Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Little Bit of Shiva Paintstik

I was at the courthouse today for jury duty but mid-way through the morning we were released. Hurrah!

Bonus day in the studio. I set to work on the piece shown above.  These are just strips of commercial cotton of various widths that I sewed side-to-side and then cut at odd angles, sashed randomly in white and set them all against a black background. 

Here it is now. Colors muted and blended. Hmmm. I like it but think it needs something more. Still not quilted. What do you think it needs? I would love to learn your thoughts.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Shiva Paintstiks - Easier than You Think!

Several years ago I received ziplock bag of Shiva Paint sticks that a friend no longer wanted. And like so many things the bag sat around in my studio for a year or so before I got around to trying them.

On Sunday afternoon I pulled out some hand dyed fabric, a couple of plastic templates, and the paint sticks. After a few missteps I figured it out...and of course by then I read the directions!

To see what I did please follow this link later tonight to my new blog http://marlachmandesign.bogspot.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

12 Characteristics of Creative People

This is a list of 12 tendencies shared by creative individuals posted online by Kim Phillips in March 2012. I  have reprinted the list here with her permission. Please follow this link to her original post    http://getlucid.net/?s=creative+people

Creative people are different because they operate a little differently. They....

  1. Are easily bored
  2. Are willing to take risks
  3. Don't like rules
  4. Ask "what if"
  5. Make lots of mistakes
  6. Collaborate
  7. Are generous
  8. Are independent
  9. Experiment
  10. Motivate themselves
  11. Work hard
  12. Aren't alone
Do you see yourself in this list? I can relate to every one, but the big ones are #1, 3, and 8.  Send me a comment and let me know which ones resonate most strongly for you.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Stitching and the Duncaster Show Continues

I want to finish putting the binding onto "Blue Check" a contemporary quilt of my own design inspired by Kaffe Fassett. Check back for a report on my progress.
And yes, that is my Green Machine, a vintage Sears Kenmore from the 1950's. It is my 'go to' machine. Those of you who know me from quilt retreats know it is with me when the Featherweight is not.

The exihibit of my art quilt group, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CTFAC) http://ctfac.blogspot.com  "Spring Thaw"continues at the Duncaster Retirement Center in Bloomfield http://duncaster.org through this March 28, 2014.  We were overwhelmed with the interest the group showed in us and our work. The reception included music and gallery talks by members of CTFAC.  The Duncaster Center is located at 40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
Here Antonia Torres (right) and I walking to the exhibit area to talk with attendees about our creative process. 
Artwork by Rosalind Spann
Artwork by Karen Loprete
Irises by Carol R. Eaton 
Artwork by Christina Blais

    Here I am discussing our Grey Matter Challenge

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Woodland Inspirations - Southford Falls State Park

This year is the 100th anniversary celebration of Connecticut State Parks. 

I have set a goal for myself to to hike in as many parks as possible this year. The thing that may surprise you is how many state parks (and national forests) there are in Connecticut. To find a park near you search the website of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)  www.ct.gov/deep 

Here are some photos I took at Southford Falls State Park in Oxford this week. What a glorious time of year---the transition between winter and spring. I am inspired by the sun, clouds, and water. I love the shadows that are cast by the trees on the snow-covered forest floor.