Saturday, April 27, 2013


"Never give up on your work. Give your work an opportunity to exist through your tenacity and perseverance."
- David Limrite

No posts this week until now... I have been steadily working to finish a piece for an exhibit with the entry deadline looming on 4/30.  Once the work was completed and ready for hanging, it then needed to be photographed and the statement written.  Down to the wire, you say?  Yes!  Normally I like to have a little more it goes when I delayed my start.  What a relief to be done!  It is out of my hands now and into the juror's.  Whatever the exhibit results are, I am well pleased with the quilt, and that I persevered, through all stages of  liking and not liking it, to meet the entry deadline with artwork that I am eager to share.  Sometimes deadlines can be a helpful motivation.  Would you agree?

This photo is mini sneak peek.  The full reveal will have to wait until after May 20th.

Thanks to David Limrite for the encouraging words about what it takes to be an can read more on his blog and subscribe to his newsletter.

Now on to the next project, organizing my work for the May 5th private showcase and tea event in North County San Diego.  (More on that in another post.)  I will also be doing a demo at the next regional SAQA meeting on May 18th.  Looking forward to a busy month.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sacred Threads 2013

I am happy to report that "Linear Moves" and "Heart's Vision" have been accepted into Sacred Threads 2013.  This is one of my favorite biennial exhibitions,  providing a venue for quilters who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or an expression of their spiritual journey.  The exhibit explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing.  The venue is: Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Park Road, Herndon, VA 20171 from July 10 - 28, 2013.  Accepted artist list is here.  Congratulations everyone!

Linear Moves  -  54" x 30" © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Heart's Vision -  24" x 32.5"
© 2011 Linda A. Miller

Linking to Off the Wall Friday.  See what others are up to there.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rumi's Words

Energy - 28" x 24"
© 2010 Linda A. Miller

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.  Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.  Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do. 
There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.


This week needed some uplifting energy...

Thank you to Margaret Blank for the reminder about the beginning of this poem.   The last verses have long inspired fact, they reside on this website.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sitting with Sadness

"When inspiration becomes hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself... In the midst of loneliness, in the midst of fear, in the middle of feeling misunderstood and rejected is the heartbeat of all things, the genuine heart of sadness."

-Pema Chodron, from When Things Fall Apart

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Out of the Past

Spent an overcast weekend afternoon at LACMA with the "Ming Masterpieces" on loan from the Shanghai Museum through June 2, 2013.  Beautiful reflective silk paintings in the court style were displayed with care in a softly lit gallery.  I found myself totally absorbed by them.  Apparently this genre of painting is found rarely in American collections.  Such spaciousness in the images.

Color woodblock print.  LACMA

What also drew my attention in another wing were the newly acquired Japanese woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) "A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces".  They felt modern and energetic with his stylized approach to water and other details.  Alongside this new series were a selection of Hokusai prints from LACMA's permanent collection, including the well known "Red Fuji" and "The Great Wave".  I am sure you know the prints I speak of.  I appreciate the balance between dynamic and serene elements  ...And of course, the amazing quality of the printmakers' work.  I assume the printing was done by a staff of printers and not Hokusai you know?  Something to research....  This exhibit runs until July 28, 2013.  I recommend both of them!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Appreciating Process

I am grateful for this beautiful spring morning.  It has been windy the past few days creating showers of oak blossoms that waft in ocher waves across my garden.

Working on the 12th and final week's module about implementing Art Marketing Bootcamp lessons, I find that very first lesson of gratitude practice has provided a strong foundation.  I use it daily, especially on days I may not feel particularly appreciative.  I recommend this workshop to any artist considering developing their marketing skills.  I say this as the introvert that I am.  The material will be providing me with resources for a long time to come.  I have gained new systems to make my life easier.  Isn't it wonderful to have so many options, online and off, for organizing our life?!  I have been updating my GYST databases (art inventory and mail list), accounting systems and more.  All this to provide more time to create.   What systems do you find useful?

Here is an inspiring TED talk by Susan Cain, author "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking".  Cain's book was recommended by Alyson Stanfield.  After watching the talk, the book is on my to order list.

Thank you, Alyson Stanfield, for the reminder in this last module to take time to refresh and play.  I have not been doing enough of that lately!  Thank you to my fellow Bootcamp members, our Facebook group has been very supportive, even if we have not directly connected.

As things settle and I integrate the material in my art business, I will continue to share the process with you, dear readers.  It truly is about taking what is given and making it your own.

Monday, April 8, 2013

What's In a Definition?

Over the past year, SAQA opened up discussions within the membership community in an effort to develop a simplified and broader definition of the art quilt.   Older wording had become cumbersome.  The newly revised statement reads:  "A creative visual work, layered and stitched, or references that form of stitched layered structure." 

I am excited about the new direction, and the possibilities it opens within the art world.  It certainly sparked interesting discussions.  A recent SAQA Mentorship call "Exploring SAQA's Art Quilt Definition" led by Linda Colsh and Kris Sazaki proved to be intriguing.  Numerous examples of exciting work were reviewed, created by artists who test the definition boundaries.  I leave it to you to make your own decisions if these are quilts or not.

Here is a selection of artists, whose work caught my attention:

Faith Ringgold  “Le CafĂ© des Artistes” & “Picasso’s Studio”

Sally Hewett  “Mistletoe Bottom”

Erin Endicott  “Healing Sutra #15”

Diane Savona  “Fossil Garment #2”

Kyoung Ae Cho"  “Diamond” “Connected” “InnerScape I”

And a link to slideshow of Fiber Philiadelphia's 2012 Outside/Inside the Box Exhibit

In the end, it will be up to exhibition curators to define what a quilt is, but the newly expanded parameters seem to be a step forward.

Sorry, I cannot provide a link to the mentorship call recording, however if you are a SAQA member you can find it in the Members section.

Friday, April 5, 2013


I don't care for adjectives, yet the world
fills me with them.
And even beyond what I see, I imagine more.
-Mary Oliver excerpt from "Imagine" in Evidence

Striated   -  23" x 14" © 2013 Linda A. Miller

"Striated" is completed and revealed to you.  
The embroidery is often very subtle, and difficult to photograph, but here is a detail:

More work in progress and a favorite warm up project.  I am making bowls again, getting ready for the upcoming artist showcase event.  You can see more in my Etsy shop!

I am linking to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday.  Drop by to see what others are up to.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Worth Sharing

Getty Center Gardens 2013

Moving into the last few modules of Alyson Stanfield's Art Marketing Bootcamp, this week begins by setting up the strategy to use the materials gained from previous sessions.  Organizing my time in preparation for an upcoming Artist Showcase, I had already begun to implement just such a plan.  Just getting it down on paper helps me be clear and stay calmer!

Artist Showcase, you say??  Yes, I will be showing my work in a gathering in a private home...this idea grew out of  reflecting on possible exhibit venues.  An intimate gathering seemed ideal to be able to talk with people, and invite them to experience my work up close.  I am looking forward to the possibilities... so you see what I mean in needing to get organized.  Sunday is the deadline for RSVP's, which will tell if this first date is a definite go.  I will keep you posted.  Much to do!

 Here are some LINKS I wanted to pass along to you.  This one I have shared before, but is worth doing so again.   For those fiber artists who photograph their own work, take a look at Holly Knott's useful tutorial "Shoot that Quilt"  Great information! 

Also this this link came to me from a friend... a workshop on DIY Wordpress websites for Visual Artists taught by textile artist, Linda Matthews.  This begins May 6, 2013.  Looks very interesting.


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