Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Home from a delightful couple of weeks in California.

Among the many E-mails I found waiting for me was one from The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. I had sent 6 small artworks for their High Fiber Under Five show and sale. The E-mail announced that 4 artworks had sold. My favorite, Sunset Beyond the Woods, which was an experimental piece, had been machine stitched on a bright red fabric. I had wanted to see the affect that the background color would lend to the scene, when covering it with thread. Did much red show through? Maybe not but it seemed to change the atmosphere. When I stitched another landscape on blue denim the appearance seemed much cooler, it seemed a colder atmosphere.
The other 3 pieces that sold were: Blue Landscape, Pink Rose on Black, and String Variations. This gives me incentive to create more, maybe not similar to these, but small and I do think that matting and framing gives these small works more importance.


  1. The background color on which you work definitely affects the results. In a workshop with Robert Burridge he taught us tone the paper with orange (or other warm color). The resulting painting revealed the warmth of the background here and there and lent a glow that couldn't otherwise be achieved.
    Remember way back when our background fabric was white or ecru? Eeuuuuuwwwwww. It was so hard to integrate the embroidery with the fabric!
    Congratulations on your sales. May there be many more.

  2. Hi BJ. What does under 5 mean in the exhibition title?

  3. This is lovely. Congratulations on the sales!

  4. This is beautiful. I saw your site on Robert Genn's site and really love your embroidered artwork.