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Busy Busy Busy!

Aren’t we all? Let me give you a little rundown of what’s been keeping me away from my blog for the last few months, I mean the better part of a year…

This summer, as for the last 3 summers, I took part in a self-directed residency program run by Contextural, a fibre group to which I belong. We rent the textile studios at the Alberta College of Art and Design where residency participants can work for 3 months. It is heaven. The facilities, the freedom, the inspiration from fellow participants – all incredible.

I printed hundreds of quilting “fat quarters” with 2 or 3 different images screen printed in layers on beautiful quilting fabrics. For people not familiar with the term fat quarter, it is a meter (or yard, depending on where you live) of fabric which is cut in half lengthwise and widthwise. This gives a quilter a useable size of material to work with. I plan on using some of these prints in my own quilts, and I’ve photographed my favorites to use the images in other ways. That still leaves a very large pile of printed material that needs a home. They could be available for sale at some point, but the logistics need work.

Here are a few photos of the fat quarters pinned up to dry in the studio:

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I printed napkins, tea towels, place mats and gift bags for our annual sale in November. Of course that sale has long since passed, but here are a few of the products I produced:

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I started printing yardages with my multi screen multi layer technique. So much fun to be had!  Some fabrics were slightly altered while some were almost totally disguised. This will most likely be the focus of my work next summer.

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This smattering of work from the summer months is not really all that I’ve done since my last post in April, but I think it’s all I’ll share today. I’m hopeful that I can get back to blogging as I’m missing my blogging friends. I also miss the process of organizing thoughts and photos to record what’s happening in my part of the world. Here’s hoping for a renewed relationship with WordPress!

Terri

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I’ve chosen these photos in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.” Today is the first day after the summer residency program which I participated in. I must admit, I’m feeling a little lost. But here’s what a great day would have been over the last 3 months.

You can see a print table set up for work, samples of quilt fabrics and various table linens all printed. On a good day I would leave school early enough to catch the sunset, and be greeted by my lovable Kush the cat.

In truth I have included far more than anyone could possibly accomplish in one day, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if it could be done?

My Idea of a Good Day

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Drat! What happened to July?

Now it seems I can’t even manage to post on my blog once a month. How sad! But the good news is that I’ve been busy printing fabrics and creating screens in readiness to print more wonderful things. For the third consecutive summer I am taking part in a self-directed residency program organized by Contextural, utilizing the textile facilities at ACAD. This amazing opportunity is too good to pass on, and I’m afraid most other things in my life are put on hold for 3 months. We all know how fast 3 months can whip by, so it really isn’t that long, right?

Last summer I spent almost my whole residency printing on commercially printed quilt fabrics to alter or enhance the fabric, and to basically make it my own. I started this summer off by bringing in many of those fabrics and printing another layer on them. I’m delighted with the results, but I wanted to do other things as well. My next adventure in silkscreening involved printing imagery over the surface of a large variety of upholstery samples. I have used similar samples (unprinted) to make pin cushions, and the next round I make should be more interesting. We shall see.

My most recent work involves printing on purchased napkins, tea towels, table runners, place mats and table cloths. A large number of these will be available for sale at the Contextural sale in November. It seems early to start, but then again – we all know how fast 3 months can slip by! (Everyone knows that summer is printing season.) Here are photos of some of my work so far this season.

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We’re having lovely hot weather here in Calgary, and I stayed home to write this post and do a few things around the house before I head to the art college. The long week-end is a perfect time to work – quiet studio and free parking. (Don’t get me started on the $10 parking fee charged by SAIT!) (Did I mention no in and out privileges?)

There will be an exhibition at the end of the month, showcasing work done by residency participants. I’ll post details – I promise! Until then, I’d better get to work.

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2015 Racing Along!

The last three weeks have flown by. I’ve completed two more quilts since my last post, so there is some proof that I’ve been busy! I created my own “fabric” by cutting and piecing fabrics together. I used commercially printed fabrics, my hand silk screened fabrics and my own designs that have been digitally printed by Spoonflower. I truly love working with all sorts of quilt fabrics – old and new. I take great delight in utilizing a range of materials, especially ones that are not pretty or new and trendy and making them work together. I love the challenge.

Here are some photos of my newest work – the center of a quilt, a sample of my printing and a close up of the borders.quilt center quilt center quilt borders printing on quilt face

Here is a shot of the back of the quilt with all my carefully ironed seam allowances, and one of Kush helping me with the ironing. That cat is so helpful.quilt back Kush on the ironing boardclose-up view

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