Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Preview of Work for Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, CA

Good News.  One of my works, "Dancing Iris" has been accepted into the "Spring Forward" show at   Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, CA from April 26 through July 11.  Below is a close-up sneak peak of one area of the work.   Once the show opens, I'll post a picture of the entire, hand painted, quilted art.
©Linda Friedman 2014
What a swell day it has been.  Playing in the studio--painting, printing, dying, stitching and, to top it off, receiving word that one of my recent works has been accepted into a great gallery in a University community of my own home state.   Life is good--let's keep it that way.

And always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
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Using Rit To Overdye Cardboard Stamped Fabric

 In the process of straightening up my studio I cut down cardboard boxes for the recycling bin but saw a few box flaps that called out to me to make stamps out of them.   What follows is a description of how the stamp was made and then used to create images on fabric.

Step #1:  I glued cardboard strips to a cardboard backing with wood glue but I imagine any white glue may also be used. 
Step #2:  I used a brayer to apply a dark green acrylic craft paint mixed with equal parts of textile medium to the cardboard stamp.

(I discovered that once the paint has dried on the cardboard, other colors can be applied and different colored stampings can be made.  Bonus!  The stamp can be used over and over again.)

Step #3:  I repeated the stamping 4 times on white cotton fabric .

Step #4:  After the first green stamping was dry, I applied yellow acrylic craft paint mixed with equal parts of textile medium by using an old, plastic shower head as a secondary stamp.

I wish I had taken photos of the following steps, but, alas, I did not.  What had begun as merely an experiment to see if I could get make a useable stamp block with cardboard actually turned out quite nice, but it wasn't until I saw how it was developing that I started taking pictures.

Step #5:  After the second stamping dried, I wet the fabric in almost hot water, spread it out on my protected surface, and used a pipette or lab dropper to randomly apply liquid Rit dye over the entire surface.

Step #6:  After the bluish dye was added, I sprayed Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative on it and let it sit for about 25 minutes.  I then scrunched up the fabric, put it in a microwave safe container with a loosely fitting lid and set the microwave to 35 seconds on normal/high setting.  It is important to note that the steam created in the microwave facilitates the bonding of the dye with the fabric.  Just don't close the lid tightly.  The steam might cause it to pop off and that could make a messy problem

(Note:   Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be ordered on-line.  It's a great product and also superbly aids in bonding the dye with the fabric.)

Step 6:  I removed the fabric from the microwave and rinsed it in cold water.

Step 7:  (Almost finished)  I hung the fabric to dry and then ironed it from the back side.  It's a good idea to put a pressing cloth onto the ironing board, just in case any color does come off.  In this case, it did not.
Ta-da!  Here is the finished fabric.

Here is what the back of the fabric looks like.  Now, I can't decide which side I like better.
I was playing around with ideas of how I might use this fabric in an art work and happened to lay the cardboard stamp on top of it.  I rather like the way this looks.  Hmmm, this may have potential.
 Remember, never fear to experiment.  Sometimes wonderful things happen.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Demonstrating Rit Dye Application for Quilting Arts TV

Susan Brubaker Knapp and Linda Friedman in Quilting Arts TV Studio
Sometime ago Rit Dye saw one of my blog postings in which I demonstrated a technique that I use with their concentrated, liquid dye products and the company asked if I would to do a demonstration for Quilting Arts TV.  Earlier this week I flew to Ohio and a segment for the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 was taped with the greatest host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.  If you have not already done so,check out Susan's website, Blue Moon River.  It will surely delight your senses. The Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 in which my segment is scheduled to appear will be released in July, 2014.  What a grand time it was.  The entire staff was not only superbly professional but their welcoming friendliness was heartwarming.

