Monday, October 17, 2016

"Reflections in Black & White" at PIQF - Mancuso Shows

Thrilled to have my collection show at Oasis Palm Springs and PIQF Santa Clara!  I was able to attend the wonderful PIQF show and have some pics to share.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ready to Show! "Reflections" to Mancuso Shows October 2016

My solo exhibit is to be shown at Mancuso's Oasis Palm Springs show and PIQF Santa Clara, CA 
Oasis: October 6-8, 2016
PIQF:  October 13-16, 2016
Come, see and let me know what you like!

Deborah Lyn Stanley, Artist
Collection title: 
“Reflections in Black & White”
Theme: Everyday People
Artist’s Statement: 
“Reflections in Black & White” is based upon original photography by Deborah Lyn Stanley.  “I have enjoyed capturing people in everyday situations in my photos for years.  I digitally manipulated my photo selections and created fractured arrangements for this collection.”
Materials & Techniques:
Artist’s original photography, digitally enhanced and printed on 100% cotton fabric, cotton batting, canvas backing, machine quilted.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How About Lost & Found Edges in an Art Quilt

I'm exploring lost & found edges.  I dyed this heavy cotton fabric some time ago and it spoke "trees" to me.  I stitched in leaves and berries and the piece came alive.  Detailed bark lines strengthened the trunk and branches.  Fun experiment! 
Have you done something like this?  How have fabrics spoken to you?  Please share. 
Best, Deborah

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Needlework Exploration

A while back I asked a good friend of mine about free-form embroidery.  I love Mia Bloom's original, authentic, fabulously simple thread work, so I asked her to coach me! 
Check out her innovative designs:
As I was re-organizing & re-purposing recently I found a practice piece I stitched with Mia's tips in mind.  Thought I would share it with you all.  Do you have a handwork tip to share with us too?  Please comment about it.  best, deborah

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rhythm Exploration Pieces

Thank you all for your comments! 
I continued to revise and work the layout this way and that until I chose to make 2 pieces.  One depicting how I feel when I listen to Scott Joplin's Pineapple Rag and the second linear expression of artistic rhythm. 
I'm calling this exploration done :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Struggling with Rhythm

Very Rough Layout
I've been exploring rhythm and trying to show syncopation this month.  My inspiration is Scott Joplin's Pineapple Rag - to honor him I added his music score to the background (printed on organza).  Then I needed dancers because to me rhythm means movement & dancing.  I've moved the dancers around quite a bit but I'm not there yet.  The center figure is intentionally more hidden thru lighter colors but I think the head needs a darker outline.  Anyway do you have tips for me?  Or do you have experience with depicting syncopation in art quilts?  I'd love to hear from you!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Going Back to a Previous Sketch

This sketch was combined from a couple of my photos during a grand time at Asilomar.  But it missed the boat in several areas - though it had potential.
I decided to rework & use it as inspiration not realism.  The result is the piece below.  What a test of working with perspective!!! Lots of mods to get it right. I ultimately found that using string to represent top and bottom post lines stretched to vanishing points made it doable.  It is not quilted yet.  I will employ my minimalist methods to enhance the background and to create grounding under each post. 
What do you think?

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