Saturday, August 2, 2008

I remember that UFO

In any hobby or interest, one gets bored from time to time, and will suddenly abandon the project they're currently working on to start something new, something fresh. In the fiber arts world we call these abandon projects... "unfinished objects" or UFO's. Today I had the urge to go back and pull a couple ( I have about a dozen UFO's) of these pieces. Some of them I couldn't remember; but one stood out and I also remembered the time first begun and motivation for that piece. Something in my soul told me that it's this quilt's time for finalization. I found myself staring at this journal quilt with new eyes, combined with some new ideas. I used these new ideas on this soon to be "Ex-UFO". I've come to realize that life in general it's a good thing to "put something on the shelf" or make it a UFO for a minute. then later move it along, make process and finally.... COMPLETION!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Banner Details - Introducing "Papillon"

I do love Santeena's posted banner which I've proudly named "Papillon". The name is french for butterfly, a subject I used frequently. The pastel drawn face on the quilt is that of my niece Shaya. She reminds me somewhat of a butterfly; young, beautiful and free. For Shaya's hair, I use alpaca hair, needle punched on felt and embellished with beading, fiber stands, and faux flowers. I'm will finish the embellishments hopefully this weekend, refining details (adding real lashes, etc) , then give it a simple quilted background and finally photographing it again for a new and improved banner posting on the blog. I plan to feature this piece in a local showing at the Temecula Library this Fall. There's also the Textures Fiber Arts exhibit at the Merc and the trip to South Africa, all this fall. So many exciting things these to come.... I can't wait!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Back home in the studio

Finally back home in my studio from the travel to Long Beach for IQF. The exhibits at this show were fantastic, I got much inspiration from several pieces there. When I returned to my work station, I had exactly in mind how I wanted to proceed with the 50th Year Quilt. As I pieced, then tweaked a couple fabrics and embellishments placed on this quilt, I smiled. I know I'm really onto something with this piece.. You'll see it soon. Sandra

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"
Innocence

Cheetah Girl

Cheetah Girl
QA Reader Challenge "Inner Animal"

Little Freida

Little Freida
I just love Freida Kahlo!

Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly
Inked / Thread painted face with 3D hair bun

"Hello down there!"

"Hello down there!"
Rare find of shrimp like creature in a iceshaft in Anartica

Kiss of a Rose

Kiss of a Rose
Quilt Visions "Fantasy Flowers" Challlenge

Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet
Another quilted portrait with 3D organza lillies and leaves

Quilted Denim Jacket

Quilted Denim Jacket
Close up of Shaunna's quilted photo

Simba!

Simba!
Cherrywood fabric challenge - Lion King's travelling show

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge
Couldn't resist posting this water color work of an elephant on safari

Leopard at night

Leopard at night
Another watercolor

Geronimo

Geronimo
My quilted rendition of the proud Apache leader

Something to think about....

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"



Pablo Picasso