Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Art House Views

My Art House

Today is my day to show off my house, so come with me as we tour 'The Art House'.

Here's a list of the participating artists, their houses and blogs to tour:
Susan Else (website) May 2

Frances Holliday Alford May 3

Pamela Allen (website) May 4

Frieda Anderson May 5

Lisa Call May 6

Jane Davila May 9

Naomi Adams May 10

Jamie Fingal May 11

Barb Forrister May 12

Vickie Hallmark May 13

Connie Hudson May 16

Leslie Jenison May 17

Sherri McCauley May 18

Judy Perez May 19

Melanie Testa May 20

Laura Wasilowski May 23

Kathy York May 24

My house is a 24 inches tall with a roof based on a Non La (Vietnamese word for “Straw Hat”, conical in shape).Each wall is composed of surface designed fabric layered with Timtex and lined in contrasting fabric. The fabrics I used I have screen printed or hand painted with fabric paints. Each wall is unique with cut out windows covered in colored screens. The roof was created by cutting out a circle of Timtex, then collaging the surface with pieces of yarns, ribbons, foil and recycled objects. By slashing the circle from the center to the edge, I was able to overlap the edges creating a conical shape with a point. The edges were then velcroed together to give the roof shape. The entry door is embossed metal with a contrasting metal latch glued on for security.

The construction of the house includes lacing the corners together with satin cording of contrasting colors. The walls are stabilized by lashing ¼” dowels inside each corner.

The Walls in Progress

The Roof

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Artist Village

I am excited to be included in the Artist Village, a group project created by Kathy York. I am in great company in the village. My house is on the right side near the corner.

The Artist Village

Friday, April 29, 2011

“Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011” Book News

Some exciting news about one of our group quilts we made in 2005. It is to be included in the book “Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011.”

Shown on the back cover will be nine quilts: Fireworks in the Midnight Sky by Joan C. Wilson (quilted by Richard Larson) of Plano; Girlie Swirlies (aka Cosmic Curves) by the Austin Art Quilt Group: Betty Colburn of Portland, Oregon, Sherri Lipman McCauley of Lakeway, Frances Holliday Alford, Connie Hudson, Susan Lewis Storey, Niki Vick, and Kathy York of Austin; Joy Ride by Libby Lehman of Houston; Mission: Impossible? by Kumiko Abe Frydl of Houston; Never Again New York Beauty by Betty Day of Wolfe City; Pineapple Stretch by Mary Ann Jackson Herndon of The Woodlands; Red Spirals by Connie Watkins of Waco; Rios by Jill Frazior of Montell; and The Forest and the Trees by Barbara Ann Bauer Barrett of Bastrop.

Should be available in May. How fun is that?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Come See Some Great Quilts

Come see some of my quilts, along with others from the Austin Area Quilt Guild at the Corridor of Art at 700 Lavaca Street in Austin, Texas. They will remain on display from Jan 9th through Mar 5th, 2011.

Black Swirls

Black Swirls, 32”wide by 44” long. Color blocks of primary colors with accents of black swirl around in this abstract collage. Hand dyed and painted fabrics were created with a combination of paints, dyes, silk screens and stencils. Machine pieced and quilted. Using fabrics from my stash along with some newly painted fabrics, this quilt came together a block at a time. I enjoy the abstract, so the quilt was designed as I worked with the fabrics, one block at a time.

Getting Ready to Create

I am getting ready to start my creative journey in the studio. Hoping to spend more time with my artwork and less time with the mundane tasks. Here's to letting the creative juices flow!!