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A retired art teacher who has found a new life in fiber arts!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Memory Monday # 77

     I just got back from a two week trip with my darling daughter, Andrea. The first week out, we went to a workshop in the home of Susan Shie, a fabulous fiber artist who lives in Wooster, Ohio..(that is "WUS...ter" we were told...not like ROOster!)  We had an absolutely wonderful time and learned so much! Which I will write more about later...but now for my memory post!
   Actually this is a  combined post...the years I was at Mizzou, a favorite hamburger/ beer joint was The Shack.  It sat right across the street from campus and had quite a reputation for the best burgers (secret recipe) and fun atmosphere!

Above insert is the Shack as I knew it!
Look closely....you might see my name there!  Carving on the walls and tables was encouraged!
A guy named Jim Lowe attended Mizzou...he must have hung out at the Shack too because he wrote a song "The Green Door" (click on link to hear it) which was in reference to the Shack's Green Door!  There is a line "what's that secret you're keepin'?" which is about their great hamburgers...a fun song!
     Now, the connection to our workshop is with the collaborated work we did together..the three students (myself, my daughter, Andrea and another fun lady, Mary) and teacher Suzie! We learned three basic techniques: painting on fabric, air brush and air pen.  After doing a couple of starts of our own (later info), we decided to do a collaboration where we all added to the quilt.  We started with our airbrush technique and our theme for the day was "houses".
Top right-Andrea (tree house), top left-Mine (castle)
Bottom left-Susan's, bottom right-Mary
Then we all added more and more details..whatever we added to our own, we added to each others!
Each time we changed color of the paint used for airbrush. 
At this point, Andrea had painted all our doors with green paint...which triggered my memory of The Shack and the Green Door! So I pulled up the song for everyone...Susan, although younger than I, was the only one besides myself who knew it!
And at one point, Susan added Sphinxes..another object Andrea had in her first quilt.
Then after we decided the whole had enough on it, we cut it into four sections, then added more of our own personal ideas!  The picture above is really the quilt from the back; I wanted to show the vividness of the colors by showing how bright they are on the back side.
This is a picture of all our work this week...our collaborated is the four in the center which we titled "The Mystery of the Sphinx...Behind the Green Door!"!!  Realize, none of these are completed...there will be more details added, embellishing, stitching, quilting.



   

     

Monday, October 13, 2014

Memory Monday #76

     Here I am...a freshman...finding my way around campus (and I don't know if I told you or not but I was and am directionally challenged!) so finding my way around was more of a chore for me than some, I am sure.
     Mizzou had two distinct campuses..the Red Campus and the White Campus!  A very brilliant observation...most of the buildings on the Red campus were made of red brick...it was the older campus; and the buildings on the White campus...yep..were mostly made up of white brick.  I had classes on both.  As a freshman, there are a few required classes that all Freshmen take...English being one.  Most of my classes were on the Red campus as that is where the Liberal Arts and School of Education were located. Jesse Hall with the columns lining a large quad was the focal building...it had a dome at the top...very impressive.  The Student Union on White campus, had a tall rampart/castle-like tower. Both of these landmarks were my guides to which campus I needed to head for...so you would find me looking skyward for my directions! Probably not the usual way for most!

The Student Union on White Campus
Jesse Hall with columns on Red Campus
   Both campuses were about a mile from my dorm...and we hoofed it back and forth twice a day!  If I had morning and afternoon classes with just a short break for lunch, I would stay on campus and grab a bite to eat there; but if classes were more than an hour apart, I'd head back to the dorm for lunch and back to afternoon classes...a schedule which was more than half the time! I could walk that mile in about 10 minutes then!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Memory Monday # 75

    As I had earlier stated, I had pledged Zeta Tau Alpha...not really knowing a thing about sororities.  It was a good decision for me...a couple of my friends who went through rush also pledged Zeta so that was fun to be living near some fellow pledges! And my pledge mother was also from Illinois...Judy (which was also my sister's name)...a senior and also Pledge Captain, so she was not only in charge of me but the whole pledge class!
     Freshmen girls could not live in the sorority house, which was a good idea because the friends we made as Freshmen were probably the ones we remained closest to in later years, regardless of what sorority we pledged...and even with those who never pledged...at least I did.

