Queen Ann's Lace II 2016
I was reviewing my web site a bit ago, and see that I have been amiss at adding new work, words, schedules and everything else that has inspired, stalled, moved, changed........... etc...... etc. me for the past year.
Here's the scoop in a few (forgive me) run on sentences.
2015 started cold and miserable after a trip to Southern California over the holidays visiting my partner's family. Spring approached with rain and wetness that flooded my basement... not once... twice... but three times in less than a month, which caused plumbing problems, the loss of my furnace... not covered by insurance and financial issues that drove me crazy just as I was preparing to rent my home and move lock stock and barrel 25 minutes west to live with my partner. I had several art festivals last summer that were soggy as well, ruining some of my work and proving that my tent was no longer waterproof... oh and the one lovely weekend, I was sick as can be.
So now the good and inspiring news. I visited several awesome quilt guilds in NY state where I taught enthusiastic quilters, made new friends and got to see some of this beautiful state. I am continually amazed at how much talent there is in the quilt world. It's a pleasure to be a part of it all.
In December I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from SUNY Oswego and was offered an assistant-ship to continue my art studies at the Masters level. This more than anything has been the impetus to explore my love of fiber art in a new and exciting way. I have to say stay tuned..... This investigation is still in the creating stage. I'll just say.... Texture Texture Texture!!!
Spring is here again and the greening of the land makes me smile.
I admit, living in upstate NY has the ability to keep us in the snow and cold for way longer than we want. Still there is a sudden lightness that comes to my steps this time of year. Yes, April can be brutal, and this year is no exception. We had snow on Easter and torrential rain for a few hours today. Flowers are blooming and buds are appearing on the trees. I took a walk last evening to capture some of these things on camera, and found evidence that spring has indeed arrived.
My work reflects that too, with strong bright colors and spring like designs. Check out the new Snapshot image of a bright flower garden, and Spring Eclipse, made over the weekend of the red moon/lunar eclipse.
If you have been following my last few years' journey, you'll know that I have been taking classes at SUNY Oswego (yes... even colder and snowier than here at home). I will graduate in December with a BFA - Studio, with a concentration in printmaking. My coursework this semester has been learning all sorts of new techniques in printmaking. I think I'm going to like photo-polymer printing. Look it up and see all the wonderful things you can do with this process. I have been etching and printing trees for a large folded screen, that will include silk organza overlays in leave prints. I have this desire to enhance my work instead of replacing it. So I am learning about printing on silks and linen as well as paper. Check back for photos of these finished pieces.
Can you tell I'm having fun??
Yep, another year is coming close to being over. What a ride 2014 has been.
I have been driving an hour most every weekday........one way to NY State University at Oswego to attend classes. I am within sight of graduating with my BFA. This college dowsn't have a fiber department , but does have and excellant art classes. I have found myself concentrating in printmaking, and now have 3 semesters under my belt. I tell people I am almost guilty saying I am getting 3 credits for enjoying myself so much. I just finished my Book Arts class, where we created art books. There we were given projects to express different topics. Fabric found its way into my work with exciting results. I made paper out of silk, created pages with leaves printed onto organza, and stitched my original poetry on paper with my sewing machine for pages in a book about "self".
Print making will find its way into much of my work I'm sure. I have another 2-3 classes in this field to explore before I am done with my degree. And as of this date I have decided that I will pursue my master's in fine arts. I see this as an avenue of exploration that has the potential of moving my fabric work forward. I see myself clearer everyday as an artist. I see my path opening with possibilities at every turn. Hang on to your hats.... it's going to continue to be quite a ride.
The other day I was teaching a class at Patchwork Plus in Marcellus, NY. Students were creating small panels of original design landscapes. I call this class Snapshot Landscape because the design comes from inspirational subject matter the students bring in. Probably the hardest thing in this class is changing the thought process from realistic landscape to the essence of the design. We laugh and sketch for a little bit and come up with a workable idea. One of the things I tell my students is........ "you are not Vincent VanGogh ..... nor the creator of the world...... you are an artists working with fabric and will never be able to duplicate what you see." Yes .... we all want to be able to re-create what we see, but must do it in our own vision and abilities. My class rooms are always filled with friendly banter and stories along with the clatter of sewing machines. I love the days when I teach. I love watching these women and men work beside one another as they construct their personal masterpieces. I love the pride I see in their faces when we share the work at the end of class.