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I hope to see everyone at this opening.  My friend Anna Keck is displaying her thesis work in the gallery space of SCAD’s Alexander Hall
Her work is extraordinary and a must see!
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I have been on the hunt for a small “portable” or table top loom ever since I took a weaving class several months ago. I really enjoyed weaving and think about it all the time but with little knowledge of looms and of weaving itself I didnt feel comfortable buying a new fancy loom. I had been searching craigs list and newspapers online with no luck. Well the other day I bumped into a woman who I have taken some fibers classes with a few years ago and mentioned to her that I was searching for an affordable table loom. she put me in touch with a good friend of hers who just so happened to have a Leclerc table loom in her garage that was lonely. This woman was so friendly and welcoming to me. She told me that she would be happy to loan this old loom to me so that I may become familiar with weaving and was just happy to have someone to love it again. She invited me to her home to pick it up and she talked to me about weaving and helped me to remember how to dress the loom, she is absolutely the nicest person I have met in years! The kind of person that makes you happy for days. So thank you Phillippa for being so generous, trusting and wonderful!!!! here are some photos of my new friend, I havent yet had the chance to dress him (Mr. Leclerc) but am hoping to do so next week or this weekend after the craft fair. I am so excited to start playing I just cant wait!!

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I am working on some tedious paper work type-o-stuff in my newly re organized studio.  While I am loving my new space for its functionality for work purposes Abby is loving it for the room she now has to stretch out.  this is not helping my motivation.   

 

I got in some new fabric to try for my dresses so I will be sewing those hopefully this week. once they are finished I will post them!

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Collaborative quilt on a mission

A collaborative quilt made by fibers students is displayed in shopSCAD. Photo by Charlie RibbensPublished: Friday, February 8, 2008A collaborative quilt made by fibers students is displayed in shopSCAD. Tickets for a drawing, in which the quilt will be given away, can be purchased for $1 or with a donation of art supplies. Tickets can be purchased at shopSCAD or at the fibers department’s Open Studio, Feb. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Gordon Hall, 439 E. Broad St. Proceeds, including the art supplies, will be given to Union Mission’s Growing Hope Artisan’s Cooperative.SCAD students and faculty as well as community members contributed by creating 42 quilt squares, which the fibers department assembled to make the top of the quilt. Each person was given a swatch of identical fabric to use in their 10-inch square to allow continuity between the pieces, but the design of each square was the decision of the contributor. Alumna Jen Jenkins (M.F.A., fibers, 2006) quilted the squares together.


 

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I am researching for my next installation and I came across this article on artist Milan Kohout. its a must read.I have worked on a couple mini quilts for the quilt journal project Karin and I are doing.  They are practical, not so much journals but with the workload I have right now I was lucky to be able to make those. I will post the photos as soon as the internet is back at the house.  We are at the mercy of comcast. so cross your fingers that they are prompt. 

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this is the third project for the class “images on fabric”. This class so far has just been tedious exercises, and this project is also but we are making a series of 15 8×8 pieces of dyed fabrics that have a theme. The idea behind these images for me is the act of losing sensible thought;  socially unacceptable thought processes. It is all still experimenting but its been so much fun. Here are the photos of what I did tonight. I’m getting a really late start due to being really sick so I will not be leaving the house at all this weekend. Hooray for dyeing!

these are silk screened with h dye in sodium alginate on cotton velvet and cotton print cloth

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these are some samples drying on the wall. I pinned them up so I could look at them. I dont have enough table room to keep everything right there. the studio is crazy right now. some of the techniques are: monoprinting, blockprinting, painting, “wet on wet, gutta, resist…. what am I forgetting
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these next few are in the very beginning stages. the chunks you see on a couple of the squares is salt. Its supposed to create an interesting ring effect.

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I have been spending many many hours researching various ideas and have come across some pretty awesome blogs and websites along the way. I feel like they are too good not to share. so please check them out. I promise you will like them.

http://ainescannell.blogspot.com/

http://www.karenbettencourt.com/

http://spectrescope.blogspot.com/2006_10_01_archive.html

http://www.lauramoriarty.com/

http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/

http://www.antonygormley.com/

http://www.nepalostparks.com/parks/nepalist.html

great printmaker and ceramicist Matt Squibb

 

this blog has tons of great images from other artists lovely textiles

worlds healthiest foods… contains nutrient info and what foods are best for us. lots of great info.  http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php 

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