Sunday, December 2, 2012

Connecticut Landscapes: December Exhibit

On December 1st the members had fun hanging
the Connecticut Landscapes exhibit
 at the Prospect Library!

Diane Cadrain, Mary Lachman, Rosalind Spann, Carol Vinic
 Carol Eaton and Antonia Torres

Missing from photo Karen Loprete
There promises to be an eclectic array of individual interpretations of a Connecticut landscape. We hope you can stop by to view the art work during the libraries regular business hours.
Below is a sneak peek of what you will see...
 please visit the exhibit to view the rest of the unique artwork!
Rosalind Spann

Autumn Birch
Antonia Torres

Diane Cadrain

Autumn Grace 
Mary Lachman

Farmington Valley, Fall
Diane Cadrain

Facescapes: Connecticut's People
Carol Eaton

Jellyfish in July at the Connecticut Shore
Carol Vinick

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December Exhibit: Connecticut Landscapes

 Connecticut Landscapes 
 December 1st ~ December 31st
 The artists live in Connecticut and were challenged to interpret their idea of a Connecticut landscape using fabric, fibers and found objects. The pieces are unique and beautiful; please stop by during the month of December to view their work.

Karen Loprete
Happy Flowers Dancing in Sunshine

Mary Lachman
Last Days of Summer

Diane Cadrain
Farmington Valley Fall

Carol Eaton
Facescapes - Connecticut's People
Participating artists:
Carol Vinick, Antonia Torres, Roz Spann, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete
 Carol Eaton and Diane Cadrain
Art work available for sale

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Diane Cadrain: West Hartford Art League Exhibit

Diane Cadrain's felted piece titled "Dog in Eel Grass"  is currently hanging in the West Hartford Art League members' juried show. Please stop by now through November 25th to view the beautiful art work on display.

Karen Loprete: Six Summit Gallery

Karen Loprete will be showing, "Time and Time Again" at the upcoming
Six Summit Gallery's exhibit "Illumination of Imagination".

Please join Karen and other exhibiting artists for an opening reception on December 1st from 6 - 9 pm. Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit Street Ivoryton, Connecticut 

The exhibit opens November 12th and runs through December 31st!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Explorations in Fibers: Artist Talk and Demonstration

Please join Carol Eaton for her solo show at the Kent Memorial Library in November and December. Carol will be giving a gallery talk and demonstration on November 3rd from 3:00 - 5:00. 

Please stop in to see the show and if you're in Kent on November 3rd
you must stop in to say hi!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dye-Na-Flow Workshop

To kick off our 2012 - 2013 season CFAC members and friends met at Karen Loprete's home for a workshop using Dye-Na-Flow products. Dye-Na-Flow dyes are premixed and non toxic making them especially user friendly. Karen demonstrated her technique of overlaying silk on cotton to create two distinctive pieces from one process!

The group is listening intently to Karen's discussion on technique!
Left to right we have Carol Vinick, Roz Spann, Diane Wright, Debby Bento
Barb Adams, Cher Hurney and Janine Anderson-Bays.

After lying a silk scarf on top of a piece of cotton Karen mists both fabrics with water.

Next Karen adds Dye-Na-Flow to the silk.
She uses either an eye dropper, sponge brush or mister to apply the dye.

Here you can see how applying dye to the upper layer seeps
into the cotton below creating a secondary design.

The group is eager to get started and create something unique.
Karen's sample pieces are hanging on the line.

Carol Ludington and Carol Vinick get started with 
Debby Bento, Toni Torres and Cher Hurney looking on.

Janine Anderson-Bays is focused on her design.

Barb Adams looking on as Debby Bento gives the Dye-Na-Flow a try.

Roz Spann creates a piece with a lot of movement and energy.

Ruth Anne-Olsen goes for the bright colors.

Janine Anderson-Bays piece is migrating and creating a very interesting look.

This is the cotton Toni Torres had placed beneath her silk creating a secondary pattern.

Roz Spann and Diane Wright confer with Carol Eaton's piece hanging to dry.  

Birthdays are best celebrated with friends and we have Toni Torres, Barb Adams, Karen Loprete and Carol Vinick all sharing a a fall birthday!

