For a friend
For a friend
Once a year during the monthly meeting at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA, people bring in their favorite books to share and this was my friend Sharon’s contribution. We all love the work of Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn. A challenge was proposed for us to use the book and the template it provides to create our own houses. The challenge is due in June. We have discussed making a “fat book” (remember them from the 90″s?). Each person who makes a book can print out one of their pages several times to combine into one book. We may simply share what we’ve done in our usual SHOW AND TELL portion of the meeting. I enjoyed working on mine and look forward to seeing what others make. How I made the book is at the bottom of this post.
I cut out the shaped pages from 90 lb Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and painted them with ink. Next step was gelli printing, followed by spray painting with stencils. Images, some printed on transparencies, and collage papers finished the process. I bound the pages with eyelets and ribbons. Voilà! While that voilà expresses that I am satisfied with the project, it did take several days and sometimes it fought me. It took several hours a day over a week of time. Thanks for looking.
The Eye Contact Exhibit is going on the road. The curator, Barbara Hollinger, has engineered the Eye Contact exhibit into 11 double-sided panels that can be suspended from poles or from a ceiling. Here is a mock-up so you can see how it will look.
Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, Gaithersburg, MD
HeART Gallery, Toledo, OH
White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
May 2020 – June 2020
Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA
July 2020 – August 2020
International Quilt Festival (IQF) – Houston
October 29 – November 1, 2020
AQS Quilt Week:
Feb 2021 – Daytona, FL
March 2021 – Lancaster, PA
April 2021 – Paducah, KY
Lavender Door Gallery, Stockbridge, MA
These pins are on their way to a friend and artist who is a regular collector of my work. I included some felt scraps and silk scraps in her package. I will be adding handmade felt and silk paper to the shop soon.
I changed the name of the Jewelry section in Etsy to Quirky Pins/Brooches. They are quirky because they show the personality of my hand.
To select from pins that are left in my Quirky Pins section, go to Esty HERE
All bird photos are from my yard.
Recently, my Mother-in-law, Joan (I won the lottery for great Mothers-in- law) visited from Australia. She’s cough*cough 90, and a veteran traveler who made the trip solo from down under. She is an established and award winning Australian artist represented in collections throughout Australia and internationally.
Her original trip a year ago was delayed by a head-on car collision. She was a passenger in a car when she saw another car coming from the opposite direction drifting into their lane. The other driver had fallen asleep. As these things sometimes go, the driver who caused the accident wasn’t hurt at all. My Mother-in-law and her driver had to be cut out of the car. Joan suffered 11 broken ribs and a fractured sternum. Her driver also had a fractured sternum. The car was totaled. Several difficult months of healing later, Joan rescheduled her trip to the USA.
Joan, in addition to being an accomplished artist, is a character herself. In one adventure we had, she dressed in pink pants with a multicolored orange, pink, blue, and black jacket. She looked fabulous. But, you haven’t lived until you walk into a Victoria’s Secret with a 90 year old woman who proceeds to buy all her friends and family the most beautiful “knickers” she could find.
One of her many artistic talents is doll making and at my request she sent several of them to me to put up for sale in the USA. I call them character dolls because they have expressive character and some of them are fairy tale dolls.
Please enjoy the photos of her dolls. If you wish, you can find them in my ETSY shop.