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What I did on my summer vacation

Initially, it was very hard to go without studio time over the summer.  I have adjusted, though, and in hindsight I think the forced vacation has helped me focus on the bigger picture of my art career.

I managed to squeeze in a fair number of hours of drawing and sketching, and I have developed a better understanding of what works for me, in terms of brainstorming and revising.  Plus now I have several ideas to start on in earnest:

Arrangement, sketch (2012) 12″x12″

Arrangement #4, sketch (2012) 12″x12″

Meditation, sketch (2012) 12″x12″

Arrangement #3, sketch (2012) 12″x12″

Meditation #1 was juried into the upcoming Fibre Content exhibition in Burlington (my first entry, and my first acceptance!), and I am pulling together entries to a few other shows as I type.  I am also applying for two grants.  One of them may well be a very long shot, but the process is helping me focus and see where I am lacking.  

After this latest revision I am finally happy with my Artist’s Statement:
In my art I capture the relationships that fill our lives and the emotions that colour our days.  I am inspired by the rhythms and patterns of nature and music, and I am always finding life and meaning in the simplest of shapes.

I work in textiles because it is complex, messy, and fun.  Just like life.  The chemistry and serendipity of dyeing fabrics draws me in, then I am challenged to improve them with further surface design, then ultimately the final layer of stitch.”

I am excited to share that I am headed to Texas in September for the first session of a 10-year Master Art Series with Hollis Chatelain.  It is such an incredible opportunity for me, an art class within the context of quilt making.

To everything there is a season

And this one would be summer, which means the end of school and preschool!

We have been working hard on some renovations in the basement; the walls have been repaired and a new concrete floor has been installed.  Once we are finished I will have a mud sink, a 4′x4′ work table, plus a long workbench.    I look forward to having a larger surface to work with.

We are also setting the rest of the basement up as a craft room; the girls and I have grand plans for messy summer activities.

In fiber art news, I took a quilting workshop with Hollis Chatelain, where I had a blast and learned so much.  I have also joined the Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, and look forward to the fun and opportunities!

Lastly, I have finished two quilts.  This first one was personally challenging.  I am drawn to this arrangement of lines, yet I found it so hard terrifying to turn them into a quilt.  Likewise using my doodles as the quilting.  That kind of fear usually indicates I am on the right track, baring my soul for others to view.

I see this as the beginning of a very intriguing series.  I have chosen to call the series Meditations both because minimalist designs such as these are a good focal point for contemplation and meditation; and also because the process of doodle quilting is itself meditative.

Meditation #1 (2012) 24″ x 36″

Then this quilt is the beginning of another series, Arrangements.  These are music inspired pieces; this one is inspired by the song I Have Not Been To Oxford Town by David Bowie.  I smile every time I walk into the room and see it; it captures exactly the sense of decay, despair, and bewilderment I was going for, with a touch of whimsy and lightheartedness.  The poor guy looks so despondent.

Arrangement #2 (2012) 12″ x 12″