Saturday, December 6, 2008

Its been a year of Growth, Blessings, and Grace...and for that I'm mighty thankful!

Winter is not officially here, but its here...this will be my first winter working in my basement workshop and even with the vents open and the ceramic heater going it was a tad on the chilly side making me decide to cut back to 3 days a week.  I set up a small area on a shelf by the kitchen table here at home for sketching and mark making...taking the calligraphy class has kept my wheels turning about writing on my quilts.  I plan to continue studying with her for a little bit just to see where I can take this writing on quilts.  I'll also add this to my altered books which I'll resume here at home now that I'll be spending more time at home due to the season.


In the calligraphy class we've worked on simplified letters since it was only a total of 8 hours over 4 weeks.  She has emphasized expressiveness versus strict adherence to the letter form since the time was so short.  The end product will be a handmade book which I've enjoyed working on at home and will show here later when its finished.  Here is a sample of play-practice:


Img016 It will prolly get some colour and torn up to be placed inside my book...


Here is the 2nd quilt in the Poetry series (yes, I'm still working on the 2nd one) that is 2/3rds of the way quilted.  My love affair with my circular attachment is coming to an end.  The 3rd one will get hand quilting but I'm still creating the fabric for it.  I need at least 2 more of me cloned in order to churn out these ideas rolling around in my head.


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It was my plan (laid to rest) to enter this one and the one below into Form, Not Function but I couldn't get myself together to get them properly finished and photographed by the time the deadline rolled upon me.  2009 is designated for the year to focus more on submissions and selling work.  Although, I didn't complete the 4-5 quilts for 2008...its been a very productive year for me full of growth, blessings, and grace.


DSCN3741  Although I was pleased with this one, yesterday I thought it needed more writing, more graphic layers going on, particularly on the left side in the upper half.  I'll work on it next week so that I can let it go and move on. 



11 comments:

  1. Your post was a visual treat for me tonight. Love it all. Peace and blessings.

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  2. Karoda, did you get the email I forwarded to you about a call for art that sounded perfect for your work?

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  3. I'm loving the poetry series, K! Can't wait to see this one finished and the fabric and hand stitching on the third!

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  4. Really like the detail shot of the circles. Why is the love ending? ...

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  5. Phooey about your studio being cold. Glad to hear that isn't stopping you ... just redirecting your creative endeavors a bit. Winter is a good time for handwork, especially having the warmth of a quilt even if its destination is the wall. I've taken a nap under just about every art piece when doing the handwork part ;-)

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  6. Love the circles on these two of your poem series and also like where your calligraphy lessons are taking you. I have this need also to make marks on my work and have made a commitment to explore it more next year. "Her" class sounds like real enjoyment for you.

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  7. I love your spirit of learning new techniques and incorporating them into the work! Thanks for sharing!
    Best, Kyra

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  8. I really like the way you work with circles in your surface design, as well as the layers that contain words both poetry and thought fragments.

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  9. FANtastic! As in, I'm a fan of it all :-D I signed up for updates on the calligraphy guild. Oh the things you inspire..

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  10. Expressive is right! The calligraphy is wonderful!

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