Fiber artist, Laurie Ceesay, sharing her thoughts and journey to creating art quilts with the emphasis on portraits, hairstyles and fashion.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Holiday Pets Photo Contest
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Playing Around at Quilt Retreat
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Quilt Retreat In Door County WI
I did alot at the retreat and I will show the images next time I blog.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational
The photos I have added today are of the Art of Nature traveling art quilt exhibit created by the Michigan Quilt Art Invitational. This is a group of Michigan fiber artists formed by Mary Andrews and Marti Calhoun 15 years ago. There are 60 quilts in the exhibit all sized 20" x 24" either vertically or horizontally. The artists are juried into the group based on their body of artwork. Each year a theme is chosen such as Italy, space travel/astronomy, south of the border and this exhibits theme of nature. The exhibit travels across the state of Michigan and I wanted it in Upper Michigan besides Marquette since I feel we are occationally overlooked as being part of Michigan! This exhibit, of about 30 pieces, is in Menominee, MI, where I live, at Spies Public Library Gallery. The exhibit is on display until December 30, 2010. If you are in the area check it out during normal library hours and there is no fee to view the display. For more information on Michigan Quilt Art Invitationl go to http://www.maryandrewsartquilts.com/.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Monday, October 18, 2010
Second Place Ribbon in Marquette
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Beauty School Flashback
Monday, October 11, 2010
SAQA Auction Piece is Sold!!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Halloween Pin-up Witch
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Artists Studio Tour
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Art Garage Project
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational
Monday, August 30, 2010
NASCAR Baby Quilt
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Fall Quilt Season
No pictures this time. (Sorry!!) I have decided to enter in three regional nonjuried quilt shows. I chose Appleton WIs Darting Needles Quilt Show because I used to live there and my parents still are there and it's nostalgic.This show is Oct. 2-3 and has a fun name "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Quilting.Then I chose the Autumn Comforts Quilt Show by the Marquette Quilters in Marquette MI. It's a two hr. drive to Lake Superior but their group is very artsy and it's a fun show. Marquette has a wonderful quilt shop, Alley Kats, and a great public library which is at the same time sponsoring a traveling art quilt exhibit. This show is Oct. 16-17. And last is the Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show in Marshfield WI Which is Oct. 30-31. I have entered twice and last year my quilt received a 3rd place and some $$ so I thought maybe I had a decent shot at another ribbon. Marshfield is too far away to do a day trip but the other two shows I will attend. I am entering two quilts in the Marshfield and Marquette shows and three items in the Appleton show. Can't wait to see all the quilts and shop at the vendor booths!!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Art in the Park at Henes Park in Menominee MI
It is three days until Art in the Park at Henes Park in my community Menominee, MI. The art show is on Sunday August 22 from 11-4.I have done one outside art show and thought I'd give it another try especially when some of my artist friends are in it. They have helped me with displays and we have cheered each other on. This small art quilt (24 x 24) was inspired by the original fabric postcard design which I enlarged and made a framed piece with one woman with blonde hair and flesh tone skin. I decided to pick by favorite colors of lime green, hot pink and red with black and white and do a Andy Warhol style piece. The four images are the same-I just changed the colors of the face, hair and lips. I went a little traditional and sashed the small squares with a fun stripe and then a chose a polka dot outer border since I love dots and it picked up the colors in the quilt. I embellished the quilt with glitter, Smooch paint (love this stuff!!) and fabric paint. It will be for sale at the art show and I call it "Four Funky Divas." I like the woman with the white hair the best because it reminds me of the white queen in "Alice and Wonderland"
Thursday, August 12, 2010
It's Been A Good Week!!!
