Friday, September 30, 2011

TEXTURES FIBER ARTS Gallery opening, Friday, October 7th

Contemporary Fiber Art in Old Town Temecula
Oct 7- Nov. 10, 2011

Textures Fiber Artists use a wide variety of materials and techniques; from Weaving and Sewing to Color Discharge, Rust dyeing, and Needle Felting, these artists explore the edges of what is possible with fabric. Come and meet the artists and experience their journeys through this unique medium.

Textures Fiber Arts and the City of Temecula invite you to an artist reception on...
Friday, October 7, 2011
5:30 pm
7:00 pm

Gallery at the Merc
42051 Main Street
Temecula, Ca. 92590

Exhibit dates:
Oct. 7 —  Nov. 10, 2011
Gallery hours are subject to change. Call 866-653-8696 for information and times.

For Artist information visit:

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


"Mandiba" is the clan name for my hero Nelson Mandela. Mandiba is also a term of endearment for a man who is held in such high esteem in his native South Africa and all over the world.  My latest work of Mr. Mandela will be premiered at Textures Fiber Arts Exhibit at the Merc in downtown Temecula on October 7th.  I decided to do this fiber arts piece of him because there's already so many photos, drawings and paintings of him and probably very few quilted works with his likeness.  I know, I know, I say this every time I create a new piece that it's my favorite; well this is truly my favorite so far of all my portrait pieces probably because I admire Mandiba so much.  He's a person who throughout his entire life his fought tirelessly for equality for all people. For this and countless other reasons he has been a huge influence for me.   

Anyone who is familiar with my work knows my love of painting diverse portraits.  My new goal is to create a quilt featuring faces of cultures from all parts of the world.  I hope to preview this piece; done as small portrait quilts built into one early next year at my first solo show.  Stay tuned! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SAQA Auction - Whose child is this?

It's been almost two months since being asked to be one of two regional reps for Studio Arts Quilt Associates (SAQA) here in Southern California and Southern Nevada.  It's certainly an honor to be in the position, however the transition has been a bit of a  whirlwind. Much going on including getting our booth ready for the Long Beach IQF quilt show. In this short time as a SAQA Rep, I've met some great people as a result of the new role.  As the rep my goal is to see how I can effectively represent regional SAQA members by listening to their ideas and needs regarding perhaps learning and sharing techniques, possible exhibit or gallery opportunities for our region, etc. All this equates to more activity to add to my already crazy schedule.

Hey check out my SAQA auction piece that will be exhibited at the Long Beach show at the end of July.  It's called "Whose child is this?"  It's my ink and thread painted rendition of a little afghani girl whose stiff stare perhaps indicates apprehension of the photographer.  I can only imagine that she, as well as other children in countries at war are often confused and scared. They just want the violence to all end so they can go about their business of just being kids at play.  My hope is to feature more children from around the world in future quilt art.  Until next time, living creatively,  Sandra

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gimme Shelter - revisited

I just got the "No Place to Call Home" exhibit quilt titled "Gimme Shelter" back from the SAQA Mancuso tour.  It was a honor to have a fiber art piece featured in this quilt exhibit curated by So Cal SAQA member Kathleen McCabe.  It's funny how you forget the intricacies of your own artwork when it goes away for sometime.  After getting it back home, I put the quilt on my design table and took a long look-see.  I didn't realize how much quilting I did on this piece until someone pointed out to me. I'm really proud that what I tried to convey in the theme's message of homelessness in Haiti after the devastating quake was quite apparent.  Many people suffered in the initial months and unfortunately still now.  Take another look at the mother and child forced to live their lives in a tent after being left homeless by the quake.  It's chilling...

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Movable Feast

It's been more than a week since returning from the SAQA Visioning Conference of May 19 to 22nd held this year in Denver at the Brown Palace Hotel.  The conference of several hundred professional and wannabe fiber artists was as inspirational as it was educational.  I've had a chance to reflect on all of the learnings and now have the light under my feet to move...move toward perfecting the art of the paint stitch method.  This is what I do; love doing and will continue to do in the quilt art genre.  Although there's still alot to learn on the painting front; I do feel comfortable dazzling cloth with inks; water colors; pastels and colored pencils. A lot of work is still needed in the area of thread paint and the final workmanship.  It will come.  This weekend will be a creative one.  Mind you, it's been a couple months since I've have been able to return to my studio in my new home,  which I dubed "A Movable Feast".  I will use that name in the same metaphoric tense that Ernest Hemingway used it when writing his famous book; It's the memory of a splendid place that continues to go with the moving traveler for the rest of life.  Where ever I am; whether working my day job or traveling somewhere special for a getaway; my thoughts always trail back to my studio and how I can do my own interpretation of a gorgeous site viewed and photographed from that day. 

