Art Quilt Techniques Workshop in Reno

Nancy Ryan and I spent 4 days in Reno teaching an Art Quilt Techniques Workshop for the Sierra Sewing Center. We had 28 talented women who were willing to try everything we brought to teach them. The 4 individual techniques we taught (1 per day) were Mixed Media, Painting on Fabric, Striped Abstract, and Broken Color. Here is the amazing collection of work that they accomplished in the 4 days.

MIXED MEDIA

Carol Juillerat

Carol Juillerat

Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Sandy Porter

Sandy Porter

Penny Woods

Penny Woods

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Lynda Moyer

Lynda Moyer

Lori Hourse

Lori Hourse

Leslie Dahm

Leslie Dahm

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Kathy Fullenwider

Kathy Fullenwider

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards

Eileen Searcy

Eileen Searcy

Carole Avery

Carole Avery

PAINTING ON FABRIC

Alice Ellis

Alice Ellis

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Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Norma Kryder

Norma Kryder

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Lampson

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Lynda Moyer

Lynda Moyer

Leslie Dahm

Leslie Dahm

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Kathy Fullenwider

Kathy Fullenwider

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner

Eileen Searcy

Eileen Searcy

Deborah Dietz

Deborah Dietz

Carolin Brock

Carolin Brock

Carole Avery

Carole Avery

Carol Juillerat

Carol Juillerat

Brenda Storm

Brenda Storm

Bev Blankus

Bev Blankus

STRIPED ABSTRACT

Brenda Stone

Brenda Stone

Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Sandy Porter

Sandy Porter

Norma Kryder

Norma Kryder

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Brisack

Nancy Brisack

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Lori Nourse

Lori Nourse

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Kathy Fullenwider

Kathy Fullenwider

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner

Diane Boone

Diane Boone

Carole Avery

Carole Avery

BROKEN COLOR

Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Brisack

Nancy Brisack

Lynda Moyer

Lynda Moyer

Lyla Messinger

Lyla Messinger

Lorrie Bruce

Lorrie Bruce

Lori Nourse

Lori Nourse

Leslie Dahm

Leslie Dahm

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner

Eileen Searcy

Eileen Searcy

Penny Woods

Penny Woods

Carolin Brock

Carolin Brock

Carol Juillerat

Carol Juillerat

Brenda Stone

Brenda Stone

Porcelain Poetry/Textile Treasures at the Moraga Art Gallery

Sunset on the Sound  24" x 72"

Sunset on the Sound 24″ x 72″

I am so delighted to be doing a show with Donna Arganbright at the Moraga Art Gallery in Moraga, California. Donna is the ceramic featured member artist, and I am the textile featured guest artist. I will have my landscape art quilts for the wall, as well as some new silk scarves and smaller wall quilts. Our show runs from June 8 through August 13, 2016 with a reception on Saturday, June 11, 5:00 – 7:00pm. The gallery is located at 522 Center Street. 925-376-5407. This is a lovely gallery with 16 member artists showing in a variety of media. They have lovely receptions with music, food and wine.

I was recommended to the gallery by my friend and fellow artist, Marge Atkins, who is showing her beautiful watercolors of matileja poppies at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton during the same period.

Stories of Migration – The Textile Museum 4/15/16 – 9/4/16

Stories of Migration_Logoartwork by Denise Oyama MillerThis artwork is called “Connecting Threads.” It tells a personal story of my family’s history, spanning the last 100 years. It starts in Japan with an early photo of my grandfather, Zengoro Oyama, as a child and the birthplace of my grandmother, Chiyo Iwamoto. The story continues through Hawaii, Los Angeles, the relocation years of World War II, and the movement of the family back to the West Coast. I think our family history is similar to many other Japanese families, who migrated to the United States in the early 1900’s.

I was inspired to do this quilt as a result of our annual family Thanksgiving dinners, where we have shared the family history from the perspective of each of the four children of Zengoro and Chiyo. It was wonderful to hear the stories and see the old photos.

