Monday, March 23, 2009

Art Tote

Here is one of the many projects I've been working on. The picture is one of my paintings, Valley Sunset, reproduced on canvas. All of the fabric colours are natural dyes and the button is natural dyed felted wool. Inside are two pockets, one is zippered.
This month was filled with deadlines for show applications, and I am attempting to get juried at the state level. My jury session is scheduled for March 31st in Lancaster, wish me luck! I have fleeting moments of confidence interspersed with long stretches of trepidation.
I also moved some of my equipment over the last two weeks. The loom that was on the downstairs enclosed porch is now upstairs in the loom room. The sewing and yarn processing station had to move across the hall to make space for the loom. The downstairs porch is now available for seed starting. (I still need to place my seed order!) The trick now is to remember where everything is so I spend less time spinning in a circle.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Philadelphia Flower Show

Yesterday I embarked on my annual sojourn to the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show. Philly got nailed pretty hard with the snow storm on monday. The severe cold temperatures kept the March snow intact, but inside the convention center it is spring. The theme this year was Italy and some displays were better than others at evoking Italia. I am, however, never disappointed at the opportunity to experience flowers. Spring bulb flowers, incredible tiny iris, blooming cherry trees, wisteria, azalea, roses, delphinium and an incredibly fragrant blooming grapefruit are just a few of the flowers we saw. An exhibit that got raves from me featured a plethora of lilies and amaryllis in amazing colours. All the way home I was imagining how to recreate the beautiful shading with my natural dyed wool. So many ideas that my head is spinning! I must get to work...