A page from my current art journal:
A page from my current art journal:
A page from my art journal:
Stripes were made with watered-down Distress Paint. I love how the consistency is similar to watercolor paint.
The quote is from one of my favorite books, Animal Dreams: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver. I reread it almost every year.
“Elements,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, will be at the La Tienda Exhibit Space in the Eldorado area of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work on themes such as the elements of design, the elements of color, the elements of the Southwest, the elements of the Earth, and the element of surprise. The fiber artists pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. All of the exhibiting artists belong to the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (NNMQG), a nonprofit organization with more than 150 members.
A gala artists’ opening reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Invited Santa Fe-area poets will read from their work between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The poets were asked to create an ekphrastic poem about one of the art quilts. Ekphrastic poetry comments on another form of art and explores the intersection of language and visual art.
The exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with additional poets presenting their ekphrastic poems from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The La Tienda Exhibit Space is open from Fridays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Some of the fiber art pieces are for sale, and the artists have created smaller, ancillary works that will be available at Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age, near the Exhibit Space.
The La Tienda Exhibit Space is at 7 Caliente Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (just off U.S. 285, south of I-25). For more information, phone (505) 428-0024, or visit http://www.theexhibitspace.com
For more information on the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild, visit http://www.nnmqg.org
When I was in Denver a few weeks ago, I visited Abecedarian Gallery. Owner Alicia Bailey wasn’t there–she was taking a class out of town. But her assistant was very helpful and welcoming.
The gallery, as you might surmise from its name, sells artists’ books. The current show is called “Cornucopia” and is up for just one more week. After that the shows are:
Pulp Mastery: Mary Ellen Long & Melissa Jay Craig, June 20-August 2, 2014
Daniel & Vicki Essig, September 18-November 1, 2014
Gallery Director Invitational, November 7-December 20, 2014
The gallery’s normal hours are 1:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm Saturday. (The gallery is open by appointment only August 3-September 17.)
I was thrilled to get a few inches away from so many beautiful artists’ books. I’m especially drawn to the work of Sharon McCartney and it was such a thrill to see her work in person.
So if you’re in Denver, be sure to check out the Abecedarian Gallery.
Which artist’s book gallery do you think is a must-see? Please comment below.
Women and Creativity is a month-long program that happens at the National Hispanic Cultural Center each March. For the last few years there has been an artist trading card (ATC) swap. This year I finally made some cards and sent them off for the swap. Continue reading
On Saturday, April 5, the Hubbard Museum of the American West held an artists’ reception for “Beyond Tradition,” an exhibit of contemporary art quilts. I have five pieces in the show: two wall hangings, a banner, and two fabric books. Many thanks to Betty Busby for putting together a video of artists’ talks. I speak at about 17:30 and 23:00.
Here is “Arabesque,” my piece for the 2014 Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Benefit Auction. The auction won’t take place for about five months, and this is the first glimpse anyone has had of my artwork. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)
I chose the name because the graceful, flowing lines reminded me of a dancer’s arm extending to the sky.
First I “drew” a design on white cotton fabric with washable glue, and let it dry completely. Then I sprayed thinned-down acrylic paint, let that dry, then washed out the glue and heatset the fabric. Finally, I used my Gelli Arts silicone plate to monoprint on top of that. Then I pieced the curves, and quilted it with four different colors of thread (lime green, turquoise, teal, and violet).
As always, once we get closer to the auction, I’ll show others’ work and give more details about how it all works. Each piece is 12″ square.
I’m thrilled to be part of “Beyond Tradition,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, which will be at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. Layered and stitched textiles have been a part of human history for thousands of years. “Beyond Tradition” includes work by 21st-century artists who pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, and the Hubbard Museum will hold educational events. All of the exhibiting artists are members of the New Mexico region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international, nonprofit organization with more than 3,100 members. Continue reading
Do you find it interesting how other people organize their lives and their time? I do. True confession: I actually enjoy reading books on organization.
One of the things that people have said about me is that I am very organized. To some extent, that’s true, especially at my day job.
I have an ongoing (and detailed) to-do list at work, and every day I look at it afresh and identify the top four or five things, which I then prioritize.
Under my desk you’d find a large box that I call “CYA” that contains documents marked up by project managers. (This is so I can say, “See—that IS how you wanted the text to read.”)
On the other side under my desk you’d find a large box with papers that do not need to be shredded, but do need to be recycled. Occasionally I’ll dump those into the communal recycling bin.
On top of my desk is a wire upright organizer that contains about 10 file folders. These hold my current projects. There are also about 20 hanging folders in a desk drawer.
A few years ago I started the Getting Things Done (GTD) program, using Microsoft Outlook as the basis (work things at work; personal and JiRaF Studio things at home).
I don’t examine my list each week. And the “Someday/Maybe” list is sooooo long, it’s overwhelming; I don’t even want to look at it.
Since late December I’ve been meaning to revisit the whole list. Today I finally did it!
I have a file folder where I toss notes that need to go on the to-do list—magazine or newspaper clippings, email addresses, Post-It notes, mail (that doesn’t have to be acted on immediately), etc.
I printed out my Outlook to-do list, 2014 calendar (one month/page), and grabbed the file folder above, along with a red pen and a yellow highlighter.
With the pen I deleted many things and added some things (based on the bits in the file folder).
Originally, my Outlook to-do list was divided by WHERE I do stuff. This is the suggestion of GTD’s founder, David Allen:
After much deliberation, I changed my to-do list by dividing it into “Roles and Goals” a la Stephen Covey (a technique I’d used many years before):
This causes me to see where I’m spending my time and energy. If I’m putting too little energy into Person, Daughter, and Friend, and too much into Businesswoman and Artist, my life is a bit out of whack.
I even walked through my studio to find half-finished projects to add to the Artist category. (Let she who is without UFO cast the first stone.)
And all those Someday/Maybe items? I moved them from Outlook into a Word document so I don’t have to look at them all the time. (The steps: export to an Excel file; remove unnecessary items; sort; copy into a Word document.)
Next I delved into the two-dozen hanging folders in my home office. First I removed the tickler files. A tickler file (for those of you too young to know) was a set of 12 folders with a month printed on each one. You’d toss in anything that was relevant to that month. I rarely do this anymore, preferring to use my Outlook calendar (including notations of where to find the tickets I need for the event, etc.).
I also repurposed some folders. “Writing Projects” went into my “Blog” folder, for example.
Going forward I plan to refer to my to-do list more often—once a week at least. We’ll see if I stick to this.
One of the people I really admire is Karen Grunberg. Karen has a busy life as a wife, a mother of two boys, a full-time employee of Google, a coach, an artist, and a teacher. Yikes! She is very, very organized; she has to be. Yet her overriding philosophy is one of kindness. This is a woman I need to learn from, for sure.
How do you organize your life?