A Review of Sorts- April to April

A Review of Sorts- April to April

After working on one aspect or another of the longest project ever, I slept for 13 hours last night! Was it worth it? An overwhelming YES!

Photo by Andy Sexton.

I learned more during this endeavor than any other that I’ve been involved with. The crew that put it together probably did too – it’s a unique exhibition, in that, we each did a documentation project as part of the process, which is now for all to see.  We didn’t plan for it to travel, unsure of the interest in such a hybrid, but I think we proved that indeed the interest was clear given the responses we received. So, there won’t be another chance to see it when it ends here in New England, so check it out now through June 23rd. FYI, there is a book available for those interested.

The Artists Reception was fabulous! I loved seeing so many people who I hadn’t seen in quite a while who came out to see this exhibit or who were other artists in this project. I can tell you that everyone did their utmost best! The bar went up to the top this time!

This pic is from the MARI SAQA blog. Click here to see pics with all the artist’s names and their art.

My personal challenge was to expand my repertoire of dye colors, the natural way, and to render my idea in an original format, at least original to me, . It was not a challenge for the slight of heart to do this kind of experimentation for an exhibit that you’ve already been juried into. We were accepted in a unique fashion, based on past performances within a specific technique so the stress level was at a pitch to meet with expectations. After a good many failed experiments, I did eventually achieve my own goals and you’ll see more in the future.

I did improve my documenting skills, although it’s not greatly in evidence. I learned a lot more about the plants I use and I am keeping much better records of all of these plants. I’m still putting them into good order so they are easily retrievable. And the same with all of my dye and print info.

But I have to insert one more pic here because it holds the memory of one of the funniest and one of the most challenging moments of my life! I fell into the cold, April, Atlantic Ocean retrieving the seaweed that was swept from my hands as the pull of gravity knocked me down face first. My arthritic ankles couldn’t keep my footing, and in that second, I knew I was possibly too old to do this kind of thing anymore and feared that I may not actually survive to try it again. But I held my breath and struggled to push myself back up and, when I did… I lunged forward to grab the plastic bag containing my seaweed that was floating just ahead of me!  I got the damned thing in my hand and was back with my face in the bubbling water! However, my elation at having it in hand was motivation enough to thrust myself into the opposite direction and swim until I could get back onto my wobbling legs to start screaming for help. Both of my sisters were walking back to the car and were unaware of all of this until they heard the sound I was making. By the time they got close enough to help I was just about there – me and my bag of seaweed! We never laughed so hard all day long, every time we thought about it, one of us would just burst into laughter triggering another joint laughing spell!  It didn’t stop us from having lunch at a restaurant in the area. The waitress asked what happened to me and she stationed us near the heat and brought me towels to dry off and keep me warm while we had lunch. And that’s how I made this next print on, of all days, Friday, the 13th of April, last year!  I must find a safer way to accomplish this task as it begins to get warmer now.

Thanks to those of you who’ve hung in there with your your support through this ordeal and welcome aboard if you’re new here. I love to read whatever comments you have, so feel free to jump in here!




Explorations: Journeys In Creativity-Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio

Explorations: Journeys In Creativity-Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio

The exhibition that we all worked so hard on for months is coming up soon! The first part was held in December and now, the second part, that I am part of, is almost here! Part 1 was fabulous and you can expect the same of this one, It was exceptionally well attended and people who came were very receptive to the concept of this exhibit and the presentations. The Lightening Talks were a hit!

Saturday, April 6th, New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Artist Reception begins 1PM
Explorations II: Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio
​April 2 – June 23, 2019
“Have you have ever viewed an art quilt and wondered, “How did she do that?” From improvisational piecing to traditional embroidery, from digital design to eco-printing, today’s fiber artists draw on a wide range of materials and tools to add depth, complexity and texture to their work. This exhibition invites you inside the artist’s studio to learn about the extensive variety of techniques used by New England based members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Presented in two parts, each of the 24 artists is represented by an original 30” x 50” art quilt that showcases her signature technique. Co-Curators: Allison Wilbur and Nancy Turbitt”       -NEQM
Ann Brauer
Sue Colozzi
Janis Doucette
Janice Jones
Mary-Ellen Latino
Marya Lowe
Jeanne Marklin
Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Sharon McCartney
Suzanne Munroe
Wen Redmond
Sarah Ann Smith

Saturday, April 6 · 1 – 2 pm

Five Artists Included in ​Explorations II: Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio Present “Lighting Talks”

​Wen Redmond
​”Expanding The Surface: Printing On Created Substrate of Molding Paste
“Sue Colozzi
“Landscape Experiments Or… How I Play With Fabric”
Janis Doucette
“Best Practices for Eco Printers”
Mary-Ellen Latino
“21st Century Mixed Media Fiber Art”

Suzanne Munroe
​”Fiber Portraits”

​Here’s My work: “Surrender:”

Hooked On Experiments

Hooked On Experiments

I’m hooked on experiments – trying to take it to the next step! I know what I’m after and I’m getting close…just a bit more!

9.2 #4.

This is one direction I’m travelling on. It’s printed on canvas Mordanted in AA, Oak gall tannin and printed once, then over-printed with a copper blanket. Next stage? Trying to decide how but I want to add some more elements to it without putting it through anymore steaming processes because I like it the way it is and don’t want to lose any of what’s there or change the color and depth it has now, Perhaps some text or block printed or stenciled elements…suggestions welcome!

Here I experimented with some more small “blanket” pieces to add some variety to the composition. It was mordanted with alum (Potassium aluminum sulfate) and some of the pieces were soaked in cochineal, some in a weak iron solution. I complained recently that I wasn’t getting any color from the eucalyptus but viola! No problem this time! Trying to decide if I should take it to another step or leave this one alone. What would you do?

This is a two-fer! I used one scarf on the bottom and overlaid another on top of it to act as a blanket and changed it slightly by adding more leaves to the top of that one.This is where I run into trouble documenting things because I make art like I cook and then lose track of what I did in the end. I started out using Lac dye but it was too weak a solution and I think I ended up adding some madder dye that I had had just made to it. Or did I just use more Lac? I don’t remember! I’d blame it on age but my memory has never been that accurate because I get so focused on what I’m doing in the moment.  So…these definitely need some pzazz! Next step? Totally open to ideas you may have! I’m beginning to play with print paste but don’t want to change what’s there in another steaming process. I haven’t  been sucessful yet at printing with print paste that doesn’t wash out without it. I think I’m doing something wrong but I’ll keep at it.

Here’s a couple that I did add another layer to with Xanthan print paste (first time using it) but they did go through another steam bath.

Xanthan Gum Experiment. #1. web