Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
A. A. Milne - Winnie-the-Pooh

leaf Linda A Miller

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I leave you with this lovely On Being post about gratitude by Parker J. Palmer, including a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Exhibits in the Area

MUZEO Museum exhibit
MUZEO Museum exhibit

Sharing information on recommended local fiber exhibits that are on my to see list.
Quilts runs through February 15, 2015 at MUZEO Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, with twenty-six historic quilts provided by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  The traditional quilts are complemented by 18 art quilts from contemporary California fiber artists, including Linda Anderson, Cindy Cooksey, Joe Cunningham, Jamie Fingal, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Sherry Davis Kleinman, Kerby C. Smith, Lura Schwarz Smith, and Terry Waldron.  MUZEO is located at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805.  Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am to 5pm; Closed Mondays.
At the Fowler Museum on the UCLA campus:  
Hours:  Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday: 12 – 5 pm, Thursday: 12 – 8 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

Congratulations to my friends and colleagues whose fine work is part of the MUZEO exhibit.   For those of you here in SoCal, enjoy the exhibits! 


Monday, November 17, 2014


You need a room with no view so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
-Annie Dillard

 Molten   © 2014 Linda A. Miller
19" x 15.5"  
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

"Molten" began with shrinkage technique of a hand dye.  I used wool gauze* (thank you for the sample, Karen Rips!) rather than wool felt... produces wonderful texture without the bearding.  Foil, oil sticks, embroidery, couching and applique were applied.  Initially intending this to be small, which changed as I was auditioning binding fabric.  The quilt's reds seemed to call for the framing by the large dark borders.  I appliqued the center section to the backing and couched the raw edges of the quilt, but leaving the raw edges of the gauze showing (thanks to feedback from my Fiber Fanatics friends).

And the name?  Hearing about the volcanic flow in Hawaii, Molten came to mind...

Molten by Linda A Miller
Molten (detail)

The exhibit Women's Work was on show at Freehand gallery this past month.  It was mixed media collection from 12 female artists "dissolving the boundaries between traditional gender roles" and 4 male artists finding voice in fiber art. Though enjoying the overall exhibit, it was the work of several artists that kept drawing my attention back.  Stephen Sidelinger's small thread paintings were intriguing and lively.  Michael Rohde, whose work I am familiar with,  showed brightly colored small tapestries.  Loved the detail of Rob Watt's embroideries.  Women's Work closed November 15th.

Carol Sauvion opened Freehand in 1980.  The gallery is also a center for Craft in America.  Work is on exhibit by several artists from the latest installment of the television series, "Service", which aired on November 2, 2014.  Included were Pam Deluco's fascinating "Paper Doll Stories" and Ehren Toole's compelling ceramic cups. Check with the gallery to see how long this exhibit will show.  If you missed "Service" you can watch it online here

Linking to this week's Off the Wall Friday.  Enjoy!

* Source for wool gauze

Friday, November 7, 2014


We can choose to move like water rather than be molded like clay.
~ Terry Tempest Williams

Curious that some work can sit in limbo, incomplete and seemingly to remain so, when something sparks interest and clarifies the artwork's direction.  Such is the story here, after being quilted and shrunk, this piece sat in a rough unfinished state.  Now with water imagery calling again, I am absorbed in painting and stitching.

I did not think to photograph the beginning state to share, it was the barest of image (original drawing washed out).  Below is a detail of the first stage after watercolor work with Prismacolor and Inktense pencils, crayons...

Linda A Miller work in progress

Next stage with more watercolor and oil stick additions.  And the beginning of embroidery stitching...

Linda A Miller work in progress

And, yes, the piece shown in the last post is still in progress.   I work on several things simultaneously.  Do you?

Speaking of watercolor... here is a link to a sweet animated watercolor:  see video

Linking to Off the Wall Friday.


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