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Wen Redmond, one of my favorite creative people, gave a most welcomed detailed demo and talk, “Digital Explorations in Fiber and Mixed Media,” about the processes she uses in her work.  I was so excited to attend this demo sponsored by the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

The program was offered in relation to the opening of two exhibits at the Ruth Funk, SAQA’s “Radical Elements” and “The View Within.”  In “Radical Elements” each artist was asked to select an element from the periodic table as a jumping off point to inspire his or her work. In “A View Within” two fiber artists use medical imaging to inspire their pieces.

Here are just a few photos of work in “Radical Elements.”  While it is too late to hear Wen speak, you are in luck if you want to enjoy the exhibits which run from May 28 up until August 27th.

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“Lighter than Air” by Wen Redmond (Helium)

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“Blizzard” Kathy York (Technetium)

 

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“Cold Fire” by Kathie Kerler (Phosphorus)

 

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“Hay Meets Rontgen” by Jim Hay (Roentgenium)

 

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A wonderful trip to France occupied the first half of May.  I am still uploading photos of my adventures to my computer.  I will share some of these photos in a series of posts all of which will include the word “Provence” in the title. The following two photos are of the entrance ways to the two 700 year old farm houses that our small group stayed in.  The two houses faced each other across a small walled in courtyard.

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When I returned from France I took a three day workshop with Australian artist Tracy Verdugo. She is a supportive and sensitive person who excelled at helping the participants keep our inner critics at bay, which in turn helped us feel free to explore and have fun. The following two pieces are what I completed during the workshop.

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During the workshop we also held a ceremony to honor nature and release our good wishes into the universe.  The pictures tell that story.

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The flower mandala was later released into the ocean.

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Stay tuned.  Many more photos to come!

 

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Around the holidays there was talk about the idea of someday moving to the beach.

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As soon as agreement was reached that we would do that “someday,” we found a house we liked a few doors away from the ocean.  (OK I confess I have been looking online a few years.) Exactly thirty days later the house was ours.

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First thing I did was changed that green wall (partially shown above) to a neutral color. That project was followed by removing the hideous orange entry tile (shown towards the left) …

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… with an Italian tile that looks like sun bleached wood. Then a couple of fans looking like they came from the Eighties had to go.

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Yes.  This was much better.

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Oh but please don’t ask me how hard it was to empty out the old house or how much time it took to get it empty or how much it cost to re-pipe, repair and repaint the old house.  On the flip side we got two offers within hours of putting it on the market.

The big pay off for months and months of work is coastal skies and the incredible sense of peace and exhilaration I feel at the ocean …

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… as well as the awe I feel when simply standing in my backyard at night listening to the ocean waves.

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The icing on the cake to all of these wonderful recent changes was getting to exhibit a mixed media quilt that means a lot to me.

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I have some ideas of what I would like to do next on fabric.  However, I needed to build some of my skills and experiment some more before I get too far into my next round of fiber projects.

I am taking an 8 week painting class with Donne Bittner. One of my painting projects from her class(acrylic on a spackled birch box) is shown below. (The following photos only show the top surfaces of the birch boxes against a wood table top.)

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I also was excited to take a two day workshop with Christine Peloquin on painting and drawing on collaged pieces.  The first two projects started in the class are finished now and shown below. The collages use fabrics, papers, bits and pieces of left over art projects as well as drawing with charcoal and painting with acrylics.

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I loved collaging and painting on the birch boxes.  What if I like that better than working on fabric?  Why is it scary to me that I might like working on wood better than on fabric?

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Ever curious, dad loved every aspect of the natural world.  He taught me to identify bugs and trees and constellations. Though he has been gone two years, all I have to do is look at the night sky and I feel connected to the universe and to him.

How I love this video reminder. Please watch it for a glimpse at this special person.

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