Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Transformations Exhibit

I am honored to be part of a joint exhibition with Susie Monday-Transformations - at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, Texas ( ). The exhibition can be viewed July to August 24, 2020. Here is a video link of the exhibition:

To see additional photos, scroll to the bottom of this posting. 
Also included are a few group quilts from the Austin Art Group.


That is what we do as artists: transform. We start with simple materials -- as fiber artists that means cloth, thread, batting, paint, dye and more -- and we transform the materials into artful stories, images and messages. Art then transforms us, with emotional responses, questions, new ways to see the world.
This exhibit of abstract art quilts is about the transformation that takes place when artists look beneath and beyond the images of realism and narrative content to see and expose the bones of what makes a painting or other piece of art “work.” This is art that is about the FORM in transform. These abstract works are about line, shape, composition, movement and pattern, energy and emotion. Perhaps they require a little more from the viewer -- we are not relying upon subject matter to tell a visual story — but nevertheless we are transforming the visions in our minds’ eyes into art work that has impact, inspires emotion or curiosity. We hope our work helps our viewers look beyond an object into that which is non-verbal, a relationship more akin to listening to music than looking at a photograph.

Sherri Lipman McCauley
Sherri Lipman McCauley, a fiber artist who lives and works in Lakeway, Texas, brings her life experiences together in the creation of her artwork. McCauley is educated as a teacher, trained as a programmer, and has emerged as an artist, creating serendipitous fiber designs. Her design work often starts with black and white marks, with the addition of colors and shapes to reflect emotions and events in her life. The color and shapes represent the artist’s interaction with the world in which we live. With many experiences yet to encounter, many dyes and paints to explore, and many yards of fabric to tangle with, McCauley hopes her abstract art provokes the viewer and allows them to connect with the abstractions, finding delight in the view.

Susie Monday
The work and life of Susie Monday is informed and inspired by the Texas Borderlands where she works and teaches in person and online from her studio near Pipe Creek, Texas. Although much of her previous work was narrative and folk art inspired, a couple of years ago she began exploring abstract compositions, influence by her early art training in the late 1960s, in the shadow of abstract expressionism. A studio art graduate from Trinity University, Susie has written many articles, co-authored a book on creativity for parents, and teaches and lectures in person and online about digital design, creative process and surface design.

Austin Art Group
This group of textile artists and art quilters worked collaboratively together for more than eight years, creating a body of work around common themes. Artists include: Anne Holliday Abbott, Frances Holliday Alford, Betty Hildebrand Colburn, Jean Dahlgren, Barb Forrister, Pearl Gonzalez, Connie Hudson, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Raewyn Khosla, Sherri Lipman McCauley, Diane Sandlin, Susan Lewis Storey, Niki Valentine Vick, and Kathy York. This collaboration took place during the time all the artists lived in Austin, Texas.



Thursday, February 27, 2020

QuiltCon 2020

QuiltCon was held in Austin, Texas this February. It was a wonderful collection of modern quilts, colorful, masterful and beautifully displayed. I volunteered at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) booth for a couple of days, enjoyed the show quilts and maybe spent a bit too much on some fabrics and supplies (that I probably did not need).
My daughter happened to be in town, so it was very fun showing her my world. We enjoyed browsing the quilts, shopping and running into a handful of quilting friends.
I  did not have any quilts hanging on the show floor this year, but I currently have two small quilts displayed at Austin Bergstrom International Airport until early April. If you happen to be passing through, look for the exhibit from the Austin Modern Quilt Guild, hanging across from gate 17, facing the restrooms.
And here are my quilts-
Forward, 24"x24"

Complement, 25"x24"

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Quilting Arts TV

In April 2019, I had the opportunity to film a few segments for Quilting Arts TV. This opportunity was pure delight for me! I am a big fan of the show, and to have the opportunity to work with the folks in the quilting community was wonderful.

Working with Susan Brubaker Knapp and Vivika Hansen DeNegre was like spending time with rock stars. Their attention to detail and insight to the particulars in filming were amazing. The support staff team they have assembled is stellar. Thanks to Kathy, Katherine, Kristin, Jeannine as well as everyone behind the cameras and sound room. Sorry I did not get a chance to learn everyone’s names, but please understand that they all work together like a well-oiled rotary cutter. They made me feel like a star, taking care to feed me, iron my clothes, help organize my supplies, and make suggestions on my content and presentations.

