Over the past 12 months I participated in a group of women committed to creating art in a 12′ x 12″ format and making at least 8 – 12 pieces during that time period. We met monthly at the Textile Dream Studio in Berkeley. We’re showing our work at Bay Quilts in Richmond from Dec 2, 2017 to Jan 2, 2018.
I played with some different media including encaustic photo collages and quilted collages and decided that the quilted work was what I like best. I finished all my pieces, but decided on a final 8 to include in the show; however, at this date, I’m not sure which pieces will be included.
Spinning Suns 1 & 2
Spinning Suns 1 and 2 started in Sue Benner’s class on mono printing on fabric. I created a composition much larger than 12″x12″, but set it aside not knowing what I wanted to do to turn it into a finished work. I came across the unfinished work while participating in the 12 x 12 challenge and decided to see if I could turn it into finished 12′ x 12″ composition(s). I added quilting and white fabric paint and was happy with the results.
Crow Canyon Collage Series
The Crow Canyon Collages have elements and inspirations from several sources and classes that I’ve taken over the past few years. First, I spent time drawing at Crow Canyon Gardens, a local community garden and park near where I live. The sketches became sourses for drawings on fabric and lino prints that I used in the collages. I created the images over a period of time in classes with Katie Gilmartin, Pamela Lanza, and Joan Schulze. I learned an interesting collage technique in a Tea and Ephemera class with Judy’s Coates Perez and used this method to make compositions larger than 12″ x 12″ in a scroll making class with Pamela Lanza. I wasn’t finished and wasn’t sure what to do to finish them, so I set it all aside for over a year. I decided to turn them into 12″ x 12″ pieces and added the machine quilting.