Joy of Making: Knots

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Custom work filled many summer days at the studio this year.  Completed projects are now delivered. Before I completely shift into next season’s work, my hands and mind are revisiting techniques and tools: a bit like a family reunion.

Grandma Alice showed me how to tie quilts when I was a teenager.  My fingers readily repeat the old motions. I enjoy adding this simple bit of thread into textile art. Seen here, knots added to wall hanging  used in the worship space of The Legacy, Staunton, VA.

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Desert Meditation

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The exhibition is at Floris United Methodist Church through July 26, 2015. Two of my works are part of the liturgical section.  Desert Meditation is part of the original concept: “the show conveys the spirituality, healing, and inspirational messages that transcend all people.”  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information.

 

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Consider shadow.

Make a triangle, find its shadow, and pair them up.

Repeat squares.  Print. Arrange. Compose. Repeated squares reveal a cross.

Cover it all.  Draw circles in the sand. Stitch the scrim. Cut. Leave the path of circles. Reveal the cross’s center. Create more shadow. Touch the shimmer.  Fray the edges.

Now be new. 

I like to meditate alone during times of transition, before big decisions.  This panel has been a quiet desert retreat in the year I became a wife, again. 

Complex images bring me clarity and assurance.

 

Unto The Hills

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The horizon line of the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the delights of living in the Shenandoah Valley.  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information.

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Unto The Hills

 

If I were a psalmist, I would look to the Blue Ridge.

Old mountains catch the mist, the snow.

Old mountains protect the valley below,

Green valley where I walk in daily patterns.

 

The path of the labyrinth quiets my mind

And I raise my eyes.

I lift my eyes. The hills have shadows and trees.

Goodness is there. Help is present.

Consider These Lilies

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opens July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The ubiquitous day lily stars in the first.  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information.

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Consider these lilies.

Growing in your very own yard. Not the ones in faraway places. Not the ones on Easter altars. Consider these lilies.

The ones mama held in disdain, but which taught you about wabisabi in floral arrangement. (Not that anyone near that Midwest farm knew anything about Ikebana.)

They neither sow nor reap. They bloom one day. That’s it. Of course, there are plenty of buds. Blossoms appear abundantly for many summer days.

These one day bloomers persevere, returning each spring after deep cold, deep snow.

Could I be of their stock? I will consider these lilies.

Traveling in Spirals: Size Matters

tape and glovesI stood behind the receiving table for an art quilt exhibit wearing white gloves and holding a tape measure and a seam guide.


It was my responsibility to check for accurate quilt size and the position and construction of the hanging sleeve. I requested each entrant to place submitted work flat, with the back side facing up. I wanted to quickly and accurately measure, inspect, and approve. The artists provided a variety of responses to my efforts. Oddly, gratitude was rarely one of them.


I appreciate a good proof reader and an honest critic in the process of making art that will be shared beyond my safe circle. Correct size and standard hanging arrangements help to insure an attractive display. I never want to be the one 19″ square in a room full of 18″ square quilts.

A Year of Listening, Week 10

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One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it. –Katherine Anne Porter

 

 

Art quilt, Heart’s Desire, illustrates the courage to cut a hole in a quilt, to let go of one pattern to become something new.  Personal collection of Norma Colman.

A Year of Listening, Week 2

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. –Annie Dillard
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section of Dancing at Midnight, textile wall hanging by Norma Colman

Fashioned

I have been a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates for several years, but this is the year I stepped up to contribute to the Benefit Auction.  My approach was to be playful.

The Pantone color, tangerine tango, was my starting point.  I worked with upcycled decorator weight silk and cotton and also casement fabric for window treatments.  I abstracted a fashion photograph into a triangle, a square, and an oval.  And then cut, pieced, sliced – several times.  I eventually created two small quilts, one stacked upon the other.  And yes, it was fun to fashion the work in this way.

The quilts are attached to fabric covered stretcher bars with copper nails.

My work — along with many, many other fine contributions — are on display via SAQA’s online galleries.  It is great fun to look at the variety of work in the 12″ square format.