Tuesday, April 20, 2010

BEADWORK magazine

I am thrilled to have 4 of my ribbons listed as Editor's Picks again in BEADS 2010 for Beadwork Magazine (Interweave Press). They have chosen Doily in blue, Suzani Flower, Morning Glory in pink, and Primrose in violet. Interweave is a wonderful press full of interesting textile related magazines and books. Thanks, Interweave!

Monday, April 19, 2010

tractor time again in New Harmony

Every so often -- and I am unaware of the schedule -- we have a glorious parade north on Main street, turning the corner on Church, and going back out to IN 69 again, of the Keck-Gonnerman antique tractors that folks around here love to show off. Saturday was one of those days when we all stepped out of the Church Street Coffee House, attracted by the flashing of Scottie's police lights at the intersection, and were able to watch the entire parade snaking toward us. I particularly love the cart full of kids with the sign -- reminiscent of the fire trucks full of kids in my small hometown's annual July 4th parade.

I always love seeing these quiet old farm machines -- they PURR -- but I also get a thrill when new farm machines come through town (frequently) as they are more like brontosaurouses with their deafening roars, and story-high towers on axles that seem to span the width of the entire street. The contrast with our pretty & prim Victorian facades downtown is priceless.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

greening up

It is funny to post irregularly and go from snow to green in this short physical space! I have entered Spoonflower's contest again, with my design Everything for the Garden. This was originally designed when I was learning jacquard design at Philadelphia U's Artist Jacquard Project (coordinated by Bhakti Ziek)in the mid-90s.
My kids were tiny and I incorporated their drawings into the design -- William at the age of 9 was an expert at drawing skeletons, and Rose at 4 made me a many-legged centipede (or caterpillar?). This design was woven in a 2-weft damask weave wit ha wonderful yellow space-dyed thread as ground, on top of basic black & white.

I took the original design drawing and revised it for print for the Spoonflower contest. Not bad!

If you like it please vote for it by scrolling through all the entries and clicking on mine. Thanks!