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Quilts on the Wall – Hanging the Show

On Thursday afternoon the 3 members of the Quilts on the Wall, Helen, Catherine and I arrived at the S. Walter Stewart Public Library to hang our art quilts. Helping us was Ann – hanger extraordinaire!

We laid out our pieces and chose our location in the Auditorium. This room has a large window into the children`s department and is open to everyone during regular library hours.

This is the first time ever that Catherine has had any of her quilts on display! It was exciting to see our pieces go up on the wall.

Despite our diverse designs, techniques and style, the show looks great.

In all we created 20 new pieces of art based on the theme: Connections. Glimpses of some of the pieces are shown. But, you will have to come to the S. Walter Stewart Public Library during the month of June in order to see all of the pieces.

Hope to see you at the reception.

 

Verona Tessile 2017 – Part 1

The International Textile Art Contest

Early in the new year I began working on a new piece for the International Textile Art Contest, held in Verona, Italy. My piece, The Fever was accepted into this juried show. When I was notified of my acceptance, I decided to attend Verona Tessile 2017.

Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy

Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy

Verona Tessile is organized by the Ad Maiora Association, in collaboration with the Verona Municipality to promote textiles as an art form. This year, the theme of the International Textile Art Contest was: Love, the red thread that unites. Thirty-four works were accepted into the show, one of which was my piece: The Fever.

Entrance to the International Textile Art Contest in the Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy

Entrance to the International Textile Art Contest in the Palazzo dei Mutilati Verona, Italy

The international exhibit was held at the Palazzo dei Mutilati in the historic centre of Verona, steps from the Verona Arena a Roman amphitheatre. Eight other exhibitions were held around Verona, highlighting quilts and textile arts. More photos on these will come later!

THE FEVER

The Fever at the Palazzo dei Mutilati, Verona Italy

The Fever at the Palazzo dei Mutilati, Verona Italy

The Fever in progress

The Fever in progress

Last year I made Spiral, a small quilt for the Crossing Borders Art Group. I knew I wanted to try the same technique to make a larger work. The Verona Tessile International exhibit provided the perfect opportunity. I began with a selection of fabrics in black to grey, burgundy to pink in hand dyed and commercial cottons, linens, and silk and pieced a large log cabin block.

The Fever laying out the spiral

The Fever laying out the spiral

Once the log cabin top was completed, I drew a spiral freehand, coming out of the centre square. With my hand dyed cotton, I made a narrow bias strip which was pinned and pressed into the spiral shape I had drawn.

The Fever cutting spiral

The Fever cutting spiral

Next was the scariest step – cutting the spiral!

The Fever inserting bias

The Fever inserting bias

The bias strip was carefully stitched from the centre square out. I love how inserting the bias strip caused the log cabin to twist around, distorting the block. The central portion was layered with wool batting over cotton quilt batting and machine quilted in a spiral.

The Fever detail

The Fever detail

In submitting my piece into the Verona Tessile show, I need to write a description of the techniques, materials and motivation behind the work. This is the what I wrote:

In my piece, The Fever, the bright red thread of love emerges from the central square of a log cabin block. Traditionally this center square was made out of red cloth representing the heart and hearth of the home. In The Fever, the central square contains both reds and black because love can be pure and selfless or false and egotistical. The block was constructed with strips of fabric ranging from pale pink to deep burgundy and from gray to black. As the red bias spirals through the log cabin quit, it cuts through the dark shadows and the bright sunshine, just as love changes and evolves. This piece continues my exploration of the symbolic log cabin block to make a piece that is modern and contemporary. The Fever is machine pieced with hand dyed fabrics, commercial cottons, silk, and linen. It is machine quilted with a walking foot in a spiral pattern through three layers of batting in the central portion of the quilt.

The Fever by Doris Lovadina-Lee

The Fever by Doris Lovadina-Lee

It was exciting to be able to attend the Verona Tessile show in person. So many talented quilters created beautiful pieces with the theme: Love, the red thread that unites. The next post, I will highlight some of these spectacular quilts.

 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is the triptych that completes the series that I began 2015. Chrysalis Awakening was the first in this series and was created  for the “It’s Time for Colour Show.”  Quilters who had participated in the National Juried Show in 2015 were asked if they were interested in creating an art piece to be donated to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Metamorphosis triptych

Metamorphosis triptych

I knew I wanted to complete the series, it was finally completed and I entered the triptych into the National Juried show in 2016. It was accepted into the Art – Naturescapes, Pictorial Wall Quilts.

Metamorphosis triptych - caterpiller

Metamorphosis triptych – Caterpillar

Metamorphosis triptych - Egg

Metamorphosis triptych – egg

Metamorphosis triptych - butterfly

Metamorphosis triptych – Butterfly

This was a fun project to work on and it was interesting to see the visitors’ reactions when they noticed the hidden surprises!

