CRYSTAL BRIDGES

Posted October 30, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, art, museums

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We’ve just returned from Crystal Bridges Museum of America Art in Bentonville, Arkansas where we saw the current exhibit “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.” It runs to January 19, 2015 and if you are anywhere near northwest Arkansas I urge to see it. Not only is it a fantastic display of current American art showing everything from fiber to film, but the admission is FREE! The following two pics are of the museum.

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And being a fiber artist myself, I was particularly drawn to the fiber in the exhibit

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Jeila Gueramian –  Collected vintage crochet and knitted objects

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Gina Phillips – Pieced, painted “quilted” fiber

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Adam Eckstrom & Lauren Was – collage of lottery tickets

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Miki Baird – cut photo images

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Four women studying cut paper with individual typed letters. I forgot to write the artist’s name.

Watching Nature

Posted October 23, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, birds, mushrooms, sunflowers

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A couple of days ago I discovered little birds alighting on the sunflowers to feast on the seeds. Since it was such a beautiful day, I lay on the grass with my camera trying to catch one in the act. Couldn’t stay there long ’cause the grass was itchy but got one in flight.

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Then I discovered a very large mushroom. It’s about the size of a softball. Plan to watch it to see how it develops.

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Eco-dyeing via India Flint

Posted October 19, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, dying, inspiration, plant dyes

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After reading Eco Dyeing by India Flint and since I live out in the country of the Ozarks, I’ve become interested in what colors/dyes are available from local plants. Here is my trusty old stainless steel dye pot from my weaving days of dyeing yarns. I’ve place jars of fabric with various plants into a water bath in the pot and boiled it for many minutes. These are the results from yesterday on silk.dye-pot

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Dark, almost black pansies

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Red Sumac leaves

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Dark purple petunias and orange marigolds.

Wild and Crazy is finally fishished

Posted September 14, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, art, Art Quilts, fabrics, quilts, Uncategorized

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The last couple of weeks have been more than frustrating. I finished the Wild and Crazy quilt and was very proud of it. Laid it out on the bed and thought it looked super; pillows excluded.

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Then I washed and dried it to get rid of the cat hair and to puff it up. Oh Woe. The hand dyed red fabric (which had been previously washed) faded on to the narrow white strips making them a dull pinkish-grey.

W&C-fadedThere is no contrast between the “white” strips and the grey pieces. What I thought was going to be a great quilt was now a disappointing quilt. I tried to get over the disappointment but it was always in the back of my mind. A few days ago, I wondered if the strips could be painted. Not practical. Then I woke up two days ago and said, “Dots.”

So – by dipping a half inch wooden dowel into white fabric paint and touching it to the strip the quilt turned into this.

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Now, I think I’m happier with the quilt than I was in the beginning.

 

Wild & Crazy, 3 & 4

Posted June 14, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, art, Art Quilts, progress, quilts, scrap quilts

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I’m at it again. Another Quilt As You Go quilt. This one is bigger than the last. Hopefully it will be about 74″ x 74″. I want to keep it and use it on a blond mid-century bed that used to be my Mom’s.  These are numbers 3 & 4 of four made. Five more to go but the rain has finally stopped and I’ve GOT to get out into the garden. Yes, I can sleep under it. The room will be dark and my eyes will be closed.

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Country Auctions

Posted June 5, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, auctions, ozark stories, people watching

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Have you ever been to a country auction? If the weather is nice it’s a lot of fun. Not only was the weather nice this past weekend, but one of the auctions was held indoors. Yay! Did I spend money? You bet. Bought a great chair that is just waiting for one of my “famous” slip covers and a mid-century modern chest-of-drawers. The latter may be more that I can do, but I’ll give it a try. It was sin worse shape than I realized.

Whether or not one buys anything, people watching is a great past time.

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See that big dark blue-ish pot? I bought it.

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The auctioneer. Hard to understand. I’m new at this. My friend Deb helped me.

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And then a real, live cowboy walked in; spurs and all. Yahoo!

MAY FLOWERS

Posted May 22, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, Flowers, inspiration, Landscapes, Uncategorized, visual

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Although the weather has not been the greatest, and Spring has been late in coming, it’s been worth waiting for. I have never had more beautiful flowers. I really don’t think I need to say anything, just enjoy.

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