Sunday, January 27, 2008

Making an Art Journal Book

El took this outside today; it's all overcast & rainy. The raven looked right at home.

Inside cover & title page. Poem "Second Coming" by Yeats. I like how the vellum covers the falcon and you only get the 'watermark' look behind it. I'm not happy with my calligraphy but it's my own fault for not practicing the way I should. I did have to do it 4 times as I'd get nearly finished & then mess it up: that doesn't count as practice though :) The inside back cover.
The inside back cover. No, this isn't a raven feather.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Our Noble Elements (Air) Challenge

311/2 high x 37 W
Title: Flights of Fancy
Completed 12/2007: Materials used: Duck cloth; commercial batik prints. About the quilt: When I considered this challenge, my first thought ran to birds. My favorite among them being the Raptors. I have been studying North American Raptors at length & wanted to illustrate the singular beauty and perfection that is the bird's wing. I incorporated my love for drafting; pen & ink illustration and calligraphy in this DaVinci style rendition. Material is duck cloth partially bleached to give parchment effect. The image of the wing, graph and words were all drawn by hand with a pencil first; then inked in with permanent marker. The individual feathers were hand painted using a combination of Liquitex paint & calligraphers ink. The Irish Insular plaits were bias cut and fused on by hand.

My quilt entitled "Flights of Fancy" will be travelling with the Noble Elements collection. Here are the dates & places! Gentlepersons, start your engines!

February 15 – 17
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Festival

San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo, CA

February 28 – March 2
The Quilt Fest of New Jersey

Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ

March 26 – 30
Dawson, AL

April 17 – 19
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Festival

Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ

May 1 – 4
Denver National Quilt Festival

451 E. 58th Ave, Denver, CO

May 29 – 31
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Festival

Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA

June 26 – 28
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Festival

Sharonville Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH

July 10 – 12
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Festival

Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

August 14 – 16
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Festival

Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV

September 12 – 14
PCM Expo – The Original Creative Expo

San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo, CA

October 16 - 19
Pacific International Quilt Festival

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

November 15 – January 1, 2009
Soft Expressions

1230 North Jefferson St., Suite M, Anaheim, CA