Sneak peek – 2017.10.18

Three pieces of my art will be on display, and for sale, at the International Artists Day (IAD) Anonymous Show, at 100 Braid St Studios in New Westminster BC.  The events take place from October 25 to 27, 2017, starting with a Gala Opening the evening of Wednesday, October 25th.

Because the art in the show is “anonymous”, I can’t show you the pieces I’ve entered, but here are some glimpses.  After I dropped off my 3 pieces to 100 Braid St Studios, Susan posted this photo.  I can see 2 of my 3 pieces in her photo!

 

Here’s a peek at one of my pieces, pictured in gray-scale and hidden behind the AID Anonymous logo.

 

I will be at the Gala Opening on Wednesday, October 25th at 7pm, at 100 Braid St Studios.  If you’d like to attend, you can find more information about the event, and a link to purchase tickets here.

 

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Art with Fabric blog hop – 2017.10.12

Welcome to my stop on the Art with Fabric Blog Hop!

I’m participating in the Fall 2017 edition of the Art with Fabric blog hop, organized and hosted by Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting.  Alida has lined up 20 quilter-artists, and has asked each of us to create a quilt or fabric project inspired by “traditional” (i.e. non-textile) art – such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods.

The blog hop started on October 9, and many art-inspired quilted pieces have already been posted.  Check Alida’s blog for the complete schedule and links to all the participants.

Recently, I’ve been making a lot of art quilts inspired by architecture, especially bridges.  The primary purpose of a bridge is to link people and places, by providing safe passage over an obstacle such as a body of water.

Many modern bridges are amazing feats of structural engineering, and the focus is to build a functional structure – not as much on creating a work of art.  That said, in my opinion, most bridges are works of art.  They appear to defy gravity as they soar over water and empty space.

My inspiration for my art quilt is the architecture of the Skybridge (which is a part of the rapid transit system in Metro Vancouver BC).

Here’s my art quilt “Bridge of Many Colors” – 8 x 10 inches.

‘Bridge of Many Colors’ by Terry Aske

 

For this project, I used a photo I took several years ago of the Skybridge.  The sense of distance and perspective from this point of view really appealed to me, as well as the contrast of the straight, diagonal and curved lines.

In 2014, I made a quilt of the Skybridge using realistic colors.  I have always wanted to make one in surreal colors and decided now was the time.  I digitally enhanced my original image to change the colors.  I tried a few versions, and my favorite was the one below, with a yellow sky and blue-violet bridge.

  

 

I printed the enhanced photo on fabric.  Then I fused the printed image to felt, and quilted the outlines with black thread.  I did all the quilting before adding the backing fabric, eliminating the need to bury all of the thread ends.   After quilting, I fused the backing fabric place,  catching all the thread ends under the back.

             

 

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My work on display soon – 2017.10.08

My work will be on display in several different places this month.

 

I’m thrilled to have my art quilt ‘Rain, with a Chance of Sun’ juried into the SPUN exhibit at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport CT.  And look, my art quilt is featured on the event poster!   The exhibit opens October 14, and runs until November 4, 2017.

        


 

I will be participating in the Fall 2017 edition of the Art with Fabric blog hop organized and hosted by Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting.

Alida has asked each participant to create a quilt or fabric project inspired by “traditional” (i.e. non-textile) art – such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods.  Each participant will post their artistic fabric creations between October 9 and 13, 2017.  My post will be on October 12th. The complete schedule is on Alida’s blog.


 

I will be submitting 3 pieces to the International Artists Day (IAD) Anonymous Show, at 100 Braid St Studios in New Westminster BC.  The events take place from October 25 to 27, 2017, starting with a Gala Opening the evening of Wednesday, October 25th.

Because the art in the show is “anonymous”, I can’t show you the pieces I’m working on, but I will be posting glimpses of my pieces in the next few days.


 

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

Creations by Nina-Marie    Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

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2017 FAN Retreat – 2019.10.05

The annual Fibre Art Network meet-up was last week in Lac Le Jeune BC.  As always, we had a great time – inspiring, educational, productive.  We spent four days sharing our work and inspiration with each other, shopping, touring local galleries, walking in the woods, eating, drinking and talking. It was an opportunity to re-connect with old friends, and to make new ones.  We talked about our progress as artists, and made plans for new group exhibitions.

