Friday, October 2, 2015

Rugs, Runners, and News…

September went by in a busy blur.

In the studio the busy blur included producing 8 rugs,

  7 table runners
and two sets of woolly pumpkins.

The Cranbrook found a new home so the studio has been rearranged!  
I was surprisingly happy to see the loom go because it will now be used instead 
of gathering dust and taking up space.

The other good news is Oak Tree has been accepted into the 
Toe River Arts Council Juried Art show!
 Very happy about that! 
The show runs from Oct 17th to Nov. 14th.
I will post some photos of the show for you during that time.

On the home front we have gone from being in a moderate drought and then getting 9 inches of rain at our house since last Thursday night.
 I was really looking forward to the super moon and the eclipse but there was no chance of seeing it with all the cloud cover. 
We are now being affected by hurricane Joaquin bringing more rain, which could cause flooding. Seems the weather is so extreme with either feast or famine. 
Thankfully it is not making landfall!  

At least it has cooled off and some leaf color is beginning to appear in the mountains.
Welcome October!
It’s my birth month and my favorite time of year!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More Cats with Long Tails!

Seems like one set of Cat Dolls was not enough for me. 
 I made two more sets and didn't change their tails! 

I laughed when I read the comments and saw "long tails".
 Yes, it is a fine thing to have a long tail and they do help them sit up so nicely! 

I've really enjoyed and had fun making the cats. 
There is a lot of sewing in them but once 
I got my pattern worked out the clothes went a little faster. 

As much as I have enjoyed them it is back to weaving. 
Rugs will be going on the looms today. 
I am so behind and need to pick up the speed on rugs and runners. 

Happy September Everyone! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Here Kitty Kitty

 My new "Cat" dolls were fun and simple to make 
after spending so much time on Oak Tree.
They are dressed in their Autumn colors and as ready for Fall as I am! 
I may have gotten carried away on their tails and made them a little big
but they are fun. 

A big thank you to each and everyone who made a comment on the Oak Tree. 
All of your comments mean a lot to me! 
 I was not sure what the reaction to the tree would be but so far it has been very positive! 
I've turned in my application and photos 
so I should hear something from the jury by the end of September. 

And to answer Jeri's question about how I could part with the tree - 
I have sold many weavings, sculptures and dolls that I have put my heart and soul into. 
It is very hard to part with them especially since most of my work is one of a kind
 and will never happen the same way again. 
That's part of an artists life. 
You have to sell your work so you can make more. 
I have always heard it said that artist's can't afford their own work 
and have found unfortunately for that to be true. 
For me the joy is in the creating/making of things and being able to do what I love. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Oak Tree

The Oak Tree sculpture was finished a couple of weeks ago but 
I waited to show it to you after the official photographs were taken. 

Oak Tree

This has been the most labor intensive sculpture that I have made. 
It measures 12" at the oak wood base, 18" wide at the branches and 25" tall. 

Back View
 The tree is made from my hand dyed wool fabric using the Shibori technique 
I showed you last post.
 This type of dyeing gave me the perfect wood grain look. 
The base, branches and roots of the tree have been stitched 
and gathered to emphasize the wood grain patterning. 

Carolina Wren


All of the leaves have been hand stitched and 
made with my hand dyed wool fabric.
         They took the longest to stitch since each individual leaf is wire wrapped.

Owl, Mouse, Bird and Moth were all individually made and then attached to the tree. 

It was a long process with a lot of stitching but
 I am very pleased with how this idea turned out! 
The tree will be entered into a juried art show which is coming up in our area. 
I am hoping it will be accepted especially after all this work!