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July 28, 2017
What's in a Word - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

This one's Mine all pieced
Annette 

After spending a week abstracting out simple words, I've decided that letters are simply fascinating.  Obviously, my class did to, because our teacher, Cynthia Corbin, only had to explain briefly what she
wanted us to do  and the next thing ya know. . . .  there was color and shape and value EVERYWHERE.  I sat in the back corner so I had a good view of my very prolific class.  I mean, you should have seen some of the great results Cynthia's exercises produced. 

Here are just a handful of what was up on ...

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July 21, 2017
Quilting by the Lake 2017 - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Greetings from Syracuse, New York!!

Cynthia Corbin
 Here I am sitting in my on campus suite with all the images of the week swimming in my head.  And what a week!!  Between a great class, a super quilt show and some amazing programs, its enough to jump start anybody's creative life!

 I'm taking Cynthia Corbin's The ABC of Composition.  Basically what we are doing is taking simple text or words and abstracting them out to form new compositions.  So the idea of the class really isn't about using words in their normal recognizable form but to ...

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July 14, 2017
Spoonflower Review - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

One Week before Quilting by the Lake and what am I doing??  PACKING!  Its always such a job and there is always a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you are forgetting that all important item.

Alphadreams, Clair Higgin


I did get a nice surprise last week.  Spoonflower, an on-demand digital printing company, was having a BOGO fat quarter sale.  Now, I've been meaning to try Spoonflower since it opened in 2010 but have been put off by the price of the process. But with this kind of sale, I thought I would give it a ...

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July 7, 2017
Hand Dye Marathon - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre




Summers are made for Dyeing - hand dyeing that is!!   So I decided to take the long holiday weekend and do four straight days of hand dyeing.  Why 4 straight days?  Because for me to hand dye, I have to shlepp out all my dyeing paraphernalia  out of the closet, put away all projects in my studio, clutter up my kitchen AND have some major time to get it all done!  Its better just to prioritize it and do it all at once.  And that's exactly what I did.  To the tune of 33 yards!!

It was an exhausting, colorful ...

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June 30, 2017
3 Things I'm into Right Now - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

June has been a struggle for me.   Maybe it was the 6+ inches of rain we got in 9 straight days, or the cooler than normal temps.  Or maybe its the minor health problems, I've been dealing with all month.
BUT whatever the reason, June has been a drag.  So I'm determined with the approach of July, I'm calling a "Do-Over" and I'm going to start enjoying summer.



With that, I wanted to share some of the things that  I'm into right now that make my creative life easier!

1.  Echo Dot  - Okay, yeah, its ...

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June 23, 2017
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Sorry. . . . . . No creating time for me this week . . . . 
I was off for a long weekend visiting  my parents in upstate NY.

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?
 

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June 16, 2017
Interconnected - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


What's the best way to spend a Friday night?  Well, going to a friend's solo show opening!   I was glad to receive the invite to Sandy Shelenberger's latest show.  Its always a treat to see what she's been up to!!

Giving her a hug, I got to say - Oh - My - Gosh, Sandy - It looks so cohesive.  That's what struck me first as I looked over the body of the show.  It all seemed to be connected and flow from one piece to another.  She laughed (as she often does) and said, "Well ...

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June 9, 2017
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

I wanted to thank everyone for their comments on last week's post.  I was hesitant at first with writing it, since my creative journey is so personal.  But now I'm glad I shared my opinions and  I loved hearing yours!!!  Since I'm down with a little bug tonight, I'll just host this week!


So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

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June 2, 2017
Why I Create Art - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Her:  You sew?

Me:  Wellllll,  yes

Her:  Clothes?

Me:  No, art

Her:  Art?  Whyyyyyyyyy????????

  
Good Question!  I mean truly, why would someone take 25 years of their life learning how to sew art when they could learn how to sew perfectly good clothes? That took some thought and here's what I came up with.

1.  I was called to create.  I always have been creating something and at age 25  I finally chose that fabric was going to be my medium.  My God made me unique and part of my uniqueness (apparently) includes creating.  Its just who I am ...

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May 26, 2017
Photographing A Quilt - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So more than once, I've been asked why I haven't monetize my blog.  There are basically two reasons.

 One is because  ** Opinion Alert **  there are entirely enough ads in the world.  I don't need to add to this country's addiction to ads.

 The second is because this blog is my way of giving back.  So many times over the years since the internet explosion, I've learned invaluable information from other bloggers and vloggers.
 We've stolen a saying around this house from my brother in law.  "It's not worth knowing if they're isn ...

