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Crow Barn, Week One

I’ve been home from the Crow barn for five days and I am just now caught up on my sleep and getting back in to real life. Because of the art retreat nature of the barn and the speed at which we move from project to project it really can suck you out of the real world and in to a time warp where everything moves at the speed of light.



As always it was an exhilarating and exhausting two weeks. I had a few 15 hour days… The barn opens at 7am and closes at 9pm. Although, sometimes we can stay until 11pm+ depending on who’s around to close the barn and tell us to leave.

I signed up for my first Nancy Crow class because I didn’t know where to go with my art. I almost gave up quilting as a medium because I was frustrated from not knowing how to get the results I wanted. That changed after my first class in June 2017 and I credit Nancy with giving me the feedback, technical knowledge, and an environment which I needed to kick my ass in to high gear.



For this year’s class we were to have many black and white motifs already sewn before we arrived at the barn. I had about 50. The first project was to take one of our motifs, scale it down to a 2.5” square and repeat in five color ways for a total of 200 squares. This was to be completed by 9am Wednesday morning before we were allowed to proceed to the second project. The goal of the exercise was to achieve visual texture.



At the time I wasn’t in love with this project. However, after finishing, I really love the version with brown. So much I think I will quilt it and figure out a way to stretch it on a frame and hang in our bedroom.

I finished the first exercise on time and moved on to the second… expanding a motif to a large quilt while working within a given color value system and playing with scale. I decided to change my motif, which in hindsight I regret.



I was exhausted from the tedious sewing from the first project (200+ two inch squares!!!) which made me a bit lazy and careless the second half of the week. In the end I was not happy with this piece because I just started throwing color in to get the quilt finished. I basted each section together anticipating that I will rip out the seams and only assemble the top left three modules since that’s the only part of it I like… that is if this piece ever sees the light of day again.
 
We were to have our design walls clear by 5pm on Friday when the barn closed for the weekend. I have the advantage of living (relatively) close to the barn, so I came home during the weekend and recharged a bit. Most of the other students stay in Columbus and explore the area, rest, etc. There were students from New Hampshire, up to Ontario, down to Texas, and out to California and everywhere in between.

Next blog post… week two frustration leads to some great results.

New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts

I am happy to announce that my piece, "Line Study #10" was selected for New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts at The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO.



The show opens 6 July and runs through 1 September, 2018.

I was in Colorado last July and happened to see on social media that the 2017 show had just opened. I was close enough to Fort Collins that I was able to stop by The Lincoln Center and see the show in person.




The images above are from the 2017 show. As you can see, there were some great pieces by some well-known quilt artists. I'm thrilled to have a piece in this year's show.

Stop by The Lincoln Center between 6 July and 1 September if you find yourself in Fort Collins and check out the show.

Opening of AQM 2018

I was fortunate to be able to attend the opening of Artist as a Quiltmaker XVII at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in early May. I typically don't get to go to show openings, so I was thrilled to be able to attend this one.



It was great seeing work by other artists and to be able to speak to some of them in person.



The show is held in Oberlin... a cute college town in northern Ohio. We arrived late on Friday and spent all day Saturday exploring the town before the opening.



We also were able to spend some time at the Allen Memorial Art Museum which has an impressive collection.



Stop by and see the show before it ends on 29 July 2018 and spend some time in Oberlin.
 

AQM XVIII



I am happy to announce that my quilt, Line Study #9: Liquorice Allsorts, was accepted in to Artist As Quiltmaker XVIII at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio.

There are 32 artists exhibiting and I am honored to be among them. I am also attending the opening night reception, which will be my first. I am usually too far from a show to attend.

Check out of the show if you are in the area between May 13 and July 28, 2018.

Art Quilt Elements 2018

I'm honored that my quilt, Crossroads #5: This Could Be the Way, was included in Art Quilt Elements 2018 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.



The show opened last weekend. The list of artists is like a who's who of the art quilt world... I still can't believe my piece was selected.



The Art Quilt Elements website has imags of all the selected quilts.

The show is open through 28 April.
 
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