Friday, April 15, 2011

Lost Letters

This piece was created using screen printed and stamped fabrics. It decries the loss of the handwritten letters.  The center sections read:
Where have all the letters gone?
Email is not the same.
Who will find them later on?
It can be a new game.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Ladies I am almost embarassed to post this NUMBER peice I did. This month I promise to clear out the cobwebs and do a fabulous SOLITUDE Please let me say I LOVE what Ive seen on our BLOG!!!! I am honored to be creating along with you!!!


This small quilt uses four panels printed on an inkjet printer -- a collage of type enlarged and tweaked though the computer. Although the text cannot be read, it still retains its quality of letters and letter forms. The abstract composition is, I think, full of movement and light -- the pastels and pixelated images make the text seem to dance across the surface.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Vivien and Gwen, suh reminders of the power of words and letters. As artists and partners in this venture, we express and feel pain and anger and fear etc through our work. Our hearts go out to you Vivien- a piece like a knife through our hearts. And, Gwen, the power of X! RED for danger, X for STOP! Adding to the power of art, the power of the written word. Text and texture. Can't wait to see the other interpretations. I've seen many fabric works with words, and sometimes they add something, sometimes not. Both of your pieces use  the letters brilliantly.
Thank you Betty for reminding me about the challenge list!

And SOLITUDE is... very interesting, Dale Anne! I will have to really think about this one...

Love your portrait Phyliss

Next THEME is....

[sol-i-tood, -tyood]

the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one's solitude.
remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.
a lonely, unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.

Orientation - let's do HORIZONTAL.

I apologize, I have my pieces in various modes of completion , so PROMISE to complete and photograph this week.  They are TOP on my TO DO list this week.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Man of Letters

Still exploring portraits. Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors. Adding the words lets everyone know who I am presenting. The background fabric suggested rows of books to me.
Without art and books there would be no refuge from reality 

New Challenge Word???

I will be going from my NC home back to VA in a few days, for quite awhile, and was hoping to be thinking what fabrics etc. I needed to take for the next person's word...Anyone out there?! Thanks!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Red Ex

Happy April Fool's Day Everyone!!!
I got fooled far!

Red Ex is my LETTER contribution...and I still have moments of wanting to bleach words such as (E)xtra xtra, xpress, xcess, xtreme, xpress, xult!!! but it is finished with batik and commercial cottons, as well as threads and batt. I machine quilted and embellished and hand stitched with coton perle.

So... I'm looking forward to what's next- ladies...?


These past two months have been an emotional roller coaster for me and today, I find myself just a bit shy of having a complete piece.  But I figured it was better to post my "almost there" piece, than not at all.

This piece is called "Empty Promises" in  response to some of the disheartening behavior I've witnessed this past month that's very negatively impacted one of my children.  I really do not like it when people say one thing but do the very opposite, especially to the detriment of a child.  I originally wanted to make the background black to match my mood, but I've already posted a black piece and I don't want to be a kill-joy.  So instead, I made this one out of a purple batik that, surprisingly, I really like.  I hope you can see that all the letters have been cut out.  The letter theme allowed me to put into writing exactly how I felt.

Because of all the "stuff" going in my life I didn't get as far along on this as I would have liked; I still have to finish the insides of all the letters and add the binding.   I think I'm going to paint the insides to prevent fraying.  All this is going to take me longer than I have today, hence the "almost there" descriptor.  Though it's not finished, I like this piece and I look forward to completing it.  I have lots of ideas percolating as a result of my work on this one.

"Empty Promises" by Vivien Zepf