Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fly Away with a Book



The Southeastern Minnesota Libraries invite artists to submit one piece of artwork that depicts books or libraries for a traveling art show in libraries called Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries, EASEL.   I was honored to be part of that show with a piece called Library Paradise as it traveled for 2012-2013.  I've had a love affair with libraries and books since I was a girl.  Just going in to find a new book or research a project is a wonderful thing to me.

The submission date for the 12" x 12" artwork was last week and I submitted "Fly Away with a Book."  It is a fiber art quilt with layers of fabric and hand writing and stitching about books.
Here's a peek into the process of creating the piece through photographs.

I began with some drawings and fabric selection.  Then I started to lay the fabric pieces on the 12" x 12" format.  





 Pinning all the fabric bits to ready for stitching.





Hand stitching the letters.










Maybe you'll see Fly Away with a Book in a library near you.  See you at the library!








Saturday, October 19, 2013

Exploring the Wilderness of the Body with Gabrielle Roth





"There's a billion miles of wilderness between the head and the feet of any given person. That's why I dance.... to explore the wilderness."

 

Gabrielle Roth "Embodiment"








Sunday, October 13, 2013

Boat Houses on the Mississippi




Notice the sky in these pictures.  Can you figure out the time of year?  Just curious if you're noticing the changes in the sky as the seasons change.  These pictures are of the Mississippi River in mid-August about two months ago.  The sky still had the summer blue--not the crisp blue of autumn yet.   The sky changes as the season's change.  The clearness of the air with less humidity and more cool air creates amazing clear cerulean skies in the autumn.



Bob, my husband, and I put the kayaks in at Prairie Island Beach to travel to the back side of the island to see the Boat Houses and beyond.  It was a still day and we were getting more confident about traveling for a short while on the main channel of the Mississippi.








Each Boat House is unique and beautiful.  Some very utilitarian for fishing and others very decorative for year round living.



















The reflections in the water are fascinating.  Golds and reds shimmer on the water.









Life's perspective changes when one is on the water.   Looking through eyes with fascination.









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