Thursday, April 13, 2017

Untethered Thread


Conversation by Linda A. Miller 2017
Conversation by Linda A. Miller 2017


I am pleased to announce that "Conversation" and "Sonata in Blue" have been juried into the upcoming SAQA regional exhibit Untethered Thread at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts from June 1st through June 24th!  Address: 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064. This is an exhibition of contemporary textiles showcasing the diverse artistic styles and exceptional craftmanship of SAQA regional members from Southern California and Southern Nevada.  I am honored to have work included.


Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016
Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016

The artist reception date is still to be determined, so stay tuned for more.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Sacred Threads Postcard Project

Sacred Threads QuiltsSacred Threads has a project that will allow you to participate in creating a special display for visitors to this summer's exhibit.  "We would love for you to create a mixed media postcard that illustrates your greatest Hopes and Dreams. Just think, Hopes and Dreams color our everyday perceptions, allow us to imagine how high we can fly, and visualize how bright our desires shine."


Here is a video by curator, Barbara Hollinger:  Sacred Threads Postcard Project

You can be a part of this Sacred Threads Postcard Project, by making one or more of these 6" x 4" cards.  Please keep the cards anonymous.  Deadline is May 31, 2017.  Details here.



Mine are ready to mail.







Friday, March 24, 2017

Dialogue

We dance round in a ring and suppose;
But the secret sits in the middle and knows.
~ Robert Frost
  
Dialogue by Linda A. Miller

My new quilt, "Dialogue", had a long wait from start to finish.  Several years ago I had pieced the quilt top with bits of my inked lines and commercial fabric, then it sat unfinished.  Something about it was not working and I was not motivated to finish it.  I recently came across the top again, and decided to play with it.  Getting out the rotary cutter, I cut it up, turned parts this way and that.... and liked the effects!  (Sorry, I can't find the original photo to post.)  The piece flowed from there.  Sometimes things work out that way, everything has its own pacing.


Dialogue by Linda A. Miller

This quilt may have been waiting for "face" fabric to arrive.  Adding that particular element allowed the quilt sing for me.

In his recent post David Limrite theorizes why the end result may seem disconnected from your idea at the start.  He writes, "There are twists and turns and changes in motivation. The painting changes course a multitude of times throughout the process."  I would have to agree with that.  How about you?  Read his article for more.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

What's in Progress


Creation unfolds like calm breakers.
Constant slow movement teaches us to keep working
like a small creek that stays clear,
that doesn’t stagnate, 
but finds a way through numerous details, deliberately. 
 ~Rumi, excerpt from “Deliberation”




Work in process, Linda A. Miller
Detail work in process

I have been absorbed in art making...  playing with several ideas.  This quilt began as an exercise from Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training, in the chapter "Learning to Make and Take Time" that encourages slowing down and savoring the process.  It was the perfect entry for me to nudge my creativity back into action.  The exercise was loosely based a game to take a number (originally totaling my age) of random bits of things and put them together.  I began with ink marks on rice paper, which I cut up and appliqued to cloth. (Note to self: let's do more exploring with paper!)  I added fabric swatches on which I had made leaf rubbings.  These were all assembled on the cloth, and the stitching began- embroidery, quilting.  I love the process of needle to cloth.

Conversation by Linda A. Miller
Conversation by Linda A. Miller



All the hand work is solitude time: Joy!  Ideal addition to the already-made commitment to myself to sit (in meditation) everyday. This mini retreat has helped me move away from feeling so hijacked by news and social media.  Allowing some balance to return, even while staying informed and active.  

The word "kindness" has been percolating in me since last fall, with the building divisiveness of pre/post election events.  The small piece below is my first attempt in working on a kindness theme in cloth... still in process, so stay tuned.

Work in process, Linda A. Miller





Be well, friends, and thank you for visiting my blog!  Thanks to Jane Dunnewold for bringing Rumi's "Deliberation" to my attention.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sacred Threads

On the Wind by Linda A. Miller

I am happy to report that my quilt "On the Wind" has been juried into Sacred Threads 2017!  One of my favorite exhibit venues, Sacred Threads welcomes artists who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual or healing journey.  In 1999, founder Vikki Pignatelli and the other committee members wanted to create a dignified exhibit of artwork that would touch the viewers on both spiritual and personal levels.  The biennial exhibit has grown since 1999, with a record number of entries for the 2017 show.  I am honored to be an exhibiting artist for the fourth time.

Sacred Threads runs July 7 - 23, 2017 at  Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171.

To learn more about the piece read this.

On the Wind by Linda A. Miller



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Heart Day


Be fully present. 
Feel your heart. 
And engage in the next moment without an agenda.
~ Pema Chodron



camellia heart
Camellia heart from the Camellia Festival at Descanso Gardens


Happy Valentine's Day!




 

Friday, February 10, 2017

This Day

May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
~ John O'Donohue To Bless the Space Between Us


urban gardens by Linda A. Miller




urban gardens by Linda A. Miller




urban gardens by Linda A. Miller




urban gardens by Linda A. Miller



More from my archives of urban gardens. It has been a challenge to get going this year, getting continually sidelined by what is happening in Washington.  I felt it was important to share these photos as a reminder of beauty and balance.  Despite much dour news, I am heartened by the rising positive voices and actions.  I am finding my way, as are many others, learning to voice concerns and act.

As Robert Shaw said, "We make a difference in our yard of space and our inch of time."
 
My first creative endeavor of 2017 (after knitting hats for the March) was making a new prayer flag for the current set of the Bhavana Project, inspired by a sign seen a the Los Angeles Women's March in January.  Read more about the flags here.

www.bhavanaproject.com



Creative work is again underway again.  Here is a glimpse of more work in progress...


WIP Linda A Miller


Looking for some way to creatively express (we are artists after all) your feelings or frustrations?  This call for entry may be of interest-

http://threadsofresistance.blogspot.com/p/call-for-entry.html


Stay tuned for more.  Take care and be well.     






 

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