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Humans Plan, God Laughs

I was going to share some of my recent experiments with a new to me coloring tool, but instead I had my appendix out. I feel much better now.


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Artistic Endeavors – La Wilson

Last month an obituary appeared in the NYT for La Wilson, who designed quirky assemblages out of odd materials that may or may not have had deeper meanings.  My eye was caught by two things – Wilson died in Hudson, Ohio, which is about a 30 minute drive from my house; and her work is in the Akron Art Museum’s collection.

The copy for her 2014 show at the Akron Art Museum said,

Over the years, Wilson proceeded to position blocks of type, stamps, pastels, crepe paper, fishing lures, plastic forks, coins, rosaries, airplanes, toy guns and a myriad of other materials into boxes or frames creating elegant compositions that evoke delight, nostalgia and sometimes even a dark edge. Wilson comments that her constructions evolve from a “stream of consciousness,” noting that the objects either “click almost instantly” or “take forever to work.”

Not only did Wilson have the Akron show, but she was awarded a Cleveland Arts Prize in 1993. I’m ashamed to say it took her obituary to make me aware of her work, despite her local presence.

She talks about her methods in a short video made in 2011. Apparently her approach was purely intuitive. I love that she knew something was right when “It makes my heart beat faster.”

You can see more of her work at the John Davis Gallery website.


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Sometimes I Give Away Scraps

Recently I had the novelty of giving away scraps of fabric rather than accumulating them. A local theater costume designer wanted to make a cotton patchwork dress for a character named Scraps in a play called “Talking With.” He asked me and another quilter for donations as he doesn’t use colorful cottons.  With them he created a full skirted dress and headpiece.

The mob cap is attached to Raggedy Ann yarn hair and a plastic mask covered with fabric. As you can see, the costume shop is jam packed with stuff. I was happy to donate some of my fabric as this designer has given me many scraps, mostly of sparkly, shiny fabric.


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3,500 Centuries of Glass In Six Hours

I can’t rave enough about the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. My husband and I toured it earlier this month, and expected to be there for about three hours. Instead we were immersed in glass, from its scientific and technical aspects to its artistry, and had to tear ourselves away late in the afternoon. The world renowned collection draws many visitors from abroad. A glass making demonstration we watched was simultaneously translated into Mandarin.

One display is indeed called 3,500 centuries of glass. If you’re a glass objects lover, then allow time for the research library and the Frederick Carder (manager of Steuben Glass for many years) gallery. For entertainment several live demonstrations are on offer, including breaking glass. Sorry, you can watch but not participate. You can also sign up to make glass yourself.

Corning itself seems a shadow of its former glory. It’s trying to get a hip downtown scene going in what’s called the Gaffer District, but how many pubs and massage/healing therapy places can a town support? Corning Glass, now called Corning Incorporated, is still headquartered there, though much of the manufacturing is done elsewhere. The modern headquarters building is behind one of the old entry gates.

But back to the glass. Here’s my highly curated selection of photos based on personal taste and how photogenic the pieces were. Glass reflects light so many of my photos show mostly the spotlights, not the object, despite having the flash turned off.

The above two images are from a special exhibit on Tiffany studio’s mosaic glass. Artisans worked up samples for commissioned works before doing the whole panel. The panels are gorgeous but not photogenic – at least not with my phone camera.

I didn’t note the artist for the above work, but it reminds me of time lapse videos that show seeds sprouting and swaying to catch the light.

The above won my “over the top ostentatious display of wealth” award.

A display case full of blue aurene glass, one of several thousand works designed by Frederick Carder, Steuben Glass Works manager from 1903-1932. The gallery is separate from the main museum, but is worth the short walk to reach it. My first response to this case was holy crap! Then I went on to the other cases and lost the power of speech.

If you visit, and I hope you do, I recommend you arrive right at 9 a.m. when the museum opens. The crowds build towards the afternoon. And they really love to shop.


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Fraternal Twins Completed

A bit ago I wrote about a small quilt called Arcs, specifically how I chopped it up twice. The first piece to calve (think icebergs) from it became another small quilt I called Grasses.  Both developed from the chunks of fabric below.

Arches beginning

Now Grasses is done. I continued to use big stitch embroidery – I got into french knots – and couched cord, but added some decorative machine stitching.

GrassesHere are some closeups.

Grasses detail 1 Grasses detail 2The edges are finished with a single fold binding. For decorative pieces I see no need to use a double fold binding. In fact, I’m rather tired of bindings all together, and want to try alternatives. Jamie Fingal uses a wool blend felt backing that she trims to 1/8 inch beyond the edge all around. I could get into that. She uses felt as batting and backing, as shown in this post.

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Random Stuff From My Inbox

Despite all evidence to the contrary, I’m aware that there’s more to life than quilting. Since summer is winding down I thought I’d feature some non quilting posts that I found amusing, awe inspiring, or informative.

I made derogatory remarks about selfies earlier this summer. As with any popular trend, it has become fertile ground for riffs. Francois Dourlen has developed humor from them. One of my favorites is below.

Marge-Simpson-as-British-GuardMy summer road trip has made me susceptible to travel nostalgia, so I frittered away some time looking at postcards and photos from places along the fabled Route 66. Us geezers know it’s where to go to get your kicks.

Wigwam MotelCheck out the car at the Wigwam Motel.

El Trovatore 2 ArizonaIn Kingman, Arizona, you could unwind at the El Trovatore’s cocktail lounge. I suspect that tall neon sign could be seen for miles.

If you haven’t yet discovered her work, let me suggest you look at some examples by Linda Kemshall. She and her daughter Laura wrote The Painted Quilt, an inspiring lesson in other ways to make quilts. Anyway, here’s Linda’s studio, which has become my touchstone for dream studios.

Linda Kemshall studioA few months ago I showed you art made from books. Now let me introduce you to Peter Gentenaar, a paper sculptor.

Peter Abu Dhabi

peter4He does work for public spaces as well as some fashion shows. I was introduced to him by the Pink Pagoda Studio.

I know I mentioned a quilter, but I didn’t show her quilts. So this still qualifies as a non quilting post.


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Thoughts Of A Fabric Enabler

I had to share this post written by a Canadian lawyer who is married to a quilter. He does an excellent job of describing the characteristics of a fabric addicted quilter (as if there were any other kind.)

fabric addict



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