Monday, November 30, 2009

Check out Laurie Ceesay's new Website

Laurie is a friend who used to live in Appleton but now lives in Menominee, Michigan. Her brand new website showcases her cool pop art fashionista portraits and more. To me her quilts are reminiscent of the colorful playful art of the late sixties. Her work is bright, bold, exciting and like nothing else out there in the world of art quilts. My favorites are: "1974: Good Hair", "Dandelion Fairy 1" and "Pop Art Princess". "Pop Art Princess" makes me think of Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss". Take a peek, it will be worth your while. What's your favorite?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Appleton, WI quilt shop!

Keep your eyes open for a new quilt shop coming to north Appleton in Spring of 2010. Jacqi is the shop owner and sounds like she is going to have a fun shop with some exciting new ideas. The shop will be located near the intersection of Hwy 41 and Hwy 47, an easy to find and convenient location.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition currently at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York can be seen in part here. Very stunning works, mine did not get accepted and I can see why. I am very inspired.

Artist in Residence at the historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee

This past week I was in Milwaukee at the Pfister Hotel, for a seminar for work. As an added bonus I discovered that The Pfister Hotel has an Artist in Residence Program in their hotel on the lobby level. If you are in the area I highly recommend you pass through the gorgeous lobby and stop at the Artist in Residence area. In my opinion the Pfister is worth a look on its own merit, but this exhibit will hopefully intrigue you to take a peek as it did me. The current artist in residence is Reginald Baylor from Milwaukee.

His method of painting involved segregating small sections of the canvas with a 1/8 inch line. He meticulously separates each segment like a "paint by number" kit and assigns numbers associated with paint colors to these areas. Then he additionally paints the lines between each segment, I think by taping off the areas for a second time (I'm not sure about this). His approach is very intriguing and something I can relate to as an art quilter. I find his subject matter is fresh and alive. You may want to check out his website to see more of his portfolio.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dyeing for some new fabric

Two weekends ago I did some microwave dyeing with Procion dyes. It was so quick and easy. I dyed some of my damask napkins and misc. fabric. The colors are lucious, but not showing up well on my photo. The pale one between the brown and grey/blue is really a nice lime. Instructions can be found at: The only thing I did differently was use 4 times the dye powder and extend the microwave time x 2. My dyeing microwave is one of those teenie tiny ones w/o a turntable. I would microwave 4 minutes, then rotate the container and do it again.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

She #6 preview

I've got the figure complete, now its just a matter of filling in. I'm happy with it so far. This piece will be about 48" across and 48 high. It will take some time to get the remainder pieced. What do you think? I think she looks a little Peruvian.