Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ART QUILT MAPS..."motivates readers to explore." says Quilting Art Magazine

Quilting Arts Magazine approached me about getting an advance copy of my new book "Art Quilt Maps". They were interested in reviewing it for the June/July issue. Much to my pleasure, I received a copy of this issue in today's mail.

Needless to say, I hope some of will read the read and perhaps get a copy of my new book! It is now available for pre-order here:

Friday, May 17, 2013

He's the C-U-R-A-T-O-R......

In Scotland, the term "curator" is used to mean the guardian of a child. I can relate to this definition, for me my work IS like my child -- sometimes so much goes into giving it life.
So here you see my dear nephew Jahfre Colbert...the curator! He was kind enough to use his curatorial skills to arrange my quilts (babies) in my studio space. He has been so helpful in getting my artwork presented in the right way in my studio/salon space.

This awesome young man has worked part-time at various galleries in the Orlando area while attending the University of Central Florida. He's going to paint the wall at the left, jet black for some extra pop to feature the black and white quilts on this wall. He has designed an ingenious method of attaching the work to the wall.... This will be the next step when he returns in a few weeks.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 1: Workshop in Rochester

Here's a little peek of what the Genesee Guild members taking my class were up to. There were 11 artists from the guild and even one from Canada. 

They made several paper collage studies one each exemplifying one of the seven principles of design. And then in the afternoon I taught them a surface design technique. Tomorrow the goal is to make seven  mini works of art.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring Experiments in Laser Cutting and 3D Printing

Wasn't able to work in my studio much this semester but I did get a chance to experiment with some new technology. This semester myself my architecture students and I got a chance to play with a 3-D printer and a laser cutter FSU's Facility for Arts Research.

On the left, you'll see some of my students' Models. On the right are some of my little experiments using the laser cutter. I made a little paper "quilt" (The white and gray piece) As well as a ring of black Paper Modules. I call it "The

I am trying to obtain a residency at the facility so I can do some experiments with fabric. I have some ideas about doing a series of lasered cut abstract maps that use a lot of layering and transparency to map the change of a place across time.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Childhood Artwork


Was at my Dad's house. My family & I were strolling down memory lane as we sorted through Dad's possessions for him, he is about to make a major life shift. Many of us will be at this type of crossroad soon enough. Nice to have us all working together with my sis Sylvia Scruggs Colbert at the helm.

Among the photos, floppy disks, music tapes and other old school treasures we came upon this little bit of artwork I did in junior high or perhaps a bit earlier. Warm memories of childhood edged forward and I was touched that dear Dad kept it all these years.

It is made up of thousands of pieces of food color dyed rice-- meticulously placed by me with a toothpick and a dab of Elmer's glue. Whoah! I mean this required a lot of patience, geez! I still like working with teeny tiny bits. SMH.....