Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time Warp.. and Weft exhibit and article...


I just got my copy of the summer issue of 'Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot,'  the Handweaver's Guild of America magazine. In it is a great article, written by Tommye Scanlin (THANK YOU, TOMMYE!) about the "Time Warp and Weft' exhibit that was held in Kansas at the end of last year, and will open in Georgia in June.


The exhibit will showcase the time-related works of Geri Forkner, Janette Meetze, Janet Austin, Tommye Scanlin, Rebecca Mezoff, and myself (listed in the order that the photos from the article are shown.)

I won't get to attend the exhibit in Georgia, unless my summer plans change, but it was a well attended and much loved exhibit in Kansas! My twelve Calendar Series tapestries will all be together there, and I feel so blessed to have a place to show them altogether again. It probably will not happen after this, as they are now for sale, and several are already spoken for.

If you get a chance to read the article or see the exhibit, let me know what you think! Six artists have woven their lives into the work to be shown there, and that is definitely the feeling that viewing this show evokes.

"Time Warp... and Weft" exhibit,  Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia,   opening June 15, 2017.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Busy Days....


I have spent most of the past couple of weeks away from home, spending time with my sons and their families. The time included climbing gyms, soccer games, track practice, a granddaughter singing the national anthem at a pro-baseball game, a gourmet brunch, a menagerie of grand-pets, and a Matisse exhibit at the Boston MFA.


The Matisse exhibit is called 'Matisse in the Studio,' and it includes not only an amazing collection of Matisse's works, but the objects from his studio that inspired him.  Photos were allowed, so I shot photos of several of his wallhangings (he was a collector of fiber from all over the world,) several chairs and side tables, a beautiful turquoise vase that he included in a number of paintings, and his cocoa pots, which were also frequently painted.

From these photos, I did my own sketch in my sketchbook (below.) Even though I wasn't looking at his paintings as I sketched, it is obvious that Matisse has a firm hold in my brain! I was surprised at how much my little sketch of his objects said 'Matisse!'


I love the Boston MFA! I especially love the American wing and the Impressionists, so I spent some time there with my old friends. The Museum also had a special exhibit by their local favorite author, Robert McCluskey, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his book set in Boston, Make Way For Ducklings. The exhibit was wonderful, and I discovered several of his books I hadn't read!


In addition, I hadn't seen the Museum's new piece by Dale Chihuly, an amazing glass 'plant' that is three stories high, and set in a place where the sun shines through it, making it glow. Truly lovely!


Now that I am back home, my empty loom is taunting me. It is especially calling to me because I have had the design for my next tapestry in my head for such a long time - since the night the election results came in, in fact. So, this morning, I got it out of my head, into the computer, and printed out to be taped together in cartoon form. Here it is (15 sheets of standard sized paper) laid out to be taped. The tapestry will be the largest one I've woven in quite some time. It will be 32" wide, by about 24" high. I am looking forward to rewarping the loom after I clean the studio today, and getting back to my Work. All play and no work can only go on so long.


Yesterday, I spent the day (and a LOT of money) packing and shipping all of my Calendar Series Tapestries to Georgia for the 'Time Warp... and Weft' exhibit that will be there this summer. I will let you know more about that very soon.... but, if you are in that part of the world, start making plans to go see it!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Stuff....


I decided to get me one of the small Hokett looms that everyone is weaving on. It is the 'medium' size, about 7"x7". I did this small woven 'sketch' on it to try it out. It was a bit awkward following a cartoon on it, so I would actually recommend the larger size, if you are considering getting one. The weaving itself is about 4"x4".


I started a 30-day challenge on the Sktchy app, doing a sketch each day in April, with challenge prompts. This is the sketch I did today, based on the photo of this man, with a Matisse painting I put in because I am looking forward to going to the Matisse exhibit at the Boston MFA next week. I also printed, in a childlike way, a poem I love and have saved in my Matisse book for many years.



My husband and I go every spring to see this Great Horned Owl on her nest on a nearby walking trail. We went yesterday and will go again in a few weeks to see the baby owls, usually there are two of them. In addition, the Western Screech Owl that has always lived in our neighborhood has moved into a nesting box our neighbors put up in our yard. We may have some owlets of our own this year!


I saw on Facebook that today is 'National Doggie Daycare Day.' (Without Facebook, who would even know there were such days?!) So I'm posting this photo I took out the window. These two women have a dog-walking and day care business a few blocks from our house. They walk by with a dozen or more extremely well behaved dogs several times a day. Booker would not be allowed to go there, I'm sure. These dogs always walk behind them, respond to directions, and never bicker among themselves. They also don't stop and sniff at every bush and blade of grass. I've watched the women train dogs to be admitted to their 'pack,' and they are so patient! They never yell or punish. They just repeat instructions until the dog 'gets it.'

Much to do today... as is the case every day. Remember those lovely spring days of childhood, when you could lie under a tree (or climb up in one, as I used to do) with a good library book, and be there until the book was finished? Where did those days go?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yee-Haw!


Today I finished weaving this tapestry, which has been on my loom since last fall, and I cut it off the loom! This used up the last of the warp on my loom. So now begins the finishing work on this tapestry, and the beginning work for the next one! Finishing will include trimming weft threads, sewing slits, adding the guitar 'strings' (I'm still debating about what that will require,) blocking, preparing a frame mount, and mounting the tapestry to hang. The 'beginning' of the next one will include cleaning my studio, rewarping the loom, choosing weft yarns, and finishing the maquette (design) and the cartoon. So I clearly do not have my work completed, even though I cut the tapestry from the loom.

The working title for this tapestry has been "A Little Bit Country." I don't know if that title will stick, or if it will change. But for now, she is resting on my dining table for a day or so, awaiting her completion!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time......


A few weeks ago, my son and grandkids came for a few days. I had set up my floor loom for a simple twill rug, and my grandson took to weaving like a natural! He finished up a small rug I had begun, and I finished it off and got it ready for him to take home. Of course I had to do a sketch of him with his first rug in my sketchbook! As he worked, he asked if there was any way to make it 'more complex' so when he comes again we will do just that!


The spring time change always throws me for a loop, plus, we have had such a warm winter and early spring (record breaking warmth) that my allergies have kicked in sooner than usual, as well. I whine about all this to let you know my energy level has dipped to a new low in the past several weeks (and I refuse to attribute it to age.)  The one thing I have kept up is sketching, almost daily. 






I have also added a bit to the tapestry on the loom. You can't see the bottom of the weaving now, and you can see the top of the cartoon! So, I should have a cutting off soon: maybe as soon as this next week! Woo-hoo!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day


This is the sketch I did for today's International Women's Day. My post that I shared on Instagram and Sktchy is:

  • Today is International Women's Day, and this is the sketch I did to commemorate it. My husband commented on how unsafe and uncomfortable the pose looks. I said yes, the one on the bottom is uncomfortable, but hopefully we all take turns being on the bottom or on the top. I've had so many women in my life, family and friends, who have been supportive of me. Thank you, all women who take your turn holding another up!


    #Sktchyapp reposted it, both on their site and on Instagram!

    'Be Bold For Change' is the theme for the day. It is sometimes hard to know what that might mean, but for me, as an artist, I think it means not letting an opportunity pass me by to celebrate and support others.

    So, Happy International Women's Day! The world would truly not get very far without us!

    ..... and that's the Truth!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

the Week that Was.... more or less


A few pages from my sketchbook from the past week...





And some progress at the loom, where I've passed the halfway point.