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I needed to make a mini quilt (7 by 10 inches) and decided it would be a good time to play a bit with abstraction. (I actually had to make the quilt two times as the first time around I mistakenly made it 5 by 7.  Wow is it hard to make all those little pieces for the super mini size. ) I took one of my photos and drew shapes and lines on it to create a pattern for my pieces.

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I then selected a fabric which had a pleasing color assortment and used it to audition other fabrics to go with it.

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The name is “Door # 30.” What do you think of the results?

 

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The Mary Fisher and Friends exhibit at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach is most inspiring. Although it has been only a few days since I attended the opening, I am almost ready to attend again. There is an impressive number of works by five textile artists, and so I can only offer you a little sampling here.

Mary Fisher ‘s  work, the lion’s share of the exhibit,  includes a variety of techniques and materials.

The installation in the center of the largest space is a bit challenging to describe even when using multiple images.  It feels peaceful, inhabited by souls-perhaps of loved ones lost, soft music playing, light filtering through…

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Complex textures make Fisher’s pieces inviting to inspect.  These are random close ups of some of her work.

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The following framed piece by Mary Fisher is “Outside Perspective.”

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The pieces included in this exhibit by Jane Dunnewold of San Antonio, Texas, appear to include everything from old quilt blocks, book pages, spackle, paint, to maybe even spray paint. (My apologies to Dunnewold for not recording the names of the following two images.  And my thanks to DiTota for taking the two photos.)

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Photo credit: Gabriele DiTota

 

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Photo credit: Gabriele DiTota

 

The front room of the exhibit has work by English textile artists Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn.  For more information on their work see the interview with them at Textile Artist.

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“Colour Drift 6” by Jan Beaney

 

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“Thames Vista” by Jan Beaney

 

The small pieces by Jean Littlejohn draw you in closer and reward you with the beautifully detailed stitching.

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“Snow Moon” by Jean Littlejohn

 

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“Tappa’s Moon” by Jean Littlejohn

 

West Palm Beach artist, Marsha Christo, uses a variety of techniques and materials including silkscreen and mono printing, stencils, painting and stitching.

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“Side Gate” and “I Could Stitch Forever” by Marsha Christo

Architectual Digest just published an article on the exhibit which runs Jan. 20th – February 10th.  So if you plan to see it, you better get going!

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My aging little buddy ended up with a spinal injury. I was afraid he wasn’t going to make it.

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But with the help of accupuncture, meds and rest, he has recovered in a way I did not think possible.

 

While staying at home with my little buddy recuperating, I had time for lots of projects.

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Painting my work table a fresh new color.

 

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Making pillow cases from these fabrics and more.

 

Sewing a reversible shoulder bag. (Pattern is Lickety Split Bag by Made by Rae.)

 

Cooking. (The first a simple recipe from Smitten Kitchen. The second is a version of a cold greek pasta salad, perfect for a hot summer day.)

 

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Then to try to get myself back on track, back into a creative groove, I started a drawing class.

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In recent times, so much has happened in the world, in my life, in my art that blogging has fallen to the wayside.  Catching up seems like an impossible task and then I start wondering if I should blog at all.  But I do love sharing glimpses of my art explorations, cooking attempts and beach adventures as I also love seeing the explorations of others.  So I will give it another try, not by attempting to catch up, but just by continuing to show tidbits of the world from my limited vantage point.

So for today, here are a few tidbits.

First is a small self portrait done on fabric with photoshop, printing on fabric, water color paints, ink pencils and stitching.

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Here is a little fabric post card I made (though the wonders of Photoshop)  for someone who is moving far, far away on a big adventure of her own.

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And on today’s menu is a favorite soup, Pasta E Ceci.  I like all the versions (vegetarian) that I have tried, but this particular version is from “Whole Bowls” by Allison Day.

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And while the thunder is rumbling outside and I eat the warm soup, I will laugh my way through another Dave Barry book.

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Seems like it has been a month of art inspirations.

 

Had a wonderful trip to the Dali Museum to see both the Frida Kahlo exhibit as well as the Dali paintings.

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Made a quick trip to the Mancuso Quilt Florida Show in Orlando.

This was an interesting hanging sculpture in the Convention Center.

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These are a few favorites.

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“What the World Needs Now” by Gabriele DiTota (USA)

 

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“Pele: She-Who-Shapes-the-Land” by Jenny Hearn (South Africa)

 

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“The Sunrise in the Bougainvilleas” by Mihoko Tanaka (Japan)

 

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“True Blue Mates” by Yvonne Chapman (Australia)

 

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“Beginning True” by Sue de Vanny (Australia)

And then another quick but rewarding trip was made to see the SAQA Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art exhibit in Stuart, Florida. (Runs Jan. 20th til Feb. 25th, so you still have a chance to see it.) It is a very impressive show.

I wish I had photos of all the quilts to share. I am sharing what I was able to photograph around the attendees. And that is my excuse for the quilts being shot at an angle.

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This one is by Becky Stack.

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A close up of the entry by Louise Hall.

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The next one is by Loreen Leedy.

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And this is by Marianne Williamson.

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The following is by Gabriele DiTota.

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This is by Suzanne Evenson.

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I will end with a striking piece by Patricia Turner.

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