Susan Brubaker Knapp and Sherri Lipman McCauley

I am looking forward to the airing of my segments in the 2400 and 2500 series this summer. I will be included in episodes 2403, 2405, and 2411. Topics I presented included flinging paint, painting with gestural motions, making improvisational blocks from painted scraps and adding color with the use of die cut appliques.

QATV set

I like to work extemporaneously and in the abstract. I love to apply paint on fabric, incorporating the two mediums into cohesive designs. I work in an improvisational mode, allowing the paint and fabric to dictate the direction of my artwork. Often, my artwork is pulled together with machine stitching, applique, hand embroidery and machine quilting.

I came upon paint flinging quite by accident. I was working on a piece using thickened dye, applying color with a syringe. After applying the dye, I hung my piece from the pot rack hanging from the ceiling in my kitchen to dry. As it hung, the color started to drip and move down the fabric. I liked the effect, and began to experiment with other tools for the application of color. I found that syringes, squeeze bottles and droppers each create a distinct line form.


I like immediate satisfaction, and might be a bit impatient regarding the time needed to batch and wash out dye, so I experimented with using paints. The results with the paints were outstanding, and so, my flinging shifted to using paint for my designs.

Teal Circle

After experimenting with gestural painting on fabric, I found that I really liked the serendipity of the paint landing on the fabric.  Each application is distinct, each gestural stroke creates something unique and abstract. I love the surprise and the mark of the paint on the fabric. After creating my painted pieces, I make a whole cloth quilt. I enhance the surface with colorful accents of paint and layer with a felt backing. Using a walking foot, I stitch the piece with gentle curves and add a few hand stitches for interest. The edges of the quilted piece are finished, a hanging sleeve is added and the piece is ready to be hung on the wall.

Branches Yellow

My improvisational piecing method began as an answer to the question-What do I make from these scraps of painted fabrics? Modifying my take on the traditional log cabin and courthouse steps, I constructed the blocks with non-traditional fabrics. The blocks were then pieced together with neutrals, creating a modern look with negative space. If you have a few scraps and pieces of fabric from previous paint or dye sessions, bring them out to your cutting mat and try a little improvisational piecing.

Black White Blue

Sometimes a whole cloth top of black and white needs a little color to bring out the design. This can be accomplished with quilted lines of a contrasting color or fusing on a raw edge applique. I especially like working with circles and spirals. I have been known to use a die cut machine to cut shapes out of fabric with fusible web on the back. This works well with cottons, silks and polyester sheer fabrics. Before you quilt your top, examine your design to determine where you want to add a pop of color. Audition a few shapes in different colors, select the appliques, fuse, layer and begin to machine quilt your masterpiece.

Lines #1, Lines #2, Lines #3

I thought preparing the necessary steps to demonstrate the process would be no big deal. BUT-after breaking down the steps, I realized how much work I needed to complete. Selecting quilts to showcase was a challenge as well. I wanted each segment to display the appropriate artwork in support of the process demonstrated on set.

Was it a lot of effort, anxiety, and fun? Oh yes! And, given the opportunity to do it again, I would commit to it in a New York minute!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Great Article about Art Cloth Network at ABIA

Airport posted a great article about art displayed at the Austin airport.

Left to right - 'Black White Blue' by Sherri Lipman McCauley and 'Inner Glow' by Russ Little

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Art Cloth Network-Color Affects Exhibit

Many thanks to the Art Cloth Network artists and exhibit committee members for working with me to get Color Affects displayed at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Due to the massive construction projects at the airport, the hanging of the exhibit was delayed for quite a while. The exhibit went up the first week in January and will be on display until the first week in May 2019. The Art, Music & Graphics Program Manager and her staff were wonderful to work with.

I had forgotten how many steps were involved in curating a show. Many boxes were shipped to my house. They needed to be stored, stacked and checked for return postage and condition. 

On hanging day, fourteen boxes with nineteen pieces of artwork were loaded into my car and driven to the airport. Upon arrival, I was met with multiple wheeled carts to load the boxes of artwork into the airport exhibit space.  My ID was verified, and I was able to be escorted behind the scenes to the room for setting up the exhibit. Together with the staff, we unpacked, verified, established exhibit layout and admired the incredible artwork. 

