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Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse

final quilt

A several weeks ago I showed you the first art quilt in a series about endangered species of Sonoma County; that piece highlighted the plight of Myrtle’s Silverspot Butterfly. This week I finished the second in my series featuring the very charming Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse. Just like Myrtle’s Silverspot, this little mouse is endangered mostly due to habitat loss but climate change and sea level rise are a problem for it too. It seems we humans are a most invasive species and I’m afraid the habitat loss is the main reason for most of these endangered critters. My next quilt will feature the California Tiger Salamander, maybe not quite as cute as the mouse or beautiful as the butterfly, but charming in it’s own way. Look for that in the coming weeks.

I hope you notice the hand printed and marbled fabrics I used in these quilts, I have some upcoming workshops to introduce you to stamping and marbling fabric check out my website for more info.

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As simple as breathing…..OM to OOPS nine times out of ten

The images are monoprints on fabric then quilted

The images are monoprints on fabric then quilted

Breathe in breathe out, mind clear, body relaxed, onions, sandwich bread, yogurt…OOPS, breathe in breathe out, mind clear, body relaxed, after work I’ll drive too… Oops….and so goes my meditation practice.  I try, that’s something and sometimes I hit a zone that tells me I want to keep at it. I know I’m not the only one so if anyone out there has some good tips or resources for us mediocre meditators I would be happy to hear from you.  And while I can’t always seem to keep my mind clear for more than 30 seconds I seem to keep coming back to it in practice and in art.  For the past six months I have been working with the same theme of breath and presence (see past posts:  post 11/30/12  &  post 3/8/13).  I have cycled back around this spring with the same image in a different medium, fabric.  For those of you following my progress you know I’ve been doing some art quilting so it came to me that I could monoprint on fabric just as well as paper then quilt the pieces.  I spent some time experimenting with this idea on these pieces. Then I decided to make a large stencil of the seated figure and use some of the fabric I marbled (post 3/15/12) to play with the idea of breath and the fluid nature of the meditative exercise.  I like where this work is going and the combining of materials and mediums…and so even if my meditation is meandering then my art keeps reminding me to simply breathe.

Figure is made using stencils on fabric I marbled.

Figure is made using stencils on fabric I marbled.

Figure is made using stencils on fabric the background is fabric I marbled.

Figure is made using stencils on fabric the background is fabric I marbled.

Figure and background use fabric I marbled

Figure and background use fabric I marbled

As requested by you dear readers I have had the cards made of the breathe images.  They are post card style but the back is nearly  blank (with some artist info).  I am selling them for $15 for a pack of 12 cards (two of each of the six images), the fabric pieces are also for sale follow the link to see  more breathe banners.

Cards made from meditation monoprints

Cards made from meditation monoprints

Playtime

My cache of freshly marbled fabric!

My cache of freshly marbled fabric!

For months I’ve wanted to try out a fabric marbling technique that I read about.  I got all the materials I needed and there it sat.  I couldn’t carve enough time out, another stumbling block was the fact that to do the fabric marbling the fabric had to be soaked and dried ahead and a thickener needed to be mixed and rest for 24 hours.  So when I did have the time I hadn’t done the prep and so it went for months.  But this week I got it together and had a great time.  It’s a fascinating process where you drip colors onto thickened water and the color spreads in radiating circles, then you add more color and more.  There is very little control (at least in this novice foray) and I liked that.  Letting go control and expectations was liberating.  I wasn’t doing this for work or a magazine article or even any specific end goal, it was pure play and it felt good.  I love, love, love the fabrics I came up with.  I loved it so much that that evening I went on-line to order a bigger tray to work with so that I could make bigger swaths of fabric.  The tray I had was 14” x 22” so that is the size of each fabric piece.

142c. marbled

closeup view

closeup view

Although I didn’t have a goal in mind, after I printed my fabric I was inspired to make something with it.  My excitement over the fabric combined with the spring weather and time change to longer days motivated me to make myself something wearable.  So this blouse is what came of it!  It’s been a long time since I sewed something for myself, and I love how this came out.  It was a week with pockets of play and I’m looking forward to more like it.  So give yourself some time to play.

Here is the blouse I made by sewing strips of my marbled fabric

Here is the blouse I made by sewing strips of my marbled fabric