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Fiber Art Exhibit

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On Friday evening I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Voices, a fiber art exhibit showcasing nine talented Michigan artists at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  The show was a perfect representation of just how diversified in approach and delivery fiber art quilts can be.  A true and honest medium for personal expression.  The artist’s showcased are professionals who have been practicing at this medium long enough to have found their own unique Voice. 

Visit the website, Voices,   for complete info on location date and times,  artist information and a gallery.  Below I’m sharing some of the photos I snapped , just as teasers: 

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The website is beautifully done, please visit for more information on individual pieces and artists.  I have several friends among the nine featured….Kathie Briggs, Lynn Krawczyk, Joan Potter Thomas, and Anne Heimstra.  I congratulate them for their practiced VOICE, finely articulated thoughts, and focused work required to deliver these beautiful artworks for all of us to enjoy.

A pleasant Sunday afternoon….

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Spent with like-minded, impassioned people.  Those who love to work with color, fabric and stitches…

I worked with my Running with Scissors group, a day of picking Kat’s brain, and being inspired by her creative mind.  She has made a series of art quilts called “Secret Life Quilts”.  They ooze with the sensibilities, personality and humor of my friend, Kat.  I have a smile from the heart when I see these quilts.  I think the group felt the same and wanted to have a go at trying out Kat’s idea.  So we all made our own Secret Life quilt.

Many many piles of fabric, all willing to share what they had:

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Took and Ruth working away:

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Jane’s black cat quilt was my absolute favorite:

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There’s Leann….undoubtedly cooking up some trouble….with Barb out of the photo, but you can see her shark jumping out of the water:

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Well, maybe Johanna’s pipe smoking dog is my favorite:

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And here is my lady, who has a hibiscus in her hair and is ready to fly away from snow, and winter, and ice for sandy beaches and palm trees…..

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Thank you Kat, I have learned so much from you…today and every other day, you are a light!.  And RWS friends…you are all wonderful,  creative friends and inspirations!

You can see many of Kat’s Secret Life quilts on her blog, here.

Abstract

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In one of the groups I belong to (212 Fiber Artists), the challenge was issued to create a piece of art using a limited color palette.  And within that palette use 70 percent of one color, 30 percent of another, and 10 percent using any of the remaining colors.  In addition the piece had to be attached to a painted canvas.   Inspiration struck this weekend…and I finished my challenge piece.  IMG_1138

Although it was a lot of fun playing with color and shapes and balance and repetition, I found myself sitting back and asking what this abstraction says to me… deriving some meaning and connection to it after it was finished.   I decided to title it, “Listen”.  And then, I found this quote:

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us….Brenda Ueland

 

 

Looking back at 2009

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2009 was a year of learning new things, and good experiences….each small step contributes to a interesting, happy existence, nothing earth shattering here….

-Seeing our first grandchild,  Colton, grow over this first year of his life was one of the most gratifying experiences ever.

-Photography, editing photos…..added to my base of knowledge in this field

-Worked at a greenhouse for the first time in my life, and loved being surrounded by plants and  people who love plants-

-Experimented with improvisational quilting this year and am hooked…will do more of this.

-Participated in several art shows, learning much from each experience

-Experimented with mosaic making, trying my hand at outdoor proof techniques

-Got involved with ArtIsIn Market, locally,  and am loving being a member of this coop gallery

-Taught friends and family to make mosaics….adding to our tribe of the Mosacians

-Learned to enjoy my garden more this year, simplified things, requiring less work, less water, less chemicals…more simplifying to come

-Packed up and moved my parents from their condo in record time(with lots of help), I hope 2010 brings them back to Michigan.  Learned much about moving a household

-Crafted many objects….a personal record breaking 160 pieces is my nearest estimation.  This includes all the pins I made during the last two months, well over 100.

I know I have missed and forgotten much….but…

Yes all in all, 2009 was a good year, I am thankful for so much and want to finish with a short list of my blessings:

-The health, happiness and stability of my family during this difficult economic year.

-Jeff….his patience and often earned but seldom shown exasperation with me.  I do love sharing my life with this man.  He keeps life interesting and adventurous, and brings out my best. 

-My family,  I see them regularly, most everyone is in close proximity…I love that! 

-My friends are all so inspiring…each in a unique way.  I enjoy and learn from each and every one of you.

-And last but not least, I am thankful to the Lord for being by my side.  He is the Light of my way and the Peace in my heart and mind, and the Joy in my soul.  

Now…..what’s next…..??????

Colorful family history…..

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led artisan to quiltmaking.  That’s the headline to Kathy Campau’s article in the Detoit News today.    Its a good article, and also has an artquilt project to try. 

This led me to wonder just what an “artisan” is.  So, FYI…..Artisan=A skilled worker who practices a trade or craft; craftsperson.  Well, Kat is definitely that, and much more.

Kat’s Gallery Night

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My friend, Kat Campau (blog: Stitchnut), has a one person show at 212 Art Gallery in Saline. Tonight was the opening night. Now, I have seen her work on a regular basis, but seeing it all in one place was just amazing. And to think she has done almost all this work in 2008 seems impossible. She is so talented, and passionate about making gorgeous art. She creates using embroidery, quilting, mosaics, and beadwork, along with knitting and felting, glasswork. And what is wonderful is that Kat is always interested in learning something new, not afraid to jump right in. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Be sure to check out her newly updated website, you will see a good representation of her work and you will see how talented she is. There is a link on the front page to 212 Gallery that has photos of her show.

That’s Kat on the left, and Gail on the right:
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Here are a few of us baggettes…left to right: Me, Julie, Kat and Gail

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Leannderthal Leann, her mom, and sister Jane were there, (sorry to get the back of your head, Jane…but Leann’s expression is just too great to pass up.)
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And Turtle Creek Quilts Mary and Fibra Artysta Lynn were there too:

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