Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In Full Bloom

My flower garden is now in full bloom with a riot of colors.
Green is natures way of setting off all the colors in a garden,
Stain glas window frame with basket of gazing globes
I love the colors of stain glass in this old window frame. It picks up the green of nature and also flows into the blues with red as accent.
red gazing balls with smoke plant
More red directly below the deck. The smoke plant is a nice variation of the red from the globes.
Red clear and maarbled bzing globe
On the other side of the sidewalk there is more red.
3 red mosaic gazing globes on deck
Red mosaic mirror balls on the deck.
pink gazing globes
A collection of pink gazing globes.
Variation in shapes is always good and these help unify the colors.
Brown balls and container
It’s always nice to have some neutrals to set off the glorious colors.
More neutrals to finish off this years back yard garden.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WHAT Do You Think These Are?

I wanted to do some knitting but even though I have lots of yarn to knit my special afghans I didn’t want to get “that” involved.
So I decided to knit some smaller “things”. I carried a color plan throughout the group.
Originally I hadn’t planned to knit this many but I was enjoying it so much!
So WHO know what these are of will be????

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Quilts Radiating From The Center

A majority of the quilts I made for my solo show Ice Tapestries and Shibori Quilts radiated from the center.
Long before I started making those quilts I found many of my most effective quilts radiated from the center.
I do find this interesting as I consider myself an asymmetrical artist and yet these are some of my favorite most successful quilts in my opinion.

It is amazing I ever finished piecing this quilt. I can't tell you how many times I lost/misplaced pieces of it and there was no more of the fabric available.
Yes, I am studying this quilt to decide how I would like to quilt it to enhance the design. That may take a while!

This could have been the entire quilt if I had not found all the pieces. It includes a lot of hand applique so it travelled with me to many different places.

It was my attempt to create this quilt in hand dyed fabric.

This is one of my most successful quilts and is a prize winning quilt. Everyone who sees it, quilter or not, stops, looks, studies it and comments.

Here is another work in progress. I am also waiting for it to tell me how to finish it! I am continuing down this center radiating path with my current ice dyes until I change course.Of course in addition to that I am working on finishing works in progress at this time.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Who Can Tell What’s Different?

Can you tell what is different about this Ice Dye from anything I’ve ever done before?
It is something I tried before but didn’t accomplish.
I figured it out this time.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Newest Ice Dyed Mandala

I am still making wonderful new Ice Dyed work. This is one of my new pieces and it is  favorite of myself and others who have been able to see it.
The colors have a very Southwest flavor. The design is quite different that anything I have previously created.
Don’t ask me how I manipulated the fabric to get this design as I don’t know. Each time I do a new piece I try something new. Not all pieces are this successful , but when they are it makes my heart sing. My goal is to continually create new work and not duplicate what I have already done.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time To Decide This Season’s Priorities

The last few years my main priority was working on pieces for my show Ice Tapestries and Shibori Quilts.
I am prioritizing finishing some of my Works In Progress this season.
I have some pieces stacked in the order I intend to work on them but that is subject to change on a whim!
I also have some other things I would like to accomplish in the next 4 months. I know I may not get it all accomplished but having a sense of what I’d like to do will make it more likely to happen.
Of course I plan on doing a little purging but I am no longer counting how many things I get rid of because i’ve made quite a dent in the possessions I could purge. I even have an empty shelf, and empty bin and I might even have an empty drawer somewhere!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Embellish, An Australian Magazine–Article And Pictures From My Recent Show–Ice Tapestries and Shibori Quilts

I was contacted by this magazine and asked to write an article and share photos from my show.
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This is the June 2017 issue or Issue number 30
Embellish 2 page spread June 2017
These are the first 2 pages of the article. and you can see 5 pieces from the show.
Embellish 1 page June 2017
This is the 3rd page with 4 quilt photos.
I felt honored that they thought so much of my quilts and wanted to share them in their high quality magazine.
I have not found any place in the US where the magazine is available but I am including information about how to get your own copy.

Embellish Magazine updated their cover photo.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

How And Where To See My Work

When I posted the photos of my work on my Studio Design wall this week I got a lot of inquiries from people who wanted to see my quilts and Ice Tapestries.

