Thursday, November 02, 2006

This is a photo of one of my pieces, currently untitled. It is 8.5 x 11. I made it as one of my journal pages in March of this year. We made a page each month, but we only had to choose five to submit to the exhibit. This is one that I did not include for the exhibit. I used some of my photographs to experiment in layering/transparency using organza as well as vellum. This photo was taken before I put the edging around it.

I was fortunate to attend the Houston International Quilt show for the first time this year. I got to see and be inspired by this year's journal pages exhibit. It gave me a chance to read the other artists' statements and have a more intimate viewing of such personal/creative/experimental works. I attended the Studio Art Quilt/Journal Quilt reception as well and was able to pick up my copy of Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project in person. Many thanks to Karey Bresenhan for creating this project and hosting the reception.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


I am delivering this 24x36 piece along with Dia de los Muertos (see previous post) tomorrow to the Pima County Arts Council for the upcoming exhibit. This photo was taken before it was mounted to canvas. It is bleach discharged and hand quilted.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a new piece, 36 x 36, bleach discharged, hand quilted and mounted to canvas. I just received notification it was juried into the Tucson Pima Arts Council “Artists of Rural Pima County Exhibit. Another new piece, a bit smaller, was also accepted. The exhibit will be at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave, from November 1 through December 1, 2006. Both pieces are offered for sale. This exhibit is in conjunction with the annual Studio Tour weekend (November 11 & 12, 2006).

Saturday, September 02, 2006

What We Do Know (c) 2006, has been accepted into the juried show of Art Quilts XI, Stages, Cycles and Fits, curated by Diane Howell. This 24" x 36" piece will exhibit at the Chandler Center of the Arts from October 20th to December 30th.

My Artist Statement: Since 1993, nearly 400 young girls and women have been brutally murdered or ended up missing in the border town of Ciudad, Juarez. No one is able to agree to the exact body count or causes of the missing and dead. Where rumors outnumber facts, this piece details a little of what we do know, in hopes we may never forget these mothers, daughters, sisters. 'Ni una mas - not one more.

Curator Thelma Smith, has also included this piece as one of the new works added to her exhibit she is taking to France September, 2006, (see previous post on the European version of Changing the World One Thread at a Time), to the Val d'Argent Expo, located in the center of Ste Marine aux Mines, Haut-Rhin, France.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Here is the catalog cover from the European edition of Changing the World One Thread at a Time. You can order by clicking here. European Edition and help support art quilts - Changing the World catalog contains about 40 images of artworks to be exhibited in European Edition of the exhibition Changing the World One Thread at a Time. Fifteen new, invitational works have been added to a twenty seven piece subset of Changing the World One Thread at a Time exhibition during February and March 2006 at Tubac, Arizona. In addition to the images the catalog also contains details of artist and the artist's statement with regards to the artwork.
The catalog is tri-lingual i.e it contains the artwork title and artist's statements in English, French and German.

You can order yours for $12. It is on CD. I had the opportunity to see some of the some of the new invitational works - and they are wonderful!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

All That is Left (C) 2005, is going to be showing this month (September '06), at Carrefour European du Patchwork European Patchwork ExpoSainte-Marie aux Mines, France. It is part of the European version of Changing the World One Thread at a Time, curated by Thelma Smith that exhibited originally at the Tubac Center of the Arts, in Tubac, Arizona, March, 2006.

D Wood, described this 18.5" x 31.5" piece in her review in the summer issue of Surface Design, "as a small but haunting piece about loss".

The curator, Thelma Smith, is offering a catalog of the European exhibit for $12. For more information on how you can get your catalog, click here. Check out the catalog, there are many new pieces in the European exhibition that were not in the Tubac show.

Constructing this piece, I have overlaid one of my sketches of a child's face over one of my photographs of an abandoned structure. This collage piece also includes a negative film strip, safety pins, cheesecloth, buttons; examples of remnants after losses people suffer beyond their control. I made this after witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A New Beginning

Welcome to my new blog. I thought I would start with this closeup photo of an art quilt I created in 2003. It was created as part of the Journal Quilt Project started by Karey Bresenhan in 2002, "to inspire creativity, experimentation, and growth among quilt artists". This was my January journal entry and it was one of more than 400 images selected out of over 6,000 to be published in Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project book in the fall of 2006.

This image was the first one I created as a participant in this project. This January journal page depicts the image of a rock climber which to me, represents setting goals and the effort it takes to accomplish those goals. The full size is 8.5 x 11. The small patch of blue sky was from fabric I hand dyed. It was interesting to work in such a small format.

I am participating again this year but I am not able to post any images until after the fall premiere at the International Quilt Show in Houston. However, with this new blog I hope to post my artwork, whether it is work previously completed, new works or work-in-progress. Constructive criticism helps me grow as an artist and I welcome comments.

I am not new to blogging. I have another blog, Sketch Monkey Blues, that I started inspired by of Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters group where I felt encouraged to post my drawings/sketches. I currently do not have a web page, that may be a future possibility, but all of my work is offered for sale. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of my work, including works-in-progress.