Archives for category: my art

IMG_1303Blues and greens in cotton and flannel.

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This quilt is for the little brother of my fall quilt. I finished it a few months ago, but I’m just posting it now.

IMG_1063The dark blue binding fabric here is a major color field on the other one. I wanted the brothers’ quilts to be connected, but have their own color palettes, so I focused more on greens this time.

IMG_1041I’m crazy about the batik floral! It was given to me by an acquaintance who traveled to Indonesia regularly. The blue reverse pattern reads as trees, but it also reminds me a little of waves.

IMG_1055It’s hard to see -even in person, if you’re not looking for it- but the ripple stitching gives way to quilted vines and flowers in the floral sections.

IMG_1069Time to snuggle up!

I’ve spent a few HUGE chunks of time lately getting lost on the internet/ collecting reference and inspiration images. My “this is interesting” folder is a whole lot more full thanks to these binges. Here are some things that have caught my eyes since beginning my triangles series.



For some artists (Agnes Martin and Gego), I looked their work up more after reading essays from Modern Women. Two of the internet gateways to many other great photos/ blogs have been Garance Doré and OUI.

Why that umbrella? Because the first blog I am going to point you to is l’ombrello. I found l’ombrello because of a mention by Khaela Maricich (the blogger, Carl Williamson, is her friend.) If you don’t know/remember why I am interested in her, this post should explain it. L’ombrello is basically a long series of photographs, videos and sound clips selected and reblogged into a really compelling collection. The aesthetic seems to be a combination of cute animals, attractive people (often from vintage photos), art and design… I’m not sure exactly what ties it together (at times, irony is involved) but it works.

After noticing repetition in the sites he reblogs from, I followed some links… in certain cases, l’ombrello had picked out photos that were gems buried under a bunch of porn, but in others, like Weird Friends, the whole blog was a gem. Despite the fact that Weird Friends fits its name really well most of the time, the blogger clearly has an interest in textiles. I love the way Rachel described it the most, though: “It somehow seems like the least “hipster” blog that could exist, but very easily could be in different hands…it’s an excellent mix of Native American and bulldog inspired images none the less.”

After Weird Friends, I ended up at Neue~Weft. Art, textiles (as the name would suggest) and pattern. Lots of color. Neue~Weft then led me to the one that might be my favorite: 2 or 3 Things I Know. I think part of why I like 2 or 3 Things I Know (about design, architecture and craft) so much is because it has the writing component that the rest of these lack. It explains a little bit about why the blogger selected the images and what makes them special.  I especially like the post from February 28 on the theme of painter’s white. It’s very beautiful.

It also seems like all of these bloggers update frequently, which should help to ease my anticipation for 3191‘s once-weekly posts.

Enjoy. (See you in two weeks!)

(umbrella photo from here: http://img4.realsimple.com/images/beauty-fashion/shoes-accessories/0504/Blue-Umbrella_300.jpg)

Last week I read Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. I’d seen it on book stands for a while, and that red sequined coat called out to me. So I picked it up at the library and became totally wrapped up in the fascinating world of the fictional Benzini Brothers circus… which, as I deduced from pictures and the author’s note, was largely based on the actual train circuses of the 1930’s. Of course the fictional protagonist’s story was what drew me in, but what really interests me about those old circuses was how this whole culture of outsiders became a fixation in national pop culture. An air of exoticism surrounded everything from the equestrians to the menagerie and the side show. The transient nature of the shows added an element of danger. And yet, circuses were a relatively common, if hotly anticipated, event.

In order to find out more about real circuses (and to find some good reference photos) I looked around for the books Gruen cites in her author’s note. Although I didn’t find them, I ran across The Circus 1870s-1950s on the bargain rack at Barnes & Noble. I’ve scanned through and there are some great images. I look forward to reading more of the content.

I found these green bugs on a walk around my neighborhood. The cicada was very recently dead and a brilliant shade of iridescent new-leaf green, at the time. Unfortunately, s/he has since faded. The emerald-colored beetle has retained its original luster and is just waiting to be recreated in beads.

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Since finding out about my acceptance to the VAE, I have been logging a lot of time in the studio. And I have made A LOT of progress – lots of new pieces in ongoing series, a few tangents, reviving old projects, lots of podcast listening, etc. Which makes me wonder how much I would have to show if I had done this all year (rather than taking my studio 100% for granted for weeks at a time by only venturing into it after the cat…) It isn’t exactly a fair comparison, since my batteries badly needed recharging and I had a full time job, but now that nothing is weighing on me, I am going to continue enjoying the luxury to work all day in my studio, completely wrapped up in my own little world. (Because it sure isn’t going to last forever.)

Anyway, I’d like to share a couple of new pieces from Thought Cloud. These are from the envelope entitled “drawings and symbols” which includes punctuation and numbers.*

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Sorry for the quality of the photo. It’s drizzly and dark today. Hopefully you can get the gist…

*I copy, cut, sort, file, sort again, arrange, and glue these pieces together. Envelopes factor in around step three.