I had made a first UK report blog, a shorter one, on August 16th, late PM, but since then it's just too crazy busy, but a real blast! Hard work, great fun! How it ought to be! I flew home on Tuesday, Aug 24, and today is Saturday, August 28th. So there you are! I think my energy's back, and the good news is that I DID edit my tons of pictures all along, and have now transferred them from my laptop to my desktop and re-edited the ones I wanted for this blog post. So here we go!
Sandra Meech, Rayna Gillman, Lisa Walton, and me.
Twisted Thread and Creative Exhibitions, whom I'd been emailing and phoning with for almost two years, without ever seeing what he looked like. He appeared Tuesday morning and asked if I needed anything to help set up my classroom. I said I needed two ironing boards, but of course, someone else could get them. But then he showed up like this, toting two ironing boards, with a big smile on his face. That's Andrew, always trying to do whatever it takes to make things work well and fast. Imagine a VERY suave English voice, low and gentlemanly, full of courteous expressions of kindness and making everything all better. Very, very, very tall! He was even way better in person than in all our conversations before we met. I give him a 10! :) Sweet as Kidney Pie. OH, wait. I suppose that's not very sweet! Very English, but no, not sweet. Let's try again! Sweet as Honey Pie!
You can read tons and see tons of pix and videos of the Festival of Quilts 2010 on their Facebook page, including the video of an interview with me about my show. :)
Heifer International benefit auction for this Nov 6th. The piece is a fat quarter of white cotton to start with, so that's about 18"h x 22"w or so, since I don't measure, usually. It may be slightly larger when quilted, after I write all over it, probably with some history of Heifer International, my England trip, or whatever else is going on during the time I'm writing on the piece for the auction.
The view above is of nearing the end of walking on a huge skywalk, whose moving sidewalks and escalators were turned off, in order to get unlost. It must have been close to a mile of walking in that gray continuum of nothingness, after a nice stranger pointed me in the right direction to get to Hall #7, where I needed to be for FoQ!
This is my very first "Engaland Swings" drawing, made with a Rub-a-Dub black marker and a blue ink Bic pen, along with a little crayon, on a 5.5"h x 8.5"w piece of card-weight paper. It's a drawing made after my class painting of the Shoe Fly Pie with Cheeky Pigeon. Sarah bought it right away, so I was encouraged to continue my study of English culture! :) All during my time in the UK then, I kept on making Engaland Swings drawings, some of which will soon be for sale, and I'll let you know when I have good scans of them up. They'll each be $150. plus shipping.
Watch FoQ's video interview of me and my show, which they named "This American Life," on FoQ's Facebook page. (It wasn't MY idea to give that name to my show, but I am very flattered, even though the NPR radio show of the same name, hosted by Ira Glass, may not appreciate it. Still, that's in the US and THIS is England! Jolly good!!!!)
This shot shows Susan looking at work, while behind her are my three "Obamaland" pieces from 2009-2010, and on the left, my "Garden of Haiti" piece of 2010.
"Obama REI" about the 2008 presidential election, remained on the table to hang on one wall of the center walls. You can see large images and long statements about all of the quilts here, if you go into the Gallery index page on my site and then into the 2005 to 2010 gallery pages there.
"Wilma (Peace Voodoo)," which was hanging on one of the outside walls of my show stand, along with four other pieces. They all got missed in the videos made of my show, because they weren't inside the space. Anyhow, you can see how the writing looks up close here, except that this is a 2005 piece, the earliest in the show, and the writing got smaller and smaller, until in 2010, I can't read it very well! I need to start writing a little larger again!
Turtle Art Camps at my home studios in Wooster, Ohio. This is a giant sized table cover that's a primer for learning astrology. I was surprised at how huge that airpen writing of seven years ago looks to me now. No wonder the writing is taking me longer and longer now, because I'm writing smaller and smaller, as I get more comfortable with the airpen!
Since I was putting most of my time into teaching, I didn't get a chance to make a Bathtub painting. But during the evening of the second class night, I made this drawing, the second of my "Engaland Swings" series. It's Twiggy in the Bathtub with her Cat Peter Sellers. :) This isn't a very good image of it, but I'll let you know when I put up my scans of the drawings I'll have for sale soon. It'll look a lot better when scanned, instead of being photoed.
Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio, my hometown, to raise money for Haiti after the earthquake. Christine's purchase then helped feed a lot of people in Haiti for a long time! And it was a true honor and delight to meet her in England! Thank you so much, Christine!!!
I think Marlis looks a lot like the women in my family, on my mother's side, and it makes sense, since Mom's Mennonite and Amish ancestors came from Switzerland. Those groups stayed pretty insular, choosing members of their own faith and ancestry to marry, for many generations.
International Gala for FoQ, coz I was too worn out. I LOVED listening to the tv shows and ads, while I did my email, etc. But this ad stopped me in my tracks, and I knew I had to draw it! So funky and edgy, compared to US television. My girl in the ad is probably Anna Baptiste of FoQ, not the long haired brunette in the real ad. All of the "Engaland Swings" drawings are for sale for $150. each, except the two that sold. I'll post them all on my Facebook page for Turtle Moon Studios. There are four left right now.
"The Compost Pot / Death: Card #13 in the Kitchen Tarot." I had about half of the Kitchen Tarot quilted paintings in this solo show.
Rita Scannell had come over from Ireland and was staying two nights with me. She and I popped out into the expo a little and went to visit dear friends. Here's my fave new friend art quilter, Pauline Burbidge of the Scottish borderlands, who Rita told me was the first ever art quilter to use an industrial longarm sewing machine on her quilts. She blazed the trail that led to big companies making longarm sewing machines just to sell to quilters, but hers was something like a mattress-sewing longarm. Pauline is like a little Tinkerbell sprite, only way more brilliant mentally than Tink, who was just in love with Peter Pan! I met Pauline at Festival this year, and she has part of my heart. These are her newest works on the walls. You can watch her FoQ 2010 video now!
Marla Hattabaugh vended at Heide Stoll-Weber's stand of her insanely beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and quilts. Heike is holding one of my decks of Kitchen Tarot cards, in which I've made her a little simple Engaland Swings drawing, inside the box cover. Marla is a dear old friend from Arizona, whom I've known since the late 1980s, through Art Quilt Network. She hand quilts Nancy Crow's quilts. AND she makes her own brilliant art quilts, too!
Laura Wasilowski at Artfabrik, where I bought lots of Laura's hand dyed #5 perle cotton threads, for sewing around the borders of my art quilts. And Rita! I didn't get a picture of Laura, so let me see if I can go swipe one yet tongiht, off of her own site ...
"The Potluck / World: Card #21 in the Kitchen Tarot." Please send good vibes: a very sweet and interesting woman from Denmark, whom I didn't get a picture of, is thinking of buying this piece.
Well done! That night Rita told me that she wanted me to go with her the next day, Monday, Aug 23, on a surprise trip to do a little sightseeing in England! This was great, as Solihull was as far as I'd been, and I'd only seen the grocery store and Indian restaurant there!
In case you're curious about the weather, it was about 10 degrees warmer at home in Ohio all week, where we were having a heat wave. England was pretty nice, averaging about 70 degrees for a high each day, with rain here and there, but very bearable. I had a window that would open in my hotel room and kept it open all the time, as the AC didn't work, just the fan. Didn't get any cheeky pigeons in my window, happily. I was well warned about cheeky pigeons! I liked that term a lot and am using it in my art, as you saw here. :)