Archive for October, 2009

Fiber fundraisers for artist’s injured companion?


Karen Stiehl Osborn conducted a fundraiser to help her friend, artist Beate Knappe of Germany.   Karen donated 80% of the proceeds from her Autumn Aura collages to Beate, a self-employed artist, to help with substantial vet bills:

Beate adopted a beagle puppy named Jeannie. Unfortunately, on October 4th, Jeannie was hit by a car. Since then, she has needed several surgeries and now rehab to put two of her legs back together and teach her to re-use them. All of this has left Beate with vet bills in excess of 2000 euros.


Karen’s collages sold out.  Is there something you could do to help?  Beate has an Etsy site as Bella Donna Design and a wonderful website with more news about Jeannie.


10 2009

Artwork chosen for “500 Art Quilts”

Boundary Waters 21

Lark Books continues to add books to its “500” series and I am honored to be included in 500 Art Quilts:  An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work by Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenhan.

Boundary Waters 21 was created for and shown as part of the exhibit A Sense of Place:  Artists Working in a Series, a Studio Art Quilt Associates‘ invitational curated by Peg Kenney. This artwork in now in the collection of Carol J. Moore.


10 2009

British Textile TV series now online

Jamie and Holly
Jamie and Holly in the Stitch Shed

Talking Threads is a ten-part series about British textiles featuring Jamie Malden and Holly Pulsford of Colouricious.   Textiles – great!  British textiles – oh, the joys of being an Anglophile.  You can watch the show online on Country

(Some hints to access the series on Country  You must accept cookies — which I do and then turn my regular setting in Preferences for internet security back on later — and you may have to download a different media player than you are currently using. Flash didn’t work for me, but SilverLight did.)

The first two shows are available and feature Jill Kennedy (silk painting) and Gilda Baron (creating multi-layered texiles with paint and stitch). The first half of each half-hour show is a personal interview and the second half is a very useful demonstration of a technique.

And check out their Stitch Shed. Who wouldn’t want one of those in their backyard?

But don’t stop there, search for textiles and the Inspiration series comes up. This is a series of interviews with five very well-known British textile artists.  Three of the wonderfully personal talks with textile artists are now available: the late Julia Caprara (link is to her book with an interview link on the side), Jan Beaney and Michael Brennand-Wood. I especially enjoyed learning about the genesis of Brennand-Wood’s mixed-media artwork that takes stitching into the third dimension.

I have to say that once I started looking at the content of Country – Beth Chattos garden, fungi, native breed horses – I realized that I had to set limits or I would be watching for WAY too long.


10 2009

A Family Tradition of Fiber (and Buttons)

It’s a tradition in my family to have handmade ornaments for everyone at our holiday gathering.  My sister, my Mom and I used to take turns making them.  But we are up to 26 people, so the last couple of years we have made them as a group project.  Since Mom and Nancy were at my house for a visit, we decided to go ahead and make them in October.


I set up a six foot table and we loaded it down with beads and fibers to be sewn on small ovals.  But what we most loved was THE BUTTON BOX.  Does anyone still keep one of these?

This is my Mom’s collection, but Nancy is the keeper. I dumped it out on a big cookie sheet and we kept it right on the breakfast bar and not on the side table.

What fun!  Glass buttons, metal buttons, tiny buttons with a rim of color, “jeweled” buttons, cloth-covered buttons, and on and on.  All of the buttons were cut from clothing by my Mom; maybe some even came from my Grandma’s button box. I must admit I “liberated” several buttons that looked like little gears (long underwear buttons???).

I’m sure that some of our ornaments won’t be appreciated (as much as we would like) for their embroidery, buttons and beads, but it was worth it just to take a stroll through the button box.


10 2009

Chicory collages

Chicory 2

The Chicory collages are finished and submitted for distribution in a private swap.  I always make a few extra in any exchange so there is no pressure to send them all.

The background is acrylic paint on watercolor paper with Caran d’Ache artist crayons.  I wrote over the entire background with information about chicory which blooms with mad abandon along the roadsides here.  An odd fact about chicory is that its blooms open and close regularly each morning and evening, even when cut for a flower arrangement.

The collage was made by first layering a small strip of contrasting painted paper over the background. I Photoshopped my own photo of a chicory flower, printed it on Lesley Riley’s TAP, and then ironed it to light blue painted fabric and adhered the fabric to the collage with Misty Fuse.  The collage is 7×5″ mounted to 10×8″ on heavy watercolor paper.

I like having mixed-media collage as a nice contrast to my more “think-y” textile artwork.


10 2009