Monday, November 17, 2014

A Tiny News Book

Cover with Little Booklet Pages Bound with Glue and Fabric
Have you ever had one of those mornings when you don't hit the floor running and just flip on the early morning news to wake you up as you sip that first go-juice cup of coffee?  That was my morning today.  The repetitive warning nature of the news items didn't do much to stimulate creativity but fortunately some left over cuttings of card stock, pens and Derwent Inktense pencils were close at hand.  Bonus! 

What emerged was a little booklet that documents the ho-hum start of my day and at least let color into it.
Page 2 - First Warning
Page 3 - Second Warning
Page 4 - Good News (finally!)
Page 5 - Third Warning? (It looked nice and warm to me!)
Page 6 - Fourth Warning - fire conditions
Page 7 - Fifth Warning - more fire condition warnings
Page 8 - 6th Warning - Driving off cliffs is dangerous
Page 9 - 7th Warning (Ebola will kill...OH NOOOO!)
Although the news never seems to be uplifting, I have often found that if I make make light of it, then the morning doomsday pall doesn't hang over the rest of the day.  Today's doodling parody was no exception.  It was a beautiful, productive day and perhaps the repetitive, droning, red flag warnings were of value after all.  So far, no wildfires have been reported in San Diego County and that is a blessing!

Tomorrow, yes, tomorrow I hope to post a fiber art topic.

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fantasy Insect Flight - Fiber Art Post Cards


 
It seems that it is almost impossible for me to discard anything that might be used.  After cutting a Soft Kut block to a size I needed for another project, a narrow rectangular piece was left over and I was moved to cut a vine shape into it.  That little block lay on my worktable for a few days.  I auditioned it on a scrap of fabric.  Hmmmm.  I liked it but what to do with it?

I had a few sticky back foam sheets that begged me to cut out a flying insect shape.  Ah, ha!  Serendipitously I happened to lay it near the little vine block and flying insect post cards were off to a flying start.

I drew around a 4"x6" post card five times to establish where to place the stamp prints and here is how the postcards developed. (Only 5 card shapes would fit onto the remnant of fabric or I would have stamped more.)

Vine and Insect Stamp

 Acrylic Paint Mixed and Fabric Medium Applied with Fabric Sponge
Repeat Images Stamped onto Hand Dyed Fabric
Fabric Layered onto Low Loft Cotton Batting and Stitched
Free Motion Quilting in Progress
Establishing Where to Cut the Image from the Fabric

Cutting the Post Card Image from the Fabric
Ironing Fusible Webbing to Post Card Back
Fusing the Front to the Back between Folded Teflon Sheet
Final Set of 5 Post Cards (after zig-zaging edges closed)
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bird in a Nest - Fabric Post Card


Snippets of thread and fabric always accumulate on the worktable next to my sewing machine.  They look like birds’ nests and tossing them seems to be such a waste of resources.  Instead of relegating them to the trash, I am now am working them into fabric post cards.  
 A little water soluble stabilizer, some free motion stitching, a bit of fusible webbing, a couple of Inktense "painted" birds on fabric, a printed postcard back, closure with zigzag stitching, and wa-la, we have birds in nests ready to be mailed.

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Yay! "Homeward Flight" Sold at SAQA Auction

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It was exciting to check in on the Studio Art Quilts 2014 Benefit Auction today to find that my donated quilt, "Homeward Flight" had sold to a private collection.  Yay!  It makes me feel so good to be able to contribute to this great organization that endlessly strives to promote quilts as art.

If you desire to add a fantastic quilted art work to your collection, be sure to visit the Studio Art Quilts exhibit in Houston if you attend the event or go to the Studio Art Quilts website to purchase a work.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tribute to Red Circles, Birds and Friendship

I am so touched by Mia Bloom paying tribute to our friendship in her Collage #29 that I must write about this today.  There couldn't be a better way to describe who a person is than to illustrate that person's likes.  Mia certainly did this in her Collage #29.  She wrote that I love red circles and birds and then produced this wonderful collage.
Mia Bloom's "Collage #29"
My appreciation for a solitary red circle harkens back many decades to an evening when my mother and I attended an art exhibit at UCLA.  When we walked into the exhibit, we came face to face with a painting the size of a wall.  It was all white with the exception of a big red circle.  At that time neither my mother nor I could figure out why this was considered art.

Over the years I have learned how very important placement, balance (or lack of it),  and color are in a work of art.  Periodically a circle, sometimes a red circle, will appear in my own art and each time, I smile as I reflect upon that painting we saw many years ago.  I shared that story with Mia some time ago and she remembered it. 

Here is a stark example of my thinking about that same red circle.
"On the Edge"
Now, for the reference to birds...Somehow, birds keep popping up in my art.  Some are in flight, some are not, but but every so often they manage to creep into my work one way or another.  Just the other day I caught a glimpse of a loudly chirping little bird atop a telephone pole.  Because ledges and heights are not among my favorite places to be, I had a fleeting moment of compassion for the little feathered fellow.  Instantly, my mind acknowledged that birds can fly and I figured that if I, too, could fly, heights would not longer be threatening.  Perhaps I have a hidden desire to be able to fly.

All that being said, Mia Bloom tapped into the essence of the things that make me tick and for her to take the time to put her creative thoughts into action to recognize the Linda of Linda is an honor, indeed.  Thank you, Mia Bloom. 

I highly recommend that you check out Mia's collages on her blog.  She describes her 30 collages as a self imposed challenge to create a collage a day, in 30 minutes, for 30 days. 

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Quilts in Mancuso Quilt Fest, Palm Springs, CA


It was great fun this morning to receive a flier from the Mancuso Quilt Fest and to find that two of my quilts will be in the show.  They will be in the Special Exhibits section.  "Autumn's Palette"will be with the "Appearances" exhibit from Quilts on the Wall.   "Between Heaven and Earth" is in the "Fiber Perceptions" exhibit with Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists.
"Between Heaven and Earth"
"Autumn's Palette"
 If you happen to be in the Southern California area between October 2nd and October 4th, be sure to take in Quiltfest.  It's sure to be a great show.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Genesis of a Composition

After squaring and trimming any art quilt creation, I never can bear to toss out trimmed elements that may someday have potentialOften these seem to be mini compositions all by themselves.  Sometimes I use these cut off pieces to audition a quilting pattern.  Sometimes I use them to merely check on tension before starting to quilt the larger piece from which they were cut.  Whether I use them for a purpose or not, I cannot bring myself to toss them.

As I was straightening up the studio this morning, I ran across a stack of these little gems and couldn't help playing with them on the design board.  I rather like how they work together.  Perhaps these will be worked into a whole new composition.

Here are a couple pictures of some pieces that jumped up at me and begged to be incorporated into a new work.
Section of possible composit

Full placement on design board
There is something about this that reminds me of a "modern quilt".  I know, it's a stretch of the imagination.  Be that as it may, I do like all the white that creates a background.

Since my design board is very large and portable, it takes up a lot of freestanding room in the studio so I am going to have to reluctantly remove the pieces and put them away, once again, for another day.  Oh, no!!! Another UFO and it hasn't even begun yet!
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.
 
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rainbow Shibori How-To Article

Hoorah!  I just received my copies of the October/November 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine  My article, "Rainbow Shibori" runs from page 30 through page 33.  Hope you have a chance to read it and find this method of applying Rit liquid concentrated dye directly to stitched fabric great fun.

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
 © Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved.

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

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)