Writer Martha Sielman is working on another book, this one about birds in fiber art. She has called for artists to submit images of some of their bird quilts and these 3 are the ones I sent to her. My Guinea Gurlz has always been a favorite of mine, I just adore guineas and love to watch them running around!
Midnight Flamingo is another of my favorite quilts, as I told Martha my favorite bird is any bird with pink feathers!
I love the sqwauky, off key song of the Red-Winged Blackbirds. This was a fun quilt to make and I just realized, I have sold all of these. Maybe I should just make bird quilts!
April has been woodpecker month. The pileated woodpecker is my favor because it is so majestic. I was thrilled to see 3 of them yesterday. I am making a quilt to celebrate them.
Laying in the forest here, fabric and paint goes on...
these short bristly branches are like the hemlock tree branches in TN.
Positioning the birds... learned that there are coloration differences between the male and the female. The near bird here is the female...
See the difference between the lead bird and her?
All royalty require courtiers, so this trio of chickadees are offering their snide comments from a distance.
TextileArtist.org has featured Orly Cogan this week, a very dynamic, contemporary fiber artist. Her work is truly amazing... sometimes I feel I could fantasize a piece like some of hers but I doubt I would have the self-assurance to bring my inner suppositions to life as she has done.
She enjoys taking vintage "women's work" and "re-purposing" it to a more modern, feminist version. She sees herself as a collaborator with these past women artists, adding her own versions of today's more unladylike reality and wit that she sees in modern women.
Loved the African fabric challenge... the quest was to make an art quilt using African fabrics and creating a portrait of a "black figure of any nationality who has impacted the heritage and/or culture of Black people." I love the program "Finding Your Roots" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. so I decided to honor his work by doing his portrait. An artist's statement concerning the work was required, so here is mine:
My quilt is a tribute to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an American historian and a man who has shown the way for millions to discovering more about their ancestry. He has many accomplishments, but in this art quilt I want to celebrate how he has helped so many through his program Finding Your Roots and his other shows and books. Of particular interest to us is how he has opened the doors for African-Americans to find out more about their family histories through little known historic pathways and through the miracle of DNA testing. I have pictured Mr. Gates with the green leaves of a “family tree” behind him, symbolic of some of his most important and most enjoyed life’s work so far.
African fabrics for this quilt were ordered from Nigeria, but more stores are starting to carry them and you may be surprised all the places you will find them. They have a brilliance of color and a hand that is absolutely magical, try them and I am sure you will be intrigued! Like batiks, the color is two-sided so it does not matter which side is up.
Here is the beautiful silk oak blooming! Mockingbirds and catbirds were fighting over it Monday, and a trio of squirrels were munching on the blooms and sticking their faces in them like they were drinking the nectar. Wow! and this is when I see the Baltimore Orioles, they are orange and they love the orange blooms!
I am finishing a set of three pieces that found me wishing I had some dyed silk ribbons and laces, especially coffee colored. So, today I got out some silk and laces and cooked some beets and brewed some strong coffee.
I put the subjects in a pot of 3/4 water and 1/4 vinegar and started it to a boil and then added select pieces to my coffee water and my beet water. What fun!
Here are the products drying on the back porch...
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.