Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Boundless" - Mounted Fiber Art Exhibit

As promised in my previous post, I revisited the beautiful Cerritos Library in Cerritos, California, and captured photographs of the Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists exhibit of  quilted fiber art mounted on 18" x 36" canvases.   I cannot say enough how honored I am to be a member of this group of highly gifted artists.  Not only are they artists extraordinaire but they are all genuinely simpatico in every way.
Poster Made by the Cerritos Library
 My Work in the Exhibit
"Royal Guardian"
"Contemplation"
Other Beyond the Edge Fiber Artist 
Members' Exhibited Works
Members jo p. griffith and Cynthia Catlin Viewing the Exhibit
"Frayed #1" by Mia Bloom
"Inner Space" by Cynthia Catlin
"Resilience" by Cynthia Catlin
"Good Night Molly Upton" by jo p. griffith
"Revealed" by Linda Anderson
"A Leafy Down Under" by Mary Beth Kile
"Pelican on Pier" by Eileen Wintemute

"Waterlily" by Laura Bisagna
"Road to Infinity" by Madeleine Bajracharya

"Antica" by Deborah Stanley
"Frayed #2" by Mia Bloom

"Meander" by Madeleine Bajracharya
This exhibit runs for the entirety of August and September, so if you are in the area, do stop by the Cerritos Library.
 
 Thanks for visiting. 
and...
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2015.  All rights reserved

Friday, August 14, 2015

"Shaped by Fiber" and "Boundless" Exhibits

One Sunday, August 2nd, the group "Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists" installed a large exhibit at the magnificent Cerritos Library.  The installation of our art work will be on exhibit for the entire months of August and September, 2015.  If you happen to be in the Cerritos area, I hope you will stop in to visit the exhibit which features not only our 18" x 36" quilted art that is mounted on stretched canvases but also has an array of members' 3D and other fiber art works that fill the main lobby and History Room.  The library is located at:
Cerritos Library
18025 Bloomfield Avenue
Cerritos, CA  90703
One our members, Laura Bisagna, and her super talented videographer husband, Luke, created a great video that features the exhibit with a voiceover of the installation.  You can view this visual treat it at:

Below are a few photographs of the "Boundless" exhibit that were taken and shared by another member, Cynthia Catlin.  I will be visiting the library again soon and hope to take more photos of each mounted quilt in this installation and will share those in a future posting.
"Boundless Exhibit"




 "Shaped by Fiber" Exhibit
Set-up exuberance shared by ( L to R) Mary Beth Kile, Eileen Wintemute, Cynthia Catlin and the library curator

Glorious fiber art vessels by Cynthia Catlin
Me sharing a little joy over Cynthia Catlin's, Mary Beth Kiles's and my 3-D works
A closer view of 3-D fiber art works byCynthia Catlin, Mary Beth Kile and me
3D fiber art works by Cynthia Catlin and Madeleine Bajracharya
More 3D and mounted fiber art works by Cynthia Catlin, Mary Beth Kile and me.
Breathtaking, large art quilt by Laura Bisagna
Stunning art quilt banner by Mia Bloom
Various 3D and quilted arts by Cynthia Catlin and me
Various 3D and other fiber art works by Laura Bisagna and me
Quilted art by Eileen Wintemute
More quilted art by Eileen Wintemute
3D, sculptural and quilted arts by Cynthia Catlin  (quilted art on top shelf) and me
Hanging and mounted art quilts by Cynthia Catlin (top) and me (bottom)
Art Quilts by Laura Bisagna (top), Teresa Shippy (lower center) and art dolls by me
Art quilts and quilted, flat carryall by Laura Bisagna
Fiber art post cards by various Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists
Thanks for visiting.  Stop by again next week to see photographs of the individual 18" x 36" mounted works
and...
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2015.  All rights reserved

Monday, August 10, 2015

"Eye of the Artist" - Beyond the Edge

Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists, a group.in which I am a member, has just installed two tremendous exhibits, the first of which is titled, "Eye of the Artist" and can be seen at::
100 Civic Center Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
949-830-7100
August 1 - 30, 2015
A description of the exhibit is:
"An artistic eye is unique to each individual artist.  The subject matter is created from the artist's life experiences, their artistic style, and how they see the world.  the fiber art in this exhibition shows the diversity of each artist, as seen through each artist's eye."

Four of My Works in the Exhibit
Below are close-ups of each of these works.
"Undersea Rhapsody"
"Girl of the Northern Lights"
"Ceremony and Pleasure"
"Dancing Iris"
Tomorrow I will post a second exhibit that was installed at the magnificent Cerritos Library.  It's been a great past couple of weeks.  Working with such talented and genuine people in Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists has been pure joy.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2015.  All rights reserved

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Birth of a Royal Guardian - Peacock Art (continuation)

I find myself incredulous that my post of yesterday was cut off.  When I looked at it today, the final part was gone.  Drats!  Let's see if I can't re-create it now.  Yesterday's post seems to have ended with sewing the peacock's crown.  Here we go with a continuation...

