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Posted by rachel on Tue, September 17 2013 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment
I decided I needed to get back to my website. A lot has been happening. I am working on getting the ” Out of the Crayon Box” series completed. I will be displaying all eight of the coats at PIQF next month. I have recently completed the yellow crayon- High Yellow. I am posting a series of picture of the work in process.
Pieced strips for the body of the coat
Paper pieced border
Back and front with border added
The completed coat with button embellishments.
Posted by rachel on Tue, September 17 2013 » Garments, Uncategorized » No Comments
On May 6th at 5:30, Rachel will presenting a Wearable Art Fashion Show at the North Charleston Arts Festival 5th ART Quilt Exhibition. It will take place in the North Charleston City Hall Council Chambers.
Posted by kincy on Wed, March 30 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments
For two years I have been “threatening” to make an Obama Coat. The threat is over and the work is about to begin.
I have decided to document the progress of the coat on my blog. It took me a while to decide how I wanted to approach the design and what I wanted the coat to say. In the end, since I am a quilt maker, I decided to begin with traditional quilt blocks, words and photos. For the quilt blocks, the obvious choice was Road to the Whitehouse. The added blocks are Hawaii, Kansas Dugout, Chicago Star, Iowa Star, Illinois, Montana, South Carolina Album block, Louisiana (my home state), New Hampshire Granite Block, Bright Hope, Follow the Leader, Whitehouse Steps. Added designs will include an Indonesian & Kenyan pattern as well as the campaign logo.
I am using a modified version of my Flare Coat pattern. Because I wanted a larger area in the back to work in, I added about 6 more inches of flare. I divided the coat in to 9 sections. My thinking now is: the center back will not have any photos, just the logo, Bright Hope block and a pieced design. Each of the other sections will include at least one or more photos; some will have words and a reassembled quilt block. When I say reassembled, it means I am using parts of the quilt block or stacking up the sections vertical format. The border will be Road to the Whitehouse. The color scheme will be predominately red, white and blue with a bit of African, Indonesian and Hawaiian fabrics.
I have collected the fabrics, photos, text, buttons and completed most of the design as in, it is enough to begin working on the coat. I don’t always do a completed cartoon. This is a first with me and I am not sure how this is going to work out. In the past, when I have attempted to document a project, I would get caught up in the workings of it and forget to write about what I am doing or photograph it. I am going to really try to remember to photograph at the beginning and end of each work session.
The working title for the coat is: A legacy of Hope: An Unabashed Supporter.
Posted by kincy on Thu, October 14 2010 » Garments » 3 Comments
I was thrilled when I saw that this event is going to be taking place. Cuesta Benberry was one of my heros. I met her in the 70’s, when she was visiting California attending the Santa Clara Quilt show. She gave a lecture on African American Images in quilt and quilt makers. She was wonderful. I embarrassed myself by jumping to my feet applauding wildly at the conclusion of her speech. After a time, I had the great good fortune to meet her and visit with her on several occasions at different quilt events. At the end of her lecture she showed two slides of young African women attending a reception wearing patchwork dresses. I could only see the sleeves. I was beside myself with excitement, I rushed home and pulled all the green fabric from the shelf and proceeded to make my first “real” wearable art dress. I had no idea what I was doing, but I rode the wave of excitement and created “My People Dress”. It weights a ton and you have to feel very strong to wear it. When I had a opportunity to show it to her months later, she was delighted and even took a picture of me wearing it. Later on she showed me another picture of the dresses the African women was wearing and mine was amazingly similar.
Cuesta Benberry was an author, editor, lecturer, curator and a collector of quilts. She was particularly interested in the contribution made by African American quilters and did groundbreaking work in the area of quilt research. If you are not familiar with the work that she did, google her and learn what a extraordinary person she was.
Posted by kincy on Tue, September 7 2010 » Etcetera, Events, Garments » No Comments
One of the tasks that I set for myself this year was to go back and visit some of my earlier pieces. I wanted to see how well they had held up over the years, if and how my work had changed and if I still liked them. I had planned to begin with the Boxy coat, but today as I was organizing for a fashion show/lecture for the Annie’s Star Quilt Guild in Chico Ca, I came across one of my very favorite pieces.
