Members of the Beaumont Area Fiber Artists recently met for a sew day. Most sewed. I brought my journal, scissors and glue to create stream-of-conscience improvisational collaged postcards. These will go to attendees of the group's upcoming annual retreat. A few are shown below (fig. 1)
Friday, September 18, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Some years ago FiberVoices members decided to create three works relating to their trip to the Zoo. I recently completed the third work...and a fourth and fifth. When I stopped to consider each piece in the body of work, I concluded the overall theme could be condensed to one word - Boundaries. We are all bound by a need to nurture, family, our communities and nature.
First Impressions fig. 1
12" x 24"
Fencework 18" x 44" fig. 2
Savanna Dreams fig. 3
30" x 40"
Staying Close to What Counts fig. 4
12" x 17"
Bamboo and Other Memories 40" x 64" fig. 5
Friday, July 24, 2020
Many vegetable/fruit prints were created a couple of years ago for FiberVoices Lecture and Workshop. Vegetables used were tomato, celery, mushrooms, bell pepper and other peppers, artichoke, cucumber, onion, shallots, lemon, orange, and an apple slice to create the butterfly below (fig. 1). Vases were created from gel plate monoprints. The first one was used on our promo brochure for the class (fig. 1). I made several others while on a roll (fig. 2 - 6).
Friday, April 10, 2020
I finally finished the machine quilting portion of my "big stitch" quilt - a very old round-robin from early 2000, thanks to my Coronacation. I participated in this round-robin with members of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston. My star block was in the middle, followed by the work of Mary Ann Littlejohn and Christine Olah. The last 3 rows were added by an unknown quilter. Let me know if you recognize your work. Full size (Fig. 1) and detail (Fig. 2) below.
Fiesta Dreams 55" x 55" Fig. 1
Fiesta Dreams Detail Fig. 2
Monday, March 2, 2020
Members met and shared design exercises related to working in a series (see fig. 4 - 14). Work in progress (fig. 1-2) and finished work (fig. 3) was also shared. Quilting design options were discussed on Kathy's quilt top (fig.2). Lisa did several motif designs and wanted help choosing one to work with. I liked the most medallion-like one myself which is the last image shown below.
Connie Work in Progress fig. 1
Kathy Risinger Work in Progress fig. 2
Sylvia Weir Wizard of Oz Challenge fig. 3
Working in a Series Sylvia fig. 4
Dianna Eichorn fig. 5
Melissa Tweedel fig. 6
Jean Aguilar fig. 7
Susan Cornell fig. 8
Connie fig. 9
Lisa Johnson fig.10-14
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
With each of my 6 Sew Pieceful Bee gift exchange pieces, I have attempted to find a personal connection between me and the work's recipient through the creative process. Student's Work was no different. It was made for Dot Collins, a retired engineer and quilt teacher, who has been inspiring her students for over 30 years. She was my first quilt-class teacher. The two students in Student's Work are her grand-daughters, Reese and Taylor. Though I worked from photos of the girls supplied by Dot's daughter, Tracy, I made a number of modifications to come up with this design.
Student's Work 21" x 36"
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Work shown at the December meeting of Beaumont Area Fiber Artists included a reverse applique technique exercise (see Fig. 7-9), work-in-progress (Fig. 6-8), classwork (Fig. 4, 6,7) and show and tell (Fig. 1-5).
Xmas Postcards Connie Fig. 1
Kathy Risinger Fig. 2
Dianna Eichorn Fig. 3
Lydie Raimbault Fig. 4
Lisa Johnson FriendshipBlockQuilt Fig.5
Kathy WIP Classwork David Taylor Fig. 6
Connie WIP Classwork-GraceErrea
/Technique Exercise Fig. 7
Lisa Technique Exercise Fig. 8
Dianna Exercise Fig. 9
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Our artwork study for October was on a work by Georgia O'Keefe shown below (fig. 1). I do not know the name of the work or the year it was painted. It was not in the one book in my library on her work though it may have been referred to as part of her Bones series. In search of my understanding of Georgia, I found I had to do one work first to get to the second one. I printed the photo onto fabric then cut it up and put it back together again in a different format (fig. 8). I then identified with the more oriental aspects of her art, especially the presence of the masculine and feminine (fig. 9). She loved her husband and her home, Ghost Ranch, in New Mexico but her true love and passion was for her art. See fig. 2-9.
See other work-in-progress, classwork, show and tell (fig. 10-16).
Georgia O'Keefe fig.1
Dianna Eickhorn fig. 2
Susan Cornell fig. 3
Dot Collins fig. 4
Sylvia Weir fig. 6
Lisa Johnson fig. 7
Connie fig. 8
Georgia Heart and Home Connie fig. 9
Jean Aguilar Classwork (Mary Lou Weidman)
Connie Classwork (Mary Lou) fig. 11
ShowandTell Melissa Tweedel fig. 12
Sylvia Weir Work-in-Progress fig. 13
Dianna Eickhorn Halloween Hat fig. 14
Dianna Halloween Kitties fig. 15
Dot Collins WIP fig. 16