Saturday, December 15, 2007

Last Minute Gift Bazaar

Greetings All,
This weekend and next I'm hosting a last minute gift bazaar at "Hand Works Gallery/Studio" (my home) and I'm excite to see how many people will stop by.
I'm pulling out all of my inventory (dolls, quilts, gourds, jewelry, and garments)and we shall see what we shall see. I did this a couple of years ago and it was ok. The best part is not having to pack up and haul everything to another location, set up, break down and haul everything back home. Most of the times I'm by myself and this diva is not getting any younger.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Greetings All!



Greetings All,
I'm just checking in to see what's going on. I've not been busy with dolls this week, but I have been busy. Sunday I started out at a wonderful early dinner at a Art Space project called "The Switching Station Artists Lofts". The company was good and the food great. Later that day I was at a members reception at the Garfield Park Conservatory hosted by the Garfield Park Alliance. They were launching their new book about the conservatory titled,



Monday I worked with a small group of children at the Sankofa Safe Child Center doing fabric postcards (above). Tuesday I hung out with my mentee at Urban Circle Ministries drawing with oil pastels, and last night I was with a group of children at Youth Service Project, Inc. doing fabric postcards for the "2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar" that will be 12/21st and 22nd. I will post pictures later, but here are some pictures of their artwork (below).





Tonight I'll be going to and artist opening in Wicker Park. So far this week has been a busy one for me. I'm also having a 2-day "Last Minute Gift Bazaar"at my home on Saturday/Sunday. So what's up you dollies?

Monday, December 3, 2007

Greetings


Hello All,
I went out vending yesterday with the Darling Divas/Friends and several of them found new homes. Two long time friends came by and bought two at my special friends/family rate. So Carnelian (left) and Favor (right) are off on new adventures and Carmella (below)of the "Brownlee Sisters" (aka "Glam Squad Series) will be going to her new home after the 1st of the year. So I'm back in a doll making mode and I'm off to create.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

New Project

Greetings All,
A friend gave me two book shelve made of metal and I was trying to figure out where to put them. They hang on the wall and my walls are covered with my work and others. So I deiced to make them into bed/chaises for my Divas. Here are the before (left/center) and after (right) pictures of what I've come up with thus far. Now to finish the Diva.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Opening Night for SWAQ




Greetings All,
Last night was the opening night for the "Sew What Art Quilters" exhibit at "Spa Go" and we had a great time for our maiden voyage. I thank God for my girlfriends. They are the best. They have always supported me in what I do and I love them for it. Alpha Burton had a great idea with creating the "Phantom Gallery" and it was a great first night. I look forward today/night event. My members of SWAQ (Gwen McGhee and Sherise Marie Wright) were just as excited as I was and the owners of "Spa Go" were just ever so kind in letting us use their space for the gallery. Thank you Spa Go.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Inspiration Golore


This past weekend was just full of inspiration. Juanita Yeager came to town for my quilting guilds 15th year anniversary celebration. Friday night we had a workshop with her and over 40 were in attendance. Saturday we had a trunk show and luncheon and my head is just so very full with creativity.

Juanita's quilts are just unbelievable. She showed a wide range of her work from the beginning of her career up until now. She was very informative and helpful. She has changed the way I will create my new masterpieces.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Busy

Greetings All,
This is "Chicago Artist Month" and the "Sew What Art Quilters" are participating in what is called a "Phantom Gallery" where temporary galleys are set up in vacant store front. This is our duet showing and we are excited. We are in the "East Garfield Park" part of town, which is on the west-side of Chicago and we are in a new space called "Spago" at 2444 W. Madison. Its a spa that dose both in-house services and out. Can't make it to the spa, they will come to you. I love the concept and them offering us the use of their space. We will be in this space October 12, 13, 14, 2007 from 4 pm til 8 pm each day and if you are in Chicago do come by and see what we are doing and to say hello.

This morning put the finishing touches on several piece for this event. I added two more piece to my smooth jazz series. Here are "Trump I & II (left/right) and from the scrape of "Mother Fire" I created a new piece titled "Zig Zag - I" (center). This is beginnings of a new series.





I also finished another piece that I had started when I doing the "Wedggies" and it's called "Jacob's Ladder" inspired by looking at Sonji Hunt's blog this morning. Sonji is so very creative and cutting edge. I just love her work and I'm continually inspired and renewed by her. Last night I went to the Garfield Park Conservatory, Niki Nights where Niki Saint Phalle sculptures are on exhibit and they Garfield Park Alliance hosted an event where local artists Raymond Mays and Michael Lane were featured. Also jazz great Kahil El'Zabar Quartet. It was a wonderful night.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The End of a Series

Greetings All,

I have been busy too. I finish the last two pieces of my "Mother Elements" series. During our hand dyeing session with SWAQs I created a piece of fabric that made me think of water and fire and use those fabrics in these piece. Meet Mother Fire (left) and Mother Water (right).

