Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Index Card Collage- 3" x 5"

Assorted collage papers, music, clip art, playing card, scrapbook paper and magazine image.
Face hand-drawn in Sharpie permanent marker.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Black and White Art

Collage created from magazine and clip-art images, a scrap of the inside of a security envelope, and fabric.

White gel pen and Pigma Micron pen.

Surrounding doodles inspired by Dover clip-art, and handwritten script is a portion of an Edgar Allen Poe poem.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Index Card Collages

"Card Scraps" 2010
Mixed Media Collage on index card
painted papers, dictionary page, playing card scraps,
chalk pastel, permanent marker.

"Bird's Nest & Beehive" 2010
Mixed Media Collage on index card
painted papers, collage image, hand-carved stamp,
permanent marker, white gel pen,
tissue paper, and scrapbook paper.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quilt National

Postcard image: "City" by Paula Kovarik
(click on the image to see the quilting stitches!)

The caption on the back of the postcard:
"Marking its 30th anniversary this biennial juried show and traveling exhibit has been called "the premier international showcase for contemporary quilts" by the Wall Street Journal. The works are rich with metaphors, stories and fresh, original interpretations of a traditional medium. The techniques used include all manner of fabric manipulation: printing, painting, embellishing, dying, and more.

Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quilt making as what it always has been --an art form."
--Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida Panama City, Florida

My words:
There were no traditional quilts here! The exhibit was well done and the quilts were amazingly detailed and high quality. I was surprised, however, that the number of quilts shown was small,
(maybe 24? I didn't count) so I am not sure if this was a partial (traveling) exhibit, or if the number
of high quality quilts being submitted has decreased dramatically. When I first saw a Quilt National exhibit years ago, at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, there were hundreds of quilts, both traditional and contemporary. The majority of the 2009 quilts were machine-quilted, and the designs and technical expertise were phenomenal. No photographs of the quilts were allowed, so I am only showing the promotional postcard I picked up during my visit. This was contemporary painting with fabric and thread, and I am pleased to see that
quilting is alive and well in contemporary art. The colors, textures, and variety of treatments were stunning!

The exhibit continues through March 14, so time is short.
If you are in the area, it is worth a visit! For more info, visit www.vac.org.cn