Friday, August 26, 2016

In Progress

Taking a break from the brushwork pieces.  I have been working on something new, which came about after my recent studio clear-out.  Cleaning out gave me a clear picture of materials and supplies that are here.  For the background in this work, I pieced together strips of blues, which were mostly leftover from other quilt projects.  Smaller strips were appliqued on.

work in progress Linda A. Miller

I cut up an old art quilt ("Comfort Zone") that I was no longer happy with, in order to use the threadwork rectangles (made in much the same way as my thread bowls with yarn, thread, and bits of fabric sandwiched between sheets of water soluble stabilizer and stitched).

Comfort Zone Linda A. Miller

These rectangles were paired with a prayer flag weaving made several years ago.  The weaving consists of strips of decayed prayer flag from my yard and woven together with other fabric strips, embellished and embroidered.  (A side note that you may be unaware of... traditionally it is suggested old prayer flags not be thrown out but burned instead.)  All of these elements were appliqued to the background.  Yes, it is prayer flag imagery...

work in progress Linda A. Miller
Work in progress - detail

Embroidering is underway.  Still in progress, so stay tuned...

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Speaking of prayer flags, currently I am sharing weekly posts on my Bhavana Project site, revisiting our 2009 - 2013 Peace series.  Visit The Bhavana Project to learn more about this ongoing community prayer flag project.  New participants are always welcome!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Soon... 2016 SAQA Auction

Sonata 6 by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 6 by Linda A. Miller

This year's SAQA Online Benefit Auction begins next month, September 16 through October 9, 2016.  About 430 12" x 12" art quilts will be available to bid on, including my piece, "Sonata 6".  This is a great opportunity to add to your collection while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach programs.  I will post a selection of my quilt picks in a future post.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Recollecting and Releasing

Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon 
 ~ Masahide 1657 - 1723 

Emptying out.  But let me backtrack a bit .... Gradually working my way through Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training workbook, I arrived at the "Power of Limitations" section, which is about freeing ourselves and artwork through self imposed limits.  I don't know about you, but too many options can stifle the forward momentum of my creative drive.  I have applied the idea to limit parameters before, as in my Sonata series which uses minimal color palette and simple imagery.

Looking at accumulating versus using you have is included in this section on limitations.  Jane has these rules for her studio:
1- Something comes in, something goes out.
2- Use what is here. 
I like this, and will come up with my own wording in time. These rules are not intended to be rigid.  We can bring our own flexibility to this.  For me it is OK to buy something specific needed for a project.

Now, I am pretty consistent with cycling things out.  I had made the commitment several years ago to use what I already had for my work.  However the closet in my studio was packed, requiring items to be shifted around in order to access to something else, and it was becoming annoying.  So, arriving at the exercise in CST to clean out was timely.

The first area to be addressed was old (art school) artwork.  It had been thinned out over the years, and it was time for more serious thinning.  Finding not only my own drawings, prints and photos, but also friends' artwork (we printmakers traded with each other) has brought back memories from 40 years ago, here and in England.  I have cleared out much of my student work, saving the pieces that still feel relevant and work on their own.  (I admit I did photograph some of  the work before letting it go!)  Amazing how many old mat boards went into the recycling bin.

From artwork I moved to closets. And from the studio I have moved on to other closets in the house. Bags have been donated, and more will be getting bags of stuff.  I clearly realized that I no longer wanted to carry all this stuff along.  It feels freeing to lighten up.  Great to put things back into circulation for others to use. 

Sharing some of the art I found with you.  Enjoy the journey back in time.

 Drawing 1973 by Linda A. Miller
Self Portrait, pencil 1973

 Drawing 1974 by Linda A. Miller
Self Portrait, pencil and newsprint 1974

These prints were studies for larger pieces that came later.

 torso study1 1978 by Linda A. Miller
Torso Study 1, etching 1978

 torso study2 1978 by Linda A. Miller
 Torso Study 2, etching  1978

 torso study3 1978 by Linda A. Miller
Torso Study 3, etching  1978

This process has been releasing.  I am also filled with gratitude for the journey so far, with all the lessons learned, experiences felt and wonderful friends made along the way.  As a side note, one friend's print sparked my curiosity which eventually led to seeking and contacting them.  Old friends found!

Thanks to Jane Dunnewold for the reminder of Masahide's haiku at the top of this post.

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