Posts Tagged ‘Kathleen Loomis’

I work in a series by natural inclination.  After I’ve finished a piece, it makes sense to me to keep going with an idea as long as it still interests me. I see if there is a variation that I want to try, a different technique, or just push an idea a little further.

But after listening to a lecture by Kathleen Loomis at the recent SAQA Conference (Studio Art Quilt Associates) on this topic, I picked up on something new to me.

She posed the question: how many series to do you work on at once?

And — oops — I had thought I had to finish (exhaust) a series before starting something new.  It felt, well, disloyal to an idea to leave it hanging to pursue a new one.

Now, since I understand that it’s “OK” to work on more than one series, I’m doing just that.

Here are three pieces I just finished.

The first one, “The Right to Arm Bears” is the upteenth in a series I started in January of combining photos of objects in my environment to create imaginary landscapes — often humorous ones.

The second one is maybe the third in a series of “old wood,” inspired by our humble wood pile here on the farm. There are more to come of these for sure.

And the third one is the first of a series of using bits of plastic toys. There are so many at the flea market I visit every week.  Perhaps they were once loved, but are now discarded. I’m thinking of the series as “throw away nation.” And my thoughts also drift to the waste of human lives, not just tons of plastic, due to racism or wars. Hey — I do have a serious side, but don’t tell anyone!


I just got home from the 27th Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference in Philadelphia, and am walking on air. SAQA has gone from 1 exhibition per year in 2005 to 11 or 12 per year now. And an increasing number at in museums, like the ground breaking joint exhibition Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora opening April 16 at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

I gave a Pecha Kucha talk (by definition short: 20 slides for 20 seconds each.) Kept me or anyone else from going on too long.  They were exciting and informative. Mine was called “27 Quilts in 30 Days,” my adventure in speed quilting last January. There were 24 talks in all.

We traveled to nearby Wayne, PA to see Art Quilt Elements 2016, at Wayne Art Center.  I’ll include some pictures from that too.

A few highlights were: Kathleen Loomis’ talk, “Why Working in a Series Works,” Carolyn Mazloomi, “When Being a Good Artist is Not Enough,” Maria Shell, “Walk, Talk, and Write Like an Artist,” David Kohane, “Can I Use That? Copyright from a Legal Perspective.”

We bid farewell to our talented, personable outgoing President, Kris Sazaki, and welcomed Lisa Ellis for the start of her term.

Mostly I was having too much fun, or thinking too much to take many photos. Sorry folks, you’ll have to join SAQA to understand the camaraderie, joy and inspiration I get from this great group.


Here is some real fun.

At the opening of Quilt National, the pre-eminent art quilt show at the Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio, each artist who had a piece in the show and was in attendance got to give a 2 minute presentation about her piece. I was there, and noticed the videographers,  setting up and making a video of each presentation. The date was May 23, 2015, at the Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, Ohio.

I found the finished product more or less by accident the other day, a film by Gary J Kirksley.

Watching them is a wonderful entry into that artist’s mind, and a good way to remember her work.

I’ll give you links to some of them. There are many more which struck me for various reasons.  And you can continue with any of the links to see more of the 2 minute videos.


Deidre Adams has the stamp of intelligence all over her work. Knowledge, and who gets it and how it is withheld from others is the theme of Disruption, 55 x 98”

Deidre Adams Disruption


Betty Busby I include for the sheer innovation of her shaped piece, inspired by her years as a potter. Plus she is an exuberant soul! Tribute, 65 x 20 x 18”.

Betty Busby Tribute


Daren Pitts Redman really blows me away with her piecing. Her work is so very different from mine, and sometimes that is what attracts me. Her piece is called Glorious Summer, 42 x 70”.


Diane Nunez had the most unusual quilt in the show called Cross Section, 34 x 34 x 1″. And yes, she does explain why this is a quilt.


Kathleen Loomis simply astounds me with her huge, beautiful, carefully planned out “Entropy,” 71 x 85.”

Kathleen Loomis Entropy

And finally I include Kristin La Flamme because I love her political explanation for why she chose the quilt medium, and the thought behind the piece itself, ‘Murica, 52 x 97”

Kristin La Flamme 'Murica
Enjoy! I hope you learn from these too.