When I heard about the Studio Art Quilt Associates call for entries for this show, I knew what my subject would be. I was especially interested in this venue, as both my Father and Uncle got their graduate degrees in biochemistry from George Washington University.

Our branch of the family had very few photos left of our early history, but my Uncle Jiro, youngest and only surviving member of that generation, had many photos to choose from. I also collected photos from other members of our family.

I wanted to make a quilt that combined the textile traditions of both Japan and the United States, while at the same time showing the family ties. I started with a white piece of cotton fabric. I used shibori dyeing techniques to create the fabric in the body of the kimono. I used thermofax screens to discharge or remove some of the dye. I repeated these steps several times to get the exact color that I wanted. I used Transfer Artist Paper for the photographs. The hand stitching is done in the sashiko style of stitching, while the quilting is machine quilted.

Since we didn’t have a family crest, I created 4 alternatives and asked my siblings and their families to vote on their preferred image. I ended up with a circle design of a large mountain with water around it signifying the Pacific Ocean. The kanji in the middle of the design is our family name Oyama, which means “big mountain.”
artwork by Denise Oyama Miller

360°: Between Here and Gone

Jean and Shorebird Mural-reducedI would like to introduce you to an amazing artist, Jean Bidwell. She has a new show of her watercolor and acrylic paintings called 360°: Between Here and Gone. The theme of the show is birds, both shore birds and song birds. The show is at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center at 4901 Breakwater Avenue in Hayward. The show runs through July 10, 2016. The Center is open Friday – Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. If you would like to see the show outside of these hours, call the Center to arrange another time.

For additional information about this event, please contact the Center at
510-670-7270.

In addition, Jean does large outdoor murals, some of which are located in Hayward and Oakland. The wall across the Hayward BART station is a beautiful example of one of Jean’s incredible murals, all 2000 feet of mural. See Jean’s website at:

http://www.jeanbidwell.com

Bloom II at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California

01_DOMiller-2016-1_smlMy friend, Nancy Ryan, and I have so much fun showing our art quilts together. This time we have been invited to exhibit in the Main Gallery space at the Pence Gallery’s annual Bloom II Exhibit from March 8 – April 19, 2016, along with other artists working in a variety of other mediums. We will each exhibit 3 floral quilts. The reception for this exhibit is going to be held on Friday, March 11 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at the Gallery. Then on Saturday, March 12 from 2:00 – 5:00pm, there will be some gallery talks by some of the artists (including me) and floral arrangement demonstrations. My piece “Tulip Tops” will be included in the show. For additional information about this event, please contact the gallery:
Phone: 530-758-3370
Location: 212 “D” Street, Davis, California 95616
Website: http://www.pencegallery.org

Yosemite Renaissance 31 – 2016

Have you ever been to Yosemite in the Winter or early Spring? It is a glorious time to visit and enjoy the snow. One of the relatively unknown treasures of the valley at this time is the annual Yosemite Renaissance Art Competition, which debuts in late February. The show runs from Friday, February 26 through May 1, 2016 in Yosemite Valley. The opening night has a wonderful, well-attended reception at the main gallery next to the museum in the village. This year the reception is on Friday, February 26 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

The show is open to all mediums, and I entered one of my landscape pieces called “Yosemite Reflections.” Out of a record 364 artists and 973 entries, they selected 55 pieces by 50 artists. I am thrilled to announce that my piece got into the show. Here’s my piece.

