Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dream Rocket Panel-"Dreams Take Flight"

Last fall I came across the newest project of the International Fiber Coalition which was to cover a Saturn V rocket in Huntsville, AL. with fiber panels. I immediately wanted to be a part of this to honor my grandfather who worked for Grumman in the 60's and was able to work on the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module). The entry fee was $100 and a bit steep for me....
Chris Gilman to the rescue! She suggested that a two foot square panel could be 4 individual 12" blocks and only price out at $25 per person. If I was game, we would only need 2 more people and within an hour we had 2 more adventurous souls in Cathy Winter and Katherine McNeese. These women graciously let me have the name LEM4 for our group in honor of grandpa and use the space theme I had wanted to do.
Using the space theme, ideas were thrown out in reference to 'Dreams' (which is the theme of the project) and everyone chose what part of flight they wanted to do....all without arguing :) Chris did a vibrant Hot Air Balloon and Katherine did the Wright Brothers proud with her First Flight.
I did a rendition of the LEM for grandpa, complete with a shamrock on the door panel-GO IRISH!! Charles "Bud" McAuliffe was very proud of all the work he accomplished while at Grumman. In our family we always chuckle a bit at some of his fashion choices since he didn't mind mixing stripes with plaids, etc. Imagine that and then add that he would brag about his name being on the moon....Yeah, sure you kooky old man. His name is on the moon though. All the workers signed a poster and a photo of that was shrunk down onto a microchip and included on the LEM. You go Grandpa!!
Rounding out our space dreams, is Cathy Winter's terrific textural rendition of the Space Shuttle. Thank you to these 3 very talented women for making my small dream come true. This panel is a wonderful work of art and representative of the creative powers of us and all that have come before us. Their dreams keep the rest of us striving for our dreams.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Texture Tuesday

This year I will be doing more experimenting with surface design and will be sharing the results with you:)

The first experiment of the year is flour paste resist. A friend and I were talking one day about the various Quilting Arts magazine articles that we have dog earred for 'someday'. Why not today? If you have it and want to follow along, I used issue Feb/Mar 2008 (#31), pg 61: Flour Paste Resist: It's Irresistable by Jane Dunnewold.
Easy to follow instructions, inexpensive supplies we all have, and fun surprise results. The top photo shows the paste with some etching. The middle photo shows the paste after it dried and was painted. I used regular acrylic paint with a textile medium added.
This last photo shows the green resist in my new project. The upper right has some light green watercolor crayon to fill in the white area. Lower left shows watercolor crayon used to draw tulips over top of the green resist crackle.
I learned that I love this technique but not the white background. Next time I will try pasting over a different color background and maybe making my paste a bit thicker. I will also check back after the paste has started to set up to see if I can etch in other designs without the paste closing in on itself.
It is time for all of us to drag out those issues and ideas just sitting there and see if one of them will take you in a new direction with your art. Go Crazy and don't forget to share with the rest of us!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Welcome 2010

This picture was shot at the end of the WINTUK Cirque de Soleil at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Eve. We ended up with much more blinding tissue paper snow than this image shows and I am still picking snowflakes out of my purse. It is so worth it...every flake brings back a magical memory.

Now that the holidays have wound down, it is time again to turn to business and look to what can be accomplished in 2010. On the Quilt Art list there was a lot of discussion about picking a word of the year. As I read every post, I realized that I had subconsciously picked the word 'Diligent'/ 'Diligence'. As I wrote my goals for the new year and thought about what didn't work in 2009, I noticed that if I had been more diligent in every aspect; time, money, promotion, etc. I would have been more successful. I will carry this word into everything I do this year.
I hate to go into a new year without looking at where I have been. Below is an abbreviated list of what 2009 brought into my life:
2009 Accomplishments
Applied to Art Quilt Transitions (3 pieces) -------------------Rejected
Applied to Mancuso MidAtlantic (2 pieces)-------------Both Accepted
Applied to Paducah AQS (1 piece)-----------------------------Rejected
Created and wrote pattern for Scissor Case for local Shop Hop
Finished Fractured Flower Challenge with Artrageous and blogged it.

Worked the local Shop Hop
Created 3 leaves for International Fiber Collaborative
Wrote a Press Release about Mancuso acceptance (was p/u by Carteret News Times and Arts Alive)
F/U with a reporter from Jacksonville
Started QA entries
Art from the Heart Exhibit/ Business After Hours/ and Gallery sit for this event
Started on LinkedIn and Twitter but not sure what to do with them yet.
Attempted a new technique w/ Eileen
Wrote Merit Award letters for quilt guild show.

