Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Studio Assistant

Dyna, registered name Leonhaus Dynasty,  was my buddy. She lived with my mom and I. When my mom fell and had a stroke, Dyna visited her in the hospital and nursing home. When Mom came home Dyna was the in-house guard. She stayed by my mom and watched over her, often walking under the wheelchair. She would take visitors back to her bedroom laying under the bed until the visitor needed an escort to the door.

She was not a fan of sewing machines preferring to stay in the bathroom away from the racket the machine made but she would make periodic trips out to check if I was finished.

She loved walks, all the kids in the neighborhood were her friend. She and the mailman had a real love affair going on, it was was the only time she was naughty, running down the sidewalk to greet him, he carried cookies for her!

Unfortunately dogs do not have a long enough life span and at the age of 14 with her hearing gone (a great reason to each your dog hand signals) and her vision getting dim, Dyna's large heart failed her and the vet and I agreed it was time to go. There is no reason for such a sweet dog to suffer. I prefer to think she is following my mom and dad across the golf course in heaven. Maybe she finally caught a squirrel!

RIP Dyna

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Show to Visit!

 Focus: Fiber 2016 opened Friday at Kent State University Museum. It is the best show Textile Art Alliance has sponsored. We went national in 2014. This time we had the great fortune to have Jane Sauer as a juror. We used an on line entry service which made the entry so much easier for us. Collecting the data for the catalog and image gathering was much, much easier.

Yesterday afternoon we gathered to view the results, overwhelmingly great. Depth, variety, size – too much to take in at one sitting.

 At right are the committee, from the left Marty Young, Karen Hinkle, Jean Druesedow Gallery Director and myself. We are very thankful to Kent State for hosting us, receiveing and checking in all the art and the masterful job of placing all the wonderful pieces.
 A small view of one of the galleries
Sandy Shelenberger (center) one of our local artists.

We had a wonderful dinner with the artists, committee, TAA members, CMA curator Louise Mackie, Jean Druesdow and Janice Lessman-Moss Kent State Textile professor.
I will be visiting the show again to take photos to post here.

In typical Ohio fashion after a quiet drive to the show and dinner we had a mini blizzard with snow, ice and blowing winds limiting visibility, a white knuckle drive home, but I made it!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Off to the Presses (and Back!)

The Focus: Fiber catalog has been put together, sent to print and is now sitting in boxes in my dining room. I love the cover piece Golden Boy by Jacqueline Mehring.It's a 6" x 6" punch needle piece. I love the colors. she has 3 pieces in the show.

The opening is this Friday afternoon at 3:30pm. We are never sure of weather in February. Usually we have 36" of snow by now, this year we have 8". We're all waiting for the hammer to fall.

Of course the studio assistant is pretty bummed by the lack of snow since she loves a good roll in the snow. That and laying in it at midnight. I'm always afraid the neighbors are going to see her out there and call the ASCPA on me.

And I have much better sight since I had a laser procedure on my left eye. It's hard to thread needles when you can barely see out of one eye. I had the cataract surgery but then you can have a film grow between the lens and your eye (I guess). They did the right eye last year but put off the left one till this year. My mother would say they were jacking the bill up. They probably were! Any way after a 5 minute laser session you are good to go and it's not supposed to grow back. Amazing times we live in. A professional photo of me and the assistant. She looks pretty good for 13, except the hearing is pretty much gone and her sight in the dark is not good. She never complains though.

So it is back to stitching. Barbara is getting closer to finish, I should have saved the thread spools for a final count of the thread used. Or I should write down the stitch count on the Sweet Sixteen when I started. It's probably up in the millions by now. And being that it is a Quilt National entry year I should not show any more photos. That is making the big assumption that I would get in!