July 22, 2014

Today’s Inspiration: The Garden

Hello and welcome!  Today is my turn to be featured on the Quilting Arts TV blog hop. The theme of Series 1400 is all about finding creativity and inspiration, so I have been posting each day with images and prompts about my personal inspirations.  Today’s inspiration is The Garden.Sue Reno, Plume Poppy
My earliest memory is of helping to plant a vegetable garden, poking pea seeds into the ground.
Sue Reno, The Organic Garden
Gardening has been a lifelong priority, both for the food and flowers, and for the sheer delight and satisfaction of watching things grow.  So it’s only natural that my garden has been a recurring theme in my art quilts.
Sue Reno, Columbine
I use a variety of surface design methods to put imagery onto fabric, including cyanotype;
Sue Reno, Bleeding Heart, detail
heliographic prints:
Sue Reno, Jack in the Pulpit, detail
and digital prints:
Sue Reno, Fireball, detail
While I’m outside, digging and pruning and weeding, I keep a sharp eye out for the native wildlife that visits my garden from time to time, which led to the creation of my Flora and Fauna series.
Sue Reno, Vole and Viburnum
I collect animal skulls, photograph them, make cyanotype prints of the images, and incorporate them with vintage textiles and heliographic prints.
Sue Reno, Skunk and Garlic Mustard
They are quite cheerful works for the most part, celebrating the lives of the creatures that share my environment.
Sue Reno, Squirrel and Locust
Part of my artistic practice involves taking (almost) daily pictures of my environment and posting them to social media.  Most are taken using my iPhone with a clip on macro lens.  I love the different perspective that is revealed in the macro world.
Sue Reno, columbine bud, macro
You can find my photos on Flickr, my Twitter account, and Facebook.
Sue Reno, white zinnia flower, macro
I hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of my work, and will check back often to see what I am creating. 
Sue Reno, wood poppy bud, macro
As always, thanks for reading and commenting, and be sure to hop over to the other featured blog for today,  Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com).  You can see my episodes and the work of all the talented artists by purchasing the Quilting Arts TV DVD
Quilting Arts TV DVD Cover Image
Read more about the series, and the PBS schedule, at the  Quilting Arts TV Website

I shared the experience of filming my episodes for Quilting Arts TV on my blog back in March—see it here. There are links to previews of my episodes here.  And I’ve added a QATV tab on the blog header to make it easy to read back through all the QATV related blogs.  Enjoy!
Sue Reno, on the set of Quilting Arts TV

Tomorrow’s featured bloggers:  Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)

Up next: The River


Katkat said...

Love the prints. Your work is beautiful!

todera said...

I love, love, love your work and everything you post! I'm a huuuuuuuge fan!!!

Robin in WNC said...

I love your work, it is an inspiration for me. I follow your daily macro photos also, seeing the natural world in a whole new way. The lens you use is on my birthday/Christmas list.

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Really enjoy your pieces! Am absolutely smitten with the idea of a clip on macro for my iPhone - I hadn’t seen these before. Thanks for mentioning them!

WeedyMama said...

Hardly a day goes by I don't take pictures of something. I use my camera a lot in my quilting, photographing things on the design wall to get them in the right place and record progress. Love that there is another person that is as devoted to their camera and photography.