Well I’ve been missing for a long time. My son Matthew had a problem with his shunt when we were in Florida and needed surgery which was quite traumatic but all is well now.
Most of my time has been taken up with getting the house ready to sell, what an ordeal moving is, I don’t suppose having such a collection of art materials doesn’t help. So now is the time to have a clear out and clearing out is exactly what I’m doing,it’s taking forever, I’ve sent tons of stuff to charity. I can’t believe I have so much, lots of it was from teaching as I used to take stuff for students and a lot of them very kindly bought me things. ¬† I’ve decided to sell a sewing machine it’s a Bernina¬† virtuosa 155¬† with lots of attachments, had a service 6 months ago and sews great¬† $1000, well loved ! Also a seven needle felting machine $200, only because I bought a more updated machine. Photos enclosed. If you are interested just let me know.
As I was doing the big clear out I came across a lot of tiny pieces of work that were left overs from much larger projects you know you can’t bear to throw them away so I’ve decided to put a lot of them into building up a big piece almost like doing a jigsaw if you know what I mean ! I then went on to stitching them¬† onto squares of linen ( tea towels ) then made them into cubes, quite like this idea.
Did I mention we are proud owners of two beautiful Golden Retriever puppies now fourteen weeks old, Skye and Rosie. They keep us very busy !!!!
Yes I’ve been away again. In September my daughter Vicki took me to Italy, five days in Venice and five days in Florence. I absolutely loved Venice with all the little bridges over the different canals,water taxi’s etc. We actually arrived at our hotel via a water taxi which was wonderful and in the evening had a private boat ride around the old city of Venice. Found some ¬†delicious restaurants in the tiny back streets amongst masks, art, paper and fabric stores to say the least. The days were filled with tours and visiting museums, churches and galleries.
On to Florence, so old, so medieval but disappointingly too commercial for me and way too many people, still we managed to see all the major tourist attractions. The highlight of the tour was the Uffizi museum and secret passageway.
Over to England to deal with clearing my mother’s apartment as she went into a care home then back to the US.
So now it’s back to work ! I had a commission and the only request from the client was to incorporate the color teal. I used lots of stencils with modeling paste which I then painted,these were done on a variety of different backgrounds including silk organza, habotai silk and even face wipes that have been painted with DecoArt fabric paints (the colors are wonderful ) I machined stitched around individual images and then finished it off with a lot of hand stitching !
I’m in a fiber art group called 8 that create and we are exhibiting in NY for the month of September, so if you are passing why not drop in.
I’ve been playing a little more with the stenciled pieces, laying them on silk and batting and stitching through it all. I machine stitched then added hand stitching, going to take a while to complete. Last photo is dyed Habotai silk, just love the subtle colors.
I’m still working with stencils, mainly floral and seed pods which are my favourite, I seem to be using a UK company called Clarity Stamps, Stencil Girl ans Artist Cellar. I enjoy using a sheer fabric mainly silk organza which is dyed then I lay a stencil on the top and using a spatula spread modeling paste over the stencil, when dry it then ends up either machine or hand stitched around the design.
Well the last two months have been quite hectic for me with traveling. I went to the UK to visit family and friends then onto a workshop ( the less said about that the better. ) I did meet some lovely ladies though, can’t beat the British sense of humor !
Here are some photos of the ladies and their amazing work.
At the end of June I was asked by Karen McDermot to give a talk to the Book Arts Roundtable in South Orange and what a great night that was.Thirty three people turned up,what a lovely chatty lot of men and women.
Well after a hectic Christmas going to Florida,Disney, Naples and before that visiting family in England, my work seems to have taken a dive but I’m now back in action !!!!
Thought you might like to see how our new edition is getting on. Lucy is now a big girl and rules the roost, really beautiful but is the boss. Although she is a mix Golden/Great Pyrenees she is definitely more Pyrenees and needs a lot of exercise, keeps us all fit !
These are two examples of reverse-applique. The top one is layers of fabric and paper design machine-stitched and cut through. The second photo is the same process in a smaller version with modeling paste through a stencil as a top layer.
Just thought I’d mention I’m teaching The Lady Book ( seems to be popular ) at ‘Wild at Heart Studios on San Juan Island April 5&6th 2014 in case anyone fancies a little bit of an art weekend.
Well I had a great weekend a couple of weeks ago teaching at Art-is-You in Stamford Connecticut, meeting up with old friends fabulous students and all the fun that is laid on by Sallianne and Ellen.The Sheraton Hotel was really great with fab friendly staff, great food and wonderful rooms for teaching in and I also won a prize on the raffle ! Only one draw back, from where I live in New Jersey the ride is normally two hours but took me Four with heavy traffic and road works.
I taught The Lady book and added another last minute one with added metal foil as I knew some students love to work with metal !