Cosmos quilt

I have fallen in love with dyeing fabric! Each time I dye fabrics I am amazed at the results. Each piece of hand dyed fabric is unique. This beautiful mandala was snow dyed along with a few other pieces of cotton and I wanted to use this piece without cutting into it.

Cosmos fabric selection 2

Cosmos fabric selection 2

I auditioned a variety of hand dyed fabrics for the outside edges. I decided to quilt as you go, keeping the borders separate from the mandala.

Cosmos fabric selection 1

Cosmos fabric selection 1

The mandala was machine quilted in a spiral with a walking foot, once I got close to the edge, I stopped, added the borders and continued with the spiral.

Cosmos detail stitching

Cosmos detail stitching

I also quilted the corner block in a small spiral, echoing the larger mandala.

Cosmos detail corner

Cosmos detail corner

snow dyed fabric

snow dyed fabric

This is one of the snow dyed shibori fabrics that was dyed at the same time as the mandala, so the colours worked well together. I cut into this piece to make the corner block.

Cosmos

Cosmos
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
45 x 50 inches
Hand dyed fabric, thread
$1,200.00

Atmosphere – Indigo dyed quilt

Earlier last year, I dyed some cotton fabric in indigo. The texture and the colour changed from pale blue to a deep indigo. I really liked the design of this piece and I wanted to keep it intact as much as possible. My inspiration to use this indigo fabric was a modern painting I saw in a decorating magazine. The artwork had three large bands of colour running horizontally with the colours blending together.

I pulled a deep indigo piece of fabric and a pure white cotton pique to use with the ombre. I took many photos while deciding on the proportions of the white pique. Some of the photos were taken in the evening as I was working to create this piece for a deadline.

My first attempts had the darker indigo on top. I tried many positions, folding, pinning and moving the white pique until I was certain of the final size.

During this process, I tried rotating the fabric so that the darkest indigo was on top, bottom and either side. Initially, I thought that having the piece run from dark at the top to light on the bottom worked the best.
You can see that I finally decided to orient the fabric so that the lightest colour is on top, moving down toward the darker.

Atmosphere
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
49 x 42 inches
hand dyed indigo, commercial fabric, thread
$1,200.00

I am happy with Atmosphere. It reminds me of water. For some, it reminds them of snow falling. What does it remind you of?

Crossing Borders Art Quilters Show 2017 – The Hungerford

Our online art quilters’ group finally met in person for our Crossing Borders show this past weekend. Only one of our group, Marjolein Burbank from The Netherlands was unable to make the trip.

Jeanne Simpson curated our show and did a fantastic job displaying our work in her space: Studio 350.

Marcia DeCamp, Anne Anderson, Anne McAllister, Helen Garland, Doris Lovadina-Lee, Clare Clovis, Jeanne Simpson

Marcia DeCamp, Anne Anderson, Anne McAllister, Helen Garland, Doris Lovadina-Lee, Clare Clovis, Jeanne Simpson

Here we are before the studio was opened for First Friday, a monthly arts event held at various venues in Rochester, NY.

Entrance to Jeanne Simpson's studio at The Hungerford

Entrance to Jeanne Simpson’s studio at The Hungerford

The door to Studio 350 and a glimpse into the show.

Each artist had their six art quilts arranged together along with one larger art piece.

Anne Anderson:

Anne Anderson: Crossing Borders (top) and Crumbling Support (bottom)

Anne Anderson: Crossing Borders (top) and Crumbling Support (bottom)

Helen Garland:

Helen Garland: Beautiful Chaos, Crossing Borders (Top row); Roots, Reflections (Middle row); Crumbling Support, Life Cycle (Bottom row) and The Brook Marsh

Helen Garland: Beautiful Chaos, Crossing Borders (Top row); Roots, Reflections (Middle row); Crumbling Support, Life Cycle (Bottom row) and The Brook Marsh

Jeanne Simpson:

Jeanne Simpson: Urban Scrawl, Beautiful Chaos, Reflection (Top row, left to right), Life Cycle, Roots (Bottom row)

Jeanne Simpson: Urban Scrawl, Beautiful Chaos, Reflection (Top row, left to right), Life Cycle, Roots (Bottom row)

Marjolein Burbank:

Marjolein Burbank: Reflections, Crossing Borders (Top row); Life Cycle, Beautiful Chaos (Middle row); Crumbling support (Bottom row), Roots (on pedestal) and The Dress

Marjolein Burbank: Reflections, Crossing Borders (Top row); Life Cycle, Beautiful Chaos (Middle row); Crumbling support (Bottom row), Roots (on pedestal) and The Dress

Doris Lovadina-Lee:

