Monday, July 28, 2014

Flag Making at Threads of Awakening

The act of creating is a healing gesture,
as sacred as prayer, as essential to the spirit as food to the body.
~ Jan Phillips

prayer flag workshop 

What an enriching experience it was teaching flag making at Leslie Rinchen Wongmo's Threads of Awakening studio in Oxnard over the weekend!  The group arrived enthusiastic and interested, driving in from Ojai and as far away as San Diego.  I love how each group I work with adds something new to the mix.

prayer flag workshop
The space awaits...

We began with some reflective exercises to help bring our bodies and attention to being present and open.  Following some creative warm ups, it was on to fun flag making with mixed media.  Working at their own pace, everyone seemed to enjoy the process using paint, buttons, feathers, glue, thread and more.  Lively conversation ensued as we got to know each other.

prayer flag workshop
Sue absorbed in work...

Sara, Bernice and Leslie.  Time for a few photos...

Each person brought their own vision to the process...
prayer flag workshop
Wonderful bursts of color ...

prayer flag workshop
A special turtle...

prayer flag workshop
Rich collage and delicate drawing...

prayer flag workshop
Space, flight and sky

prayer flag workshop
Thank you, Sue!

Thank you Ladies, for choosing to spend your Saturday making art.  A big Thank You to Leslie for graciously welcoming us to the wonderful Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts space

Leslie RW and Linda M
Leslie and I with Bhavana Project flags in background

 Look for more flag workshops at the studio coming in the future.

studio door
Studio Door photo by Leslie Rinchen Wongmo


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Here is my Dream Collection with the theme Contemplation for the 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction.  The online Auction begins September 15th.   Click the link on the artist name to see more of their work.

Enjoy these six moments of reflection.

Green Fields by Dianne Firth
Dianne Firth

Returning 2 by Elaine Quehl
Elaine Quehl

Me, Me, Me by Gillian Moss
Gillian Moss

Moon Reflection in Harmony by Lisa Ellis
Lisa Ellis

Gizeh by Dolores Miller
Dolores Miller

Reach for the Sky by Margaret Blank
Margaret Blank

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Presence

prayer flags
Prayer Flags

Several prayer flags... and more to share in the upcoming workshop on techniques.  For these two I used tea bags to make leaf rubbings, then appliqued the paper to the hand dyed cotton flag.  Breathe, inhale and exhale are all reminders to stay present.

prayer flags
Prayer Flags

The third addition is a leaf rubbing directly on the fabric with oil sticks, paint added later... and writing (Stay, Inhale, Exhale, Stay) about staying with the breath in the present.  Where I am living now.  See more on flags here

I am enjoying the recent quiet lull of summer days.  After the months of nursing Rosie, then navigating new territory (along with my supportive family) during Mom's recovery process, it is good to have some simple ordinary days here at home.  Among other things, I have been immersed in reading women's heartfelt words... what books?  Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott, The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison, and now... When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams.  I recommend them all.  What are you reading?

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.

I don't think anyone 'finds joy'.  Rather, we cultivate it by searching for the preciousness 
of small things, the ordinary miracles that strengthen our hearts 
so we can keep them open to what is most difficult.
~ Dawna Markova

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Visions on Fiber

On Saturday, Quilts on the Wall held the July meeting at Visions Art Museum in the Liberty Station area of San Diego.  After museum Director, Beth Smith, spoke about Vision's background history, we were treated to a tour by Lisa Yoder of the current exhibit: American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 10.  It was fascinating to learn more about tapestry while seeing this unique collection of contemporary works by international artists.  Slow art is indeed a term that fits this art form, where even a small work can take much time and planning. Quilting is speedy by comparison.

I was intrigued by the delicate imagery in "The Land Gives Us" by Clare Coyle.  Christine Rivers' "North Coast Reflections" beautifully portrayed a moment in time.  Rebecca Mezoff's "Emergence VII" was most striking.  Anna Kocherovsky's "Wishing Well" intricate work drew me in.  Though no photographs were allowed, you can see the full show on Rebecca Mezoff's blog post.  She was not only one of the artists, but also Biennial co-chair with Michael Rohde.

Also on view were exhibits: Fugitive Pieces with unique dyed quilts by Elin Noble; An Alaskan Perspective by Ree Nancarrow.  All these exhibits close this Sunday July 20th.  Lots more coming August 1st, with Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Deidre Adams.

Another note about tapestry- now on view at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from July 1- September 13, 2014 is the 160 panel Great Tapestry of Scotland, stitched by contemporary groups depicting the history of Scotland.  This is the longest embroidered tapestry in world at 143 meters long. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Healing Traditions

Healing is not a science, but the intimate art of wooing nature.
- W.H. Auden

Yoko Ono Wish Trees - Arlington Garden
Yoko Ono Wish Trees - Arlington Garden

In preparation for flag workshops I have been researching healing traditions related to the prayer flag. I learned about the "Clootie" (coming from the Scots word for cloth or rag) wells.  In Celtic areas these places of pilgrimage are wells or springs, often with a neighboring tree, where strips of cloth or rags have been tied to the tree's branches as part of a healing ritual.  Down through the ages throughout the world, there exist wish tree traditions, using a all manner of materials as offerings including fabric, coin, paper.  Japan has a strong wish tree culture. In 1990's Yoko Ono began using the wish tree in her work that has been shown in exhibitions around the world.  People have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch.  More tree links hereWhat better way to send healing than through art! 

And here is a personal textile hanging to support my Mom's healing process...

Linda A Miller healing banner

Made from leaf rubbings with water soluble crayons, background is sponge painted.  Embellishments with words for healing, some foil and embroidery.

Linda A Miller Healing banner

She continues to recover well.

day lily

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

To the Gallery

Shining Jewel © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Shining Jewel © 2014 Linda A. Miller

"Shining Jewel" is now available in Galleribba.  This hand dyed 10" x 7" piece began with shrinking for texture.  The hand painted sun was appliqued on.  Oil sticks add highlights throughout.  Metallic yarn was hand couched, along a multitude of french knots and other hand embroidered additions.  

And from my somewhat neglected garden, an abundance of strawberries! 

strawberry pot

Grapes are coming along, but may not make it to my table with uneven ripening due to cooler temperatures (half rot before the rest ripen), and from being eaten by wildlife (who munch these green concords at almost any stage).  How they can eat them unripe I do not know...very sour!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

On the Move

Two of my mini quilts have found new homes.  Thank you, Karen and Julie!  You can see other work available my in Galleribba gallery.

 Fire Within   © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Fire Within  
© 2014 Linda A. Miller
Private collection

 Opening 3   © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Opening 3  
© 2013 Linda A. Miller
Private collection

And here are the flags created at last weekend's Creative Circle Workshop in Solana Beach.  A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in good company.

prayer flags
Prayer Flags
Reminder that another flag making workshop is coming up on July 26th at the wonderful Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts studio in Oxnard.  Follow this link for more info.  Spaces still available.

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


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