New Project: Explorations: Journeys in Creativity

I’ve taken the first few steps on a new path toward Explorations: Journeys in Creativity, an exhibit that will premier at the New England Quilt Museum later this year and next, in two parts.

The focus of this exhibit is art quilting techniques and I’ve been accepted to create a 30 x 50” art quilt and to assemble a presentation board to document the technique involved in Eco Printing.

My process began with a lot of free flowing thinking and pawing through my eco-printed and dyed stock ; then, auditioning a selection of prints that I really love. My initial effort was actually a false start.

Rusted Cloth.web


Here’s what I started with, but because it was primarily rusted cloth, I opted to start over with fabric that has more eco-printing on it…duh! I will, however, go back to this project because I know it’s a good plan and some of my most loved cloth.

I’m pretty enamored with the next choice that is pinned to my design wall right now and is awaiting further development.Explorations2.web.

The panel on the left side is doubled over on the wall but I will cut it in half and place the other half on the right side….unless I change my mind….stay tuned as I will update this project as I go along.

Ordinarily, I don’t ecoprint at this time of year so I’m starting out with fabric that I printed last summer and fall because I don’t have a wetroom indoors.  However, I’m going to do some small scale experimenting soon and may have some new prints I could add to this. I may do it indoors, despite the inherent problems of space, or I can go out to my seasonal studio if the sun shines enough to warm it up out there…here’s hoping!

Land & Nature Scapes Artist Reception

Although there are plenty of photos on my  Facebook pages of the Artists Reception for the Land & Nature Scapes Exhibition, most of those were taken by members of my family and I love them.  However, I’m going to try to show a less biased representaion of photos from that show here! Usually, my camera is out and clicking away but I did not have the time or ability to photo document this event because I was way too involved with enjoying my self with all of the good people around me.  I took a few after the event a few days later, and more from Don Abbott and Nick Forgione, so be sure to scroll down to see them all!

Photos by Nick Forgione 35x31

Don Abbot Pics



Back Wall. web.
Carol Grotian and Janis Doucette.
Anne Kimball & Kathleen Connors.web.
Anne Kimball & Cathleen Conners
Jeanne Marklin .web.
Jeanne Marklin
Alanna Nelson
Alanna Nelson
Version 2
Alanna Nelson



Lisa De Cobert. web.
Lisa DeCobert
Sue Colozzi. web.
Sue Colozzi
Madalene Axford Murphy. Valarie Poitier.web.
Madalene Axford Murphy & Valarie Poitier


Catherine Granese .web.
Catherine Granese
Left Side View.web.
Left to right: Catherine Granese, Jeanne Marklin, Alanna Nelson, Alanna Nelson, Anne Kimball and Sharon Raiche.
Main Wall in The Gallery. web.
Left to right: Lisa DeCobert, Jeanne Marklin, Anne Kimball and (Bottom left) Cathleen Conners, (last to on right) Janice Jones.

And last but not least, a performance by Norwegian acapelloists, Northbound, who gave a much appriciated and lively performance!



The Value of Self Critique

The Value of Self Critique

There are so many excellent blogs out there!  I do belong to a critique group that has become a treasured resource for me.  Yet, there is nothing that compares to your own! To learn how to critique your own work is a valuable skill to have and nowhere have I seen a better written piece on the subject than this one:

Self Critique – Learning to Evaluate Your Own Work by Terry Jarrard Dimond Studio 24

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

There’a a lot to learn about critiqueing others in this post as well as yourself.  The whole series is a  read you don’t want to skip!