A REVIEW OF 2015
My plan for 2015 was to add brighter colors to my work and to further explore "abstracting from reality." I am pleased to see that I accomplished the first goal, adding more color! I am not so sure about the second goal, abstracting. It is harder than you think!
The year started off with work for my MIX group's annual exhibit: "A Sense of Place: The Allison Inn." We each created two pieces, one representing "hard scape" and another representing "soft scape". I created WHERE TO STAY based on the long shape of the Allison's buildings, and WHERE TO GO representing the surrounding wine fields. You can read more about this challenge and see all 16 pieces on our MIX blog here.
Many times when I teach, I end up with orphan pieces from my class demonstrations. I challenged myself to create a nature quilt with all my blue/yellow curved sections and ended up with BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW. It is all done using improvised curved piecing techniques and it incorporates most of my class orphans. It was juried into the show INTERPRETATIONS at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA. I was very pleased and humbled! The exhibit opened in October 2015 and closed on January 3, 2016. All accepted work is featured in a beautiful 2015 Interpretations Catalog.
As usual, after working on free form pieces, I felt the urge to work on something more geometric so I picked up my house pieces from EL VECINDARIO (The Neighborhood) which were stowed in a drawer. It represents a typical village neighborhood in Venezuela. These simple houses tend to be very colorful and in this piece I saturated the colors even more. It is now fully pieced and awaiting inspiration for quilting.
The small postcard (4" x 6") is a replica of the large El VECINDARIO (54" x 40") and was my contribution to the Sisters Annual fund raising to benefit cancer patients in Central Oregon, Wendy's Wish.
In the meantime, my MIX group was accepted to exhibit our EXTREME portfolio in Sisters during the annual Quilt Show. We had many visitors and many questions regarding techniques and materials. You can see all 21 pieces on our blog here (make sure to scroll down to the Extreme Studies portfolio).
Later in the year, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology invited me to participate in their annual Art Invitational at the Forestry Center in Portland. They allow you to participate with three nature-inspired pieces which meant: Back to Work! I created two bowls, TRICKLING STREAM which is very representational, and BETWEEN THE LINES which I think looks a bit more abstract - this is the only abstract design I was able to make during the year! For this exhibit I also created a small wall piece called GOLDEN LIGHT (12"x 20") which I mounted on black painted canvas. I love the look of a mounted piece and from now on that will be what I do with small work.
On the teaching side, my studio classes were mainly Curves&More as I addressed my waiting list. This year I will be teaching Curves&More and Bowl making at my studio.
I enjoyed my teaching travels in OR, CA and WA. Workshops included In and Around Town at Empty Spools in Asilomar-CA; Curves&More at Pájaro Valley Quilters Guild-CA; City Scapes for Loosely Bound-OR; Curves&More and Bowls at Sister's Quilter's Affair-OR; Bowls and City Scapes at Quilted Strait-WA; Bowls at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology-OR.
As always, I learn something new with every teaching opportunity. Your ideas and how you transform them into an art piece are often very challenging and that is what I enjoy the most, guiding you through this process. Thank you!
The first week of this year is already gone...I have to get back to my studio! But before, here is what I plan to do this year...