August 15, 2016

Work accepted for SPUN exhibit

Skunk and Garlic Mustard, by Sue Reno
Skunk and Garlic Mustard

 I'm excited to share that two of my art quilts have been accepted for SPUN, an innovative all fiber exhibit at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, CT. Both Skunk and Garlic Mustard, above, and Silk Mill #1, below, will be included.

Silk Mill #1, by Sue Reno
Silk Mill #1
The juror is Dr Linda Wolk-Simon, director and chief curator, University Galleries, Fairfield University.  The show opens on 9/10/16 and runs through 10/3/16.  

Skunk and Garlic Mustard, detail, by Sue Reno
Skunk and Garlic Mustard, detail
Skunk and Garlic Mustard is part of my ongoing Flora and Fauna series.  It features cyanotypes on cotton, a heliographic print on silk, artist-painted and commercial silk and cotton fabrics, vintage embroidery,and machine stitching.
Silk Mill #1, detail, by Sue Reno
Silk Mill #1, detail
Silk Mill #1 is part of my series The StructuresIt's based on the historic Ashley and Bailey Silk Mill, circa 1899, in Columbia, PA. It was abandoned in the 1970's, and had become a magnificent ruin, The images are from photographs I took at the beginning stages of a renovation that has turned a portion of the building into a tourist attraction. It features screen prints on cotton, digital images on silk, artist-painted and commercial silk and cotton fabrics, and machine stitching.

August 7, 2016

52 Ways to Look at the River - Update 9

52 Ways to Look at the River, Quilt back in progress
 There's been a flurry of activity in my push to incorporate the 52 Ways to Look at the River panels into a permanent assemblage.  I've spent a lot of time thinking about options and testing different configurations and materials.  I decided to make one large assembly rather than a diptych or triptych, as I thought splitting it up would dilute the impact.

From there it was a question of what material to use to mount them on.  It would have been (relatively) quick and easy to attach them to a large piece of industrial felt. In my trials, however, I didn't like the look, and I didn't like the way it handled and hung.

I work primarily in the quiltmaking format for a reason.  I  like the drape and the texture and the overall impact.  So I am making a large quilt to serve as the substrate and will be attaching the panels to it.  The first step was to paint the yardage to serve as the quilt back, above, and front, below. They are shown here drying on my driveway, and are lighter as finished.

52 Ways to Look at the River, Quilt front in progress
Here's a detail of the front panel.  I got lots of lovely, watery texture from the aging asphalt surface.

52 Ways to Look at the River, Quilt front in progress, detail
 Much of the front panel won't be seen, as it will be covered by the panels, but the parts that do show between them will add lots of color, texture, and continuity.

I've got it layered up and am finishing the quilting on it now.
52 Ways to Look at the River, bonus panels in progress
I also made a large, watery wool and silk panel on felt, which I then cut up to trial different mounting possibilities for the panels.  I decided on stitching them onto dark grey felt, to frame them and unify the sizes.  All the panels started with a 6" x 12" background, but I didn't make a particular effort to contain any stretching or warping as I worked on them.  I like the way that fiber responds and distorts to being felted and stitched.  Getting them all onto the felt backgrounds was a big project.
52 Ways to Look at the River, panel 7 in progress
I am somewhat paranoid about mixing up the order in the final assembly, so each one got a big painted number on the back after I attached it.  

52 Ways to Look at the River, reverse of panels in progress
 All of the photos I'd been sharing of the panels as I made them were iPhone shots--good, but not consistent in terms of lighting and focus, etc.  So I also spent some time taking their official portraits with the DSLR and the photo lights, and edited all of those shots.  I'm very happy with the results:
52 Ways to Look at the River, Panel 35
52 Ways to Look at the River, Panel 35
There's still a lot more to be done, but I am getting closer to the finished work.  I know many of you enjoy reading about process, so I hope you have enjoyed this recap of the past month's studio happenings.

A reminder that two of my works are on exhibit at wonderful venues this month: The Organic Landscape, as part of SAQA's Seasonal Palette, is at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, through August 31st.  This is the last stop on an overwhelmingly successful four year world tour that I am honored and grateful to have been a part of.
SAQA's Seasonal Palette at the Gerald R. Ford Museum
SAQA's Seasonal Palette at the Gerald R. Ford Museum
The Organic Landscape by Sue Reno
The Organic Landscape
And Ice Jam is at the Fiber National 2016 Exhibit at the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA, through August 21st. (Photo courtesy of an Alert Reader.)
Ice Jam at Fiber National 2016, Workhouse Arts Center
Ice Jam at Fiber National 2016
Ice Jam by Sue Reno
Ice Jam
As always, thanks for reading and commenting.