Saturday, August 05, 2017

Going to England, France, and The Festival of Quilts

 (Above: Saint Anastasia, crated and ready to go to England!)

I haven't dragged out a suitcase, packed a toothbrush, or looked for my passport.  Steve hasn't gathered our rail passes or the AirBnB reservation or the English Chanel Ferry tickets or the tickets to next week's BBC Proms concert.  (In fact, he's outside cutting the back lawn.)  Yet, we aren't worried.  We're flying to England tomorrow.  We're sailing for France the day after that.  There's still time to pack!

(Above:  Saint Anastasia CLICK HERE to read about this special portrait.)

How can we feel so lackadaisical?  Well, Saint Anastasia is in her crate ready to go.  The rest seems comparatively unimportant! LOL!  We are both very excited to be hand delivering this triptych for Through Our Hands' exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.  Thousands will see this piece.  A plinth (that's a "pedestal" in American art lingo) has been built just for it!  We will see the show on the last day, Sunday, August 13th after sailing to France to see the Bayeux Tapestries.  We will also visit the beaches of Normandy and the La Cambe German War Cemetery where a distant cousin is buried.

So ... why get worried about packing?  As long as we throw a good pair of walking shoes, a map, and our passports into a second bag ... well ... we're good to go!  We both love traveling and this trip will certainly be an adventure.

(Above: Window CXXXVII.  Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

In the meantime, I finished two more small "Window" series pieces.  I need more work of course ... but that will happen after we return from our trip ... and before our trip to Utah later in the month.  Unbelievably, we are headed to see Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

(Above: Window CXXXVIII.  Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

I'm not in the least nervous about the minor details of loading a suitcase for a trans-Atlantic trip but I am more than a little apprehensive of spending so much time out of my studio.  I really NEED more artwork for my upcoming commitments.  When I return, I will be busy, busy, busy ... stitching, melting, mounting, framing, and blogging about the new creations that are already churning in my head!

Friday, August 04, 2017

National Quilt Museum, St. Louis Arch, and new work!

 (Above:  My Flood Clothesline and me at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.)

After blogging daily from my art residency at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska, it is hard to believe that I haven't posted in nearly a week ... especially since so much has happened!

I left Nebraska last Monday morning while my husband flew into St. Louis.  By the late afternoon we were at the Gateway Arch.  We had a 6:40 ticket time to ascend.


This left time for us to watch the movie in the underground theater.  The movie showed the history of the arch and the 1960s construction.

 

The Gateway Arch is really, really high.  I wasn't a bit nervous about going up or looking out over the city.


The view was terrific.  The movie, however, was definitely scary.  Those talented engineers and construction experts were walking around on suspended I-beams.  Steve laughed as I wiggled uncomfortably in my seat.  I'm not really "afraid of heights", I just don't like them that much!


Hilariously, I had no problem looking straight down in real life.  The movie ... well ... it was fascinating.  At least the parts I could manage to watch were good! LOL!

From St. Louis we drove to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to see H2O!, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associate) juried exhibition in which my Flood Clothesline appears.  Ordinarily, photos aren't allowed.  We asked.  The executive director said "yes", came out, and took a few photos too!  It was awesome!  We got home later that night ... Tuesday!

(Above: Window CXXXIII.  Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

Since Wednesday I've been trying my best to catch up on all the custom picture framing orders Steve accepted while I was gone.  I did, however, have time to finish up four pieces that were mostly finished before I left.  These are them!

(Above: Window CXXXIV. Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)


(Above: Window CXXXVI. Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

 
 (Above: Window CXXXV. Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

I am linking this blog post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", a site for sharing fiber arts.