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Peace Be With You…. continued

Peace Be Upon Us All- mixed media quilt-

Peace Be Upon Us All- mixed media quilt-

In my last post I shared with you some of the pieces I did inspired by the phrase “peace be with you”. As the week went on that became something of a mantra. I kept cutting and stitching and reflecting the idea in different ways, until a series emerged. Some time while I was working the Sheryl Crow song, “Peace Be Upon Us” kept tunneling through my brain not so much an ear worm as is sometimes the case when songs won’t leave you alone, no this song wove itself into my Peace series lifting and lilting like a hawk on an up draft. I found myself humming at my sewing machine making my efforts into something of a meditation on peace as well as a creative endeavor. I want you to get a sense of my mental space so click this link to get this lovely addiction wandering in your brain too! PEACE BE UPON US ALL – Sheryl Crow listen to the whole song I think you might me humming this through your week – and if your going to have a song stuck in your head well, I think one about peace is a good way to go.

detail of quilt- The concentric circle stitch was inspired by watching the baby ducklings swim in the pond here at The Bishop's Ranch!

detail of quilt- The concentric circle stitch was inspired by watching the baby ducklings swim in the pond here at The Bishop’s Ranch!

I’ve got a few more pieces to show you from this series- I want to spread the peace around a little bit!

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A Quick Show & Tell

Me wearing the dress I made from my Golden Gate fabric - with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, too cool!

Me wearing the dress I made from my Golden Gate fabric – with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, too cool!

When I shared this golden gate fabric with you in my 2/6/15 post I promised I would show you what I made so here’s me keeping my promise! I love my deliciously soft and comfortable cotton knit dress made from my GG bridge fabric I had printed at spoonflower.com. Wearing it on the hills of Marin Headlands overlooking the bridge itself just made me smile.

After my February post the editor of Quilting Arts contacted me about making something with this fabric for an upcoming magazine – I promise to share that article with you when the magazine comes out but I’ll let Quilting Arts do the big reveal on what I made for them!

Until next time be happy – put yourself in the path of something that makes you smile.


More Support

This is the stencil I designed that is available for purchase.

This is the stencil I designed that is available for purchase.

In my September post (https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/2013/09/) I shared with you about my article in Quilting Arts Magazine.  I just wanted to let you know that the stencil designed by me and produced by Stencil Girl is  for sale for only $7 (click here to purchase stencil).  All the proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Get a hold of a stencil and make some supportive art of your own… you just might know someone who needs a little uplifting art.


Supported: an uplifting story

"Supported Green" featured in the Oct/Nov issue of Quilting Arts

“Supported Green” featured in the Oct/Nov issue of Quilting Arts

I am excited to share my latest article in Quilting Arts Magazine.  This is a great issue about artist giving back.  I submitted the art quilt of the bra and the words supported back in the spring.  Earlier in the year I had donated a wooden art piece using this image to a Cloth Paper Scissors auction designed to raise money for breast cancer research.  As it happens the editor of Quilting Arts magazine bought that piece.  She told me later that she had intended to give it to a friend with breast cancer but then soon after found out she herself had breast cancer.  She found this image to be a powerful reminder that she was not alone in her struggle.  I was gratified hear this story and humbled to know that I could help comfort through my art in some small way.  I love the bra image and decided to play around with it and the “supported” message in fabric.  This exploration lead to the magazine article I am sharing with you today.  The editor (cancer free now!), of QA had the idea of offering a the bra image as a stencil to the public as a fund raiser for breast cancer research.  I collaborated with Stencil Girl, a fabulous art stencil company, to make the mass-produced stencil of the bra image. The stencil is available for puchase, all the proceeds go to breast cancer research.  I hope you will consider buying a stencil and find new ways to use it and support those in need in your world through art. Purchase Supported stencil here.

Supported Pink featured in the Oct/Nov issue of Quilting Arts

Supported Pink featured in the Oct/Nov issue of Quilting Arts

This project has shown me that casting artful seeds throughout your life can lead to an unexpected harvest.  Live and love artfully you never know where it might take you.  xxo Lisa

This issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is on newsstands today or you can pick up one up in actual or digital form hereIf you buy an issue via my link I get 10% of the purchase price!

This is the donated art piece that started this whole project going.

This is the donated art piece that started this whole project going.


