The Eco Town in the Woods by the Y River

Journeys are full of possibilities: discovering new places, meeting different people, eating different food. When I think of possibilities, I often think of travelling. But what if we could travel to undiscovered places – places of our imagination, with characteristics we wish real places could have? With this in mind I made “The Eco-Town in the Woods by the Y River”. A town where all the buildings are constructed with sustainable materials, and ecological goals in mind, using the energy of the sun, the wind, or the heat of the earth, for those things than need electricity and warmth. A town in the middle of thick woods, where the trees are not all cut down, only a few to make space for th

달항아리 ( Moon Jar)

I am interested in material I would like to use the characteristics of each material I feel a lot of interest. The possibilities give me the space to think freely. This space gives me comfort. Oganza, Transfer dyed. Machine pieced. Size 51 H 26 W

Alternate Reality

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that h

A Little Imagination Goes a Long Way

I really struggled with the "POSSIBILITIES" challenge. It's so all-encompassing, I had no idea where to start. All the what-ifs swirled in my mind, almost to the point where it paralyzed my creativity. Having an active imagination in this case was almost a curse, so I decided to look for ways it could be a blessing. I remembered a poem my mother wrote years ago, after watching Luka playing in the backyard. The poem is called "What a Stick Can Do". In the poem, a child's imagination turns a small branch into all kinds of wonderful things. It seemed like a perfectly fine way to begin, so I created a "stick quilt". Here's a small excerpt (- What A Stick Can Do by Kathleen O'Brien 2011) "... S

Paris Accord: Golden Opportunity

I began work on my Possibility Challenge almost immediately after it was posed . I was pumped. I was going to focus on the environment and the importance of our stewardship. Like Lin Hsin-Chen I was focusing on trees. I had a treasured piece of hand-dyed cotton, created by my buddy Carol Eaton, as a starting point. I had free-motion quilted all sorts of trees: oak, maple, palm (even though it's really a grass), sequoia, willow and a small fruit tree. Then....just as I was contemplating adding color and symbols of growth, the President of the United States curiously withdrew from the Paris Accord. I was flummoxed, angry and bewildered. That's when this piece took a turn to the dark-sid

You can see forever

My "what if" for this challenge was to further experiment with my push for lightness and transparency. I have been making sheer pieces, some with lights in them but on this one I thought I would attempt a complete illusion. When overlapping these leaf shapes, I colored the top shape in where it was overlying another area, to give the illusion that you can see through the leaves. It's a really simple technique, and cam be pretty effective. This piece was fun, it's non woven materials on silk, with paint and marker. On A Clear Day

Dear Trees

Trees are not only one of the oldest living species on earth, but also the largest number of earth citizens. For a long time, trees have been protecting human beings and maintaining ecological balance. Dear trees, are you alright? Please forgive the selfish mankind, who lacks respect for nature, destructs the environment excessively, worsens climate change, and causes constant natural disasters. Dear trees, what can we do to go through these adversities and restore nature's balance? “Save the Environment” was the theme of the international exhibition that I curated in 2016. My husband asked, “As an architect, what can I do?” I replied, “Strengthen our knowledge so that we could do something

Wouldn't it be nice

Sometimes the first idea that springs to mind, is the best to go with. It was the case with this quilt! As I thought of the challenge of possibilities that I was presented with; one that I felt was an "impossibility", in our violent world, was peace! We see violence each day via worldwide media coverage. Perhaps I am showing my age and a growing despair of man's inhumanity to man. Wouldn't it be nice - 18"x 36" Materials: cotton, dye, fabric paint, batting, thread Techniques: printed, hand written, machine quilted

Revisiting

It has been interesting to look at possibilities with surface design techniques for this challenge. I love to create my own backgrounds using dye or paint. Further layers are added with applique or more surface design or stitch. With the idea I had in mind I needed to experiment on an actual quilted piece. I had just the quilt in mind, having pulled it out of my stash for possible repurposing anyway. I had nothing to lose and lots of possibilities to try. However I wasn't as free with splashing the paint around to get the desired effect I was seeking, so began on the back of the work, as in the above photo. The interesting consequence was what happened on the front of the work, when the moi

Children’s exhibiton

When I saw the challenge of Lisa-Marie, I remembered the exhibition I had seen on my trip to Jeju Island. Jeju Island is southernmost in Korea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jejudo It was an exhibition of elementary school students that the art museum curated. The theme was the horse which is famous in Korea I was very surprised when I saw their work. Their naivety and liberty made me stay there for a long time. I thought that some of them would be a great painter in the future and this experience would have a great impact on their future. I went out of the gallery with the appreciation of the director for such a project. Thanks, Lisa-Marie,

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