Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prayer Flags at the Utah Arts Festival

I had the privilege of teaching a group of ladies how to make Prayer Flags recently.  They signed up for the class with only a description of the class and not knowing what the flags would look like.
I call that faith.

They all made fantastic flags!
The classroom was the Special Collections Room at the Salt Lake Public Library.
I was surprised to find out how many of the students were from out of town!  One was from Florida, another divided her time between Florida and California, and two live in Ogden, an hour from Salt Lake.  




Thank you ladies for making this a great class!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Up-cycled Stories: Books as Process

I participated in a workshop called Up-cycled Stories: Books as Process.    The description of the class said: "Bring a personally challenging story to retell in a new light or a daily routine to reconsider and reframe. With a focus on finding joy and beauty in the everyday, participants stamp out insecurities, recontextualize shortcomings, and re-imagine the self in book form. In this active workshop, employ ink, brushes, stamps, mark-making tools, text, and re-collected common objects to produce process pages. Through a reimagining of the past, reinvent present perspective with an open heart, mind, and eyes toward gratitude and compassion. Instructors demonstrate a binding to be completed post-workshop from produced sheets. Come with a willingness to play with color, shape, narrative, and texture."

I had a difficult time coming up with a story.  I just didn't know what I wanted to do.  The night before the class I was frustrated that I couldn't think of anything.  I was also tired and feeling ornery. I decided I would just write the first thing that came to my mind: 

I dont know what my story is.  My story isnt my own.  It belongs to so many other people.  I am daughter, mother, sister, wife.  My story (or is it our story?) is expanding, growing, and changing like my daughter-in-laws womb.  I grab at pieces of what I think my story should be.  I try to fit the pieces together into something sane, and sensible.  Some days are more successful than others.   
Today is not one of those days.

I went to class with a new attitude and was excited to meet new people, and create new art. 
My work station, all ready to go. My table mate brought a lot of slides that were really cool in the mono printing!

Half of the classroom in the Book Arts department.
These rows and rows of type intrigue me.
We started the class with some physical and emotional exercises.  They were enlightening and I wasn't really expecting them.  I'm glad we did them though.  Next we moved on to creating with these new insights. We were taught how to create background pages for our books using Gelli® plates, inks, tea and coffee, as well as another transfer method which I didn't use and wish I had. I can't even recall what it was called. We were also taught how to collage pieces on to these backgrounds.

Some of the beautiful creations the class made.
I got in the zone and had a good time.
It's always a good day when I have painted hands.
After creating our backgrounds we took our story and cut it apart to create a new story.
Playing around - trying to make sense of the cut up words.
I didn't finish my book but got a good start - these are the front and back covers.

I was very impressed with the books others created. 
I'm sorry I don't know the names of these artists.

This cover really spoke to me.
Gorgeous design.
It still amazes me how much lovely detail you can get from an object like a leaf.

Love the texture of these pages.  She used a net bath sponge.

I believe this was made with walnut ink.
The image looks like a negative when you use black paint on the Gelli® plate.

This was the technique I wish I had tried.  The trees were transferred using a blending marker.
The fumes are pretty strong and so it had to be done under the hooded vent in the wet room.
It was a very enjoyable class.  
The only thing I didn't like was that it ended too soon.  
I can't wait until I take another class there this weekend!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spring Market - Friends

A number of years ago I became aware of a trend in my photos.  The photos were of the kids and husband.  The photos were from events my kids participated in.  Rarely did I have anything from things I did.  Granted, a large part of my life was the kids, but I did have friends, and I did participate in activities away from the family.  Why didn't I have photos of these things?  I realized I needed to take care of this situation and so I took photos of my friends in my bookclub.  I'm so grateful for those photos as many have moved away now.  These experiences helped me to put myself out there and include my life in our family photos.  That said, I am warning you, there are a LOT more photos of me in this post than any you will ever see.  You might want to close the page now!  Unfortunately I missed some photo opportunities because I was busy visiting with my friends but here are the few I managed to get.

Catherine Redford and I met when we filmed at Quilting Arts last fall.
She is delightful to be around and is a wonderful teacher!

Luana Rubin from EQuilter dropped by the booth for a refresher course on Mistyfuse.
Luana is a such a clever business woman, activist and great quilter!  I love the quilts she made for the Inspired by the National Parks book.

Anne Munoz, my friend and mentor, lives just 3 miles from me, but it takes a trade show for us to get to see each other. We really need to make a play date!
Michelle photobombed us!

I have been friends online with Cheryl Sleboda and Cate Prato for many years and it was wonderful to be able to meet each other in person finally.  It felt very natural to be with them. Michelle Banton and I have been Facebook friends only since this past April and we were both surprised when we found out we would be working together with Iris at the Mistyfuse booth.  I really enjoyed getting to know her better!
Michelle Banton, Cheryl Sleboda, Me and Cate Prato.
I first met Karlee Porter at a quilt meeting in Ogden a few years ago 
and I have been a crazy fan of hers ever since. 
Karlee does the most amazing graffiti quilting,
and is a fabulous artist.

I was also happy to finally meet Desiree Habicht, from Desiree's Designs Studios and The Fiber Art Connection.  I will be teaching "Free From the Sun" during the next session of The Fiber Art Connection.  Desiree and I had great plans to make a video together during market but sadly it never came to pass.

I have been a big fan of Joanne Sharpe's work for a long time and was thrilled to get to know her better at dinner and during market.  She is a wonderful woman. It was so fun to be able to get a signed copy of her new book.

Joyce and Wendy are friends from my quilt guild.
Have I told you how much I am inspired by them and my quilt guild?

I think Emily Bailey and I first met through friends on Facebook.  
She is a member of the Utah Quilt Guild and designs fabulous quilts.
She is another person who inspires me!
I'm especially inspired by her generosity in organizing and making Quilty Hugs.

I love this photo of Judy Gula and I.
I think it's my favorite photo from market.
Judy is a fabulous artist, and business woman, and I'm glad to call her my friend.

I have chatted with Iris online many times and she has been a great supporter of my art.  
I learned so much from her at market and loved working with her. 
I'm so glad I finally got to meet her in person!

In the new friend category, Judy introduced me to Frond fabric designer, Melissa Marie Collins.  I bought some of her fabric to make in to a bow tie for my husband.  He was excited when I showed him the fabric.

I met a lot of new people at the Mistyfuse booth too. . .
. . . people from across the US and around the world as well.
I met people from Canada, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan.
I'm so grateful for this opportunity to get to know like minded people!