Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Falling Rain

This piece was quilted on my Queen Quilter, a machine purchased with a grant from the Cultural Economy Foundation of Louisiana.  it is machine quilted and machine appliqu├ęd.  The beads represent the falling rain drops.  The next photo shows a closeup.

Quilting Machine

I recently received a grant from the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation to acquire a quilting machine.  This makes it possible for me to machine quilt my large pieces myself.  I am attaching a photo of a red and yellow piece that is incomplete. 

This is the piece after it was finished.  I hand dyed the fabric, machine quilted it, and made fabric beads for embellishment.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Abstract Fabric Collages

Abstract Fabric Collages

At the May meeting of The Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana, I led the group in creating abstract fabric collages. Mary Ingalls and Michael Young assisted. We, along with Rosemary Uchniat, had recently taken a class with Randall Henry, a local abstract artist who uses mostly paper, tissue and found objects. Materials are easy to find - fabric, fibers, magazine paper, tissue paper, glue, foam brushes and found objects. I used heavy paper or fabric for my background. Below are some of the collages I created as samples.

"Blue Bayou"

"Eye See You"

Collage: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color. (


"In the Forest"

"Blue Skies"

TIPS: Be careful when gluing. Too much glue can warp a paper background. Work intuitively. Don't try to create a picture. Starching and pressing fabrics makes them easier to handle and gives a different appearance. I used Elmer's glue, Liquitex Fabric Medium and Liquitex Gloss Varnish.

Collage: French meaning pasting. Artistic technique of applying manufactured, printed, or "found" materials, such as newspaper, fabric, wallpaper, etc. to a panel or canvas, frequently in combination with painting. (

Abstract art: Art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, form color, etc. (from