Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Greetings and Happy Holiday.

Greetings All,
I went yesterday the the Bridges Gallery in St. Charles, IL to collect my divas/friends. Cree (left) and Jade (center) found new homes and Peaches (right) is on stand-by. I am glad that I had the opportunity to have them to be on exhibit and. This weekend I will have my first open-house of the season and those that are still available will join their family in hopes of finding new homes. I hope/pray that you all have a great, safe, and wonderful holiday.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Road Trip


Wednesday I took my first on the road trip. I did a trunk show/lecture at the Northshore Quilters Guild in Milwaukee, WI. They were so very kind and had great questions about my work. I had them laughing and crying. I'm looking forward to my next engagement. I took several of my "Darling Divas/Friends" (below) with me and they were also well received so much so that I was asked if I would be willing to come back and do a workshop and I am in awe.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Greetings All,

Greetings All,

For the last 4 days I've been at "The African Festival of the Arts". It's on of Chicago's largest events. The weather was great. The music was awesome and the art fabulous. This event for me has been like a family reunion. I see some people only once a year at this time and then there is always the possibility of making new acquaintance or re-establishing old ones. I learned a great deal during these times and will celebrate them for the rest of my life. Several of my "Darling Divas" found new home. Meron (above left)my first pregnant doll now resides in St. Louis, Missouri and Adiva (below right)is gone to Georgia.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Perri new home/family

Greetings All,
Perri a member of the "Glam Squad" got her new home/family last weekend and I forgot to mention it. I also got a photo of us all say good bye and enjoying the Seaway Bank Art Fair. Check us all out below. That's me on the left, with Cathy in the center holding Perri and Cathy's daughter to the right. We all had a great time and it was a beautiful weekend.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Greetings All!

Greetings All!


I'm still here, I've been busy with my art quilts and not my The Divas. This past weekend I was out vending along with Gwen Boyd Mcgee. This was a first for all of us and we participated in the Evanston, IL "23rd Ethnic Festival". It was a two-day event and the 1st day it rain for a great part of the day and that was not a good thing.


In spite of the weather the race to Mackinac Island went on and it was a sight to behold with all the colorful sails blowing in the wind into the fog as the approached the horizon. "Thunderstorms and variable wind conditions welcomed sailors on over 430 boats to the start of 100th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Lands’ End. The Race Committee started the first boats in the Cruising Division at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and despite the variable starting conditions among them, all 23 sections were started on time. A large portion of the fleet was able to pick up 8-12 knots of breeze as they made their way out of Chicago".


Day 2 the sky was partly sunny and bright. The crowd was just as bright as the sun and the breeze off of the lake was delightful. I met to real live friends of the divas and promise them that I would write and post their pictures on my blog and I must keep that promise. Temamnesh and she was most charming.




I also promise to make a friend named after her and then she asked would I name one after "Lila Grace" also. I did tell her that I had name dolls by both of the names in the past, but I would create new Darling Divas/Friends because she was so delightful.



Thursday, May 22, 2008

Whats new

Greetings All,

I've completed several dolls that I had started a while back and I switch wardrobe with Skylar (left). I have a collector who want one of my "Glam Squad" dolls. She like the costume of Carmella (right), but she has blond locks and wanted her doll to have them.






"Perri" (left) was created to meet that client needs.
The newly dress Skylar (right) has on a lace long gown with matching panties and robe of duchess satin. I added a glass beaded collar and I'm not sure about slippers yet.








I have also finished another one of my dancer and this one is name "Ruby" (left). These dolls in this series are all named after gemstones and dress accordingly. She dose not stand on her own. I just thought it was more dramatic to have her standing and now I need to work that out, will it be a store bought doll stand or will I create one. We shall see.


Finally I competed my first pregnant doll "Meron" (below) who was inspired by Patricia Coleman-Cobb call a "Pocketful of Miracles". Someone asked if I had made this type of doll before and I had not, so this was a challenge for me. Meron is dress in silks of sand color (robe/bra) and a plaid silk for her pants. I'm not sure about her slippers and I have work to do on her navel.

Friday, April 11, 2008

New Family Members




Greetings All,
I have been busy creating new "Divas" since all the other darlings are off to St. Charles. I'm going out vending this Sunday at the Helen Bailey's "Urban Livin' Spring Home/Garden Show. You may ask what or why would I go there? I'm showing my divas and art quilts there along with another fiber artist and since it is a "home" show some people will be looking to purchase art and accessories. So I hope/pray that some of the girls will find new homes. Also I will be doing a fiber art postcard demo.


My new family members are Skyla (above left) and Kamryan (right). Skyla is dress in silk duponi that is a wonderful shade of blue with and undertone of red. I love the iridescence of this fabric. She is wearing a long wrap robe with matching pajama pants and slippers. Kamryn is dressed in black lace. She wears a long tank top gown with a side slit and matching robe and slippers. I also created a cute lace panties.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Divas/Friends Great Adventure

Greetings All,
The Divas/Friends are off on a great adventure in St. Charles, IL at the Bridges Gallery. Rowena Salas and Richard Sperry are the owners and they graciously invited us to participate in the Sisters Weekend. The girls looked like they were going to enjoy their stay. I did get a chance to finish Lark (right) with her painted green metallic boots. She sits in a blue toilel wing back chair. I even took the last of the "Glad Rag Klan" wire wrapped ragged dolls (below from left to right Pinky, Maize, and Limey). I also took a few small wall hangings. So I hope/pray that this will be a good venture for all of us. We are in great company at the Bridges Gallery. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The New Divas/Friends

Greetings All,

I have been busy making new "Divas/Friends" getting them ready to make a trip to St. Charles, IL at the Bridges Fine Art Gallery. This will be their first trip and they will be a part of an "Divas" exhibition, April 11-13, 2008 for "Sister's Weekend". I'm so excited and if you are in the neighborhood do stop by and check out the gallery and Divas/Friends.

