Thursday, December 18, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - Blogger's Choice

Welcome to 2014's last installment in the search for Roy G Biv. This month's color is blogger's choice and I've chosen...what else?...rust. Enjoy!

Richard Serra


Cleveland, OH

Newburgh, Scotland

Cleveland, OH

Philadelphia, PA


Wilton, CT

Wilton, CT

It's a bit difficult to believe we've come to the end of a full year of posting the colors of the rainbow and beyond. In case you're wondering, Julie and I are continuing the search in 2015. January through July will follow the Roy G Biv alphabet. Afterwards, we're going off rainbow with the addition of brown, gold (think metallics...silver in 2016), grey, pink and ending the year with blogger's choice.

If you'd like to join in the fun, but don't know the rules...guidelines really...it's very simple. Just post 5 or so photos of items featuring that month's color to your blog. When it's live, let Julie or I know via a comment on our blogs and we'll list your blog and link to it. This truly is a case of the more, the merrier so we'd love to have all our blogging friends joining in. 2015's calendar is below.

Speaking of Julie, I'd like to congratulate her on the release of her book,


Fabric Printing at Home can be ordered from QBookshop or Amazon. I am thrilled for Julie and can't wait for my copy to arrive. Guess how I'll be spending the holidays! It's also an honor to have work included in the gallery section.

Happy searching!

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2015
January 15 - red
February 19 - orange   
March 19 - yellow 
April 16 - green
May 21 - blue
June 18 - indigo
July 16 - violet
August 20 -brown
September 17 -gold
October 15 -grey
November 19 -pink
December 17 - blogger's choice

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Roy G Biv 3 Reminder

Just a quick reminder that next Thursday, December 18, 
is the last installment of Roy G Biv 3 for 2014.


The color? Your choice.

As usual, let Julie or me know that you've joined in the search and we'll link to your blog post.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Perspective

It all depends on how you look at it.


Is it better to see the whole?


Or the details?


Little by little, slightly shifting focus?



Should it be this way?


Or that?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop in the Around the World Blog Hop. My Roy G Biv partner, Julie B Booth first invited me to join the blog hop in October. Susan Bowers of Tracemarks extended an invitation soon afterwards as well. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to accept their kind invitations at the time.

When Lotta Helleberg asked me to join, what immediately ran through my mind was third time's the charm and I knew the universe was telling me that I needed to do this. A heart felt Thank You! to Julie, Susan and Lotta for thinking of me and extending the invitations. If you click on their names, you'll be spirited away to their own blog hop posts. From there, you can hop away to your heart's desire discovering new artists around the world - all from comfort of your own home. Enjoy!

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1. What am I working on?

I have 3 tea bag pieces in various stages of creation and an idea for a series that needs attention. 


A replacement for Water Dreams 1, which sold from Alchemy of Tea at the Cornelius Arts Center, is nearly complete. It's waiting for me to decide how to finish the sides...or if they are. 


What began as the base for an artist book has aspirations of becoming an installation. Think ancient scroll cascading down the wall and landing on the floor. A bit more length is required, I do believe.


Of course, there's always my hand stitching on black cotton to occupy the time when one or the other of my little urchins is hip hopping or learning the piano.


A friend has inspired me to begin crocheting again. Luckily, we've a wonderful yarn shop nearby called Nancy O. That's where this luscious grey came from. It's meant to be a wrap to keep my shoulders warm on our chillier days. Charcoal grey and burgundy will be added at some point along the way.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?


Good question. The short answer is that I don't really know. In wanting to find my own voice with the tea bags, I haven't researched to see what others are doing. That probably sounds funny considering my participation in Alchemy of Tea, but it's true. 

That said...I alternately view the tea bags as paper and cloth. The flow-thru type are what I use and those are generally made with abaca pulp. Being paper means that they are strong and any technique one would use with paper can be applied yet the thinness and translucent quality of the material hint at organza - and makes them perfect for layering and stitching.  

