May 15th, 2016
‘Seasonal Palette’ is a SAQA juried invitational exhibition with the theme of the seasons. To enter the exhibit we had to submit examples of our work to the jury that best exemplified our style. I was selected along 37 artists and each one of us were assigned a season. We had to create a quilt in our style of working. All pieces had to be constructed the same size: 78‚ÄĚ L x 32‚ÄĚ W. I was assigned Autumn and my quilt was inspired by the many colors Japanese maples display in Fall in our garden. Each artist also included a journal of the process. Those journals are displayed along with the quilts as the show travels.
The exhibit premiered in November 2012 at the International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas and I had the pleasure of attending the opening. A video from the exhibit in Houston is available here. It has since traveled to many places in the US and abroad including Brazil and now Taiwan at the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016, National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan – April 30-May 29, 2016. I wish I could travel as much as my quilts do! You can see images of the whole show on the SAQA website. A beautiful hardcover book is also available for purchase with full images and detail images of each work. Thank you to the wonderful curators of this exhibit, Kathleen McCabe and Vicki Mangum.
Units 33: Autumn Celebration
Photo credit: D. James Dee
And here is a detail image:
Cotton fabrics, cotton and polyester threads, paints, fabric dyes
Cotton fabrics printed with fabric paints using Plexiglas plate, machine pieced and machine quilted.
Here is a picture of the double page spread of the book with a full picture of the quilt and a detail picture.¬† The photos in the book are from Gregory Case.
April 1st, 2016
My piece: “Curvalicious” is part of this year Art Quilt Elements 2016 show at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.¬† Art Quilt Elements is an international juried quilt exhibition celebrating this year its 12th anniversary.¬† It is on view from March 18 to April 30, 2016.¬† Opening reception: April 2 from 1 to 4 pm.
The piece is 32‚Ä≥ x 30‚Ä≥¬† and is created by monoprinting on fabric.¬† I use fabric paint which I brush on a Plexiglas plate and draw on the plate with a rubber tool.¬† Then I print directly on fabric.¬† For this piece I used plates of various sizes.¬† After cutting the fabric I assembled the elements to create this composition.¬† It is a departure from my Units series but it came out naturally as I am drawing more regularly.
Here is a detail of the work which shows the brush strokes, the drawing lines as well as some of the quilting lines with black thread:
May 9th, 2013
My work: “Units 27-Sunburst” is part of the exhibit, Form Not Function, opening tomorrow at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, in New Albany (Indiana).¬† It is the 10th anniversary of this juried exhibition which explores the world of contemporary art quilts and features this year the work of 25 artists from across the United States.¬† I am honored to be part of them.
Opening Reception, 10th Anniversary Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, Friday May 10, 6-8 pm
You can find more about the history of the Carnegie center here.
This work is 68″ x 68″ and is made with some fabrics I monotyped with fabric paints and some others I dyed with MX procion dyes.
March 21st, 2013
Spring is here, buds are swelling, I allow myself to dream…
Made on the iPad with Sketch Club App.
March 8th, 2013
Three of my works will be exhibited at the Windsor Whip Works Gallery, in Windsor (NY) from March 16 to April 13 in a show titled: Fabulous Fibers and Bewitching Baskets.¬† The gallery is in a building that hosted a buggy whip factory in the nineteenth century.¬† This Italian ornate building was recently renovated.¬† Bill and Johanne Pesce are co-directors of the gallery.
This is the postcard which shows a sample of the works exhibited by eight artists.
The artists in the show are:¬† Esterita Austin, Sharon Bottle Soava, Benedicte Caneill, Lorraine Chwazik, Marcia DeCamp, Pat Pauly, Judith Plotner, Cheri Sheridan and Jamin Uticone.
The curator chose three of my works.¬† All have a botanical reference in the title.
Units 18: Gardenscape
Units 21: Jungle Fever
Units 26: When Botany Meets Geometry
March 3rd, 2013
The present show at the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY is titled: Show and Tell 5 and runs from February 23 to March 16.¬† I am honored to have four pieces in the show.¬† One of them is titled: The Observer Observed.¬† It is made of painted fabrics, monotyped fabrics and photo transfer on fabric.¬† It is 26″ long and 16″ wide.
