Monday, October 5, 2015

Thoughts While Viewing Art at The Hammer Museum

I oftentimes write myself notes when I visit a museum or gallery.  These are some of the thoughts I jotted down while touring the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles this summer.

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford - from Scorch Earth

  • The idea of "modern art" for work made in 2016 seems silly.
  • I need some sense of order or formality.
  • Some junk art is junk.
  • People love a story.
  • Noah Purifoy is new to me.
  • The work I see in the big museums is often no better and sometimes less resolved than what I see in regional museums.  Not a new thought but good to be reminded.
  • I enjoy objects embedded into or onto other objects.
  • Humor or irony is +++
  • Noah Purifroy - African American. He is a problem solver.
  • Build things outdoors so weather impacts much of his (Purifroy) work.
  • Wonder full assemblages - Now Dig this Art and Black Los Angeles - 1960-1980
  • Kiki Smith - dead birds - this is imagery she uses lots - google it
  • Well placed shapes in big space
  • Art can be made from anything and the "finish" can be whatever is appropriate for the piece.
  • One man forging through the galleries....must be on a schedule.
  • Truth or Dare
  • I was prepared to hate the new work of artist Mark Bradford based on the images I had seen but love them in person.  They are huge, rough, black white, gray.  Lots of texture.  Complex surfaces.  ( Mark Bradford - Scorched Earth )
  • This work is elegant, frenetic, clumpy,dirty, orderly, organized, random.  
  • Very personal process.
  • Work is huge.

To read more about The Hammer Museum click HERE.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Teaching At QSDS in 2016

I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching at Quilt Surface Design Symposium summer of 2016.  This event, known as QSDS, attracts participants from around the world and is held in Columbus, Ohio.


June 6 - June 10

All About Shape
Masterful use of shape can take your work to new heights, and that is the goal of this workshop.  Exercises will focus on sharpening your awareness of the roll shape can play in your work.  Ideas will be developed using paper and fabric studies.   You will explore the use of natural, geometric and abstract shapes.  Fabric compositions will be developed using piecing and raw edge or fused appliqu├ęs.

This class is designed from Beginners to Intermediates.  For more information go HERE:


June 11- 12

Amazing Space

Amazing Space focuses on the organization of two-dimensional space and the creation of the illusion of three-dimensional space in your artwork.  You will learn classic design methods to add drama and mystery to your compositions.  Work will be developed using cut-paper exercises and machine-stitched fabric.

This class is designed for beginners to intermediate.
For more information go HERE:

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Issue 6 of Inspirational Magazine Will Be Available Tuesday September 15, 2016

The sixth issue of John Hopper's beautiful online magazine will be available Tuesday, September the 15th for you to download.  I've seen an advance copy and it is beautiful!  I'm very happy to be part of such a quality publication.

Follow this link to download and support this venture:

Monday, September 7, 2015

Pattern - Free Quilts by Kathleen Loomis

I returned from visiting my family in California last week to find a new book in my mailbox by my friend Kathleen Loomis.  The book is titled:  Pattern-Free Quilts / Riffs on the Rail Fence Block.  Many of you know Kathy from her years of involvement in the quilt community, her blog: Art With A Needle or perhaps her food blog: Kathy's Soup Kitchen.

Kathy is best known for her very contemporary improvisational quilts and has many accolades to her credit. Like many artists working in fiber, her love affair with quilts began with traditional quilt patterns when she started quilting as a teenager. Kathy also loves to share her knowledge of sewing and sewing techniques.  It is this desire that led Kathy to write Pattern-Free Quilts. 

People often have excellent sewing skills but just don't know how to get started creating their own original work.  This book addresses that issue and shows very clearly how to use what you may be familiar with (a pattern) and develop what you know using design choices to take a pattern to a new personal image.  Once you begin to see all the options available in one simple block you likely will begin to spread your wings and become a "pattern-free" quilt maker.  The ideas she presents can in fact be applied to all patterns.

The book is laid out in a very straight forward format starting with a short history of how Kathy began her sewing life, an explanation of the traditional Rail Fence pattern and several chapters on how to work with this pattern.  The writing, diagrams, pictures and instructions are solid with information on how to construct many options of the Rail Fence as well as a chapter on Color Choices and ending with a gallery of ideas.

The book can be purchased HERE and would make a lovely gift to anyone who might want to expand their knowledge of pattern/idea development.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Work to Be Presented in Inspirational Magazine

Windfall - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
fabric and mixed media - 2015
50.25"h x 34"w

A few years ago I was fortunate to have had my work presented on The Textile Blog which is the well known blog of English writer, facilitator, and motivator for creative artists, John Hopper.  It was an interesting article as he presented his thoughts and observations about my work.  Now John has begun an online publication of a beautiful magazine; Inspirational.

John shared with me his desire for Inspirational to be not only inspirational, but also aspirational, to an audience of artist and non-artist alike. 

He stated that Inspirational will not dwell so much on artist techniques or where work has been sold or shown. Instead, it will concentrate on how each artist perceives the world around them and how that perception in turn becomes projected back onto the world through their work. 

The magazine is in a downloadable format which means Inspirational can be instantly and easily available to an international audience. This format also supports his concern for nature and the conservation of the natural world by not using paper.

As the publication has progressed he is presenting a higher quality of images of the work of the international list of artists he features.  The work of the artists is not limited to textiles.  He has expressed his hope that Inspirational will be a valued addition to the creative arts media that already exists, as well as being an outlet for showing another facet of what it is to be a creative individual, and to see the world through that unique perspective.  

My work will be in the September 15, 2015 issue.  Here is the list of all the artists for this issue:

Christine Chester - a textile and mixed media artist (
David Skillicorn - a fine art painter (
Gopika Nath - a textile artist (
Polly Jacobs Giacchina - a fiber sculptor (
Russell Tomlin - a photographer (
Terry Jarrard-Dimond - a fiber and mixed media artist (
Chriss Keegan - an illustrator (
Jenniefer McCurdy - a ceramicist (

Back issues of the magazine can also be purchased from his site.

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