Wednesday, 9 July 2014

FAN 2014 - On the Wind

Our current show will be opening in August:

Abstracted in St Catharines, 2014 NJS

Abstracted was shown concurrently with the Canadian Quilt Association/ACC National Juried Show, in St. Catharines, Ontairo, June 2014. In four days, we had over 1,500 visitors, not including those who returned with friends.
The intent of our show is an exploration of how a representative theme can be continued in abstract.

You can view the entire exhibit with artist statements:

Our show ...

Thelma and my husband ... looking after admissions.

Some comments from our visitors ...

Photos of visitors to the show:
and this was when it was quiet enough for me to take photos!

The space was the entry to a theater and worked very well. 
Great lighting and center benches for weary feet.
Note: The Abstracted show is available for galleries through 2016.
Please leave a comment if you would like more information.
Visit our website to see past exhibits and personal galleries of the artists.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The ABSTRACTED exhibit by Fibre Art Network will be a concurrent show with the Canadian Quilt Association Conference 2014 in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
There is also a blog that has discussion about process:

The Fibre Art Network is a cooperative of Western Canadian Fibre Artists.

FAN membership includes emerging fibre artists, teachers, authors, judges and award winning quilt artists. Our members show their work nationally and internationally, winning awards for their artwork.

Visit our website:
Have a look at our past Exhibitions:
Abstracted will be our 17th Exhibit.
Currently,  FAN produces two shows each year, one designed for larger galleries and one for smaller venues. These are available to travel. 

See the work of our individual members our gallery:

Many of our members are available for trunk shows and workshops:

Be prepared for an interesting experience! I'll be there (or another FAN member). Be sure to say hello!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Play time!

I have a wonderful group of friends ... we get together to celebrate birthdays and experiment with new art products and techniques. This is a catch up post!

SUNPRINTING ... always fun to splash on the paint and create a unique fabric.

Sunprint with stamp.
Natural plants used to block the rays of the sun, leaving white areas.
Sunprint with ferns painted and printed.

FOILING ... this is easier than it looks: use tacky glue designed for foiling, apply glue to areas that you want to be foiled, allow to dry to tacky. Place foil on fabric with colour side up and press with the edge of the iron.

powdered glue creates little dots ... also see posting for 'Moon Dust'
painted glue using stencil
multi coloured foil + glue painted on 2" block stamp
flower stamp, glue added with roller
multicoloured foil and small swirl stamp with silver stamp
stencil used to paint glue on fabric and gold foil
Stamp and foil with dots of pink and green
Stam carved into eraser, blue foil
4 sided stamp with textures
Glue applied with breyer over rubbing plate

Glue applied with cork dipped in glue
I loved the process ... so many ways to use this technique!

TISSUE PAPER ... we tried this on fabric treated with soda ash. I think it would work better with paper collage and guesso. We placed ripped/cut bits of tissue on white fabric and waited for the colour to run from the tissue. It created quite bright colours. Unfortunately, the colour was not very permanent. My results were pastel. However, we had lots of fun!

MONOPRINTING ... always a surprise! We had a lovely April Day! Again this is easier than it looks: spread paint on a surface, place fabric on top, smoosh fabric and lift carefully. 

Alternate: you can also use a roller to get even amount of paint.
Stencils, positive and negative image can be used when you add the paint to the surface.
The paint should be thick, not watery.

swirllled, thickened paint
You can take several prints, each will be more pale. stencil used for purple.
So many ways to make unique fabric!


Amazing how these little ones can absorb our interest and time! They move right in to our hearts ...
2 months- alert and happy~

4 months with his new crib quilt - sea theme.
A little bookworm in the making!
How fast they grow and learn!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Moon Dust

I made a little quilt for the Vancouver Cherry Festival 2014
This is my fourth quilt cherry blossom quilt, so I decided to do something different ... a night view!

I used some background fabric, purchased some time ago, and built the design from there. I painted the tree and added additional light from the moon with pink metalic 'moon dust'. 
The blossoms are made with three different pink beads.

Here are a few photos from the show that is held annually at the Silk Purse in West Vancouver.
Years ago, Japan donated decorative cherry trees and they mark the arrival of spring. 
Judy Villett has organized and curated these shows.

Watch for it next year, the show has innovative and varied pieces, all a pleasure to see!