Haiku

haiku

Haiku
24″ x 60″
2014, Lyric Montgomery Kinard
painted, stitched

haiku_detExhibition History

2016 Asheville NC Quilt Show, Honorable Mention
2016 ARTQUILTS voices, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary NC
2015 Machine Quilters Showcase, 1st place Wall Quilt Category
2015 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA
2014 Reflections, Houston, TX Juried Invitational

 

You can read more about how this piece was created here.

preparing to film: beautiful frames

For my Picture It Framed DVD I worked on quite a few pieces yesterday. New works that will be used to demonstrate different ways to mount and frame textile art. My favorite of the day was made for a floating canvas frame. I think I’m calling it “scraps” or “Ode to Mirot.”Kinard_ode_to_Mirot1

What is a canvas floater you ask? It’s a wonderful frame for a gallery wrapped canvas – the best of both worlds. You get to see the edge of the canvas and bring the artwork up a notch with a classy frame.photo

I’m really glad I got started on this one ahead of time because apparently I messed up my sizing on my order and the work I intended to use the frame for is too big. Or the frame is too small. It still looks great in the frame, but it doesn’t have that fabulous gap between the frame and the edge of the canvas – or in this case the tiny quilt – that makes it appear to float. (Wow – it’a hard to photograph black frames. Trust me that in this frame there is almost no gap at all.)Kinard_more_circles

Last month I was in Grand Rapids and saw one of last years’ winners of the Art Prize at the museum. If you haven’t heard of ArtPrize I encourage you to go over to their website and take a look. It’s on my bucket list of to-do’s for sure!!! The entire city becomes a public art gallery, tourists and locals come, and a bucketload of prize money is handed out. The best part is that the public gets equal say with the fancy-schmancy-arty-juror folks. There are two 200k (you read that right) awards and one is viewers choice.Ann_loveless1

Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless

It’s a quilt. But it’s a large scale quilt, wrapped on stretcher bars and frames. Nobody will look at it and picture it on a bed when it is framed! The immediately understand it as a work of fine art.ann_loveless2And don’t misunderstand me. I think many, many bed quilts could just as well be framed and hung on the wall of any museum today. It’s just that a framed textile work is seen by most of the general public as “Art” while most people still think of quilts as something their grandma made that they use for a picnic. They don’t give grandma nearly enough credit, do they?

 

art for sale: time flies series

Time Flies
four 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvases
dyed, printed, painted, stitched

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Time Flies I
$120.00

Time Flies II
$120.00 

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 Time Flies III
$120.00

 Time Flies IV
$120.00

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  Time Flies V
$120.00

 
 Time Flies VI
$120.00

 

art for sale: Kisses and Hugs series

Kisses and Hugs or XOX
six 10×10 gallery wrapped canvases
dyed, screen printed, appliqued, stitched

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$720.00 plus shipping

Please inquire about purchasing these pieces individually

art for sale: flutter series

flutter
four 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvases
dyed, printed, discharged, stitched, foiled

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flutter I
$120.00

flutter II
$120.00

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flutter III
$120.00

flutter IV
$120.00

art for sale: ammonite series

 

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Ammonite Tryptich
2014
Three 20″ x 20″ canvases
mixed media on canvas
You can find out more about the creation of this artwork here.
$1,850.00

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Dream
2011
35″ x 45″
dyed, printed, discharged, painted, stitched
You can find out more about the creation of this artwork here.
$2,246.00

 

 

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Ammonite I

2006
7″w x 5″h
Framed at 10”w x 8”h
Hand-dyed fabric, Fossil
Stitched, Embroidered
$140.00

Ammonite II

2006
7″w x 5″h
Framed at 10”w x 8”h
Hand-dyed fabric, Fossil
Stitched, Embroidered
$140.00

 

 

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Ammonite V
2009
8″ x 10″
$95.00

 

 

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Ammonite VII
2012
10″ x 15″
$115.00

 

 

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Three Shells
2003
8 ½ “w x 10″h
Hand-dyed fabric, shells, foiled, stitched
$145.00

work in progress: ordinary intensity

This piece need to be tied together even more. The color palette was all neutrals and I wanted to keep that, but I wanted to bring out the texture more. The actual texture of all those different fibers on the surface is something I really love but the visual patterns didn’t mesh until I did some serious stitching with embroidery threads. I love the mostly controlled and very delicate lines contrasted with the heavier and more chaotic seed stitches.

