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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekly Stitching

Are you tired of seeing squares?  Here are the last few for now.

 Weekly Square #28

 Weekly Square #29

Weekly Square #30

Weekly Square #31

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekly Stitching

For the next several posts, I will get you caught up on some of the weekly squares I have been doing.  I'm finding the weekly format a little bit harder to keep up with than a daily.  I don't have a set time for doing the weekly stitching so it often gets put off or forgotten.

 Weekly Square #22

Weekly Square #23

 Weekly Square #24

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Long Island

More pix from the trip.
 Anna and Alexandra

 Shop window in Greenport.

 Frank and Anna in Greenport.

 We went to a gem and mineral show and I thought the patterns in this were very cool.

 Near Orient Point.

 Frank and Anna in the water.

 Bob, Ben and Frank attempting to fish.

Of course, it is mandatory to walk down to the Magic Fountain and get ice cream.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Long Island

We just got back from a trip to Long Island, NY to visit with family (Ross side).  For years we have been visiting Uncle Bob and the house in Mattituck.  The house was purchased by my husband's grandparents in 1945.

It is so nice to be right on Peconic Bay to enjoy swimming, sailing, kayaking and this year, paddle boarding (we rented a board).  At one point, the entire Ross clan was there.

One of the first things we did was put Frank to work on a new set of stairs down to the beach. (It was his idea.)  The old ones had been washed away from the hurricane a few years ago.  It also makes hauling kayaks and sailboats up and down much easier.

My favorite thing to do there is kayak in the morning.  So we got the kayak out and put Frank to work on fixing the broken seat.  (I think the kayak only comes out when we are there. Same with the sailboat that Frank and I managed to get out of the garage and down to the beach.)  He removed the entire seat, so for a day or two I had to paddle sitting with crossed legs on the bottom of the kayak.

Anna and her cousin, Alexandra, floating on a calm day.

More pictures in the next post.