Thursday, August 22, 2013

{Bloom Project}...

I started out making little
applique flower pieces.  That I planned to combine into a larger piece.
I had several ideas in mind.  But not sure exactly what I would do with them.
I made several flower patches and then began
to add layers at random.
Just laying scraps down and stitching here and there.
I complete these four and was ready to put it all together.

I had been at the thrift store earlier in the day when I saw this old frame.  I didn't
buy it then but later as I was planning out the final design I remembered it.  And knew it would be perfect. 
I got more patches and more ideas for them.  So we'll see what I come up with next.
~Love Autumn

Friday, August 16, 2013

{I now choose to laugh}...

 Art Journal's title
"Choose to Laugh"
I don't usually put the spine on until after I have complete the pages
but I couldn't resist It all came together so quickly.
Below is the inside back cover.  The background fabric is a paint rag,  as are
the edges of the cover.
Some of you may know where these words come from.  Although written more
as we should have laughed at the tiny mad idea
My art is always very personal.  With meaning that I incorporated into
 it without necessarily pointing it out.  So I love it when someone sees that meaning and asks about it.
This is such a page.

The outside back cover is a PSE photo of some snapdragons.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

{summer art}...

A different form of painting.
Exploring painting a more complete body form.  Why a bald head I am not entirely
sure?  Only that I like it. 

I have turned her into an art journal cover.  Surprise, Surprise!
 I plan to use it as a demo for my next art journal class.
the inside of the front cover
I continue to want to spend more time with my dear blog. 
I 'm not ready to give it up.  But seem to have so little time for it.
I think apart of it is that I am having such a time trying to get a quality
photo.  I need to get a better camera.  But which one???  So in the meantime
it is what it is.
Thank you, everyone who still stops in.
Love Autumn

Sunday, June 2, 2013

{WIP~tree quilt progress}...

WIP ~ continues
Seems the working title is One Root.
I don't normally start out with the title in mind.  Because at some point
the piece usually tells me.  I will wait to see if the title continues to "explain" itself.
It's been through, shall I say a pruning.
I removed at least half, probably more, of the leaves I original had placed.  When I saw the photo from a couple of posts ago (which had been in the camera for a few weeks) I noticed that it looked better with the branches visible.  So I spent a couple of hours removing dozens and dozens of leaves, adding some pink leaves and cutting in some root shapes.  I am considering making the roots a bit 3 dimensional.
I'll revisit that after it's been quilted.
When I say I removed a lot of leaves, I mean a lot.  These will be showing up either in a lot of other projects and/or on the back of the quilt.  It does seem like a ready made opportunity
to add interest to the back of the quilt.  Many, many fallen leaves.
I think it's about ready to take down from the wall, get the back ready and start quilting.

Friday, May 31, 2013

{a fabric watch can you do that?}...

I haven't worn a watch in a number of years now.  Every time I put one on, within a short time, it would stop working. I would set it aside and low and behold it would start working again.
This happened with several different watches over many months.  So I just stopped.
The challenge for this watch was the Tie One On at TTAS (Textiles and Textures Artist Studio)
The idea is to use a necktie and create something.

So I took the point end of the necktie and used it as the base for my wrist wrap watch.
I added a digital watch face, some up cycled lace, scrape fabrics from the desk top, a couple of beads and a shabby ribbon for the tie on. 
SO what time is it?  As the watch show it's time to Play
I still have the other part of the tie.  And I have an idea for that too.
Another different wrist wrap altogether.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

{Announcing My First Ever Workshhop and New WIP}...

Dear blog friends,
 I've been MIA (missing in action) for so long I hardly know what to say. 
But thanks for stopping back in.
All is well, I've just been trying to do less.
Relaxing, gardening, reading. 
Not a whole lot to blog about.  Or at least I didn't think so.
Then a couple of months ago I was asked to join a new Artist's Studio shop here in Prescott, AZ.  Well when I heard the name Textiles and Textures and met Debra and Nellie, the sisters who own the new shop I was excited and I jumped back in. 
So I'm practicing practicing balance.   
One of the things I enjoy about this new shop is that the artists can come in and work on their art right there.  The shop has only been open a couple of months so things are still just gearing up.
I've got a new quilt in progress.
Sorry the pic is not a better quality.  I took it with my cell phone.
But I think you can get the idea.
I'll take my real camera and get a better shop soon.
In the mean time...
If  you live local, or are visiting the Prescott area I invite you to stop in and watch the progress.
I am usually there on Fridays between noonish and 2.  Although not always.  Remember practicing balance.
It's already changed since I took this photo a few weeks ago.
Now here comes the tricking part in balancing, work, play, art, relaxing.
They offer regular workshops.  And yes, yours truly, has agreed to do one.
Yikes, my first, ever.
But I've been asked several times and well
it's just plain time to do it.  So here are the details.

Make your own Art Journal with Autumn Summerfield
Art Journal by Autumn Summerfield
Make your own Art Journal!
Saturdays 10am-Noon
June 15, 22 & 29 -- $75
Autumn Summerfield will share techniques for constructing your journal from fabrics, notions and ephemera. Explore your visual language. In essence an art journal is the combination of making art and journaling. It is a place to play and experiment with art materials in new ways. An art journal is a space for questions, a place for thoughts, a safe container for ideas. Enjoy the process while you listen to your art. Register in advance. Space limited. Techniques oriented for all skill levels. 928-227-2659 or to reserve your place.
And here is the outline for the 3 classes
from my flyer.  It think having the 3 classes is ideal. We could not possible hope to
complete an art journal in just one sitting.  No matter how long it was.
This way you will have a week to work on your journal pages and prepare
for the next class.
Of Cloth, Fiber, and Stitch
an art journal workshop
We all know what a book or journal should be.  In this workshop we will see what they can be.
I will show you the foundational techniques I use to create my art journals.  Then by repeating and changing up these techniques you will be able to create numerous pages where each is unique to your personal style.  This workshop is for anyone who has ever wanted to create an art journal, for those who have never created an art journal or for those who have kept a journal for a long time. 
Class 1- Covers… where it all begins
Using photos printed on fabric
Adding a pocket
Raw edge applique
Class 2 - Pages… adding text, layers and interest
Journaling with found poetry
Creating sheer pages
Using lace, gloves or dollies
Class 3 - Putting it all together… binding and adding dangles.
Creating a fabric spine
Attaching our pages to the spine
Adding 3 dimensional items and dangles

Well this post is done.
Does it really take an hour to post?  Or was it more.  Hope there are not too many typos.
Anyway I hope to be back soon.