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Spring doin’s

February 27, 2017

It is so evident that when art is present, things are better—even in the toughest circumstances.   —  Theaster Gates

I ended my last post with this quote. On seeing it again, I know it’s true.

Winter seems to have had its last blast some time ago, as it is so springlike now. Trees are in early bud and bloom and I’m also readying my yard for gardening – mostly raking pine needles and leaves.

Jane Magnolia - they don't usually bloom in February.

Jane Magnolia – not in February.

March brings two events. On my workshop page, I’ve listed The Humble Stitch in Shibori which begins on March 11th – an all day Saturday and Sunday event at Pullen Arts Center (Raleigh).

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Stitched line & flower petal

Then, the following weekend, I join my Threads group in a Fiber Art exhibit at the Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC), Filaments of the Imagination. We’ll be showing various forms of fiber work: quilting, weaving (including bead weaving), works on paper, fiber sculpture, embroidery, silk painting and shibori. The exhibit is up until May 12. The opening reception is on March 17, 6 – 8 pm. I’ve included a write up on my Events page.

We are a diverse group – each of us pursuing our unique interests, and yet, we find much commonality in the work we do – whatever our mediums are.  Over the years, we’ve become good friends and a close supportive community.

And, that yukata I’ve been working on for so long…I’m putting in the last stitches today.  It’s due to be in the upcoming exhibit.  Can’t wait to see how all of the pieces work together.

Yukata detail

Yukata detail

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teaching (for one…)

October 23, 2014

Autumn’s chill is beginning to move in. It complicates or at least slows the dye work.

saturated with the dye & drying

saturated with the dye & drying

The mornings have been a bit cool. I like it to warm up a bit before approaching the vat.

On the other hand, the class at Pullen has begun and it brings a good deal of challenge and refreshment.

not stitched, but love the pattern of this student's work

not stitched, but love the pattern of this student’s work

Some of my students are teachers and this brings a different and enjoyable kind of engagement. They seem to be considering every stitch and personally I enjoy seeing that involvement with the craft.

This weekend is the last for the Threads: Connections exhibit at Meredith (see my ‘Events’ page), so let me encourage you to attend if you have not. There is some precious work well worth viewing and considering. I’ve been several times and see something new and engaging every time.

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September 25, 2014

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It’s more than obvious by now that the exhibit is now open. I’ve mentioned it on more than one occasion. Suffice it to say, that finally, on viewing, all of us in the group are quite pleased and happy to see how the folks at Meredith displayed our work.

All My Relations by Cheryl Harrison

All My Relations by Cheryl Harrison

It has been a while since I’ve had a chance to view Cheryl’s work. It was good to see it and it affirmed its strength and her skill.

What Remains by Peggy Clover

What Remains by Peggy Clover

There’s much more than meets the eye with so many of these pieces. They tell stories, life stories. It’s heart work, so they are not always what they seem. In viewing them again, in this context, it’s all I can do.

Connections (the exhibit)

September 12, 2014

I would be remiss if I didn’t post this:

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We are less than a week away and I’ve been mentioning this, but a post devoted to it was needed.  The above image is linked to the site for more information.  You can also find the same on my “Events” page.  We (Threads group) are thrilled to pieces about this, also honored and deeply touched as it also celebrates Cheryl Harrison who was a part of our group.  Hope you can join us!

autumnal

September 11, 2014

In spite of the heat, humidity and rain, autumn is revealing itself and I’m thinking ahead to that season – just thinking. I don’t want to rush anything as there is so much to savor in this between time.

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For one, the “kaki” are ripening, coming into color, softening to eat and sometimes they drop on the ground before they can be picked. I’ve been looking forward to this time and finally…the fruit is mildly sweet, so far.

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Between the summer workshops, there has also been “paced” progress on a wedding gift for a good friend of my son. He and his bride requested table linens, The stitching is complete and finally the dyeing aspect has begun.  I’m pleased  and also surprised with these early results.  There’s always a new aspect to this craft.

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This ストール (sutōru), stole (above) will soon be making its way to West Jefferson – a fund raiser I believe. It’s an ample sized Crepe de Chine wrap or shawl that has been needing completion for some time. Yesterday, the sun came out just long enough for it to dry.

 Preparations are also in progress for a workshop at Pullen Arts Center.  The theme centers on autumn and a selection of traditional Japanese motifs. It begins in October and runs through a part of November (see “Upcoming Workshops” page).