After a few hours, I was sent home with all the packing boxes, and the airport team was ready to hang the exhibit. The pieces are split between two galleries, behind glass panels. 

I have already gotten great feedback on the exhibit from a few friends who were traveling through Austin. If you are passing through the ABIA, I hope you will get a chance to check out the Color Affects Exhibit.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Quilt Visions 2018: Connections

So very honored to be included in Quilt Visions 2018: Connections at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. The artwork was very inspirational and the museum staff delightful to work with. It was such a thrill to participate in the artists talk and to meet the other exhibiting artists. We turned the opening into a great family vacation, with my husband and daughters joining me in the festivities.

Sherri at Quilt Visions 2018: Connections
Natalie, Sherri and Mae

Branches Yellow, 2017, 52”x27” 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

San Antonio, Texas - SAQA Conference Review 2018

I attended the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) conference, TEXtiles, in San Antonio, Texas  early in April. What an inspirational time I had. I wanted to share some of the highlights with you. I served on the Special Events Committee, so I had some insight into the amount of planning and number of volunteer hours it took to pull this conference off.

It was exciting to be in a room of about two hundred people who ‘get me’, if you know what I mean. I sat with friends from Facebook in the flesh. I got to share meals with ‘rock stars’ of the art quilting world. I heard some informative and entertaining talks. It was a time to connect with like artists and to share our thoughts, techniques and experiences in an informal setting.

The hotel setting was on the Riverwalk and close to many historical sites. The conference included a variety of activities including, a cruise on the river, SAQA committee presentations on regional energy through local connections and upcoming 3D exhibitions. There were great breakout sessions from Miki Rodriguez (Design Rebel), Heather Grant (Best Practices for Professional Art Instructors), Lynne Koolish (Back to Basics-Design Basics, That Is), and Carole Staples (TEXtiles Gallery Talk). The Lightening Talks, 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide, were educational and entertaining. My talk on “Secrets of Painted Threads” was fun to put together, and a little intimidating to present.

During some of the free time, I toured a couple of the Mission sites and ate some great food!

The spotlight auction included over 200 donated pieces. The auction took in just over $22,000!   I managed to ‘win’ two pieces to add to my collection. Here’s a photo of the piece I donated -
“Orange Notes”, 2018, 8”x6”

I had a chance to attend the rep meeting and gain insight into being an effective SAQA rep for my Texas region and enjoy a couple meals with the SAQA board. I led a JAM (Juried Art Member) photo scavenger hunt with Susie Monday. In a breakout session I listened as Lynne Koolish discussed design elements. I heard Heather Grant share insight on proposing class offerings in the quilt world, and I sat in on a critique session with Judith Trager.

The keynote presentations from Meg Cox and Jane Dunnewold were a great way to end the conference.

Meg presented “Tips and Tricks for Giving Memorable Lectures Every Time”. She shared some personal stories and included five tips: 1. Open yourself up wide to the audience, 2. Be dramatic: good lectures are theatrical, 3. Humor is good: self-deprecating humor is better, 4. Practice! Practice! Practice! and 5. Stage fright is real: make it your friend.

Jane spoke about “Standing Tall: Artists as Stewards of Our World”. She presented the seven chakras and how we can apply them to nurturing our artists selves. Jane summed up the seven challenges with her personal seven-line phrase, which she considers her daily practice - 7. Stay in present time, 6. Seek only the Truth, 5. Surrender your will to God, 4. Love is the only true power, 3. Honor Thyself, 2. Honor one another, 1. All is One.

You can listen to her lecture here: “Standing Tall: Artists as Stewards of Our World”

The TEXtiles regional exhibit showed a great variety of Texas themed quilts. I had three pieces in the exhibit- 

"Triangled", 2016, 40"x40"

"Rescued Scraps", 2017, 24"x24"

"So It Flows", 2018, 48"x32"

Perks included a custom designed conference bag filled with fun items and a great printed program with all of the attendees’ email addresses. It was a great way to connect with old and new SAQA friends.

Future SAQA conference locations are:
San Jose, California – April 25-28, 2019
Toronto, Canada – March 19-22, 2020

If you are interested in more details on the conference, shoot me an email at