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Arrowmont Inspired Project

I finished embroidering the printing plate for my Arrowmont project.  (See below…and read THIS post to see collage inspiration for this embroidery.)  So, during my Reunion at Arrowmont, I will take this stitching on fabric and create prints on paper using a printing press.  (Using a real press for my printing process is unexplored territory.)  I plan to run this through several times on the same piece of paper, creating multiple layers on top of each other.  Before I leave for my trip (which is next weekend),  I plan to print this at home using the method I’ve already developed to get a couple of layers started to take with me.  I think I’ll go start now! 😉


Embroidered Printing Plate – Size: 30″ x 22″



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Studio: Collages with Fabrics

After a highly needed restful Saturday, I went to the studio all day Sunday.  I seemed to kick my lethargic Saturday mood to the way side.  (I think I was fighting a cold.)  Today I have more energy, and I had a good studio day.  I started by organizing my stack of xeroxed photos into stacks.  I put aside the ones I related to in some way today and picked out these.

Today, I worked from these photos only.   I played with compositions and came up with the following collages using fabric:

I haven’t given these collages names yet.  This composition came to me intuitively.  I didn’t expect to make a collage today about war.  War is always going on.  It could be a personal war, or a religious war.  It make no difference.  It is always people who don’t accept people for who they are; forever trying to change people to see the same way.  (How boring, really!)  Diversity is good in my world.

What do you think is going on in this one?  I would love to hear what you think.


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Studio: Finals

Next week is my last week of classes for summer quarter.  I’m trying to get everything ready for my final critique on Wednesday.  I’ve been working on hand sewing into two final pieces all week, but they are not finished so, I’m not ready to show them to you yet.  I’ll post them soon.

I spent today working on more ideas for a finished piece.  I’m still trying to keep with the theme of “friends are chosen family.”  Let me know if you think I should make any of these into a final piece.  Comments are below each one.

I loved this photo of my grandmother with her friends.  She is the second one from the front.  You can really tell that this group of ladies were having a great time and are really close.

I’ve really been interested in what people did to have fun back in the day.  Looking at my grandmother’s photos, they seemed to like to be outside.  Here are two of her friends swimming.  I guess in the days of no AC, this was likely a very popular spot in the heat of the summer.

Written on the back of this photo, I discovered that this was one of my grandmother’s boyfriends before she met my grandfather.   If she had stayed with him, I wouldn’t be here!

Picnics were also very popular.  I have a lot of photos of people eating outside.  Here are a group of close friends eating watermelon.

Well, I’m off to work on some hand sewing!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Studio: More Studies Using Old Linens

Today I spent the morning playing with two fabric collages. With my guiding statement, “friends are chosen family,” in mind, I decided to focus on figures who (I think) were friends of Maw Maw Keck, my grandmother. It is hard for me to use my collection of old linens for “studies”, so I decided to think of these two collages as more “finished”. The pictures below are in progress. I used xeroxes for the images to figure out placement, but I think I’m going to do some sort of image transfer on fabric with the photo pieces, and then embellish with some hand embroidery. What do you think?


I have no idea who this woman is. She could be a friend of my grandmother. The people sitting down and eating are family from my grandmother’s side. One of the big things I remember about visiting my grandmother, is how much food she would make for us. She would make enough food to feed an army. We would eat leftover’s for days. We would always eat on the picnic table on her screened-in porch. My grandmother house was not air-conditioned, so it was usually too hot in the house after cooking all that food, so it made sense that we ate outside.


#2 and #3

I just played around with compositions to see what I liked best. Which one do you like best? I know I won’t be using #3.

Next weekend I will be going out of town, so I would like to work on hand stitching on these. This will be easy to take with me. (So, next week I will post on Sunday or Monday, instead of Saturday.)

The second half of my studio day: RESEARCH

I decided to do my paper on my family. I’m using old newspaper clippings that my grandmother saved as my research. Most of them are obituary’s but there are a few articles as well. The obituary’s really helped me figure out where to start my research on line. Thankfully, there are other distant relatives that have shown a great interest in family history and I found a great website that gives many details of the Folgeman history. You can view it here. Fogleman was my great grandmother, Minnie Sharpe’s maiden name. I was able to track the Fogleman name all the way back to the Fogleman who came across the ocean from Germany.

