Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Art & Soul art show this Sat, Nov. 16 in Yellow Springs


My last show of the year this year is Art & Soul, which features over 30 exceptional artists who “put their souls into making art.” The show is this Sat., Nov. 16 from 10 am-5 pm. It will be in the Mills Lawn School Gym, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs, just one block from the Xenia Ave. There's plenty of free parking in town and also in the lot behind the school.

There is a $4 admission fee, a portion of which will go to the Yellow Springs Schools and the Yellow Springs Police Coat Fund.

You can find photos and bios of all the artists participating on the Art & Soul Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Yellow Springs Open Studios this weekend

This weekend is the Yellow Springs Open Studios event. There are 18 artists at 10 locations. This year I'll be a guest at Libby Rudolf's studio, located at 3950 Grinnell Rd. just outside of Yellow Springs.


The event is Sat. & Sun., Oct. 19 & 20, from 11 am-5 pm. Click here for an interactive map of studio locations (artists are organized alphabetically by FIRST name). Printed brochures will also be available at the studios, and also in downtown Yellow Springs.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mini Quilts with Cats and Birds


"Cat Love" (top left), "Cat Love Profile," (top right), and "What?" (bottom), all 6" x 6" x.5", handmade by Pam Geisel, October 2019

For most of my adult life I've always lived with a cat. They are often a joy to have around but as I type this, my current cat is just about on top of the keyboard.

"Tweet" and "Sing!" both 6" x 6" x.5", handmade by Pam Geisel, October 2019

Along with "Letting Go" and the two "Breathe" pieces, I also used some of the Robert Kaufman, Effervescence fabric (this is the "Mardi Gras" colorway) along with a rainbow stripe from Timeless Treasures and some white from my stash. The white used for the cats has small white circles on it and the white for the birds has a white zig zag on it.


All of these pieces were wrapped around a canvas frame.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Breathe - Inhale" and "Breathe - Exhale"

"Breathe - Inhale" (left) and "Breathe - Exhale" (right), each 12" x 12" x .5", handmade by Pam Geisel, October 2019

When I was looking for fabric with circles printed on it (that I used in "Letting Go"), I also found this Robert Kaufman fabric Effervescence Gradation Rainbow.

Robert Kaufman, Effervescence, Gradation Rainbow

I only bought 1/4 of a yard but it was enough for me to make the two "Breathe" pieces using the same oval template that I used for "Letting Go."


I also used the same technique, ironing fusible to the back, cutting out the petals, and fusing them to a white fabric that had small white stars printed on it. I pin basted the quilt top with batting and a backing fabric then quilted around the raw edges of the petals.


Both pieces are wrapped around a 12" x 12" canvas frame.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

"Letting Go" and "Whoo?"

"Letting Go," 20" x 28.5", handmade by Pam Geisel, October 2018

I don't tend to use a lot of fabrics with bold designs or a lot of printing but I have noticed I'm attracted to artwork that has layers of circles on them. I did have a design idea that could use a bold print so I searched for fabric with circles printed on it and came across some Robert Kaufman fabric called Effervescence, which came in several colorways and blends. I was drawn to this fabric that blended from a light gray to black.

Robert Kaufman, Effervescence, Gradation Gray

I played around with an idea and came up with this flower shape made with oval petals. I cut a template so I could determine that I'd have enough gradation in each petal.


I ironed fusible to the back, cut out the petals, and fused them to a black fabric that had small circles printed on it, including one petal that is moving away from the others (the one that is "Letting Go."). 


I pin basted the quilt top with batting and a backing fabric then quilted around the raw edges of the petals. I also quilted nine more petals (or parts of petals on the edges) in the extra space on the left side of the quilt. 


I added nine plastic brown buttons, sewing them on with black embroidery thread but not in the usual way you sew on a button. I also added a pink ivory wood button to the center of the "flower." I bought this handmade button in Paducah, KY, but the card didn't have the maker's name on it.

"Whoo?," 6" x 6" x .5", handmade by Pam Geisel, October 2019

I only used the left half of the fabric that I bought. Perhaps I'll make another one with the right half, which has more brown in it. I did have a few small leftover pieces that I used to make this small 6" x 6" owl piece that is wrapped around a canvas.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Using Perspective and 3D Art Quilt featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine

Five of my art quilts are featured in Art Quilting Studio's Magazine's Autumn 2019 issue!


Four of the Americana Series art quilts ("Picnic at Ellis Pond," "Sunflowers at Whitehall Farm," "My Soul in a Blackberry Pie," and "Kings Yard Farmers Market") are included in an article about using perspective with foreground object.


I explain how I made the picnic basket, bicycle, pie, and baskets with apples all larger to indicate that they are in the foreground of the image.


My 3D art quilt "How Does Your Rainbow Grow" is in the "Quilting the Odd & Unusal" section.


The article gives a brief description on how I made this 3D piece and the challenges that came up when I created it.

Art Quilting Studio is published quarterly and is packed full of new quilting techniques and innovative design ideas.

This magazine is one of many publications put out by Stampington & Company. I've heard it's available at some Joann stores. You can find a store near you where it's sold or order it directly from the Stampington website.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Only On the Surface

"Only On the Surface," 16" x 14", handmade by Pam Geisel, August 2019

I belong to a Textile Art Group and for the last seven years we've had a biennial exhibit at the Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs. In 2013, 2015, and 2017 there were five of us who participated (not always the same five, but I've participated every time). This year we have nine fiber artists participating in the show which will be up through Nov. 3, 2019.

Since our last show, one of our members, Corrine, moved to Arizona. Bette was concerned that Corrine wouldn't be able to participate in this year's show so Bette selected a photo of lichen on a rock that Corrine had taken and posted on Facebook.

(Corrine did send us two pieces for the show.)

Bette was drawn to this photo because to her the lichen looked like it was made of fiber. So she challenged the rest of us to create a fiber piece inspired by the photo.

This is my piece. I immediately saw the lichen as lace (as did Bette) and I knew I wanted to use layered sheer fabric to build up the background. It wasn't until I started working on it that I realized how much purple was in the photo.


I started with piece of purple cotton fabric and I added some purple, green, and white sheer fabrics in layers to create the dark and light areas. I added the lace at the bottom then free motion quilted round shapes to hold it all down.


I added the large cream colored fabric border to act as a mat and let the lace hang over at the bottom.


I attached some gold glass beads and delicate silver leaf beads at the bottom, three brownish purple beads in the upper left corner, and one long, thin frosted glass bead on the right side.

The title is taken from the Joe Walsh song "The Confessor." I've always liked these lyrics:

   If you look at your reflection at the bottom of the well
   What you see is only on the surface
   When you try to see the meaning, hidden underneath
   The measure of the depth can be deceiving
   The bottom has a rocky reputation