I was very excited when on July 5, 2021, I was notified by Martha Sielman that she had chosen one of my pieces, Bank Machine Blues, for the book she was writing on birds created with fibre art. It has taken over two years for her to put this book together and have it published by Schiffer publishing but it is a beautiful book entitled Stitched Journeys with Birds. I received my copy in mid October 2023.
You were allowed to submit 3 pieces for consideration.
Bank Machine Blues was created for the 2005 Grand National Quilt Exhibition with the theme : Airborne. I painted my background fabric and used free motion embroidery on warm and natural quilt batt to make the loons. I attached the loons so that they were 3-d. My inspiration was the $20 bill that was in circulation at the time but I wanted it in colour rather than the drab green that it currently was. I used my family initials and order of birth for the serial numbers. In my artist statement I said that you go to the bank Machine, take out $20 bills and they become airborne and fly away. The section above the $20 bill represents those that got away.
Use free motion embroidery on your regular zigzag sewing machine to create a beautiful goldfinch totally from thread. Once the bird is created, it will be cut out and appliqued onto your background fabric . Once learned the method can be used to create other birds, animals and flowers . These can be used for wall pieces, bags, wearable art etc. Extensive notes will be provided. This class takes place in my home studio at 683 Route 104 Burtts Corner on Sat. Oct 7 from 10-4. The cost is $60. For more information or to register contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 506-429-2148.
-On Sat. Sept. 2 3 I will be offering an inktense pencil class at my home studio in Burtts Corner. The class runs from 1- 4 pm and the Fee is $40. To register call 506-429-2148 or email email@example.com.
Using Inktense pencils to create fabric. Put your adult colouring skills to work and play with inktense pencils to create flowers and leaves that can be cut out and used to create appliqués. This is a fun workshop where you will learn some of the tricks for colouring realistic images of your choice and then adding liquid to turn them into beautifully shaded fabrics.
Class will be held Feb. 4 2023 at the NB College of Craft and Design. Sign up before Dec. 15 for a n early bird 30% reduction in the price of your class. Put your adult colouring skills to work and play with inktense pencils on white cotton fabric to create flowers or leaves that you will use to create appliqués. This is a fun workshop whereyou will learn some of the tricks for colouring realistic images and then adding liquid to turn them into beautifully shaded fabrics. You will cut them out and iron them to your chosen background. Choose between my patterns for clematis or maple leaves or bring your own inspirations for flowers and leaves. This can be used as a wall hanging, as a block in a bed quilt, to create a bag etc. Learning this technique opens many options for creating flowers and shaded fabrics. No stitching will be done during this class. Contact Honeybee Folk School for registration https://honeybeefolkschool.ca/courses-2/
I have thread paintings, sun printed bookmarks , coasters and cards (original and printed from my work) at the Small Works Sale at the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery, Florenceville-Bristol Nov. 19- December 17. Hours-Tues. Wed. Fri. and Sat. 10:30-5, Thurs. 12 noon-8. See poster below.
My world Wide Whispers Quilt, Looking In, Looking Out along with the other 12 from Canada and 12 each from Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands and USA have been travelling through Europe, the Mancusco shows in the US, Ireland, Scotland, England and Europe since 2018. The last stop was Quilt Canada in Edmonton in June. It will now be sent home. It was an honour to be chosen as the NB representative in this project which was organized by Kim Caskey of Edmonton Alberta.