Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Details Emerge

I think I've finished with all the details. It's my only large work for this year. As I previously posted I've been forced to work smaller due to my shoulder problems.

This one is 24" w x 60" h.

Tall and thin....hope I can wrestle with this one when it's time for quilting. It is tentatively called "Rattler Country" and depicts the FAMU campus where I teach.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Doing "the work", Despite Obstacles

Since I learned I had torn rotary cups on my shoulders, I've had to adjust how long I can work in the studio and the size of the artwork I can do.

I've been working hard, but in spurts and....focusing on the creating small zen-like map constructions (see above and below).

It has helped me to think differently about the process. As a result I've been enjoying the challenge of:

1. creating quick little compositions,
2. working in a series, and
3. creating work that has a sense of calm and simplicity.

This afternoon I spent 2 hours in the studio, right after teaching architecture studio. Quite unexpectedly I look around my space and I see the fruits of my labor.....kind of satisfying to behold (at least for me):

Friday, March 12, 2010

Upcoming Workshops

In case some of you are in the Jacksonville, Florida or San Diego, Ca Area, I will be teaching two (2) workshops:

Workshop Title: Design Fundamentals 102

Date: April 10th and 11th, 2010

Beginning with an exercise related to the seven principles of design--work instinctively with color--explore creativity through experimentation. All works are small, enabling you to develop ideas quickly and freely. You will create paper collage compositions through a series of quick "hands-on" exercises and subsequently make fabric constructions. The goal of this class is to allow you to create small spontaneous fabric collages that can become the basis for final small quilted pieces.

Where: Fiber Artists Network Jacksonville Fl.

Workshop Title: Map Haiku

Date: Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Students taking this workshop will create a simple, understated map of an imaginary place that captures the feeling of the haiku – a minimalist form of poetry.

The instructor will guide you through a series of steps that will provide opportunities to learn about design while giving you the freedom to experiment within a structured framework.

Where: Visions Art Gallery San Diego, CA.