3. Why do I write/create what I do?


Memories are often associated with tastes, scents and sounds. Tea is my memory link. One whiff of freshly brewed black pekoe with mint and orange transports me back to my grandmother’s kitchen. Lady Grey winds me to Newburgh, Scotland where I first sampled its delicate yet steady taste. 

My work with tea bags explores and expands on the concept of memories, whether real or imagined, through the use of marks – the tea’s own as well as my hand made marks, direct rust prints, digital prints and hand and machine stitching.
 
4. How does my writing/creating process work?


During an artist talk this summer, I listened as two painters explained their individual theories and practices for organizing chaos via their art. They were attempting to make it nice and orderly, have it make sense and play well with others, etc. In listening to them, I realized that I have gone in the opposite direction with my work...in fact, I have embraced chaos via a wabi sabi sensibility.

Thank you for stopping by my corner of the world. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Home again for a bit

My pieces from the Alchemy of Tea exhibit at the Cornelius Arts Center arrived home safely over the weekend. I finally had time yesterday to open the tubes and hang the larger pieces in the studio. It's nice to have them home for a few months before they go adventuring in the spring.


Alchemy of Tea
May 20–June 24, 2015 
Reception/Artist Talk: Thu, May 21, 12pm

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A different view

Below is the current letter from World of Threads regarding the 2014 festival. I couldn't resist sharing it also as it gives a different view of the work featured in the last letter as well as showing more of the art included in the show. Where possible, I have linked to the artist's website or blog or other informative site via the caption.

Several of the artists featured in the letter have been interviewed by World of Threads. Click the link below for dirrect access to those:

Jim Arendt #127
Karen Goetzinger #113
Judy Martin #21
Christine Mauersberger #128
Emma Nishimura #9
Liz Pead #32

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Hello Jennifer,

A reminder, there is still one week left for you to visit the festival. Check out the photos below.

We also wanted to mention that most of the artwork is available to purchase. If you see anything that appeals to you and which you would like to buy, please let us know and we can arrange the sale.

Please make sure you don't miss seeing the wonderful work on display. The work is amazing, you're bound to enjoy it. The exhibits close at 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 30, 2014.  The festival has been very well received attracting thousands of visitors from across Canada and the USA as well as from Europe. 

One viewer commented: "Just wanted to tell you how ‘blown away’ I was by the show – a phrase I am sure you have heard so many times, but it is just so impressive... As amazing as the show is, the way it is ‘hung’ is just as amazing and I can’t imagine how one plans a layout of this magnitude."

For full info, directions, maps, hours, etc., click: 
http://worldofthreadsfestival.com/exhibitions_menu.html

We hope you get to visit. 

Regards
Dawne & Gareth

Dawne Rudman - Festival Chair & Curator
Gareth Bate - Festival Curator & Designer
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Foreground: Artist: Jacqueline Treloar, Toronto, Canada. Left: Artist: Judy Martin, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. Right: Artist: Melanie Siegel, Richmond Hill, Canada.
The Red and the Black, installation view, Main Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
 
Timelines by Christine Mauersberger of Cleveland, Ohio, USA is middle back of this photo.
The Red and the Black, Main Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre. Artist: Emma Nishimura, Toronto, Canada
 The Last Supper, The Studio, Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens. Artist: Carmelo Arnoldin, Toronto, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre. Artist: Liz Pead, Toronto, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre. 
Artist: Karen Goetzinger, Ottawa, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: Gwen Lowery, Shaw Island, USA.
strung out and undone, The Gallery Space, Living Arts Centre.  Artist: Amanda McCavour, Toronto, Canada.
strung out and undone, The Gallery Space, Living Arts Centre.  Centre: Artist: Kim Stanford, Toronto, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Montreal, Canada.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: James Arendt, Conway, USA.
Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Artist: Maggie Scott, St. Andre De Roquepertuis, France.
World of Threads Festival
The biennial World of Threads Festival is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It is based in Oakville, Ontario where it began in 1994. This year we expanded into Mississauga. The Festival is organized by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate and attracts visitors from around the world.

