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Color Wheel Exercise…

As I sort through my fabrics and organize them, I am creating a color wheel of sorts with each batch.  With the photo I take, I will have a quick check of which colors are low in stock.  However, I am not a “stash” maker.  I buy fabrics as I need them for projects.  But this will be a good check for me to see if I have a color needed before I head to the quilt shop.

I organized the folded fabric with the shades to the inside, the truer colors in the middle and the tints to the outside of the wheel.  It was an interesting exercise.  I thought that because there were so many colors mixed together in some of the fabrics, that I would not be able to place the fabric in one spot on the color wheel.  If that happened I stacked those colors to the side.  As it turned out, I usually could place the fabric on the color wheel quite quickly.  I liked this exercise.  I used Art + Quilt and Susan Stein’s Textile Art as references.  I also checked the color web site links, but didn’t find them useful for this exercise.

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Copyright© 2009 All images and text in all categories are copyright of Mary A. Ritter (aka M'Unique) and may not be reproduced without express permission.

Blogger Award…

Thank you, Andrea, (I Love Schnauzers), for including me in this award.

I’m glad that I passed this blogging habit on to you as we can enjoy communicating with each other and “whoever” is out there in the world who wants to read our stories.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all about Ms. D’s adventures, just as much as I enjoy watching her antics in person.  You should never be concerned about your writing skills… your descriptions of what Ms D. is doing are quite entertaining and well told!

My blog is not about animals, but about creating fiber and quilted artwork ~ at which I am a novice, but enjoying myself, nonetheless.  The one connection I have to animals is that I like to use wool – felting it and creating handbags and embellishments for other fiber objects.

Now, to fully accept this award, I must share seven things about myself.

1. I am retired and have just moved into a new house.

2. The Loft Studio is where I spend a lot of time as it is where I make art!

3. Exercise involves lots of walking with my husband, 3 times a week-hour long-aquatics exercise class; and riding my bike along the American Tobacco Trail which runs nearby our house.

4. My favorite TV shows are “The Good Wife” and “The View”, but I don’t spend much time watching TV.

5. I have lived in 10 states and moved 20 times – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota again after 40 years living elsewhere, and now North Carolina.  Favorite?  Hawaii, of course, but North Carolina takes a close second along with California where we spent 25 years.

6. I taught school for 25 years – grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  I also trained teachers in Thematic Instruction and Reading/Writing strategies.  Great fun!  Hard Work!

7. The last four years of my career, I administered technology use in three elementary schools in Davis School District in Utah.  Great fun!  Hard Work!

I would like to pass this exciting award on to some favorite blogs that I follow.  I will understand if they do not participate in this award activity as several of them are professional bloggers who are busy teaching classes and inspiring all of us to read and learn and make art!

Artist Holiday by Hannah Koch.  Hannah’s creativity is fun to read about.  She creates fabric and designs as well has passing her creativity on through the Vacation Bible School at her church.  I love reading all about the activities on her blog.

Janeville by Jane La Fazio.  Jane is a professional artist/teacher who also spends part of her time sharing her creativity with children.  She is an inspiration to me!  How I would have loved to have her in my community when I was teaching.  I am hoping to try to connect with a classroom in my area to provide the same type of creative extension for the children.

Annie’s Keepsakes by Vickie Clontz.   Vickie introduced me to wool felting… she doesn’t know it, but I was in one of her classes and learned to love the wool felting process after creating a wool felted flower.

Lil Fish Studios by Lisa Jordan.  I follow this blog because I love the beautiful little felted creations Lisa creates.  Check it out.  You will love it too.

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a word on studios…

Since my last blog on June 8, so much has been accomplished.  I regret lacking the time to blog on a daily basis while we settled into our new home. There simply was no energy left at the end of the day.  Organization of the Loft Studio waited until last so that I could spend as much time as I needed to get it settled.  Once started, it only took me a couple of days so I am “in business” again.  What I love the most is that I can find the supplies that I need so easily…. no more searching through boxes and crates in the garage, or basement, or attic.  It is a lovely space with shelving which has northern light through a large window.  A pleated shade has been added to control the flood of light as needed.  This is a place where I will enjoy dozens, hundreds, thousands of hours… God willing.

I did not need a work space for crafts until 2004 when I retired after 28 years of teaching children and conducting trainings adults to teach or use technology.  I don’t have a memory of having a hobby… my family and career filled my days easily.  In addition, I worked as the organist for our church in California for nearly 15 years, so music filled some of the time that might have been available for a hobby.  I don’t regret any of that.  We moved back to our home state of Minnesota after living in Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California and Utah, moving from Air Force Base community to Air Force Base community.  We have wonderful memories of all of those places and keep in touch with many friends we made in each location.

A bit of quilting was done in Utah where my workspace was in our guest bedroom and the adjacent loft… when I needed space.  I didn’t have much time to enjoy a hobby as I was still working as a technology specialist ~ purchasing, setting up, and training teachers to use technology to teach in three elementary schools.  There were almost 1000 computers in my three school’s inventories before I retired, all requiring my attention for anything that was stuck, or needed updating, or a virus removed, or needed to be set up and initiated.

It was in Minnesota that “art quilts” entered my awareness, and I began to explore so many varieties of embellishment and expression.  Designing Innovative Visual Arts Sisterhood (DIVAS) was an art quilt group that a friend and I helped initiated, and through those twelve women was exposed to many instructors and new ideas.  My studio in MN began in a reasonably sized bedroom.  I began to gather supplies and to organize them on shelves around the room.  Gradually, the bigger crates of fabric needed to be moved and stored on shelves in the garage.

Here I am working in my bedroom studio in Minnesota.

When we decided to sell the house and move to lovely North Carolina, I returned the bedroom to its designated use, and moved all of my supplies into a basement studio sharing space with my husband’s workshop – cement floor and all ~ so that the house would show well to prospective buyers.  At least the workshop did have a cellar stairway that led up and out to the back yard, so on nice days, I could open the cellar roof doors and my storm door at the bottom of the steps and allow the sunshine to descend to me.  It’s surprising how much I accomplished under those roomy, but isolated conditions.

After we moved to North Carolina, we lived in an apartment for two years, and my studio was a corner of the master bedroom – cramped, but still a productive spot.  Afterall, making art is what it is all about.  The studio or workshop is just gravy on the mashed potatoes.  Always have loved the gravy!  See the next post to view “the gravy” – the Loft Studio!