Fibre Arts Network Exhibition

AN-ExhibFredericton’s Fibre Arts Network ( FAN) is having an exhibition at the UNB Art Centre Nov.1- December 13, 2020. The Art Centre is open only on Sundays from 12-5 pm. To visit you must sign up at www. go.unb.ca/art-centre.  You can also view online at www.go.unb.ca/art-centre-online.  Two of my wall quilts are in the exhibition. They are shown below.

 

 

 

 

The Tree of Diversity



 

 

 

 

 

 

 A Walk in the Forest

Exhibition and Sale

Sunbury shores Arts and Nature Centre  Saint Andrews NB has accepted my submission of New Brunswick through the Seasons in Paint, Fabric and Thread to be included in their Craft Year 2020 exhibition and sale to be held Oct. 2- Nov. 7, 2020 in Saint Andrews.  My submission includes both thread paintings and wall quilts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curry Mountain thread painting framed under glass 15  by 17 inches

Fall Wall Hanging Created During Pandemic

  • I completed this fall wall hanging during the lock down. The confetti foreground had been completed and sitting in a container.  I started out by using Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell’s book The Art of Landscape Quilting  for technique ideas.  They used glue sticks to attach the pieces but I didn’t find this to my liking so used misty fuse rather than steam-a -seam-2 to back my fabrics so the quilt  wouldn’t be too stiff.  I rough cut several fabrics for the distant leaves and made some detailed close-up leaves using inktense pencils. My figure was also painted using inktense pencils.

 

Treasured Memory

I just returned from the Grand National Fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition with the theme Still in Portage la Prairie Manitoba Canada where my piece Treasured Memory was displayed along with 46 other pieces in a wonderful show at Prairie Fusion arts and Entertainment . This piece was created from a photograph of my grandmother. I loved how the light was catching her. I used inktense pencils and commercial fabrics

World Wide Whispers

I have been part of Team Canada for the World Wide Whispers Project. In a nutshell it’s a bit like the child’s birthday party game where the leader starts by whispering a sentence in the ear of the next participant and then it continues around the room, evolving and changing from the original sentence. Kim Caskey, the Team Canada leader produced the first quilt inspired by a photograph by Lesley Zwaal of Edmonton Alberta. Artists from each province and territory of Canada (13) were sent a photograph showing only the most recent wall quilt and given a one month time frame to create a 18 by 24 inch wall quilt inspired by that photograph.  I was the New Brunswick representative and created the third Quilt in the series. It has been a long 13 months when we were not allowed to reveal our involvement and saw only a photo of the quilt that inspired our piece. Finally on January 6, 2019 Kim sent us a wonderful power point presentation showing us all the quilts, artist statements and more.

 Also involved in their own World Wide Whispers were teams from Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, USA.

The Canadian collection will be shipped to Scotland where it will hang, along with the other 4 teams, at the Scotland Guild’s AGM event in Glasgow in March. Following that, they will travel to The Netherlands for a show in April. The most exciting part is that all quilts from the 5 teams will be displayed at The Birmingham UK Quilt festival in August 2019.

Looking In Looking Out is my piece. In a separate post I will show my inspiration piece by Pat Findlay.

Commissioned Thread Painting

Today I finished a thread painting of the Keswick River in autumn which was commissioned this summer. My process is to paint the background and then enhance the detail by adding texture using the needle on my sewing machine like a paint brush. 

The first photo shows the scene as I finished the painting and the second reveals the finished piece before it goes to the framer for stretching, matting and framing.

 

 

Thread Applique Pet portrait

I made this thread appliqué pet portrait of Bruno for my son’s 29th birthday. Bruno has captured the hearts of my son, Tristan and his fiancé, Erin.

The fur was a bit different from other animals I have done so it posed a bit of a challenge but I was pleased with the result.

I chose to paint the background in muted greys so as not to compete with that sweet little face.

 

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50th Wedding Anniversary Gift

 

 

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I wanted to create something for my sister and brother-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary but was stumped as to what to make.  Some friends in my garden club suggested I make a picture of the family home which we had sold in January after the death of our dad. My husband objected that this would have no significance to my brother-in-law but suggested  that if I included the car he would have been driving while “courting”, it would be meaningful to them both.

With some help from my niece, I tracked down the year and model of the car (1956 Ford custom.) The internet made it relatively easy to get a picture although there weren’t many with the rear view that I wanted. I remembered the car and knew it was a light green. I painted some polyester fabric for the car so it would have a sheen.

Using an older photograph, I tried to create the house and yard of our youth. I drew the house and made appliqué patterns. I painted a background which included a willow tree that had died many years ago and a snowball bush that my mother had loved and my father hated. I appliquéd the pieces using free motion embroidery and added a few flowers and the willow and snowball.  For the final touch I placed the car in the driveway.
I had it framed under glass so the photo is before it went to the framer’s.

footnote:

The anniversary party was attend by a huge number of people so we decided to give family gifts at a restaurant the next day. I was pleased with their reaction although my brother-in-law didn’t have his glasses on so it was my sister, Karen, who first spotted his car.  Her reaction was heartwarming.  Karen said it showed how much he liked it when, after the meal, he  took it around showing it off to the waitress and the other people in the dining room.

Studio and Gallery Open

Studio

My teaching studio and gallery  at 683 Route 104 Burtts Corner is finished after being under construction for quite some time. My husband has done a great job creating this space.

GALLERY- The gallery is open by chance or appointment.

TEACHING-I have started with offering a series of four classes beginning in September. I hope that students will want to learn my specialities and then come back for help with their own projects. This would be a directed studies course but that will be for the future.

I would be happy to her from you about techniques you would like to learn.

See the current class schedule in Studio and Gallery.studio&gallery web