Monday, July 27, 2015

New Work - A Circle Study

I'm playing with the organic circle idea that made its first appearance in Champagne Dance (formerly titled Champagne Circles).  Here's an 11.5" x 11.5" study.

The orange strip is made of bits and pieces left over from Champagne Dance and Betwixt.  I splatter painted the blue background fabric and added some oil paint stick highlights after quilting.  Some embroidered Xs made with variegated threads added a bit more color to make a dynamic background to match the energy of the navy blue circles.

I'm debating if I should call this Circle Study I;  my son's suggestion is Cosmic Sunset.  What do you think?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Social Media

Photo I posted recently on Instagram and Facebook
There are so many different ways to connect on the Internet that it's easy to get sucked into cyber space, trolling different sites.  By the same token, it's hard to decide what to focus on and where to spend your time if you're using the net to keep an artistic presence.

I'm reviewing how I spend my time to maximize effort and impact.  I know I won't give up my blog; I love it too much.  In light of the uptick in my museum work, it's fair to adjust my -- and your expectations -- on posting. There may be more, shorter, posts or longer posts once a week.  I'll be figuring it out as I go along.

I have Facebook and Instagram accounts, too.  Lately, I've been linking my photos to both Instagram and Facebook.  I enjoy the "quick fix" of seeing my pictures on-line.  I don't often share those photos on my blog because I wonder about duplicate posting.  I worry that you might get bored or turned off by seeing the same things twice.  But, maybe I'm wrong.  So, I'd like to know, do you

-- See my FB and Instagram posts and, therefore, don't want to see duplicates on my blog
-- Don't see my FB and Instagram posts so would like to see those posts here on my blog
-- Don't have a preference

What about blog content?  Is there anything you'd like to see more of or less of on my blog?

I have a Twitter account but never remember to post.  Do you read Twitter?  Yes or No?

What about Pinterest?  Flickr?  Are there sites I should investigate and participate in?

Please post your comments and thoughts about social media and my blog.  I'd appreciate your feedback on what you're reading here because I do so appreciate that you take the time to read my blog and want to be sure you stay interested!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

SPUN 2015

As you make your summer and fall creative plans, I hope you'll put SPUN on your calendar.  SPUN is dedicated to innovative fiber art and I am co-director with Jane Davila.  We're looking for 2D and 3D art made with fiber and/or that references fiber traditions.  The maximum size of eligible entries (including any frame) is 24" wide x 60" long.  The on-line submission deadline is September 4th; $30 covers three entries.  The exhibition will be held October 3-31 at Etui Fiberarts Gallery in Larchmont, NY.

Please take a look at our website for all the details.   Have questions? Don't hesitate to contact us at .  We look forward to your entries!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Read All About It!

A photo considered for the newsletter, but set aside for another
My 2nd quarterly newsletter of 2015 is out!  Read a bit about anthropology, libraries, a new exhibition, and see my favorite photo from another coast.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015


I've just watched the US Women's Soccer team WIN.  What an exciting and perfect ending to the 4th of July weekend.  Go USA!

I just love the 4th of July; it's one of my favorite holidays.  This is the first year in many that I've been home.  For several of the past years I've been away at dance nationals with my youngest so it can't come as a surprise that I did many of favorite things this weekend.  I took a bucolic walk replete with ewes and lambs,

spent time admiring and photographing gardens and bugs,

and enjoyed a 30+ minute fireworks display with my family.  Yowza!

I had a wonderful weekend and I hope you did, too.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Working in a Series

I've always marveled at artists who work in a series.  All that artwork that seems to fit together and flow organically.  I've also been a little jealous: there's no wondering about what do to next.  These artists KNOW.  They've found something that they find especially appealing that they want to explore more.  I think Kathy Loomis suggested that wanting to explore a particular idea beyond a second or third piece suggests the start of a series.

If that's the case, I think I may be turning into one of "them", one of those artist who works in a series.

First I made Betwixt.

I recently finished Champagne Circles.

Champagne Circles, 40" x 40"

A few years ago I thought of using circles as my theme in a Working in a Series class with Lisa Call.  But I chickened out; circles seemed so juvenile and un-artistic (with a little "a", not a big "A" for Artistic).

Clearly, I haven't been able to get them out of my head.  Add to that is the fact that I'm enjoying the craziness of what I'm calling deconstructed piecing -- the whole "cut-up-blocks-then-sew-them-back-together" business.  It satisfies my need to find a place for piecing.

I'm not sure where this all came from.   But what I DO know is that I'm excited about playing with color and circles.   I think there are going to be more. This may be the start of a series.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Crazy (not Lazy) Days of Summer

Since I last wrote, it's been a mad dash to the finish line on many fronts:

1) I finished -- and submitted -- a project for possible publication.  If this isn't the right fit, I'll send the project to another magazine, but here's a sneak peek (that includes the most precise quilting I think I've ever done):

2) I created a new piece for The Gloaming, a group show I'm proud to be a part of at Etui Fiber Arts Gallery in Larchmont, NY.  The five of us -- Natalya Aikens, Deborah Boschert, Robin Ferrier, Kristin LaFlamme and myself -- created new artwork based on the gloaming, a poetic (and somewhat archaic) word for dusk, twilight, the magic hour.

In a fit of madness, I pieced together blocks (leaving errors for spontaneity)

which I then cut apart and re-pieced into a new format.

These became the "sun" and the "moon" for my piece, Betwixt, inspired by the horizon and the blur between night and day.

Here's a view of the large pieces in the exhibition (we agreed on a common width, but left length to the purview of our own inspiration):

Pieces from L to R: Robin Ferrier, Vivien Zepf, Deborah Boschert,
Kristin LaFlamme, and Natalya Aikens

And a view of the small, 12" x 12" pieces:

Pieces L to R: Robin Ferrier, Kristin LaFlamme, Deborah Boschert,
Natalya Aikens, Vivien Zepf

3) My parents came for a visit that included celebrating my dad's 86th birthday and watching my daughter dance in one of her recital performances.

4) My husband and I went away for five days while our oldest two work and our youngest attends an architectural program at Notre Dame.  For the most part, we relaxed and reveled in the natural beauty of California.

Taken during a walk in Muir Woods
Next up: traveling to the Midwest to pick up my daughter from Notre Dame and then visit with my eldest who's interning in Chicago for the summer.

Next week I'll breathe.