Speaking of "warming", the Ohio adventure presented this Southern California native with snow.  Unbelievable as it may seem, I've never experienced snow firsthand, so  this was quite a treat for me.  When I arrived at the hotel, a wind had brought in the beginnings of a snow flurry.  When one of the hotel managers found out that this was a first for me, she rushed me outside and took a picture.  Any who live in areas that regularly have snowfall, will surely laugh because falling snow is barely visible in the photo.  Still, I experienced falling snow and I was elated.  Now, I'm home and fully appreciating our idyllic weather here in Vista, California.
Snow?  Honest, it really was starting to snow :-)
I will post more photos of the taping as they become available.  Until then, never fear to experiment!
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Appearance of Fall"

"Appearance of Fall"
I'm thrilled to share that my recent quilted, fiber art work, "Appearance of Fall" will be included in the Quilts on the Wall  "Appearances" exhibit at the 35th Glendale Quilt Show.  This annual show will be held for the first time in the Pasadena Convention Center http://www.pasadenacenter.com/ on March 21 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and March 22 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

This promises to be a phenomenal show so if you are going to be in the greater Los Angeles area, try to take it in.  The convention center is located at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena 91101.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Opportunity Came Knocking

I am happy as a clam to share that I have been asked to do a segment on Quilting Arts TV. At this juncture I can't say more, but maybe this picture will be a teaser. As I am able, I will let you all know the whats, whens, and wheres of this serendipitous opportunity.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Fiber Reactions" -- Slideshow of SAQA Regional Show

My camera's battery held out long enough to take pictures of all but one quilted art and artist statements and I was able to create a slideshow for you. Here 'tiz...
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Three Quilted Works Juried into Poudre River Gallery in Ft. Collins, CO

Today I received notice that all three of my submitted works will appear in the Poudre River Gallery in Ft. Collins, Colorado from November 29th through December 28th.  This means that 6 of my 6" x 6" quilted works will be shown in two different states during this period.  Happy, happy day. 

This is a particularly meaningful acceptance for me because my mother and father met at Colorado State University in the mid to late 1920's.  At that time I believe it was called Colorado State Normal School.  Both had fond memories of Ft. Collins and of their college life there, so for my works to visit Ft. Collins it is, indeed, a fine moment for me.

These are the works that will be on exhibit in the Poudre River Gallery show.


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Friday, November 8, 2013

"Fiber Reactions" - A Must-See SAQA Showcase Exhibit

"Fiber Reactions" is definitely a must-see for art aficionados.  This SAQA showcase exhibit, curated by the illustrious artist, Mary Tabar, will feature diverse quilted fiber art created by many talented and nationally recognized artists.  It will held at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in San Diego County at 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064 and will run from December 3 - December 27, 2013.  For those of you who are able to attend, don't miss the docent Tours on December 5 and December 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Postcard Announcement
I am truly honored to have one of my quilts hanging among such notable works of outstanding artists.
"Cosumel Musings"
Close-up of "Cosumel Musings"
The artist reception will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"Small Works" Exhibit at the Chait Galleries Downtown

I am totally elated to report that the artist reception for the "Small Works" at the Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City, Iowa, is this coming Friday and kicks off a two-month show.  It is rewarding to know that three of my works were juried into the show and will hang along side paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works.  Pictures of the gallery show it to be a fantastic venue for art.
Chait Galleries, Downtown
 Here are my three works that were accepted into the "Small Works" Show.
"Blowing in the Breeze" (6"x6" mounted)

"Water Spirit" (6"x6" mounted)
"Soaring" (6"x6" mounted)
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A Heart Emerges in November

It happened again!  I was trying, really I was, to clean my worktable of small remnants but a nice little white remnant jumped up and grabbed my attention.  I just had to do something with it other than toss it in the trash.  A fun Valentine greeting card emerged.
It all started with a heart and an arrow drawn on the fabric with Pentel Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks blocks of color and words of love hand written around the heart with a #03 Alvin TechLiner technical drawing marker.  These drawing tools can be purchased at many art supply stores but, if memory serves me correctly, I believe I bought I bought my 4-pack through Amazon.

To stabilize the fabric I placed Timtex interfacing behind it and then secured it in a round, machine embroidery hoop and stitched around the heart in red and the arrow in black.

 Once the stitching was complete I cut the fabric to an even 1/4" away from the Timtex, glued the edges with Weldbond, a non-toxic white glue that will bond almost anything but still cleans up with water.

As the glued edges were drying, I cut a piece of red craft felt on which to mount the stitched heart fabric and cut it just shy of the 5"x6/5" blank greeting card stock that is in my paper stash.  At first I mounted the felt onto the front of the card with Weldbond since it was at hand.  WRONG.  The moisture in the glue distorted the card stock terribly so I discarded that attempt and turned to 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive and it worked like a charm.