It has been a good week for me and my art quilts!! This photo of me is from the opening reception in Escanaba, MI at the Bonifas Art Center. Today began a SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Associates) traveling show as well as Fabrications II: Art Quilts of the U.P. I have my Tina Turner quilt from the 2009 Quilting Arts Magazine "Rock On! Challenge in this exhibit. I have not displayed her locally yet and I won 3rd place in this exhibit!! Then earlier in the week I found out my "Geisha" art quilt has been accepted into the 2010 Hoffman Challenge. It will travel across the country to various quilt venues into the summer of 2011. The websites for the Bonifas and the Hoffman Challenge are http://www.bonifasarts.org/ and http://www.hoffmanchallenge.com/.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Channeling the 1960s
Here is my newest "baby." It is larger than most of my art quilts at 39 x 48. I needed a change from the usual- I was having a 1960s/Twiggy moment and I felt like working in pastel yellow/pink/blue tints. I have discovered I like circles and used the circular Kaffe Fassett fabric in the outer border and cut apartto look like free floating buubles. The figure is raw edge fused applique and I actually hand appliqued the curved background to the black background! I didn't want to because I'm not a hand sewer but it seemed the best method. The large earring is appliqued vinyl to give that 1960 feel (another circle). The face is machine quilted to the max as a rebelion of the judge at the Minnesota Quilt Show telling me in my ctitique I didn't have enough quilting of the face of the woman in the quilt. I purposely leave the cheekbone area free of stitching to make it push outward like a real cheekbone. So I was pi#*%d off at the traditional judge for "not getting my vision!" This situation with the judging has moved me in the direction of the art community. I intend to enter in gallery displays and frame more of my pieces. Also I plan to stay away from traditional quilt show entries that do not have a art quilt category. Anyway, back to my new piece which I call "Bubbly Blonde". The face is stitched pink on pink with a sun, some rainbows, a few hearts and loads of swirls. I have embellished the hair with pale yellow gliter, the lips with Shiva Painkstiks and the background has large sequins flowing around it. I will enter in a art quilt show in the future.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
New Garden Art
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Art in the Park Projects
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kelvin Motsinger Fundraiser Quilt
On May 29, 2010 a 9 year old boy named Kelvin Motsinger from Menominee, MI passed away from drowning at Red Arrow Park Beach in Marinette WI. I did not know Kelvin or his family as I read about this story in the local newpaper. In early July I had the pleasure of meeting Kelvin's mother, Miranda, when she was a new guest at Pizazz Salon where I work. She spoke of Kelvin and the fundraiser that was to be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010 to defer the funeral costs. I have a soft spot for single mother since I raised Jordana on my own and I immediately said I would made a quilt for the silent auction. I asked Miranda what were Kelvin's favorite things and she said baseball and his dog. I chose the baseball idea and purchased a few baseball themed fabrics and my quilter friend Cher gave me one from her stash. I machine thread painted "In Memory of Kelvin" in the turquiose rectangles. I found a package of baseball themed buttons which I thought were cute and added to the quilt. I hope the family enjoys it and they all want it so much that it is a success for the fundraiser!!! RIP Kelvin.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Menominee Art Council at the Bonifas Art Center
I am a member of the Menominee (MI) Area Arts Council. It is a local group of artists and people who love art and want to promote art. We had the opportunity to have gallery space at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba MI from June 30-August 3, 2010. The Bonifas is an awesome art center about one hour north of Menominee. I wish Menominee had an art center like this with continuing art classes, exhibits and musical performances. Anyway, there was an artist reception today and here I am with my piece "Woman with Red Lipstick 2". Like my superwoman shirt?? There is a SAQA (Studio Arts Quilts Association) traveling exhibit of national art quilts coming to the Bonifas this August and September. In the upper gallery there will be art quilts of the Upper Peninsula. I will hear this coming week if my three pieces are accepted into the show.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Jordana's FRIDA Quilt
Jordana liked the wall hanging I made for the upcoming Michigan Quilt Art Invitational of Frida Kahlo. She just moved across town in Green Bay and is redecoratingand she asked if I would make her a similar quilt in different colors. I have used mostly batiks and the "Frida" name stayed the same. I stitched on black silk leaves and flowers and have buttons in the center of each flower. There is some fabric paint to give Frida brown eyes and an actual earring pierced through the fabric to resemble Frida's big earrings. I will see Jordana tomorrow and give it to her.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Class I Taught in Escanaba
I taught a facial design workshop in Escanaba MI last Friday. I am a bit late posting this. My computer skills frustrate me and I was mad at myself. I wish I knew more then I could fly through this. Also it's summer and I'm enjoying my flower gardens!! Back to the class, the photo on the left is the work of Amber. she chose a self portrait and being "Amber" she chose amber tones. I wish my name was a color!! The photo on the right is of Glenna who chose a photo of a child. Her photo had the hair blending into the background. There were photos of children, elderly, self portraits and even Albert Einstein.
