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April 19, 2018
I May Beg To Disagree from The Snarky Quilter

Recently I made a list of all the quilt shows and exhibits I’ve entered. It turns out I’ve been in more than I thought. To make my list I had to go through my files, which led me to the … Continue reading

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April 16, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Interpretive Maps from The Snarky Quilter

Lately I’ve been exploring maps as artistic interpretations of a place or idea because a group I belong to has a map quilt challenge this year. My thinking, which was running along prosaic geographic paths, was transformed by Diane Savona’s … Continue reading

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April 9, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – The Mellon Collection of French Art from The Snarky Quilter

Certain names crop up frequently in eastern U.S. art museum collections. Two prominent ones are Frick and Mellon. Last weekend I took advantage of the largess of these collectors at the “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of Art … Continue reading

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April 2, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Moving Art from The Snarky Quilter

Historically, art works capture a static moment in time, but what if they could move? This article from Hyperallergenic shows how New Mexico-based web and educational software developer Simone Seagle has been transforming iconic works by artists like Paul Klee … Continue reading

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March 29, 2018
So Not Me, But I Like It from The Snarky Quilter

Thanks to the generosity of a recent acquaintance I now have a piece of vintage embroidery, and I’m curious to find out exactly what it is. The base fabric is heavy and canvas-like, and the binding is lighter weight. The … Continue reading

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March 26, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – If It’s In the Times… from The Snarky Quilter

My Sunday ritual includes reading a paper copy of The New York Times. Palm Sunday’s edition included a fat magazine devoted to style, which I browsed for possible paper collage materials. Instead I found some quilts and quilt-like objects in … Continue reading

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March 19, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Gee’s Bend’s Mary Lee Bendolph from The Snarky Quilter

The recent QuiltCon show had the fingerprints of Gee’s Bend quilters all over it. One of the more prominent of those quilters – Mary Lee Bendolph – is featured in a current (through May 27, 2018) exhibit at the Mount … Continue reading

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March 12, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Protest in Art from The Snarky Quilter

Art has been used for many ends, including social criticism.  Honore Daumier, George Grosz, Francesco Goya and William Hogarth are a few of the well known artists who addressed their times through their art.  Graphic Witness, a website devoted to … Continue reading

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March 5, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from The Snarky Quilter

I’m thrilled that so many renowned art museums are making their collections available online. I’m even more thrilled when a digital collection allows me to search for public domain images, so I can find images to use in my art. … Continue reading

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March 1, 2018
A Long and Winding Road from The Snarky Quilter

I love improv work in quilting, though I get frustrated with the number of iterations I do before the product satisfies me. Despite my resolve to do more planning ahead I can’t resist playing around with my sewn together fabric … Continue reading

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February 26, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Sonia Delaunay from The Snarky Quilter

Since I had mentioned Sonia Delaunay in an earlier post I decided to give her a post of her own. In the course of her long life (1885 to 1979) she collaborated with famous artists and poets in 1920s Paris; … Continue reading

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February 22, 2018
Demystifying PhotoShop from The Snarky Quilter

This year I’ve vowed to get better at photography. No more crooked or bowed photos of quilts. My spare room now is accessorized with a tripod and lights. I’m a few weeks into an online class in PhotoShop Elements. I … Continue reading

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February 19, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Humanae Project from The Snarky Quilter

Brazilian photographer Angelica Bass’s work in progress aims to “record and catalog all possible human skin tones, highlighting true tones rather than clichéd colors. The 2000 image-strong initiative is a series of portraits, all with the exact Pantone® tone of the … Continue reading

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February 12, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Wear A Matisse from The Snarky Quilter

I came across mention of the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, and became excited about a possible road trip, but alas, it has shut its doors due to budget deficits. My interest was piqued by an article on … Continue reading

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February 8, 2018
The Thread From H-E-Double-L from The Snarky Quilter

My nemesis was lurking in my threads box waiting for the day I would need a glittery silver thread.  That day arrived when I chose a galaxy for a Chinese Year of the Dog quilt challenge. I’ve never owned a … Continue reading

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February 5, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – The Blues from The Snarky Quilter

One of my art quilt groups has an upcoming challenge to make a quilt with denim. I’m not too crazy about this one as I find denim hard to sew and the resulting piece to be heavy. Maybe I’ll pass … Continue reading

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January 29, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – “Fray” from The Snarky Quilter

Occasionally I dip my toe into academic publications. My latest foray is “Fray: Art + Textile Politics,” which The New York Times chose as one of the ten best 2017 books about art. I saw the word textile in the … Continue reading

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January 22, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Color Generator from The Snarky Quilter

You may already know about color generator tools, or have a favorite one, but I found the Color Palette Generator for a hex color palette a fun way to pass a cold, snowy afternoon. What’s a hex color palette, you ask? … Continue reading

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January 15, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Soldier’s Joy from The Snarky Quilter

Since I’m on a mission this year to look for inspiration in art, I thought I’d share my finds with you. I can’t promise one every week, but I’ll try. First up is the recent “War and Pieced” exhibit that … Continue reading

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January 4, 2018
The End of A Scrappy Year from The Snarky Quilter

Each year I try to look back at what I had hoped to accomplish with my quilting, what I actually did, and how I feel about it. After Elizabeth Barton’s master class in 2016 I was eager to get back … Continue reading

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