The Jones girls where the first to be created and they are Velvet (left) and Valentine (right) Jones. These divas are sisters and they love to being seen. Velvet is wearing a silk jumpsuit with a embroider organza duster with rhinestones and sparkles. Her hand painted gold slipper have rhinestone and beaded embellishment. Valentine is wearing a snakeskin printed long tank dress with side slit and a Kente Cloth woven duster that is satin line and she has a matching stole.



"Cree" (left) is my Native American inspired diva wearing a suede fringed dress with leather boots/belt. She also has a Mud-cloth stole and Pony bead necklace. She is seated on a Willow bench. I love Kathy's native doll from our of DJWHF meeting earlier this month and this is my tribute to her.







"Jade" (right) inspiration comes from just her name. I wanted to create a green eyed diva wearing green and Jade was born. S he wears a jumpsuit with matching long robe and she also has hand painted ballet slippers.






"Peaches" (left) like Jade it's all about the name and color. I keep a list of names for my divas and I look at that list for inspiration and create from there. Peaches wears a burnt orange long gown with side slit and matching short robe. She also has hand painted slippers and comes with her own chair that I've re-covered the cushions to coordinate with her garments.



"Spirit" (right) is dressed in a red satin jumpsuit that is backless and has an over skirt that ties in the front. I'm still not sure about her shoe as of yet. She also come with a chaise that I posted earlier and she looks just stunning laying there all relax.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Greetings

Greetings All,

The Darling Divas/Friends and been out an on display this weekend and some are no longer member of my family. It was great to see them go off to new places/spaces. They are going to the south (Georgia) and all around town in Chicago-land. I also got several commission for others dress in certain colors and one who shall be pregnant. Below are some of those that have deiced to go off on their own. I didn't get a chance to take my latest diva "Precious" picture, but she's out there sitting on the sofa in Karen's living room. I hope/pray that they are all enjoyed as much as I have enjoyed in their creation.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wearables

Greetings All,

A wonderful woman by the name of Michele Hardman has commission me to make some garments for her and I'm loving it because she dose not hem (smile) me in by sticking to just commercial patterns. I can cut and sew what I want with some freedom. I can dye the fabric and I can just be as creative as I can. I love the fabrics that she has chosen and I'm having a ball. Most of the garments are simple in their construction because of my love affair with the cloth and I want to showcase it, plus I love to see it flow as you move.



She bought some silk scarfs prints by Salvador Ferragamo in cream/taupe (center/right) and I dyed them in one of her favorite color turquoise (left). I made round neck tunics with side slits and cropped pants with pockets. I hope I can get a photo with her in one of these for my blog.

The next pantsuit with a long ankle length tunic/pants (left). This tunic has a slit neck line and long sleeve. I has an Moroccan flavor and I love the colors and the feel of the fabric because it drapes of nice.She bought several burn-out velvet and one was with a plume design in cream and I dyed it reds and oranges (right). I'm in the process of making a slip dress for her to wear under this dress or alone. The dress has a hankie hem line and the slip will be even.
This 3-pcs (left) was made with a poly/rayon print with embroider flowers/leaves that had a rag-edge on them that I chose to use the wrong side for the coat and with the v-neck tunic/pant I use the correct side of the fabric. Michele brought a Vogue pattern number V8268 for this ensemble.
This Southwest colored pantsuit is made of another lite weight silk and I created another long tunic with a hankie hem line with a asymmetrical neck . This will move as tho there is a nice warm breeze blowing around her and feel so very sensual. I have enjoyed this experience more than any other custom sewing project that I had thus far. I got some other fabrics in dye baths and need to go and check on their status and will post more later. Thank you again Michele Hardman.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Phantom Gallery Chicago


Greetings All,
I've been busy getting ready for this month's "Phantom Gallery Chicago". I've been trying to make sure every things is labled and ready to be hung. I'm doing a group exhibition at a old established bank (ABC Bank) for "Black History Month" along with with Alpha Burton and Shirley Hudson, both are great artists and the show looks good in the old lofty building. The openning reception will be hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Febuary 6, 2008 from 6 to 8 pm and if your are in the community do come by and you can get more info from the Phantom's website. Below is my latest wall hanging. I compiled the second pieces of my "Smooth Jazz Clip-art" series plus one too create this larger wall hanging. I love the contrast with the black/white stripe and the overall affect of the piece.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I'm Still Here

Greetings All,
I'm still here and I have been busy. I've made three new "Darlings" they are a part of a series that I've made in the past that people keep asking for. This times they are called the "Biker Babes" (below). I used some pre-printed faces that I got from one of my doll group members Nancy Garwon and I believed that it is some Virginia Robertson fabric. The Babes come with little 3-wheel carts and I re-painted the carts to make them more colorful. I also started a new series of dolls that are dancer. I've only complete one and that's Emerald (below). I will post more as I get them completed.





I've also been working on my art-quilting. Next month I will be a part of two exhibition. One is the 2nd Phantom Gallery Chicago exhibition. One exhibition is at the ABC Bank in the community that I live in and it includes two painters, Alpha Burton and Shirley Hudson. This is an Black History Month event sponsored by the bank and the chamber of commerce. The show runs the full month and our opening reception is February 6, 2008 from 5 to 7 pm at the bank. Check the Phantom link for more info. I will also be at the West Chicago Ave. Branch Library with an exhibition of my art quilts from February 11 til 15, 2008. The reception for this show is on the 11th from 5 til 6 pm and you can check the link for location information. If you are in town during these times and would like to see some of my art quilts or to meet me in person do stop by the receptions.