As I looked at it I realized that I could no longer fit into it and have it look the way it did when I made it 20 years ago. That led me to think about what does one do with pieces that you can no longer wear, but still appreciate.
When I made this jumper, I was still defining my style. I really like traditional quilts and I wanted to create a “wrapped-in-quilt look” using simple quilt blocks. I chose a row quilt style, simple patterns, African fabric and solid cottons. The quilt blocks in the center front of the jumper are Slave Chain. I used on ½ of the block to create the look I wanted.
The back of the jumper has a row of pinwheels (one of my favorite blocks), a modified Seminole band and squares on points. I have seen these patterns return again and again in my garments.
For the background I used the same tie-dyed African fabric from Mali. Instead of hemming the jumper it is bound off with English wax batik.
This piece is part is my series “Everybody Git the Blues.” It is an open series. I haven’t added anything to it recently.
I can’t say that I have an answer to my dilemma, however since I have crossed the 200-garment mark, I really need to think more about it as, I am running out of storage space and I still have many more garments to make.
Posted by kincy on Wed, September 1 2010 » Garments » 2 Comments
A while back, the members of the Central Coast Textile Artists (CCTA) (of which I am a member) decided to do a skinny quilt challenge. For my entry, I decided to go back to one of my favorite images, the watermelon. Since I had lots of strips left over from doing My Favorite Color and my last Bernina Show entry (Utterly Blue), I used many of them to create the background. Having done these two large blue pieces and Liberty and Melon For All, I still have a few of the strips left.
Posted by rachel on Sat, August 21 2010 » Quilt, Uncategorized » 2 Comments
Last night, I went to an evening of Finance, Fashion and Wine Tasting. The event was held at a local Winery hosted by Brecek & Young Financial. The speaker was Tina Brown of Ilka Style. She was going to share with us the true elements of style and upcoming fall fashions. Now since I am a clothing person, I thought that I would learn something as well as enjoy the evening. I did, but as I sat listening to her share with the group, I heard two things that caught my attention: Love what you have (as in body type) and work with it and the second was that Black was OUT and the new neutrals this season are Navy, Grey and Camel. I started laughing out loud. It wasn’t because was oppose to the new neutrals, but that Black was out! Humm, half the room was wearing black and I was sitting up front black as you please. She looks over and without missing a beat she said; I meant clothing not ethnicity, which only made my entire table join the laughter all the while groaning, “Oh Rachel”.
As the event was outside and it get cool in the evening here, I knew I would need a jacket. I was wore “French Strips”. It is made of 3” wide strips cut from at least 38 different French Provence fabrics. The pattern is a 1946 vintage Vogue. I chose that pattern because I love the style of those topper coats. My mom had a pink wool one, when I was growing up and I thought it was one of the prettiest coat that I had ever seen. One day I am going to make a pieced pink one in her honor. In a later post I will talk more about vintage patterns and the fun I have playing with them.
Back to the evening, I didn’t think much of the fashion trends that she talked about, but I did appreciated her talking about the differences between style and fashion. I have known for a long time that I am more about style than fashion; it was great to have it affirmed.
Posted by rachel on Thu, August 19 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments
I am really excited about my trip to the Madisonville, Tennessee area in November, where I will be the featured artist at the 2010 Tennessee Presents Textiles Wearable Art Show. This year’s theme is The Power of the Pocket. My fashion show/lecture is Not Just Another Coat. I will be showing 25 coats, including (the finished coats from the “Out of The Crayon Box series and Alligator Swing).
I am looking forward to seeing some of my friends, enjoying some great food and having a great time.
The event location is the Tellico West Conference Center, 117 Grand Vista Drive, Vonore, TN 37885. For more information, check out the event website: http://monroearts.com/arts/?page_id=122
Posted by rachel on Mon, August 9 2010 » Events » 1 Comment
I was hanging out at the grands and working with Kincy on the website. I brought along Southern Greens because I have decided to hand-quilt it instead. I’m almost done. Below is a picture of when I finished piecing it and I’ll post a picture of the completed work in a few days.
Posted by rachel on Sat, August 7 2010 » Quilt » No Comments