Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gotta See it

Perrella Gallery
On my way south through the Adirondacks last week, I stopped at the Perrella Gallery on the campus of Fulton-Montgomery Community College near Johnstown, New York. My mission was to see the new fiber art exhibit - Fiber Currents/Current Fibers - which includes the work of a few of my favorite art quilters. Well worth the trip!!!

Having a high quality fiber art exhibit in my part of the world is uncommon (although the annual Quilts Unlimited exhibit is open now at View in Old Forge). I'd like more of that, and that is what my Pink House Gallery in Saranac Lake is about.

For now, yes, I'll drive to see the work of Betty Busby, Wen Redmond, Pat Pauly, Judith Plotner, and others! You should too - so much better in person than via my cell phone photos. Nice catalog for sale too.
"Retia" by Betty Busby

"Pink Leaf 4" by Pat Pauly

"Remembering the Wind" by Wen Redmond

"Brooklyn Ensemble" by Judith Plotner

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Touring (and Playing) in the Pink House Studio

Saturday was the last of Saranac Lake ArtWorks summer Studio Tours, and it was my best ever! That's because so many visitors arrived who were so interested in the fiber art, both in my gallery and in  the studio. Several people visited me in past years at my little studio on the woods - so nice to see old friends! And what a beautiful day it was.

In the studio, I was demonstrating the process of deconstructed screen printing and I got some valuable help from several visitors. The first screen I used was made by dumping ocean rocks and periwinkle shells from the beach near Searspprt, ME onto a thick layer of blue-black dye and then letting it dry for about 24 hours. (Thanks, Janine, for showing me this technique at last weekend's workshop!) When I pulled off the rocks and shells, there were some wonderful and unique patterns on my silk screen.
Stones and shells settling in on the very thick dye.

Patterns left when stones and shells were removed from the dried dye.

Consecutive prints on fabric using plain print paste.
Series of prints, some with blue dye added to print paste.
And some yellow added at the end.