Monday, August 31, 2009

Cloth & Creativity

More from Laurie Fendel:

It's Sunday evening, the end of August. We have 8 weeks until our show.
I'm designing 3 more shapes for my vases, and decided to make a list of all of the challenges and new skills I'm experimenting with:

1. fabric collage
2. sewing curves
3. designing different shapes
4. stenciling and painting Hebrew words incorporated into the design

It's very invigorating this world of creativity, "ah see ah" ( the Hebrew).
And our critique group shared new pieces and ideas this last week.
It's totally amazing what the human mind can create. The possibilities are infinite.
Laurie Fendel

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Art in the Garden

Sabina Wohlfeiler writes:

On Friday, September 11, 2009, the Portland Japanese Garden will open an exhibit and sale called "Translations: Art Inspired by the Portland Japanese Garden." Twelve artists, including myself, will be represented by paintings with a garden and/or Asian aesthetic. Flowers by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana will compliment the display in the Garden Pavilion.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 7-9 pm, and the exhibit will be on display through September 20th.

The Japanese Garden is a beautiful place which continues to inspire and nourish my creative spirit with every visit. I hope it will do the same for you! Please come to the reception if you are able.


Reservations are requested for the reception.
RSVP to or (503) 542-0280

September 12-20 the exhibit is free with admission to the Garden.

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205-5886
(503) 223-1321

Monday, August 24, 2009

Working and Dreaming

Laura Joy Fendel writes:

I've completed 3 new pieces, ready for review and critique tomorrow night. Very excited about my collaged fabric, and 3-dimension on top of 3-dimension. Working on a series of vessels that are not conventional shapes, and stenciled Hebrew letters... from Kabbalah.

Formulating the design, color, meshing those with the shape of the vase, along with the sewing technique is challenging me tonight. Sometimes the process happens with serendipity, sometimes with struggle. Actually, I'd like a chocolate break. Would that give me Ruach, and Ahseeyah? Yes, I think so.

I've joined the Columbia FiberArts Guild, attended a fabulous meeting, and I'm looking forward to another in two weeks, along with a two day class with a national quilter. I have found several new books that speak to my kind of creative process, and also advance my skill level.

I dream of an organized permanent studio, dedicated only to my fiber passion, and not sharing with a small guest room/office.

Dreaming of a trip to Europe with other fabric junkies, seeing the sites, living with local families, and rejoicing in discovering treasure troves of unique fabrics. Sharing the glee with other passionate, fun loving women. It will come in due time. What does European chocolate taste like... in Europe???

Laura Joy
August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hands and Hearts

Links in a chain
Each supporting the other
Hands and Hearts
Holding, helping, healing
One link leads to the next
Never-ending, always moving forward
Attracting new links
Growing longer, stronger every day
Women's strength, women's love
The hand of God winds through it all

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fear of Drawing

Okay, I did it. Gulp. I signed up for a class at PCC called "So You Think You Can't Draw." Yes indeed, I do think I can't draw! Nothing in the last 54 years has shown any evidence to the contrary. But Eddy and I promised we'd give it a try, so here goes....

Hmmm... I found these pencils online which might help ease the pain... might have to buy some... you know, just to be prepared!

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Cost of Online Piracy

Ever been tempted to copy that beautiful painting you saw online?
Can't resist that "free download" of a quilting pattern?
Please stop and think about the true cost of the theft you're considering.

Famed beadwork artist-designer-teacher Jeannette Cook blogs today about online piracy: