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Random experiences and reflections as we transition from one year into the next are recorded here.

Simple holiday decorations in the night sky.


The next two photos include fiber drawings by China Marks.  These had been part of the recent “Radiant Messenger” exhibit at the Foosaner Art Museum.



China Marks, the creator of the textiles above, was also the curator of the recent “Transformers; re-contextualizing our material culture” exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. There were several fiber artists represented, but here I will focus on two multi-media pieces by Julie Peppito.

The first piece is named “Toxic Frock (This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein.)” I am sorry I don’t have the dimensions, but if my memory is correct, it seems it was taller than I am.


This is a closeup of a small area.


And even closer still.


This piece is named “Hidden in Plain Sight.” It amazes me that something with such a horrendous theme/s can, at a glance anyway, appear so beautiful.


And a close up.


Now onto new favorites.  A new favorite beverage is made from St. Germain elderflower liqueur, tangerine juice, seltzer water and ice cubes made with Prosecco.


New inspirational reading.


Books by favorite fiber artists.


Books on making patterns.  Creating textile designs is a goal for the year.img_9894med

Favorite new cook books.


Life, from beginning to end,  is a series of transitions.  Some changes are hardly noted, while others are marked as more significant.  Transitions include anything from learning to walk, learning to drive a car or make a recipe, the change of seasons, or the aging process.  The change from one year to the next is typically noted in a big way.  We relish opportunities for improvements in our lives.  We typically use the new year as a way to focus on what changes we want, though in reality we have that opportunity available to us each and every day that we live.


Here is hoping that in the New Year we each make a better life for ourselves as well as for others.




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.


“Lighter than Air” by Wen Redmond (Helium)


“Blizzard” Kathy York (Technetium)



“Cold Fire” by Kathie Kerler (Phosphorus)



“Hay Meets Rontgen” by Jim Hay (Roentgenium)




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.



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



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.



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



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.



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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The “Florida in Fabric; Wish You Were Here” exhibit is being held in conjunction with “Yvonne Porcella: Quilt Selections 1986-2012.” Members of the regional pod of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA ) along with other members of the public attended the tour of the exhibit with internationally known artist, Yvonne Porcella. It was through my SAQA participation that I learned of this unique opportunity at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Yvonne is the founder of  SAQA and she attended our pod meeting after the tour, where she continued to tell stories and offer many useful tips.

Yvonne led the tour through the gallery stopping by each of her quilts and giving us information about how it was made, what was on her mind and amusing anecdotes.

Having samples from various times helped illustrate the development of Yvonne’s fiber art.

The four pieces above are:

Mariah (top left)

Monte (top right)

Brenda (bottom left)

Theodora (bottom right)

Dick and Jane

 The individual pieces in the above series are:

Paris View

Lou and Who

Two + Two



For a little more of her work try this You Tube video.

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Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy two exhibits at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Today I will tell you about “Florida In Fabric: Wish You Were Here,”  and tomorrow I will share the Yvonne Porcella exhibit and tour. The quilts for “Florida in Fabric” were required to be 40 by 60 inches to  have to look of postcards and they had to be designed in such a way to represent the feeling of Florida. There were 15 quilts accepted in the display, and I have photos of just a few of them which I show in no particular order.

Reflected Colors by Marianne R. Williamson

Crotons by Ellen Linder

Little Havana: Refugio by Carol Egan

Florida Garden, with Critters by Bobbi Baugh

Gone Fishing by Sylvia Clary

The exhibit runs from May 19 to August 18, 2012, so you still have time to visit!

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