Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Well, I didn't get the copyright permission, so went with Plan B!

This has a rust-dyed background that has been stenciled with Earth Safe Finishes Shimmering Opaque ruby. Well, the “wrong” side was so cool, I used it instead of the “right” side. The appliqué is cut from rusted fabric that has been treated to a tannin bath. The contrast between the two is just yummy.

There are small garnet and glass pillow-shape beads accenting the rows of texture stitching.

This will be part of an art quilt exhibit at Artlink contemporary gallery in Fort Wayne. The proceeds from the sale of the quilts will go to the AIDS Task Force. I’m proud to be able to contribute in this manner!

It’s been a good day. Made two deadlines and delivered the goods AND received another distributor order for Trusty Rusty Things—and it hasn’t even debuted at Quilt Market yet! I'm loving it!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This is a computer-enhanced image of AIDS virus attached to a human host cell. The original is the work of Australian artist Russell Knightley. I've requested permission to use the image in an art quilt to be sold to benefit the AIDS Taskforce here in Fort Wayne.

Sure hope he says yes; I have no other idea for a quilt design and the deadline is approaching quickly!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Isn't this yummy? It is a flat-back papier mâché ornament I painted with a faux raku technique developed by Barbara Matthiessen for Earth Safe Finishes.

The rich serendipitous colors of raku fascinate me and I'm thinking of a holiday tree covered in "fauku" stars and balls.

Hopefully, this technique will work on fabric, as well as stiff surfaces!! Wouldn't it be KEWL to wear a garment with the look of raku? Oh yeah!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

On the off chance you haven't seen the notice about the blog giveaway, here is a photo of the silk wrap dyed with Earth Safe Finishes. This will be a gift to someone chosen at random from comments left on the ESF fabric blog.

Here is the link http://artofgreenfabricmedia.blogspot.com/

Just leave a comment, or e-mail me directly if there is a problem posting a comment.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The images today are of two quilties made for Art Now For Autism. Here is a link to the site for more information http://artnowforautism.com/

I have interested in the phenomenon of autism for some years, as a friend of the family has a grandchild with autism. DH and I have watched as this child and his mother have worked through the diagnosis and treatment. My admiration and respect for the mother have grown every time we've seen photos of the boy and his obvious progress.

This summer he was in a local production of Peter Pan, in which he played two different parts!! How heartwarming to know he has become so socially successful.

These two quilties have been donated to Art Now For autism in honor of our friendship with the grandparents. I wish it could be more!

You can help, too! Please preview the exhibit October 1-4 and consider bidding on one of the art pieces October 5-10.

Days 1 and 2 all art is $90. Days 3 and 4 all remaining art is $60. Days 5 and 6, any remaining art is $30!

This is a great opportunity to make a difference—and acquire some fun art at the same time!

The angel piece is called Peaceful Presence and is a photograph printed on rust-dyed fabric. The blended-color flourishes are stenciled on top with Earth Safe Finishes Translucent Shimmers, then quilted for texture.

The abstract piece is titled Intersecting Lives. It is surface design on rusted-and-tanning treated fabric with shards of rust-only fabric stitched on top.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Many of you asked about seeing some inside detail of my new book. C&T Publishing has granted special permission to share the Table Of Contents and several pages with you. Not even Amazon has this advance information!!

It is a pdf file, so just click on the button to the left of this post and you can enjoy this special treat.

Please let me know what you think.