Studio Quilts 4 edited for blog

You can follow my blog at: http://quiltspluscolor.blogspot.com/

If you go to the right hand column you will see FOLLOW BY EMAIL

Enter your email in the space and you will be notified each time I post. This will also notify you of new shows and places to see my work.

I am currently taking bookings for my solo shows at Art Centers or Museums for 45 days or more.

If you know of a museum that would be interested in showing one of my shows have them contact me at: kay@kaysorensen.com

I have a show scheduled in Ocala, Florida for March and April 2018. If you follow my blog you will get the details when we are ready to share them.

I hope you will get to see my work in PERSON as that is the best way to view it.

As much as I would love to invite each and every one of you to see my work in my studio I am afraid that isn’t possible as that is where I work and it is not a place to show my work in person.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Studio Quilt Gallery

Studio Quilts 4 edited for blog
You are seeing about 21 feet of my 30 foot studio design wall.
The part you are not seeing is a work in progress. Most of the time the entire wall is being used to work out designs for my new pieces.
The 4 quilts on the left are from the Colors Of My Life series. There are 20 quilts in the series.
The 5 quilts on the right are all my Ice Dyed Tapestries. These pieces were all in my recent show and will be part of another upcoming show in 2018.
The quilt on the far right under the window is In Living Color.
It is always nice to be able to see a sampling of the work I have done all together in one place.
I hope you enjoy this gallery display.
Click on the photo to see a larger view.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Although This Is a Day To Remember Those Who Gave Up Their Life For Us…….

I also always think of my girlfriends who did serve.
Walgreens 30 Ice
When my friend Kathy Comstock visited me in Wisconsin last summer this was her favorite piece I was working on,.
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I made sure it was finished for my show. Kathy served in the United States Army and I see a link between the Army and the colors of this Ice Tapestry.
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It also makes me think of my friend Pauline Frey Davy who served in the Air Force. The picture of her is on the flight line at Wurtsmith, AFB in Oscoda, MI. She also worked as a civilian for the Army for 27 years and was working for them when we met at a fabric dyeing class.
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I am not sure what branch my friend Marge Hewitt served in? Everyone wants to be Marge when they grow up.
I am grateful they were willing to serve to preserve our freedom and grateful they all were able to come home after their service.
I am honored to know all of these women.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Still Dyeing

I don’t think I’ll every tire of Ice Dyeing.
Each piece is a new surprise. I play and try different fabric manipulations and colors on each and every one.
I can’t even remember how I did many of them when they are finished. And that is good.
When I made a quick visit to my show this winter before heading south there was a lady there who kept telling me how I should make a record of exactly how I did each one so I could duplicate it. It took me a long time to make her understand that I was creating ART and had no desire to make the same thing over and over. In fact, even if I tried there still would be many variables and each one would be different.
That is the difference between an ART Ice Dyer and a production Ice Dyer.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Where Is That Quilt? Part 4

These are the final pictures of the quilts I have laid flat on the bed.
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These photos are not meant to show the quilts in their best light…just the way I store them and a teaser as to what they look like.
The rest of the quilts are either stored under the bed on 2 trolleys we built to store them, stored elsewhere or are on display in my lower level gallery or throughout our home.
Yes, I have been rearranging and sorting quilts so they are more accessible.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through some of my work. These pieces were done over a period of time. My work changes and grows, but I hope it stands the test of time.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Where Is That Quilt?-Part 3

This group of quilts are all from a series I designed called Historic Concepts- Contemporary Systems.
I used antique quilts for inspiration but did not copy any one specific quilt. I collected fabrics for many years and made kits for all of them. The kits were all very limited editions. I did this long before reproductions fabrics were available. They would not have the feeling of an antique quilt had a used one of the series of reproduction quilts available recently. Many antique quilts were made from scraps and leftovers.
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Many people learned to quilt with this series of quilt kits I made. They were all very limited editions as I had a limited amount of the appropriate fabrics.
All but one of these were hand quilted.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Where Is That Quilt–Part 2

I am continuing to show you the layers of quilts on my bed in my studio where I can store them flt.
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There is quite a variety of quilts in this stack. They were stacked in the manner they fit best on the bed.