Wen Redmond at Multiplicities

Wen Redmond at Multiplicities

Although Wen Redmond lives just north of us in New Hampshire and is a member of our local SAQA group, she is internationally known as a talented and innovative fiber artist who teaches around the world.  She is also one of my favorites, whose work I respect and admire. She was also represented at the same Whistler Museum Exhibit that Nancy Bartach and I were also in.  Now you know why I was so blown away to get into this show.

In the Rhode Island show, at the IFA in Warren, New Directions in Fiber was the theme and Wen is certainly a leader in her mixed media approach to textile art, often mixing paper, photographs and fiber in collage techniques. She always pushes the boundaries and excels in her genre.  Her work speaks for itself:

Whispers... Wen Redmond. web.
Whispers Of The Positive by Wen Redmond

Whispers. Detail 1. web.

I posted more of her work at The Whistler  in a previous post and another. and you can always see her art on her website.

I’d love take a class with her, but I never seem to have the requirements of available time and available cash at the same time of her workshops – one day!

Nancy Bartach Art Quilts

Nancy Bartach Art Quilts

Nancy Bartach is a California textile artist whose work has shown in two of the recent exhibits that I’ve seen lately.

 Accelerating – Decelerating was shown in the IFA’s “Multiplicities, New Directions in Fiber Exhibit in Warren, RI last month.   This piece draws you right to it with it’s color and light and its lively sense of rhythm.

Accelerating-Decelerating. Nancy Bardach. web.
Accelerating-Decelerating. Nancy Bardach

Dappled was at the Whistler Museum Gallery in the “How Does Your Garden Grow” Exhibit.  Again, that sense of movement and light attracts your eye immediately.  The undulating patterns give it a life of its own.

Dappled. Nancy Bardach
Dappled. Nancy Bardach

It is Friday and I’m hooking up with Nina-Maries Off the Wall Friday.

A Finish Using Eco-Felt

A Finish Using Eco-Felt

After taking the workshop with Elizabeth Barton, I found it instructive to have a written statement about what it was that attracted me to the scene/photograph that I wanted to convey in my textile art. I wrote it at first in class and set it aside.  At a given point, I referred back to it and thought that, although my initial sketches did not, in fact, express my original idea, the design I came up with was good enough to go with.   I liked the economy of line and shape.  I was definitely after an abstract expression, so what emerged did not have to conform to the parameters I imposed on it in the beginning.


Five Options

But as I progressed,  I didn’t like some of the aspects of my wip. The “windows” looked more like eyes and as I fiddled more with them, I couldn’t seem to satisfy myself with corrective attempts so I referred back to my statement and thought, perhaps if I tried more to convey more of these ideas, of community, the close relationship of sea and land and the people who live and work here, I’d be able to solve my problem.

And so…back to the drawing board and I felt that I was much happier with what I came up- after all, the village architecture, the closeness and shapes of the buildings themselves almost stacked on top of one another were paramount to the idea and yet I had not given them their due.  People were assembled, as they usually are, together here and there in the scene. So… after attending to these issues – that is ripping out and cutting up what I had to pretty much start over again – the rest flowed right into the cloth.

Untitled-1 web.detail. web.

This was my first time using eco-felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) instead of cotton batting. The jury is still out as to whether or not I like it better than batting.  First off, I found it to be a bit stiff, so when it bumped up against items that are usually on my sewing table, it bumped back and slowed down, so I learned to catch it before it got that far.  Also, I did not use a backing fabric, as I ordinarily do.  I thought the felt was quite strong and didn’t need anything to stabilize it.  However, it seemed to catch a bit at times, not sure now on what…maybe the needle plate or something.  I’ll pay more attention next time.

Facing. web

To add to the difficulty, I tried a different method of facing, but I may not have executed this method as well as I should have and I don’t like how the corners came out –  just not quite as square.  Next time, I’ll use the method I usually do and see if that turns out better.

I’d love to hear from others about their experiences with eco-felt, so let me know if you like using it or not.