PROVENCE: Nice to Paris France 1

September 9- Monday

After we arrived in Nice, we unpacked a bit and rested for about an hour. Then we grabbed a Hop On/Hop Off bus and rode on top the whole route around Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer. It was gorgeous and sunny day!

La Place de Messina is the gathering place and an easy walk from our hotel. Architecture from the Belle Epoch area is prevalent with soft colors and pretty curves.

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Quilt and Surface Design Symposium (QSDS)

A group of 120+- gathered at the Columbus (Ohio) College of Art and Design (CCAD) for QSDS last week to study and play under the direction of a variety of art instructors , concentrating on a wide variety of topics. In my class, eight of us were fortunate to work under the guidance, wisdom and frivolity of Deborah Fell. Here are a few photos of the location and people with whom I was directly involved. This experience was so rich with information and quality examples that I could have attended a second week and more. Check it out for 2020 – you will not regret attending QSDS!

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SAQA Benefit Auction Quilt….

Bidding on SAQA art quilt Benefit Auction donations will be September 13 through October 6 at http://www.saqa.com/auction-quilts.php

Sweet Nectar – 12″ x 12″
© Mary A Ritter 2019
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PAQA-South ART QUILT dreams

The 2019 International Juried ARTQUILTSdreams is open and will be available for viewing at Page-Walker Gallery and History Center from March 27-May 18. Be sure to call prior to planning to be sure other activities do not prevent viewing (119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC * 919-460-4963) Enjoy viewing Page-Walker Gallery shots, individual photos and statements at the link below. The exhibit is stunning, so if you can see it in person, it is well worth it!

http://paqa-south.org/2019-artquilts-dreams/

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Sacred Threads Exhibit

So pleased…. Le Chêne Chapelle (The Oak Chapel) was accepted into the Sacred Threads show under the category of “Spirituality”. (39″x56″) http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com

The CHÉNE CHAPPELLE, France: (39”w x 56”h) The Oak Chapel still holds its ground as the priests and worshipers attend to its needs.

SACRED THREADS is exhibited in Herndon, VA (near Washington DC) from July 11-25. Subsequently, I have been notified that it will travel to a variety of venues for two years. So far these venues have been enlisted; more will be added through time. View a slideshow of the traveling exhibit here:http://sacredthreadsquilts.com/html/2019travelexhibit.html

The 2019 travel exhibit is currently committed to these locations:

HeART Gallery, Toledo, OH
September 2019

Flint Festival of Quilts, Flint, MI
October 2019 

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC
November 2019 – January 2020 

First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC
February 2020 

Ogallala Quilters’ Society Spring Festival, Dimmitt, TX, April 2020 

Southeastern Quilt and Textile Musuem
May – June 2020 

American Quilter’s Society Shows:
Lancaster The Nook, August 5 – 7, 2020
Grand Rapids, August 19 – 22, 2020
Charleston, SC, September 30 – October 2, 2020

Best of the Valley Quilt Show:
Lindsay, CA – April, 2021

Click Here to View a Slideshow of our Tentative 2019 Travel Exhibit.

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FISSURES!

Having just completed “El Tajo Gorge, Ronda, Spain”, it was exciting to have it juried into the “FISSURES!” show at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, Oregon. I will have to ship it mid-February, so I need to enjoy it for the next few days. The exhibit will run from March 5 to March 30.

Artist Statement: The views of the El Tajo gorge, once a fortification in its own natural right, and the surrounding countryside are spectacular and captured my imagination on a visit in 2015. The full colors of sunset were spectacular, as was the view during the full hot sun of daylight. Ronda, an impregnable town created in Neolithic times in Malaga, Spain, sits above the El Tajo gorge that guides the Guadalevín River through town center. Ronda was first declared a city by Julius Caesar in 1AD with the Moorish culture and religion dominating Ronda until Christians first forced entry in 1485. The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) is the third and newest of bridges built to promote the flow of residents and world-wide visitors through town. It was built in 1793 and took forty-two years for construction. There are two older bridges and all three bridges now unite the culturally diverse societies. Puente Nuevo provides not only a physical path between the two cliffs above the El Tajo gorge, but also conjoins the old culture and architecture set apart by the gorge in ancient times with more modern society and structures on the other end. When in Spain, do not miss a visit to Ronda!Puente Nueve-Ronda, Spainel tajo gorgedet

 

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SNOW FUN!

This December finds us with 10″ of snow. Might as well spend some time snow dyeing some fabric!!

Pre dye fabrics

Fabrics and snow- ready to begin.

Dye colors

Procion Dyes-yellow, turquoise, red, orange, turquoise, red, black, fuchsia

Snow added

Snow packed on top of fabrics which are bleeding a bit.

Layers of dye-blue,yellow

Layer of yellow then blue or turquoise dye sprinkled. I’m looking to create shades of greens and browns.

Layers of dye-black, orange

More layers, black and a splash of orange.

Snow Melted first time.

Snow melted – new colors

First Snow Dye results

Kept these and put the others back in for another snow-dye bath. I like the muted soft colors. Dark one is purple. First one started out solid yellow.

Spools to settle

I used spools in bottoms of the containers to allow the melted snow to stay below the fabric so the fabric doesn’t soak in the mixed dyes. Marbles, ping pong balls, a grid -anything that would hold the fabric up away from the liquid would do the trick. This time I soaked the fabric in a bath of soda ash and water first. The soda ash will help the dye adhere to the fabric for more intense colors.

9Dye added-reduced

Snow and dye added again – dyes should soak through the fabric and meld as they soak into neighboring areas, but retain some of their own color in other areas.. Melt, melt, melt! That’s always the plea throughout the winter, right? Notice, I remembered to put down a protective plastic cover this time. I always work inside of a large plastic crate so that my spills and overflows are contained there – except for the sleeves of my shirt which seem to drag through the dye and then drip down my arms. I wear a mask when working with the soda ash and dyes so that I don’t breathe in the fine powders.

Overdyes

These are the results of the overdyeing. I love the cloudy sky, but it may work for something else too. The other subdued colors are just what I was hoping for. Now…. let’s get to work!

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