While visiting Eli’s soon-to-be college, I found a bit of inspiration:
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Well, I took remarkably few photos during this visit, because I figured I’ll have other chances, and this weekend was really for Eli. As part of his AP Biology class this year, his teacher assigned them a major research paper in Fall for which they had to find a published article by a professor at the college they hoped to attend. Eli contacted Professor Blair, who did a paper on a biology topic that was a subject that some might find dry but Eli really enjoyed. She offered to give him a tour if he made it down to the college, so we took her up on the offer. She took us around the science building before the official “visit day” activities became–really wonderful.
So what do I do…spot furniture and stuff in the science labs that I think would be AWESOME studio furniture and additions!
I’ve got a table I love, an old IKEA kitchen table with a drop leaf, for which I made a platform of plywood with casters, so I don’t need the above. I love the history of my table (has scratches on it from my first beloved cat, Cassie), but this is a mighty fine looking piece. So hope the ideas might help some of you, dear readers! But I really, Really, REALLY want that drip-dry for containers thingy!
The brilliant news is that our younger son, Eli (the athlete), has been accepted at his first choice: Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It has the perfect academics for him (he wants to major in Animal Behavior), is not too big and not too small, in a small city (not rural like here and not a huge, overwhelming city), and…drum roll: has a Division 1 Wrestling Team! Yes, Eli will (oh please let him be less injury prone in college!) wrestle in college. His teammates are *very* impressive, the coach is wonderful, and we are thrilled that he already has a group of like minded souls to be his first “college family.” So we went to the “Closer Look” day the Friday before Maine’s Spring Break weekend in mid April. Here are some pics from the way down:
We got back on the road, I got caught up on a mountain of magazines (mostly art and quilt related to keep up on inspiration and industry news), Paul drove, and I took occasional photos. It is a 9 1/2 hour drive, and we needed to be in Lancaster, PA by about 7 pm, so we had to make good time.
Finally, nearly there! Next post I’ll share some inspiration I found at F&M.
So, I’m working on a new quilt. But we can’t publicize photos until after jurying. But I figured I can show you one bit of it–the fabric that I am dyeing, because this isn’t what it’s going to look like. I’d be surprised if anyone will be able to see this then realize that my entry is the one attached to this photo. I hope.
I wanted a very exact color. Thanks to my classes with Carol Soderlund, achieving this is possible, but sometimes I need to overdye. My biggest challenge is that I haven’t dyed enough fabric to have a good grasp of how much the color will change once washed and dried–it lightens up a lot. And in this case, the blue I wanted ended up being a mix of two blues, which I haven’t done in any of the classes I’ve taken. So I was winging it. I ended up using ProChem’s Intense Blue and a tiny bit of turquoise. To get the shade I need, I used 0.9 gram (which is a ridiculously small weight) of Intense blue and…get this…. 0.1 gram of Turquoise. On my first attempt, I used a very pale wash of the Turquoise over the solid blue I had dyed with Intense Blue. And it was too turquoise. So I started over. The second attempt is the one that is on the table above, on its second round adding more of the combination (with a lot less turquoise) to get it a bit darker. It worked!
And that’s all I can show you until about June. Gotta get to work! More anon!
Thanks to Bill Reker, the Traveling Exhibit Coordinator, for forwarding these images of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit Food for Thought on display in Australia, and thanks to the person who sent him the pictures. The exhibit was on display in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The AQC, Australian Quilt Convention (Conference?) is held in a building of breathtaking beauty. I’ve decided that whenever I finally in this life ever get to Australia, I have to go during AQC just so I can see this building!
Here’s another shot of the overall exhibit:
And one more…some day I really must get to Australia and New Zealand!