Finished and Mailed 2 entries to QA calendar challenge--------Rejected
Wrote a new workshop
Bead 2 House blocks and write a Bead Class for QBP ’09 (29th)
Created and made a beaded DICE bag for ACCC fundraiser
Taught my first Workshop on the 14th….success!
Tried Threadpainting very successfully. I have a knack for it.
Created 3 Threadpaintings for an up coming show.
Applied to and was accepted to the Seafood Fest Poster unveiling event to show art.

Created and ordered Rack Cards with the gallery
Created and ordered 5 year Anniversary postcards for a mailing
Finished art and display for Seafood Fest (9th)
Started mentoring a Senior from the HS for Senior Projects
Entered local Quilt Guild show (2 pieces + challenge + group with WUTW)
Biopsy and positive result of melanoma (all good only a stage 0)
Wrote the statement, bio, resume, etc for an Artist in Residency program
Finished Mariner’s Compass for Jim
Joined online gallery America Creates

Finished WUTW
Mailed Residency package
Created a guild challenge piece and blog entry for
Press Release for Mondays at the gallery
Applied to an outdoor event (scary)
Organized a bead demo for the guild show
Worked the guild show at 4 diff times
Received 2 awards from show
New art for outdoor show on (24th)
Helped with Raffle quilt (redesigned my block last month and this month helped with assembly)

Picked up another lecture booking so….
Write lecture and made 4 new samples for the 15th (out of town)
New Candle Mat designs for a magazine submission. Mag was interested and then ----------------Rejected
Made a Floral Windmill shop sample
Finished 2 new small art pieces
Designed and created(3) a new ornament of the Cape Lookout lighthouse
Created 4 more Holly ornaments as well

Made a fusible house for the raffle quilt..very cool
Organized 1st book proposal and chose 16 out of 70 designs
Made 4 redwork designs for book proposal, bordered and quilted.
Wrote book Introduction
SOLD first piece of artwork!!!!! 2 more sales followed
Wrote and organized my first Trunk Show

Printed more business cards and notecards, cutting, packaging, pricing
Learned dye painting with artrageous group
P/U kid from summer session
Moved one kid into new apartment
Moved other kid into college dorm
Presented my first Trunk Show (out of town)
Toured YLI
More art sales

Tweaked April Bead class write up for class this month
Made 8 bead kits
Started mentoring a woman who wants to finish a quilt her sister started
Finished top for 2010 show quilt
Lots of design work
Helped edit a friend’s book
Attended 2 workshops (business)
Finished 1 book proposal and mailed it off
Ordered ACEO packaging
Spent a weekend with my girls in Raleigh where I also saw Nancy Cooks work
Applied for an art show in Nov.
Hang art in 2 businesses through Adopt an Artist program
Prepared 2 pics for larger art quilts
Finished one UFO for me

Multiple Dr appts (severely anemic…transfusion levels)
Painted and thread painted a new art piece for an art show…ACCEPTED….Won Honorable Mention
Flew to St Louis, drove to Houston, worked a friend’s booth at Market, talked to 2 book editors with great
Feedback, met new friends, have opportunities to f/u on.
Learned Facebook
Cut out and appliquéd center panel for personal piece.
Organized Dream Rocket project with 3 other quilt artists

Printed and stitched 5 ACEOs
Registered Balloon piece with AAQI
Lighthouse ornaments—YES, 12 of them to be exact including 2 new designs
“About Artist” labels for art and ACEOs ( 2up at 5x7 and 4 up at 2x5)--YES
5 new art pieces including stitching, framing, and paperwork
Attended art show
6 new ink sketches
Worked on a new art display
P/U and put out artwork at one business for Adopt an Artist
More Dr appts.

Opened 1000 Markets
Website updates
Started my Cleaning of the Studio
New photos for website
More Dr appts
New quilt design
Worked at a Gallery Open House
Trip to NYC
Bulletin Board Labels for 2010 reorganization!!!!!!!!!
Finished stitching all the appliqué on the new 2010 quilt

Some YEAR END Totals:
51 Journal entries vs. ZERO in 2008
Sold my first artwork!! Sold 7 all together up from ZERO in 2008.
1 New Workshop
3 New Lectures
Finished a Book proposal—Rejected and waiting to be reworked
I entered 3 new opportunities for my art
27 blog posts up from 14 in 2008
New art= 23 new small pieces (under 11x14) and 3 larger pieces (under 30”).

Even with all the 'rejection', I learned so much and accomplished artist goals that had been waiting for me to catch up. My mom always tells me that education is never a waste. Everything I learned this year will help me down the road in some capacity... of that I am sure. All in all I feel FANTASTIC !!!

If you actually stayed to the end, here is a pic of Times Square taken on Christmas Eve. In the distance at the top, you can see the ball that was dropped on NYE. I love the vibrancy of this place and hope to keep it in my heart all year long.