Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Completed Piece!

I finally finished this piece that has been featured in various stages in previous posts. It is called November 2007 and will, hopefully, be included in a Fibervision show at the Architectural Foundation here in Santa Barbara. It feels good to have completed a quilt after such a long dry spell and I am feeling inspired and ready to get to work on some other ideas that are floating around in my head. Jurying for the Buddha Abides show will be coming up pretty soon and I want to be ready for that.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Visual Journal

Recently I began a class at Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education (commonly referred to around here as Adult Ed) called Creativity and the Imagination: Visual Journaling, with Deborah Wroblewski. We will be creating journals using more than words to capture our experiences. This is a photo of the first page of my journal. The assignment was to create our name page - something to describe ourselves as introduction to our journals. I chose to do a watercolor wash as a background, then used a Sharpie to write about who I am, what I feel, and what I aspire to. I then printed some photos of my quilt "Everyday Quan Yin" - which is about bringing compassion and mercy to daily life - glued them on to the page and then began playing with some materials I am familiar with from surface design on fabric. The silvery splotches are Shiva Artist's Paintstiks and the spirals are glue and foil. They certainly act differently on paper than they do on fabric. This is definitely going to be fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! May we all be blessed with creativity, with good health, with peace and with joy in 2008!

Here is a photo of the next step in my liquid amber piece. Using the same drawing that I used to create the screen for printing a background, I made a cartoon, traced the leaf shapes onto freezer paper and cut out the turning leaves from my painted fabrics. I am pleased with how this piece is going, but need to work a little faster if I hope to have it done by January 26!