Christine, Heidi and I are busy bees getting ready for the Zephyr Point retreat which is only about 2 weeks away! I am also feverishly working on my Chuck Close project, using any morsel of free time I can manage to work on it.
Going back a few weeks, I had the pleasure of visiting the Santa Clara Quilt Guild, in my old stomping ground of the Bay Area where I used to live. I did my lecture for approximately 250 enthusiastic ladies, and taught 2 full workshops in the following couple of days.
A trip to the Bay Area, especially one that involves quilting, is not complete without a visit with my good friend Therese May. She was at one time my next door neighbor, and I credit her for introducing me to the world of quilting, in particular, art quilting. She is, in case you don’t know, one of the foremothers of the modern American quilting movement, and developed her delightful style of quilting during the 60’s. She went on to become very well-known and on the cutting edge of what was happening in art quilts.
In the late 80’s, while we were neighbors, we started a quilting group of 16 people who met once a month and came from very diverse art disciplines and interests. We each got a turn and had the others make a square to our specifications. This is where my love of quilting truly began.
And here’s the whole group, at a pot luck we had, in front of a “Self-Portrait” quilt a group member made from our contributions. Therese even joined in a group more recently here in Grass Valley, CA at Sugar Pine Quilt Shop, similar to the group we had had so many years ago. She participated long-distance, and we all made blocks for her from fabric she designed and had printed by Spoonflower. Here she is with the finished quilt at PIQF a couple of years ago. I love this picture!
I also credit Therese for the seed planted that turned into my Material Matrix technique. During a visit here one Spring we had lengthy discussions about the painter Chuck Close’s work, and talked about doing some sort of collaboration inspired by him. Spurred by a challenge in the group Mountain Art Quilters which I belong to, the idea of doing a self portrait proved irresistible and I was off and running. Perhaps some sort of collaboration is still a possibility, it would be fun to do!
Back to the present, and my visit to the Santa Clara Guild, I spent time with Therese while in the Bay Area and visited her studio/home. Here are a few shots I took, showing the wonderful and whimsical style that so defines Therese’s work, and is her “joie de vivre”.
Words really cannot express the appreciation I have for Therese, in terms of her friendship, inspiration, and generosity! Below is her blog and website address, I know you will want to visit.
Bye for now, I hope you are enjoying the last bits of summer.