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Crossroads #5: This Could Be the Way



Crossroads: a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences.

I just finished Crossroads #5: This Could Be the Way. Wow, I am very very happy with it. There are a lot of things I learned that I will apply to the next in the series, which I have already bugun.

This series has personal meaning to me as it explores where I currently am in my art practice. In the late spring I was struggling with finding an identity and a voice in my work. I didn't know exactly how to proceed and even considered moving to another medium. At the Crow barn in June, I learned how to compose and construct in a way that allowed me to finally create work that I had always envisioned, but didn't know how. Rejuvenated, I came home, wrote down my goals for the next 12 months, and got to work.



There have been many questions about how I piece my quilts. It's too detailed to discuss here. However, you can see from the photos that I begin by laying out the quilts using black fabric. Then, I draw the seams and add color using Adobe Illustrator to create a construction guide (which you can see below pinned to the wall). Finally, I use the black pieces as templates and the guide to start assembling.



This project took me almost four weeks to the day. I wanted it to only take two weeks, but life got in the way. I probably could have finished it sooner if I had truly taken advantage of my free time. I'm learning about resistance from Steven Pressfield's book, The War of Art, and doing my best to identify what causes me to resist and procrastinate. Hopefully, the next large piece in this series will go faster than four weeks.



For the next in the series, I will tighten up my color palette, strengthen the layout/composition, and work on my craft/technical skills. I’m curious how a darker color palette will work and how complex (or spare) I can be with the composition.

Looking forwared to more in this series!

Quilts=Art=Quilts


I am happy to announce that my quilt, Line Study #9: Liquorice Allsorts, was accepted in to the Quilts=Art=Quilts show at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.

This is one amazing list of established textile artists and I am honored to be among them.

Check out of the show if you are in the area between Oct 28, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018.

Second Place

My quilt, Urban/Suburban, recently received second place at the Golden Ticket show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.



If you are in Cincinnati, stop by and see the show before December 10.

Updated Design Wall

I recently updated the design wall in my studio...



I really needed additional space to work as my original design wall is always occupied. As a temporary solution, I had clipped felt on to binder clips and hung them from nails. To make it more permanent, I taped together styrofoam sheets, covered them with the felt, stapled the felt to the back, then nailed them to the wall.

I now have over 60 sq. feet/18 sq. meters of space to work!

Quilt Prototypes

I recently took the time to finally photograph some of the quilt prototypes I made a few months ago. I would like to start selling my quilts, and photographing them is one of many steps in that direction. I had been putting it off, making excuses about where to photograph them, how to style the photos, etc. A friend told me to just get it done and use what I had. So I put some nails in the wall in my apartment, found some bulldog clips, hung the quilts, and got out my camera...








 
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