Archive for October, 2008

A New International Fiber Collaborative Project – As Simple As A Leaf

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Marsh

Remember Jennifer Marsh and her collaborative project covering a gas station with fiber for which I sent this piece?

Jennifer has a new collaborative project in motion for 2009.  She is seeking 30,000 handmade leaves to cover a full-size tree sculpture called Interdependence.  

According to Jennifer, The International Fiber Collaborative announces its 2008–2009 project, Interdependence. Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 at Big Springs International Park.

Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.

Participants from around the world are welcome to create leaves to contribute to the creation of the tree. In total, up to 30,000 leaves may be used.

Leaves should be created using fiber or fiber techniques. Entrants are encouraged to be creative in deciding on materials and techniques, and may paint, stitch, crochet, patch, quilt, knit, or glue (water resistant glue).

Each leaf should measure  roughly 5 in. wide (at its thickest) x 7 in. long. Leaves may also have shape and dimension. Submissions may relate to interdependence in a social, economical, political, ecological, or geographical way. The tree’s trunk and branches will all be wrapped with handmade fiber sleeves. 

Leaves are due by March 15, 2009.  Mail to:  

Department of Art & Art History, RH 313, UAHuntsville, 301 Sparkman Dr. Huntsville, AL 35899

Jennifer let me know that no real tree will be harmed as the tree for this project will be constructed of steel. You don’t need to put any kind of “stem” on the leaf as Jennifer will take care of that.

A new website for this project will be up soon; if you have any questions you may contact Jennifer at blueangle1412(at)


10 2008

Killer collages for Collage Mania















Believe by Karen Stiehl Osborn

Karen Stiehl Osborn has posted her collages for Collage Mania here.  I love them!  

It’s not too early to submit YOUR jpegs for Collage Mania 2009.  The Call for Artists is here.   

The deadline is April 1, 2009, but collages are displayed for patrons to peruse in, more or less, the order in which they are received.  I also will be featuring collages here on my blog right up to Preview Week 2009.

Let Karen – Karen(at) –  know you are planning to participating this year and she will add your name to the growing list of artists. 

Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the American Cancer Society in three days. Last year we raised over $13,000 with more than 200 collages, so you can do the math about how many wonderful collages will be needed for 2009.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your support!


10 2008

Inspiration for Tuesday, October 28 – 2008


I love a lot of the old-fashioned flowers – bachelor buttons, peonies and, yes, zinnas.  I probably wouldn’t have given this flower a second look in the great blossoming glut of summer.  But this flower withstood our first, albeit brief, snow showers of the season and is still going strong.

Haiku count since July 14: 435

Of course, there’s a new post in The Garbage Day Project.

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10 2008

Boundary Waters 19 Wins Honorable Mention Award

Boundary Waters 19

Christie Minervini, owner of Gallery 50, has posted the award-winners for the current invitational, Breaking Boundaries:  Art of the Quilt in Traverse City, Michigan.  It’s always great to win an award, but it makes it even better when I join such distinguished company as Pamela Allen,  Lynn Krawczyk, and Lisa Chipetine, 

You can read about all the winners on Christie’s Diary of a Gallery Girl blog here.

The exhibit will be up through December 31. The photo below of Gallery 50 is courtesy of Desi Vaughn, guest curator of the exhibit, whose artwork is being featured in the adjacent Rinaldo Gallery.

Gallery 50


10 2008

Learn a new skill and make a donation to the ACS

Talk about win-win.  For a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society, you can learn all about machine wrapped cording through a multi-media workbook.

According to its creator, Linda Matthews of Creative Textile and Quilting Arts, the  …multimedia ebook includes step-by-step instructions for making wrapped cording on your sewing machine, including video, sample photos, options and applications, tips and tricks, and resources.

The ebook requires the current version of Adobe Reader which is free, and contains its own flash player so you can view the video on your desktop without the hassle of downloading any further software. It also contains a printable copy of the lessons which you can use to compile a workbook for your samples.

All this is yours for a tiny little $5.00 donation. Go get it !

I previewed the Machine Wrapped Cording Workbook and it is not only a how-to, but what-to-do-with-it tutorial.  The workbook is easy to use, with clear instructions, great photos and a very helpful video.

I’m amazed at the beautiful workbook computer-savvy Linda has produced and equally impressed by her donation of all proceeds to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.  


10 2008