Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Handwork

in progress... 
"Fire Within" consists of painted cotton, with applique in silk, metallic-look fabric and cotton, couched yarn, hand embroidery and machine quilted.  Note: The silk in the sky is scrunched up and fused to the surface with ironing, creating an interesting texture of folds and creases. This quilt is a reworking of an older piece seen below... my way of warming up the creative juices again.   This is in line with my seasonal energy to clean out by moving unused things on.   I am pleased with the new version.  Thoughts?  The quilt is available on Galleribba.

Fire Within by Linda A. Miller 2014
Fire Within by Linda A. Miller 2014
10" x 7" 
Available for sale on Galleribba

Previous Incarnation

Below is a celtic cross stitch pattern received as a gift some years back.  Though not my usual choice of technique, it recently sparked my interest and has been a meditative New Years project with tiny stitches that need good light to work on.  It grows stitch by stitch, day by day.

Celtic Triskele
Celtic Triskele

These socks were completed several months ago but never posted.  My first project with breed specific yarn.  Why breed specific you might ask... to aim for appropriate qualities with yarn that best suit the project.  I chose the Blue Faced Leicester yarn both for its softness and durability,  thanks to research in Deborah Robson's fascinating "Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook" and in her online (free) Craftsy class "Know your Wool" .  The pattern is from  Ann Budd's  book "Sock Knitting Master Class" by designer, Evelyn A. Clark.  I so enjoy lace patterns....

Rose Rib Socks
Rose Rib Socks


Meanwhile "Linear Moves" has returned home from Road to California.   Below is a shot from Road of the quilt hanging next to my friend Sherry Kleinman's "Geisha".  A well chosen pairing!


Linear Moves by Linda A Miller Geisha by Sherry Davis Kleinman
Linear Moves by Linda A Miller
Geisha by Sherry Davis Kleinman

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  What are you up to??

Monday, January 27, 2014

Museum Free For All

At Pacific Asia Museum
At Pacific Asia Museum

20 Museums in Southern California were offering free admission during the 9th annual Free-For-All Day on Saturday the 25th.  Taking advantage of  this, we went to see the "Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan"  exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum.  There are some dynamic pieces in this intimate exhibit.  All quilts were created by women from villages in Pakistan and western India.  The exhibit runs through March 2.

Just around the corner was the exhibit "Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California" at the Pasadena Museum of California ArtI was not familiar with Martinez, whose figurative paintings have a European feel to them.  Apparently his work did not gain the notoriety of other Mexican artists, such as Diego Rivera.  There were a number of paintings and drawings on newspapers (as an economical painting surface), which I found particularly interesting.  The exhibit is open through April 20th.

Free-For-All Day is a great way for Californians to enjoy art and culture thanks to all participating museums.  This was the first I had heard about the event, but will remember to watch for next year's offering.  Here is a link to regular free days in So Cal Museums.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In a Series...

As previously posted "Linear Moves" is on exhibition at Road to California this week.  I would like to share with you some other pieces in that black and white series.  All began with an ink drawing on cotton.  Inspired by Asian calligraphy, I sought to translate the simple essence of brushwork to cloth for this series.  Painting, hand and machine stitching became a contemplative process.  Layouts of ancient Asian scrolls influenced the arrangement of my pieced borders.

Elevate   © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Elevate   -  28.5" x 16"
© 2012 Linda A. Miller

Encircle    © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Encircle   -  27.5" x 16"
© 2012 Linda A. Miller

Echo     © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Echo   -  31.5" x 17.5"  
© 2012 Linda A. Miller

Linking to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays, where you can see more art!

"I always listen to what I can leave out." 
- Miles Davis

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Opening to the Glimmers

"To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be."
- Joseph Campbell

Typical of this time of year, I am cleaning out, puttering and even pruning in the unseasonably dry and warm garden (winter, what winter?).  With these actions the glimmers of what is to come creatively begin to make themselves known.  Emptying out allows me to open to something what is here.

My intention word for the year is Connection.  We will see how Connection evolves in my life through the year.

Sharing a link to a lovely Etsy treasury that includes my quilt "Heart Broken Open". Enjoy the color and textures...

Heart Broken Open  - 18" x 19.5"  © 2010 Linda A. Miller
© 2010 Linda A. Miller

And good news,  "Fire Series 3" has found a new home!

Fire Series 3   -  11.5" x 9"  © 2008 Linda A. Miller
Fire Series 3   -  11.5" x 9"
© 2008 Linda A. Miller
Cotton, lace, applique, machine quilted

The quote opening this post came from Sara Genn of Painter's Keys newsletter.  This week's newsletter offers thoughtful insights on  "11 Steps to your World", worth a read.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Soon to Open...

"Linear Moves" will be on show when Road to California opens on January 23.  The quilt has traveled all over the country the past few years.  Happy to have it be shown in a local venue again.  Dubbed the "Best in the West" Road is the annual quilters' conference and showcase that has been held in Ontario, CA since 1991.  There will be much to see for attendees!

Linear Moves by Linda A Miller
Linear Moves  -  54" x 30" © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Cotton, painted, pieced, hand embroidered
hand & machine quilted

Conference details:
Ontario Convention Center: 2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, California 91764
Dates: January 23 - January 26 Hours: Thursday - Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 3:30 PM

I leave you with this message from David Limrite-

"... be an artist because you want to be. Paint what you want to paint. Create how you want to create. Make your work for yourself, first and foremost. Let others have their opinions but do not let what they have to say dictate your thoughts and feelings.

Manage your own mind."

Friday, January 3, 2014

Stepping into 2014

"Art is a path on which we honour our world. Art may not be the only path, but it is a good path, even though at times a difficult one. As bearers of this honour, we artists do not need to simply render our world as we see it but as we might ourselves redesign it. As artists, one of our privileges is to invent. 'We are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.' (Maya Angelou) On our path, design is everywhere and invites the soul."  
- Robert Genn, newsletter excerpt "From My Window" January 2, 2014

Rose Garden- LA Natural History Museum December 2013
Rose Garden- LA Natural History Museum December 2013

Happy New Year, Friends!  I hope your holidays were lovely.  Moving into 2014, I have been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather with long walks, visits with friends and, per my previous post, taking in interesting exhibits.  The holiday actually ended up being low key and relaxing this year.  Even Rosie is doing better after health issues just before Christmas.  Relief!

In process with choosing (or allowing it to choose me) my intention word for the year.  It is percolating.... I find this to be a wonderful way to transition into the new year with clarity and kindness.  It is not about making a hard and fast resolution (that often falls apart shortly thereafter).  It is a word or phrase that works within... something to grow with.  Here is an interesting article on choosing an intention from Miriam Hall.   

Sharing photos of a few gifts made and given- 
The dinosaur fabric for this quilt had been in my stash for years.  Great to finally assemble it for the right little boy.  This is a disappearing nine patch rendition.

Dinosaur Baby quilt
Dinosaur Baby quilt

Baby and quilt...

And his sister received this turtle bag-

Small Turtle Bag
Turtle Bag

A small pouch bag for my sister-

Small Quilted Purse
Small Quilted Purse

Linking to Off the Wall FridayRejoice in this new year of creative potential!

"What your heart thinks great is great. The soul's response is always right," 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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