Two of the galleries we visited were showing our work.

The Courthouse Arts Galley in Merritt BC is hosting our Ekphrastic exhibition from Sept 28 to Oct 28th.  We attended the Artists Reception on Sept 28.  Below are the Ekphrastic artists who were present at the Reception, posing on the steps of the gallery.

 

Here are some shots from our Botanical Reflections exhibit at the Kamloops Courthouse Gallery.  This exhibit is over, but will be traveling to other locations.  You can find the schedule for all of our traveling exhibits here.

 

 

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New journal art quilt and SAQA auction news – 2017.09.25

I’ve been absent from my blog most of this month, partly because of some travel at the beginning of the month, and then because my computer crashed!  I was without a computer for a week or so while my husband recovered most of my data and loaded it on the new laptop.

In a couple of days, I’ll be heading to Lac Le Jeune BC for the annual retreat of the Fibre Art Network.  As usual we will have an art exchange.  All participants are invited to create a journal size quilt (8.5 by 11 inches) inspired by this year’s retreat theme, ‘Into the Wilderness’.

My initial thoughts about wilderness involved forest or jungle images, but after scrolling through my photo collection, I decided to use this photo from my trip to Inuvik in January this year.  One of the definitions I found for wilderness is ‘a wild and natural area in which few people live’, which seemed to describe the Arctic to me.

Arrived at Inuvik airport at 1:30pm – just in time to see the sunrise!

 

I edited the photo to eliminate the runway sign, and I cropped it to remove the window frame.  The result was more desolate looking landscape, but with wonderful sunrise colors.

I printed the photo onto fabric that I had cut to 9.5 x 12.5 inches.  This included an 1/8″ white border.  I cut a piece of white felt to 8.5 x 11 inches, and fused it to the back of the printed photo with Misty Fuse.  Then I quilted through those two layers, using several rayon threads for an icy look.  I pulled all the threads to the back but did not tie or bury any of the ends.  (Excuse the bad lighting in the images below.)

       

 

I cut fabric for the back to 8.5 x 11 inches and fused it to the back, catching all the thread ends under the back.

Then I applied the facings using my standard facing technique, but with a couple of twists.  Because the felt was cut to the finished size and didn’t extend all the way to the edge, I didn’t need to trim the corners to reduce bulk.  I also fused the facings in place, rather than hand-stitching them.

 

Here’s my finished journal quilt, ‘Into the Arctic Wilderness’.

 

 

In other news,  I’m thrilled to say that my SAQA donation quilt, ‘Heron Reflected 2’, sold on the first day that bidding opened!   You can see the hundreds of donated art quilts here.  The ones with red borders have been sold.  The rest will be available for bidding through October 8th.

 

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Upcoming events – 2017.09.06

The 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction will begin on September 15.  The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

The 12″ x 12″ auction quilts have been divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week.   My quilt is in section 2 –  with bidding from September 25 to October 1.

You can read about how I made my quilt here.

You can see the hundreds of donated art quilts here.

 

 

 

Our 4-person textile art exhibit ArchiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium opened in New Westminster on August 7.  Our work will be on display until October 2, 2017.

Our Artists Talk will be on Saturday, September 16 at 2:00pm.

 

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Happy news and New projects – 2017.08.28

Happy news – I sold one of the pieces in our textile exhibit ArchiTEXTURE at the Anvil Centre!  So I got to put the red dot sticker (indicating it’s sold) on the card and the price list.  I’ve sold pieces in shows in the past, but I’ve never had the experience of putting the red dot in place myself – so a double thrill!

“Where I Live” is a small art quilt (12 x 10 inches) that I made in 2013 for a magazine challenge about maps.  It’s a map of the area where I live – New Westminster and surrounding municipalities.  You can read about my design and construction process here and here.  (By the way, it really is square!  It’s just the way it’s hanging that makes it look a little wonky.)

 

New work -I’m about to start working on 4 new art quilts, all of which are due before the end of September.  Fortunately, they are all going to be fairly small, so I should be able to meet the deadlines.  Here’s a peek at what I will be working on.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with Nina Marie – click on the link below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

Creations by Nina-Marie

 

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