Nov 6, 2010

Domestic Observances: A success!

Domestic Bliss? Oil, and Mixed Media
Brittany Steigert and I had a wonderful time at our opening.  Thank your for the many friends and family members who have come out the show.   The art community has been very positive about our show.  We have even had 2 reviews! 
One from the always kind but truthful  Tom Wachunas: ArtWatch Blog 
The other from Judi Krew: SnarkyArt Blog   it wasn't even too Snarky :) 

I really enjoyed the fact that our pieces work together so well.  Many times it is more interesting for the viewers to see 2 different styles of cohesive artwork, then a whole room of similar art.

I have had MANY people tell me how much they love, and wished they could have bought  the only painting I had in the show(it sold in the 1st hour of the opening).  I haven't created a painted in 4 years.  Now, however, I am thinking that maybe I need to create more paintings.   I am thinking that I could create a very interesting 1 person show with paintings and framed quilts.  

I am itching to get back in my studio.  But, I have started the arduous but exciting process of applying for my MFA.  I am not allowing my self to enter shows or create art until I have finished.  This will force me too get my applications finished.   

I am floating on a cloud of home made apple sauce and excitement for starting my MFA!

Oct 22, 2010

Domestic Observances: Experiencing the Everyday Sacred

I am involved in a 2 person show that is both ART QUILT and oil painting.  If you are in the Canton area please stop in!

Domestic Observances: Experiencing the Everyday Sacred. 
with Liz DeBellis & Brittany Steigert 

Working in a variety of media ranging from fibers to oils to ceramics, 
these talented artists will reflect on notions of femininity and domesticity, capturing the magic 
and wonder in the mundane that a woman's intuition can help accentuate.

Anderson Creative
331 Cleveland Ave.
Canton, OH
Gallery hours 
& 1st Friday's 

Jul 30, 2010

I never claimed to be normal

In the words of Ted "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K"  

I am glad my neighbors are used to me because if you drive past my house today you would see some out of the ordinary things.  

A picture frame laying on the drive way, 

An assortment of drying plastic containers, 
and an old mans smoking jacket.  

Also, I am boiling fabric.... 

This is more annoying then I had anticipated, I wish there was an easier way to get the wax out of batik. O, my fabric is done boiling, back to quilting for now.    

Jul 27, 2010

Batik and Dye party!

This is the time of the summer when I start to run out of fabric.  As a teacher I have my summers off, so I  choose to spend my summer creating tons of new work for all of my shows in the fall.  
For the first time ever I was brave enough to do batik on my own in my studio.  I loved it! 
I just need to get a Tjanting tool now.  

I also did some more basic dying.   Which didn't go as well as I would have liked.  I have all of my dye books and journals in storage, which I didn't think would be a problem. I dye fabric all the time on a need basis, so I figured I would just be able to remember what I was doing.  I though I would try to do a fabric parfait which is harder to do then I remembered.  Basically I didn't do something right because I ended up with 5 pieces of orangey-red fabric, non of which is particularly cool.   O well they will be a great base for BATIK!

Jul 12, 2010

A July day in Brikelfern studio

I am having so much fun working in my studio right now.  I have been silk screening, painting, dying, and sewing like a crazy woman.  Every surface, including the ground, is covered in quilts that are at various stages of being done.  

Don't tell anyone but I have even been skipping social engagements so that I can work in my studio.   When I have have a creative hurricane like this I need to roll with it as long as I can. 

My hands might be the dyed same color of black as these strips of fabric... 

If you need to find me, you will know where to look!

Jun 23, 2010

Artists Business Software

I have been thinking about the fact that I don't have my artwork saved in any sort of data base.  I have no idea what shows I have entered certain pieces in (don't tell anyone), and every time I enter a piece into a show I have to remeasure it because I don't have that information saved anywhere.

Then in the most recent Art Calender there was an article about things that all artist should have saved on hand and one of those things was to have a working list of artwork, where it is, where it has been, and shows you have entered it in.  

So,  I decided that it was time.  I didn't want to just make a spread sheet because I wanted to have a picture that I could see of each piece with each list.   I spent a few days searching for programs, reading blog posts, asking around, and even posting questions on Facebook.  I didn't want to spend too much on a program so I picked Flick! .  

It is not hard use and it has a pretty interface.   It has some quirky things but I only played $29.95 for it.  My only real complaint is that I cannot list what shows a piece has been entered into on the same page as all of the other information.    

It makes great lists and I think that I does everything that I needed it too.  I am very happy with this program.  

The only problem now is that I have too go through 5 years of artwork and put it all in the database.  That is going to be torture!  

Jun 20, 2010

I'm going to try it again

Ok, so I have not been posting much.  I am going to try it again.  I participated in an awesome webinar about blogging given by Melanie Testa earlier this week.   So, to catch up I will just give you a photo montage of a few of the things that I should have been posting about.      

This photo was taken in an amazing fabric shop is the strip district in Pittsburgh.  

Mar 3, 2010

Alum Chapel & I cannot sew

Ok so this purse is only sorta done.  
I have to add an address to the front something romantic or funny.  

I am really excited about this idea.  I think it is super cute.  
The only problem is that in my rush to finish I put the liner in upside down.  So....

That is right I cannot open it because the bottom of the pocket is the top.  

