Monday, May 25, 2009
I signed up for the Vintage Photo group for Postmark'd Art, a group that exchanges fabric postcards. I finished the 8 for the exchange and made an extra for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. It feels good to have something done that isn't due until September. I am a great procrastinator. I'll do things that need to be done, just not what I should be doing. Anyway, the photo is of my adopted grandmother, Rachel, (2nd on the left) dancing on the lawn with her friends in 1919 in Canton, Ohio. I titled the piece "If I Only Knew" because I didn't know about this part of her life until after she died. To me she was an extremely sweet and caring old woman who taught children piano. I wonder what people will think about me when I am gone.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have always loved silk especially dupioni. When I had the opportunity to visit Osh in Kyrgyzstan, I did not know that I would have the chance to purchase silk made in the area during Soviet times. Winding the open air market with Kimi, my Kyrgyz guide, in her four inch heels, we came upon the stall full of silk. Not all of it was from Soviet times and I was asked to feel the different silks to see if I could determine the difference. It was not hard. The weight and feel of the Soviet silk was unmistakable. I was also shown the tags on the silk bearing the ax and sickle. I also purchased one piece of Soviet cotton/silk blend. I pass around the silk samples that I have collected in my travels. Someday I hope to find a project worthy of its use.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Off the beaten path and certainly a world treasure is the
During the Vienna Congress in 1815, it was decided that sericulture centers would be established in
The actual building was built between 1887 and 1893 by Polish architect Alexander Shinkevick who was living in
The silk museum's technical library houses more than 4,000 unique books in 26 languages concerning sericulture and other natural sciences including rare Chinese drawings on rice paper detailing silk production and processing.
This Museum is truly a unique part of the cultural heritage of
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I teach a mask workshop and decided it was time for a new sample. Sewing on the cowrie shells was a challenge but I really like the way they look. I've had the feathers for years so it was good to finally use them. Now all I need is for someone to book a workshop!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I love making masks. When I was in Kyrgyzstan, I learned about the female Buddha from one of the women I spent time with discussing her country. Kyrgyzstan is now a Muslin country but there was time when Buddhism was practiced. Anyway, I wanted to try my hand at making a female Buddha. It allowed me to do hand applique which I love and a little bead embellishing which I also love. She hangs in my studio reminding me of my time in Kyrgyzstan. My friend Carolyn even made me address labels with her image and she always gets a nice compliment. Enjoy! Karen
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I love how things evolve. Martha brought in leaf skeletons and said that she didn't know why she bought them much less what to do with them. I told her that I had used the leaves to make wings on one of my Spirit dolls. I've always loved making dolls. Anyway, I brought in the doll pictured here. She hangs on the wall of my office. She was a big hit with the women and since I had been trying to think of something that we could do as a project for Women of Juarez that was not so gloomy, this was perfect. I love how it all came together. After we finish the first round of quilts, we will be making Women of Juarez Spirit dolls. How cool is that? Karen
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here is Socorro being filmed by Dante Mozie for Medill News Service at the Northwestern. Only Martha and Socorro showed up for the filming. I think the rest are camera shy. I found out the piece will be about 2 minutes long. It's part of an arts/culture project called "Immigration in Chicago." There are 11 people doing these with different topics with sports being another one.
I went first to provide the background of the project. The only question that caused me to pause when I was asked why two members of the class did not make immigration quilts (you can see them in this photo). I basically told him that I had no desire to be the "police." That I viewed my job as a facilitator of creativity and expression. It will be interesting to see what happens with this. We can only trust that Dante will do a good job. Karen