Yosemite Reflections - reduced
I hope you can come and see the show sometime while it is in Yosemite Valley. It will also travel to Kings Art Center in Hanford, CA (June through July) and Carnegie Art Center in Turlock, CA (August through September) after it closes in the Valley. If you want additional information about the exhibit, this is the link to the website.

http://www.yosemiterenaissance.org/

Quiltaway with the San Francisco Quilt Guild

Rialto TreeI am very excited about participating in the San Francisco Quilt Guild’s Quiltaway, which is a biannual event that combines 4 instructors teaching 1-day or 2-day workshops. The Quiltaway will be held from Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28. Here is the link that describes the Quiltaway and all of the workshops: https://strh.se/sFgJxavd0CQd?s=e

I will be teaching a 2-day workshop on creating landscapes in an impressionistic technique (similar to the pointillism in painting). This is an easy process that all levels can create stunning landscapes, starting from your own landscape photograph. I recommend that you work no bigger than 18” x 24” and focus on either a landscape without buildings or a portrait of a tree like the one on the left. This piece is called “Rialto Tree.”

This is the link to find out how to sign-up for the workshops:

http://www.sfquiltersguild.org/page.php?ID=34

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills in making quilts and enjoying the company of other quilters. This will be a fun weekend for everyone. I hope we get lots of students.

Strata: New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates

Solitude I am happy to announce a new exhibit of art quilts called “Strata-New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates.” There are 50 pieces of art (wall quilts and sculptures) that demonstrate the wide range of work being done in textile arts. The show was juried by Yvonne Porcella, who is an artist, teacher, writer and the founder of the SAQA organization. The 33 artists in the show are from the Northern California/Northern Nevada region of SAQA.

We are fortunate to be able to show at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton, which is located in the Firehouse Arts Center at 4444 Railroad Avenue. The exhibition dates are November 12–December 16, 2015. The artists reception is Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm. The gallery is open on Wednesday–Friday, 12:00pm–5:00pm and Saturday, 11:00am–3:00pm. I hope you can come by to see the show and join us for the reception.

I have 2 quilts in the show, and this one is called “Solitude.”

Broken Color Workshop at Cotton Patch, Lafayette, CA

Peony
I do love teaching at the Cotton Patch in Lafayette, California. The classroom set up is perfect for all types of mixed media and fabric work. There is lots of space, good lighting and electrical hookups, a little kitchen, a bathroom, air conditioning, and the store is nearby in case you just can’t live without more fabric! The staff is always helpful and interested in what is going on in the classroom.

This time I will be teaching “Broken Color – Total Process,” which is a 2-day workshop using a raw-edge, appliqué technique. This class is perfect for all skill levels from the advanced beginner through the advance quilter looking for another technique to enhance their toolbox of skills. This technique adds a sparkle and crispness to your quilts and is perfect for wall quilts. Any appliqué can be done using this approach, whether it is traditional appliqué or art quilt. The workshop is Saturday – Sunday, September 12-13, 10:00am – 4:00pm. The fee is $115, and the supply list is available at the time of registration.

The Cotton Patch is located at 1025 Brown Avenue, Lafayette, California. You can call them to sign up by phone at 925-284-1177.

Tumultuoius Tulips

Billabong Dreams at the Seattle Art Museum

Warringaari - Coming Together

Warringaari – Coming Together


While my husband and I were in Seattle last month, we visited the Seattle Art Museum, specifically to see a small collection of the Abstract Expressionists. We were even more impressed by the Aboriginal artwork from Australia. This is what the museum said about the work:

“BILLABONG DREAMS – Water is a complex subject to capture visually on dry bark or flat canvas. Australian Aboriginal artists remind us that observing water can guide life. as people consider the depth of rockholes and billabongs, the tidal ebb and flow, the rough and calm, to be an analog for ancestral knowledge. Artists do their best to render water’s reflections, transparence, surface, depth and many symbolic references.”

I was very impressed by these extraordinary pieces of art and thought they were actually on fabric, but they were done on eucalyptus bark and canvas. I loved the simplicity of the designs and the similar palette. The theme of water is one that I have been thinking about for my own work, given the drought situation in California. It is funny how ideas germinate in your mind for a while, then a spark makes them come alive. After seeing this work, I may just get a new series started.

Wayampajarti

Wayampajarti

Waarlla - Rockholes

Waarlla – Rockholes

Messsge Sticks

Messsge Sticks

Tjamu Tjamu

Tjamu Tjamu