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Listening to Fabrics and Other Odd Behavior

That’s the title of my newest lecture and I’m very excited about it!  If you’ve been reading my blog for a awhile, you know that I DO exhibit some odd behaviors.

Things like cutting up quilts and putting them back together,

Urban Sprawl, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Using unusual materials,

And changing the shape of the quilt.

It’s kinda funny, because when I started searching my quilts for signs of odd behavior there were lots of them!  (Of course, I’ve been quilting a long time, so there’s plenty of “normal” stuff too.)

I’ll be presenting this lecture for the first time next week.  If you live in western Florida, maybe you’d like to come.  I’ll be speaking at The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon, FL on Monday evening, September 11th.  Cost for visitors is $10.  (And if you come, please introduce yourself.)

Ellen Lindner

 

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Suzanne Sanger’s Work

Back in October, I wrote about creating torn paper collages in order to loosen up and to work more abstractly.  Like this:

Original photo
Ti Plants inspiration photo. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Torn paper collage
Because the paper is torn, you can’t be too accurate, so you
HAVE to focus on the largest shapes.
Ti plants torn paper collage. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The fabric interpretation, Ti Party.
Ti Party, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.comOne of my readers, Suzanne Sanger, decided to give it a try and was kind enough to share her results with me (and with you.)

Her original photo, taken in Bermuda
Suzanne Sanger's Work. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog
The paper collage, with part of the original photo overlapping.
Suzanne Sanger's Work. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog
And, her final quilt, called Dozing in Bermuda.

Suzanne Sanger's Work. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I think it’s great.  And don’t you love the way she’s matted and framed it?

Suzanne says, “I want to thank you for inspiring me! Like you, I’ve been challenging myself to work more abstractly, and have dabbled with a range from just barely to totally non representational. Your blog post from last October about torn paper collage sent me right into the studio to tear up the only magazine I had in order to recreate a photo I took in Bermuda a few years ago. Then I did my semi-annual house switch, life intervened, I took a great abstraction class from Lisa Call, all the while leaving my torn paper start hanging on my design wall. Now I’ve switched back to my summer house, and needed a project to get myself back into the studio. Ah hah! It was time to return to my dozing man. He’s a bit more realistic than I would like, but still a move in the right direction. I LOVE this process! Hmmm. I guess I’ll have to subscribe to an image heavy magazine again, pain though that is what with changing mailing addresses twice a year. LOL. Anyway, thanks for a great idea! You always give me new things to think about.”

I love this!  So much so that it makes me want to reach for my magazines again, too. It’s a FUN way to work!

Ellen Lindner

 

 

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“People and Portraits” Exhibit

For me, one of the highlights of the AQS Daytona Beach quilt show was SAQA’s exhibit “People and Portraits.”  Even though I had seen these pieces before, I thoroughly enjoying studying them again.

Mary Pal’s cheesecloth portraits were some of my favorites.  This one is called Homeless Love.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, she shapes tiny bits of cheesecloth against a black background to create stunning portraits.  Most of them are of the elderly or homeless.

This one is called Stogie.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Aren’t they wonderful?

Joan Sowada is well known for her portraits and images of every day life.  This one is called Flow.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And this one is Flight Zone.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Maria Elkins does a fabulous job with a variety of media on fabric.  This is called Windblown and is featured on the cover of the exhibit catalog.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Check out the quilting in this detail shot!  Although the quilt was beautiful before, this added texture really elevates it to another level.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Maria has another very touching piece in this exhibit, called Surrender.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

If I remember correctly, this quilt was made as comfort for a family that lost their newborn child.  Can  you see the transparent hands coming in from the right?

On a happier note, Pam RuBert has one of her zany quilts included.  It’s called Towers of Babble.  In it even the dog has a cell phone!

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Another quilt with social commentary is Hmm, by Pat Kumicich.  It’s about the 2008 presidential election.  (I’m thinking she might need to make another one this year.)

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Like Joan Sowada, Lore Lupe Pelish’s quilts always show people in every day situations.  This is called We Were All There.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This detail shot gives a hint about all the print fabrics she used.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Finally, this quilt by Jenny Bowker drew my attention.  It’s called Hassan and the Glass.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The portrait is very well done, but I also think the composition and colors of the rest of the quilt support it very nicely.

People and Portraits exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This exhibit was just part of the much larger quilt show that’s still going on through April 27, 2016.  If you’re in the area, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Ellen Lindner

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