I haven’t really vaporized! I’ve just been incredibly lazy and distracted about art and posting. I’ve been out doing fall planting in my garden: exotic new colors of echinacea (Tomato Soup and Mac ‘n’ Cheese), ferns, grasses and astilbe. My hope is that the new plants have a prayer against my dogs running through the garden. 140 pounds of excited Great Dane being chased by my 60 pound mutt doesn’t lend itself to fragile plantings. Though this is pretty exciting in my world, but doesn’t really lend itself to pictures or postings.
I finally got all the pictures off my camera from the last month. Hopefully this will inspire me to actually post what I’ve been doing! Posts to come include Jeanne Beck’s workshop that I did in early September; the magic of string stamps, vat dyeing, and pictures of a show I’m in locally called Recent Works.
I went a few days ago to see Barbara Schneider’s solo exhibit ‘Summer’s End” in McHenry, Illinois. The link on her name opens to her website and show information. I have posted some of Barbara’s work before. She is an incredibly talented Chicago area artist who happens to be in a fabulous needle arts guild with me. Lucky me, she gives classes locally as well. I am taking a vat dyeing workshop with her this Thursday.
Anyway, her exhibit consisted of pieces from her reflections series, 3D leaf pieces, pressure formed synthetic pieces among other work. Oh, to have an art budget; I would have lightened up her packing of the show considerably.
I am sincerely coveting this piece below. If sales are even close for me at the Fine Art of Fiber Show this November, I intend to buy it. This is a three dimensional piece about 3 feet wide or so. Barbara has hand dyed the fabric, constructed the piece and quilted the surface and then stiffened them into these fabulous shapes. It is breathtaking and the picture really doesn’t do it justice.
Here is another leaf piece she did. Man, is she good!
Here’s a detail of that beautiful piece:
Barbara has done a whole series based on reflections. The ones in this show are water reflections, though I think she has done some building reflections as well. Here’s one that I would dearly love to own. I hope that November show is really good
Here are a few other reflection pieces from the show:
This one wasn’t for sale. I think Barbara told me she gave pieces to various family members. Do you think she would adopt me???????
By the way, the fact that these pieces don’t look square and are unevenly lit is due to my inferior photography. Barbara’s pieces are square and perfect!
More leaves. These are Prairie Dock:
Her exhibit closes tomorrow, so go see it today!