The past two weeks have been ones of travel for me. Last week at this time I was on my way to the the Dairy Barn in Athens Ohio. Liz and I were visiting Quilt National. They have changed the entrance and it looks great. No photos are allowed in this show, but my memories are rich. I was epically taken by Natalya Aiken’s Iron Spine work and then saw that she was the feathered artist in the QSDA magazine that came this week. I also like Colleen Anbaugh’s Hot Sugar Cell piece. Lots of glitz and Liz said it was like my work in some ways. Liz and I were both excited by the many techniques we had just explored in Kerr’s class at QBL two weeks before and noticed several of them in the quilts on display at this show. This fact will pushed me to do more exploration. The next day we drove north to Zanesville to check out their museum and see another quilt show. Liz has been in class with this woman at Nancy Crow’s barn. We both noted Nancy’s influence here. The museum was a bit of a work it’s self and I took lots of inspirational pictures of the stairs and shadows.I can see works coming from these images.
Then yesterday Eric and I went for a road trip to Corning New York to the glass museum there. We watched five demonstrations and learned a lot. The artists made it look easy, but I know from my one experience blowing glass it is far from simple. I also enjoyed the Tiffany exhibit. Mosaics are always fascinating and these were amazing. This clock really blew me away. Tiffany’s many recipes for the colors of glass were a real game changer for his work as well as the glass industry. It was a great day.
Progress Report: Glyph I This work is 26.5” w X 41”l. I started the series in Cynthia Corbin’s class at QBL this summer. The Glyph is based on the word OWL. I used simple outline quilting because the shapes and the colors in the fabrics( by Judy Roberts) did so much of the work for this piece.
Glyph II This is the second in the series. I have pin based it down and I am now zig zag appliqueing down the glyph. I will make a second run around the out sides with more zig zag to make it smooth and solid.
Creative Assistants As fall approaches I start thinking about doing these little guys. I pulled out the box of trims that Debbie sent me this summer and added a row of trim to 100 bodies. The last eve I did four faces. One small step.
Cards Ever sense I visited Susan in March I have been participating in a weekly collage card creating challenge with several other artists. It began loosely based on Tarot cards but with time we have pulled away from that. This is my card for this week titled Activities and the accompanying text.
Activities: Over the course of a day we demand many little task of our selves-One walks, talks , comb hair, opens doors, turns on and off lights, reads, checks the weather, brushes teeth, drinks tea, washes hands, sets, collects and opens mail, takes pills, writes, climbs stairs, prepares and eats food, ties shoes, uses zippers and buttons, looks at the sky, does dishes, changes cloths, checks e-mail, and creates something. It's a complex life.