Archive for March, 2016

Rock, Sun, Three Birches

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Studio Art Quilt Associates is holding a silent Spotlight Benefit Auction at its Conference in Philadelphia March 31 to April 3.

Please look for my Rock, Sun, Three Birches and many additional small artworks at the Auction.  Thank you!

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My Creative Process

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Sue Reno asked me last year to submit a short statement about my creative process to include in her conference presentation, Develop and Sustain Your Daily Artistic Practice. Since I’m almost ready to switch to my outdoor mode, I thought I would share it now:

Since my artwork is inspired by Nature, it is fitting that my studio practice follow the seasons. Almost all of my artwork is created during November – April which is late Fall/Winter/early Spring in northern Illinois. The Spring/Summer months find me traveling, working in my one-acre landscape garden, and painting/printing all the fabrics I use in my artwork. It is in the winter months when the studio is my refuge and I am thrilled to spend long and concentrated hours in its warmth and light.

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I find that towards the end of summer I can actually feel a frisson of excitement, a rising push of inspiration that compels my return to the studio. All summer long I have been living in/with Nature and traveling about seeing new things. There is an urgency when I return to my studio knowing that time is limited, time is passing. If I felt I had all the time in the world, my output would be much diminished.

I work in series and within those series in groups of artwork. With art quilts, this is due, in part, to the fact that the only fabrics available to me are those that I have already created. I have yet to be able to go back and “make” additional fabrics to continue a grouping or series of artwork. Use what I have and move on works best for me.

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In my daily studio practice I like variety and so I move between my textile/collage studio and my basement painting studio. I work on art quilts, junk mail paper collages, mixed-media collages, and paintings in rotation by spending approximately one-half day in each studio. I’m never bored and I find all artwork is improved by a little space and time. There is always something drying, always something in progress, always something about which I’m thinking.

Artwork shown are from the Clover and a Bee series.  Photos by Deidre Adams.

 

 

 

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