Sunday, 23 August 2015

My "faces of Jerusalem" home at last

This work that I created in 2012 was accepted for a juried show in Jerusalem entitled "Many Faces of Jerusalem".  I was honoured to be the only non-Israeli in the exhibit.  My piece is called "?Like Day and Night?".   I am asking us all to reconsider whether we are all really that different despite our presentation of our outer selves.  


Since the exhibit in Jerusalem the group was invited to tour in the United States. One of the many exhibition venues was the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa Oklahoma. My piece was chosen as the cover for the exhibit catalogue in Tulsa!  
Most recently the exhibit was in the Houston International Quilt Show. 

Second detail. 

My quilt has been travelling a lot with her Israeli girlfriends and I haven't seen her in over two years.  I'm so happy that so many enjoyed meeting her, but I am also glad to have her home again!

Third detail. 

 Our Humanity Binds Us.  (An Umbutu Saying).  

Friday, 14 August 2015


Since I am at the country house, I thought it would be ok to post this work with a back drop of our forest on my hand made clothesline!

The theme I continue to work with is CONNECTION 

I created this work for my last session of my course with Jane Dunnewold.  It represents a combination of many of the techniques we are learning from her (as well as a few of my own invention).  

Here is a detail where I use the technique that I developed during my thesis process.  It is a combination of free motion stitchery on silk organza with Ricky Tims stabilizing fabric upon which I have printed the image of the bird which I altered using an adobe illustrator program.  I know, I know, a bit of a run on sentence.  All I can tell you is that the run on sentence represents an even longer run on steps.  Suffice it to to say, if you are curious enough to want details, please send me a comment and I would be happy to share.  

This is another detail that is illustrating some thermofax printing of my own designs.  The background was created with printers ink over a surface of cotton that was prepared with flour paste.  This is an invention of Jane Dunnewold's, and I love the distressed crackling effect one can create with it.  

I am now preparing some more pieces to bring to our next session in San Antonio in the fall.  This time we have been asked to bring a "body of work" and I have inserted colour into these pieces.  So....stay tuned!   

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Silk vest- dyed!

My sister Vicky kindly agreed to model for me. 

I obviously used many different jewel tones and perhaps next time less will be more. 

The silk loves the dyes and makes much more vibrant tones than the cotton.  

Here the vest is turned upside down and then the length can be worn as an extra layer or...

As a draped collar.  

Lots of possibilities.  
I think the arm holes ended up being too big and I agree with those who commented that the long end is a bit too long. The pattern still needs some work but it is a fun idea to play with.