Thursday, September 29, 2016

Carpe Diem - Off the Wall Friday

Story of the Day

As you all might know my day job is taking orders for the catalogs Appleseeds, Tog Shop and Draper's and Damon's.  I love my job because it gives me an excuse to play with fabric and colors all day and to talk to interesting women who the world might think are past their prime - but the world would be wrong.  My customers are interesting, smart, exasperating, opinionated . . . well they're women!
A week doesn't go by when I get the chance to talk to ladies who are over 98 - yes you read that right 98 and they to me are  the best of the best.  Here they've been alive for 100 years and they're still buying clothes because they have places to go and people to see!

Once such lady gave me a smile recently:

Me:  I'm sorry to say that that item is on back order for a month.  Would you like me to place it on your order and send it out to you when it gets here?

Her Ohhh,  no.  Don't do that!

Me:  Are you sure? It will go fast and be there before you know it.

Her:  Honey, at my age, I don't even buy green bananas. 

We laughed and laughed.

The reason, I bring this up because yes it reflects where I am in my life right now but also its the idea of living in the moment and seizing the day - Carpe Diem. There have been a lot of changes around here lately - new working hours, new working location, new routine.  I'm pretty bad with change (aren't we all?)   So I've gotten into a bit of a rut and its not a bad idea to take some advice from a lady who has been around a lot longer then me.

I'm not going to be buying green bananas waiting for them to ripen.  I'm going to see what fruit is good today!

So Hopefully you've been up to something more creative then me!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Autumn Equinox - Off the Wall Friday

Fall Quilts - From the Traditional to the Abstract

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Off the Wall Friday

Because I've started a new work schedule this week (working Monday - Friday for the first time in literally years), I'll just host this week.  I promise I'll get my act together and have something of substance here next week - grin!!

So What Have You've Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hand Stitching Inspiration - Off the Wall Friday

I'm a little talked out this week - but I've been studying hand 

   stitching for texture's sake.      Its amazing how the mark 

                            of Hand is so unique and interesting!   Creating line

            with a needle & thread seams just that much more

  personal than just doing it with a pen.

                              Each stitch is like a little piece of yourself.   
(These pictures are from my inspirational folder and not my own work)

So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?


Friday, September 2, 2016

Fun Facts You Didn't Know about Sonia Delauney - Off the Wall Friday

Sonia Delaunay, Prismes electriques (1914)
So last week, I mentioned that I've been in a Sonia Delauney mood.  Now, I know Susan Lenz is  right and I should be worrying about being in a "Nina-Marie Mood", but lately Sonia's work seems more interesting than my own.  And why wouldn't it be??  I mean, gosh,  she co-founded "Orphism",
a style of art that is characterized by strong colors and geometric shapes.  But she was much more than bold colors!

Fun Facts You Didn't Know about Sonia Delauney

  • By the time she was 18, she spoke and read Russian, French, German and English
  • Her birth name was Sarah Stern.  
  • She credited a quilt she made for her baby son as the inspiration for orphism: "About 1911, I had the idea of making for Charles, who had just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those I had seen in the houses of Russian peasants. When it was finished, the arrangement of the pieces of material seemed to me to evoke cubist conceptions and we then tried to apply the same process to other objects and paintings"
    Market at Minoh, 1915
  • Robert Delauney was NOT her first husband.   She was married two years to a homosexual German Art Gallery owner she befriended in Paris.  She divorced him once she met, Delaney since  - well - the heart wants what the heart wants!
  • She was a fabric designer who advocated strongly through public lectures for change in women's clothing freeing them from corsets and couture that bogged down fashion of the era.
  • She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre. It took place in 1964 and consisted of 117 works that she personally selected and donated to the museum.
  • She did not paint for 10 years after the death of her beloved husband.

I don't know about you, but I love strong multifaceted women.   It truly is a man's world - even today and to survive you have to be strong, innovative and bold.  The more I learn about Sonia, the more I think she was exactly that!

So What Have You Been Doing Creatively?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Off the Wall Friday

Who do you long to be? 

                                Lately I've been in a Sonia Delaunay mood.

So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?

Friday, August 19, 2016

5 Must-Have Art Quilt Books - Off the Wall Friday

Okay, say you're stranded on a deserted  island and you were only able to save 5 art quilt book. What would they be?  Now remember you're stuck with nothing else to read and more importantly, no wi-fi - gasp! . . . .so what 5 books did you keep?

5 Must-Have Art Quilt Books

1. 500 Art Quilts:  An Inspiration Collection of Contemporary Work  This is my go-to inspirational book.  The photos are gorgeous and the wide range of art work will take your breath away.  Many pieces have detail photos included.

2.  Inspire to Design: 7 steps to Successful Art Quilts  If you want to learn the design elements in a methodical fashion - this is the book for you.  Elizabeth Barton walks you through exercises step by step  that you can apply to your own work and strength your designs.

3. Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design for Fabric  this is an updated version of Jane Dunnewold's iconic book, The Complex Cloth.  Its the bible on all the hand dyeing and surface techniques you always wanted to try!

4. The Quilter's Book of Design.  This is the book that taught me the design elements and how they relate to way I was putting fabric together.  I remember referring back to this book over and over again.

5. Machine Quilting with Decorative Threads This is the book that taught me  the ins and outs of using all that pretty thread I had been collecting.  It is literally a wealth of  information and tips that is more than useful if you plan on doing some thread play.

Now I know most of these books are older but to tell you the truth, I haven't found anything that has come out recently that has been as helpful as these.  Most of these can also be found on the used book market (in great condition) for very cheap too!!  

So these are my top 5 - what are yours?
So What Have You Been up to Creatively?