Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Auction in Houston

 Engage   © 2014 Linda A. Miller
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

The final section of quilts for the SAQA Benefit Auction are up for bid today through November 1st at SAQA's booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  "Engage" is included in this group.  (Note: see a quilt you like, but not going to Houston? Contact SAQA to bid.)

"Engage" is a part of my brushwork series that was inspired by abstract Asian calligraphy.  Painting and stitching became my contemplative art process.  Quilts began with ink drawing using airbrush ink.  Selected drawings were then pieced with frames and quilted.  Enjoy the series!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Common Threads

Bhavana Project Prayer Flags
Bhavana Project Prayer Flags, 2013

I had a fabulous time talking about prayer flags and the Bhavana Project at the Westside Quilters' meeting on Saturday.  Interest was sparked which may bring some new participants, but mostly  I just loved sharing the flags with a new audience.

Sharing prayer flags
At the meeting...

Bhavana Project Prayer Flags, 2015
Bhavana Project Prayer Flags, 2015

Knowing only a bit about Mark Lipinski through friends who have taken his workshops, I was pleasantly surprised by his lively talk.  Listening to Mark's journey to the Slow Stitching Movement, I found myself nodding in agreement with a lot of what was shared.  The Slow Stitching Movement, modeled after the global Slow Food movement, is open to all fiber and needle artists to encourage slowing down, enjoying the process, and creating art to be proud of.   The movement is not limited to hand work, as Mark uses the machine for his slow stitching.  It is about being present with whatever you are doing.  

Those who follow my blog can see why I have an affinity for this idea... you have probably seen my posts about Slow Cloth, and Slow Art.  I am pleased to see the idea growing.  We need an alternative choice to the ever growing speediness, one that allows us to appreciate and celebrate our humanness.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sharing Flags

I have been invited by Westside Quilters to give a brief talk about the Bhavana Project and prayer flags at their meeting this Saturday, October 17th.  I am happy to have the opportunity to share the project.  Thank you, Westside Quilters!

Bhavana Project Set 1, 2006
Bhavana Project Set 1, 2006.  Photo by Mary Cochran.

As you may already know, my journey with prayer flags began over 10 years ago.  Inspired by Tibetan tradition of inscribing prayers or mantras on flags, I created the Bhavana Project as an ongoing group work to acknowledge the goodness in our lives. These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries, and are accessible to anyone.  We are in currently process with the fourth set of flags.  Visit the site for more information.

Bhavana Project Set 3, 2010.
Bhavana Project Set 3, 2010.  Photo by Elizabeth Dailey.

Westside  Quilters is open to all quilters, and meets quarterly at St. John's Presbyterian Church at 11000 National Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90064.  I am looking forward to it.  (Note: Mark Lipinski will be the featured speaker at this week's meeting).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Local Exhibits

Mission rose
Lovely roses... seen on a recent day trip

Happily the heat has given way to cooler temperatures, and fall has finally arrived!  Here are a few Southern California fiber art exhibits to catch this fall.   The annual Extreme Quilters Art from Cloth exhibit runs until October 14th at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery.  I have heard from friends that there are wonderful works to see this year.  I have always enjoyed the past shows.  The gallery is open daily, 10 am - 5 pm at 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park  91320.

Extreme Quilters exhibit
Extreme Quilters exhibit

Opening October 17th at Visions Art Museum will be the group exhibit Interpretations- Celebrating 30 Years.  Also showing will be two solo exhibits: Linda Colsh's Hearing the Quiet: Walking the Creeks   and Viviana Lombrozo's Excavating for Meaning.  All three exhibits will run until January 3, 2016.  The museum is located at 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100, San Diego 92106.



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