Betz B. Beauties

If you are in the Seattle area you might be familiar with the mosaic work of Betz Bernhard at Seatac Airport, or her gila monster at the zoo. Or maybe you have seen Betz’s button necklaces, prints or collages. Those are all wonderful, but today I am writing about her newest adventures, made with fabric. Betz Bernhard Collage with Purple Circle

Betz is an exuberant and generous person. Her personality is evident in these new textiles.

Betz Bernhard collage with Target

I like that she has left the edges rough and included bits of selvage.

Betz Bernhard collage with Rose and Blue Pot

The pieces are mostly silk. She balances the found patterns with straight shots of color and cut shapes.

Betz Bernhard collage with Purple Flower

The irregularities make the pieces lively.Betz Bernhard Collage with Black and White Stream

The colors make them joyful.Betz Bernhard collage with beaded Rose

Some of the pieces are completely abstract but many have references to objects, such as this big red pot and flower.

Betz Bernhard Collage with big red pot and flower

a big red hand –Betz Bernhard collage with Red Hand

a tea cup –

Betz Bernhard collage with Tea Cup

a red bowl  with a blue plant .

Betz Bernhard collage with Blue Plant

The size of the quilts range from as small as 12″ square up to three or four feet.

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I asked Betz if she wanted to write a few words about her work. She sent this image that has a few words embroidered on it.

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Betz stitches that she wants a life without fear (and with friends, family and chocolate). These collage/quilts feel free and adventurous to me so maybe creation is an antidote to fear. They feel  almost musical  – I hope that you enjoy seeing them and listening to their syncopated rhythms.  Betz Bernhard collage with red arrows

Hello Yellow!

Paschkis drawingSun can be in short supply in the great northwest. Maybe that is why I love the color yellow. I wear yellow clothes and paint yellow paintings.
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I’ve just designed a new scarf called Sun Swoon for Dragon Threads. This is my second scarf for them (thank you everyone who got Summer Birds). The new scarf is YELLOW!
I painted it in two sections:yellow scarf panorama copy
And then flipped each part around to make a center and a border.
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Paschkis scarf borderThen I put it all together to create the scarf (taking out the faces after consulting with some friends and family).
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The scarf is 70% cotton and 30% silk. It is sheer and floaty, with machine hemmed edges. It is 35″ square. The color is saturated on the front and back.
It feels good to sit in the sun and to feel warmth on your skin. But some days aren’t sunny! On those days you can wear this scarf and take a little bit of summer with you wherever you go. It’s a yellow hello. Here is the scarf around my neck:
Paschkis scarfand on a mannequin (which is sitting on embroidery from Uzbekistan):paschkis scarfOn the days when you don’t wear the scarf, your furniture can wear it.paschkis scarf on table

If you would like to buy a scarf, they are available now at Julie Paprika for $42. Click here. THANK YOU!!!!

Moldova and Romania

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Last night I got back from a trip to Eastern Europe. Grab a pillow and get comfortable: I will show you some of the fabrics that I saw in Moldova and Romania. There was pattern everywhere. There were woven rugs on the walls and on the floor.IMG_1951IMG_2401IMG_2745IMG_2600And there were stripes.IMG_2085
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Rugs overlapped
These rag rugs were all on the floor in one room, making an impromptu quilt.
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Clothing in a market stall:

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This woman was selling her knitting at the market and her dress was historical.
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There were lots of women dressed in more everyday scarves and patterns.IMG_2765IMG_2764
Textiles are part of homes and restaurants.
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And there are glorious textiles in the churches.IMG_2074
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I love the cacophony of patterns. Harmonious cacophony!IMG_2308
The past and the present are woven together.IMG_2743

Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo is a new show at the Seattle Art Museum in Volunteer Park. If you are in Seattle you should step away from our amazing sunshine and go see it. If you are not in Seattle, I will bring it to you with some photos here. I am too lazy to enter the captions – I am just giving you an indigo feast for your eyes – some true blue.IMG_1303 IMG_1304 IMG_1305 IMG_1343IMG_1340IMG_1344

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I hope you enjoyed swimming through the indigo sea.

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A Good Gig

This week I went to Gig Harbor and spoke to the Gig Harbor Quilters Guild. Quilts historically were often made by more than one person, at quilting bees.

