Saturday, June 30, 2007

More Collages

First ---- a trip to the art supply store for more colors of tissue paper
Second ---- out came the paints, glazing medium, and mat board
Third ---- a new round of collages

I am really enjoying the layering of transparent colors and the graphic lines that the paint adds!

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dyed Scrim

Yesterday I over-dyed some of my hand dyed scrim from last summer. The colors were a bit bright for my next project, so I added them to the black walnut bucket. This morning the colors are muted and blend together much better!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hollyhocks and Coasters

This is the newest bloomer in my garden --- miniature hollyhocks. I started these from seed after seeing them in my father-in-law's garden last year. I love the colors, and they only get about 15-18" tall. These are in a garden beside our back patio.

And these are a project that I finished today........drink coasters. I started making them for my sister, who let it be known (and not too subtly either) that she wanted some quilted coasters. However, I think they may be a bit too "artsy" for her, so they may end up in my basket of coasters while I make her a different set. Except for the striped fabric, the fabrics are dyed and painted, and I used a multicolored yarn around the edges of the coasters.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tissue Paper Collages

Yesterday morning was spent in the studio, working with tissue paper again. I am enjoying the color shifts that occur when the layers of tissue paper are overlapped and glazed. I also like the dark graphic lines in these. I plan to experiment more with this technique on the tissue paper, but today I am planning to try it with dyed scrim. These pieces are each 4"x6".

Sunday, June 24, 2007

"Roots, Branches & Twigs: Midwest Invitational Fiber Exhibition"

"Roots, Branches & Twigs: Midwest Invitational Fiber Exhibition"
Leandra Spangler, Jo Stealey, Judy Bales, Luanne Rimmel,
Jane Marie, Betsy Knabe Roe and Mary Zicafoose

June 1-July 31, 2007

The Lux Center for the Arts
2601 N. 48th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska

Yesterday we drove to Lincoln, Nebraska to see this exhibition, and it was fantastic! The variety and high caliber of fiber work in this exhibition is amazing, and I would recommend taking the time to go see it if you are near or traveling through this area of the country. The pieces above are only a teaser of what you will see. There are handmade paper vessels, felted wall pieces, woven tapestries, baskets and many more. It is one of the best fiber exhibitions that I have seen in the Midwest!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Monoprints & Screenprints

Here are a couple of experiments --- monoprinted backgrounds with screenprinted accents. These were done on cold press watercolor paper, and I think the technique has potential.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wonderful Lines and Colors

I purchased this coffee mug at Red Star Studios (Kansas City) during the Surface Design Association conference. I went to the gallery to see Lorraine Glessner's work, but once there, I discovered all of the potter studios at the back of the gallery. I love the graphic lines in this piece!

And how about the colors in this set of India inks?!?! It is always dangerous to send me into an art supply store or department with a coupon in hand. I originally intended to buy alcohol inks, but when I couldn't find those, these jumped into my cart, along with some watercolor paper to try them out on.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Tissue Paper Collages

I spent yesterday in the studio flitting from project to project. This is my normal way to work, which is why artist residencies are so hard for me to fathom. How could I possibly take everything along that I think I might want to work on?!?

One of the projects that I worked on was a series of tissue paper collages. I incorporated old patterns, tissue paper, paper towels and paint. These are fairly monochromatic, and I plan to add more color to the next series.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Clematis in Bloom

Last year we added an arbor at the top of the steps in our stone wall. I planted a clematis on either side of the arbor, hoping they would eventually cover the arbor with green and purple. Well, it didn't happen last year, but this year the arbor is completely immersed in clematis, and now that they have started blooming, it is gorgeous!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

More Blooms in the Garden

This is a photo of the Martha's Vineyard shrub rose that I added to our rock garden last year. I was thrilled that it made it successfully through our cold winter and is now covered with buds that are just starting to bloom. These blooms are miniature size, but there are dozens of them on this one little bush.

This is one of the first cosmos blooms. Eventually I will have a whole garden of these blooms, perfect for natural dyeing. Also, my Rising Sun coreopsis is covered in blooms, and the Moonbeam coreopsis plants won't be far behind. I did manage to successfully split my Moonbeam coreopsis plant from last year, so that was a worthwhile experiment.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

A Day of Painting

Photos by Marge Bresel

These are the "mop-up" paper towels from a day of painting. The actual cloth that I painted is fairly boring at this point, since I was only painting background colors, but I thought these paper towels blowing in the breeze were gorgeous. These are destined to be used in collages.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Company on the Deck

For most of yesterday, this little fledgling sat on our deck. I enjoyed watching it get fed and listening to it chirp every few seconds. There were also several more baby robins in various areas of our backyard, which meant I could not go in the backyard and work in the gardens. Any time there are baby robins in the yard and we attempt to also occupy the yard, we have gotten a nasty reception from the adult robins. On these days it is better to stay inside and work in the studio for the day.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Home from SDA

I am home from the Surface Design Association conference at the Kansas City Art Institute. It was another great conference, and I came home revitalized and anxious to try out some new techniques. The photo above is of a wrought iron fence shadow across a sidewalk grate that I saw as I was walking on campus one day. I think it has some design possibilities.

This is a photo of Jiyoung Chung showing us the ancient art of Joomchi papermaking. I also attended demonstrations and lectures on breakdown screenprinting, using interfacing stencils in screenprinting, shibori dyeing, using unconventional materials in fiber artwork, encaustic fusion, and embellishing handmade paper --- plus all the gallery exhibitions, the vendor mall, the campus museums, and the trunk show. It was sensory overload, and needless to say I plan to attend the next conference in 2009!