Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Permission to play today....

It's a beautiful day and for once I have NO deadlines or appointments, so I treated myself to a "studio day" literally in my own backyard.

I was inspired by an article in the latest issue of GreenCraft Magazine to paint papers. The article touched my repurposing soul, so I gathered some newspapers, gesso and sponge brushes and prepped my papers.


After the gessoed newspapers dried, I added color with acrylic paints just on one half of the paper, then folded it to monoprint the other half. Some of them I monoprinted again just by pressing the already printed papers to others that were still wet. 







Look at all the pretty textures!!!














The hardest part of this project so far has been waiting for the paints to dry! Next I will add more surface design with stamps, stencils, textures....not sure what at this point. Not sure what I'm going to use these for, but I plan to share them with my friends, and maybe make a piece or two of Abandonment Art.

More pix to come....after the paint dries!

Friday, March 14, 2014

My First Juried Art Quilt Show!

My art quilt "Homage to Cutoffs and Hawaiian Print Shirts" has been selected to be a part of the juried show at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts exhibit entitled "Florida in Fabric II"....I feel VERY honored to have been chosen! Scroll down to the January 31st blog entry to see the photos.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day is Coming...









Just in time! I did some "ice dying" in deep reds and pinks, just for Valentine's Day!



These 100% China silk scarves took the dye so nicely....


I love the randomness and unpredictability of this process....






Can you see the "cat face?" I can!




Friday, January 31, 2014

Seams Unique!

Around this time last year, I was thrilled to be asked to join Seams Unique Fiber Artists (SUFA), an extremely talented collection of art quilters, doll makers, and surface design artists. We hung our annual exhibit of annual challenge art quilts today.  Here’s a photo of one of my entries.


Originally I called it “Organized Chaos” but decided it was more an “Homage to Cutoffs and Hawaiian Print Shirts.” Here’s how it came about:


Our group had taken a field trip to the Reusable Resources Adventure Center this past Spring, where I spied a bin of dozens of plastic tubes. They looked so inviting, I just had to give them a new purpose!


After cutting long isosceles triangles out of the many rayon shirts I had collected from thrift stores over the years, I married the two repurposed materials with the help of a little glue.


Rolling the fabric around the tube was easy…

And the finished tubes were further embellished with assorted yarns (the one in this photo is naked!)


Also giving new purpose to old thrift store jeans from which I cut rectangles, I sewed them together patchwork style.


Each tube-“bead” was sewn onto a rectangle, and the base was embellished at the intersections with vintage gold beads. The quilt is trimmed with small rayon squares, and bound with strips of denim from the jeans.

You can see all the wonderful works at Boutique 4 Quilters in Melbourne, Florida!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Goddess of Many Colors

Found this dinner napkin at a thrift store:


and here's what I did with it:

I enjoyed letting go and letting the designs fall randomly without planning. 
I think I'll name her "Energy."



Monday, October 28, 2013

Zipper-De-Doo-Dah....



Zippered pouches make great gifts! Come learn how to sew these at Hancock Fabrics in Merritt Island, Wednesday October 30 or Saturday November 2, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Pre-registration and supplies are required…visit store for details or email bright_ideas_studio@yahoo.com


Friday, September 27, 2013

A Prayer Flag for Peace







Prayer Flags have suddenly introduced themselves into my life. A chance post on Facebook not long ago, then a mysterious appearance of a set of meditation flags in the yoga classroom, and finally today a story in a magazine....OKAY, I get it! Time for me to add Prayer Flags to my collection of projects.


So I made my first Prayer Flag today, using batik fabric and applique techniques, topped off with metallic thread free-motion stitching. I added fabric strips to help catch the wind, attached with tiny glass beads.


A prayer flag's purpose is to release its message to the winds that will ultimately carry the vibration around the world. I hereby send positive energy to the Universe by creating and hanging this Peace Prayer Flag.