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Now to deal with the words. The black wasn’t working for me. By the way, if you haven’t tried the Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric pens yet – they are WONDERFUL! They go on super smooth and dark and so far appear to be nice and permanent. It’s just that they were too much for this piece.ordinary_intensity5

With this much time and effort invested in the piece I didn’t want to start over. I have found that with many pieces if something stands out or is bothering you, sometimes the way to make it work is to add repetition. In this case, even more stitching. Varying the weight and intensity of the stitches felt right here. ah. Intensity. I get it.

ordinary_intensity7“Do not try to do extraordinary things, but do ordinary things with intensity.”  That makes sense. There is some fairly intense stitching happening here. Adding in a little more value contrast and then the red adds a focal point – and also feels intense. I think I’m good with what has happened here. In fact, I really like it. At some point I’ll probably mount this on Canvas. I really like the presentation although I’m finding that those thick canvases take up a LOT of storage space. Perhaps what is happening is that I’m getting ready for my one woman show, right? In that case I’d better get busy.

You know how the colors yellow and orange can behave like Divas in a work of art if the whole color cast is not well balanced? Red can lean in that direction but for me, it has a certain intensity to it that keeps it from simply being brash. It’s all subjective, I know. This is simply how it worked out for me with this piece.

 

 

art for sale: momma trees triptych

Momma Trees Tryptich
8x1o each
dyed cloth, applique, stitched, beaded
acrylic on  gallery wrapped canvas

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Momma Tree: full Momma Tree: oops Momma Tree: love
$390.00

 

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ten by ten

several series, all in a 10″ x 10″ gallery wrapped format
2012 & 2013

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flutter
dyed, screen printed, stitched, embroidered

 

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kisses and hugs
dyed, screen printed, appliqued, stitched, embroidered

 

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time flies
dyed, screen printed, stitched, embroidered

 

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quartet
dyed, screen printed, stitched, embroidered

inspired by nature

textile art inspired by nature

Ammonites1000pxAmmonite Tryptich
2014
three canvases, 20″ x 20″ each
dyed, printed, discharged, painted, stitched
You can find out more about the creation of this artwork here.

 

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2011
35″ x 45″
dyed, printed, discharged, painted, stitched
You can find out more about the creation of this artwork here.

 

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Ammonite I

2006
7″w x 5″h
Framed at 10”w x 8”h
Hand-dyed fabric, Fossil
Stitched, Embroidered

 

Ammonite II

2006
7″w x 5″h
Framed at 10”w x 8”h
Hand-dyed fabric, Fossil
Stitched, Embroidered

Ammonite III

2006
7″w x 5″h
Framed at 10”w x 8”h
Hand-dyed fabric, Fossil
Stitched, Embroidered

 

 

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Three Leaves
2006
11″ x 14″
Hand-dyed fabric, pieced, appliqued, foiled, stitched, beaded

 

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Gold Leaf
2003
26″w x 20″h
Hand-dyed fabric, pieced, quilted,
painted, stitched, fused, melted

 

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Three Shells
2003
8 ½ “w x 10″h
Hand-dyed fabric, shells, foiled, stitched

 

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Ammonite IV
2009
4″ x 6″

 

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Ammonite V
2009
8″ x 10″

 

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Ammonite VII
2012
10″ x 15″

 

 

 

 

 

family ties series

A series celebrating the ties that bind generations together.
Vintage textiles, found fabric, stitched, embroidered, beaded.
Mounted on 12″ x 12″ x 2″ gallery wrapped canvases.

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Once In a Blue Moon Fiber Art Retreat

This from my good friend and fellow fabulous teacher

Susan Brubaker Knapp 

Drumroll, please! I am pleased to announce that my 2013 retreat will be held at an exciting new location in Blowing Rock, NC. And I’ve asked a friend and truly fabulous teacher, Lyric Kinard, to join me! Lyric Kinard was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Professional Quilters (IAPQ). She is author ofArt+Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises, and has created two DVDs (on beading and surface design).