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May 19, 2017
Ways to Paint - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



As Erie broke a record high of 87 today it suddenly dawned on me that summer is a knocking.  And
what comes with summer??  Yesssssssssss - painting and dyeing fabric.  I've made it a habit of once a year, clearing out my studio and just setting it up to dye and paint enough fabric to get me through to the following summer!







Usually its more hand dyeing than painting BUT this year, I  thought I would make sure I did more painting.  Really what I've had problem with is that once I get all the stuff out, and have ...

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May 12, 2017
Wordless - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre







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May 5, 2017
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Since we are in the middle of Spring Rush at work and I'm working 10 hr days - I'll just host this week!

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

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April 28, 2017
7 Ways to Abstract a Photo - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Nina-Marie Sayre
Created by taking A few birdhouses   - Changing Scale,  #2
Have you ever wondered how someone abstracts a perfectly normal photo into something so amazingly wonderful that it puts the original to shame????

Yeah, me too!!!

So since, I've been on this journey of abstract art as of late, I thought I would brainstorm some ideas on how to abstract a photo.  Not all of these will work with every photo, but they definitely will get the ball rolling!

Nina-Marie Sayre

Nina-Marie Sayre
The Curves, Using #1
  1. Trace over main lines in the photo, then repeat those lines once or twice - varying the distance ...

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April 21, 2017
Simultaneous Contrast - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


13 years ago, Cynthia Corbin said to me, "Why are we talking about color choices.  Put some fabric up on that board.  You make Visual decisions Visually".  She was right then and she's still right now. Even though, I'm a planner and I've gotten into the habit of planning out a specific palette, that doesn't mean I truly know how all the colors are going to look together until I see them together.  I mean, the color wheel says they go together -- so they should right?  Well, yes and no.


How colors appear is relative to ...

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April 14, 2017
FotoJet - A Review - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Focus Function used
The Before
Recently, I was approached by FotoJet to give  a review of their photo editing site. Although the site can be used free,  they graciously gave me a year premium subscription to try out their editor and see what I think.  Since, after upgrading to Windows 10, I have not been able to find a photo editor to my liking, I agreed.  The photo editor that comes with Window 10 is totally useless to me (although I'm sure other's will disagree).

Now first a word about my editing.  I do have Photoshop Elements, but ...

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April 7, 2017
An Evening with William Wegman - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Left Right, Black White
Tonight, I was lucky enough to get to hear a lecture given by William Wegman, of Weimaraner dog fame.  It was such a great lecture because he started with the first photo he ever took and then told about how he started taking pictures of his first dog - Man Ray - named after the Surrealistic artist.  The lecture then traveled us through this man's 50 year career and gave us a glimpse into his creative process.  I was sad when it ended.

Something that really struck me, that I didn't really expect, was that you ...

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March 31, 2017
Kathy Loomis at Quilting By the Lake - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Quilting By the Lake 2011
 I love Quilting by the Lake.  I mean, I really LOVE it!!  Being at the annual quilt conference each year is really my idea of a perfect vacation.  Now I realize that most people's idea of vacation does not consist of schlepping all their stuff onto a college campus, spending 6 nights sleeping in a strange bed, sewing 12 hours a day and taking the risk of creating in front of perfect strangers.  BUT, mine IS!

After 15 yrs at the conference held in Syracuse, NY, I have a routine.  I always arrive early ...

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March 24, 2017
The Value of Black & White - Part II - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Black and White #2, Kay Sorensen
Figure/Ground Study #3, Sandra Palmer Ciolino


So with my latest lesson on value, I've fallen in love with the monochromatic palette of White through Black.  I admit, I never thought I would.  I mean with all the gorgeous colors in the world why stick to only Black and White?  Not to mention, SHOW OF HANDS, who here became a quilter because it was just an extension of coloring left over from childhood?

That all said, I had a thoroughly fun time doing my latest Project, Cropped.  Katie asked us to crop a ...

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March 17, 2017
The Value of Black and White - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Final Crop
I want to say a big thank you for all the comments and suggestions last week on which sign to pick.  Smart move of the month?  Ask women smarter than yourself for their opinion.

 So I especially want to give thanks to Glen, who said  " I would crop a bit further even." She was right of course - they needed to be cropped MORE.

Margaret, who said, " I think they must be very challenging to crop, because our brains don't want us to leave out any of the lettering...so we focus on keeping that in the picture ...

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