Summer is here and the long days are warm and pleasant. I had a good time on my travels to visit Frank Lloyd Wright Houses. I saw four from dramatic Falling Water to the simple Duncan House. The house I really loved and thought I could live in was the Kentuck Knob house. It has a hexagon theme that he repeated over and over. We were only allowed to take photos outside the house so this shot of the ceiling over the porch is my best example. It was all built on one level under the brow of a hill and had a studio. I really liked the crenulation and the cutouts he added in the window openings too. His use of local materials is wonderful , epically stone ,as well as his love of fire places.
Gray Stone, outside Buffalo was the only place we could take photos inside and so I am showing this shot of the fireplace. Please note the black fire irons so you get a sense of scale here. This house was very livable too. The association that owns this house is restoring it and some of the local artisans are building furniture from photos to fill it. This table is an example. I had a good time and enjoyed seeing all the houses. It was a trip to see an American Artist whom I have long admired.
Before I went on my trip I went to an opening at the Edgewood Gallery where my friends Angela, Carol and Sharon were showing their work. Angela’s felted works looked divine. She did 25 new pieces just for this show and only showed 18 of them. She is a powerhouse. This shot shows Sharon’s new style- on the wall and the sculptured bird is Carol’s. I was so thrilled to know three of the four artists in this show.
I have had two dye days with Liz sense I wrote last too. This is a shot of the ones from last week and the new stuff is in the wash this morning. We are having fun and I am working on a quilt using some of the fabric we have dyed now.
Progress Report: Little Jellyfish This quilt is 34” w X 43’ l. I was working with transparency and feel I still need to explore this subject. I have learned so much about jellyfish sense I started exploring this topic. Their only predators are sea turtles and they come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. I love how they can change there appearance with ease.
Rainbow Tree This work is 16” w X 20” l. I had a good time adding all the beads and sequins to this work. Everything I used on this work except the wool I felted with was a gift to me at some point. Yarn form Judy,beads from Ethel and sequin from Sharon. Perhaps I should call this a friendship tree.
Wool 1 Cut up some wool from Tanya with the idea of using it to build bases for the three sets of 12” X 12” stretchers that Joyce gave me a week ago.
Wool 2 This is the second start. It takes me about an hour of work at the felting machine to build this base.
Wool 3 All three works are based on the light and dark patterns from one of my rock face photos. I was liberal with the colors though.
Bits and Pieces Liz challenged me to use the fabrics we have been creating. This work does some of that.
Teasel III I am creating this work with my friend Vyvian in mind. She liked my first two teasel works but they were too big for her use. So this time I did the design with her in mind. I am to the hand stitching of the spears around the heads now. Six completed and five to go- with one half way done.
Label Blocks This was the only project I took on the trip with me. It is small and easy to transport.