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Visions Art Museum-Interpretations/Conversations

IN CROWD

has been accepted to:

VISIONS ART MUSEUM, SAN DIEGO, CA.
Exhibit: Interpretations-Conversations

Oct 25, 2017-Jan 2018

What an honor it is to be in this exhibit!

 

IN CROWD tells a personal story.

What a treat it was to be able to drive to San Diego to attend the opening of this exhibit. Not only did we enjoy the exhibit but also a bit of the town. I grew up in San Diego, got married in Coronado and then was redirected to the EAST Coast for most of my adult life, thanks to the Navy. So, when I do get a chance to visit San Diego, I become very nostalgic. It is still a fabulous town…sans traffic.


IN CROWD tells a personal story:

This story developed over my lifetime. I had no idea all of this was in my head or that this content needed to be extracted and brought to life.

I began the piece with one goal: to see if I could free hand stitch (no preliminary drawing on the fabric) the faces. This endeavor lead to a magnificent unfolding of dynamics between the “faces”. One in which I could not have predicted or halted; the energy that developed was unstoppable.

Telling a story made my work come to life.

DIVERSITY, 2013

Telling a Story wasn’t my focus until I made a piece titled: Diversity in 2013.  Diversity was a theme I came across and mentally connected with. The concept unfolded and was very successful; the piece sold before the gallery opening. However, the theme was NOT my personal story. The story was literally spelled out on the art quilt. It captured people and pulled them in. They were intrigued and this was my first realization of how art can be compelling. I realized that many people cannot relate to art for “art sake” as say purely as a composition. They want to (I think) but they often times are perplexed, confused or just lost. IF they can read text (don’t we all read text these days?) and have a way to connect, then they stop, linger, read and ponder and best of all –“get it”.

Prior to this time, I made art that had pure ART forms: A good composition, color, values, design. I was not comfortable to reveal personal things YET. I kept my life experiences to myself.

What I realized about IN CROWD was that MY story is EVERYONE’S story.

I now realize (even more) that this reveal was me being VULNERABLE. Wow!

This suddenly became obvious to me at the exhibit. When the microphone was handed to me to speak about my piece…I froze! (Thank you to the person who whispered…”take a deep breath”!)

I had no idea that I had stripped myself in public! And, it was all OK! Many people related and congratulated me. I had emotions I didn’t realize were brewing. So what does this mean for my future work?

Well now I have new found confidence and I intend to make another version of DIVERSITY. Only this version will have a personal story. I have more stories to tell! Once I crossed over the caution line…I can now be free and open.

If you want to listen to THEE best TED talk on Vulnerablity by Brene Brown, follow this link.


The faces of the people “came through me”.

While traveling, I always bring drawing materials, watercolor pencils and a water brush. I hope to capture my observations and record the views personally (rather than relying on a camera). Occasionally, there is little to see or nothing catches my attention. If this is the case, I challenge myself to conceptualize. Usually I default to random designs like a logo, a sign, a motif on a stair rail, etc.

I LOVE FACES

Travel-Drawing Preparation

I began to collect photos in magazines of faces. I keep a packet of these in my drawing tools bag. My tendency is to draw very exact and detailed, requiring a lot of time and attention; using a pencil, defining with fine shading lines.

To switch it up and relax I decided to challenge myself to conceptualize faces. I used black pen and white paper; which lead to a completely different result. Once I began one face lead to another until I had several pages filled with multiple faces with various scales.

 

 

The faces that emerged were intriguing…they had a unique gaze; avoiding eye contact. They multiplied; gather They marched right  onto my paper, direct from my imagination; I was fascinated. I did not know the m and they seemed to be lost and searching, yearning; I had to make sense of this presence.

BLACK PEN/WHITE PAPER
CONTINUOUS LINES

 What were they thinking? Where were they headed? Are they aware of the each other? Are  they trying to communicate? If so, to whom? If so, what was the message?
I love black pen on white paper- pure and clean LINES.

I love the immediacy of pen/ink….no erasing. What if a line or mark is not so good? Well, after a brief hesitation… it must be made to work. This leads to unplanned new lines, evolving, meandering. This is similar to free motion stitching.


LINES

Drawing is about seeing. How we see and what we see and how we interpret our world. A drawing is developed with a series of LINES. The graphite is deposited on the paper according to the application:

  • How dark or light
  • How close or far apart
  • How delicate or heavy
This can be attributed to stitching as well.
  • The spacing in between the rows of stitches-How close or far apart?
  • The weight of the thread-How heavy or fine?
  • The stitch length-How short or long?

Pencil Drawing- Graphite is spread onto the paper from the point of the pencil. The amount of graphite that is deposited is relative to the amount of pressure applied.

  1. How sharp or dull the point is.
  2. How hard or soft the lead is
  3. How the pencil is held-Straight up or on the side

Line techniques

 

Pen Drawing-The amount of ink that is applied is limited by the size of the pen point. Shading is accomplished by clustering lines closer and overlapping lines. Building up an area with more ink to create a darker value.

STITCHING AS LINES

I have been sewing and quilting my art for many years. This is done with continuous lines of stitching; a starting point and ending point uninterrupted. I prefer to have the stitching uninterrupted and continuous for as long as possible. This helps with strengthening the work and having less loose ends to deal with. I always hand tie every loose end;  thus, the fewer the better.

