Monthly Archives: December 2009



Christine Kane talks about having a word for the year to signal your intention, to make things happen the way you want them to unfold.  I like this idea, and my word for 2009 was OPPORTUNITY.  It was my intention to take advantage of each opportunity that appeared and to create new opportunities when what I wanted was not readily apparent.  I did follow this intention throughout the year, and as a result, I entered some shows I might have avoided – and got in – such as SAQA Transformations 09: Reflections.  I joined a wonderful group of artists, Fiber Artists Coalition, which means more exhibits, curating “opportunities”, and support.

After giving it some thought this morning, I decided my word for 2010 is “PRESENT”.  I want to be fully conscious, fully focused, in the moment, “present” for every piece of my life in 2010.  I intend to be fully WITH whoever I am with, fully ENGAGED in whatever is going on EACH moment.  How exciting!

What’s your word for 2010?

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Last week, I did some rust dyeing at Nina Edelman’s lovely studio.   Sometimes both sides of the rust-dyed cloth were interesting:

Tracy McCabe Stewart, Leah Rosenthal and Cathy Mendola were all part of the rusty day.

Everyone hard at work, and of course, we took time to replentish energy from Miss Nina’s fabulous soup and salad bar.   In the background  of these photos, you can see one of Nina’s quilts and part of her home – because wherever Nina goes there is art!

I thought rust-dyeing would be perfect for my “in progress” graffiti series.  So  I treated some of the rusted cloth with Bubble Jet Set and printed graffiti over it from photos my husband and I have taken.

Thanks for a fun and productive day, Nina!

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In case you did not get to the the One of a Kind show, Chicago last weekend, here are a few of the artists I really enjoyed.  You may want to check out their websites.

Laura Beth Cartwright, painter.  A bold use of color and texture gives Laura’s work movement that draws the viewer in.  Her work is exciting and serene at the same time.

Anne Tirey, painter.  I like pieces that allow the viewer to read meanings based on their own experiences and backgrounds.  Anne’s abstract work allows the view to do this.  She also has upbeat music on her website, and it’s fun to listen while viewing artwork.

Ruth Walker, feltmaker.  I could not find what I really loved on Ruth’s website – her hand-dyed wool jackets.  She was a sweetheart to talk with and offered to answer questions if I decide to dye wool and need any help.

Jared Davis, glass.  Elegantly shaped and colored glass.  Check out his Swedish Birch series.

Linda Steinworth, jewelry.  Beautiful stones and graceful lines.  I don’t wear much jewelry, but these are pieces I would be happy to put on.

There were, of course, many other fantastic artists so if you missed it this time, mark your calendar for next year!

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Finally, there is a new, non-aerosol product available to protect fiber from fading and sun damage.  The former, widely used product contributes to the destruction of the ozone layer while protecting fabric , and I have refused to use it for that reason, preferring fading to ozone depletion.  It is my understanding that, due to federal regulations, aerosols in the US can no longer contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).  However, they still contain hydrocarbons and/or compressed gases which do contribute to global warming and asthma-inducing smog.  This is not exactly good for the air we breathe.

The new product, which I found at JoAnn Fabrics, is called ForceField UV SunBlock.  It comes in a simple spray bottle.  The directions state that it is to be used outdoors or in a very well-ventilated area.

To test for effectiveness, I have cut a piece of hand-dyed fabric in two and sprayed one with ForceField, not the other.  My plan is to place both pieces of fabric in direct sun to see if the protected piece holds its color, and I will post results.   Here is how the “ForceField test fabrics” look today:  Now I just have to wait for the sun!

And here is my newest completed piece.  It can be seen until 12/20 at Simply Chicago Art, Evanston.

Moonlit Forest 49″ x 49″, (c)2009 Shelley Brucar fiber art


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