Friday, April 27, 2018

Fiddlesticks Redux

A few weeks ago, I sent off Part I of a collaborative quilt  We were supposed to use fabric from the selection we'd received to create the beginning of a quilt, using the prompt "half" to guide us, in whatever way we were inspired.  You might recall, my part didn't go exactly as planned. Nonetheless, I sent off my half, at least knowing that what I was sending off could be worked with.

Here's what my partner, Virginia Quith, wrote as she tried to work with what she'd received:

My partner, Vivien Zepf, indicated that she had tried to make the center pieced part equal the surrounding hand-dyed muslin part, or 'half'. But somehow her calculations didn't quite work out, hence, "Fiddlesticks"! So, I took the math to hand, did pages of calculations numerous times, adding square inches of left over pieced bits around the edges but it was then WAY too big. SO I went back to the math, subtracting some of the plain area and then adding pieced bits to match up. I might have come closer to showing half pieced bits and half hand-dyed but FIDDLESTICKS REDUX! The math and measuring was driving me mad. So I incorporated it into the design and left it at that.

I used a feature on my sewing 'computer' that previously I had not tackled, namely script stitch. Supposedly, I could program strings of numbers (therefore calculations) in, then push a button and they come stitching out. What I did not know is that there is little warning between numbers. So it was very difficult to make them look like my actual scrap paper math notes. I decided to go with the "fiddlesticks" concept and keep going. I like the way it kind of looks a little like graffiti. This plain area also has a glistening appearance to it with drops of purples, orange, and blue. Incorporated into the pieced sections are bits of orange and blue silk shantung which makes it all very stunning in person!

And now for the reveal:

I sent unused pieced sections to Virginia, and I like how she incorporated them into the final design, along with her "calculation quilting".  FUN!

My other partner had some family matters to attend to, so I received her "Part I" quilt not too long ago.  Now I have to try to work from her piece and inspiration.  It's harder than I expected to pick up where someone else has left off, particularly if you don't immediately connect with their interpretation of the prompt.  I'm working on it and we'll see how it goes.

Until next time, thanks for reading and be well.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

More Content, if you please

Picture by Vivien Zepf
Lately, I've felt that my world is expanding.  I keep learning new things and it's so exciting.

I've decided that I'm going to share these new things with you here on my blog.  I've occasionally strayed off the art and book topics that were the primary focus of my blog in the past.   But now, I'm going to be more open-ended about what I post.  As I learn stuff, I'm going to share stuff.  It's an anything-goes mentality, though I don't anticipate exploring anything too off-color.  I don't think I'll be espousing political points of view, either.  

The spark for this "blog expansion" was a recent trip to Napa.  My husband had to attend a business conference and piggybacking on his trip was a great way to go somewhere I'd never been.  See new things.  Learn something new.  And I did, and now I can't wait to share them with you.

You can still come here for posts about art -- mine and what's on view in galleries and museums, plus my thoughts on my docent experience, along with posts on books and my photography.  But they'll also be more.  At some point soon, for example, there's going to be a post about olive oils and vinegars, based on a sampling I did while in Napa.

So, what do you think of this new plan? Are you up for the broader content?

Until next time, thanks for reading and be well.

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Through Our Eyes" Training

Redwood Forest, Katie Pasquini Masopust
80" x 76"
The Hendricks Collection
For two days, I worked with volunteers of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society to prepare them for a special tour they'll be a part of at the KMA.  On April 28th, they'll be sharing personal responses to the artwork that's on display as part of the Long, Winding Journeys exhibition.  Each of the volunteers selected one artwork that connected to them, not just visually, but also to their personal stories.  What they plan to share is very poignant and thought-provoking.   I hope you can join us at 2:30PM at the Katonah Museum of Art on April 28th for this special, "Through Our Eyes" tour.

** In case you're wondering why this post begins with an image of this beautiful piece by Katie Pasquini Masopust, it's because Katie was kind enough to give me permission to use the picture of this artwork for training.  I shared this artwork in order to sample a response for the UWMS volunteers because I absolutely love this quilt.  I have for years.   I connect to it on a variety of levels and it was, actually, hard to share a response that was limited to under five minutes.  I can't remember the first time I saw this quilt, but I can say that I've never forgotten it.  Some things just stay with you, don't they?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

United We Quilt

I spotted a request for quilts for an on-line gallery called, United We Quilt.  Did anyone have a quilt that spoke to themes such as the environment, reproductive rights, free speech, or immigration?  My totem from 2012, "A Show of Hands", seemed a perfect fit.  I sent in an image and now, there it is, on the website.  You can find it in both the Voting and Immigration galleries.  Check it out here, along with all the other quilts they've included.
"A Show of Hands"

Detail, "A Show of Hands"