Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Urban Blight"

Here is my take on Urban Blight. It was completed very, very late. The fabric on the right was stenciled in two layers using thickened Jacquard DynaFlow fabric paints. Certainly not a pretty piece, but accomplished what I was going for.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

blighted by the line.jpg

Blight is not a subject I would generally pick. Since my quilts hang on the walls of the pain clinic I tend toward beautiful or whimsical subjects. But I know blight. I did grow up in the inner city, after all. Look closely at the detail shot though. The blight is not the graffiti on the wall, but that we have homeless people eating out of garbage cans. "blighted by the line" is something I actually saw written on a graffiti'd wall, so, follow the line and arrow and see someone, nearly invisible to the world, who is not blinded by the light.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Great works...Keep 'em coming ladies...posts and photos, that is!!!
SOOOO cold where I am in VA... my husband has been heating soap stones and putting them on the floor under my machine!!!
Happiest of holidaze to all...Gwen

Sunday, December 12, 2010


"Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
and take it when it runs by."

A poem by Carl Sandburg is the inspiration for this work.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Very Late Floral

Yes, I know. I am really behind. But I do have finally some time to complete the last two challenges and catch up for the new year -- one I hope will have me on a better footing with these little quilts!

This art was inspired by a photograph I took of a beautiful giant hibiscus -- one of the plate-sized ones that was developed here in Texas to withstand our heat and dry summers. I deconstructed it and added some stitch and printing to keep with my premise to explore a variety of digital techniques for these challenges.

Friday, December 3, 2010

a word on blight

Kudos to those of you who took the bull by the horns and really described BLIGHT-I did not want to deal with the tru meaning and went totally polar.
Isnt that part of being an artist?To face what you truly know(or need to know?
am I babbling again?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hi Karen
Love "SKY"

Horizontal or vertical????



As Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles says..."I've weathered all these storms but I turned them into wind so I can fly"

One must allow the wind to take away the inevitable blight of life.

Like the ever bending resilient willow-we adapt to change to escape destruction, allowing nature to gently sway us towards new growth, light and the warmth of sunshine.

It is with the spirit of the willow that I choose to prosper rather than succumb to ruin...

new theme

since all the leaves fell down I get to enjoy the wonderful changing sky
the word for the new challenge is SKY !!!
hope you all enjoy


Hi! Cant believe it's December 1st. Happy Holiday Season everyone!
I couldnt get into the "Blight" theme until I saw some beautious fungus growing on some logs out back. So, I give you Beautiful Blight
I feel that I couldve done a better job maybe next time

Potato Blight

I must admit that I had never heard the word BLIGHT before. Just when I decided to start doing a research, an American friend told me that her ancestors emigrated from Ireland due to the so called Great Famine or Irish Potato Famine. The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight.

I have been doing a lot of flour paste resist dyeing lately, and so I thought hmmm, I could do this also using potato dextrin. And so I decided to make some fabrics using potatoes in various ways: potato stamps (like we did in preschool…), photos of potatoes which I altered in Photoshop and text about the Great Irish Famine printed on cloth. Cotton. Machine pieced and machine quilted.

Blight in progress

Urban blight
When I did the first research about the meaning of blight I wasn’t really convinced about the theme, but in a second time I discovered “urban blight” and that was exactly my business! “Urban blight” is matching perfectly with what I’m working on at the moment.
There are so many buildings around that are falling in decay because they are no more in use or simply nobody has the financial power or will to reconstruct them, in addition often this buildings are used like free galleries for graffiti artists, that on my opinion add interest! But obviously not everybody would agree with that.
Printed, painted fabric, machine sewed and hand stitched.