Monday, August 10, 2015

Reflections - July 2015

BeBe's Dragonfly.  Wings are thread sketched.  So beautiful
Bebe drew the little Japanese Temple.  She printed the reflection using a unique technique!

These are Judy's pieces.  She manipulated photographs and printed with gelli plates. Her work is always amazing.

The next ones belong to Mary.  Mary does a lot of hand dyes and screen printing.  This time she used some de-colorant on her hand dyes. 

Here are some of Mary's screen prints .  She also adds poetry to some of her pieces.  

 This incredible pieces is Michael's entry into one of  the early Quilt The Swamp shows he curates.

The show pieces were all backlit and the moon is translucent.

Wendy took a different approach to the reflections theme.

She took a photo of a cord and reflected it using PhotoShop.

I  need to take that course for sure.

 She created waxed fabrics and put them on a canvas.

And she cut  up a watercolor piece and reassembled it into a dynamic and interesting work.

glen's pieces

My Reflections piece was done with Shisha Mirrors sewn  onto a radiant sun!

The book was created by using a single piece of fabric with strategic cuts to allow it to fold into pages.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

June 2015 - Furniture

 Bebe printed a garage sale chair on burlap, stamped chickens and farm stencils and gessoed part of the burlap.  She used whipped spackle to add texture to the chair and the flowers.  The flowers are thread painted beautifully to add texture.

She cut up piece and tossed it, but was convinced to dig it out of the trash.  (We've all done that!) It has a lot of potential and will end up being a great piece.

 Judy's furniture was a bird's nest!  She used some pieces from her magic bag of odds and ends to create the collage.  The leaves are skeletons of real leaves.

The piece is mounted on a canvas.

Judy also dug through her box for some other great pieces.  This colorful printed batting piece in an iron on transfer she created.  It was scanned to another fabric and quilted into this figure piece which was coated with molding paste and thread painted

 Judy used this overdyed fabric to wipe off some brushes.

 This is a piece of tyvek that was painted and burned with a heat gun.  Bobbin work was done from the back side.

These small canvases will be donated to an art event.

Mary research in contemporary chairs gave her the pieces she printed on to her hand dyed fabric.  It is quilted with chairs and put on a canvas.  She put sand on the edges to add texture.

Mary also showed a piece she created using Color Magnet and sequin waste.  

Oriental cranes marching along a bargello background belongs to Michael.  He is creating an installation in Sulphur  for August with 6 Oriental pieces. 

Wendy recreated the Name Mandala glen showed several for the Moon Challenge.  Her word is PEACE, can you find it?  She overlaid it on a canvas and created a gallery wrapped piece.

Renee's Park Bench was created from a class about 10 years ago.  It is a wonderful piece that creates shadows in fabric giving the bench a depth seen in photos.

Renee brought in construction paper circles and we practiced making folded flowers.  It was a great way to introduce us to folding fabric into flowers for embellishing quilts.

Renee does a lot of Charity quilts and this is one of the latest set of squares she put  together for Quilts of Valor. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 2015 - Monochromatic

Five of us showed our Monochromatic pieces for the May Challenge.


This was a face free motion quilted on a piece of Ecology Cloth dyed with  acorns and bark.  I had to fight the squirrels for the acorns.....and I lost, so the piece is not a dark as I would have liked.


This was a piece originally done in an Ann Johnston dye class about 3 years ago.  The workshop was about creating black dyes.  Mary overdyed this fantastic piece.  The coins are from a World Coins Collection from her teaching days.  She will investigate ways to adhere the coins to the surface.


The origami folded flowers dot the landscape of this Lake Meadow.  Renee generally does hand embroidery, so the machine work on  this piece is unusual for her.  The piece used for the farthest mountains is perfect to show the crags on the peaks.


Rust.  Rusty pieces.  Found objects.  All put on a painted canvas and overstitched with dyed stiffened embroidery flosses. 

Her Alligator piece was accepted into the Houston Show.  Congratulations!

Judy is handpiecing the Millifliori Quilt from the book The New Hexagon using ties.   

Renee is working in a series using blocks arranged in strips. 

Mary found some of her Paula Nadelstern pieces from a previous class. 

 Mary also brought a piece from the Marianne Williamson workshop. 

 Glen  showed a rusted Ecology Cloth rusted with a $3.00 saw purchased from a resale shop.  It looks like the Grand Canyon or the Arches.  It has the potential to become a triptych.

Judy showed some pieces she created using various techniques like monoprinting and gelli printing.