Thursday, November 22, 2007

RAFA Exhibit Opens at ACC Gallery

Eighteen members of RAFA (Rochester Area Fiber Artists) are participating in our first group exhibition, which is on display at Rochester's Arts and Cultural Center Gallery until January 2, 2008. The exhibition kicked off with a reception on Friday evening, November 16th. Over 150 people attended the opening; the atmosphere was charged with excitement and the space showcased the diverse works beautifully. Janet Root created the gorgeous centerpiece in this conference room that adjoins the gallery space where we served wine and hors d'ouvres.

For many members, it was the first time they had seen their pieces hung in a gallery space. Pat Pauly oversaw the installation of the work and the results were beautiful.

The richly colored textiles, diverse styles and sizes blended together wonderfully and garnered an extremely positive response from the people attending.

This gives you a fairly good view of the overall gallery space and shows Marcia DeCamp on the right, Barb Seils, center, and my back. We're already making arrangements for a future exhibition at the Arts & Cultural Center.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Returning to Work: "Translations"

In mid-summer I committed to participating in a fund-raising project for Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) called "MAGnificent Inspirations: The Art Quilt". The gallery invited area quilt artists to select a work from the MAG's permanent collection and interpret it in a small fiber piece. The small works will be displayed and offered for sale during the "Wild by Design: Innovation and Artistry in America Quilts" exhibit January 20- March 18, 2008.

"Wild by Design" will feature 25 quilts selected from the University of Nebraska International Quilt Study Center's collection. To quote the MAG website, “these quilts explore the once-radical proposition that some 19th-century American women were 'painting with fabric.' Ranging in date from about 1825 to 1999, the quilts were made by artists both known and unknown, all of whom share an essential quality: the desire to push the boundaries of their medium in their own time.” Go to for more information.

After touring the gallery this summer, I selected "Calligraphies", an Isamu Noguchi sculpture that echoes my own interest in language symbols as design imagery. Here is an image:

I finally tackled my interpretation of this piece in a small work last week and finished it yesterday. What most intrigued me when I started to interpret Noguchi's sculpture were the shadows that the forms cast on the wall behind them, so I based "Translations" on these.

"Translations", 22" x22", 2007, $525, for sale during Wild by Design exhibition at MAG.

To create "Translations" I rusted habotai silk, then drew and selected a calligraphic shape based on the original Noguchi. I silkscreened text over cut paper resists, applied the positive calligraphic shapes from dyed silk sheers and habotai and secured them with stitching. The quilting lines echo the calligraphic shapes in the negative space.

After the deaths of my family, being able to return to creating new work has been profoundly affirming. I will be posting regularly again and sharing new pieces. Thank you to all for the caring support you have offered me during these past two months.