For Christmas I received a subscription to Quilting Arts Magazine. I love this magazine because it combines quilting with other mediums (right up my alley!). I started making art quilts about 1-2 years ago, embellishing with found objects and beads. This magazine shows me how to create my own fabrics with dyes, stamps and silk screening. An article in the December2014/January2015 issue entitled Jewels for the Wall by Natalya Aikens inspired my next creations. She made mini art quilts, framed them and then painted the frames to match the colors in the quilts. Mine, of course, looks nothing like hers but that's the beauty of art! Every artist has their own talents and interpretations of their world.
This was my very first one:
I only used fabric, beads and paint.
For this creation I used fabric (the owl), upholstery (the gray background and the blue branch) and puffy paint (little designs coming off the branches). There are also beads sewn on the eyes.
My third one is my absolute favorite because it's not as tight or structured as the last two. I call it Steampunk and Butterflies.
(again I used fabric, upholstery, beads, clock parts and other hardware)
This is the start of two new creations. I will be embellishing with seashells, sea grass and of course more beadwork. The horizontal frame will be the seashore and the vertical frame will have lighthouse fabric in it.
These and many more creations will be for sale in my booth at the Newport News Fall Festival of Folk Life first weekend in October, please come out and see me!
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!