Found a bunch of pictures of the quilts at the 2019 Tokyo Quilt show and some of them are just awesome. They were not posted with any info on their creators or the names or sizes... but just to take a look is so refreshing and like being at a real quilt show again!
Pleased to sell some favorites of mine. I hate to part with them but it makes room for more art and buys new supplies. I love Victorian crazy quilts but get so involved with them they take over my artistic life. This is such a great one!
And of course I love all my bird quilts... the kildeer is so cute and so sneaky. She guards her chicks and her nest so well!
And I love all my sea turtle quilts. This is the latest one with schools of fantastic sardine-ish fish in a sparkly silvery fabric. Lots of ruffly soft corals and weird bubble wrap creatures!
Good time right now to go inward and avoid the news... of course the news is on in our house from sunup to bedtime. But it is so depressing I will be so glad when Trump is gone and we can begin to heal. But ANYWAY...
I have found several free internet classes that appealed to me and other pay classes too. I think working in different genres really boosts your favored medium. Working differently makes a different part of your brain happy and inspires the other parts! I love these little Half Wit Bowls! on Jeanne Oliver's site. The class is free. Here is the product before finishing... its just plaster and cheesecloth, so easy...
Reminds of the face jars in N.C. But this is even simpler. I love any kind of face art!
Next, you could just paint them, leave inside bare, paint inside, or do washes on the outside. That seems what she recommends so that is what I did and I love how it worked out. I think I might make some more! Let me know if you want one!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha! I might have a butt load of them in a month!
I was trained as a very traditional artist. I began oil painting around 5 or 6; my mother, also an artist, insisted she should not be my teacher and farmed me out to a neighboring artist. I painted birds and fruit and the usual. When I started advanced studies in college and after graduating, I was turned off by all the schools and isms of painting. I particularly did not understand or relate to the Ash Can School. But I just discovered Stuart Davis, who was prominent in that movement in the early twentieth century and I love his work. His colors are stunning! According to sources on the internet, he was an early American modernist painter known for jazz influenced, proto-pop paintings in the 40's and 50's and earlier Ashcan School art.
Here is a Stuart Davis still life... could easily be a quilt. From 1928.
More quilt forms...
No matter your age, keep studying and learning!
Here is another ufo finished! We have so many amazing lizards, I had originally created this beautiful beaded one for another quilt that did not make it off the drawing board. But the lizard kept laying around the studio, looking cute, needing to find it's quilt. So I gave it a fabulous white stone garden path, (I love white stones in the garden!!) and some fun flowers. Earlier this summer I dyed the background fabric and used sun resist to paint the gorgeous leaves on it. I then printed the gold leaves on the rest of it. This made it perfect for my blue lizard.
Here you can see some of the beading and his cool sequin eye.
As you all know, I love abstract art and I have been struggling to understand it for a while. And I would love to implement it in my own work textile and painting work. I was fortunate this morning to read an article by textile artist Jane Davies and I loved her advice about freely working with paint and not worrying about the final product. So I have practised some today and it was so freeing and so much fun! I want to commit to working this way at least once a month this year, I learned so much from it!
Have several UFO's that are begging to be finished and here is the first one. I would like to do an Ancient Times series, this quilt could be the first. It is taken from the picture on a piece of Greek pottery. Two warriors, after or during a lull in a battle? and one is sewing up the other's hand. Friends or enemies? or the new term frenemies? Either way I am calling this Friendship, and have printed that on the quilt in Greek.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.