Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dreamer (started late November 2016)



Currently working on another colossal scale quilt (~8.5 x 24 feet), working title Dreamer.  I've had the idea for some time.  I made a sketch while vacationing on San Juan Island in Washington state in early November 2016.

I started mostly with fabric from my existing collection, as well as several pieces given to me by felllow quilter, Dawn Eckrich, of Iowa City, Iowa.

This square was left over from Swim (2013).  The center piece (1x1") was not the right size for that piece. This orphaned square continued to inspire my fascination with concentric square work.

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Dreamer, 99" (height) x 264" (width)
 
As of early summer 2017, this is where I've landed with Dreamer.  When I arranged the squares according to the original sketch, I soon realized, albeit somewhat crestfallen, that at this scale, the piece needed more structure.  Just shy of despair, I decided to start from a classic ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) approach and see what happened.  There it was!  After months and months of labor to complete each individual tone-on-tone square, I was finally excited about the combined total.  It meant culling out three of the finished 33" squares...but at this scale, there's cast off just like in a smaller project where it happens less notably.  The missing square in the photo shows the floor at my office where I took the photo.  The reflection gave me insight that the piece needs a chromatic foil - white - a place for the eye to rest awhile and something to set off the color intensity. So the final square will be a white-on-(off)white combination.  I hope to have this piece sent to the hand quilter no later than January 2018, and hopefully ready for exhibit by late spring/early summer 2018.
 

Here is the final version of the quilt, sent to the hand quilter early November 2017.









Thursday, March 10, 2016

Water and Trees

 
North Star or satelite?
The earth roars as it moves.
Screens scream out their monetized mythologies,
Everywhere.
 
Water and trees
Sing nature's fecund harmonies.
I dive in deep
And swim in the dew of my lover's eyes.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

April 9, 2016 - Cunningham Children's Home Benefit, Urbana, IL


I have been invited to be the guest speaker for this year's Festival of Quilts, a fundraising event for Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, IL.  I will be presenting my 25 min video "A Piece of Me" followed by a question/answer period during which I will show three of my quilts.  Talks will be at 10:30A and 2:30P in the Administration Lounge.

Arial image of Cunningham Campus
Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, IL
 
Cunningham Children’s Home’s Festival of Quilts joins the Boneyard Arts Festival this spring as one of more than 90 galleries showcasing the arts in Central Illinois. This year Cunningham is excited to present a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art.

Friday, January 1, 2016

THE GALLERY: 2016




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Face of a Stranger (self portrait)
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I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph.

Jack Gilbert