Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hand Embroidery on Batik

Last weekend a very good friend of mine, Kathy, turned 80. In lieu of gifts, she asked her friends to create something on  a batik square she sent to each of us. 

I had a lot of fun making this for her.

At her party, which was at McPhee's in Templeton, all the squares were displayed 
on a 'clothesline.'  I wish I would have taken pictures of them. 
There was such a wide variety of wonderful craftsmanship.

Happy Birthday Kathy!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Painted Fabrics from Judy Coates Perez Class

Here are some of my creations from the class I took from Judy Coates Perez last weekend.  See prior post for more information on that wonderful class.

Arashi Shibori using fabric paint.

This one is far from done, but shows a few techniques we played with  including stamping on fabric, laminating abaca fabric with copyright free images printed on them, etc. 

On this one, we applied salt while the paint was still quite wet. One of he cool things about painting fabric, vs. dyeing is that you get two values, one lighter, one darker.

Painted and scrunched and allowed to dry.

Accordion folded shibori

More painted and scrunched fabric.

For this one we put items underneath it and allowed it to dry. 
 Again, you can see how one side is much more vibrant the other.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Judy Coates Perez Class

Attended a great two day class at SLO Creative Studios  taught by Judy Coates Perez. I've admired her work for a long time. Her painted quilts are simply gorgeous. She has won may awards as well. She was a very giving teacher in terms of sharing many techniques,  materials and tools. There was a great group of women and it was lots of fun. I highly recommend taking a class from her if you ever get a chance.

Above is a picture of Judy teaching us how to use stencils in a variety of ways.

Below are some samples of her beautiful work.  To see more go to

Below is a picture of Susan from my quilt guild showing her work on the design wall.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Textile Show at the De Young Museum

We just returned from a short, but wonderful trip to San Francisco.  We visited the DeYoung Museum, the Legion of Honor, checked out the tiled mosaic steps on 16th avenue, and all sorts of wonderful delights for the eye.

The Ed Ruscha show at the DeYoung was fabulous as was the "On the Grid:Textiles and Minimalism" show.  Today I'm just posting pictures from the Textile show.

The picture above and the two below are of a wrapping cloth (Pojagi) from Korea.  

Below is a picture of Bark Cloth from Polynesia

I loved this shibori fabric. It was also my husband's favorite from the show.
Below is more information about the artist and the work.
 Worth checking out if you are a fan of shibori.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sun Printing fabric and Painting Fabric

I painted some fabric yesterday and then put it out in the 109 degree sunshine, covering it first with all sorts of dried grass and leaves to get a subtle sun print. In that heat, it didn't take long.

I love how dyes interact with fabric, but with the drought, 
I try to be conscious of how much water I'm using and painting fabric uses far less.

Below our closeups of the fabric after it dried.

On the next piece, I painted the background, then scrunched it up slightly
 and painted a contrasting color on the tops of the folds.

Here is it drying on the line.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jane Dunnewold Workshop

     Just returned from taking a class from Jane Dunnewold, Had a fabulous time, learned a lot,  and met some great women in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for Jane's lecture and workshop. I want to thank the lovely women of Fibervision for contacting Jane and making this lecture and workshop possible. As I said in my last post, I've been wanting to take a class from her for years, ever since I bought her book, Complex Cloth, published in 2009,  and she did not disappoint.  She was inspirational, knowledgable and caring. The class was held in one of the participant's wonderfully, well lit and equipped studio.

    Jane has out a new book, Creative Strength Training.The book is full of strategies to encourage you to take your art and yourself as an artist, to the next level. There are exercises to help you figure out what you want to do as well as strategies to help you better focus on getting the work done by tuning out the distractions. She's telling us to, "Go to your studio and get to work." Just as athletes have personal trainers to help them get stronger, this book will help you strengthen your creative art muscles. You can find out more about Jane and her new book on  her website.

In the workshop we created challenging color studies on paper and cloth, using only primaries, secondaries, white and black, as you can see below. Learning how to use your materials and tools as well as the elements of art and principles of design can only help to make those art muscles stronger so you can add them to your repertoire. If you get a chance to take a class from Ms. Dunnewold, I encourage you to do so. 

Below is a quick color study I did last night playing more with complementary colors in watercolor with rubbing alcohol drops and spatters to create texture.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Photos for Quilts

I organized and cropped more photos from my trip to Wisconsin.

I could see one or both of these turning into paintings or quilts.   The top one is of some beautiful coleus plants we saw on the south side of Milwaukee. Love those colors and patterns.

The photo below is of Mirror Lake in the Wisconsin Dells. My sister and brother-in-law took me out to dinner to Ishnala Supper Club, which is on the shores of this lake. Great food and beautiful scenery. After dinner we almost fell into the lake while standing on a wobbly pier.

Speaking of paintings, I'm very excited about going to Santa Barbara this week to attend a lecture and workshop by Jane Dunnewold.  I have wanted to take a class from her for years. Looking forward to learning more about color from her and hopefully will have something
 interesting to post from her workshop next week.