Weekend Inspo- Rosie Lee Tompkins Quilt Exhibit, BAMPFA Berkeley California.
A post on a Monday afternoon from me?? Hasn't been done but I couldn't wait until Friday to send this to my peeps. I am so inspired by this weekend's trip to see the most wonderful quilts (some never shown before) of the incredible Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective that I have to immediately share it. And shout out that if you can go see this in person...YOU MUST! (until July 18th). BAMPFA is the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive located on the campus of CAL (University of California, Berkeley....Golden Bear territory) and honestly speaking haven't checked it out often enough over the years. One of the silver linings of COVID for me is that when I CAN'T GO somewhere, I really miss it...it's the wanderlust DNA in me. So the first things I am doing with my free time...(starting with celebrating my assistant's 3 month wonderfulness) is rebuilding my creative MOJO by soaking up museums, music festivals and general public hang out seshes with street performances that seem to be popping up everywhere....The Alameda Flea is in three Sundays...Squeal! My soul has wings ready to fly right now! No more moss growing on me!
Rosie Lee Tompkins is the art pseudonym for Effie Mae Martin Howard, a brilliant African-American quilt maker and fiber artist of Richmond California who is a renowned artist of the 20th century. BAMPFA has a slide show about Rosie Lee that is informative and celebratory, sharing her command of color, composition and finishing one top to go to work on the next. She believed her artistry was a gift from God and her quilts reflect a deep reverence for spiritual life and beauty. Quilters such as Irene Bankhead, often finished her work to become actual quilts. Eli Leon (1935-2018) an African American quilt collector was a friend and patron who met her at a flea market in Oakland in 1985. Below are all her quilts I photographed while at the museum over the weekend with some details showing her love of velvet, mix of flea market finds, new fabrics and various ephemera used in her appliqué work. Enjoy these if you can not see in person....But if you are hankering to get out of dodge, come on by! Your cotton "I'm Quilt Crazy" socks will be blown off! Pace yourself for all 30+ images below. CELEBRATE COLOR AND QUILTS!
Until next time. Get out to museums, live music venues, lunch with friends, flea markets and visit your favorite places to soak up humanity, full of inspiration of culture and color!
The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings. -Plato
Today's Inspirational Post:
UPCYCLE: NEW: RECYCLE: USE: MIX IT UP.....Interesting combos to create something new and unique!
So you've got some odd and ends stuff around your maker space? Let's incorporate them into a simple tote bag! I will share my most basic pattern dimensions and where my "stuff" came from. Use what you have. Repetition of material works. Make do and see what happens. I don't throw anything out. Yes, I buy/design new and I keep old. I use stuff up. Why "saving the good stuff" for later? "Later" may never happen! (even my mother's wedding silverware has become everyday use)
Bag Details below after my Maker's Dance break below: Watch and suffer my moves.
Kids welcome the camaraderie. At least I am no Elaine! #SeinfeldRocks
Will is the most fun to play around with when I video a new Maker Dance. He is full of laughter, "Oh My God Mom!" and his darling girlfriend is showing me moves to mimic. I'm down with that kids! They don't want to be in my videos...yet. "You do you mom, we'll just film it.... "
1. New Sara Parker hand printed textiles. So worth it! Robert Kaufman heavyweight denim sample. Cut two rectangles 14" x 16". French seams. Boxed corners at bottom. Fold over top. No extra pockets.
2. Leather book samples from furniture friend. Perfect for straps and details. Today I used them just for straps. Cut strips at 1 1/4" by length of sample. Used brass 1 1/4" hardware to extend length of strap while adding a cool style element. (see images below for detail) Finished strap 22"
3. Very old DMC floss. I no longer use the 6 stranded floss. It's ideal for creating new texture instead of throwing or giving away. Organize based on color and then lay out what excites you! Hold in place by hand and then sew over them adjusting as you go. I like heavy weight thread and long stitch.
Below are the first ideas using DMC floss made into Valentine's Day cards for my girlfriends. Nice way to explore an idea. Background paper is the printout of my SKY Ombre designs. Sneak Peak: New colors coming down the pipeline! Stay tuned :)
NEWS FLASH: Regarding this subject of making do, If you are not on Instagram, you may have missed our launch of new non profit CREATE AND SUSTAIN TM which I have not blogged about yet...So here is the link to check it out and read our story. More to come later on that. It's super exciting and much needed!
Choosing two different fabrics similar in weight gives the "front" and "back" of the bag interest. Also note how I repeated the design element and used 17 DMC skeins total. More bold on the denim side with yellows and oranges and that important grey/black for a value change. Note as well the muted colors such as beige, tan, peach and pale green. These are just as important as the brights.
The decision to trim one side and keep the loop on the other side was also easy. It tells the story of before and after. Adds interest and reads more artistic. Same with the strap. I did three rectangle brass links on one side and two on the other. Unexpected is exciting to me. If you have a label with your name on it. Put it on the outside! Tell the world you are a creative and that you make cool sh*t. Note the carry over of small DMC detail on printed Sara Parker side. Like the repetition again. Always looking to put repeated ideas into work. Our minds like that. #creativebrain #cravespattern
That's it in a nutshell. Try something at home. Don't get hung up on the bag dimensions. Enjoy the creative embellishment and using up your stuff you have around already. Make do and have fun. Then go out and enjoy a meal with friends. Masks off! Drinks Up! Dancing all the way!!
Xx Stay Creative!
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