Sunday, March 7, 2010

Treasured Waters

Treasured Waters completed in March 2010 measures 36X48. and is my rendition of a coral reef which is done in a more fiber art style. This piece was created for a special exhibit, "Beneath The Surface" curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison of Dinner At Eight Artists. The exhibit will make its debut in Long Beach, California July 22-25, 2010 at International Quilt Festival and is sponsored by Moore's Sewing Centers and Brother International. This is my first juried invitational and I am truly honored and thrilled to be in such good company!!! If you click on the pictures, you can see a more detailed view. The background is composed of a cotton/silk blend fabric painted with Setacolor paints to show the water as it changes from a light to a dark hue. The ocean floor has sheer backdrops and consists of sea plants made from dyed lace and doilies accompanied by heat distressed plastic and tyvek to similate rocks. The coral reef is made from dyed cheesecloth that is sculpted to give a rough coral feel. I tried to blend the floor by painting with Setacolor and Lumiere paints to show the coral reef extending into the background. The turtle shell is composed of commercial and hand dyed/painted fibers that are needlefelted and further embellished with beads. The head, fins and tail are painted and quilted before attaching to the main quilt such that they appear to float over the surface. The leafy seadragon was also painted and quilted with extra layers of batting to give dimension. His leafy like structures are composed of painted lutradur. The fish on the right is appliqued with a tulle overlay. The smaller fish on the left are actual plastic play fish which have been drilled and hand sewn to the sea anenome. The sea anenome itself is a repurposed dyed "bun warmer" made of three doilies sewn together that buttons in two places to become dimensional. I love the way the clown fish are swimming in and out of the anenome. The jelly fish are comprised of textiva, tulle and sheer overlays with their tentacles made of banana fibers, yarn, cheesecloth and painted dryer sheets. This piece has taken me two months to make and was a bear to quilt due to the 3 dimensional aspect. It is called "Treasured Waters" because it speaks of the coral reefs which presently comprise 1% of the ocean floor. It is these coral reefs that house almost half of the types of marine life today. However, due to bleaching and pillaging, these very same reefs are projected to be extinct by the year 2050, a mere forty years away. Measures are being taken to protect our coral reefs but for now these treasured waters maintain a coexistence of the reefs and marine life that is unparralleled to any other. Some would say they are the rainforests of the ocean not only providing sustenance to marine life but also holding vital medicinal properties such as extracts and minerals that are currently being tested and used to treat cancer, AIDS, inflammatory disorders and many more ailments. Previously, large amounts of tissue samples were needed to extract these hormones and minerals but through today's bioengineering advances, we are able to replicate these treasured samples by using the smallest amounts of tissue. It is imperative that we protect these treasured waters in much the same way that we strive to protect our rainforests. Please visit for more information.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Textile Twists in 2010 at Tokyo Electron

The Austin Fiber Artists have been invited to exhibit at Tokyo Electron which is located at 2400 Grove in Austin, Texas (just off HW71 and Montopolis). Tokyo Electron had two Opening receptions on February 24th, one to greet the employees and the second one to greet the public at large. Here you can see the artists taking a short break between the two. There are over 30 pieces of artwork that were juried by Beverly Mangham who also graced us with a talk about the artists and how their work was juried into the show. Additionally, the Austin Fiber Artists collaborated on a spring theme group project called "Primavera" where 27 individual artists each contributed a 6X24 art piece that was later mounted onto panels as seen above. Primavera so wonderfully captures the vast talent of folks in AFA by featuring quilted, needle felted, sculpted and woven pieces. I have two pieces in the show. Vertical Horizon was completed especially for the Tokyo Electron show and is composed of six 12'" wide pieces that are joined by connectors to compose 65" in total height. This piece may be displayed vertically or horizontally as desired and is made of African mudcloth and textiles, gelatin monoprinted sheers, heat distressed plastics and tyvek, and handmade beads. There are alot of symbols incorporated in this piece which relate back to life cycles as they pertain to the sun and moon. Spherical Illusion on the other hand is part of an abstract series I have been working on and measures 16.5 X 20.5. It is composed of hand dyed and screen printed, painted fabrics and is machine appliqued and quilted. Both are for sale and are available to a good home. Please visit Tokyo Electron and peruse the exhibit where you will be delighted to find all forms of fiber art.