We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Under the surface 2

Used a photograph of pebbles in a riverbed in sunlight for this piece - the stones looked very much like quartz pebbles and I have tried to capture their texture in this piece. Similar techniques to first piece -the background of white Pima cotton was dyed and overdyed then discharged and dye painted ( with unthickened dye) over the top. Used some wax aquarelle sticks as well to try to get the texture correct then stitched the quilting lines on after. Whilst I am happy that I have created more a feeling of depth in the piece - I have lost some of the luminous feel of the first piece. I will keep trying! but I am off to Veldhoven this evening so this piece must get posted before the end of the month.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Leaves # 2

My second quilt focus on printed leaves. It's a piece of African fabric I bought from Magie.
I quilted the background leaves and applique the tree with leaves.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Ophelia Submerged

To me, water remains full of mystery. Water is not just a liquid; it is mist, cloud, tea and tears. There is the flow of water, the colours, the way it creates reflections, its symbolism. Water remains inspiring and a symbol to me of intuition and creativity

The image Ophelia Submerged, shot by my friend Jason Tice of Geoectomy Photography, grabbed my imagination immediately, but it took time before I could find a medium that I could work with. I hope her sorrow and mystery come through.

I printed her using bubblejet set, then quilted her. 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Bamboo No. 2

For the second in my "Bamboo" Series, I chose to work with the bamboo stalks.  The straight lines of the stalks intersected by the bands to which the leaves were attached makes for an interesting graphic effect.  I enjoyed working with the different colored fabrics to achieve a sense of depth.  The yellow "sun" in the background is in anticipation of our approaching Arizona summer.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Instruction Sheet

Instruction Sheet

For this second piece, I have succeeded in keeping to the set of fabric I chose in January. The background is randomly placed pieces of the palest fabric, fused down onto cotton wadding and free motion quilted. The words “cut, sew and quilt” were drawn on the deep orange, cut out, fused down and outlined with random zig-zag.
I have used the letters from VOYAGE on the left edge to demonstrate the three words, two for each action. So the V and O are cut and just fused, the Y and A are fused and sewn with invisible thread and the G and E are fused, sewn down and quilted with echo quilting. Not so easy to see on the photo but you can see on the real thing!
It is sitting happily next to the first quilt on my design wall and now onto the next. However I have fractured my pelvis in a skiing accident so am somewhat incapacitated at the moment. That should teach me, and at my age too!!