Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Musings

Ordered more heddles and warped up an 8-harness Undulating Twill,  lots of texture to love.

Macy's in the Mall closing.

Good words from Abraham Lincoln.  Our first stop on our 10-day road trip we stayed in a B&B, the Flagg House outside of Springfield, IL.  We spent a day with Lincoln and family at the Lincoln Museum and the neighborhood the family lived in.  The neighborhood is a National Park.  There is an ambiance, a feeling, a character in this place of the family Lincoln.  The 17 years spent there were maybe some of the happiest times for this family who experienced unimaginable tragedies.

This campground is in the Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky, we had it to ourselves, it was grand.
Our destination was the Gulf Shores, Fort Pickens National Park.  

The beach at sunrise, for the birds.

When we left home the ground was covered in fresh white snow, the warm white sands of the beach was divine to stick toes and fingers into.  What could be better?

Love Pelicans!  Took this from the ferry to Dauphin Island.  

Heading North and home.  So great to get away.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Artist Inspired Art

I am a member of an artist cooperative, VIVA Gallery, in a town called Viroqua in southwest Wisconsin.  In January we hold a member show.  The theme this year is 'Art Inspires Art'.  My Inspiration is Sonia Delaunay, painter and textile artist.  I am in love with her work.  She is most known for her bold pattern and color.  Her textiles, big geometrics and an amazing color sense is the reason I choose her as my inspiration.  I ventured into Doubleweave with this project.  I have been reading and looking at it, trying to figure it out and get brave enough to try this weave method and so to begin this new year I dove into it.  I can read all about it but until I get it onto the loom and actually weaving it I don't begin to understand how it works.  There is a lot here to try.

First - a bow to my muse with a minute sampling of the prodigious work of the awesome Sonia Delaunay.

The doubleweave off loom and after trepidatious cutting.  I love it!
Woven in 100% cotton, 1200 ends.  A big, intimidating project that a couple of times I was sure it was not going to work and would have to be "whacked"  (words of my friend Barb).
Now that I've done it once, I can do it again.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wading Through the Leaves

I love the season of walking through the crispy, crunchy leaves.  Many people rake their leaves into the street and then the city truck with a big vacuum cleaner attachment comes around to pick them all up and take them to city recycling. Come spring you can go to city lawn and yard recycling and maybe you will get those same leaves back in a rich composted mix.  I just leave my leaves on the yard and if I rake I'm keeping this rich stuff for my own compost.   I was riding my bike and came across this scene, looked like everyone on the block decided to rake their leaves on the same day.  Pretty impressive leaf lined street still intact (no kiddos jumping into the inviting piles).

Nice bed for the cat, pretty sure she thinks she's hiding. 

Inspiration from leaf piles, woven with Chenille, Tercel and Linen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Changing Season

A web dressed in morning dew.

When the colors of summer and early fall fade sometimes the brightest thing in the woods is a log with fungus.  The white shines with the rusts, browns and black in background.

A late fall plain weave in Chenille.

Night time temps fall and so the plants come in, soon they will yellow and fade too.  They would rather be outside in the sun.

The pretty pink and white hanging petunia is still a beauty outside.  I love fall but it's bittersweet, winter is on it's way.  Enjoy the color this season of change.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Art Fairs

I just read something that I want to save and pass along.  It's about art fairs.  "There is no better place to be on a late summer afternoon (or morning) than an art fair.  Wondering through the tents filled with artisan crafter/makers you will feel inspired at the talent and dedication on show.  The best thing is that you can simply stop and tell them so.  The whole idea is to bring makers and their audience together.  We have the internet at our fingertips but no website can covey the work and skill demonstrated by products made and displayed, not to mention meeting those who did the making."

Artists work in their studios, usually alone - the reward comes when you are invited to a fair and people come and have a look, in my case, feel the textures and try on the handwoven garments.  I love it.

The Sioux Falls Sidewalk Arts Fair was September 10, one day.  It was a fabulous day for people to be out and they were!  The Driftless Area Art Fair is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.  I am looking forward to being there and seeing old and new customers.

Some of my work that will be at the DAAF this weekend.  

I have to include some photos from Sioux Falls, the first is one I took the evening after the fair.

Sioux Falls - Falls Park at night.  Magical.

The Falls in winter.

Can't close this post with a picture of winter, have to show you this beautiful bouquet from the Farmer's Market.  The colors of the dahlias make my mouth water!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Off the Shelf and Into This

Don't loose that cross!

1400++ ends organized

Ready for Beaming


Weave. . .

and Finished.   Really happy with the result.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Water! Earth, Wind and Fire

Awesome Yellowstone National Park, USA

Influenced by Nature

Looking into the soul of the earth.