BeeHiveVintageGraphicsFairy31In modern times quilters maintain community through quilters guilds. It is wonderful to meet women (and occasionally men) who build a community through a shared love of textiles. The Gig Harbor group is friendly and interesting. The president Barbara Kadden and the treasurer Dana Toulson are organized and kept everything running smoothly.
I talked about how I design fabric, draw pictures, draw inspiration and make quilts. Here are a few of the images from my talk:

Some cloth quilts:

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And a paper quilt:

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These are some of the quilts and other projects that the guild members shared. The work was inspiring in its range and beauty. Please excuse my photography which doesn’t do the work justice Also, a few people showed quilts before I thought to get out my camera!

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I was especially touched that several guild members made pieces using my fabric line Kalinka. There were quilts, pillows, trapunto and hangings.

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Dana Toulson made this quilt with Kalinka on the front and back.IMG_1299IMG_1300Barbara Kadden quilted lines from Yedid Nefesh, an old Jewish liturgical poem:
Heart’s delight, Source of Mercy
draw Your servant into Your arms.
I leap like a deer
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I was nervous beforehand to stand before a quilter’s guild. But their warmth and friendliness filled my heart with delight. Thank you, Gig Harbor.

Scarves

I have loved scarves ever since I met Auntie Katushka in the book Poppy Seed Cakes.katushka
For much of my adult life I have worn a scarf in my hair. I like having a little color on my head. Occasionally I try to give up the habit but it doesn’t last. I keep the scarves over a chair.scarf collection
My favorite scarves are made by Soueleiado, designed by Charles Demery. I have several of them, mostly worn to threads and shreds. soueleiado soueleiado rose soueleiado border demery scarf demery border
Lily is modeling a Soueleiado scarf.
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I love head scarves, neck scarves, stripes, patterns and paisleys. So you can imagine how happy I was when Linda Teufel asked me to design scarves for her company, Dragon Threads.  My first scarf for Dragon Threads is coming out at the end of this month and it is called Summer Birds. First I painted the basic building blocks for the scarf and border.scarf painting bird border BL copy
Then I used Photoshop to repeat those elements. I was slow and clumsy – I am much more comfortable with a brush than with a mouse.
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But after many mismatches and clicks I was able to make the scarf repeat. First I doubled the image (flipping them) and then doubled the doubles.
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At last it was a complete scarf!
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Modelled here by Linda Teufel’s beautiful friend Shelby.
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You can order the scarf here at Julie Paprika. It is a limited edition printing and the scarf is $48. Please buy one because I want to keep designing them! Thanks.
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p.s. Butterflies used to be called Summer Birds. I learned this from Margarita Engle in her book about Maria Merian.

Quilt Music

In December I went on a field trip to the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  There I saw Blanket Statements: a show of quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett using his fabrics, as well as historical quilts from the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

Kaffe Fassett’s colors are strong and exuberant; they sing.

Kaffe Fassett: Autumn Crosses

Kaffe Fassett: Autumn Crosses

The colors in the older quilts are more muted. The old fabrics carry memories. Even though they aren’t my memories I can feel their pull and power.

They hum.

Etlderton Log Cabin from the 1890's.

Etlderton Log Cabin from the 1890’s.

Small Squares from the 1930's.

Small Squares from the 1930’s.

1890 Chevron Stripes

1890 Chevron Stripes

You can hear them especially well up close.

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1874-1900 hearts and crosses

1874-1900 hearts and crosses

detail from Red Manor House Coverlet, 1850's

detail from Red Manor House Coverlet, 1850’s

I don’t know who Mrs. Fitzherbert is, but I like her quilt and her name. This quilt whistles.

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1800 -1850’s Mrs. Fitzherbert top

In another room at the Michener were quilts made of wood by Laura Petrovich-Cheney. They clatter and chatter.

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Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

These shows left me inspired to find my own melodies. If you want to hum, sing, whistle or chatter with some quilts you can see the Blanket Statements show until February 21st, and the wood quilts until May 15th.

p.s. If you take a trip to Doylestown, don’t miss the Mercer Museum, the Moravian Tile Works and Fonthill. I just wrote about the Moravian Tile Works at Books Around the Table.