Doris Lovadina-Lee: Venetian Lagoon, Chaotic (Top row); X-Cross, Spiral (Middle row) Foundation, Portal (Bottom row) and Atmosphere

Doris Lovadina-Lee: Venetian Lagoon, Chaotic (Top row); X-Cross, Spiral (Middle row) Foundation, Portal Bottom row) and Atmosphere

Clare Clovis:

Clare Clovis: Waiting for Birth, Drought and Other Things in My Garden (Top row); Learning How, The Me I See In You (Middle row); Apple Crumble, Tea and Elephants (Bottom row)

Clare Clovis: Waiting for Birth, Drought and Other Things in My Garden (Top row); Learning How, The Me I See In You (Middle row); Apple Crumble, Tea and Elephants (Bottom row)

Clare Clovis's Inner Sanctum

Clare Clovis’s Inner Sanctum

Marcia DeCamp:

Marcia DeCamp: Life Cycles, Border Fences, Raining Chaos (top row, left to right) Crumbling Support, Reflections at the Lake, Layers of Roots (Bottom row)

Marcia DeCamp: Life Cycles, Border Fences, Raining Chaos (top row, left to right) Crumbling Support, Reflections at the Lake, Layers of Roots (Bottom row)

Anne McAllister:

Anne McAllister: Life Cycle, A Window on My World (Top row); Crumbling Support, Crossing Borders (Middle row); Beautiful Chaos, 43A (Bottom row)

Guests enjoying a glass of champagne while perusing the show.

I look forward to our next show in 2018!

Crossing Borders art quilts

Each one of the members of the Crossing Borders Art Quilters suggested themes. Once the theme was chosen, we had two months to complete our quilts. I gave myself additional parameters, along with the guidelines that the group agreed upon. I chose to work improvisationally,  with hand dyed fabrics, and to interpret the theme using a log cabin construction technique.

The 2016 Challenges:

  1. Crossing Borders
  2. Reflections
  3. Roots
  4. Beautiful Chaos
  5. Life cycle
  6. Crumbling Support

For those that are not able to attend our show April 7-8, 2017 at The Hungerford, I am displaying my art pieces below. Each photograph is followed by an explanation of my thoughts on interpreting the theme. Each member of the group has their artwork available for sale.

Crossing Borders: X-Cross

X-Cross

X-Cross
©2016 Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
cotton, linen, silk, thread
$125.00

Crossing borders brought to mind traditional quilts that often had an outer border to complete the quilt. I wanted to use borders in a less traditional way, so improvisationally pieced strips using cotton, linen and hand dyed fabrics in shades of black with the occasional gray and deep purple. I then crossed through the borders in a fuchsia hand dyed fabric creating a large cross. The quilt is hand quilted.

Reflections: Venetian Lagoon

Venetian Lagoon

Venetian Lagoon
©2016 Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
hand dyed cotton, thread
$125.00

With this piece, I wanted to continue using the log cabin construction. My inspiration was the idea of something reflected in water. The fabrics are all hand dyed. It is machine pieced and quilted. I am also editing the design to its most minimal in order to get the idea across – al la Gwen Marston! I used two photographs I took in Venice for the inspiration. I’ve used the colours of the water, the awnings, and the gondolas. The red represents the mooring poles that are often red and white, like our barbershop poles.

Roots: Foundation

Foundation

Foundation
©2016 Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
hand dyed cotton, thread
$125.00

I usually begin by looking up our theme in the dictionary and thesaurus. Lineage, heritage, base, footing, foundation, source, and infrastructure are some of the words that popped out at me. I wanted to continue working with a log cabin block, so I chose two of my hand dyed fabrics and constructed logs. Each log has a thin strip on either side of it in the opposite colour, referencing live edge wood. I constructed the piece improvisationally without rulers. It is a bit bigger than twelve inches and I have kept the organic edges, so it is not square. I machine quilted in the narrow strips, leaving the logs to puff up.

Beautiful Chaos: Chaotic

Chaotic
Chaotic
©2016 Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
hand dyed cotton, thread
$125.00

Discovered that Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Castor Chronicle series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. That information didn’t help! I looked further at Chaos theory: the behavior of dynamic systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions so that long-term outcomes are impossible to predict. With this in mind I chose this hand dyed fabric that changed in colour and texture from red with a little yellow to the opposite. Instead of starting off with a square in the centre, I started with 2 central points in a hexagon shape. Building the logs around these two central hexagons resulted in a random shaped block. The logs ranged in size, length and intensity of colour. I am happy with the outcome although I was hoping to integrate the two sides a bit more, introducing the fabric with more yellow into the side with more of the red fabric. This is something that I will continue to explore in other pieces.