The retreat will be held Nov. 13-16 at Meadowbrook Inn & Suiteson Main Street in Blowing Rock. This is a wonderful town, full of fun shops and wonderful restaurants, and surrounded by natural beauty of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Lyric and I will be offering two full days of classes, plus a half day onNov. 13 for early arrivals. Subjects include wholecloth painting, surface design, elements of art for quilters, thread sketching, funky embroidery, and beading. You can sign up to take both of your classes with me, both with Lyric, or one day with each of us. Each class is limited to 25 students to ensure that everyone gets enough individual instruction.The base fee for the two full-day classes is $240. There are kit fees for some classes. Registrants choose their own accommodations andmeals. We have reserved a block of rooms at Meadowbrook at a reduced rate (see retreat flier for details). And there are many wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the conference site.

Meadowbrook Inn & Suites in Blowing Rock, NC

My friend and conference facilitator extraordinaire, Joyce Mullis, is handling registrations and most of the organizational details.You can download the flier – which contains detailed information and pricing — and the registration form by clicking here. We hope we will mark your calendar and make plans to join us! 

WEDNESDAY’S CLASSES (Nov. 13)
Choose one three-hour class (these are optional add-on classes are not included in the base fee):

Free-style Embroidery Apron (with Susan)
Stitch up a funky art apron using Susan’s designs and colorful perle cotton. You’ll start with a flirty hand-painted canvas apron, and embellish it, using simple embroidery stitches. A relaxing, no-stress class.  Class price: $55 (includes kit fee)
– OR –

Bead It Like You Mean It (with Lyric)
Come learn the basics of beading and create a fun little art quilt. You will learn techniques for adding beads of all shapes and sizes to your quilts and wearable art, easily and after you are done quilting. Here’s the prize: no knots or mess on the back! Learn to embellish in a way that adds to the overall design instead of looking like an afterthought. Class price: $55 (includes kit fee)

THURSDAY’S CLASSES (Nov. 14)
Choose one six-hour class:

Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals (with Susan)
Learn the basics of creating wholecloth painted quilts based on photos. Choose from the four projects shown above, and work from line drawings and photos to recreate the image using acrylic textile paints. You’ll learn how to: select the right photos for great results; choose paints and fabrics to use; transfer your design to fabric; mix and blend paints for a range of values. We will also discuss how to thread sketch, quilt and finish your piece. Supply fee includes paints, brushes and fabric. $25 supply fee

– OR –

Surface Design Sampler Platter (with Lyric)
Can’t choose which surface design technique you want most to learn? Try a taste of each! Make a small art quilt or bookcover while playing with paint, foil, photo transfer, screen printing and stamp carving, and beading. Techniques include printing and stenciling, stamp carving, screen printing, foiling, photo transfer. The supply fee includes everything you’ll need except scissors and an X-Acto knife. Lyric will have extra supplies available for purchase in class. $35 supply fee

FRIDAY’S CLASSES (Nov. 15)
Choose one six-hour class:

Elements of Art for Quilters (with Lyric)
Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements of good design. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artist’s kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level. Students will discuss some of the basic principles of design, including focal point, line, texture, color, shape and motion. Quick, hands-on exercises will help you understand and implement these principles in your own artwork. No supply fee.

– OR –

Threadsketching: Snowflakes (with Susan)
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Whip up your very own flurry in this class, using thread, fabric and a tiny bit of paint. You’ll learn the basics of how to thread sketch, using Susan’s patterns for gorgeous, realistic looking snowflakes. Learn how to trace the design onto your background fabric, stabilize your piece to avoid draw-up, regulate your stitch for perfect tension, and improve your control while stitching. We will also cover free-motion quilting ideas for this piece, and discuss finishing techniques. $3 supply fee.

Detailed supply lists will be available in summer 2013. You can download the retreat flier and registration form by clicking here.

