Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stamping on Fabric

Last week I spent another fun day with friends at Studio B in Weiser stamping on fabric.  You may not know that I have tons of stamps.  In a past life, I actually had my own mail order rubber-stamp business which I created all the designs for.  Most of those stamps are too detailed for fabric stamping.  Although some of the original carvings I did for those are big enough.  But I did not want to use any of those.

Here are Linda, Thea and Kathleen in Linda's Studio B (Sue was there, too).  I am very grateful that Linda lets us all come and play in her wonderful studio.  

We had out lots of stuff to play with.  The red fabric at the bottom of the picture is a piece of fabric I stamped with a stamp I had made with Fun Foam. We used fabric paint applied to the stamp with a sponge.

Above is a scarf that Linda had printed with carved blocks.  Nine blocks were carved and glued to a plexiglass mount, then printed repeatedly along the scarf.   I like how the simple line designs become so effective.

Below is another simple line design that was repeated.  I need to carve one of these for myself.

Linda had carved and printed this ginkgo leaf design.  The paper mask is there to show how she made them look like they overlap each other.

Here is another piece of fabric I stamped with that little roll you see at the top.  It is the plastic center of a register tape.  Linda had all kinds of fun household items to stamp with.

I stamped a few more fabrics which I will save for another post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weaving Soul Threads at Track 13

Last week was the opening for a new art exhibition at Track 13 Gallery in Nampa.  I went to the Preview Night for Lisa Cheney's Weaving Soul Threads: The Art of Visual Journeying.  

Lisa works with mixed media and creates layers of texture, details and meaning into her work.  She has incredible visual journals that document her personal journey and stories.

In the gallery, there are several original artworks, such as this one, entitled Release.

Lisa Cheney

There are also reproductions of pages from her journals.  At the preview, Lisa had employed the help of several guys, her "book keepers,"  who were holding her journals (with white gloves) for people to look through them.

Lisa Cheney (on the left) with friend and one of the "book keepers."

I was fortunate enough to have already seen some of her journals when we were both artist-in-residence at the BOSCO space downtown earlier in the year.

The remaining artwork in the show was inspired by Lisa's trip to Paris and Southern France earlier this year.  She kept a journal of her travels and collected ephemera while on the trip.  Upon returning home, she created original "Postcards from Paris" and several encaustic paintings.  Large reproductions of her journal pages from the trip are also on display.

Lisa Cheney
Village Doors I, II, III, IV

 Lisa Cheney
Postcards from Paris
mixed media

I like the creative hanging method for the postcards, since they were two sided.  The glass would spin around so you could see both sides.  I also like the shadows they created on the wall.

 Lisa Cheney
Postcard from Paris
mixed media

Lisa Cheney
Café au Lait
enlargement of journal page

Lisa Cheney
Marais Circuit and Metro
enlargements of journal pages

The exhibition will be up at Track 13 through Oct. 5.  Lisa will give an artist's talk on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Track 13 is located at 13 12th Ave. South, Nampa, Idaho.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


This is a photo of Weekly Square #27, which I did a while ago and have already shown you.

After I had done this one, I was looking through a book on Piet Mondrian and found his Composition 10 in Black and White.

They look very similar, albeit in reverse coloration.

In my square, I was trying to do random running stitches and just letting them cross wherever they happen to fall (it is actually very hard, for me, to do random, irregular stitching).  I'm sure Mondrian was a little more deliberate with his lines.

I find it interesting when you sometimes create an artwork and then later, since we have so much more access to the world via the internet, you find another artist who has created something very similar.

Or the other thing, which I find a little more frustrating, is when you have an idea (but haven't brought it to fruition yet) and then you see somewhere that somebody else has already done something very similar.  Then, I feel like I can't use that idea because someone might think I'm copying the other person, even though the thought had come before seeing the other piece.  That rarely happens, but still. . . . 

It probably happens more than we know/realize that two (or more) people have the same idea in different places around the world, at different times. I guess that's why we have a patent office in the US.

What do you think?  Has this happened to you?  Do you think this happens a lot or just rarely?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Stitching

The last weekly square I posted here was number #31.  I have a few to show you to catch up.

 Weekly Square #32

 Weekly Square #33

 Weekly Square #34

Weekly Square #35

I really do not like #34, for some reason.  I might have to go back and do some more stitching on it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


In an earlier post, I shared some photos of when we did some discharging of fabric at my friend's studio.  I have used some of the black discharged fabric to create a small artwork.

hand dyed and discharged fabrics, machine pieced, free-motion stitching
14-3/4" x 12"
©2014 Lisa Flowers Ross

Here is a detail of the free-motion stitching.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holding Back In Vein

It's that time of year.  The Quilt National deadline is drawing near.  Sept. 12th to be exact.  I have read on a few blogs that some people are trying to finish up their entries for this most well-known international, juried art quilt exhibition that comes around every other year.