I also did Alumni chapel today for the Art Department at Malone University.  I really enjoyed hanging out with my professors.  I was very honored by the things that they said about me.  AND Brittany Steigert and I are going pursue a show together somewhere, it is going to be AMAZING!   get ready world! 

Feb 27, 2010


Ok, I normally am all about the snow.  I like to play in it, it is very pretty and I don't even mind shoveling.  However this is enough!  


I want to go outside and run but cannot for fear of twisting my ankle again, it is still not better from the last time.  YUCK YUCK YUCK

Ok, rant about snow over.  I should have invested in cross country skies this winter but now i'm sure it is too late to get much use of them before the thaw starts.  Does anyone out their want to sell me your slightly used cross country skies?!  Speacking of the thaw I really am excited about the summer.  I cannot wait to feel the sun on my shoulders while I sit outside and sip my morning coffee.  

In other news I guess I will be starting a new quilt today.  I was hoping to start my new line of clutches but just shipped my fabric.  I am very excited about the new clutches, here is a sneak peak:

I have been listening to Chris Garneau: Hands on the Radio
Mellow just like I feel with all of this snow

Feb 15, 2010

Creative Cabin Fever

I have realized recently that my blog would be more interesting to read if I were a better writer.  O well I have been greatly gifted in other ways.

I have been crazy creative lately.  I have been very effectively channeling my cabin fever to quilting.  I have finished a large quilt, it might be my largest quilt I have ever created.  I'm not sure of the name yet, however it is not going to be what my mom wants me to name it "Growing Friendship."  YUCK! She must have seen those words carved into a wooden plaque that was painted red and hanging on a wall next to rooster paintings and a cooper tin shaped like a pig.    

This quilt is also the first quilt that I have quilted with heavy machine quilting.  I have traditionally been a hand quilter.  Machine quilting creates a whole host of problems that I did not account for like puckering, and pushing.  I decided to try my had at it while I was talking to my new friend Luke Haynes.  He said that some quilting gets so complicated that only other quilters can appreciate it.  I thought about it and he was totally right.   There is a place for hand quilting but machine quilting is WAY faster.  I like hand quilting better but I think I will work on perfecting machine quilting because of the difference in time.

On a different note I recently decided that I hate my purse and that I needed to make a new one.  I didn't want to make this bag out of canvas or upholstery fabric because they don't break in well.   So I decided to "upcycle" an old leather bag from the thrift store.  I should have taken a before picture because the change has been very dramatic.  This purse had a panel of leather on the front with embossed tropical leaf shapes, it had a short shoulder strap, and there was no flap on it.  I like this bag better.   I am very happy with the way it turned out.   However, I don't think that my machine was made to push through leather.  My stitch lengths are now all crazy on regular fabric, and I just got a tune up 6 months ago.  Blurg.

I have been listening to Vampire Weekend none stop. 
Oxford Comma :This video is crazy: one continual shot  
Warning some cussing so little cousins don't watch! 

Jan 16, 2010

Baby Blanket for Elijah

I am trying to update my blog on a semi-regular basis this year.  I think that if I update more it will help me to work more often.  I cannot make studio updates about not doing anything.

I started the background painting on my next art quilt.  I have every flat surface in my studio covered in painted fabric (my studio is very small and doesn't have tons of space).  I am fairly excited about this quilt.  There is tons of process involved in the surface design which I LOVE!  It will probably take me about 2 weeks of diligent work to get the surface just right.  I am a little worried though because this quilt is a new color scheme for me, maroon and a deep purply-blue.  I am having trouble keeping my colors within the right range.  I am very good with brown and teals: however, life is not just about those two colors.

Also today I started my first, of many, baby blankets.  I am moving from the going to weddings stage of my life to the baby shower stage.  I am making with a fleece quilt top, backing it with a really soft chenille and edging it with that silk blanket edging.  It is going to be the softest baby blanket ever! I'm concerned that it is going to be hard to quilt because that chenille is tricky stuff.  It might not be an art quilt, but it is a quilt and that is good enough for right now.

If you are looking for something to listen too today I would recommend Grizzly Bear   While You Wait for the Others The music video is WEIRD but the song is amazing.

Jan 13, 2010

Spoon Flower & January is Going well

 I am excited because I just my paper doll  fabric in the mail today.  I ordered it from .    I uploaded the image and then they printed it in full color (I know it is black and white but it is the same price for full color)  I use this image all of the time as a background for my fabric, now I don’t have to make it myself.  

    It was relatively inexpensive $11 for a flat quarter.   I am very happy with the detail of the images and It came 7 days after  I ordered it!  That is amazing!   
    Not only have I discovered spoon flower but I am also working on a new quilt.  It is one of the biggest quilts I have ever constructed it will be roughly  37” W x 58”H  This is going to be hard because I don’t have any tables that are that big... I guess I will be basting it on the floor of the kitchen. Which works for now.  
    January is looking great!  I have already signed up for one half-marathon, I have been silkscreening like a crazy person, I have artwork in 4 galleries this month & I got this really great sticker for my mac!  This year is going to be even more successful then Last year!  

Jan 10, 2010

I did it!

With all of the advice of my friends, and SAQA member I have now started a separate blog page. It is not yet connected to my website, but that will come in the next week or so.
Thanks for the advice everyone.