No Longer MIA

Sorry to be gone so long. I got caught up in fall vending, and then in December I had to go out of state for a month due to a family emergency medical situation. From January to early May, I had one health setback after another and didn’t feel super creative. I even missed participating in this year’s International Freeform Fiberarts Guild challenge. But I’m on the mend and I’m doing better, so I’m happy about that.

I did manage to make a few new pieces for local shows. January’s First Friday show (1/06/17) at Stoneworks Studio and Gallery was the annual Black & White show. Since I was out of state during December without access to my studio or supplies, I decided on making a simple line embroidered portrait of singer and artist Patti Smith, which I framed once I returned home prior to the entry date.

Horses, hand embroidery, 2017. Portrait of Patti Smith.

Horses, hand embroidery, 2017. Portrait of Patti Smith.

I wasn’t able to enter February’s show due to health issues. March’s First Friday show (3/03/17) theme at Stoneworks was Color It Red. Personally, I was seeing red over the current administration’s attitude toward women’s rights and women’s access to healthcare. I created a small studio quilt mounted on a red plastic hanger. The machine quilting along the border represents barbed wire, in keeping with the imagery of No Trespassing and Private Property.

Seeing Red, studio quilt, 2017

Seeing Red, studio quilt, 2017

April’s First Friday show (4/07/17) theme was Time. Due to ongoing health issues, I entered a piece from last year, which I created for the 2016 annual International Freeform Fiberarts Guild challenge. I called it Springtime in California for the show.

California Wildflowers, 2016

California Wildflowers, 2016

March’s First Friday show (5/05/17) at Stoneworks was the annual portrait show, Face It. I still had very little energy for creating anything very involved and time-consuming. I decided to make a quick, off-the-cuff improvisational portrait quilt. I did it very quickly and intuitively, completing the entire top in six hours. I entered it in the show, forgetting that there would be a People’s Choice Award with a cash prize. Even if I would have remembered, I would not have expected my piece to win compared to the other entries.

Abby Normal, studio quilt, 2017

Abby Normal, studio quilt, 2017

When I arrived at the gallery on Friday night, I saw sheets of paper with stickers on them under each work of art. I had just woken up from a nap and was still half asleep, so it didn’t click with me right away that it was the voting method for the People’s Choice Award. Mine had the most stickers, and I was quite shocked to win the award! I was very pleased nonetheless, and my friend Lucy purchased Abby Normal. It was a very good evening.

I’m back to creating new clothing out of old, and I’m working on new work for the June show. The theme is flying. I have a few ideas.

I promise to update more often. Sometimes life gets in the way of our art.

Getting Caught Up

I came here to post about September art doings, and much to my chagrin, I hadn’t posted since May! I was working as a full-time nanny to my youngest granddaughter until mid-June. I decided to shift my focus to creating wearables for children, so I’ve been working on that while creating art regularly for two local art groups. Let’s get caught up!

No Words (2016)

No Words (2016)

I created No Words, a painted studio quilt, for the July First Friday show at Stoneworks Studios, Word Up! I was influenced by the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. I then entered it in the Ventura County Arts Council show, Surreal: Depictions of the Barely Believable, which is currently up until October 11, 2016.

No Words in Ventura County Arts Council show, Surreal: Depictions of the Barely Believable

No Words in Ventura County Arts Council show, Surreal: Depictions of the Barely Believable

In July, I entered my freeform crochet shawl California Wildflowers in the Ventura County Arts Council show, 101 Corridor. (The 101 Freeway runs north-south through California.) It won Second Place and a cash award. The show ran July and August, 2016.

California Wildflowers in Ventura County Arts Council show, "101 Corridor"

California Wildflowers in Ventura County Arts Council show, “101 Corridor”

I finished what we fiber artists refer to as “a UFO”, which means “Unfinished Object”. In this case, it was the Medici Coat pattern by “free range knitting” designer Jane Thornley. It had been languishing forlornly in a basket. I like it and it fits, but because I live in southern California I might be able to wear it for a month or two this winter.

Medici coat (2016)

Medici coat (2016)

The theme for the August First Friday Stoneworks show was The Dog Days of Summer. I don’t have a dog. I have three cats. So I thought of my friend Hugh, who lost his beloved dog Polly last year. I asked him if he would like a quilt made in Polly’s likeness, and he said yes, so I took one of his favorite photos of Polly and transformed it into fabric. This was my photo inspiration:

polly-photo

And this is how I interpreted it:

Polly (2016)

Polly (2016)

The Altered Artwear group on Facebook had a Summer Challenge, so I transformed this dress into a tunic.

vintage-dress-to-tunic

The September theme for the First Friday show at Stoneworks was Change It Up (mixed media, collage, recycle, found object). I created a collage mask, made with torn up magazine paper on a plaster cloth mask with buttons and green coated wire embellishment. I titled it Sleep Study.

Sleep Study (2016)

Sleep Study (2016)

I often get caught up in creating, and forget to post and share regularly. I will work on that. Hope you enjoyed this post!