Every Saturday during the show, three artists give a presentation of their technique.¬† Today Evelyn Eidelberg, Randy Frost and myself gave a presentation.
Evelyn who, among many artistic skills make dolls, taught us how to make pencil dolls using yarn, pipe cleaners and beads.
I gave a presentation of the techniques I use in my work, from monotyping my fabrics to free-motion quilting.
Finally, Randy Frost presented her method of constructing her colorful collages.
Then she gave each a person a paper collage to interpret in fabric.
It was a lively and entertaining afternoon.¬† There are two more Saturdays of demonstrations.¬† Here is the schedule:
September 13th, 2012
One of my pieces, Cityscape, is part of this exhibit:¬†¬† 9 x 9 x 3: Salon des Refus√©s
On view Sept. 13‚ÄďNov. 18, 2012, at Guild Gallery II at the Fulton Center of the Hudson Guild, 119 Ninth Ave., (betw. 17th & 18th Sts.), New York City.¬† Opening Reception: Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:00‚ąí7:30 pm.
74 pieces by 74 artists from the Textile Study Group of New York are on view.
For more information: http://www.tsgny.org/EXHIBITIONS.html
March 27th, 2012
Two of my pieces will be on display during the event: Fiber Philadelphia 2012.¬† You can find information on their website:¬† “Fiber Philadelphia¬†is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. Exhibitions are planned for 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues. They will include work by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field.”
My work, Reverberation II, part of the Fiber Botswana collection, is at the 728 Gallery, part of the Brandywine Workshop:
Fiber Revolution Botswana Collection
March 24 – April 28, 2012
Closing Reception and Tour: Sat, April 28, 2pm
728 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm¬†¬† Sat 1 – 4pm
The other work, Units 31: Rhythm in Lights, is part of the traveling show: Material Witnesses by the members of the Manhattan Quilters Guild.
Material Witnesses: Manhattan Quilters Guild
Abington Art Center
March 29 – May 13, 2012
Reception: Sunday April 1, 3 – 5pm
515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Wed – Fri, 10am – 5pm¬† Thurs, 10am – 7pm¬† Sat & Sun, 10am – 3pm
Closed Mon, Tues & some holidays
I will be attending the opening reception at the Abington Art Center as well as several other openings this week-end, including Art Quilt Elements on March 30.¬†
March 25th, 2012
A few years ago, I took out a book from the library: The Decorated Page by Gwen Diehn.¬†¬† I liked it so much that I kept checking it out every time it was back on the shelf.¬† I finally purchased a copy.¬† In 2010, I met Gwen Diehn and last year she asked if I could send her pictures of pages of my journals for the new book she was writing: The Complete Decorated Journal.¬† I just received my advance copy and I am so excited!¬† This new book is a combination of two of her previously published books: The Decorated Page and The Decorated Journal, with updated information and profiles from journaling artists. It is a treasure chest of information for any person, whether beginner or seasoned artist.¬† I am honored to be included in this book and I am grateful for the opportunity.¬† Here is a photo of the cover as well as an image of my artist profile page:
One of the journal pages chosen for the book is an account of my trip to Philadelphia two years ago to see the Fiber Biennial at the Snyderman gallery. Journaling helps you remember what you did or places you saw.¬† Last Wednesday I went back to Philadelphia to see some of the exhibits part of the event: Fiber Philadelphia, ‚Äúan international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art.‚ÄĚ¬† On my way to the Snyderman gallery I saw some of the places represented in my journal page: the souvenir store, the pet supply store and the window of an Italian restaurant that no longer has a curtain.
March 23rd, 2012
Two of my works: Memory and Underground City will be part of the exhibit at the Blue Door Gallery from March 24 to April 21 in Yonkers, NY:¬† 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Reception: Thursday, March 29¬†¬† 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Juror’s talk: 6pm
Memory¬†¬† 57″ x 30″¬†¬† (Monotyped fabrics with procion MX dyes, stitched)
Underground City¬†¬† 50″ x 30″¬† (Mixed media: canvas, felt, paper, paint, gel medium, thread)