prayer flag tradition.  As you may know, I also created an ongoing group flag project, The Bhavana Project (please visit, new participants are welcome).  Prayer flags are called Lung Ta in Tibetan, which translates as "wind horse".  Thus the imprinted prayers and aspirations ride on the wind spreading benefit across the land.  Indeed inspiring, don't you agree?  And some uplifting energy is needed right now.

I am looking to enter this one in the next Sacred Threads exhibition.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Visit to see wonderful art!


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