My portion in next week’s exhibit at Meredith College has been delivered. The opening reception is next Thursday – details are on this blog’s Events page. As a member of Threads, I welcome you.  We are looking forward to it.

summer works

July 17, 2014

This month, more than the others, so far, seems to be the peak month for “projects”. At least it feels like the month for completing some of the more significant ones for events ahead.
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Christine best described here some aspects of one I’ve been participating in since spring.  I mentioned it earlier, and as far as I know, my part is finally complete and turned in (last weekend). I can only say that I’m grateful for the experience, the ability to participate and learn from it – gifts from Cheryl. I also look forward to seeing it in its final form.

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As I mentioned in my last entry, I was (and still am) working to complete a series of large banners. They’ve been my focus over this week and I’m working on the last one today. The size (roughly 55” x 144” (4 yds.) is definitely outside of my usual and there were some challenges.

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Those challenges are also why I take on projects like this.   I ask myself a lot of “why” and “how” questions – nothing like tickling the brain.  Also, this month and next are matsuri (festival) months – these are the colors and patterns that speak of summer – found in yukata – worn at matsuri.  It’s the season for this kind of work.

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Then, there are the results, seeing them on my clothesline, being carried on the wind like a kite – if there’s a good wind. There was, this week, with thunderstorms on the edge, threatening.

驚いた事・the suprising

May 15, 2014

My persimmon tree bloomed for the first time this year (the surprise). I can’t recall it ever happening before so I’ve been intrigued with the blooms. I like their shapes for one.

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male blossoms – in clusters

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female blossoms

After some research, I’ve come to realize that some persimmons produce female blossoms, others male and some have both (the case with my Chocolate Persimmon). The bees have been busy working amongst them in the mornings and late afternoons. Fruit promises to be abundant.

early fruit - newborn?

early fruit – newborn?

As I mentioned earlier, my Threads (critique group) group gathered at my house on Saturday for a work session – a large project we have a small part in.

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And I’m learning new things from it.

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Besides gathering materials and tools for this weekend’s workshop for the Gregg, it seemed appropriate to work up a fresh piece. I’ve been wanting to do this since my first encounter with the pieces that are now on exhibit – something that references one aspect or motif from those pieces on display. It’s in process and hope to complete it for dyeing at the workshop – I hope.

** tidbit:  驚いた事・おどろいた・odoroita – surprising

事・こと・koto・things that occur/happen

considering the season

December 13, 2013

When did the season begin? Was it last week at the Carrack, going to an exhibit where a friend had a piece on display? Those handmade books were (quite the eclectic collection) inspiring.

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Or, maybe it was at the  Joel Lane (oldest house in Raleigh). Maybe. I certainly enjoyed the simplicity of the greenery, sipping a cup of wassail and the sounds of a dulcimer.

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Or maybe it was gathering with some very favorite people for a potluck luncheon and “gift exchange,” which is more of a “clean out the ‘junk’ from your studio and share” it!   We have a lot of fun with this – not to mention the food. I baked some bread.

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A commission/ special order is complete. It’s wrapped and soon to leave the studio. It’s also a gift.
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Now, I’m considering the Gunma silk that made its way to my studio earlier this year (summer? Fall?). It has been waiting and I’ve been thinking. Things of this quality and beauty feel quite precious. Explorations are finally afoot. We’ll see what comes.

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Imprint

April 3, 2012

A video about IMPRINT has become available and interviews with Susan Brabeau and Ron Flory are the first people you’ll see. After watching them, I’m even more intrigued with this exhibit and can’t wait to see it.

Lastly, Janine LeBlanc, curator of “Here and Now – There and Then,” is interviewed about the handmade textile books exhibiting in the glass case.

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Tsukiji w/Furoshiki

March 9, 2012

Tsukiji w/Furoshiki
Originally uploaded by SOFennell

The event has been announced and it’s on the “Events” page as well, but thought since there are links…I’d just pass on the good word again.

Members of my Threads group are exhibiting some of their work (and I’m included), handmade books in a 2nd floor display case. The pieces are small and intimate, so they may require a closer look.

The opening reception is April 12 from 5-7 pm. Looking forward to this one!

Here’s the write up from Triangle Arts and Entertainment:

Here and Now – There and Then a grouping of handmade textile books in the gallery’s display cases, features artists Peggy Clover, Susan Oliver Fennell, Christine Hager-Braun, Janine LeBlanc, Linda Lowe, and Georgia Springer. The exhibited books look at the ties between emotions and home, and how this connection is altered by the passage of time and our memories.

Here and Now curator Janine LeBlanc earned an M.I.D. with a textile concentration from the College of Design at North Carolina State University. She is currently working as a textile consultant for the Gregg Museum of Art and Design where she recently guest-curated the exhibit Barkcloth, Bras & Bulletproof Cotton: The Powers of Costume.


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