Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Remembering My Brother (repost from Feb.2010)

Ronald Sulak
Cleveland, Ohio
(1940 - 1993)

My parent's first born, Ronald, would have been 72 years old today. Born in a leap year.
He was a lovely man and lived a beautiful life filled with dreams of becoming a policeman, owning a house, having a girlfriend and flying a plane. 
Among many interests, he adored dancing (with girls at weddings!), playing the harmonica, and having a good time. 

He had down's syndrome and always liked to draw.  He had a singular ability to distill an image down to its most elemental parts. 

Here are a few sweet images.
It's been a life-time without him already.

Portrait drawing Ronnie did of me. I faithfully traced the drawing as a monoprint which is why you see dark smudges.
I will scan the original drawing when I find it in my stuff.
circa 1989.

Ronnie like to copy his name onto paper. Here's an example written on an index card. Notice that he is missing the letter "D" in his 1st name and "L" in the last.
Ronald Sulak circa 1941.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why you must visit Cleveland Ohio in October 2012

I am pleased to announce that India Flint will teach three workshops & present one lecture in October, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

Landskin, ©India Flint

And you are invited to come.

No better time to explore eco-plant dyeing with India Flint than at the peak of the fall season in Northeast Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, in my fair city. 

If you you are not familiar with India, please grap a cup of tea or coffee and take a nice tour of her work on cloth here, on paper here and with dance and theatre here.

The Textile Art Alliance  (TAA) of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory will host her workshops.

October 6-7, 2012, Botanical Alchemy
October 10, 2012, Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art
October 12-14, 2012, Shapeshifter
October 16-17, 2012, Eco-dye plant color for paper

Registration for the workshops will open for TAA members on March 1 and will remain open until spaces are filled.  Public registration will open May 31

No online registration is available yet. 

I am announcing the workshops today as a pre-publishing announcement for you to make plans now during this cold wintery February day.

Until then, please feel free to email me at if you want a private communication and cannot wait for the details.

I'll be happy to take your questions.

And please, as always, your comments are welcome.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Small Sketches in stitch this past week

These are sketches created over the last weekend.

I've been reading about structures, both cellular and crystalline. These are 2 small stitched pieces that came from my thoughts.

I don't usually use hand-dyed fabrics or commercially dyed fabrics, although I do advocate for using what one has on hand. The colored pieces are from scraps I collected from an acquaintance. 
I will most likely use eco-dyed bits and pieces for a more-fully-realized artwork.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Intimate Stitches - Fiber Philadelphia

Thanks to an invitation from fellow fiber artist, Erin Endicott , and gallerist Bruce Hoffman, I'll have 3 works in this show at Kellijane during FiberPhiladelphia.

If you're in or near Philadelphia, PA, there are many textiles exhibits at a variety of venues to see. I wish I could go, but my work will be there for me. This is the first time my work travel  outside Ohio. woot!

I'll post the works after the show opens on March 2, 2012


Monday, February 6, 2012

George Mauersberger

George Mauersberger from CPAC on Vimeo.

George is one of 20 artists who won a Creative Workforce Fellowship with a super nice financial award.

This is a terrific program. I live in the only County in the United States that awards artists a grant of this size and scope!

See more of George's work here.