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My Fabric Stack(s)

October 11, 2011

My hand-dyed fabric stacks

An Informal Fabric Stack Project

Last week on her blog, artist Lisa Call had a fun idea – have each of us that has stacks of fabric take photos of our stacks and post them on our blogs and then add a comment on her blog, so that we can all go enjoy looking at each other’s colorful stacks.

This idea sprung as a tangent of another similar project – the Paper Stack Challenge – that Seth Apter of The Altered Page posted on his blog.

The idea in either case is that multiple artists will post photos of their own “stacks” on their own blogs, and then add a link in the comments section of either Lisa’s post (if fabric artist) or Seth’s post (if paper artist), so that everyone can check out all the cool “stacks” we’ve all got.

One of my racks of fabric.

Yes, I’m a Fabric Junkie!

But really, what textile artist isn’t?  Ok, some of us are worse than others.  I currently have a (spouse-imposed!) limit of 4 (oops, make that 3) racks of fabric.  Actually, the limit is for my own good and I need these boundaries, otherwise, well, my studio would likely become over run with fabric and I’d be so overwhelmed I’d never get anything done.

Another of my fabric racks.

I’ve acquired quite a stash in the few years I’ve been working in textiles and I do weed through it on occasion and donate some of it to charitable causes.  I’m working mostly with my own hand-dyed fabrics these days, so some of those commercial fabrics I found at thrift stores don’t quite have the same appeal now that they did back when I first acquired them and I know others will put them to good use.

A mini stack - a textile painting waiting to happen.

And sometimes it’s just necessary to let go of the old to make room for the new!

If you have a stack you’d like to share, please do join in the Informal Fabric Stack Project on Lisa’s blog.


Got a helicopter I could borrow?

October 4, 2011

2 Opening Receptions.  2 Towns.  Same Night.

OPTION A –  New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO. October 7, 5-8pm.

Two of my textile paintings are included in this juried show which is the inaugural exhibit at the newly renovated Lincoln Center.  I am excited to see not only the artwork, but also the spiffy new expanded gallery space.

OPTION B – Swimming Upstream: Juried Print Exhibit, 44T Artspace, Denver, CO.  October 7, 7-10pm.

I am a  juror for this show at 44T, and have included one of my intaglio etchings as a sample of my work.  So far I have only seen the works that were selected for this show via the digital image submissions so I am very eager to see the pieces in person.  There are works included in the show by several artists living throughout the US.

Eeenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo.

As much as I’d like to be able to attend both events this Friday night, that’s just not going to happen.

And as luck would have it, the 44T Artspace is planning to do not only an opening reception this week, but a closing one as well on Nov 26th.

So, I’m going to be attending the opening reception at the New Legacies show here in town at the Lincoln Center this Friday night.  If you’re in town, I hope to see you there.

If you’re in Denver, I hope you’ll stop by and see the print show.  I’ll be there for the closing reception in late Nov.

And if you’re somewhere else in the world, I hope you get out and go see some original art at a local gallery near you!

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