Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishing You Courage in the New Year

by Mike Monteiro Prints available at 20x200 here

There is a an unabashed realism to this sentiment and yet, I wouldn't advise living one's life this way. 
I try not to burn bridges and rather hold relationships as carefully balanced with mutual respect. 

Of course, that doesn't mean I haven't wished to burn a bridge or two. 
At the dawn of a new year, it's a time to reflect on the past and move forward with the new. 

May you each move ahead with bright ideas and the courage to act on your dreams and desires.

c.1300, from O.Fr. corage (12c., Mod.Fr. courage) "heart, innermost feelings; temper," from V.L. *coraticum (cf. It. coraggio, Sp. coraje), from L. cor "heart," which remains a common metaphor for inner strength. In M.E., used broadly for "what is in one's mind or thoughts," hence "bravery," but also "wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness," or any sort of inclination. Replaced O.E. ellen, which also meant "zeal, strength."

Monday, December 27, 2010

Time is Your Friend

India Flint
Mount Pleasant Region, A.U.
India's hands © India Flint
Artist, writer, and botanical alchemist, India Flint has been on my radar since I met her in early 2009 while we were both in a master class given by Dorothy Caldwell. Throughout that week, I watched India create one of the most glorious pieces of cloth as she quietly and deliberately kept stitching newly dyed fabric each day. Curious to learn how she achieved her results, I decided to attend a workshop under her instruction this past summer at Shakerag.
Her methods have changed my decision making about how I create art. Interested? You can learn more too!

Her newest book, Eco Colour Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles has been released in the United States. If you have the the desire to use less caustic/toxic chemicals in your own artwork (and who isn't?) then this is the book for you. I've read it cover-to-cover and have experimented with using plant materials found right outside my door with favorable results.

If you're not familiar with her work, please click on any of these links to be transported to her world of wonder: her website here or blog here and her world-wide sewing circle here

She is a featured artist in the current issue of FiberArts Magazine

You can learn from India herself in the new year.  She'll be teaching in a wide range of places throughout the world: from New Zealand to Switzerland and from Wisconsin to Maine. See her complete 2011 teaching schedule here.

I hope you immerse yourself in this good book and find yourself in one of her delightful and professionally fulfilling workshops soon.

Write to me, tell me whether you've attended one of her classes or have read her book, or are part of the world-wide sewing circle. 

I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas with a Gingerbread house on top

Miniature Gingerbread house 2010

May your Christmas celebrations be filled with warmth and cheer. 
Sending warm thoughts to each of you! 

Christy's houses are larger than mine. We used the same instructions with different results.

Last year, my friend, Christy and I made these wonderfully simple little houses see here.
This morning, we made them again. A new tradition is born.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lapsed Time

Beili Liu
Assistant Professor, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin

Bound #2
Thread, needle, red oak (reclaimed shipping crates), 6'x10'x18"

 2D Work I Wish Gold, Chinese Spirit Money (Yellow Paper), incense, set of 9, 4.5"x8"x1" each
Beili Liu works with a wide variety of materials from needles and thread to digitally processed images.  She allows the materials evolve over time. She begins a project and manipulates them over time, sometimes over a period of months before the final work reveals itself. Often her experiments with one project lead to another new project. 

See more here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Monothon Part II

Monothon 2010
Here's some pic's from the Monothon Show at Zygote Press.
the show is up through Dec. 31, 2010.
All sales benefit Zygote Press, a non-profit printmaking co-operative in Cleveland, Ohio.

 Carpets I, 2010, monoprint, Christine Mauersberger
  Carpets II, 2010, monoprint, Christine Mauersberger

Picture of the studio where I've been working this past month. 
Liz Maugans got me re-hooked on printmaking. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Monothon Month

Zygote Press
Cleveland, Ohio
It's been 20 years since I've used a printing press.
Liz Maugans at Zygote Press invited me to participate in a month-long event making monoprints for the annual Monothon* event.
Here's some of what I did 

I found two small cotton tea towels and affixed fabric circles to the surface of them
and mixed up inks to my own color liking.
and ran them through the press and printed them on Rives BFK 100% cotton rag paper.
this photo: Mary Ann Tipple

This picture is a print. 
Not the actual towels.
Same two towels using a olive green ink

Same 2 towels using a mix of a sick pink.  I cut them out after they were printed, and have done a little stitching, these are paper, not fabric.

I'll take pictures of the final two prints I created for the Holiday Show opening on Dec. 4th and post them.

