Monday, September 30, 2013

Week Gone By...

without a blog post.  So, to catch you up, this is how the week went....  On Saturday the 21st, first day of fall, Sherry Kleinman and I drove up the coast to Ventura to attend the art opening of our friend, Pam Price Klebaum.  The exhibit title, Crossover, aptly describes Pam's wide ranging talents in fiber, glass, printmaking and photography.  A selected few are shown on my photo below.  Exquisite work!  The exhibit closes October 5th... however you can see the work online at this gallery link.

Pam Klebaum textiles and glass from "Crossover"
Pam Klebaum textile shadow boxes and glass from "Crossover"

Klebaum family
Pam and her son

Sherry Kleinman and Linda Miller
Sherry and I at the exhibit...

I have been writing artist statements for several calls for entry.  Laboring over them would be a better description.  It has been a challenge this time for some reason.  I do realize it is better to have something written upon completing a piece, but it just does not always occur.  Perhaps you can relate... Happy to report that the entries are now completed.  Whew!

Linda A Miller Work in progress
Work in progress
Meanwhile, slowly embroidering on the large quilt in progress.  Stitch by stitch...

Linda A Miller Work in progress
Work in progress close up

For those who don't know, I have a dear 17 year old cat companion named Rosie.  With aging have come health issues, including pancreatitis, which flared up this week.  Grateful that she is again feeling better with time and tender loving care.  She has returned to watching for crickets by the back door.  I hate to see her suffer....


The Bhavana Project flags are now on show at the Red Bluff Art Gallery in northern California.  Read about it here.

Bhavana Project Flags in Red Bluff Art Gallery
Bhavana Project Flags in Red Bluff Art Gallery

The close of the week brought an adventure in taste... yesterday attended the 3rd Los Angeles International Tea Festival at the Japanese National Museum in downtown L.A.  With vendors, talks and museum entry, it proved to be fun and enlightening learning more about one of my favorite beverages.

I hope you enjoyed the whirlwind tour.... may your upcoming week be a good one as we move into October.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sold on the Auction Block!

Striations 4   -  12" square © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Striations 4   -  12" square © 2013 Linda A. Miller

Just heard the good news that my SAQA Auction quilt sold today, raising money for SAQA!  Very pleased that it has found a new home with my friend and fellow artist, Terry Waldron.  A happy surprise.  Enjoy it, Terry!

SAQA's 2013 Benefit Auction, which supports SAQA's exhibition program, has had a good start. So far 114 pieces have sold, raising $25,600. You can still bid on wonderful quilts through September 29th.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Stitching Progress

Acquiring a voice is: catching hold and being able to develop that part of the self that is your own;  that allows you to sing, and holler, and whisper, and chant, and still sound like yourself.
- June O. Underwood, excerpt from article "Acquiring your own voice"

Linda A Miller - Detail landscape in progress
Detail landscape in progress

Work in progress continues, with most of the couching done it is on to hand embroidering.  The contemplative stage.  The wordless stage.  I am liking where this piece is going.  

Linda A Miller - Detail landscape in progress
Detail from last week..

Love June Underwood's articulation about finding a voice... rings true to me.  What about you? 

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.   Visit and enjoy.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Grounded in Process

Grounded  © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Grounded   -  22" x 26.5"
© 2013 Linda A. Miller

With demos and workshop behind me by mid August, I was inspired to pick up several pieces that had been hanging out on the design wall.  Pleased to report "Grounded" is complete!  The center section, which has been shown here in numerous posts, is a whole cloth hand dye that was quilted, shrunk, appliqued and embellished with paint, couching and hand embroidery.  More about the shrinking technique here.  I had been slowly working on the cloth over several years... you know the routine: work, put it up on the design wall, work on it some more, and back to design wall.  I was enjoying the slow embroidery process with no goal in mind, stitching in between other projects or for my demos.

The piece had reached a resolution point. How to finish was the next question... it let me know what was needed.  My meditation zafu and pad are in my workroom.  The pad is purple and about the right size to audition the color.  As soon as I laid out the turquoise cloth on the pad, the direction was clear.  Serendipitous!?

Grounded (details) by Linda A Miller
Grounded details

Using solids and one subtle varigated batik from my stash I created a backdrop quilt.  The turquoise section was hand appliqued, leaving raw edges, to the background quilt.  Touches of embroidered stitches were added on the purple integrate the story of the lines between center landscape and background.  I am intrigued by the map like image of this landscape. It begs to be seen up close.  I would love to hear your response.  My curiosity is sparked to continue to explore more in this direction...

Grounded (details) by Linda A Miller
More Grounded details

Meanwhile, another large striated WIP is underway.  This piece was begun for a challenge with specific sizes, but ended up shrinking more than expected and was never used.  Here is a detail with couching-

Linda A Miller quilt work in progress

I wanted to leave you with a link to David Limrite's recent blog post, Better Creating with Less Stress.  This post beautifully articulates part of the process I just experienced in completing "Grounded".  I think it is important to realize that you can learn to navigate the process of making your art by being open to the piece itself.  Enjoy your read!  You can subscribe to his newsletter while you are there, too.

Finally, I am linking to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays.  Links will be available on Friday, so take a look at what the other artists are up to.

Monday, September 2, 2013


Here is selection of artist quilts for the SAQA Benefit Auction that begins in one week on September 9th, 2pm EST.  This set's theme is Contemplation:

Wonder by Margaret Blank

Winter#4:Colours of the Snowys by Rasa Mauragis

Currents#24 by Carol Larson

Oil and Water by Sharon Collins

Once We Built Windmills by BJ Parady

Prairie Home by Jaynie Himsl


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