Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Textural Rhythms exhibit at the Museum of the African Museum has come and gone but there were so many exciting moments that it has taken me a while to calm down from the beauty of it all. In March I lead three art quilt workshops that started with fiber postcards, a mainstay of my short workshop program. Students who are interested in art, fiber, thread and needle work find themselves inspired and the quilt projects easy to accomplish no matter their skill level. I usually do the sewing and introduce them to using new materials and using a sewing machine. Some students attended all three workshops and made several projects for themselves and for gifts. I am looking forward to seeing and working with these creative students again in the future.
No matter how organized I try to be I always manage to forget something. For the first workshop I forgot my sewing feet and thread. I left them in the studio nicely packed in a plastic bag. Thank goodness for an understanding and accommodating husband. He made the 40 minute drive from our home in Castro Valley to San Francisco to bring these essential items so I could actually conduct the class. Thanks Nyls.
Ora started saying she didn't know what to do but she moved past that quickly and designed some dynamic pieces using ethnic fabrics. She also began exploring what type of sewing machine she would use in the future. Mother and daughter used this workshop as a time to share and develop a mutual interest in fiber. It was great to work with them.
Deborah helped save the day when she used her iphone to provide music for the workshops. Thanks girlfriend!..She created a variety of work including postcards, a 12" square mini quilt and started designing a memory quilt for her father. I demonstrated making photo transfers via computer and scanner in the second workshop.
For the third and final workshop Doris made this excellent mini quilt. She had a vision and implemented it with great care. She graciously send me this photo after she completed the piece at the end of the day. The final class was absolutely full after the workshop was designed in the San Francisco Chronicle as an event to attend. Whoopee!
Yes, we can thank Doris and Louis Armstrong for reminding us what that it is a wonderful and diverse world.
Another jazz inspired piece includes this work that uses paper, braid and photo transfers. Very nice.
For sure I'll treasure the creativity and energy expressed by the students in March. We were all uplifted by the process and the results.