Life Cycle: Spiral

Spiral
Spiral
©2016 Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
hand dyed cotton, thread
$125.00

I thought this might be an easy theme to interpret, but I was wrong. I am happy with the overall look of the quilt.. I first created a traditional log cabin block using hand dyed fabrics. I then drew a spiral and cut into the log cabin to insert a very thin black bias strip. This totally distorted the block and I left the outside edges as they were instead of squaring up the top. I would like to try creating this idea in a larger piece, I think it might be easier to insert the strip.

Crumbling Support: Portal

Portals

Portals
©2016 Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
hand dyed cotton, thread
$125.00
Portals is the second piece I’ve made using the courthouse steps block. I was influenced by the uncertainty during the American election process, the various court proceedings that have been in the news, and the instability of the economy. It seems that many of the foundations of our country are being challenged, cracks are showing in the very foundations that should be solid and strong.
I’ve used mostly hand dyed fabrics, linen and some commercial cottons to construct a courthouse step block. I’ve inserted thin strips on two sides and the central square to show the cracks in the fabric of our institutions.

April Art at the Hungerford

Crossing Borders Show at The Hungerford, Rochester New York Crossing Borders Show at The Hungerford, Rochester New York

The city of Rochester, NY hosts: First Friday, a monthly event, where area artists and small art galleries showcase their works. It’s a citywide event that promotes a “healthy art scene and a healthy city through regular exchange between venues, artists and patrons”.  Jeanne Simpson has arranged for the Crossing Borders Art Quilters to be a part of First Fridays and Second Saturdays on April 7 and 8, 2017. The Hungerford is a historic building on Main Street in Rochester New York, the home of over 100 studios. The Open Studio Event invites the public to visit about 35 of these studio each month.

Hope to see some of you!

Slow stitching – book and sample

I’ve been spending a little time doing some hand work. I was inspired to go back to a project I started 2 years ago after reading: Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley-Smith.

Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Slow Stitch: mindful and contemplative textile art. London: Batsford, c2015.

Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Slow Stitch: mindful and contemplative textile art. London: Batsford, c2015.

This book is beautifully illustrated with projects by Claire Wellesley-Smith, a textile artist working in Yorkshire, England. She blogs about her work at: http://www.clairewellesleysmith.co.uk/blog/

Running stitch with perle cotton on wool

Running stitch with perle cotton on wool

Slow Stitch discusses how the Slow Movement, originally the Slow Food Movement started by Carlo Petrini in Italy, relates to textiles. Examples of Claire’s work and those of :

are included in this beautifully photographed book. There is a lot of inspiration and also a few ideas for starting your own slow stitching projects.

Slow stitch art quilt

Slow stitch art quilt

The piece I am working on shown above started with an embroidery I began when I was a member of the Canadian  Embroiderers’ Guild Guelph. I made a few small pieces incorporating all the fun techniques we were taught. But, the samples languished in a cupboard until my mother suggested that I incorporate them into my quilting.

This embroidered and beaded quilt really is a slow project! I see that I blogged about this project first in December 2014 and then in 2015!

Island Sands

Island Sands

The piece I am currently working is a companion piece to Island Sands which was completed a few years ago.

Island Sands detail

Island Sands detail

I especially like the texture created on the silk noile – ripples left behind in the sand when the tide goes out.

Slow stitch supplies

Slow stitch supplies

I’ve collected up the threads, fabrics, and beads I may use and placed them all together in a plastic box. Hopefully this will keep me organized and on track to finally finish this very slow but satisfying stitching.

Fineline Series – Sight

Sight is part of my Fineline Series of textile paintings. In this series, I have been exploring abstract minimal design.

Each piece is refined to capture the essence of my idea.

Thin strips of fabric are inserted in various configurations to create linear designs.

Machine quilting adds a layer of texture.

The simplicity of the art piece belies the amount of work that goes into the design itself. As in a good recipe, the fewer the ingredients, the more important each one becomes to the successful outcome of the dish.

Sight
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
16 x 20 inches
cotton, linen, silk, thread, on painted canvas
$125.00

Quilts on the Wall Exhibition, June 2017 – sneak peak!

Quilts On The Wall is an art quilting group that my friends: Helen Garland, Catherine Clarke and I formed. We will be exhibiting our textile art in a month long exhibition this June 2017.

I created a small postcard using the technique and style I am developing for this exhibit. Small squares of fuchsia hand dyed fabric is fused and stitched onto a mottled gray cotton. The finished piece is 4″ x 6″, the dimensions of a regular postcard.

 The next two pieces are slightly larger and are still in progress. Machine and hand quilting have yet to be added. These three pieces are the beginnings of a series of work using a fused mosaic technique.

Each one of us is busy creating new art to display at the S. Walter Stewart Branch of the Toronto Public Library. More information about the exhibit, including more photographs of works in progress will be forthcoming. I hope that you will be able to join us in June when the exhibit opens!