Like others, I planned to enter some pieces this year.  But I have now changed my mind to work on some other things/events instead.  I did make a piece at the beginning of the year, back in January, that I was considering to be an entry.  But I have not posted it here.  Why?  Because the Quilt National committee has very strict rules about publication of a work before being juried into their exhibition.  Here are the rules:

Disqualifications include
"any work that will have appeared prior to May, 2015 in an American fiber arts exhibition that draws artists and/or visitors from more than 100 miles from its venue;

any work that will have appeared prior to May 2015 in an American publication that has national or international distribution; this restriction includes SAQA publications;

any work that has appeared, after September 2012, on an internet site other than the artist’s own site. Facebook pages are NOT considered an artist’s website. Images appearing on Facebook will be disqualified." 

The last rule states that it is o.k. to post to your own site.  However, I heard a story that one year someone had only posted an image to her own site, but that someone else had copied the image and posted it somewhere else and was, thus, disqualified because of that.  So, most people wanting to enter don't usually post anything but maybe a small detail in progress.

This is all so they have fresh, new artwork for the exhibition that has not been overly seen before, which is understandable, yet taken to an extreme, I feel.

Since I have decided not to enter this year, I can now safely share with you (unless I wanted to enter it in the next one in two years) my In Vein pieces.

I started out making one big piece.  But after having it all together and looking at it.  I decided it really needed to be two pieces.  I ripped seams and reconfigured and now I have In Vein I and In Vein II.

In Vein I
hand-dyed fabrics, machine pieced & appliquéd, machine stitching
60-3/4" x 17"
©2014 Lisa Flowers Ross

In Vein II
hand-dyed fabrics, machine pieced & appliquéd, machine stitching
64-1/4" x 35-1/2"
©2014 Lisa Flowers Ross

I think the shape of the first piece is interesting and might like to work with it again, but it would not be in this series.  I do see these pieces as the start of another series, but am not sure when I will work on it again.

Good luck to all those you are entering Quilt National this year.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Leftovers V Original Prints -The End (for Now)

This is the last of the bunch for this year.

 Mary Donato (my friend)
Tango, 2014
Boise, ID

Corvallis, OR

Rose Davies
Pakistan Petroglyph, 2014
Wales, UK

Rose came to Idaho to teach Manière Noir drawing and Monotype workshop at Wingtip Press.  That is how I know her.

And that's all folks.  I hope you enjoyed the show.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Leftovers V Original Prints

Just a few more prints to go.  Do you have a favorite?

Rainforest Migrant
etching with aquatint
Vancouver Island, Canada

Maria Moses
Memory of Summer


This one has lots of great details.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Leftovers V Original Prints

I hope you are not getting tired by all these hand-pulled original prints.  They really inspire me to want to make more prints.

 Abney Wallace
Bobcat, Bear, Bee & He, 2014
Bend, OR

A Visitor, 2014
etching and aquatint

I have another print from Kyoko from a previous year. 

Suzanne Esposito
Leftover Shoes, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Leftovers V Prints

Continuing on with the print parade.
Pretty Please
Langley, B.C., Canada

 Dianne M. Ellis
Bluebird for Happiness, 2014
solvent transfer and jewel
Melbourne, Australia

Port Vendres - Thinking of MacKintosh 15, 2014
digital print
New Zealand

Monday, August 18, 2014

Leftovers V

More Leftover prints. Halfway done!

 Karen Weinman
Shadow Play

Now that I am 117, I think I might step outside, 2014
Small Turtle
solar print
Bend, OR

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Leftovers V

You might start noticing a trend with these Leftovers.  I really like black and white (and gray) prints.

Time & Tides, 2014
solar plate print
Norwich, CT

Winter Ravens, 2014
Boise, ID

photo polymer etching
United Kingdom

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Leftovers V

Looking at all my Leftover prints really makes me want to do some printmaking.

 Susan Opfar
Water Vessel
reduction woodblock
Lafayette, CO

letterpress on inkjet background
Bloomfield, NY

Gifts of the Spirit, 2014
solar etching with chine collé
Soquel, CA

When I first saw this last print, it had a piece of glassine on the top of it.  So it wasn't until I got it home that I noticed the red star-like shape wasn't printed but was stitched instead.  That made me happy.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Leftovers V

It's time for some Leftovers.  I am going to post the Leftovers I received from the exchange hosted by Wingtip Press.  I will show you a few a day because there is a lot to take in.

I did two sets of prints for the exchange so that I could get 24 prints back in return.  (You can see my prints here and here.)

I've put where the artist is from at the bottom of the information so you can see where every print came from.  Now, let the show begin! (Remember these are all less than 5" x 7".)

Doorway, 2012
North Port, FL

Mystery #13, 2014
Boise, Idaho

NC Trees, 2013
North Carolina

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Leftovers V

Earlier in the year, I showed you some linocut prints I had made for the Leftovers V exchange hosted by Wingtip Press.  This past weekend several of us helped pack up all the prints to send out to the recipients.  Each participant received 12 prints.

It's always fun to help out and be able to see all the prints that came in.  There were prints from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Germany, as well as from various states in the U.S.

Here is Cassandra and Amy (the organizer of the exchange) stuffing envelopes.

Susan and Terry help with the prints.

I'm not sure what the total number of participants was but I know it was over 100.  Since I submitted two sets of prints, I got 24 prints back in return.  As soon I get them scanned, I will post here the prints I got.  I am very excited about them.