Tag: art

Human/ Nature opens at Smalltown Gallery Friday, July 31st

detail - coat of many smiles

Smalltown Gallery invites you to join us for an Opening Reception on Friday, July 31, from 5 to 9 pm.  The Show, titled Human/ Nature will exhibit new works by:
Robin Mangum Ceramic Artist
Woodie Anderson. Print and Graphic Artist
Tammy Sawyer. Fiber Artist
Tory Casey Narrative Artist

Serving wines from Carolina Heritage Winery and McRitchie Winery. Come down off the Mountain or up from the Piedmont and join us in the Foothills at Smalltown Gallery in support of Friends, Community and The Arts!

Smalltown Gallery
227 W. Main St. Elkin NC


Being – Between The Blast And Now

between the blast and now - detail

Ever work on something so intensely and for such an extended amount of time that it BECAME YOU or – maybe – YOU became IT? Thats kinda how I feel about this quilt. I know that sounds dramatic, but, Whew! I have been working on or dreaming about this thing for months.

Today we hung it in the gallery and I got my first really good look at what the WHOLE thing is from far enough away to really see it. I felt a little like an astronaut in orbit. This thing is big enough it probably HAS an orbit.

Anyway, here are some photos of my latest creation, “Between the Blast and Now”, scroll down to the end for one of me with a “What hath I wrought?” look on my face. I’m feeling a little proud and a little disoriented, but mostly happy to have  managed to wrestle this baby up on the wall (thanks Doug and Dave!). Please don’t fall off the wall, tonight, little quilt. Be good to your mamma. The people will come to see you tomorrow, and then you and I are gonna curl up with a good book.

drawings on fabric - 1st layer before printing
From this reclaimed bed sheet and muslin curtain...
quilt - folded
To this 128" x 93" quilt covered in words, images, dreams and (if I'm honest) a little cat hair...

Continue reading “Being – Between The Blast And Now”

heading toward the finish – sneak peek at more collaboration

companion panels
detail of companion panel for "Graffiti Under Bridge"

Working like mad to pull everything together in time for my exhibit at SEED Gallery (opening THIS Friday – ACK! – Opening is 7-10pm during gallery hop – stop by!). Spent the last few days wrapped up finishing touches on my new art quilt. Hand-stiching 12 feet of binding around the edges hurt, but I’m pretty happy with the end result of this mammoth project (over 10.5 feet wide and almost 8 feet tall !!). Now I just hope I hope I can figure out a way to hang it. Continue reading “heading toward the finish – sneak peek at more collaboration”

Clotheslines in the living room – Work In Progress

detail - art quilt
A detail from the quilt - "Between the Blast and Now" in progress.

In some of these details, you can see a hint of the primordial creatures who haunt or frolic the dreamscape –  inspired in part by sea creatures in this hoax email. This piece is also an exploration of innate dreams and TimeStretching. Below are some more pix of the quilt, in progress.

Cloth in the sink after 2nd dye bath
detail - art quilt
Clotheslines in the living room mean "the art" is happening. Also, Clotheslines in the Living Room would be a great song title for my debut country record: Drunk and Uninvited.

Continue reading “Clotheslines in the living room – Work In Progress”

Timestretching – collaborative “layer tennis”

Things have been pretty busy, here. I’m sure you can say the same. Summer seems to stack things up on us. It starts out innocently enough. But before you know it you’re knee-deep in RSVP’s, neck-deep in quick-turn projects and fighting off monster zucchini. And don’t even get me started on the pile of pro bono work I was putting off for the “slow season”. But, before we know it, we’ll be complaining about the frost nipping our noses, so I guess we better just take a long sip of iced tea and enjoy it while we can. Ah! That’s better. Yay for multi-tasking. Here’s a quick update as I sip:

timestretching - collaborative project

Among other things, I’ve been working on my SEED Collective show in September at SEED Gallery in Winston-Salem. This year there are no solo shows in the collective, we all agreed on partner shows in order to accommodate higher membership, allow for community shows and projects and – hopefully – encourage member interaction and growth.

So, for 2011 I’m partnered with photographer Dave Urena. For the past month or more we’ve been working on several collaborative projects around our chosen theme, “TimeStretching: Dreamscapes and Visions”, which will be the title for our show. (Sometime soon I’ll have a bit of time to explain how we arrived at that concept. It was a slow, perhaps interesting, perhaps painful, melding and migration of several ideas.) I think it is serving as a great jumping-off point for exploration and I’m looking forward to seeing how the show and our different approaches come together in the exhibit.

One of our collaborative pieces involves an idea stolen from Coudal Partners: Layer Tennis. Continue reading “Timestretching – collaborative “layer tennis””

Mood board in progress

Mood Board
I did some more printing this weekend. Recently, I’ve been  inspired by  these nuclear bomb testing images I came across at The Atlantic. The image title In the Upstairs Bedroom of House Number Two grabbed me. It’s mysterious and specific at the same time. Somehow very poetic. I’m adding it to my list of inspirations for the show coming up in September at SEED Gallery. Continue reading “Mood board in progress”