Friday, July 6, 2018

Old Mission Library Art Fair July 21st

These nicely weathered little soldiers were hanging on a line 
by the 2 Hearted River. Couldn't resist getting the blur of the sky & tree burn 
behind them. Posted it on my Instagram
I have a thing for clothespins. 

This stencil has been put to good use.
Since I use different colors for the elements I had cut paper pieces to mask each.
Then it dawned on me to spread them out on one stencil.
Sometimes it takes me awhile to figure stuff out! Well, really most of the time.


Makes using multiple colors much easier.

I've wanted to add more leaf designs to my collection. Finally got to this one.
The rough outline and beginning of the design.

Blocking the areas to cut out so I have an idea what it will look like.
It's easy to make mistakes and cut out the wrong area if this isn't done.

It hasn't been used on fabric yet, but I like the look. 

I will be in the Old Mission Peninsula Library Artist Fair on Saturday July 21st.  I've been spending lots of time in the studio to have loads of fun vessels to offer.

Below is the official notice from the library:

The Local Artists Fair being held at Old Mission Peninsula School is just the thing to start on your Christmas shopping & to get away from the major hub of tourists. There will be artists offering: wearable art, paintings, multiple kinds of jewelry, natural skincare products, pottery, recycled materials, fish; original women's clothing, hand printed home goods, pressed flower stationary and bookmarks, quilts, baby gifts, and much more,

A second opportunity is the Friends Book Sale, also, at OMP School. The books are organized to make browsing a joy, not a chore. Something for every age and interests at great prices!  

Both opportunities are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is truly something for everyone. There will be 2 food trucks: Norma’s Tamale’s & McChesney’s Gourmet Burgers. A coffee stand will be open all day and Buchan’s ice cream will be served beginning at 11:00 am. We will have local musicians playing for everyone enjoyment.

Sounds like fun to me! Hope to see you there.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Fashion Floss & Summer Fun

Fourth of July is coming. The perfect time to share this flag quilt 
that hangs in the airport in Bend Oregon. Here is my back story.


I purchased this book a few months back.  
Great inspiration for the fashion projects I want to start when I take a break from my vessels. Complete with patterns (you can see mine copied on newsprint behind the book), 
great tips on hand sewing, stencil designs, stitch examples & more.

I almost missed this quilt on the wall as I was leaving the airport on my recent Bend trip.
Serendipity ensured and I took a closer look as the technique looked familiar.

Sure enough, the card on the wall confirmed
the quilters had used Alabama Chanin for inspiration.
I adore the look & slow hand made quality of the work.

The huge stash of embroidery floss I was given by a friend
will come in handy for the hand stitched elements once I get started.

With doing so much sewing I have accumulated a pile of spent spools.
 Ran across a suggestion to use them for storing floss. Brilliant little idea. 
So much better that the clothespin method in the link above. Looks nice but a pain in the end.

Stylized rose is the latest stencil I've created & started using. 
Pictures of completed projects with this to follow. I could use this in an Alabama design.

 It's summer & the great lakes are gorgeous. 
The colors are amazing along the shore line. 
This is Waugoshance Point at the tip of the lower peninsula. 
A great place to hike and camp in old CCC cabins
We flew to Lake Superior for the day to the mouth of the Two Hearted River,
 made famous by Ernest Hemmingway.
The above shot was on our way back home.
Am I lucky or what? 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Art Rapids Finish Line

Art Rapids ends tomorrow. Final call to see lots of great art. 
 A "pop up store" was added this year. It worked out well. 
I sold 4 pieces there and one of my pieces at the library 


These are 2 that have found new homes. 

Kerry Bowes fiber art, also at the library is beautiful and functional.

 Loved the texture & colors in these ceramics by Barbara Van Pelt.

 Detail of a watercolor by Margaret Gutchess from Grand Ledge.  
The image shapes are cut and layered.

 Robert Park had several pieces in 2 locations. I was really taken with his style.

A newer distillery in Elk Rapids, Ethanology, was one of the venues. 
Such a funky vibe to the place. I'll be going back to do some tasting with friends! 

Been lots happening in my studio so there will be plenty available at the 
Peninsula Library Artist Market on July 21st.
  I'll share new designs & combinations as they evolve.