Saturday, October 1, 2016

On exhibit

My newest tea bag piece had been accepted into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Annual Juried Exhibition by juror Kathryn Markel, owner of the Kathryn Markel Fine Arts gallery in New York City.

Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, The Red Boat #2 ©2016
The exhibition runs September 24 - October 23. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Santa Fe 2016 - Wednesday

Numerous discussions took place between Pam and I as to just what it was that we thought we wanted to work on or with during this year's Santa Fe retreat. I kept coming back to paper and books.

So yesterday morning while all was quiet, I cropped and re-cropped the red and gray thread drawing from Tuesday ( photo of the full piece). It was my least favorite of the large sketches, but had potential. Cropping allowed the flowing lines and arcs to become the focus.

Not wanting to glue the sketches to the backing...and not being patient enough to wait for the glue to dry properly...I stitched the pages to the black backing. 

The inside of the book is full of color and energy, while the back is more subdued. 

It needs a holder, a container, a pocket or envelope to keep it safe. That will be made at home. 

After stitching the original thread drawings on full sheets of paper, I wondered what would happen if I used smaller squares. Two sheets of Rives BFK lightweight yielded 12 eight inch squares and provided the basis for what I hope will be a daily practice. Only time will tell...

Santa Fe 2016 - Sunday-Tuesday

What a week it's been so far! Pam and I are back in one of our favorite spots, Radiant Light Art Studio in Santa Fe, for a week of creating, experimenting, relaxing, enjoying being together, eating great food and then getting up and doing it all over again the next day.

This is one of my favorite views. It means we've arrived and will soon be passing through the gate and stepping in the studio.

horse sculpture at Cafe Fina 

The light here is amazing...from sunrises and sunsets

to it streaming through the door 

in the morning and 

creating amazing shadows.

Belinda, who owns this glorious studio, told us before we arrived that there had been more rain than normal so we'd find the land greener than usual.

The flowers are blooming more than usual also.

Sunday was spent beginning a new tea bag work using a photo from Pittsburgh of the bridges reflected on the river. It will be a very large piece when completed - 12 feet x 9 feet. This seemed the perfect place to work on such a substantial piece as the ceilng is 15 foot high and display boards are equally large. All day Sunday the sewing machine hummed along.

Lotta's post about making time was such an inspiration that I yearned for my own customized planner/journal to keep notes and found things in so Monday morning found me constructing mine. The printed pages are from Maylem Made. Extra blank pages as well as pockets are strewn throughout.

The sky here is vast, as is the land. There are magnificent views everywhere you might want to look.

My planner/journal complete, the studio spirits had their own ideas as to what I should creating. 


Thread drawings.

While I've been stitching away, Pam has been painting calm, peace, tranquility.

By the way, Pam can now be found on Instagram and Facebook. We've both been posting to Instagram so stroll on over to our feeds to see what we've been up to. Just click on Instagram in the previous sentence to go to Pam's feed and here for mine.

lines and dots by Pam Sullivan, photo Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

circles by Pam Sullivan, photo Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

asemic writing by Pam Sullivan, photo Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

waves/lines by Pam Sullivan, photo Jennifer Coyne Qudeen

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lost and found

While gazing out the window the other day, I thought I saw a cow fly by. On closer inspection, I realized it was only my imagination…and it was hovering right in front of me beckoning me to play. I blinked and smiled, thinking how nice it would be.

Next thing I knew, we were leapfrogging the tree tops, using spider webs as trampolines and playing hopscotch with clouds.

We lunched on fruit and cheese with the man in the moon and sipped Earl Grey tea with the queen of hearts while the fiddle serenaded us with Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

The mouse taught us how clocks work and the three little pigs discussed the best building materials while over in the corner little Jack Horner was slapping his knee laughing at a story that Alice was telling about falling down a hole.

I blinked again and was amazed to find myself still gazing out the window and wondering why so many of the fairy tales of my childhood were about little things.

I wrote this sometime between October 1997 and December 1999. It was in old notebook tucked away in the studio cabinets and was unearthed during a search for blank notebook pages to re-purpose.  I wonder just what it was that set my mind to pondering littles and fairy tales?

Lotta's most recent blog post, making time, held me spellbound and has me yearning for a time keeper such as hers, which is how the contents of the studio cabinets came to be searched.

I hope she doesn't mind that I almost immediately purchased the download-able calendar pages from MaylemMade (the printable planner bundle actually) and set to considering what I really want in a yearly planner

as well as what type of paper it should be printed on. A long time collector of blank journals...that rarely ever were marked in...I knew that the studio held enough papers to fill numerous planners.

The basic pages are printed and, once again, I'm pondering just what it is I want/need in a planner - how many blank pages vs how many lined pages? Are lined pages even needed? Pockets are a must for holding found things. Is one per month too many or not enough? They will requiring a bit of stitching to add a tad of texture.

And then there's the cover to consider. Sandra Brownlee would tell me to make the cover one that I would want to touch and hold and so it will be. But...rusted or discharged cotton...or indigo via old blue jeans collaged and stitched together? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

In the studio

Lots of this going on the studio this week.

How was your week?

(best to watch full screen)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Picking up of the thread of the story

Have you ever begun working on a substantial piece only to find it necessary to set aside at some point? 

When you were finally able to return,

had you left it sufficiently organized 

to be able to just step in and pick up the thread of the story? 

The second of my red boat series was begun in June while my not-so-little urchins were in summer camp for two weeks. All the resizing, cropping, editing - and then doing it all again - were accomplished then as well as the ironing of at least 540 tea bags to freezer paper which produced 45 pages (11 inches x 17 inches) to be run through my faithful inkjet printer. And then the machine stitching began, starting with the text layer. 

Fast forward to this past Wednesday when the school bus pulled up at the end of our drive to take the urchins to school. Time for mom to get back in the studio. The text layer was easy to pick right up. It was the photo that gave me fits for about an hour. Thankfully, I had left the photo pages in the correct order...even though my eyes kept saying they weren't. Think the studio was having a bit of fun with me. 

The photo above is my current view from my desk. What was planned a single piece seems to want to be a diptych...or does it? Is it merely trying out the idea of being two rather than one? And what about that third, yet to be started, layer? The back of the text layer is beautiful - all patched in places where I didn't quite get the tea bags joined just so.

We've a three day weekend here in the states, so, thankfully, there's plenty of time to mull it all over.

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