Festival 2014 features 255 artworks by 97 artists from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and USA.
Dates: Nov. 1 - 30, 2014. Admission is free. The main Festival venue is Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville. ​
Check the Website for info about:
  • All Exhibitions
  • Downloadable Brochure
  • Maps & Directions
  • Artists Lists
  • Artworks
  • Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews and Curator Interviews


Oakville Shows

The Red and the Black
This is the main thematic festival exhibition featuring 32 artists, curated by Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman.
The Gallery: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm,Sun. 12 - 5 pm

Solo Shows and Installations
For the first time we will be showing entire bodies of work and large installations by 56 artists, curated by Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman.
Corridor Galleries: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm,Sun. 12 - 5 pm

The Last Supper
This is a single large work, curated by Matthew Hyland.
The Studio: Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Tues. - Sun. 1 - 5 pm, Closed: Mon.

Mississauga Show
strung out and undone
The Living Arts Centre joins the festival for the first time with this exhibition featuring 12 artists, curated by Megan Press. 
The Gallery Space, The Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
Nov. 1 - 30, 2014
Admission: Free
Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Sun. 1 - 4 pm, Closed: Mon.

Please pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested.

World of Threads Festival
Local, National & International Contemporary Fibre Art
Website:    http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com
Email:        dawne@worldofthreadsfestival.com
Phone:       905 844-3847

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A letter to share

Even before the World of Threads Festival 2014 officially opened, the announcements for it had me dreaming of attending - in large part because two of my favorite artists, Christine Mauersberger and Judy Martin have work in it. 

Since then, I have marveled at the quality of work in the exhibitions comprising the festival. A happy dance has been done each time a communication came from World of Threads that featured Christine's or Judy's work. The latest letter features both brilliantly and I couldn't resist sharing it.

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Hello Jennifer,
We wanted to give you an update about the World of Threads Festival 2014:

The Festival opening weekend was fantastic. We had nearly 1,000 people through one venue alone on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1. We were thrilled to have 48 of the 97 artists participating in the Festival, in attendance on the opening weekend. These artists came form across Canada, the USA, from the UK and from France. Other artists have been visiting since and more are expected before the Festival closes. 

It's not too late for you to visit. The Festival is on for a further two weeks and closes at 5:00 pm on Nov. 30, 2014. Below are some photos. We'll be posting full albums after the festival on the website.

For full info, directions, maps, hours, etc., click:  http://worldofthreadsfestival.com/exhibitions_menu.html

Regards
Dawne & Gareth

Dawne Rudman - Festival Chair & Curator
Gareth Bate - Festival Curator & Designer
Not To Know But To Go On by Judy Martin of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries of Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville.
The Red and the Black exhibition, Installation view, in The Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Timelines by Christine Mauersberger of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, displayed in The Red and the Black exhibition, in The Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Winter by Melanie Siegel of Richmond HIll, Ontario, Canada, Solo Shows and Installations, Corridor Galleries of Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville.
strung out and undone exhibition, installation view, at The Gallery Space, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
The biennial World of Threads Festival is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It is based in Oakville, Ontario where it began in 1994. This year we expanded into Mississauga. The Festival is organized by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate and attracts visitors from around the world.

Featuring 255 artworks by 97 artists from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and USA.

Feedback from patrons and artists has been fabulous. People are amazed at the wonderful array of work on display.  We thought it would be fun to share with you some behind-the-scenes images.

We also wanted to mention that most of the artwork in the Festival is available to purchase. If you see anything that appeals to you and which you would like to buy, please let us know and we can arrange the sale.

Check the Website for info about: 
  • All Exhibitions
  • Downloadable Brochure
  • Maps & Directions
  • Artists Lists
  • Artworks
  • Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews and Curator Interviews

Be sure to subscribe on the website for updates.
We hope you get to visit.  The work is amazing, you're bound to enjoy it.

World of Threads Festival
Local, National & International Contemporary Fibre Art
Website:    http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com
Email:        dawne@worldofthreadsfestival.com
Phone:       905 844-3847
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