Consequently, this (habit) tendency spills over into my drawing. I tend to draw with ink with a continuous line. It is also relaxing, flowing and leads to unexpected lines which I like; I enjoy the discovery.


Back to the initial personal challenge I had: To see if I could stitch the faces free hand.

First attempt to stitch faces free hand. Black thread/white fabric

Success!

IN CROWD: A bit of color was added to define certain spaces.

detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE STORY

Who is the (self appointed arrogant) one who dictates and selects WHO is IN and WHO is out?

Why are we concerned with this? Why do we feel left out? Why do we gloat when we think we are IN?

Why are we bothered by those that feel left out? Why do we NEED to be accepted?

Those questions are the basis for my story.

My conclusion

TRUTH- There IS no such status, group, association! This is conjured up in our minds. This is based on How we value ourselves.

LESSON: IF you are presently in a group that makes you feel special, accepted and like you have arrived….I have NEWS! You are missing out! You are NOT aware of the wall preventing you from growing, learning and exploring on your own. TEAR DOWN THAT WALL! Some of us build the wall to protect ourselves; I have done that too.

REVEAL and COME to the best place of all…JUST BE YOUR NATURAL SELF AND DROP THE CONCERNS.

It is so simple when you strip it down to the essence.

If you can relate…leave a comment. And, leave one no matter what your position is. I would love to hear your take on this topic.

 

 

Quilt National 2013

I felt compelled (strongly I might add) to create a piece for Quilt National 2013.  I did not get accepted but I am very happy I completed this piece. I have good feelings about it. This piece made me ponder and think on a level that I have never done before. This piece is personal. It speaks. The message is a good one.

The theme compelled me: The Breadth of Diversity

All Of Us

Last winter I took an online course from Lisa Call. She encouraged journaling, sketching and goal setting. She has been accepted to Quilt National 6 times. She said she wrote this goal down somewhere and then set out to make it happen. If you don’t actualize things how will they materialize? So that is what motivated me. (She entered this year too and did not get accepted.)

I started with a sketch.

I have been frustrated with converting my sketches into fabric; piecing the pieces together by machine. It finally dawned on me to make a pattern. Now this is not rocket science but I am not used to working with a pattern (other than garments). The design had gentle curves and having a pattern would make sewing the curved sections easy.

I usually like to have a sketch as a starting point and then allow the work to evolve naturally. I love what I discover along the way. But, this time I wanted to actually depict the sketch. I thought it was a good composition and could portray the theme. This time the discovery happened in the planning stages. There were more stages to resolve as the piece evolved which brought more discovery.

New revelations about the theme occurred gradually.

The first thought was that the two large shapes looked held together by the horizontal band. I envisioned the large shapes as groups of people or people of a certain origin, communities or countries; places where people commune and exist.

And, so I began to make the pattern. I used pattern making material. It is a thin non woven product with red dots on it. I used the method I learned in art school: draw a grid on the design and then draw a grid (on the pattern material) with the same scale enlarged to the desired finished size. Use the original drawing referencing to the grid. Draw the design matching the placements of the lines on the pattern. I could then cut each section in order. I cut out a piece from the pattern and laid it on the fabric. The pattern material is transparent which is a big plus. I began with the two large shapes as these were the catalyst for the theme. I added 1/4 inch seam allowance all around each piece.

I like to use the fabric I have on hand and I was able to find and decide upon the fabrics right away. I wanted to use fabrics that had an ethnic quality and colors of the earth.  I kept the color palette warm. I also wanted texture. All of the fabrics have something special about them. Either hand dyed, hand dyed damask, hand dyed silk organza and vintage fabric. They are united by their ethnic qualities.

Once I had the pattern made and the fabrics selected the sewing went smoothly and quickly.

The design matched the drawing exactly and I was amazed how the fabrics made it come to life. After I viewed it on the design wall for the first time, I could see some extra bands of fabric were needed around the perimeter to frame the shapes.

After I gazed at it for a few days it occurred to me that the size would make quilting a challenge. I usually work fairly small. But, the theme continued to beacon me.

The next decision was: how would I quilt it? What kind of quilting would further define the theme? I went back to the sketch book and began to draw motifs and thinking more about the theme. I thought about this for a few days. Thinking about diversity truly opened my eyes. I began to realize how I felt about the differences of people; the world as a whole. The ideas started to flow.

I decided to begin in the light shape in the upper center and left. The logical way I could express my thoughts was to write them out. I am pretty good at freehand writing with free motion. I wrote down all of the words and began in the middle and worked out. The first word was:

ACCEPTANCE

The more I wrote the more I began realize about myself; it opened my eyes. I had never thought about this topic in depth. My thoughts enriched the applications. I really enjoyed creating this piece from start to finish.

The brick color strip across the top is quilted with tall buildings to look like apartment houses with windows.  The brick color strip in the center has a few words and sayings.  The yellow band at the bottom has people holding hands of all sizes, combinations and colors. The strip along the right has key holes and keys.

These symbolize: Neighborhoods, People, Opportunities, Answers.

The colorful band represents unity. The ties that hold us together.

I am really proud of this piece. I have full confidence that it will be accepted at some point.