Last weekend I had a chance to stop by the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology and see the exhibit, Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art. I am so glad that I did.  The exhibit runs until December 13th, so you still have a chance to get there.

Here is a little taste from the four exhibited textile artists.

This is the incredibly detailed work on a jacket named Happily Ever After by Ann Clarke. When I saw this jacket I finally understood why working obsessively had the potential to give excellent results.

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These shoes by Marina Dempster are named Immune. I know I wouldn’t want to get close to the person wearing them.  :)

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Ruth Funk uses all kinds of unique materials in her wearable art including antique fabrics from all around the world as well as items found in nature.  Here pumpkin seeds embellish the collar.

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And on this jacket Ruth Funk has used dried shiitaki mushrooms.

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This beautiful silk coat is a wonderful example of the work by Kerr Grabowski.  I enjoy the colors, the mark making, as well as the transparency and lightness of the silk.

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This is a close up of a silk vest made by Kerr Grabowski. Her pieces are so airy and light; really beautiful and wearable, inspirational.

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What does this look like to you? I went to a new (to me) restaurant over the weekend.  This photo is of one of the walls of the restaurant.  It was pretty funny to me when I realized it was supposed to be cheese.  Only thing that might have been better was if it looked like chocolate.  But it would not have been pretty for the other dinners to see me lick the wall.

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Using Inktense pencils and thread sketching I created some pins to wear (or sell). It’s a little harder to get good results than it might look. I started with three times as many potential pins as I ended up with.

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Here is my adorable and mischievous daily helper with his bow tie. We’ll see how long he keeps that tie on. : )

 

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Whenever I go to a quilt show that has some quilts by Pauline Salzman it seems inevitable that some of them will be among my favorites.  That is the case with QuiltFest 2014 in Jacksonville (Florida).

Here are two of Pauline Salzman recent award winning quilts along with a close up shot or two.

The first one is “Still Life.”

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The second quilt is named “Crime Scene Investigation.”

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Our Guild has a challenge in 2014 for each member to complete their UFOs.  I thought maybe I would end up at year’s end being the only person who failed to complete a single project that was already an unfinished object at the start of the year.  However, I finally started working on them.  The one that was just finished is “Last Blooms.” The three center sections are made by drawing with thickened dye on a silk screen. When the drawing on the screen is dry, additional dye is squeegeed through the screen several times  across the fabric gradually breaking down the drawing until it fades away.  The rest of the fabrics are commercial fabrics.

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“Nightwatch” is the newest completed quilt.  It was with me to sew the binding at the MakerFaireOrlando. However, I was so excited about the MakerFaire and busy doing demos and talking to everyone that I only sewed about 4 inches the entire weekend. MakerFaire was a wonderful experience and it has taken me about a week to recover.  Finally now I have finished the quilt binding.  I love and am still challenged by how to incorporate photos into quilts.  In this example the image is a virtual world portrait/landscape photograph.

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