Friday, September 19, 2014

My "Rainbow Shibori Dyeing" Article in Quilting Arts Magazine

Happy Day!!!  I just received my copy of the October/November 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine My article on "Rainbow Shibori Dyeing" is noted on the cover and appears on pages  30, 31, 32 and 33.  The editorial staff did a fantastic job of representing the process that I developed.  Many kudos and great thanks are due to everyone on the Quilting Arts Magazine staff!
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Studio Art Quilt Associates 2014 Benefit Auction is Underway

The annual Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction is underway and going strong.  For a visual treat and perhaps take this opportunity to add to your art collection, take a moment and visit the beautiful quilted fiber art that is being auctioned. 

This is the piece that I donated to the auction this year.
 
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"United Forever" - Remembering 9/11 in an art quilt

 United Forever


On this day every year I bring this quilt out of storage to honor the memory of all the precious lives that were lost on 9/11/01.  It was one of my early art quilts and created soon after the attack on the Trade Center.  This quilt may lack sophistication but it brings the day back as if it were today.  Never, ever should we forget-- those lives lost on 9/11, the first responders, the families that lost loved ones, and the men of our armed forces who have given their all for our nation.

© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved

3-D Fabric Leaf Method #1

Dimensional Fabric Leaf - Method #1

Over time I have experimented with creating dimensional fabric elements to embellish my fiber art works.  Some of these have worked well and made their way into several of my art quilts.  You might want to try this process to add a tactile element to a quilt that teases the eye and begs to be touched.

I started with a blank, white remnant of white cotton blend fabric.  The following pictures show how I added color to that fabric; however, you might wish to start with an already colorful commercial fabric. 
Diluted Setacolor fabric paint was added to dampened fabric with paint brush
Diluted fabric paint was brushed onto the damp fabric
The fabric was folded in half, right sides together after fabric had dried and was heat set
A leaf shape was drawn onto fabric with a chalk marker
A final leaf shape was drawn with the chalk marker
A length of butcher's string was laid over vein line
Supplies used to affix butcher's string
(Note:  Because the Liquid Stitch that I had on hand and become thicken and gloppy, I used a paint brush to apply it to the fabric instead of unsuccessfully trying to squeeze it through the tiny hole in the bottle cap.)
Liquid Stitch was "painted" onto vein line with a stiff brush
Butcher's string was applied to all vein lines
Two layers of fabric were secured with pins
A cutting line was drawn with pencil
The leaf shape was cut out of fabric on cutting line
This is the leaf shape removed from the fabric
The leaf form was stitched along the chalk outlinewith 2" left open for turning
Tips were clipped to remove bulk
A thumb was inserted between layers to begin turning process
A finger starts the turning process by pushing it through  the 2" seam opening
After turning right side out, a bone folder was used to poke out corners
After turning, the leaf form was ironed flat

This is what the leaf figure looks like after it was ironed flat
The 2" opening was closed with hand stitching
Both fabric layers were pinched around butcher's string vein and a needle was inserted
Small stitches were taken along the length of the butcher's string vein
This demonstrates two completed veins
This is the top view of two completed veins
This shows all veins completed (front of leaf form)
This shows the back side of leaf form after veins were stitched
At this point, I felt that the leaf form could benefit from more color than had been achieved with the very thinned down Setacolor fabric paint.  I used a green and an orange Derwent Inkense watercolor blocks to add more color.
Derwent Inktense Color Blocks
Color was floated with application of water applied from an Niji water brush
Completed Leaf Shape

 In the next few days, I hope to carve out time to write up another method for creating dimensional leaf forms.

(Note:  Although I purchase many of my art supplies from Dick Blick Art Materials and from Dharma Trading Company, both of which are referenced in links herein, most of these items are also  widely available on-line from other sources.)
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
 Sometimes wonderful things happen.

© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Dancing Iris" Selected


I am quite thrilled to report that after hanging  in the "Spring Forward" show at the Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, CA, "Dancing Iris" was selected to travel to the City of Berkeley Planning and Development Department where it will be available almost exclusively for decorators, designers and collectors to view.

