21 December 2013

What’s on your wall? Susan Tilsley Manley, Westville, Nova Scotia

Susan says: 

"Here is a photo of my design wall. It is growing thicker as I get more rust pieces printed. It is nearly time to begin assembling the parts. I am beginning to dream in brown.”

17 December 2013

Current Work - Lois Bowden, Port Williams, Nova Scotia

Living in the country, Lois is always inspired by the light across the day and tries to capture the moment it has highlighted. She likes layering with fabric textures and different fibers to bring around that flash of emotion or awareness. Lois had started with a more representational approach, but finds she is increasingly drawn to a more abstract view. 

As well as printing her photographs on fabric and using them in her work, Lois also uses her own sunprinted and hand dyed fabric pieces. Here she shows us a selection which she reports have been really fun to create and often totally unpredictable in their results.

09 December 2013

Current Work - Anna Davison, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Anna has created this beautiful, colorful quilt for her grand-daughter, three year old Ofa whom she says is, 'such a princess!’

Lucky Ofa!!

05 December 2013

What’s on your wall? Karen Miller, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

This is a piece Karen recently completed, as yet unnamed, but of Luna Moths. Although this piece is complete on its own, her intent is to create two more similar pieces.

02 December 2013

Current Work - Grace Butland, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Last Leaves
Fall days find me picking up leaves, bringing them home and pressing them between sheets of wax paper to preserve the colour and postpone their inevitable disintegration. Some of the shapes eventually make their way into art quilts, as in these photos.
Last Leaves is an older piece made of pieced, hand painted black silk noil; the birch in the forefront is white silk noil with machine stitching; the appliqued leaves are cotton.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different methods of painting fabrics with acrylics and have now amassed a number of small pieces (about 12 in. x 12 in.) created with no particular purpose in mind. I am now working on a series of small quilts using some of these fabrics. While walking a new route one day, I realized I was stepping on gingko leaves and had to pick up a few to add to my collection and thus the small piece, Gingko, was born. The base in a muslin painted with acrylics; the prominent appliqued leaves are cotton, the less prominent ones polyester organza. The piece is machine stitched with a bit of hand beading added.

Gingko detail