Last touches included using a red Inktense Watercolor block to make a border for the heart.  
                                                         Inktense Blocks, Set of 24
To soften the edges of the border, I painted over the red line with only water in a Niji Waterbrush.
Finally, I sprayed the back with the same 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive that I used to adhere the felt  and the card was finished.  When February rolls around, I'll post it in my ETSY shop along with some other cards that I've made to celebrate Valentine love.  I might even consider posting it now.  Fortunately, there is no edict that love can only be expressed on February 14th each year.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

From Remnants a Story Grows

A few months ago I "gifted" two large bags of fabric remnants to a local group and decided to try to emulate Eleanor Burns by tossing out small remnants but, try as I might, I just couldn't bring myself to throw beautiful snippets into the trash.  Oh, woe, within the year I had two more bags of remnants but this time, I rolled each leftover piece of fabric, tied it with string, and once again started to save these little treasures.  A couple of weeks ago I pulled out the bags, sorted the remnants, cut them into swatches with parallel sides and started stitching them to 6" blocks of cut newspaper.

Here is what is developing.

In the second row from the left, 2nd block down, I inserted netting instead of a block of strips and then stitched a mini quilt onto the netting...and here it is :-)

What is seen through the netting is the end of two storage shelves that sit behind the block so this picture does not adequately show the transparent quality of the netting.  When I make the quilting sandwich with batting and backing, 6" holes will be cut in those layers, also.  How I will finish the edges, I am not quite certain yet, but I'm sure that a refined finish can be accomplished.  Ah, the challenges.  They just keep coming and I relish them--well, most of the time I relish them.  At other times I pull my hair.

When I hung the piece to see how it was developing, I liked it but it lacked a story and I knew there was a one hidden in it that need to be told so...

Out of my hand dyed fabric stash I selected a piece that might suggest a sunset sky, drafted a circle from brown craft paper to use as a pattern and then cut a circle from the hand dyed fabric.  I then fused it to Heat-n-Bond Fusible Iron On Non- Woven Stabilizer* to give it stability.  Next I cut a smaller circle from the quilt top so that it would overlap the edges of the hand dyed fabric circle and affixed the circle with satin stitching.  And now, dah-dah, here is that element...

The story is beginning to develop--at least in my story telling mind.  I plan on creating either an appliqued or a free motion embroidered element into the circle and linking it somehow into the mini-quilt that is set on netting, but that will be in the near future.  As it develops, I will add pictures, but at the moment I have three other projects on the work table that are crying for my attention.  Isn't that just the way it goes with artists--especially those who are also quilters?
*  It might be worthwhile to note that the Heat-n-Bond Iron On Non-Woven Stabilizer is very soft and does not, even slightly, alter the hand of the fabric.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

My 6"x6" works in Chait Galleries Downtown "Small Works" Show

I'm elated to report that three of my 6" x 6" works have been juried into the Iowa City, IA, Chait Galleries Downtown "Small Works" show that will run from November 8, 2013 through January 6, 2014.  The selected works are shown below.  This will be the second out-of-state gallery venue where these works will have been shown.   Oh, happy day for the little things in life...
"Water Spirit"

" Soaring"

"Blowing in the Breeze"

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Slide Show of "Maps" Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA

As I was perusing Alex Anderson's and Ricky Tims' The Quilt Show blog, I found that their August 10, 2013 featured a Smilebox slideshow of "Maps", the Quilts on the Wall exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California.  It was gratifying to see my Vetruvian Man show up on this little show.  For a slice of fun, check out The Quilt Show blog post.  The art work that centered on an interpretation of the "Maps" theme were varied and quite stimulating.

Here is the post card that went out to advertise the "Maps" exhibit.  The image was taken from the outstanding interpretation of the theme by Trish Charity, artist extraordinaire.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Maps" Exhibit Now at Quilts Inc. in Houston

I'm happy to report that the Quilts on the Wall (QOTW) Exhibit, "Maps" is now at Quilts Inc. in Houston.  If any of you happen to be in Houston between October 31 and November 3, be sure to take in The International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  This is my work that will be hanging with the QOTW exhibit.
"Body Map In Honor of DaVinci's Vetruvian Man"

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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


And There Was Light


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)