After the crown was sewn onto the backing, the body and tail of the peacock were pinned to the backing and then machine appliqued to the backing, starting with the head and stopping where the tail hangs off the canvas.


Machine Appliqueing the Body to the Backing.
After the machine appliqueing was complete, I randomly added claw shapes made from glass beads across the background and finished the work by adding heat sensitive rhinestones, also in a random manner.
Beaded Claw Shapes and Heat Set Rhinestones
Once the work was complete, I wrapped the quilt around the stretched canvas, stapled it to the wooden stretcher bars, glued black mat board to the back and finished it with D-rings and wire for hanging.

Waalaa, the work was complete and ready to hang on a wall.
Ruminations on Why I Chose to Use a Peacock to Express the "Boundless" Theme

The occurrence of multicolored iridescence in nature has always captivated my interest and stimulated my imagination.  To me, the male peacock is the king of radiant iridescence. After studying this bird extensively, I clearly understand why in Japanese culture the peacock was historically considered a guard to the royal palace.  To me, it is, indeed a “Royal Guardian”.

Exhibit Information
"Royal Guardian" will be on exhibit at the Cerritos Library for the months of August and September, 2015, along with other quilted and mounted art works by members of Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists.  If you happen to be in the area, I hope you will stop by the library to visit the exhibit.  The address of the library is: 
18025 Bloomfield Ave
Cerritos, CA 90703
Thanks for visiting and...
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2015.  All rights reserved
 

A New Series is Born

While experimenting with the use of household items as printing tools, two panels emerged, one that used the lid of a spray can and the other that used kitchen hand utensils and folded cardboard. These were intended only as audition pieces; however, after they lay a couple of weeks on the work table, the concept of pulling the panels together with a figure emerged, and that was the beginning a new series with a signature silhouetted figure and circles. Now my sketchbook runneth over with new ideas.

Flying Free

Flying Free
A New Series Begins

Wonder

Wonder
And There Was Light

Recognition

Recognition
Eden - 15"x24" -
Machine appliquéd photo transfer figures of Adam and Even atop a field of multicolored strips with a raised and glossy epoxy serpent binding the figures. Net overlay with outline quilting around stamped boarder motif. (15”x24”)

Alluvial Shadows

Alluvial Shadows

Alluvial Shadows


Appliquéd freeforms suggest fluid, shadowy overlays. Heavily beaded and embellished with coiled wire connecting levels. Batik fringing with beads.
(21 ½”x25”)

Celestial Order

Celestial Order

Couched yarns and threads meld with a felt star lit night sky to sing to the wonder of the firmament. (9”x13” excluding fringe)

Cherry Jubilee

Cherry Jubilee

Cherry Jubilee

Traditional needle turned appliquéd cherry tree branch highlighted with embroidery and beads atop a free motion quilted and triple bordered background. (12”x13” excluding frame)

Seaside Idyll

Seaside Idyll

Seaside Idyll

(In Blum Private Collection)
Heavily quilted, original fabric painting atop hand dyed background depicts two elegant women meeting upon the shore with fanciful pets that are fashioned after classic carousel figures. The Westwind breathes life into the figures and sways the willowy seaside flora while parasols offer protection from both sun and sand. (46”x19½” hung from fabric casing on reverse)


Heart of Pepper

Heart of Pepper

Heart of Pepper

Original needle punched botanical design on background of dense free motion quilting. (12”x12” excluding frame)

Cozumel Musings

Cozumel Musings

Cozumel Musings

Mixed media original underwater design. Hand dyed background overlaid with card woven feature. Fused, appliquéd and thread painted fish. (21”x39” excluding fringe)

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon

Patchwork heart dotted with French knots atop hand quilted tree of life design executed with paintsticks and a variety of thread embroidery and yarn embellishments. (13 ½”x13 ½” excluding hanger)

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy

Garden Fantasy

Single needle felted botanicals on a back-ground of quilted patchwork and bordered by prarie points. (22”x18” excluding antique hanger)

Koi Reflections #2

Koi Reflections #2

Koi Reflections #2

Hand painted koi fish with dense echo quilting. (21”x28”)

Koi Reflections #3

Hand painted and thread “painted” koi fish set on hand painted background with dense echo quilting. (21”x28”)

Koi Reflections #3

Koi Reflections #3

Appleseed Mirror

Fused and echo quilted apple with lame leaves on a freemotion quilted field of reds. Reverse mirror of “Apple Seed Mirror #2” (12”x12” excluding frame)