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A retired art teacher who has found a new life in fiber arts!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Memory Monday #81

     I am remiss on my Memory Monday again!  My excuse is that I had a birthday last week and was SO busy celebrating that I forgot to write!!  Which brings me to my  latest Memory Monday!
     I had the best mom in the world...on my birthday my freshman year, she had secretly gotten in touch with my roommate and conspired to get my favorite cake to me!  My mom was a great cook and she made an orange cake to die for! She arranged to put a cake on the bus; my roommate would pick it up and I would have a BIG surprise!!  And I did!!!
My eighteenth birthday!!
Here I am with my favorite cake which I got very little of as I had to share!!! Mom had also sent paper plates and forks with the cake!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Memory Monday # 80

     My roommate from South Dakota, Mary Jane, came all the way to attend the prestigious School of Journalism at Mizzou.
The Arch leading to the School of Journalism 
Logo for Journalism
There was a tradition surrounding the arch above.  On each side of the entrance there were statues of lions..supposedly, a guy would escort an unassuming date through the arch as a test.  If the girl was a virgin, the lions would roar...if not they would remain silent!!  Funniest thing, I never heard of those lions roaring...not ever!!!
     As I posted earlier, we lived in these temporary dorms while the new dorms were being built...then came the big move!!!  Our dorm, Jones Hall was ready for occupancy! One day, and one day only, we could have BOYS on our floors to help us move!!!  All of us who had become good friends, had signed up to be on the same floor, same hall.
Packing up old room
Moving into new room
In looking at these 50 plus year old pictures, one thing comes strongly to mind! Notice that we are ALL smoking!  In the '50's smoking was as common as chewing gum!  Everyone smoked...we could even smoke in some of our classrooms!  We had little portable ashtrays we could set on our desks....hard to believe now!

Jones Hall-one of three in a complex of girls' dorms
This was state of the art at the time!  The three dorms were connected to the cafeteria and each other by underground tunnels so in bad weather, we could get around without getting outside.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

First SAQA Meeting

     SAQA (Studio Art Quilter's Association) met in Dallas  yesterday. I had joined SAQA five or six years ago but had never been active. I just joined for the wonderful art on their website and to be supportive of fiber artists! Then I kind of let my membership lapse during my rough year last year. So about a month ago I decided to rejoin.
      One of my good studio Q friends, Heather Pregger, is a SAQA rep for this area and is very active.
So when the meeting was announced on line, I asked Heather if I could grab a ride with her. I am so glad I went to the meeting! Such a talented, friendly group of folk! I came back truly inspired to get off my butt and wasting time!! 

     I took a couple of things to show, particularly my starts from my Susan Shie Art Camp.

      So time to put the computer away and go CREATE!!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Memory Monday #79

     I missed last week for Memory Monday so will try to catch up today...Still a Freshman at Mizzou...making some fabulous friendships! My roommate from South Dakota, my gal pal Nancy from St Louis, and Beth from Kansas City have become life long friends.
     I was not a stellar student, but did love most of the classes I took.  I was amazed at an American History class lecture which held more students than my whole high school...and LOVED all my art classes!  My high school did not offer art; I had always loved art and credit a cousin (who was more like an aunt to me) for keeping my interest sparked.  For Christmas and birthdays, she would always give me art "stuff"-watercolors, charcoal, pastels...of which I had no clue how to use!  So I signed up for every "1" class I could squeeze in...Art 1, Watercolor 1, Weaving 1,  Ceramics 1, Oils 1, etc!  And I loved it all!
      I had always known even as a kid when I would line up my dolls and create a classroom that I wanted to be a teacher...not having had art myself, it never occurred to me to teach art. As an equal passion was reading, I chose to major in English with the ultimate object to teach. So with the exception of the mandatory Education classes and the other required classes, I reveled my classes.
      As a Freshman, there were those pesky required classes first...Science, math, government! And, although I really liked the information I gathered from Geology and Astrology, I did not do well on the tests! I discovered I could do really well on essay tests; but multiple or true/false that needed the knowledge of facts, were very difficult for me.  Having gone to a small high school and having to never had to really study, I soon found that skimming the reading material was not going to get me through.  But even knowing I really needed to study harder and more, the pull of the social scene was too strong.

Hill Hall was the Education Building
     Hill Hall was where I spent many an hour taking all those really boring Education Classes!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

International Quilt Festival 2014

     Last Sunday, Andrea and I boarded a bus at 5:30AM to take a one day trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, a four plus hour drive. The show was fabulous...we spent every moment from the time we got there 'til time to leave at 4:00 on the run!  There is so much to see!!!  Here are some of the highlights of the quilts we saw...

Close up of the one above

The above three are the same quilt....pretty amazing looking at it from three different angles!

Done by an Internet friend, Shrudi, from India "White Rainbow"

A closeup of White Rainbow

Susan Shie's auction quilt for the Libby Lehman fund

Redwork was a theme for the show
This is the Best of Show..the big winner!
And we even found time to do a little shopping!  Here are my purchases!  As though I NEED more fabric!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

studioQ meeting

     Last Monday, my fiber arts group studioQ, met for our monthly get together...what a great bunch!  Everyone but one was present...we always learn so much from each other.  We just finished our latest challenge...Our "Color Chip Challenge" and are ready to start something new.  But first we have our own "show and tell"...this month many of us had been to classes all over and had stuff to show!

 I had attended a Susan Shie workshop in Wooster, Ohio which I had blogged about earlier. I went with my daughter...we had so much fun and learned so much!

From a class Wendy took
Wendy and Heather had traveled to another town in Ohio and had taken a color/design class from Terry Jarrad Dimond. The pictures here are just a few of what Wendy did. This is a workshop I would love to attend!

Acrylic painting on tar paper!
And Beth took a class on painting on tar paper while she and her husband were on a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico...he took the class too...a big first for both of them for this kind of painting!

A class on color discharge
Nancy took a class at Coupeville, Washington from Carol Soderlund on Color Discharge. I want to do this also...it is at the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington!
Dyanna and Lynn
Dyanna and Lynn had just gotten back from a trip to Italy.  While there they took a class on marbling.  I wish this was a better picture because their stuff is really  pretty!

And several others had really neat stuff to show too....
a Bethany creation
Bethany, playing around with grommets!

Kay-using her own hand dyes!

And another one of Kay's with hand dyes!

Beth has finished her last color chip challenge

And Susan has completed another sketchbook!
Then we did a little activity to get us started on our next challenge.  Wendy and Heather had both taken classes from Nancy Crow and one of the techniques they learned several years ago was to create an element then use it repeatedly in various ways...size, color, etc.

Working away on my dining room table!
Showing off what we did
This is kind of fuzzy but is the only one with ME in it...I am usually taking the pictures!
We drew several squares and created line designs in them.  Then we created our elements with black and white paper. For our next meeting we are to make up several units out of black and white fabric of a couple of our favorite sketches.  We will play around with them on a design wall to see what we can do with them....then we will see where it will take us!!!
     And, of course, the last thing...most of us went out to lunch together!!!!