Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ann Hamilton: habitus

Happy 2017!

In celebration of the new year, I ventured to Philadelphia to catch Ann Hamilton's habitus at The Fabric Workshop before it closed on January 8.

Located across the street from the Philadelphia Convention Center, The Fabric Workshop is spread over several floors of an old brick building. The section of habitus located on the first floor displayed numerous works by Ann Hamilton. Those photos will be shared later.

This day, it was the section of the exhibition that had begun as an online project entitled, cloth • a commonplace on Tumblr caught my eye. Each page contains a quote that in some way pertains to cloth. Most that I read seemed to be from fictional books, but not all. Some were only one line while others were paragraphs. 

One quote per page.

Viewers were encouraged to take those that spoke to them - whether it be 1 or 5 or 30. How often are you given permission to take away a bit of an exhibition? Lifting that first page off the pegs felt a bit like stealing, but by the 5th page it felt right. I admit to taking more than 5...haven't counted them to find the total. I did purchase the whole collection from the gift shop and plan to read one a day when the rhythm of life allows time for being in the studio everyday.

Hanging quietly and unobtrusively above the rows of collected text were quilts. My memory is that the docent said the quilts belong to Ann Hamilton, but by then my creative mind was whirling so I cannot be sure that my memory is correct.

While pondering a just read quote, I happened to look up and into the quilt hanging above.

There were landscapes - cityscapes,

long stretches of flat land that eased into small rises,

mountains reflected in still lakes,


I'd love to be able to ask Ann Hamilton if leaving the fold lines in had been on purpose. Had she realized what one would be treated to if one only looked up while standing before the pages of text? Does her brain work that far ahead? I believe it does.

Too awed by the simplicity of these winding spools/wheels, my ears weren't listening as the docent talked about them.

My brain was elsewhere,


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Permission to Play

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a mark making workshop, entitled Permission to Play, at Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's OPENstudio in Lexington, Kentucky October 4-7, 2017.

Come and try your hand at my favorite mark making techniques at the beginning of the week

and round it out with Lorie McCown as she guides you through the process of telling your story with cloth. 

It's sure to be a fun-filled, highly creative, art packed 7 days. For more information, just click here.
Hope to see you in Kentucky next October!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Finding a bit of peace

As I dressed to go to brunch with my family yesterday morning, I felt the need to carry good thoughts with me. Several years ago, I'd purchased a wonderful pouch necklace from Mary Jane Dodd. Hand stitched, painted, knotted, adorned with various talisman-like items, I've always thought of this as Mary Jane's peace necklace. It has graced one of my studio walls, just above a collection of art from other artist friends so that it could be viewed each time I entered the studio and so that the collective peace could be felt.

Yesterday the need to carry good thoughts with me was so strong that I took the necklace down and filled it with my own talisman - two small feathers found in our yard, a Yogi tea tag that says "Our thoughts are forming the world" and the words peace, hope and love which were a gift from Fiona and Barry. The simple, powerful words stamped on metal are Barry's exquisite work.

To know that I was carrying such literal symbols with me, helped to soothe my soul. To feel the friendship that these pieces carry is immeasurable. Thank you Mary Jane, Fiona and Barry.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Seeking peace

In a turmoil filled week, with my mind and soul screaming, trying desperately to still the fear and urge to flee,

I found a bit of peace at the Mark Twain Library

Tibetan monks began creating a world peace mandala Wednesday morning that measures 4 feet x 4 feet. The Tibetan singing/chanting of prayers during the opening ceremony were soothing and began to quieten my soul.

I stopped by at opening Thursday morning to see how much of the mandala had been created Wednesday afternoon,

and to watch and be mesmerized by the process and sound of bone rubbing against metal funnel.

Yesterday found me back at the library, this time with my daughters who were equally fascinated.

Progress is definitely being made.

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 (sorry...no 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

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