*Monothon is an annual event at Zygote Press that encourages regional artists to come to Zygote and try their hand at making prints. This year, we welcome artists: Mark Yasenchak,Chris Mauersberger, Dante Rodriguez, Kristin Bly, MarkKeffer, Stephen Yusko, Gadi Zamir, Darius Steward, and Hilary Aurand. A selection of their prints will be exhibited at our OFF THEWALL Holiday show, and sales will benefit Zygote Press.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The HoneyBee/Zerolandfill and Pepsi Refresh Project

Cleveland, Ohio, usa

A few of my close friends started a project called Zerolandfill in Cleveland, Ohio.
I've posted about them here.
ZeroLandfill is a community project that collects expired samples from interior designers and distributes these creative materials to under-resourced arts educators. Inspired by honeybee behavior, ZeroLandfill follows a principle found in nature…a lot of waste is created but nothing is wasted.
And they give everything away for FREE
They need money in order to continue to do good works. 
Pepsi is giving away $1,300,000 each month to fund great ideas through a project called Pepsi Refresh Project.
I think that Zerolandfill is a great idea and we can help them win $25,000.00.
Vote for them on the Pepsi refresh project HERE
You may vote once a day  from today, Dec. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010.
I hope you agree with what my friends are doing and feel compelled to vote. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

embroidery on found photographs

Stacey Page
Athens, GA, USA

This is a vintage photograph with hand sewn embroidery by artist, Stacey Page. 
The frame measures approximately 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches with the photo itself slightly smaller.
Stacey's stitching on found photographs make me chuckle a bit. I love the idea of stitching on found materials. 
See more of her work here

I am currently stitching on paper and found clothing,   I find that the more I work in my studio, the less time I have for posting on my blog. 
I'll post some of my newer work soon. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Call for Entries: Textiles in a Tube

Textiles in a Tube
is a competitive exhibition challenging artists to "redefine" what textiles and textile materials and work can be.

My friend and fabulous textile artist, Terry Jarrard-Dimond is the juror for the exhibit. 
If your work is accepted, it must fit into a 3"diameter x 36" long tube.

The gallery is operated by  Greenville Technical College and is a nice, new, professional space in a redeveloped area of Greenville.

For prospectus, please visit  Terrys blog here, where you may find the link to the show prospectus. 
or click here 
 then click on the link in the right hand corner 
for the Textiles In A Tube prospectus and entry form.

Enter, Enter Enter!

I've posted about Terry on my blog here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Abecedaria Project

Morgan Conservatory
Cleveland, Ohio USA

For the third year in row, the Morgan Conservatory presented a book arts exhibit by members of Art Books Cleveland called the Abecedaria Project.
I was intrigued with this alphabet book.
Artist, Anne Weissman hand-stitched each page. 
It's a delightful piece, wish I had stitched it!

If you're in the neighborhood, it's a must see.
The show is up through November 26, 2010.

Morgan Art of Papermaking 
Conservatory & Educational Foundation
1754 E. 47th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103

Gallery Hours: Tuesday. - Saturday. 10:00 to 4:00

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Kindness of Strangers

Banksy cat
image copyright artofthestate

I haven't touched my knitting needles in several years. 
And hardly a crochet hook.

Today, I was required to wait 30 minutes before I was allowed to leave the waiting room at my allergists' office after having injections. 

With bright blue crochet hook and warm orange wool in hand, I attempted to crochet a bit during my wait.

A kind woman saw me struggling. 

Whatcha makin'?

Oh...I don't know how to crochet, but I want to make a little bow.

Do you want to single crochet?


She cast on stitches and showed me how to do a thing or two. 
The nurse called her into the honeycomb rooms behind the door for her appointment.
Said the nurse, Whatcha doing?  Spreadin' joy?

We both smiled.

I watched her disappear behind the door and sat and crocheted a little bit of orange heaven. 

Sometimes a stranger has a thing or two to teach you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Uplifting Wallworks

Julia Barello
Associate Professor
Metalsmithing & Jewelry

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

dyed x-ray film, nylon, steel
6' x 6' x 5" 

The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts,
University of Texas, El Paso
(atrium view)
MRI film, steel

Size variable, 2 story atrium space 30' x 25' 

Julia Barello uses both dyed xray film and MRI film to create silhouettes that seem to float on the wall using long metal pins to hold the shapes in place. 

Her designs create an uplifting and effortless feeling to me.

I'd love to wear one of her necklaces. I think I'd be happy all day long, wouldn't you?


dyed medical imaging films 

21" x 21" 
dyed x-ray film, monofilament
23" x 23
All images © Julia Barello 
She has many more lovely works on her website here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Velvet, why yes!

As the leaves begin to turn colors here in Northeast Ohio, I find myself wanting to add color to my work.

Here's a peak a what I'm working on now. 
I plan to fill the back of this shirt with stitches and perhaps the front. 

I found this cotton shirt at the thrift store a few months ago. And I found a few bits of silk velvet from a project long abandoned and thought velvet, how delicious!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Anna Torma

Anna Torma 
Born in Tarnaors, Hungary 
Now lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick.  

 FLORA, 2008
Hand embroidery on silk, appliqué and reverse appliqué with silk threads, 80 x 80 cm

Playground III 2008 
Hand Embroidery , 84 x 84 cm
Draw Me a Rose II 2006 
Hand Embroidery on linen, silk threads , 150 x 135 cm

Anna uses bits and pieces of found cloth, silk, old scraps of fabric, and personal ephemera including the childhood drawings of her two sons to stitch a 'story' together. 

Anna Torma writes "I feel I am a storyteller, using my private diary pages with drawings, text and paintings form both my early experiences in Hungary and my recent life in Canada."

I long to see these works in person and I imagine you would too. 

I hasten to say that I feel a strong sense of awe and wonder at her intriguing style and numerous works please visit her website here.