The Fogleman lineage is as follows:

My great grandparents: Minnie Eugene Fogleman Sharpe (b. 1884, d. 1978) and Arthur Monroe Sharpe (b.1882 d.1964)

My great great grandparents: Nancy Jane Fogleman (maiden name unknown) (b. 1848, d. 1931) and Joel Albert Fogleman (b. 1848, d. 1938)

My great great great grandparents: Polly Garrot Fogleman (b. 1818, d. 1913) and Ludwig Fogleman (b. 1807, d.1878)

My great great great great grandparents: Mary Albright Fogleman (b. 1790, d.1815) and John Fogleman (b. 1782, d. 1846)

My great great great great great grandparents: Anna Margaretha Fogleman (b. abt. 1755, d. unknown) and Peter M, Sr. Fogleman (b. 1755, d. 1819)

My great great great great great great grandparents: Catherine Cutriss Gotz Fogleman (b. abt. 1722, d. unknown) and George Fredrich Fogleman (b. 1721, d. 1785)

My great great great great great great great grandfather is believed to be Micheal Fogleman (Vogleman was used in Germany). Though evidence of this is not concrete.

I tried to do the same thing with the Keck name, but I just reached dead ends. Most of this information is attributed to the records of Lowe’s Lutheran Church. I think most of these people were christened and buried there.


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Studio: Let’s try something on the wall.

My latest studio venture was a continuation of playing with the linens. With mid-terms coming up next week, I’m feeling the pressure of making something more “tangible”, so I decided to start a linen “collage” wall piece. After cleaning and rearranging my studio so that I had a large wall space to work on, I came up with this:

The white background is a table cloth to give you an idea of scale. (About 5 x 7 feet). I haven’t sewn anything down or anything; I pinned everything from the back. The stripe of lace on the bottom was meant to “ground” the center motif, but I don’t really like it. I like this detail better:

Yeah, I like this much better. It is more simple, which is the look I’m going for these days. Maybe with some hand running stitch to give it some subtle texture or line drawing.

I added the square hankies with maybe the idea of transfering some baby photos to them. I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate my family photos.

I’m still at the stage of playing with the linens to see what happens, though I really like this way of working with them. It’s back to 2-D thinking though, even if I am using 3-D objects.

I still want to play more with these compositions before committing to sewing anything down. I also want to spend more time researching a concept before making another finished piece. The way I regularly work is by intuition. I start and make decisions as I go, and then the concept comes to me while I am working. This is OK when I’m not in graduate school, but now I have the pressure of making a “body” of work that all relates to each other. That is what I am trying to figure out. Yes, my “theme” is family photographs, but what am I trying to “say” with them? This is my challenge of the moment.


How should I incorporate my family photos??


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Studio: Playing with old fabrics

Another suggestion to get myself thinking 3-D instead of 2-D was to play around with my collection of old fabrics and linens.  Rolling them stacking them, taking pictures, etc.  This post will be a visual diary of that experience.  Comments are below each picture.

I starting by putting everything I had to work with on the table.  Very cluttered, huh?

Detail of the pile of lace.

I knew if I rolled the bigger pieces that they would be hard to keep rolled in a stack with out tying them, so I decided to clear off my metal shelf and use this to support the rolls.  So, I began rolling, and rolling, and rolling until the fabric pieces became to small to roll.  I liked the way it ended up.  It was fun to see all the colors together.  I purposely started with the color fabrics and ended with the whites.  I also wanted one side of the shelves to be neatly placed, while leaving the other side randomly cluttered.  I don’t feel like this is a finished piece of artwork or anything, for those of you wondering.  This is just an exercise to get my brain thinking more 3-dimensional. As most of you know, I work 2-D normally.

Cluttered backside

After rolling, I was ready to move on to stacking.  I decided I would start with a stack of napkins and hankies.  I pulled out all I had, and stacked from largest to smallest in a square format.  These linens had been in storage, and were pretty wrinkled, but I stacked anyway without ironing them.

Then I stacked them again in a spiral.  The wrinkles really bugged me of coarse, being the simple person that I am.  WRINKLE=CLUTTER=CHAOS

So, naturally the next step was to IRON them and stack them again.


Ironed spiral stack

Detail of ironed spiral stack

Naturally the next step was to stack them folded.  I think this stack was my favorite.  Probably because it was the most organized, and you could see more of the lacy edges.  Seeing them so neatly pressed reminded me of my mother.  She had an antique linen business, and I have spent many hours watching her make neat stacks of linens.

I love the edges of these old linens stacked.

It was now time to  move on to the lace scraps.  How do you organize lace?  I decided to contain it.

…then set it free.

This was one way to organize it.  It was really fun to see everything all laid out.   Each little piece is so beautiful, many of them handmade.  It is really time consuming to make lace.  I’ve never had the interest to learn or anything, but I have the highest respect for people who still do.  (If there is anyone out there that still does?)  It’s one of things that people don’t really think about how people used to make this by hand.  Most of it now is machine made, of course.

That ends my day in the studio.  It was today that I decided a blog would be a good way to document these explorations.  I don’t know where it will influence my artwork.  I’m still mulling over that one.  I welcome any comments or suggestion on what else I should try.


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