These are some of what I've accomplished in the last two days. The workshop is absolutely fabulous, and I've definitely gotten my money's worth. I can hardly wait to get home and get my poles and dye pots going!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Just about everything is moved, except the biggest stuff -- my oak sideboard, my mattress, a couple of bookshelves, my couch and ottoman, two studio tables -- and several boxes of remaining small stuff and a few odds and ends.
As I made all these trips to Fortuna this week, I came to realize that I am really glad to be leaving Eureka and moving a few miles south. Fortuna's population is about 12,000, whereas Eureka's is about 30,000, and with the addition of Arcata and Humboldt State University, the greater Humboldt Bay area has about 50,000. Still mighty small compared with where most of you probably live, but the older I get the smaller the town I want to live in. Fortuna is really beautiful, the town surrounded by foothills, with lots of trees and beautiful vistas, and right on the banks of the Eel River. Fortuna is also warmer than Eureka because it's a few miles farther inland. Oftentimes in summertime, Fortuna will be gorgeous, warm and sunny, while Eureka will be cold, fogged in and dreary. So I'm a happy camper.
I'm off on my holiday to Eugene, Oregon tomorrow morning (Saturday). I'll upload photos of the shibori workshop enroute if I can, or next week when I return.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Anyway, back to the matter at hand ~ this quilt is Rhapsody In Blue ~ 13/52.2009. Between packing and making trips down to Fortuna (two planned for today, two tomorrow, two on Friday), I'm still quilting! And as this is the 13th weekly quilt this year, we're one quarter the way through this year already. Kind of hard to believe. I don't think I ever experienced a winter passing quite as quickly as this one did!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Except for the first piece above, these are all fairly good sized pieces of fabric. And most are a linen blend, with either cotton or rayon. I love dyeing that stuff -- the colors are far more brilliant than on cotton alone.
So it's just about "pedal to the metal" time for me, moving-wise. There'll be several loads this week, then I'll be up in Eugene at Jan Myers-Newbury's shibori dyeing class at the Eugene Textile Center. Can't wait for that. And after returning home on April 1, I hope to have most of everything moved by the following weekend. I'm lining up friends with trucks now. But if the weather threatens rain, I'll rent a truck for a day.
Friday, March 20, 2009
So, here's my weekly quilt, above, and the collage that inspired it, below. "Rites of Spring" ~ 12/52.2009 is made entirely with handpainted or printed fabrics. There's a freshness and immediacy to this piece that I particularly like. It says Spring to me, fairly jumping off the design wall to be admired.
The collage began with a "waste" sheet of paper that I printed spirals on after having printed a few on another collage. So here you have cleaning paint off the stamp, liking that and making more impressions on a sheet of paper, using the paper in a collage, being inspired to create a quilt based on the collage, and stamping fabric for the quilt. I love how one thing spawns the next. So organic.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The piece above is an homage to cactus, which I truly love. Although there are really only two images of cactus -- the couple dancing at the bottom, which was a greeting card I purchased years ago, and the photo at the top, which I took back in 1989 of the cactus at the botanical garden at U.C. Berkeley. I was studying horticulture and landscape at the time, at Cabrillo College in Aptos, and did a photo study of plants in situ at the Cal botanical garden as well as the Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The remaining images in the collage evoke the textural qualities of cactus.
I had my hair cut yesterday, for the fourth time since I finally got tired of letting it grow out, which was only about six weeks ago. Now it's short again, but not too, and this cut rivals the formerly best cut I ever had in my life, which for eons appeared to be impossible to reproduce, though I tried over countless years with countless hair stylists. So I am definitely a Happy Camper today. My hair has always been difficult, and it's worse now in some ways than it's ever been. Aging and hormones. Anyway, I've always been really attached to my hair, in terms of having far too many bad hair days when it wasn't behaving. Which was often. Which is why I'd let it grow long now and then. Because I just didn't want to have to deal with it. But then that got to be way too much to deal with. So off it came. In stages. And now it's exactly where I want it to be, and I'm giving myself the gift of wearing my hair the way it looks best on me and the way I like it best, even if it means having to have it cut every 4 to 6 weeks.
Friday, March 13, 2009
The first image is a photo of a recent morning journal page of mine. I just loved this one, especially the mandala by Sue O'Kieffe, which totally brings the collage to life.
Both the images were tweaked in Photoshop. Besides tinkering with Hue and Saturation, my favorite filters are Grain, Watercolor and Poster Edges. There's also Posterize, which is slightly different from Poster Edges but also gives some great effects. If you read my image blog, Textural Images, you know that I love pushing the envelope with all these effects, often turning the original image into something completely different. Or something that could carry its own weight in another application ~ like inspiration for a quilt, or a weaving draft if you've got a Jacquard loom (Alice, are you reading this?), or spawning another digital image to print to fabric for one or another eventual use.
Have a good day, and do something creative!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I've been up since well before the crack of dawn this morning. One of those nights where I didn't sleep past about 2:30. I had a lot of energy, so I read for a while, then turned out the light and tossed and turned for a bit, then got up at 4:45! I can always nap later. I do like getting up and going when my body wants to. In the hour and a half that I've been up, I've packed a few things, ironed a sheet of fabric that I soaked in Bubble Jet Set last night for quilt labels, printed, cut and sewed on said label, and got materials together for a small quilt show in Ventura County that I'm entering. Oh yeah, I also finished gathering up a huge handwoven piece for shibori, and I plan to dye it today!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
If I sound perpetually upbeat about this move (read: transformation), know I've been keeping the less-comfortable emotional aspects of my change off this blog, and putting that stuff on my personal blog. If you have any interest in reading my lamentations about it, go there.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I forgot the rules that came with the award, so I'll make some up: I'm passing this award on to the these very inspiring art blogs that I read regularly ~
- Elizabeth Barton ~ Arts & Quilts, Cogitations Thereon
- Rayna Gillman ~ Studio 78 Notes
- Judy Sall ~ Tie Dye Judy's Weblog
- Gerrie Congdon ~ Crazy for Fiber
- Gloria Hansen ~ Gloria Hansen's Blog
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The new studio I'll be moving into is really tiny. I spent some time there yesterday. And I'm planning to devote a small part of really tiny to a bit of living space as well -- my beloved pea green sofa, a little table, a lamp or two (distinct from the task lighting I'll have everywhere), a bookshelf. Currently I'm using four tables for various parts of my art work -- my main studio table that's 96" x 36," my kitchen dyeing/wet work table that's 72" x 30," my collage table that's 48" x 30," and my sewing table that's 60" x 30." (I didn't even count the 80" x 36" table in the front bedroom/sales studio that I used for doing beadwork when I did that.)
The new studio is basically two rooms, one of which has a brand new kitchen along one wall. That'll be my living area and house one table for dyeing, etc. Maybe that'll have to be the 5' table instead of the 6' one. I'll just have to get stuff in there and see what will work. I know I'll be lopping a foot off the big studio table, and that will go in the second room. I really don't need all that length like I thought I would. And I think I'll use the 4' table to sew on. The remaining table, along with a lot of other stuff including my loom, will go in storage.
My art quilt group met Monday night and we showed our Humboldt County-oriented pieces. Here I was chastising myself beforehand because I hadn't completed my ocean/beach piece (it's basted and ready to quilt), and I was way ahead of everyone else.
I'm always out in front, it seems, and I'm saying this not to gloat in any way, but because it is perhaps evidence of my tendency to move too quickly through life. To want the answers in life to come before I've fully lived into the questions. And mostly what's in front of me right now is questions. So I may as well just slow down and be with them.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Hopefully I'll have a more fleshed-out post in the next day or so. Ciao!