Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
full design wall
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I thought I had it finished in April, but was not happy with it. So I put a lot more quilting in the background and it looks wonderful.
You can not tell from this photo but it is a Kirkland warbler...a small bird with a yellowish chest. It only nests in young jack pine forests. And then in the grass at the base of the trees.
Kirkland's winter in the Bahamas and nest in northern Michigan. Experts say that it is about a seventeen day trip for them to fly either way.
They were listed as an endangered species in the early '70's and have been recovering well sense the DNR agreed to manage a section of the forest for young jack pine growth. The whole process was helped two years ago when there was a wildfire that burned several thousand acres. The result was natural jack pine regeneration = more Kirkland habitat.
Nature does have a way of taking care of its own, if only we humans understood that better.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
A walk in the woods
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Quick and dirty image of new work
Dialogue V is up o the design wall. It is about stories and how they develop from fragments of information. The central story is a piece of hand dyed silk with markings. I still need to do some more stamping or painting on the blue areas...
I have been defining the marks with hand stitching.For me hand stitching is akin to meditation. I love the feel of thread and fabric and the rhythmic movement of stitching.
I have three other pieces in the design stage and they are all crying for some form of hand work.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Enriching your "voice"
If you are looking for such an experience I would encourage you to go to the Fabrications Retreat web site http://fabricationsretreat.com
and look at the class description for Del Michel. Del is a mixed media artist whose work is exhibited internationally. He has a wealth of teaching experience and on top of that is a thoroughly delightful man.
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day with a small group of artists working in his studio. The result of that experience helped me see possibilities I had never considered. I felt it was instrumental in enriching my “voice
Thursday, June 07, 2007