During the summer of 2013, Peter and I spent a week in Breckenridge, Colorado over the 4th of July. Breckenridge is known as a resort town during the winter months for skiing but it is also a great destination for a summer get away and play too. I was captivated by the beauty of this old mining, Colorado town and all it had to offer. The elevation was a little bit of a challenge to get use to when we first arrived. Hiking a short bit up the mountain we were well over 10,000 feet above sea level and my lungs were feeling it!
Sedona is a new piece that is in the New Work Gallery, completed last summer. I will share with you a little bit about the inspiration for this piece and the design intent when I created it.
Peter and I have traveled to Sedona, Arizona twice now. We absolutely love the outdoor environment, the red rock formations, hiking trails, national parks, and all the activities and surrounding areas Sedona has to offer. Last spring we took a trip there and hiked new trails, enjoyed the landscape and had a delightful stay. I am always in awe of the beauty of Sedona, it takes my breath away.
There is a unique color palette that I really enjoy in the Arizona terrain. During this stay I was especially drawn to the beautiful trees called Arizona Sycamore. They are scattered throughout the landscape and have a beautiful smooth, white trunk. The trees are large and have a graceful form offering lots of shade in the heat of the day. In addition to the trees, the vegetation is unique in form as well as color and texture. Here are a few examples from some photos I took on a hike:
Earlier this month I attended the Art Quilt Symposium in Sister, OR that the Stitchin Post sponsors every year with selected instructors. The week long workshops are primarily for art quilt construction and design. This year I attended two classes that Sue Benner taught. The construction method she teaches and also uses in her work is fusing. This was new to me as my work has primarily been pieced construction up to this point. I loved learning this mode of designing and constructing as it gave me a new freedom to apply layers of fabric to create a complex visual in the pieces that I made. Here are a few of the 18″ x 18″ small works I completed from the workshops:
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