Monday, September 17, 2007

Updates

Hey,
I have been busy, but not with my Divas. I don't know what's happening with me about the dolls. I'm in a creative slump. I have a group of queens that went to Indy and they've not come home yet. They didn't sale and they only got a few inquires. I think that I'm missing them. It's not like when they are sold, I know that they are not coming home, but these are just out there. One of my friends did go and pick them up from the gallery where they were, but they are still not home.

I've been working on my wall art and have done a weekend of vending with the "Nubian Quilters Collaborative". We get together once a year and create blocks of a quilt that we donate to "Africa House International". That was as interesting as always and we will produce another quilt for such a wonderful cause.

I have started a new series of what I call my "clip-art pieces". They are all small and they are all about musicians. I find different images in my "clip-art" files. I'm using my hand dyed fabrics (silk and cottons) and dyeing more as often as I can. I'm loving it because I can complete one small piece in a day.





I also started a series of pieces that focus on the elements and these are larger works. Behold "Earth and Wind" (left/below). Fire is on the sewing machine as I write. They do have faces like I create on my dolls and also have hair. This is as close as to creating one of my darling divas as I have gotten. I don't like being in a slump, but this is were I'm at for now.


I also created another piece of an exhibition that I want to enter. It's something new in the sense that I used some window screen material as a part of my fabric selection. The titled of this piece is "Lost and Found" (below). It's inspiration comes from the "Lost Boys of the Sudan" and the young men/boys that I see in my city standing on corners.



Saturday, July 21, 2007

I'm Here.

Greetings All,
I've been MIA lately because my dad got sicker and died. It has not been as trying as I thought it would be. Now I know that he's out of pain. He had prostrate cancer that had spread and had to have a Cather put in place and he was in a great deal of pain. He also had Alzheimer which didn't make things any better, because he could not understand all things that were happening to him. He was 82 years young and had live a pretty good life up until the last two years when things started to go the other way. He has been missed because of the Alzheimer, we couldn't talk like we use to or go and hang out. This photo is one of the last ones that I have that we were hanging out together at a jazz fest that I was vending at. He had a ball for getting so much attention and know that I was a "real artist". Dad thank you for the wonderful comment and you will be missed, but do rest in peace.



Sunday, July 8, 2007

Updates

Hello,
I have not forgotten y'all. I've been very busy. I have been going to the hospital to see my dad and he's not doing so good right now. Yesterday a met with the hospice nurse because that will be the next step. I've not been making dolls, but I have been making wall hangings. I find more comfort in doing them at this time. At the left-"Step On" and at the right "Summer Solstice Celebration".







I have all these doll heads/parts but no completed dolls other "Sparkle" (left). She was my last month challenge for DJWHF-club and yesterday I missed the meeting, so I'm feeling a not complete at this time. I can't wait until they post photos of the meeting.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Updates


"The Breakers" (left) is my latest piece. I have fell in love with creating small works. Pieces that I can create in a day. This one is all hand dyed and machine quilted. I love the colors. The cotton sky/sea are dyed by me and the rocks is a recycled rayon that was given to me by a good encourager Bernice Gardner.


The next piece is titled "Three Rivers" and it was named in honor of Walterine Keen who is a ex-sister-in-law who was very kind to me/my children. I was thinking about her/her husband and their farm and the town of "Three Rivers". This was all so very long ago and rows upon rows of crops. The hand dyed sky/waters are the same cotton fabrics in both pieces. The green silk was hand dyed by Marion Anderson and then over dyed by myself. These small works give me such a since of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of a day. They are simple in their construction, but it's all about the color for me in this process.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Here's Monk


Greetings All,
Here are the pictures of my latest piece titled "Monk" in honor of the one and only Thelonious Monk. I have had a great time creating this piece. I used my own hand dyed cotton and silk for this piece. I also fused the back of some of the silk with "Wonder Under" and printed the images of the drummer and the sax player from clip art on my PC. This process was a first from me but not the last. The musical notes I drew free handed and applied all to the background. I love the pink to blue coloring and the combination of fabrics. Enjoy.

 



I did get a group of Diva heads together and I'm on my way to the studio to start on their bodies and will post later on their progress.