Friday, March 16, 2018

Morning Thoughts

morning creeps over the the hill, lighting me up, mind begins to swirl with possibilities, ideas flow though me like a river though sand

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Morning Thoughts- thoughts wander

thoughts wander
while I stitch,
listening to the wind,
white and wild,
that frozen howling echo
outside my window

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Morning Thoughts

waking moments bring a flood of things to do, turning my head toward my morning window I see winter's last nod, flakes rushing sidelong against a white backdrop, somehow calming my thoughts and sending them scurrying 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Colorful Personalities?

Following is from a website I follow –
I think it applies greatly to my philosophy of teaching and are making.
Tell me, what advice would you give a child who came to you asking what their favorite color should be?

To follow their heart? That no color is right or wrong? That if they wanted to, they could always change their mind later, any number of times? That their happiness with their choice is all that matters? Not to give it too much importance? That they don't have to decide at all? That you approve no matter what they choose?

Now, what if they protested because they had heard from friends that there was a special color assigned to them at birth; their soul-color. They felt that a numerology reading might shed some light on their confusion. They wanted confirmation of their choices through a zodiac chart, tea leaves, and a Ouija board. And they asked if hiring a coach, therapist, or guru would be a good idea.

Yep, this is what I hear every day, just not so much for colors...

Sorry to lay this on you. I'm just fishing around for some new answers to the bazillion questions I get each week about careers, loves, and destinies - which to me, from here, are kind of like... crayons.

Ewhhhh, nice magenta!
 The Universe”

So what color are you today!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rock On!

I use a lot of black and white prints for collage creating, making thermal fax silkscreens, photos try outs and other things. I often have lots left over.     And I collect rocks. SO!  I shredded some print outs and applied gel medium onto small rocks. Then simply wrapped the rocks in the prints. 
They fit into nooks and crannies on my shelves or paper weights for friends.   Rock on!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Waiting for Art

art always takes my hand and leads. it's best that way. Good to open the space.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Printing a Collage

applying a thin coat of gel medium to a painted medium weight interfacing base
laying down low relief collage elements
adding a quick gesso lines
applying white digital grounds made by inkAid. The white grounds helps merge all the collage elements.
dried and ready to print
image used
printed, sewn details and mounted to a wooden canvas
simular collage
using this image
more ideas in my book- see side bar...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Creating a Embossed Flashing Tape Substrate

flashing tape with bronze digital grounds by inkAid
removing some grounds to create a distressed look
reversed and embossed with pencil- note recycled tyvek envelope base
adding a bit of sequin waste and topping with non-porous digital grounds made by inkAid 
more ideas in my book- see side bar...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Houston's International Quilt Festival!

I was fortunate to be accepted for a Speical Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in TX. This event draws fiber art people from all the corners of the earth!
so excited!
Presenting at the Saturday Sampler
Exhibit was called 'Breaking the Surface' a key word
for the substrates you can create! Ideas in my book!
Ideas in my book!
about 22 works were exhibited

Did a quick presentation of substrates included in my book
(see on side bar)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Printing on Shiny Surfaces

Ct Publishing invited me to do a short video highlighting one of the techniques in my book- Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos and Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece. (see side bar)
big camera pointing at me- nervous??
I choose to focus on shiny substrates that you can add or use in media mixed work.
Photographs just gleam when printed on these!
video link is   Just click!
In order to print on these surface you need to use a digital ground. This prepares the surface to allow the inkjet ink to 'stick' and become permanent and clear.
showing my book
I use Clear InkAid type ll for this- link here

Friday, December 29, 2017

Japan! Quilt Visions! Quilt Japan Award! OH MY!

I was honored at Quilt Visions 2016for my work, "The Creative Hand", with the Quilt Japan Award at Visions Museum in CA. I was invited to Japan to share 2 workshops. Digital Fiber Mini Quilt and Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer Collage. In addition, I had a featured solo exhibit at Quilt and Stitch Show in TOKYO !! This piece and several others are on tour in Japan for the Niigata Quilt and Stitch Shows 2017!

 My host was 
RYOKO KOBAYASHI General Group Leader of Japan Handicrafts Instructors' Association.

Digital Fiber Mini Quilt  
includes my innovative batting technique- fusing felt to the back which serves as both backing and batting, plus coating and finishing techniques! Students had the opportunity to try specialty medium enhancements for a unique mixed media mini quilt!

working on a Digital Mini Segmented Quilt

Lovely Finish!
Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer
includes a creative easy collage technique using fiber and other mixed media elements. We create a black and white photo for transfer. Easy and curiously satisfying!
More workshop selections-
beautifully done transfer
Chiaki Dosho and I after shopping at the fabulous Nuno shop in Tokyo! I love the textures in the subtle fabric colors!
 I was treated like a princess! Chiaki and Hiroko took me around for some wonderful sightseeing. 
I had the pleasure of a traditional dinner with Mr. Seto Chairman JHIA, President Nihon Vogue and his lovely wife.
wonderful transfer
time for show and tell!
another wonderful transfer

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy 2017 Holidays!

As winter’s shadows wane,
the light begins to return.
The time of gathering is near.
Let us pause to remember our blessings.
Appreciate the moments, 
This Moment, 
this moment, 
every moment!

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Day in the Woods

Walking while I wonder is a treasured activity. It helps me center. But sometimes I just don't or am too frazzled to remember, to remember to do just that.

Naturally, all expectations were confounded. I've been ever so busy teaching and traveling. It doesn't allow much time for thinking, the life bread of creating my art. I'm heading toward giving up teaching. I do love it when I'm actually in the workshop- but the time preparing, traveling, then decompressing and evaluating when it's over- not to mention trouble shooting the venue!
You can only deal with what is happening now.  Nothing is perfect, nothing is perfect.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

International Quilt Festival- Holographic Workshop Projects

Teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX has been quite a new and different experience. I taught Holographic Images Workshop on Monday, during the Quilt Market. I had a group of 20 wonderful and talented students.
We climbed over changing rooms, incomplete supply list, my fault, and limited plastic work surfaces but came out on the other end with some wonderful works. Here's three!

Marilyn's side view

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