While visiting Eli’s soon-to-be college, I found a bit of inspiration:
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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.
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!
I’m delighted to share that my most recent art quilt, Milkweed No. 2, has been selected to be in Brenda Gael Smith’s current exhibit, A Matter of Time, and is en route to Australia! Brenda is giving us all sneak peeks at the artworks in her blogpost series called “Just a Moment” here.
Apparently I mostly forgot to take in progress photos (!!!) while I was making Milkweed No. 2, so I will share one or two in progress shots from the making off Milkweed No. 1 (which I have not yet shared in public…stay tuned for that in a few weeks) in this and in a second post about my process.
As usual, I began with an idea (more like an obsession with milkweed pods) and dyeing fabric. I had plenty of batiks and some of my own hand-dyes but needed more for the sky. I decided to dye some cotton duck for the backing, as well.
I use the cotton duck as a stabilizer. It helps reduce shrinkage and the artwork hangs beautifully, although it isn’t as easy to handle under the needle as a lightweight fabric. It is worth the trade-off! I wrote an article about my process for Machine Quilting Unlimited and blogged about that here.
Next, using Mistyfuse (by far the softest hand, easiest to use, never “ages out”) adhesive / fusible web, I prepare my fabrics for collaging. My video workshop (here on my site and available as a download here from Interweave) shows this part of the process, plus a lot more. Anyway, I use my “stash” of fused pieces, but always end up adding more bits for a given piece.
Next, I start the fusing process. In this shot, I’m working on the sky for Milkweed No. 1 (larger, landscape orientation), but I used exactly the same process on this piece.
I then did a bit of surface design including stenciling and screen-printing using thermofax screens (details in my next post). Finally, I quilted my piece. Aren’t the colors just glorious? And yes, bright purple works in a seed pod!
Hi all: the best news first: you can now sign up for this class in its 2016 version at Ricky’s new website https://www.photoclassforyou.com/
Anyway, for about the past half the year, I’ve been sharing each week’s lesson results with you here on my blog. My photography education this year began this way:
In December of last year, I saw Ricky’s post on Facebook announcing a photography challenge for 2015. I promptly signed up, knowing that I needed the push to learn more about my DSLR and really USE it, since it is heavier and more complicated than my Panasonic SuperZoom. I’ve always loved photography, and the class also included learning to use Photoshop (PS). I was a bit leery, since PS used to cost a fortune–like $300+. But now Adobe sells it as a subscription of $10.54 per month with a free trial month (or is it two?). So I figured over three years that cost equals each edition of PS but in manageable monthly payments. Now that I have used it, I wouldn’t be without it.
Now you can sign up for NEXT year [2016 R. Tims photo challenge part 1 sign up and info] to take a similar version of this course (Ricky has re-formatted it from 52 weeks in one swoop into a 26 week and two 13 week segments). He asked for blurbs, I was happy to provide, and I’m so pleased he included my testimonial on his new website for teaching photography.
Your photography skills—composition, knowing your camera, and processing—will grow exponentially over the course. Best of all, each lesson’s scope is a do-able “bite-size.” If you have more time, you can go deeper, learning from fellow students’ work. Recently, I took my son’s Senior (HS) portrait and the comments were “looks professional!” That’s thanks to how much I have learned this year.
Here are a couple more of my recent photos that I think represent what I’ve learned.