- I have had a busy two weeks. It all started out with traveling and visiting museums . Marty and I visited six different ones on our trip to Maine and back. With shopping, a factory tour and visiting with friends it was all very exciting and stimulating- A very enjoyable experience. But before I went away there was a three day workshop with Amanda McCavour. She is an expert on the use of various water soluble materials. I learned a lot. She has a show of her life sized machine drawn rooms on display at the Schweinfurth that will run from now until the first week end in Jan. Most of the work we did in class was much smaller. This shot is of Cheri’s peacock feather. I experimented with creating Fox Tail for use in one of my felted pieces. Doing this workshop with fifteen others creative women made for lots of different and exciting applications to the use of this material.
- The Quilts =Art= Quilts 2017 opened on Sat at the Schweinfurth too and so I went to the opening as I was already in the building. This work is by Elizabeth Bush. She won a Jurors Choice award as did my friend, Julia. This work by Emily was done by one of the other gals in Amanda’s class. She came all the way fro California to be at the opening and to take the class. It’s a strong show and I plan at least three more visits.
Then on Monday morning with the help of Cheri, Julia and Liz we hung a Finger Lakes Fiber Artist show at May Memorial Church 3800 Genesee St, in Syracuse. This shot is of a work by Sharon. These works show two quilts by Regina and a piece by Alice. There was a Meet the Artist event on Sunday and that went well. The contact at May was very pleased.
Marty and I visited the Sherborn Museum as one of our early stops on our trip to Maine. We were blown away by the work of Patty Yoder who did wonderful hooked wall pieces. She raised the sheep, sheared them, spun the wool and dyed it before she cut it into strips to create beautiful and playful wall pieces with it. This is a close up of the eye of the sheep in the first photo. There was lots of humor and fun in this delightful show and we enjoyed it very much.
- Our next stop was the Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream factory. We took the tour and had ice cream Sundays for lunch that day. I Loved their motto” If it’s not fun- why do it?”
- We went on to visit our friend Elizabeth. We enjoyed visiting her studio and talking about her work. This shot is of a colorful basket full of the hats she makes to give away at Christmas.
- The next day we went on to Camden to visit with Barb and Steve. Barb took us to Rockland and the Farnsworth museum. We hurried through the Wythe art works as we had seen them before and went to a great show of wok by Marguerite Zorach. No photos where allowed, but take my word for it – the works was fabulous. The photos is of the black and white show, another temporary exhibit that was up in the museum. We also visited the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The last museum we visited before we drove home was the Clark, where we saw the exhibit of Impressionist Line and listened to the lecture on that subject. I did not know that pastels were invented around the same time those artists were working. Degas and Mary Cassatt sure used that new material.
- Tuesday was the first one of November so I had both the QuEG’s meeting and the Diva meeting. This quilt is by Liz and will be for sale at the Everson’s Christmas Tree event. Angela continues to work away at her on line felting class. I really like this piece. Sally is busy with Christmas gifts for her grand daughtersand Sue Ellen is having fun doing cats.
- The Divas had a good meeting as well. Regina did a splendid job Finishing off her Garden Gate piece. I love how she combined a rubbing with a hand dyed to get this great look.Maureen is working with colored pencils and stitching on this piece. Most folks had work in various stages of completing in preparation for the Thread of Change Show at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca to open Dec 1.
- The to round things out I had a FAB meeting yesterday. Judy is working away on her red sweater again now that it is cold. Nancy is making “post cards” to attach to her quilt. It has been a full two weeks.
Progress Report: Glyph IV Because I was away not a lot of progress has been made here. But I am working away to fill in the L with beads now.
Felted work I made this rock face a while back and thought that I would use the Fox Tail from Amanda’s class on the surface. But I think they are too close in value to get the effect I am shooting for. So they will be a part of another project and I will work on a different idea for this piece.
Label Card “ Share the credit.” I have been thinking about how important it is to work together for a big goal and value all the different things one brings to projects. I was trying to express that with this card.