Thursday, January 26, 2017

Collage Making

I recently came across an interesting idea to gather 15 to 20 magazines and cut out images that speak to you.  Then trim and glue the pics to a poster or foam board.  The author said it was a portrait of my consciousness at that point in time.
I really wasn't surprised by my attraction to most of the photos.  To me they express friendship, color, portraiture, art, family, children, our pets, calligraphy, my loving husband and enjoying the shore.

Friday, December 30, 2016

MapMaking! This piece continues to guide me through the process of life.

I am intrigued about creating Maps of life steps, special times and memories of places and people.  Two Mapmaking Artists are my inspiration:  Jill K. Berry - Personal Geographies, and Valerie S. Goodwin - Art Quilt Maps.  Check out their books, I'm sure you have a map story too!  

I have several ideas I want to experiment with when I take a break from working on my current series: Moments in Time.  But I had to this one right away!  It's about where I fit and where I don't fit.  It did me so much good to work through and create this piece.

Best to you all!  deborah

Sunday, November 27, 2016

UPDATE 11/27/2016 - THAT'S A FINI WRAP -- I made it! NaNoWriMo Month!

Fantastic Experience - looking forward to Camp NaNo in the spring.

I'm 1/3rd into a month long event to write a novel of 50,000 words.  It's Astro-High Velocity daily writing fun.  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month founded in 1999, with hundreds of thousands of international participants.
I have made new writing friends and love the adventure.  With a third written, I'm on target to finish my novel by the end of the evening November 30th, YEA!
Take good care, do what you love creatively today!  Best, deborah

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
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