Twelve x Twelve Challenge

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.

2017 12x12 Bay Quilts 5x7 email

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

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Spinning Suns 1

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.

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Spinning Suns 2

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.

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Crow Canyon Collage 1
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Crow Canyon Collage 2
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Crow Canyon Collage 3
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Crow Canyon Collage 4
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Crow Canyon Collage 5
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Crow Canyon Collage 6

 

 

 

 

 

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Women on the Twenty

 

In Pamela Lanza’s Experimental Drawing class at UC Berkeley Extension, I started a series of charcoal drawings of American women I thought should be considered for the newly designed 20 dollar bill.  Everyone in class was excited this became a big topic in the news while I was working on my series, culminating with the announcement of  women for new designs by Jack Lew of the US Treasury. See each of my drawings here.

Here’s a photo of how my drawings looked on the wall for the final critique:On-the-wall-at-UCBX I took Pam’s class Small Books UnBound: An inkwash/collage workshop last weekend in SF and decided to see if the drawings would work well as images on an unbound, accordion style book with the drawings superimposed over inkwashed and collaged pages.

I made each drawing into an acrylic gel medium transfer and adhered them to the pages with fabulous results!

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First pages

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Book cover

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Book closed and tied with raffia

Reader Challenge

Back in August 2013, I saw this reader’s challenge in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and decided to give it a whirl. The challenge was to use our favorite techniques to create a six inch mixed media square with some kind of stitching.

I used one of my linocut prints on fabric as the starting point, then I accented the print  with acrylic ink and oil pastel.  I didn’t spend too much effort on it, and basically just considered it a little experiment where I give equal weight to the positive and negative space in a composition.  I liked the result and decided to submit it to the magazine.  The first step was to submit a .jpg of the piece. Later, I heard back from them and sent it in to be photographed, still not knowing if it would actually be included in the magazine.  Today I was pleased to see that it was included in the January/February 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!!!

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Linocut, acrylic ink, and oil pastel. Machine stitched. 6″x 6″

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