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Not quilting, something else.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of writing, writing, writing (it’s that secret project thing I can’t talk about … argh!) It’s going well, but not being able to share leaves much to be desired for blog subject matter.

S0, I’ve also been knitting, and at least I can talk about that. I knit mostly in the evenings, in front of the TV. I also knit with my wonderful group of knitting friends, all of whom happen to live in my building. We use the community room to meet  three evenings a week (yes, we really like each other), usually getting together for a couple of hours before our husbands come home and stop by to pick us up on their way home from the train. It’s fun to meet and not have to worry about going out in bad weather, and last night, one of the members even brought along a bottle of wine and some glasses to celebrate a special accomplishment at her workplace. It was fun, but we didn’t get very much knitting done! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of intelligent and interesting women to spend time with on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Having them here makes me never want to move out of this building, even though I really do miss having a garden. The building has lovely grounds which right now are featuring gorgeous flowering trees, hyacinths, tulips and daffodils . . . but still, it’s a lot different from having your own garden.

I don’t want to put up any photos of my knitting, since this blog is really about my fabric art. But, if you are a knitter, and you are a member of ravelry (over one million strong!) please stop by my projects page to see what I’m working on. My name on ravelry is elizquilt. While you’re there, shout out and say hello, and by all means, friend me!  If you don’t know about ravelry, and you are a knitter, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. What are you waiting for?  Join up, it’s great fun!

Doodling

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I’ve always been a doodler. All the way back in my high school days, I used to doodle while the teacher was lecturing (though I might have been better off if I’d taken notes instead). I’d fill page after page of my notebooks with doodles. Most of them featured spirals, which I loved even back then.  I especially loved doodling during music appreciation class. I remember my doodles becoming very loose and flowing when listening to classical music. That’s still true today. But, when the music becomes something like modern jazz, the doodles  become very different. They take on a short, staccato feeling. Actually, I don’t really listen to modern jazz at all. My musical taste runs much more towards rock and roll than it does towards jazz!

I’ve always found that my creativity is greatly influenced by music, and I try to make that work for me in my studio as often as possible by listening to music that makes me feel good.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the doodles I’ve been creating lately. I tend to spend time doodling in the morning. It helps me to judge what kind of day it’s going to be. Am a feeling creative? Do I need more coffee? These are questions that often can be answered by the quality (or sometimes the quantity) of my doodling. Most of my doodles end up very detailed, like this one . . .

All of my doodles start out simple, like this one:

But then, over time, I add to the blank spaces in each one, and they become more detailed. Some days I like to create new doodles, and other days I’ll spend a half-hour or so filling in a doodle that’s already drawn. This next doodle is a half-completed one, where I’ve only filled in the background so far:

This one, which is completely filled in until there is almost no space at all, is finished.

I think that my doodling looks a lot like my quilting. Notice the feathers? I like feathers, almost as much as I like spirals.

As for my quilting, well, I am doing some of that. In fact, you can see a tiny little piece of what I’m working on in the background of the two photos above. Unfortunately, I can’t show you more. It’s got to stay a secret for the time being.  So . . . . Ssshhhhhh . . .

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my doodling journal. I’ll post again soon with some more snippets of creativity when I am able!

More photos

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

My friend Benedicte has sent me some of the photos she took at the Chandler exhibition, so I will share them with you! The first is an interior shot of the gallery. You can see a smidgen of my piece, Venetian Lace #2, on the wall at the far right of the photo.

And this second photo is of the window from the outside. The lighting is so wonderful that everything just glows.

This is another interior shot, taken with a wider angle. It shows my piece on the far left, then just around the corner, to the right are Benedicte’s two beautiful “unit” pieces, and then a gorgeous piece by Terry Jarrard-Dimond.

This final photo is of Venetian Lace #1. I am just thrilled with how beautifully my work was displayed at this exhibition.

Thank you, Benedicte, for the lovely photos!

