Made on Monday 20 – Leftovers

Over the past few weeks I have been working with similar colors and layered backgrounds. Being loathe to throw anything away, I had accumulated a little bag of off-cuts and bits trimmed from the preceding weeks’ pieces. When I started playing with them, they assembled themselves into another little abstract collage with some pleasing shapes and colors.

#20 Outtakes

Made on Monday is the brainchild of Canadian textile artist Kate Bridger. There are now eleven “artist pages” with more waiting in the wings.

Thanks for coming by, and have a great Monday!

Made on Monday 19 – Rust and Lace

A couple of years ago, I stumbled on the book Visual Guide to Working in a Series by the art quilter, Elizabeth Barton. I had just downloaded it as an e-Book and begun to read it, when Christmas came around and my husband had bought the book for me (“it kind of looked like something you might like”). So this is one of a few books I keep in a stack for bedtime reading. I immediately saw why working in a series might be important, but I was unable to put the good advice into practice. There are so many things that interest me, catch my eye, distract me from my original idea, fill my head with so many new ideas…back in THE 60s I’d have attributed it to my sun and moon in Gemini, you know…mutable air sign. Now in MY 60s, I’ve finally been given more time to fill as I please, and my ambitions have expanded accordingly.

This was what attracted me to the Made on Monday challenge. My mission, if I chose to accept it, was to force myself to work in a series. Now, admittedly, I started out in a certain direction, using various fabric manipulation techniques, and though I have veered slightly away from that for the moment, there is no telling when I may veer back. But as I approach the half-way point and look back, I do see a certain evolution and relatedness. I can see some “series within series”. This week’s piece is just a little abstract that continues with elements from some past weeks, including applique’d rusted fabric, applique’d photographs of lace on silk, couching, machine stitching, and the remains of the tiny bits of metal left on that same 6″ square of transfer foil I’ve been using for about the last two months! #19 Rust and Lace

Made on Monday is the brainchild of Canadian textile artist Kate Bridger. Lots of eye candy on view on the site!

Have a great week!

Made on Monday 18 – Spring Thing

In a previous post I revealed that my hoarding tendency extends to saving of thread trimmings cut from many projects. I’m pleased to say that finally found something to do with them! Well, some of them. Continuing on with my current lace fetish, I tried again to “make” lace using soluble stabilizer and machine stitching. This time I used a little handful of colorful thread snippets for the filler, and multi-colored cotton for the framework. Maybe not fine art, but a lot of fun to do. I allowed it to be as gaudy as it wanted to be, and added some hand beading for a center. Here’s my Spring Thing–


Made on Monday is the brainchild of Canadian textile artist Kate Bridger. Late in 2015, Kate issued a challenge to all two-dimensional artists working in any media, to complete one small “mini-art” piece per week for a year. The only limiting criterion is that each piece must be 5” x 5”. Artists with at least 12 pieces completed are featured on their own “artist page” on the MoM web site. There are now 11 individual pages for artists from several countries participating, and more in the works.

It’s lots of fun to see what everyone comes up with each week, and I’m glad I decided to give this a try. It is helping me to learn how to “practice” my creative work, and I’m storing up lots of ideas for future. It is also quite satisfying to see that I’ve actually succeeded in producing one little piece each week for the past 20 and the more I do, the more I look forward to them.

Have a great week!

Made on Monday 17 – Lihue Sunset

How many techniques can I use in 25 square inches?

Continuing with my current fascination with lace, this piece consists of fused layers of hand-dyed and lace Gelli Plate monoprint on cotton; manipulated photo images of lace printed on Lutradur, then heat distressed; art papers, foil, tulle and machine stitching in variegated cottons and metallic threads; inks and colored pencil.

It was inspired by the view of the mountains across Nawiliwili Bay from Kalapaki Beach, at Lihue, HI. We were treated to this view for seven days last week. This one is dedicated to my Montfort Ohana, Nancy, Unc The Fox and dearest cuz Pauli who have made it possible for me to get my tropical fix on a regular basis. Mahalo nui loa.#17 Lihue Sunset

The Made On Monday site is live here. New artist pages are being created often. Be sure to check it out!