From iPad to Quilt

Cluck, Cluck, Cocka-doddle-doo• 24″x 35″

Well I’m proud to share more details about my Quilting Arts Magazine article.  This month’s issue (Oct/Nov) has an article I wrote about turning iPad drawings into art quilts.  I made several quilts especially for the magazine; the one above is “Cluck, Cluck, Cock-a-doddle do.” It is made up of five images drawn on my iPad and printed on my home printer.  The one below is a redo of a quilt I did back in February.  This time I uploaded the images to Spoonflower.com and they printed the fabric, with bright, vibrant results.  For you Quilting Arts mag subscribers you already have your copy but if your not a subscriber the Magazine should be out in bookstores now or you can order online at Quilting Daily.  Here is a link to an online interview with Quilting Arts Editor Vivika DeNegre about changes to the iPad app I used to the article.  Ok two more links for your viewing pleasure.  Here is a link to some online extras that aren’t in the magazine and a video of an iPad drawing in process.  I know this post was mostly a big brag about my article but I’m so excited about how great it looks I want you to see it too.  I’m thinking about my next article submission that involves appliqué and stenciling I’ve got images of chairs, cow, and cups in mind (not all together) so I’ll keep you posted on that, I’ve just got to get some studio time to make it happen!  Oh for more hours in the day!

Backyard Birds • 24″ x 29″

PS.  If you sign up to be a member of Spoonflower you can order the bird fabric and others at my “Shop” under lisapalooza.  Also I’ll have these art quilts up for sale on my website soon!


Everything Old is New Again (and everything new is already old)

Peppers & Apples drawn using the Brushes 3 app

Peppers & Apples drawn using the Artrage app

Well I’m happy to announce that I have an article in the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!  My article is about using images that I drew on my iPad an putting them in a quilt form (go to 2/7/12 blog post to see bird quilt done this way).  I’ll share more about the Quilting Arts article next week but this week I’m here to kvetch a bit. Earlier this week I heard from the good folks at Quilting Arts that the magazine was to be mailed out to subscribers, the next day I got an email from two readers; both frustrated that they couldn’t find the Brushes app that I describe in the article.  Alarmed I start searching the web. Sure enough Brushes is no longer available as of September 18th! Yikes!  How can an app I down loaded last year be obsolete?  That is so 2011!  Well fortunately I quickly found that they had updated the app now call Brushes 3, for any of you interested iPad artist out there.  It is very similar with a few improvements in the color pallet and layers options. I immediately downloaded the app and started drawing.  I need to familiarize myself because I not only use it in my art but I teach classes in iPad drawing to so I have to be up to date.  I guess that is the point of my blog post today.  Technology Friend or Foe?  Both I’d say.  Technology allows us to do traditional things in all new ways like my iPad drawings printed on fabric then quilted as women have been quilting for centuries, thread and fabric, stitching and binding, creating comfort and beauty.  And then there is this rapid race to obsolescence.  Technology changing so fast that as soon as you are comfortable with it, it is upgraded, so that you can no longer use it they way you did just a year ago or even 6 months ago, it’s infuriating and exhilarating at the same time.  We cannot rest in our comfort zone, technology is always pushing us to stretch and learn and stay on top of the latest thing, uses we never even knew we needed or could imagine using become daily companions.  So in that vein I recently found a new app Artrage.  This app like Brushes 3 is a iPad drawing app, but what is interesting about this app is it simulates real tangible art materials like watercolors, oil paints and pens more closely than other apps I’ve used.  I have very strong memories of standing in a meadow at the age of 10 with my mother, a watercolorist, and painting landscapes side by side by side.  I remember her admonishing me for using a lot of the very expensive cerulean blue, my sky was so blue and bright I loved it!  This app sent me back to that sunny day in aYosemite meadow by my mother’s side but this time I could use as much blue as I wanted.  So while vexing technology can connect us anew ways to old ways, and I must say it’s a pleasure to try it all.

The drawing done here are both iPad drawings of the  pile of peppers and apples in my kitchen waiting for attention.  The first I did using the Brushes 3 app, the second with the Artrage app.  I like the results of the first better but I want to say that I have many hours of practice using the Brushes family of apps and the Artrage app is new to me, and as I always tell me students when you try something new “remember this is just a first day, don’t expect to get to second base….”  So I would say with this app I am still standing at the plate swinging the bat…. I need more time and practice to love what I’m doing just like any art medium.  I promise to give you more on Quilting Arts Magazine soon!