Archive for May, 2008

Inspiration and The Garbage Day Project


It seems the most delicate flowers, including bleeding heart, bloom in Spring.

There is a new post today in The Garbage Day Project.


05 2008

New Artwork – Boundary Waters 32.

Boundary Waters 32
21″h x 66″w
White cotton fabric, paint, thread.

I finished this piece right before Collage Mania; it was one of those joyful artworks that spring out fully formed.

This artwork is my entry in Art Quilts XIII: Lucky Break at the Chandler Center for the Arts. I’m not entering much this year, but I always enter this show because of the beautiful venue and the personal touch of the curator, Diane Howell.

Boundary Waters 32 obviously continues the series based on my journeys with my sister in The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

The BWCAW is known for its cliffs and rocky outcroppings, worked in endless layers by erosion, volcanic activity, and glaciers. Huge sheet of granite were broken, tilted and folded beginning over 2.7 billion years ago. The end result is the wonderful landscape we are privileged to enjoy as we paddle along: long narrow lakes, jagged shorelines and towering cliffs.


It’s hard to see, even in this detail, but this piece is stitched twice. Once, very irregularly, with invisible thread to mimic the fault lines in the rocks and once, in parallel lines, over the entire surface with variegated rayon thread to mimic the very orderly stacking of the rock. I like the contrast between the jumbled surface and the regimented top stitching as well as the contrast between the two types of stitching.


05 2008

A Summer Reading List and Heirloom Tomatoes


I added a new summer reading list/essay, Hunting and Gathering, to Art, Nature, Creativity, Life yesterday. If you’re a subscriber, I’m always happy to hear your comments.

Hunting and Gathering is an annotated book list with thoughts about being a foodie and why, the cascade effect of reading one good book on a topic, why it’s best sometimes not to read biographies of cultural heroes, my foray into growing heirloom tomatoes this year, and the au courant topic of being a locavore.

Here are some interesting summer websites, not included in the essay, related to Hunting and Gathering:

Where to find local products – Local Harvest

Join the hunt for bees! The Great Sunflower Project

10 Steps to Becoming a Locavore (PBS)

100 Mile Diet: Local Eating for Global Change


05 2008

Inspiration and The Garbage Day Project


This tulip was on the way to compost heap and I happened to look inside it; it’s almost like another season of bloom with these glorious colors.

Nature Report: I forgot to mention last week that the wrens are, at last, back. I hung out my hummingbird feeder last Thursday and saw the first hummer on Friday. I don’t know how they know to come and check. The robin who built her nest in the gutter end under the eaves wasn’t as lax as we thought; her three eggs hatched Sunday. I saw my first orchard oriole yesterday and made sure to put oranges out for it. While I was typing this, a little black and orange bird flew into the bush outside the window. Sibley says it is a mature American Redstart, a type of wood warbler. I have never seen one before.

There’s a new post in The Garbage Day Project blog today.


05 2008

A Short List of Good Causes


Collage Mania! Boy, that was a rush.

What’s next for Fiberart For A Cause?

Lynn Krawczyk curates Breaking Traditions, an art quilt exhibit, each year. This year’s theme is With One Voice and the only entry fee is a $10 donation to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

The theme offers many possibilities for your artwork:

“This year we will give a voice to all the good that is present in the world. From the next door neighbor who helped to shovel your snowy walk, to organizations built solely on the purpose of serving those in need, to famous individuals using their influence to do good. We honor all those who stand up and say, in one loud clear voice, ‘I will make a difference.'”

The deadline for receipt of the 12″ x 12″ art quilts is August 30, 2008. There are early-bird incentives and lots of other prizes. Lynn is also working to make this a traveling exhibition, do contact her if you know of possible venues.

All the details are here.

I love wearing my With One Voice T-shirt. Many styles of shirts with the very cool With One Voice logo designed by Lynn are available from the FFAC Shop. All profits from the FFAC Shop are also donated to the ACS through FFAC.

And while we are on the topic of good causes, glance over to the right, you will see a new PAGE on my blog. That’s right, it’s right under blog links.

Although all my time and funds go to Fiberart For A Cause, I’m happy to add your fundraiser here if it is related to fiber OR if you are a fiber artist . I encourage everyone to find a cause they can support with their time, art, or money.

Featured fundraisers are currently: Dogs For Disabilities, BRA (Brazenly Radiant Art), A Place to Bark (and Meow), and International Fiber Collaborative.


05 2008