Monday, June 21, 2010
My bike Has Been Overhauled!!
My bike is a used 20 year old Schwinn that was a sad looking lavender before. It is very nice free bike from a friend of my boyfriend Ken. He decided to take the thing apart and spray paint it pink my favorite color! He is a perfectionist and he thoroughly cleaned every part of the bike-it now has white walls and no rust or crud of the wheels, spokes or anywhere. He was way more meticulous than I would ever have been. He admits to having trouble putting it back together but he did it and made some flashy "PeeWee Herman" handlebar streamers and he bought a pink and purple horn which sounds like a dog squeekie toy!! Ken and I enjoy bike riding alot when the weather cooperates and now I can look fashionable in my "signature colored" pink bike!!!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Hoffman Challenge Quilt
I decided to do the Hoffman Challenge for 2010. The challenge fabric is the turquoise fabric which I saw as kimono fabric. I wanted to have an image of a geisha girl but didn't really know much about the subject. My daughter suggested I rewatch the 2005 movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" and I did some research at the local public library. I used the challenge fabric in the kimono, the tiny inner border and I made some two-sided flowers for the hair accessory. I used a raw edge fused applique technique for most of the images. I thread painted the little yellow daingly flowers and glitter covered an actual hair comb from the drugstore to get the look of the geisha adornments. I was fortunate to receive the black with blue asian village print from one of the ladies in Eagle River when I was there in May teaching. It was a great choice for the background!! I mail the piece and by Sept. I find out if it made the cut. If it does, the quilt will travel to various quilt shows until the fall of 2011.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
SAQA Auction Piece and Postcard Entry
This is a fabric postcard I made for a postcard exhibit due in July. I embellished it with a new glitter I purchased at the IQA Chicago Show in April. My thread choice was a variegated yellow, orance, pink and red. I like to back the card with a light colored batik because it is opaque.
This 12' x 12" size quilt is my donation to the SAQA (Studio Art Quilting Association) 2010 Auction. The quilts are made and donated by its members and then auctioned to raise $$ for the organization. I call mine "Do I have pink or yellow undertones?" which is a cosmetology thing!! I used the same variegated thread as the postcard. I embellished it with tiny pink rhinestones along the lashline like eyeliner, a bit of pink glitter on the lips and a felt flower and jewel in the hair. This was a fun little project which I plan to explore when I do the Menominee MI Area Art Council's Art Show this August.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Red, White, Blue and Happy Birthday!!
When I taught a Convergence class earlier this month I needed a class sample. I chose a tie-dye of red, white and blue with embossed stars, a red and white polka dot, a white background with small blue and red stars and a Alexander Henry print with patriotic pin-up girls. I used a mini stripe for the inner border and a cool peace sign print in red, white and blue. I made this for my daughter, Jordana, for her upcoming birthday in June. Jordana was a history major in college and the loves the WW II era. I thought the pinup print looked like from the '40's. She also loves peace signs. I quilted it wth Sulky Blendables in the Americana colors. I embellished it with sparkly foamy stars. The back of the quilt is this crazy "democrat" fabric. I found it fitting for Jordana since she is a liberal democrat. The fabric line also had a republican fabric to keep it "fair and balanced"! (And if she reads this she will know one o her birthday gifts)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I had the pleasure of teaching a design/drafting class to a group of women in Eagle River WI yesterday Monday May 17th. Their quilt guild, Cranberry Country Quilters, were kind enough to invite me to their small but eager group. The guild president, Joan, "J.P.", was very hospitable and lived in this awesome house on Bass Lake. It was fun to step into her studio and see ALL the things she was doing or planned to do. Her husband was a big Tina Turner fan and he liked my "Tina" quilt!! The weather was cooperative and sunny, Christey from Pizazz Salon where I work lent me her GPS (thanks again!!) and it was a blast!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
This is it!!
