Recently I had lunch with some very creative women and we exchanged handmade gifts. I wanted to do something for them that was unique, I had not seen and had not made before. After giving it some thought, I decided to come up with these stylized leaves. And I personalized them for the recipients. Starting at the bottom, Rosiland always puts a flower in her quilts, so I gave her a flower. Next, counter clockwise the orange and gold was for Jereena who is from India. Then Barb hand dyes a lot of fabric so hers was made with a batik with the look of one of Barb's hand dyed fabrics. Then there is Billie, and she is new to our group. And lastly (but not least) is Carole, a fabulous quilter and all who know her know she has a very distictive look using her signature colors so the one I made for her was in celebration of that.
Thank you to all my Creative Friends. I look forward to a new year of creating together. Sharing laughter, sharing techniques, encouragement and love with my sisters of the cloth!
I'm excited to announce that I have been accepted as an artist in the gift shop at Bay Arts in Bay Village, Ohio, near Cleveland. It is a beautiful complex that includes an Art Gallery, restaurant, and Gift Shop and is in a lovely area. I will have the Journey Guides for sale in the gift shop. I hope you will look up Bay Arts if you are in the Cleveland area.
The Gallery space hosts regular events and is an open and inviting space. You will feel when you walk on the campus that you are entering someplace special. It is a delightful and fun space to walk around in. In the summer there are concerts and farmer's markets to enjoy. They feature many art classes.
I couldn't be more thrilled to have my work in the Gift Shop at Bay Arts. Please go to their website to learn more about this wonderful art space: www.bayarts.net
The Connecting Threads show put on by the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists art quilting and fiber art group that I belong to has come to a close. The show at the Women's Art Barn in Mariemont, OH was a huge hit! It was very well attended and 8 art quilters sold work in the show! That is always a thrill when someone else loves your vision enough to take your work home to enjoy every day! The hanging committee put the show together in a thoughtful way that caused my eyes to flow from piece to piece until I had seen the entire show! That takes a considerable amount of talent in itself! Here is my coiled piece, Desert Sun on a stand in the show, part of the flow!
These little faces make me smile! I hope they do that for you, too. Each one is unique, hand drawn and designed to bring a giggle. I delivered new Journey Guides to Under the Stars in Batavia, Ohio, last week. You can find the address on this page.
It is time to replenish my supply, so I have been busy sewing and cutting out new Journey Guides and now stuffing the bodies, drawing the faces and deciding what "hair" they will get! Along with all of that, I decided to re-design the tags that hang with each Journey Guide describing the characteristic that I assign to them. Some are called Grace, or Skye, Nurturing, Joy or Fierceness. As we travel through life, sometimes we find we want to work toward something. Maybe we need to be more fierce in defending ourselves or even those we love. These Guides are meant to be a reminder, and a reflection of what we already have within us. We just need to bring it out and fine tune it! Who will you choose to travel …