The attached photo of the Acacia tree photographed in South Africa is a scene that is caught in my mind because of ut's magnificents, I would like to do an interpretation of in ink and thread.  Someday we'll see it manifested.  I'll keep you posted.  Until then, Living Creatively, Sandra

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Me vagabond?

It's been several weeks since I've sold my home and downsized into a smaller, yet perfectly sized (2,096 sq ft) home.  This is why I've been away from blogging for the last several weeks. It's so very true that moving is very high on the list of stressful events in life; right up there with the death of a love one, divorce, etc.  Believe me; I thought I would lose my mind in the past few weeks. I personally packed up every room in my home with my studio/creative area being the one with the most stuff - i.e. fabrics and more fabrics, threads, paints, brushes, etc. This is the first time in my life that I've moved in stages. This move is excruciating and it still going on!  One good thing about moving is that you have the opportunity to organize; to take things that are scattered and bring them together based on their common traits or purch them altogether.  It's also a time for lost and found.  I was thrilled to discover a precious stone embellishment for a UFO I have pending; as well as a long lost cord to a desk calculator; yippie!  I want and need to get back to normalcy; which for me is reading books; creating art and planning vacations.  Hopefully the return to my former self and the abanding of this quasi-vagabond life will be sometime in the next couple weeks.  Until then, dreaming of creativity :) Sandra  

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I belong to three local fiber arts groups. Each month I attend a club meetings of one of these groups to connect with other fiber artists who share the same love as do for Quilting Arts.  At today's Quilts on the Wall meeting, the "Bridge" theme quilts for IQF Long Beach exhibit this coming July were turned in.  Many artist produced wonderful pieces with various interpretations of the bridges theme; some literal and others with more abstract references to the subject.  I submitted my "Closed bridge on the felt" piece for consideration for the exhibit.  This quilt features a male hand in the closed bridge stance on a pool table ready to break a ball set. Holy Moly!  It was lots of fun making this piece. The meeting was quite effective for providing inspiration to me for future art works.  There was one bridge themed quilt submitted which featured a gray and red interpretation of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  It was beautiful.  Another woman made an abstract suspension bridge out of quilted fabric and straps made to the required dimensions of 38"w x 48" l; it was stunning, yet genius in the planning and construction.  I wish I thought of it.  These meetings and the great ideas I take from them are integral in providing out of the box techniques and supply ideas.  Great stuff!  Living Creatively, Sandra  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Time, A Season - A Visual Tribute to Oprah Winfrey

In A Time, A Season -, Janelle Dowell, Publisher of Black Art in America, spearheads an artistic collaboration applauding the unprecedented accomplishments of one of the most significant individuals in world history, Oprah Winfrey. This book features distinguished artisans from across the country.

I'm so proud that my tribute piece "O" is a part of this art collection. The quilt, featured on page 38 was beautifully photographed by the very talented Sharon Mintry. I remember when I first heard the call for entries of art work inspired by Oprah, I know that I wanted to a part of this project with a portrait of a special portrait of her. Figurative and facial expressions are my speciality and I so love Oprah's eyes. One cover of "O" magazine cleverly captures the media giant being very playful, blowing bubbles. I love that cover shot; can't you tell?


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Quick Stetch of Martin Luther King Jr.

I was reading today that 2011 marks the 25th year of MLK Day being celebrated in all 50 states...Wow! What a wonderful achievement for an extraordinary man.  To say that he has had influence on my life is an understatement.  I remember as a kid in South Central LA how we studied Dr. King and other prominent black leaders during Black History Month. At the tender age of 8 years old, I stetch my first portrait of Dr. King.  He was a formidable subject then and as he remains for me till this day. 

This quick stetch of Dr. King to the right celebrates his legacy to seeking peace and equal opportunities for all human beings.  His legacy lives on today. Living Creatively, Sandra

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"

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


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


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