I regret that I was unable to travel to the opening reception for the "Spring Forward" exhibit.  According to the Expressions Gallery Facebook page the opening was blast.  Here are some pictures that the gallery posted on Facebook.  I picked and chose a few of the many photos that showed my work hanging in the gallery on opening night.  It sure looks like it was a well attended and fun opening.
The red arrow in the middle-top of this frame shows "Dancing Iris"

It is very rewarding to see fiber and quilted arts establishing credibility in the art world at large.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Fiber Perceptions" at the Cerritos, CA Library

The absolutely outstanding Cerritos Public Library accepted a 10-work exhibit titled "Fiber Perceptions" from Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists (a group to which I belong) to be displayed in their museum quality library throughout the month of August, 2014.  I was thrilled to find this publicity picture on the library's home page under the header of "Displays."
One of the members took these photos of the exhibit set-up.





Because my work has traveled to several venues, you may have seen it posted on my blog before, but if you have not, this one is my submission and I am tickled pink that it was selected for use in the publicity photo.
"Between Heaven and Earth" (38" x 48")
Here is the postcard that was used to announce the exhibit.


© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

A New Series is Born

While experimenting with the use of household items as printing tools, two panels emerged, one that used the lid of a spray can and the other that used kitchen hand utensils and folded cardboard. These were intended only as audition pieces; however, after they lay a couple of weeks on the work table, the concept of pulling the panels together with a figure emerged, and that was the beginning a new series with a signature silhouetted figure and circles. Now my sketchbook runneth over with new ideas.

Flying Free

Flying Free
A New Series Begins

Wonder

Wonder
And There Was Light

Recognition

Recognition
Eden - 15"x24" -
Machine appliquéd photo transfer figures of Adam and Even atop a field of multicolored strips with a raised and glossy epoxy serpent binding the figures. Net overlay with outline quilting around stamped boarder motif. (15”x24”)

Alluvial Shadows

Alluvial Shadows

Alluvial Shadows


Appliquéd freeforms suggest fluid, shadowy overlays. Heavily beaded and embellished with coiled wire connecting levels. Batik fringing with beads.
(21 ½”x25”)

Celestial Order

Celestial Order

Couched yarns and threads meld with a felt star lit night sky to sing to the wonder of the firmament. (9”x13” excluding fringe)

Cherry Jubilee

Cherry Jubilee

Cherry Jubilee

Traditional needle turned appliquéd cherry tree branch highlighted with embroidery and beads atop a free motion quilted and triple bordered background. (12”x13” excluding frame)

Seaside Idyll

Seaside Idyll

Seaside Idyll

(In Blum Private Collection)
Heavily quilted, original fabric painting atop hand dyed background depicts two elegant women meeting upon the shore with fanciful pets that are fashioned after classic carousel figures. The Westwind breathes life into the figures and sways the willowy seaside flora while parasols offer protection from both sun and sand. (46”x19½” hung from fabric casing on reverse)


Heart of Pepper

Heart of Pepper

Heart of Pepper

Original needle punched botanical design on background of dense free motion quilting. (12”x12” excluding frame)

Cozumel Musings

Cozumel Musings

Cozumel Musings

Mixed media original underwater design. Hand dyed background overlaid with card woven feature. Fused, appliquéd and thread painted fish. (21”x39” excluding fringe)

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon

Patchwork heart dotted with French knots atop hand quilted tree of life design executed with paintsticks and a variety of thread embroidery and yarn embellishments. (13 ½”x13 ½” excluding hanger)

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy

Single needle felted botanicals on a back-ground of quilted patchwork and bordered by prarie points. (22”x18” excluding antique hanger)

Koi Reflections #2

Koi Reflections #2

Koi Reflections #2

Hand painted koi fish with dense echo quilting. (21”x28”)

Koi Reflections #3

Hand painted and thread “painted” koi fish set on hand painted background with dense echo quilting. (21”x28”)

Koi Reflections #3

Koi Reflections #3

Appleseed Mirror

Fused and echo quilted apple with lame leaves on a freemotion quilted field of reds. Reverse mirror of “Apple Seed Mirror #2” (12”x12” excluding frame)