Friday, August 22, 2014

Fiber Fever

I recently had the opportunity to view the current fiber exhibit, Fiber Fever, at the Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, Missouri. The show runs from August 8, 2014-September 19, 2014. The variety in the entries makes the exhibit VERY interesting. There is everything from quilts, pieces that include stitching on paper, and tapestries, to woven electrical cords. It is well worth a visit to see it if you are anywhere near the area. Saint Charles is a fun little town (and you are REALLY close to St. Louis); you might want to make this a destination for a trip.

Here are a few of my favorites. There is LOTS more to see if you get a chance to go.

This is a piece called "Buckets of Unfinished Business" and is made of loom woven recycled felt, acrylic paint, and forged steel. It is made by Priscilla Roggenkamp and Keith McMahon. I love the subtle colors and texture.

This is made of twisted coated copper wire and is called "Light." The piece is made by Nancy Koenigsberg. I was drawn to this because of the way it seemed to glow from within.

I am REALLY into hand stitching and all kinds of embroidery these days. This piece, by Candace Hicks, is called "String Theory Volume III." It actually looks like paper with handwriting on it, but it is fabric made to look like pages in a notebook. The "handwriting" is hand embroidery. I certainly appreciate the time it takes to make something like this. You could actually touch and turn the pages of this piece (with the provided white gloves, of course).

This canopy, by Susan Lenz, was spectacular. I loved the way the light reflected down through all the different fabrics of the piece.

Kelly Kozma's "So Many People in the Neighborhood" is made of embroidery thread, colored pencil, graphite, collage, latex paint, textured metallic paint, and gloss on paper. The colors in this piece really pop.

If you would like more information on the exhibit or on The Foundry, click here. You might also check out my little "blurb" about the exhibit in the "Upcoming Quilting/Fiber Arts Events" category to the right of this post. If you would like more information on Saint Charles, click here. I hope you get the opportunity to see this exhibit in person. If you are a person who loves fiber art, you know that pictures just don't do the pieces justice. You really need to see them "up close and personal."


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Penguin Cheer, My Granddaughter, and A Fairy Garden

This weekend I have been busy working on a couple of my blocks of the month. I did finish my new Penguin Cheer block.

It is nice to take a little time from "serious work" to do something fun.

I got a little behind on my Country Threads block of the month blocks. This weekend, I worked on last month's blocks and this month's blocks. I haven't gotten them all finished yet. I'll take a picture of them when they are done.

I have also had company and have done some traveling. The first week in July, I had company and went from home (in southern Indiana) to drop my friend off at the airport in Nashville, Tennessee. From there, I went to my sister's house in Memphis. We both traveled to my son's house in FAR western Arkansas. We had such fun visiting my little granddaughter.

She turns one on July 23rd. I just can't get enough of her! Then it was back to Memphis for us. After a couple of days, I went back home to Indiana. It was wonderful to visit with my friend of over 36 years (Irene) and to spend time with my sister. While at my sister's, she made a terrarium (a little fairy garden) for me.

I just love it. I know you can't see everything from the picture, but there is a little "Home Sweet Home" rock beside the door of the house, a little teeter totter with a frog and turtle on it, a couple of birds, a turtle, a mushroom, some teeny tiny terra cotta pots, and lots of moss and plants. I'm just hoping I can keep the plants alive.

Needless to say, I haven't gotten as much work in the studio done as I would like. I am diligently working on my "extreme embroidery" piece and have even made a few hexagons for my hexagon quilt. I must say, though, that my right hand has enjoyed the time off from hand stitching. I have been having some pain and purchased a brace for my hand (which I wore while I did all that driving). Between the brace and the time off, my hand has felt pretty good; and stitching hasn't seemed to bother it the last few days!!! Yeah!!!