Sunday, July 21, 2013

Last year I invited the chairman of the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail to visit my Livingston Parish Quilt Guild. We were asked by the Denham Springs Main Street Association to create two blocks for the city.  My guild designed one based on an original ceiling tile from the Historical Old City Hall.  We used the traditional courthouse step pattern on the outside.  It was painted by local artist Paulette Ferguson and Denham Springs High School art instructor Virginia Berthelot.  It was dedicated on July 16, 2013 with a reception by the Denham  Springs Main Street Association.  Here is a photo of the Historical Old City Hall block.

We invited the students of Denham Springs High School art instructor Virginia Berthelot to design a block for Train Station Park.  The Denham Springs Main Street Association chose a design by Bryce Richard.  He painted the block and it was dedicated on July 16, 2013.  Pictured are Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail chairman Kim Zabbia, treasurer Cricket Ayala, board member Mary Felder,  painter and designer Bryce Richard,  vice chairman Rosemary Ydarraga and secretary Margaret Bailey.

The Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau in Albany, Louisiana held a contest for a design for their business.  My design won.  A local artist, Marita Gentry painted it.  It was also dedicated on July 16, 2013.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Contemporary Fiber Artists Of Louisiana (CFAL) group recently sponsored a wet felted vessels class with Sharon Costello.  I created "Circle Dance" with a flat wool piece that I made in class.   I embellished it with beads, thread and a center flower.  The flower was created with thread and water soluble Solvy.  It is mounted on a quilted and painted piece of commercial fabric.  I plan to finish it with a plain black frame.  As you can see, It looks good in a vertical or horizonal position.  The class was lots of fun and Sharon Costello was a talented teacher.  I will post vessels soon.

Circle Dance

Friday, March 8, 2013

"Hibiscus Abstracted"
A friend brought a photo of a beautiful Yellow Hibiscus to one of our fiber group meetings.  We each interpreted it any way we wished.  I took lines and curves and colors and created the piece below.

"Hibiscus Abstracted" is machine and hand embroidered.  Beads, hand dyed ribbon and Swavorski crystals were added.  It is ready to hang.  Below is this piece matted.

Monday, March 4, 2013

My fiber art group chose "discharge" as a technique to explore.  I used Decolourant on a piece of commercial fabric depicting sea shells on a sandy beach.  Decolourant is very easy to use.  I stenciled the circles and used a brush for the wavy lines.  If you make an error with Decolourant, you can wash it out.  It only activates when it is ironed.  Other members had interesting results using bleach gel.

Sea Treasures
"Sea Treasures" is discharged with Decolourant, machine quilted, beaded with small shells and a large shell is added.  Sea shells have always fascinated me.  I recommend that you read "Gift From the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindberg.  In the book, she says" One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few".

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I am part of a small group that meets each month to try new fiber art techniques.  We made silk screens and used them to create a piece that was 8.5 by 11 inches.  I use an old Thermofax machine to prepare my screens.  I screened circles onto a piece of my hand dyed linen.  I then used metallic thread and green thread to emphasize some of the circles.  I began with flower circles but changed them for buttons.   The various sizes and shapes of the buttons represent diversity.  They are connected by the circles.

We are all connected in some way.  I love the quote by Chief Seattle that says we are all bound together - that all things connect.

This is the beginning of "Connections".  The circles have been screened on and embroidered by hand and machine.

"Connections" with flower embellishment. 
 I took these off and added buttons.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Amid the noisy revelers and the screaming fireworks
The New Year eases in, shrouded in smoke and fog
It brings the promise of a new beginning
You can put aside the heartaches, harsh words and failures of the past year- and reach for the gifts....

Faith - the substance of things hoped for - the evidence of things not seen.  Grace - freely given love and favor.
True friends - loyal in your trials and triumphs.
The belief that your bruised soul will be soothed and you will be covered with a blanket of peace and serenity.
And inner courage to support you till you are strong enough to stand alone.         E. C.

The first day of this new year is overcast and rainy, but I took a walk and looked for inspiration and something beautiful. Look what I found - a lovely camellia.