Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Charise and the Hawk

Last night, we had a terrific storm, so I stayed at home and finished this latest collage.

Charise is a friend of mine who works at the Library. She has SUCH a great profile that she was perfect for a silouette collage. At first, I tried to do it with photos, like all my other pieces, but it wasn't working.

Then I got the idea for the fabric braids - after all, I work with fabric constantly! The background has been needle felt punched, complete with a subtle shadow of a red tailed hawk in the upper left.
This was one of those pieces that happens when the time is right. Once I got started, everything fell into place smoothly, and I am delighted with the result!
It will eventually be bordered with something, but the braids will hang outside the border - loose and free and wild!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I am putting photos out on the web, under a Picasa account.

The address is http://picasaweb.google.com/Jo.Mortland/Quilts

There are only a few photos right now, but there will be more soon. This will be a great way to back up my portofolio - online instead of on disks.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Here is the web site for my Delicious Bookmarks:


This application has been less than intuituve - annoying, in fact.

However, the uses for it seem to be limitless, and I'm sure I'll figure out how to use it well.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Three Women Wearing the Same Dress

This past weekend, my very good friends, Pam from Wisconsin and Sherry from Michigan, came for a visit. Pam found a great formal dress at the resale shop, and it looked so good on each of us that we decided to photograph ourselves. It was a beautiful day, and we had snitched a deep magenta peony as our prop. Voila!
The Aran shawl was a gift from Jim to Pam, hand knitted, but we could hardly get it away from Sherry!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mysterious Newly Created Fiber Item

After having accomplished my other sewing goals (see previous post), this is what evolved next!

What could it be?


This past holiday weekend, I was obsessed with sewing! I had set myself three goals, met those, and went on to finish a number of other projects. This one, Anthuriello, was originally sewn together nearly a year ago, and the center part was quilted with all manner of organic leaves and shapes. But the finishing touches were only done yesterday. The title refers to the wavy pattern, Bargello, and the appliqued flower, Anthurium. The piece is 60" wide, and the best work I've done so far.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Einstein on Dancing

I just found this blurb from Einstein. He has gone up even further in my estimation, if such a thing is possible.

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears,
we dance for madness, we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes, we dance for screams.
We are the dancers, we create the dreams.
Albert Einstein