Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Got Mica?

Got Mica ?

Stop fishing around for the right embellishment
Get  Mica

A passion for everything quilty and Fabric and  an obcession with making everything  a bit different from everyone elses has led me to playing with USArt Quest products .  A working relationship with Susan Pickering Rothamel has led to a lovely friendship and some pretty incredible little quilted wall art.  This piece started as a very simple, yet elegant  little quilt that measured  about 11 inches by 16 inches.  The fabrics were rather pale hand dyed cotton.  As always, they are completely quilted by machine and the binding has been applied when I take them to Susan and say, "OK" what are going to do to make this stand out in the crowd.

As you can see it will now stand out in a crowd,  the collage fish is made of polymer clay and sits in a bed of larger pieces of  geometric shapes of Mica,  which allows the color and the detail of the fabric and the quilting lines to show through,  making it add to the surface elements, not subtract from them.  Below that are small to medium Mica Rings which are a host for smaller Mica Flakes which add to the under water look.  All of this is held in place with Perfect Paper Adhesive, which isn't just for paper. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From my Little Corner of the World

This my little corner of the world at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild spring show,  Fiber Feast.  It both gratifying and humbling at the same time to be juried into the show and be allowed to display my work along side some well known fiber artists. 

The participants marketed weaving, knitting, bead weaving, silk dying, felted wearable art as well as home dec items.  There was a fashion I am always amazed at the talent in this group.  We are so lucky to have such a diverse art culture in Southeastern Michigan. 

Other things going on in the wonderful world of Fiber are the projects that we have been working on at USArt Quest,  www.usartquest.com   are the experiments that Susan Pickering Rothamel and I have been doing with the art products that her company produces and markets for mixed media artists.  I have been on  a personal mission to see how these products typically used with paper will work with fabric.  will they withstand the rigors of the sewing and the heat involved.  After they are produced, will they hold up to the test that they might be put through in transport  to quilt shows.  and will they give me results I am not finding in other  commonly used products for quilting.  I am loving this process,  the results and the collaborative process.  We have pulled together a little team of art quilters made up of  five artists who are very different in work style and background,  we spend a day exploring the materials and the good company.  I couldn't ask for more out of life right now.
Norm and I have been working of our  materials for our new web site,  www.slkpdesigns.com  It should be up and running within the next couple of weeks.  Jeff Rownan of Webarticulate has been working on it .  This photo is going to represent  our  byline,  Where Fabric and Glass Collide,  it will blend the art glass and little quilts that  are the bulk of work that I do.  It seems only natural to bring them together,  that way Norm and I can really share the work load and the fun.  He is such a good sport about this and I suspect that it is because he enjoys the shows and certainly doesn't like being left home alone.  He is truely the  salesman in the family,  I would be reall happy to sit back with a book or knitting needles and keep really busy,  he enjoys talking and meeting new people.  we seem to compliment one another.  .  We have two shows in May,  one is a three day event in Berrien Springs at the Lemon Creek Winery. That will be a lot of fun and we will encounter many of the people from the Michigan International Speedway Wine Festival.    Ta Ta, time to get to work