Thursday, March 17, 2016

SAQA Donation 2016

Using my own stencils, including two by fiber artist, Ginny Eckley, commercial rubbing plates, my own stamps and my own free-motion, stitched and painted design, I emptied out my paint dishes then looked for a way to unify the work and give it a voice, discovering once again that sometimes a work begs to be cropped and strategically pieced to find its voice.  See Figures 1-3.  Finding Its Voice (Fig. 3).  It is my Studio Art Quilts Associates, Inc.'s donation work for 2016.

Raw Work                                                                          Fig. 1

Cropped and Grouped Work                               Fig. 2

Finding Its Voice                                                         Fig. 3

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Thread Trash Work

Thread Trash is one of my favorite fiber items to work with.  Beginning with its dimensional possibilities in fabric compositions where it sometimes took center stage and more often side stage, very effectively, of course.  With the work below, I tried my hand at total-coverage compositions using only thread trash.  All work was stitched down on stabilizer with 100 wt. silk thread (Figures 1-4).

This new work fits very nicely with this year's selected creative-inspiration word - Remission, or Re-mission, depending on how you view it.  Painting with Thread Trash reminded me of painting with coffee filters and papers towels.  The dimensional aspects of it reminded me of working with felted wool and wool roving which can be highly dimensional.

Untitled                                                                           Fig. 1

Freeform Reflections                                                    Fig. 2

Round Top, Texas                                                          Fig. 3

Crystal Beach, Texas                                                       Fig. 4