Friday, October 30, 2009

Terry's blog updates

This is Stage 10 of Terry Jarrard-Dimond's Compositional Conversations project which was recently completed by Paula Swett.

Paula did a terrific job of moving the Conversation along. To read all about it, see Terry's blog at .

This is Barb Seils working on her last composition in Terry's class at the studio last week.

Check out Terry's blog to see her pictures and what she wrote about our class.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Arrives

We had eight visitors here for our five-day class last week, and Inspector Suki tried to adjust.
Here she curls up on the cutting table and tries to help.

While many of the students were among her favorite people, the total dissruption of her schedule was a bit much.

There was much stimulus (maybe she has a touch of autism), and she spent a good part of the week away from the hubbub and commotion.

Priscilla took this picture of Suki watching over everyone coming in the studio in the morning from her vantage point on the roof.

The maple trees in the area feature a portrait of yellows, oranges, and reds. Our little tree in the backyard contributes to the tableau.

The rear of our house is graced by a "burning bush" in full color. Our new waterline trench to the barn has been filled in and new grass covers the evidence. We'll store the hose and make final preparations for winter before it gets much colder.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Class - Day 5

Some work on our final pieces:

Nancy's two pieces are on the end wall and Priscilla's piece is to the right.

Pat is arranging the sections of her piece.

Bev's work is to the left and Barb's is to the right.

My piece was inspired by some "southwest" designs in my paper sketches.

This is Barb's piece and the paper sketch that was the inspiration.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Class - Day 4

Terry reviewed the black and white paper sketches we created, as we considered how we could use our compositions as inspiration for a new piece.

Terry brought a few of her new smaller Textile Constructions to show us.

Some of these pieces have been finished with bindings or facings. Some of her other smaller works are matted and framed.

See more about her weekly textile constructions on her blog at .

The group was hard at work on their final projects.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Class - Day 3

Black and white sketches using paper to represent opposition

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Class - Day 2

Cutting shapes:

My piece

Priscilla's piece

Bev and Barb working at the wall.

Linda's work is between their pieces.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Class with Terry Jarrard-Dimond

We were very fortunate to have Terry at the studio for a week-long class: "What If? Building Pathways to Creative Work."

Our first exercises dealt with line work.

I think Pat was making a point ---
and not just waving at me!

Priscilla was getting ready to photograph her piece.

Pat and Nancy covered the end wall with their pieces.

Bev is hard at work.

Jeanne's pieces are on the left board.

Barb's work is on the left board and mine is on the right.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Compositional Conversations - Stage 9

This is an update from Terry Jarrard-Dimond's on-going project, which will involve 13 other artists before it makes its way back to Terry.

My Stage 8 composition is followed by Gayle Vickery Pritchard's Stage 9 piece.

As Terry said, " several of our other artists, Gayle has put herself into this project. Now how in the world did she do it?"

Please see Terry's blog to read more and find out.

And we hope you'll add your comments and join in the conversation!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Art Quilts XIV: Significant Stitching

"Black and Blue Moons" has been selected for the Art Quilts XIV: Significant Stitching exhibition -- the 14th annual international exhibition of art quilts at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, AZ.

The opening reception is November 20th, and the show runs through January 2, 2010.

Black and Blue Moons is machine pieced and machine quilted cotton fabrics.

It is 56" X 67" and was completed in 2009.

The exhibition is produced and juried by Diane Howell and is overseen by the City of Chandler's visual arts staff.

To see the roster of artists who are participating, go to


Sunday, October 11, 2009


We harvested our experimental multi-colored carrots, and they presented an interesting variety of visual images.

They were cleaned up and cooked as usual, and tasted like their normal carrot cousins. With a little honey added, they made several very nice servings of dinner vegetables.

Our gourds are ready, and we are studying and preparing arrangements. Last year was a huge harvest, and we came no where near that number this year, but did get a nice variety.

Our visitor, Jeffrey, used the point-and-shoot camera, focused through our large telescope to capture a few of the hundreds of geese on our large several-acre pond that borders our property. The geese stop here twice a year-- in the spring headed north and now in the fall, resting on their way to their winter home in the south. It is entertaining to watch these large flocks take off and land. They hang around for a couple of weeks and then are gone..

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Saturday, October 10, 2009


Our spring cleanng was a little delayed this year, but better late than never.

Our long-time friend and "daughter", Monica Thomas, headed up the effort.

Her friend, Karen Decontie, joined Monica as they applied cleaner and oil to our extensive paneling -- throughout the whole house, upstairs and down.

The women maintained their high energy and smiles (even at the end of the 3rd day) as they tackled the tile in the upstairs bathroom.

Monica's son, Jeffrey, did much of the heavy lifting and also cleaned some of the sun porch cushions outdoors on the deck. We forgot to ask him why he preferred to work with bare feet!

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Scholars Exhibition at Cornell University

Jeanne Beck, Nancy Hicks and I drove back from the Tompkins-Cortland quilt show and made a stop in Ithaca.

We found the Fiber Arts & Wearable Arts Scholars Exhibit, which was in the College of Human Ecology and the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design. The exhibit is open until October 17th, and is sponsored by the Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, which provides annual scholarships to students in fiber arts and apparel design.

"Monsters Under My Red" by Nhu-Thu Nguyen
(complete with plaited snakes)

"Red Skies" by Nicole Castelli

This gown had two "front" sides, both lovely.

"Vibrato" by Laura Kung

"Re-Creation of the Rose" by Krista Speicher

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