I've been hoarding some small pieces of this rare vintage indigo fabric by Kashmeri. And......finally decided it shouldn't be hidden away in my stash any longer. It was printed in England, mainly for the South African market. Both the right and wrong sides are featured.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Peak color is perhaps one or two nights away. Again, a totally unedited photo...snapped on our early morning 'forced march'. Note the famous "smoke" (left) that gives this area the name, The Smoky Mountains!
It's the trapped moisture coming out of the forested mountains that provide the appearance of smoke.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Our home is located in a mountain valley......shaped sort of like a big oval dutch oven. Longer than wide, with mountains on all 4 sides.This photo (without any photo editing) was taken during our morning forced march about 7:45 AM....just as the sun's light was reflecting on the upper forested mountain range to the West.
The contrast with lights and darks will be a good color study for me as I continue to create small landscape art quilts.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
.......the day you begin a new quilt and the day the quilt is finished is the best part of the quilt making process. In between can be frustrating, exhilarating, satisfying, puzzling, mentally exhausting, or times when a happy dance is required.
And I have begun......so far, so good.....
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
MAPLE LEAF - 3 SEASONS - 18" X 15.5"
Artist's hand & ice-dyed cottons, appliqued, hand and machine embroidered.
Monday, October 18, 2021
After whimpering to my internet pal Kathy Schmidt, about my continued efforts to make my maple leaf project work.....we entered into a discussion about possibilities.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
SIGHING..... I've already spent a stupid amount of time on this piece.....obviously it's not finished.....hoping I can salvage it.
Frankly, I'm a bit embarrassed to share it. However, my years of teaching confirmed my instinct......it's encouraging for others to know that everyone has design struggles from time to time.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
It was such a lovely fall day....perfect for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway where the Southern Highland Folk Center is located. Our Professional Textile Artists group met there for our Oct. meeting.
Show and Tell began the day.....Barbara made this fantastic crazy Hole In The Barn Door quilt (also known as Shoofly quilt block). We all loved the use of scraps that with Barbara's skill.....came together in this happy quilt which is a gift for a friend.
Barbara was reunited with this incredible whole cloth cotton trapunto quilt that she had hand quilted. I can't recall the details of how it came back to her.....but marvel that it did.
Judy shared an incredible stack of silk noil eco printed fabrics done with her heat press. She's a very detailed person and loves experimenting with different methods, materials, while documenting the results. We can't wait to see how she transforms the pieces into small art quilts.
Cathie brought the couch throw quilt she made during our recent 13th annual PTA 3 day retreat. Some (like Cathie) actually do a great deal of sewing!
Connie has been growing/marketing indigo plants and uses their leaves to dye/print fabric. These are handkerchiefs that she creates for sale.
This is a quilt Connie previously offered to visitors to try their hand at hand quilting. As luck would have it, Judy brought her granddaughter that day to the Folk Art Center.
Where Connie patiently guided her with a quilting needle and thread to add stitches to the quilt. This lucky little girl is now featured (along with others) on this year's Heritage Weekend poster.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Warning......this isn't a fiber related post......
Our car club had a SUV drive this past week to view the Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Detailed info that may interest you about the reintroduction of the Elk to the park and how to view them can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/elk.htm
Because the best viewing time is usually early morning or late evening, our group of 14 cars meet at 3:30 PM for the hour+ drive. We had a picnic lunch and visited for awhile once we arrived. Next we headed to the various areas where the Elk are known to feed.
Some of our participants were able to get videos of the bulls bugling for a mate....unfortunately we didn't. However, we enjoyed seeing a lone Elk looking for love as he chased the females around the field. They wanted nothing to do with him!
Following photos are in no specific order......just a fun look back at the day.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
With a positive attitude, I continue to create smaller items for my space at Woolworth Walk Gallery. Shoppers often like to bring a token of their visit to Asheville back home. When art quilts don't fit the bill, these items tend to fulfill their wish.
Wet felted wool bowls, two feature beach glass from Lake Michigan, mini notebooks are just the right size to carry into one's purse.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
My time has been spent working on pieces to restock my Woolworth Walk Gallery space in preparation for what hopefully is an active fall tourist season.
These photos are of my area which are kinda of broken up since it utilizes 3 wall areas of differing sizes. However, I think this makes for a more interesting space.If you get a chance to be in downtown Asheville.....stop by Woolworth Walk Gallery.....and stroll down the large open stairway to the lower level to find us.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Sometimes less is actually more!!
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Wow.....a day of inspiration and guidance.
Her studio space is beyond something I dream about. The area is so ample she has separate spaces for various tasks, including this area for wet work.
Here's one of the three sewing nooks.
And another featuring a vintage singer machine.
Organized bins for fabrics/books/magazines.....
Several large tables to spread out with projects. This work area was covered in preparation for layering the teflon/wet felt/prepared foliage design (on paper or fabric)/covered by more wet felt and teflon. Various solutions of mordants are handy to soak leaves to achieve different apperances. One surprising mordan is vodka...yes, ordinary drinking vodka....obviously the cheap kind.
Her large heat press has it's own station....protected by plastic and rolled towels to keep the excess moisture at bay.
A design has been arranged on a silk scarve which is getting a second go at the heat press. Not all foliage and mordants achieve good prints, so reprocessing is sometimes needed.
Here's a beauty....printed on natural color silk noil.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Well over a year in the planning after the cancellation of Luft Wasser 2020, the day was finally here. Luft Wasser Definition: Water to Air.....which spans both the water cooled and air cooled Porsches.