I showed a photo of this quilt when it was just the top and now it is finished. It is as traditional as it gets for me!! I am no longer committing myself to 12" block exchanges because I want to be creative and make art quilts. In addition to this I have become displeased with the quality of the workmanship in these exchanges. So I am glad this quilt is finished and I will probably enter it in a future quilt show in the traditional lap quilt size category. I have one more block-of-the-month quilt top to complete which I will show you later after I have fun with my next project the "Hoffman Challenge 2010". I can't think of a name for this quilt-any suggestions??
Friday, April 30, 2010
Keep Me in Stitches Quilt Shop
My quilting friend Jacqi Levy just opened a quilt store in Appleton WI called "Keep Me in Stitches". She wanted to fill a void and have a local shop that had contemporary fabrics. I was in Appleton yesterday and checked it out. I love brights and batiks and this shop has both-I saw beautiful fabrics I had only seen online!! It is very clean and pure with the white walls, tables and shelves. The brights look wonderful in this shop and there is nice lighting coming in through the windows. It is easy to find on Richmond St. (highway 47) riht off of Highway 41. She plans to be on Facebook and have e-mail updates as soon as she is more settled.I encourage everyone who quilts and is in Appleton to check it out!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I Love IKEA!!
While in Chicago for the quilt show our bus driver, Dan, was kind enough to give us a side trip to either Woodfield Mall or IKEA in Schauberg IL for 2 hours. I LOVE IKEA and since it's 4.5 hrs. away from where I live I couldn't wait. They are hooks that were in the pet section and came in a variety of colors. I intend to use them in my garden some how. They are so cute and remind me of a cartoon dog!!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Going Traditional; International Quilt Festival-Chicago
I signed up at Pine Street Quilts in Marinette WI for a 12 month long block-of-the-month called Fair and Square. 12 people sign up and each month each person chooses 4 coordinating fat eighths and the 11 other people make the block for that person.This is my third and last Fair and Square because some people have a different idea of what a 12' block should be sized and the pressing isn't always very good. 6 of the 12 blocks couldn't be used so I decided to make 6 of my own using star blocks from http://www.nancyrinkdesigns.com/. Nancy has a FREE BOM which can be downloaded and I made 6 star blocks using red backgrounds. I added this fun grass green print with yellows and red/orange dragonflys to connect the blocks and add a border. I will quilt the quilt with green thread.
I attended the International Quilt Festival in Chicago last Friday and Saturday. It was so fun to see what quilters are creating nationally, be able to purchase more goodies and visit with new and not so new friends. I was visually overloaded!! And I,like many other quilters from MI, MN, and WI, are sad to see the show move to Cincinnati OH-too far to travel.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
My wall hanging "The Blue Wig" has been juried into the Denver National Quilt Festival V" which runs April 29-May 2, 2010. I originally made it for the Michigan Quilt Network's quilt shows color challenge. I won 1st place on it last Sept. so I entered it in another show to see how it will do. My quilt will be there but I will be stay in Menominee. April is a crazy month for regional quilt shows, hairshows/classes and I'm trying to get tickets to a Pat Benatar concert later in the month!!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Project Sock Design Contest
I am a patterned sock junkie and found a sock company called Little MissMatched. They sell 3 sock packs of similar but different designs so they don't match on purpose.. They are having a Season 2 sock design contest from people who wear their socks and/or visit thier website. I took a stab at it and the photo above is my entry. The deadline is April 15th and the company chooses the finalists then the public votes for their favorite on Little MissMatched website. The winner receives money, free socks and the ability to help design their socks. I have no idea how many people enter this contest and what my odds are. This was a fun project and I bought a new large box of colored pencils to color in the socks. I had a flashback of when I was a child when I drew and colored pictures all the time before sewing entered my world. P.S. according to Stacy and Clinton from "What Not to Wear" it is tacky to wear patterned socks if you are older than 5 but I stil do but under jeans and not with dresses, capris or shorts!!
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