Thursday, June 30, 2011

Next Action

Here is the first layer of setacolor. I'm not sure I will add more paint to it, maybe. Right now I am contemplating the next step. I have some navy blue striped material that I sprayed with setacolor that may run along the bottom to anchor the feet. Then I have a union jack flag that is buried in the garden for aging. It's a replica dish towel, I wouldn't bury an actual flag. But I have picked up flag fragments in our church garden, they blow in from the cemetery so I pick them up, they are very graphic fragments.

And the house is on the market. Anyone want a 3600 ft house on 2 acres? 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge living room and a tiny but very useable kitchen.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

On to the next project

Since blogger didn't agree with me as to where to place this, ahem, I will just do a second post. Hey, more to read!

This is my first print from
57" x 39" (approximately) on linen canvas. The project will be to paint, embellish and stitch it. Yes, stitch! I will be able to get this through the machine since it won't be covered with gel medium and paper and be very stiff and hard to bend and tug through a machine.

I plan to paint with setacolor so it won't lose the hand. Stay tuned!

Oh, it is my grandfather, World War I Cavalry photo, photoshop effect applied. Amazing what you can do with paths.


My latest project, Daddio Vase 1.
After the felted pot I got to thinking about a quilted vase.
Since I have been making what I call skins or bases of quilted sheers over striped summer sheets and muslin, then I add little snips of graphic fabric and stitch around them. Sometimes I wash them to "puff" them up.

What if I quilted on a base of buckram so it was stiff and could stand up, a good idea till I decided to wash it and it took the stiffness out. I think if I used the crinoline it might have retained the stiffness. I printed the "daddio" photo on crinoline and made it pop out on the side. I think it worked well for the first one. The next one I won't wash, or if I do I will try the crinoline as the base. Or starch it.

Printing on crinoline and buckram is fun. It goes through the inkjet with no problem, I use a sheet of printer paper with an x of double stick tape as a carrier. Works fine and definitely has a texture and transparency to it.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Last week was Session I of Quilt Surface Design Symposium. This year it was held at Columbus College of Art Design. We stayed in the dorms and ate in the cafeteria. Dorms are quite different from when I was a youngster. No more four people in 2 bunks squished in a room.

We had a private room with a shared bath, 2 to a bath, 4 rooms in a suite with a living area with couch and chair and a mini kitchen with microwave, refrigerator and 2 burners. Not plush but not stark either. Since we had no TV we had conversation and ice cream at night. Quite refreshing.

I took a Photoshop class with Michael James for 5 days. My first piece of printed cloth from Spoonflower will be here in a week.

This weekend I took a collage class with the fabulous Judy Hooworth, seen explaining the basics of collage above. If you ever have a chance to take any of her classes, do it!

The studio assistant has been released from dog camp. She thought it was dog prison, there was whimpering all the way home, running and shrill yipping as soon as she was out of the truck. Poor baby, her bill for boarding wasn't much less than mine, and I provided her food! It was paying for the playtime so she could get some outside time! But as they say a dog's best friend is another dog.

At right is the desk mate I had for Michael James class, his head was so full of Photoshop evidently it fell off and rolled down the aisle.

Off to mow lawn, no lawn fairies took care of it while I was gone. And the big red horse will be needing a stall cleaning, hmmm, think the studio assistant will be up for a truck ride?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I Felted It

Felted vessel from our private play days. Thanks for the hospitality Joan, and thanks for the lesson Jan!

Next week is QSDS in Columbus, Ohio. Quilt Surface Design Symposium is being held at the Columbus College of Art and Design CCAD. There will be 2 weeks of classes, visitors are always welcome, walk through the classes and get a feel for the work. The bus tour includes Quilt National and the Riffe Gallery. Not to brag but I am in the Riffe Exhibit which may be extended. And I have a piece in the Johnson-Humrick invitational show in Coshocton and 2 pieces in the Ohio Craft Museum!

This year at QSDS I am taking a Michael James class in large scale printing and a Judy Hooworth 2 day collage class. I can't wait to be with with all my peeps! Unfortunately the studio assistant is going to summer camp, then again she might like it, nah, she won't, she'll miss me, I hope. I'll miss her.