Monday, November 12, 2012

Print Day

I had not printed for a very long while. In fact, since I printed flags for Kristin's wedding, which I do intend to post about, at a later time.  I have used some of these screens and stencils before, but as an afterthought-on top of the block prints.  This time I decided that the screen and stencils should be printed first.
 Some of these are ready for my block fish or birds but some of them will get another screen or two on top.  I couldn't work fast enough and the screens were clogging.
 I printed the largest of the stencil waste that I have.  The one on the bottom, farthest right will get halibut printed on it.
I will print yellow on top of these, but maybe another layer of red.  I really am pleased with the prints that incorporate yellow and red.

Fun times.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

2012 Bear Paw Quilters Quilt Show

The annual quilt show of the Bear Paw Quilters is this weekend, at St. Mary's Gym-Saturday from 10-4, and Sunday from 11-4.  i hope everyone came make it out to see what all of the quilters in Kodiak have been up to.

The following quilts are my submissions.

The Humpbacks Are Coming includes shibori dyed fabric in the print panels, the whales are printed with a hand carved stamp.  I am very pleased with the quilting on this piece.  It is hard to see in the photos, but it has great texture in the right light.
The Humpbacks Are Coming
41" x 28"

Whale print Close-up

Stitched seaweed close-up

Three Kings was in the show at the Baranov Museum.  The crabs are printed with a hand carved stamp. 
Three Kings
34.5" x 19.5"

Three Kings close-up stitching
 Solitude began with one of the last prints I made with Evon Zerbitz.  I really like the little jelly fish!

13" x 17"

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Baranof Museum Show

I would say that the show of my quilts at the Baranov Museum on Friday evening was a success.  75 people attended and three of my quilts were purchased, in addition to one that was in the museum gift shop. The show was hung on the enclosed porch of the museum.  One of the challenges was that since this is a historic building, we couldn't just hammer nails into the walls.  There were hooks in the ceiling, though, left from a previous display of fish prints that were done in 1986 by Something Fishy-Eva Holm, Chris Holland, and Kathy Kinnear.  I digress, but these prints had hung on the porch since 1986 and were in great shape-color still vibrant.  
I had predrilled some 4' dowels, and all of my hanging rods were drilled as well.  We used fishing line and started hanging the quilts, with them strung together.  The only problem with this system is that you can't always take the quilts down one at a time without disturbing the others that they are connected to.  Since this was a one night show, we asked that the quilts that were sold be picked up the following day.  The light was awesome, but this venue would not work after dark!

Streamside and Reeds are two of the quilts purchased for the Museum's permanent collection.

The River and Sockeye are two of the quilts purchased for the Museums permanent collection.

On my way to town on Friday morning I picked up the local paper and what did I see?  Color photos of my quilts on the front page of the newspaper!  Pretty exciting!

Thanks to Anjuli Grantham and all the ladies at the Baranov Museum for putting on this event and for the vote of confidenc,e in applying for and receiving a Rasmusson Grant to purchase the four pieces that will remain in the Museum's collection.  At some point the quilts will go to Anchorage and be displayed at the Rasmusson Foundation.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Last Two Pieces Complete

This morning I finished the last two quilts for the show tomorrow at the Baranov Museum.  
12" x 35"
 Habitat has a pieced background, constructed with commercial fabrics.  The fish and crabs were printed with hand carved stamps and Daniel Smith Oil based-water soluble printing ink.  I carve 2 crabs so I could show distance in pieces like this.  I cut out the individual fish and crabs and fused them onto the background. The rocks are freezer paper machine applique, then I hand stitched fibers and buttons and beads.  Below you can see the details in the closeup photo.
Habitat Closeup

This quilt has been in the works for a very long time.  I printed the distant mountains and the birds on commercial fabric, then it hung on my wall waiting for inspiration.  I intended to add another border beyond the arch, but I didn't have enough fabric.  Sometimes the best inspiration comes from necessity!
Sunset Over the Mountains
17.5" x 22"

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Getting Ready for the Baranov Museum Show

I am busy with last minute details, getting ready for the show at the Baranov Museum, on Friday, August 31st, from 4-7 PM.  I have two more pieces that I need to finish, one needs binding and a hanging sleeve, and one needs just a hanging sleeve.  When I was at the museum yesterday to plan how to hang the quilts, I also took my small quilts to show Sarah for the gift shop.  She took them all, and I found out this morning that they are buying all of them outright-I was happy with consignment!  The following pictures are some of the quilts that will be shown at the Baranov Museum on Friday.  The four that the museum purchased will be on display, as well.  They can be seen here:

Blue Fish
21" x 16"

 Blue Fish is my first foray into Soy wax batik.  My tool was a puff pastry cutter that had been in my kitchen cupboard for 30 years!  Finally a good use for it.  I then machine quilted and couched various fibers.
Sunshine Spirals
18" x 16"
Hand-dyed fabric, quilted and couched spirals.