Time to relax after a day of creating!
The group agrees using Dye-Na-Flow products was quick and easy
with the non toxic factor a bonus 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Norfolk Artisans Guild - September & October

Stop in to shop for table runners and pillows created from vintage fabrics! Carol Eaton's work will be at the Norfolk Artisans Guild during the months of September and October!

The guild has works from many local artists on display and well worth the trip to beautiful Norfolk in early fall.

Table Runners using vintage and reproduction fabrics

Pillows combining vintage and reproduction fabrics plus an antique hankie for fun

Not all the table runners are vintage
This piece combines my hand dyed fabric with needle felting

"Sisters" will be available
Hand painted fabric, applique, embroidery and quilting techniques
27.5" X 13"

"July Garden" is available
Felting, embroidery and quilting techniques
18.5 X 15.5"

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Brush Gallery: Artist Reception

We had a lovely time exploring the many artist venues in Lowell, MA. If you haven't visited the city lately you should give it a chance. It's a historical treasure for learning about how the fabric and thread industry got off the ground. There are also a number of gallery's to peruse.

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios was a highlight with an artist reception for the current ART QUILTS LOWELL 2012: Music exhibit. CFAC members Diane Cadrain and Diane Wright had pieces in the show and it was fun to see their work hung in such a nice setting.

Diane Cadrain

Diane Wright

The Brush Gallery

Friday, August 10, 2012

All Dried and Pressed

Here are some of the beautiful colors that developed in the fabric after the hand-dyed pieces from last Saturday's workshop were rinsed, washed and pressed. Learning these techniques is already widening my horizons!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hand Dyeing Workshop

Today we learned to hand dye fabric with Carol Ludington and her ice cube dyeing technique that was featured recently in Quilting Arts magazine.  But we didn't stop there. After we set up our little fabric, ice and dye vats, Carol Eaton showed us her confetti dyeing technique.

What fun! Here are some pictures.

Carol L demonstrating how to layer fabric, ice cubes and powdered dye.

Vats of layered ice cubes, fabric and dye

Confetti dye - Mary

Confetti dye - Roz

Confetti dye - Karen

Monday, July 2, 2012

Diane Wright: Brush Gallery 2012 Art Quilt Show

Diane Wright  had her “Musical”inspired piece juried into
the Brush Gallery's 2012 Art Quilt Show.

Diane’s End of Summer piece was inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Summer. "Music", specifically a clip from Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Summer, was the first challenge for Viewpoints9, an online group of international participants, testing themselves on how one might be inspired using various modalities. 

Congratulations Diane!

End of Summer

August 11 - September 15, 2012
Artists' Reception: Sat, Aug 11, 2 - 4 pm
The Brush Art Gallery & Studios
256 Market St
Lowell, MA 01852

Diane Wright: Solo Exhibit



Café George in New Haven, CT

through August 2, 2012
Summer-Scapes, a collection of art quilts by Diane Wright,
is on display now at Art in the Hallway, the gallery space adjacent to Café George.

Please visit the exhibition weekdays, 7am-6pm
Art in the Hallway
Café George
300 George Street
New Haven, CT

See more photos from the Summer-Scapes exhibition at Diane Wright's blog.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Diane Cadrain: Art Quilts Lowell 2012

Diane Cadrain states she is honored her quilt, Thus Spake Zarathustra, has been accepted to the juried show, Art Quilts Lowell 2012, a competition with a music theme.

Her piece imagines the void of space as a place of majesty and mystery, as did the director of the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in choosing Thus Spake Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss, to achieve that effect. Please visit the show at the Brush Gallery August 9th - September 15th.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

CFAC Takes A Trip to Find Inspiration!

Five members of the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective gathered at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT on Saturday. Our goal was to sketch, take photos and observe the beautiful plants, trees and garden designs. We have an upcoming exhibit titled, Connecticut Landscapes, and I'm sure you'll see some Arboretum plant life in the designs... exhibit information will be forthcoming.

The weather was perfect to be out in the gardens!

Carol Vinick, Diane Cadrain, Mary Lachman and Carol Eaton

Cher Hurney enjoying the gardens!

The flowers were beautiful...

Mary sketching

Diane and Carol V. are deep in discussion... working through a technique perhaps?!

We hope you will be inspired to create a nature inspired design as well!