New Work: Time Flies

I finished up two more sweet little pieces, a continuations of the Time Flies series started for the Art Box CSA. That venture is currently on hiatus.

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There are a few unsold pieces back with me now from that series. They are currently on display at the Cary Art Center in the glass case outside the ARTQUILTSrivers exhibit.

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And a katazome stencil, and poetry, and pocketwatches.

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Let me know what you think.

On-Line Class: Playing With Paint

What do each of these things have in common?

You might end up using all of them in my upcoming on-line class through QuiltUniversity.com
Playing With Paint

begins on January 25th
four lessons
seven weeks of time with the instructor (me)
for only $40.00

waaaaay too much fun
registration is open now – hope to see you there!

Free Ebook from Quilting Arts

If you make small textile pieces and would like a few ideas for how to mount them

you might like this FREE ebook from Quilting Arts.

Lots of fun articles including one of mine called
“Picture it Framed”
http://www.quiltingdaily.com/Quilt-Binding-Finishing-Methods/

You do need to register on the Quilting Arts site to get it – but its worth it!

Work in Progress

Progress.
Family ties.
Three down, six to go.

Quilting Arts FREE e-book

Over at QuiltingArts.com – an art quilter’s social networking resource, they put out a free e-book every few months or so. This month’s book features an article of mine titled: Picture It Framed along with a number of other great articles on the subject of finishing your textile art.

It’s free, easy to download, and as with all of QA’s stuff – looks great. I love their graphic design team – talented folks over there. So pop on over and pick it up at http://quiltingarts.com/media/p/17544.aspx. I do believe you need to register on the site to have access.

I also have more picture tutorials on mounting and framing methods over on my website: 

Artist Spotlight part 2: Inspired to Quilt

I told you last week how much I admired Melanie Testa as an artist and as a friend. This week I want to introduce you to her book, “Inspired To Quilt.” The title is appropriate as her book is truly inspiring.

I purchased my copy from her at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last October and spent a lovely and very early morning flight home perusing it. I blogged about that morning here. That page also shows a little sketch copied out of her book.
In the interest of full disclosure, Melanie and I were both contracted to write our books through Quilting Arts at about the same time. Now the gushing – I must say that the books they have put out recently through Interweave Press are beautifully laid out. I love, love, love the layout and the general lush and beautiful look of “Inspired To Quilt.”
Now I’m one of those people who will get completely involved in the imagery of a book like this. I “read’ my magazines by flipping through from the back and absorbing the pictures. I love good photography and great layouts and graphic design. And I am completely enchanted by Melanie’s artwork.
Let me tell you now about some of the more in-depth reasons why I love this book and think you will too. Melanie’s gentle and encouraging nature comes shining through in her writing. (Yes, I DID finally read it.) I love that she urges the reader to experiment and play as they try out each of the  processes in this technique oriented book.

There are step by step instructions for working with dye, for printmaking, stamping, stenciling, and dye painting. Melanie walks you through her process one layer and page at a time. She shows you how she begins with sketched ideas, creates layers of cloth and imagery in cottons and sheers and stitching. You are carefully guided through her construction process as images are built and cloth is added and taken away and embellished until the composition is completed. She goes even further to the back of the textile art, explaining finishing techniques and edge finishes.
If you are a project person there is something in “Inspired To Quilt” for you too. I think Melanie’s Pretty Purses are absolutely sweet. Other projects include a Sewing Holster, Merit Badges, and Artists Trading Cards.
So, I strongly encourage you to get a copy of this book. Take a look at the Inspired to Quilt FaceBook Fan Page to read an ongoing discussion about the book and to join in reader challenges.  
And finally, remember that both Melaine and I are working on a textile postcard to give away to lucky commenters on our blogs. She is introducing me to her readers on her blog if you want to pop over and say hello there too.  Any comments on my posts that feature Melanie are eligible for the drawingso go back and leave a comment for last week and pop in the next two weeks as well.

Do you want to hear something amazing? We both sent each other dyed and printed fabric – without telling each other what it was and guess what!?! We both sent fabric printed with the SAME thing – ginkgo leaves. Now THAT is serendipity!
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