My Zeta Pledge class 1958-59-being tall I am on the back row! Third from left.
The Prez-pinning on my pledge pin
Dad's weekend at the sorority
My pledge mom and her dad on the left; my dad and I on the right!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Airpen and Air Brush

  Andrea and I are here at Susan Shie's Turtle Art Camp, learning so much! Yesterday and Tuesday we worked on air pen and air brush techniques! I have wanted to be able to write on fabric like Susan does ever since I saw her work and now here I am....learning the process!! I will say, it looks easier than it is to do! Practice, practice, practice!!! Which I am not very good at doing!
My first attempt (a start) of air pen..theme/Time
Our collaboration of air brush....all

Andrea and I-geared up to do air brush
Susie's astrological chart table cloth
     Susan Shie is big into  Astrology so we are learning to read our charts!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art Quilters Around the World-Monochromatic

     The theme for this month for Art Quilters Around the World is "Monochromatic".  My choice of color was shades of blue...one of my favorite colors and, as I explained on the blog AQATW I satisfied two challenges with this one!  I had missed a couple of challenges in the winter when my husband was on hospice, so as I was doing this one, the title "'Eye'-land in the Stream came to me!  Click on the link above to see more of my explanation and all of the other beautiful quilts that are out there!
Monochromatic / 'Eye' land in the Stream!

     I kind of like this technique of using stripes of fabric and am working on another quilt using this technique for my studioQ challenge...color chips.
Incomplete challenge for studioQ
    I think I may develop this into our next challenge for studioQ.  We have exhausted the Color Chip Challenge, which I really enjoyed.  Next we are going to develop an element to be used repeatedly in different configurations and color schemes to improve on our use of design.  Each person will develop their own element and do something monthly with it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trip North with Andrea

     We have had two studio days with Susan Shie....very interesting person.  We have so much in common on political thinking...partly a Generational thing, partly an artist's state of mind thing! We are learning quite a bit...I like her approach to creative process. She starts us out with 10 minutes of drawing time ....sketching silently about whatever! Then we go to the theme of the day, preset by decision of the group from a list we created together.
     First day was "Time"...

My sketch...morning time/evening time, time in a bottle, the persistence of time, time is like a river flowing to the sea.


Show and tell of painted surface so far.

     Today, we elected the theme "family" to work on for tomorrow. And this evening, we went to a lecture at Wooster College with the author, Amy Tan....very interesting!








Monday, September 29, 2014

Memory Monday # 74

      Any girls who lived on campus, in dorms, had some pretty strict rules.  We had "hours"; we had to be signed in to our dorms by 10:30 Sunday-Thursday and 11:00 on Friday and Saturday...and all Freshmen girls HAD to live on campus.  We had sign out/in cards and at the given time to be in, the doors were locked.  Of course, someone stayed on the desk to unlock the doors for latecomers and if someone was late it was noted.  I don't remember the exact number of late minutes you could accumulate before getting detention, but it was meted out...the number of minutes one was late was noted and tallyed.!  One did get four "late nights" a year/ two per semester.  If there was a big dance or something, you could apply for a late night...it had to be done ahead of time and approved, so if you had too many late minutes, it might be denyed!
     I knew no one when I went to Mizzou but I made some pretty great friends who became lifelong buddies!  Even though we didn't always see each other in later years, we kept in touch at Christmas and followed each others' marriages, babies, and in later years, deaths.
     Most of the girls I got to know, with the exception of Mary Jane, were from either St. Louis or Kansas City.
My buddy, Nancy-St. Louis
Sue-St. Louis
Pat-Kansas City
Susie-St. Louis
And I had already posted pics of Mary Jane from South Dakota and Sherri from Kansas City.   There will be other friends added as time goes by, but these six were kind of my core friends from the dorm.