ART QUILTS XV: NEEDLEPLAY

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I’m thrilled that two of my pieces were accepted into ART QUILTS XV: NEEDLEPLAY.   The two pieces, Venetian Lace #1 and Venetian Lace #2 will be part of the exhibit at the Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery. Ninety-five works were chosen from artists in the United States and Canada, and some of those artists are friends, which makes the good news even nicer — it’s great to be able to share the joy!

Curated by Diane Howell, this annual art quilt exhibition began as a local quilt show and has grown to include world-wide entries with contemporary approaches to quilt making.  The exhibit will run from November 5, 2010 to January 15, 2011.  A complete list of artists whose work was juried into the exhibit is here.

My pattern is on QNN TV!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

A pattern that I designed for the book Skinny Quilts And Table Runners II (edited by Eleanor Levie) has been featured on QUILT OUT LOUD. The pattern is the “FLOWING LINES” table runner.

I really don’t know much about QUILT OUT LOUD except that it’s a a show on QNN TV, which is a paid-subscriber internet TV channel featuring Jodie Davis and Mark Lipinski.  Here’s an image of Jodie and a guest  (his name is Rob, “the sewing commando” – but I don’t know anything else about him!) working on their version the table runner.

Segment Four: Gold Rush Table Runner

. . . see what the sewing project is for the day. And it’s a beauty!

Flowing Lines by Elizabeth Rosenberg is from Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II. Rob and Jodie demonstrate cutting and sewing the free form curves of this easy, fun, and oh-so pretty table topper. The original is made of gorgeous silk. Jodie chose batiks for her edition of the project, to give you a different look.

I have contacted the show to see if they can tell me more about how and why they chose to feature my pattern. I’ve also asked them if I can post excerpts from the show here on my blog. I’ll be sure to write about it here when I hear back from them!

In the meantime, here is the link if you’d like to see the site. If you are already a subscriber to QNN TV, you can watch the segment by clicking here. And if you’ve watched the segment, please write to me and tell me about it!

Reflecting on a review.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Recently, a review of a show by one of my favorite people and favorite artists, Nancy Crow, has been a hot topic of discussion on two of the mailing lists that I read regularly. I’ve found both the review and the discussion to be quite thought provoking. The review, by Cate McQuaid, which ran in the Boston Globe, can be found here.

On those mailing lists, (which I read faithfully but in which I never participate) much ado has been made about the use of the word “quilt” in describing our art. I have always avoided the word “quilt” when describing what I do, especially when I’m trying to explain my art to someone in the fine art world. Say the word “quilt” and images of grandma in a rocking chair are sure to pop up. I’d rather just avoid that. Instead, I have used “textile artist” to describe myself. It’s easier to go from there to an explanation about how my pieces are grounded in the tradition of quilt making but travel a different route, not meant for the bed but instead for the wall. Or something like that, anyway. <grin>

It occurs to me that I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to my art. I like to use fabric and thread in my pieces, and nothing else. Occasionally I will use paint or colored pencils if I feel that the fabric I’ve chosen is not working exactly the way that I had in mind. But for the most part, I am not comfortable using “stuff”. My personal definition of “stuff” is: that which makes lots of art quilts look as if they were made by a “second-grade girl.” (Calm down, those are not my words, that’s what the reviewer said!)  I truly hope not to offend anyone who likes to use those “quilt-art” type of materials. It is simply my intent to say what I feel, which is a very personal thing!  I have avoided using “stuff” in my own work, except for a bit of experimentation with friends. A lot of it is really fun to play with, but I’m not so sure that the end result is really “art”.

I will continue using fabric and thread to make my art, and I will continue to use the three layers, (fabric, batting and fabric) paying tribute to the quilt making tradition. I like the softness and shadows that are created when the thread compresses the fabric and batting — I think that it’s beautiful, and it’s completely different from the look that is achieved by any other type of art, be it sewn, drawn or painted.

Just my opinion.