Lost in the Forest
15" x 18"
Lost in the Forest is constructed with all hand-dyed fabric.  The baby sparrow was printed with a hand carved linoleum block, with Daniel Smith oil based water soluble printing ink, as are all of my prints.  I was really pleased with the forest quilting.

Fish Kodiak
19.5" x 15"
The borders on Fish Kodiak began as a slash and sew experiment.  I had a piece of fabric that I had previously strip pieced that was left over from a previous project which I cut up and added the darker fabrics, without any plan for it's use.  The fish panel is printed in shibori dyed fabric.  The sea weed is free motion stitched on tulle.  Below you can see a closeup that show the beaded elements more clearly.

Fish Kodiak close-up

32" x 16.5"
Home hung on my design wall for a very long time, in different configurations, until I finally settled on this.  It   is constructed with all hand-dyed fabric, the fish printed with a hand-carved block, and a wine cork stamp.

Home close-up

Red Kelp
20" x 15"
The borders on Red Kelp are another slash and cut experiment.  Again the fish were printed on hand-dyed fabric, foil starfish, and various beads, buttons and thread embellishments.

Red Kelp close-up

Night in the North
18.5 x 10"
Night in the North is the last of my reduction prints, done in a workshop with Liz Mitchell a few years ago.  I chose the green silk border, since that was the fabric the print was on.  Unlike the previous pieces in this series, I decided not to use the printed mountains, preferring appliqued mountains instead.  Mother of Pearl stars.

Polkadot  Sea
18" x 18"
My daughter, Ingrid, saw some sunprinted pillows on Pinterest, that she wanted to try making, so we spent a morning sunprinting in July.  There wasn't alot of room to work, so this is all I did that day, leaving her room to work.  I used Setacolor transparent paint, and a stencil.  I like how the layering in this piece effectively shows perspective.
15..5" x 18.5"
 Spring is constructed  from all hand-dyed fabric.  The flowers are made from a piece of lace that I got from my friend, Eva, and dyed.  The chickadee was printed with a hand carved linoleum block.  The borders were constructed freeform.

Spring Close-up
The last three quilts are pieces that will be available which I have previously posted.
Dancing Lady
24" x 24"
Not My Grandmother's Doilie
23" x 26"
Three Kings
34.5" x 19.5"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Great News!

The Baranof Museum, in Kodiak, AK, has received a grant from the Rasmusson Foundation to purchase four of my quilts.  They decided to go with a salmon theme and purchased the four following quilts.  There will be a show in conjunction with the Kodiak Art Council's annual Art Walk, on August 31st, from 4-7pm at the museum.  In addition to the four quilts purchased by the museum,  there will be 15 other quilts available to view and purchase.

 Sockeye is the oldest of the quilts, made in 2009. It is 19” x 32” and is constructed from commercial fabrics with some elements fused appliqued after the background was pieced.  Machine quilted on a home sewing machine.  Hand embroidered and beaded with a variety of different beads, fibers and buttons.  In the following close-up photos, you can see all the handstitched embroidery and beaded elements.

 Reeds is 23.75” x 16.5” and constructed from shibori dyed fabric, printed with hand carved stamps using Daniel Smith oil based water soluble ink. Borders pieced from commercial fabric.  Machine quilted on a home machine.

 The River is 24.5” x 34”. The fish panels are made from shibori dyed fabric, printed with hand carved stamps using Daniel Smith oil based water soluble ink.The remainder of the quilt is constructed with commercial fabrics.  Machine quilted on a home sewing machine.

 Streamside is 34.75” x 13.5”.  The fish panels are made from shibori dyed fabric, printed with hand carved stamps using Daniel Smith oil based water soluble ink. The remainder of quilt is constructed with commercial fabrics.  Machine quilted on a home sewing machine.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kristin's Peace Flags

Last summer I posted these pictures of flags that Kristin and I printed.  They hung in her yard all winter.

This is what they look like now.  Not too bad.  But it looks like they have done their work.  Interesting how the red and fuchia have faded to nearly the same color.


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