Altered Artwear Pinterest Challenge 2016

I’m the admin for the Altered Artwear group on Facebook. I create challenges for the members every few months to, well, keep us challenged. I called for our second annual Pinterest challenge, ending today, May 31. This is what I created!
pinterest challenge pin

This challenge is pretty straightforward: Choose an altered garment or accessory pin from Pinterest and do your own interpretation. I discovered last summer when we had an ongoing heat wave in southern California that I don’t own enough loose, lightweight summer dresses. Also, long flowy boho skirts are plentiful in our area thrift stores. I chose this pin because I like the light gauzy fabric of these skirts and I thought I would try making a summer dress from one.

SK2DR 1

I found this long rayon skirt in a bin in the backroom of my nearest Goodwill on 50% off night. I think I paid $2.50. It was a lengthy 42″ from waistband to hem, and being only 5’3″ myself, I could have hiked it up under my arms and it would have still been a maxi skirt on me. But the good thing about long skirts is that they have lots of fabric to work with!

SK2DR 2

I liked the lacy faux crochet band and the plastic gem detailing. And the colors! So cheerful. So summery.

SK2DR 3

The label Forbidden cracked me up. What does that mean? Am I forbidden to cut up this skirt? Will I be cursed for life? Nah, probably not. Here comes the sewing scissors!

SK2DR 4

I looked through my pattern collection and chose this Simplicity pattern from the mid-’90s because I like the V neckline and the short sleeves. Also, both front and back pieces are cut on the fold. I cut off the elastic waistband, tags, and hanger loops, spreading out the skirt inside out and pinning the front and back pattern pieces on the folds. I lined up the back seam of the skirt with the back of the dress. I pinned close to the top edge, utilizing as much fabric as possible.

SK2DR 5

I joined and overlapped the underarm seam allowances on the pattern with a pin, so the sleeves would fit properly, as I wasn’t cutting side seams.

I have a finely woven lightweight cotton print in my stash that I picked up in the L.A. garment district several years ago, and I knew it would be perfect for the sleeves and neckline facing. Using my Bernina 1260 and my Juki serger, I sewed the shoulder seams and attached the sleeves and facing. It was very quick and easy. The first gathered tier of the skirt hits under the bustline ever so perfectly, like a yoke. Like I planned it!

SK2DR Collage

Now I have a new light and flowy summer dress which only cost a few dollars and a few hours of my time. I’m ready for you, heat wave!

 

21st Century Cinderella art shoes

The theme for the monthly First Friday art show at Stoneworks Studios and Gallery on May 6, 2016 was Head Over Heels, art in any media relating to hats and/or shoes. I recalled the art shoes created by mixed media artist Gaza Bowen in the ’90s…in fact, I once saw a few pair at an exhibit, including the shoes that inspired me, Shoes For The Little Woman. I knew what I was going to do.

21CC Ph1

I found the size 7 Charlotte Russe high heeled platform shoes at my local Goodwill on 50% off day, paying $2.00. I went to a dollar store and found the cleaning supplies, and I had the platinum acrylic paint.

21CC Ph2

One coat of platinum paint was a good undercoat, but it wasn’t the right color, so I got out some silver textile paint for another coat, and then topped it off with a clear sparkle coat. I made a paper pattern for covering the heels with the tinsel-like scrubby pads. I traced the pattern on the back of the pads with a fine line Sharpie, and cut them out with my dollar store paper scissors. (Don’t use your good sewing scissors on stuff like this because it will dull them.) I created labels for the inside of the shoes on my computer, printed them out on office paper, and glued them inside with spray adhesive so they would lay flat and smooth.

21CC Ph3

I used a hot glue gun to glue the cut out cleaning pads to the heels and the metallic scrubbers to the toes of the shoes. As a way to cover up the rough edges of the cut cleaning pads, I used aluminum foil on the inside and outer heels, also attached with hot glue. You have to work quickly and confidently with hot glue and aluminum foil!

21CC Ph4

These art shoes (21st Century Cinderella) were a lot of fun to make, as they were an experiment all the way. I hope you enjoyed my “show and tell”.

Earth Day art exhibit at County Government Center

Reception at Ventura County Arts Council Earth Day art exhibit

Reception at Ventura County Arts Council Earth Day art exhibit

Last evening, April 29, the Ventura County Arts Council held the reception and awards ceremony for the Earth Day art exhibit currently on display in the atrium lobby of the Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center in Ventura, California. The Ventura County Arts Council had 110 entries from 41 artists. They accepted 62 pieces: 58 wall-hung and 4 free-standing 3-d pieces.

Part of the Earth Day art exhibit by Ventura County Arts Council

Part of the Earth Day art exhibit by Ventura County Arts Council

Here is my entry, Down By The Seaside (freeform knit and crochet wearable art) on display atop a pedestal in the lobby. The show continues until Tuesday, May 24.

Down By The Seaside, freeform knit and crochet shawl by Barbara Hynes

Down By The Seaside, freeform knit and crochet shawl by Barbara Hynes