Sewing My Life Together

Slow News Week(s)

One of the challenges of having a blog is – well, obviously – maintaining it. And my emotions and motivations vary so much that, although I have good intentions, at the end of the day it’s a choice for me: write on my blog or read my current book. And most often, I choose the book.

The weekend of May 9 and 10 I was busy with my annual show for the Cambridge Arts Council. I was in a common venue with a small group of creative artists: two paper collage artists, one photographer, and one young man with autism who paints.

Artists at the Ice Cream Factory on May 10, 2015

Artists at the Ice Cream Factory on May 10, 2015

Talking with these young people was an added benefit. Since I don’t completely identify with the label “artist”, these young artists convinced me that I am. And I can own that!

This is the lovely photo taken by my talented sister,  Marian Gurry Stanton. She can make anyone look good!

This is the lovely photo taken by my talented sister, Marian Gurry Stanton. She can make anyone look good!

In my sewing and art-making, I have started in a new direction. The black and white print behind me that is full of glare? That’s a photo transferred to a vintage handkerchief, and quilted onto black and red fabrics. Here’s a photo of it without the glass.

Photo hand-transferred to a vintage handkerchief, then sewn onto a contrast of black, red and white fabrics.

Photo hand-transferred to a vintage handkerchief, then sewn onto a contrast of black, red and white fabrics.

The photo is of my younger daughter walking on local railroad tracks, another gorgeous photo taken by my very talented sister. I happened upon this technique almost by chance. More about that later.

This quilt is for the new baby, due at the end of June, but the 'big sister' took it and hid under it.

This quilt is for the new baby, due at the end of June, but the ‘big sister’ took it and hid under it.

So I spent a couple of evenings, quite relaxed, completing the new baby quilt for my niece and her wife. However, the soon-to-be big sister, Billie, grabbed it to play with. I hope she knows it’s for her sibling; she has one I made.

Sometimes I love working on a planned piece, such as the above. But in the last few days, I have been experimenting with photos-to-fabric methods. Once again, this is improvisation, since I do not have a particular piece planned. I am hoping that as I play with this, some new artful ideas will emerge.

This is a colorful photo I took in Senegal in April of 2014 that I transferred to fabric.

This is a colorful photo I took in Senegal in April of 2014 that I transferred to fabric.

And finally, another fabulous photo taken by my sister Marian Gurry Stanton (google her and see what she can do with a camera) transferred to fabric.

Micaela and Francesca on fabric.

Micaela and Francesca on fabric.

I promise to try to blog more often!

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This entry was published on June 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm. It’s filed under art, creativity, Ideas, Living life, Painted on Fabric and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Slow News Week(s)

  1. shirley on said:

    What a great update! I loved everything about it. Wish I could’ve seen your show!

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