I try not to talk politics but I guess it's time to fess up. I am a liberal Democrat and am dismayed about what is happening in the Trump administration and the threat to our democratic values.
And today, it hit home.
I received an email from the State Department informing me that a piece I lent last year to decorate the offices of our Mongolian consulate (Undulations) was being returned 3 years early because the Ambassador was returning to the states.
I just returned from Mt. Dora, FL where I taught my new class Fiber Art Fun. It was only 3 hours long so I couldn't teach all my techniques but this one made everyone happy.
You don't need to buy a special attachment to make a circle of decorative stitches!
All you need is a thumbtack and some tape. Simply put the thumbtack (point up) on the left side of your needle on your machine and secure it with tape. Push the fabric onto the thumbtack and hands off! the machine will make the circle for you.
After teaching inFlorida for 3 days, I arrived home in time to take a workshop with Jette Clover. I have admired her work for many years so when she came to Golden, I enrolled as soon as I could, knowing it would be sold out.
Jette's work involves text and that has also been my passion for the last two years. She taught a myriad of techniques for putting text on fabric as well as lots of exercises about creating compositions.
Here are two cards we created using random strips torn form magazines. I especially liked the one of the right after we covered it with white paint. I scratched into the paint with the end of my paintbrush since that's what I'm doing in my studio right now.
Jette works on composition every day. I think I will start doing this too. On tags, of course!
Caught the members of the Ladies Fancywork Society participating in the Denver Crush event last week. This is an event where the city invites mural artists from all over America to come to Denver to paint our buildings -- mostly located in the RiNo Art District. These artists use spray paint as their medium so to see some fiber was fantastic!
These women have done many installations in our cite. Here's an article about them and some photos of their work. Enjoy!
I met a charming and talented young lady this week — Zena Ballas — who is working on a project called "Denver Transplants". She is documenting people who move to Denver for a variety of reasons and telling their stories through photography and text. I was honored to be the second person she photographed and I will be visiting her Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/denverplants/ often to connect with other "transplants".
She was filmed by Channel 9 News so look for more about her story soon.
One funny thing. She asked me to bring a plant to our photography session. A plant? I'm from Manhattan — the land of concrete. I work in RiNo — another land of concrete. I have no house plants. I'm a city girl. But my husband buys me a dozen roses every week (long story!) so I brought some baby breath and some leaves from my last bouquet.
I thought Zena did a terrific job with the composition and not showing all my wrinkles. A talented photographer for sure! You can visit her website at https://zenasphocus.com/
She's looking for a new job (she has many skills!) since she herself is a recent transplant so if you know of an opportunity, please contact her. We all need to network to help each other.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!