Archive for May, 2012

This is not a new piece, but I’ve been thinking about it lately. The urban, rust-belt theme, found objects, and tons of hand stitching makes it one of my all time favorites. It is still at the shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 36″ x 20.” I remember I thought I’d never get finished with all the hand quilting and embroidery. But I think it looks better that way.

 

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Posted: May 22, 2012 in Art Quilts, Events, Uncategorized
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I was thrilled to receive an award at the 84th Annual International Juried Exhibition of the Art Association of Harrisburg. I was able to attend the opening reception Saturday night to receive it in person. The piece is called Reconfiguring Drakes Drilling.Image

This piece will be in a show called Women’s Work at Fe Gallery, 4102 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

The opening is Friday, June 1 from 7-9 PM. The shows closes June 23.

As I walk to work at McConway & Torley every day, I cross these railroad tracks as my entry to the plant. This day the morning sun cast an interesting shadow on the side of the factory. I added found objects — the detritus of workers lives. If you look closely, one scrap is from a condom package.  Hey the colors worked!

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A second new piece I took to the shop at PCA today has a precedent. I made a piece in 2010 called “Singin’ the Blues.” It utilized a quirky polyester scarf (gift of a friend who challenged me to use it in a piece of art). The scarf featured pictures of old sheet music — cowboys and lovers and dreamers mostly. The piece I came up with stayed on my mind. Here are both of them. The one at the top is the new piece, and below, with the orange sky is the 2010 piece.

I dropped off some new pieces for the Shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In case you are not familiar with this beautiful shop showcasing local artists, it is housed in the PCA’s Marshall building at 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15232.

“Pink Awning”  is a small stitched photo on cloth. It is floated in the frame, and measures 8.5 x 10.” It was inspired by my walks around the neighborhood. The pattern of the morning shadow on the houses is what caught my eye.