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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paris: PILE OF SCRAPS AND HIGH CONTRAST

What is with the dark back ground you might wonder?  I was asking myself the same thing!  All I  can say is that I had to get the black and purple out of my creative system on this 1st one.  

Working off this pile of scraps, I started pulling out the black and purple fabrics.  What can I say. I like high contrast of black/purple against  hot colors.  


I stitched the dark fabric background down 'as is' - raw edges. Worked on first sail this afternoon. 


I'll probably use sky painted fabric background in the next one.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Studio: ART QUILT AND SKETCH BOOKS

Continuing to reorganize the art studio. (5th of 5 posts)
Moving around the perimeter of the studio...I came to the last shelving unit with a collage book on the top shelf AND all my sketchbooks below! 

Groan. How come I never stopped to date them!? I should really go through them all. But that would take a lot of time!  So I paged through some. Hmmm...some good ideas never brought to fruition...maybe I should go through them all! 

Moving down 2 shelves - an Oaxacan animal sculpture and a stack of art quilt books.  I spent 10 years in the quilt world - speaking, teaching and exhibiting.  I was in some pretty prestigious shows those years. My quilts did the traveling and not me - all over the US and Japan!  Art quilts I created are in each of those books on the shelf. (below)

After 10 yrs. in the art quilt world, I moved into missions - my quilts and I off to Russia in 1994.  

I continue to design story-telling quilts to use over seas - having found that the soft quilt is the most engaging - effective medium for me to use with women. 

God used 10 yrs. in the quilt world to prepare me for these last 20 yrs. in missions. 

artist statement on my website

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOOKING OVER THE SCARY TRACKS

Our book, 
The Scary Tracks, arrived! 

Here the artists and author are looking over the finished book. 

Cover and title page pictured below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Studio: SHELVES AND A DRAWER OF COLOR!

Putting one more post up before I have to drop the reorganizing for a bit. 

I continued to move around the room reorganizing. Today I reorganized these shelves with plastic containers holding my postcards, painted papers and  colored pictures for collage projects, white felt and yards of unpainted canvas, paper cutter and at the top, 2 art books, GEE'S BEND The Architecture of the Quilt and Calder at Home Alexander Calder.  

A look back in the drawer I reorganized yesterday. 
COLOR !

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Monday, April 7, 2014

MY STUDIO: SHELVES AND DRAWERS

The studio organization continued today. Click for all 'Reorganizing My Studio' posts.

I sorted through shelves loaded with fabric scraps; threads; buttons-beads-sequins; quilts; pins and needles; sewing machine parts; and rolled up quilts. 

Then there were the drawers filled with collaged journals, accordion books and flat art that I went through. 

It is starting to be organized. 

Two photos: partway through the reorganizing process.  (dry brush filter)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

MY STUDIO: SORTING AND STACKING BY COLOR

I have great IKEA cabinets in my studio. They have a Scandinavian look. 

There are 6 - 2 with doors and drawers and 4 with open adjustable shelves. 



The 6 cabinets rim the walls at one end of the studio and hold books, small sculptures, my post cards, sewing notions, fabrics, paints and brushes, papers, sketchbooks, small quilts, small artworks on paper, baskets, on and on. 


Today I finished sorting through piles of fabric and repositioned it all back into the cabinet as the
3 pictures show.


Click on the photos to enlarge. 
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Friday, April 4, 2014

MY STUDIO: NEAT REORGANIZED SPACES

We received word that our latest children's book, The Scary Tracks, has been published and shipped. We'll see it next week. 

Now it's time for the big clean-out: closets, drawers and shelves.  All activity leading to neat reorganized spaces and a fresh creative environment. Worked on shelves in my studio yesterday - now neatly refilled with books and memories.  all posts: reorganizing my studio