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Banner Days

 

From 1992 until 2005 Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Deborah Mersky and I worked together as a group. Once a year we designed a series of products based around a theme. We would make them or have them manufactured and sell them at a sale/party.
We called ourselves Troika because there were three of us.
Then we got busy, diverted, and geographically separated; our Troika cart was retired.

Troika Tablecloths 1995

This year Troika will roll again – we are having a show of our art at the Bitters Co. Barn in the Skagit Valley from May 11- 28. Our theme for the show is Still LifeWe are each making our own pieces using different media. We have all meandered and interpreted the theme in different ways.

We also collaborated on some white banners which will float in the middle of the barn.

Embroidery, trapunto, tatting, and lacemaking are fabric arts practiced by early American women. Work that can be described as “white on white” inspired us because of its use of negative space and shadow. Using white ink on white nylon taffeta, we designed and created three giant banners in four busy days.

Margaret and I flew to Texas to work with Deborah in her beautiful studio about an hour from Austin in the hill country.

We planned.

We drew and cut stencils.

We took walks by the river.

We ironed the stencils to the fabric.

We ate.

We stenciled.

As we worked we continued to invent, design, cut and print.

When the prints were dry we removed the stencils and hung up the banners.

UPDATE: Here are the banners hanging in the beautiful Bitters Co. barn. We also made a banner of Troika wheels which hangs on the outside of the barn.

Please come see the banners and our individual work. The show will be up from May 11 – 28, from 12 -4 daily. The opening will be on May 11 from 12-3.

If you would like to learn the stenciling process, please join us for a White on White stencilling workshop at the barn from 1-4 on  Sunday,May 12. (For more information about the workshop please go to www.bittersco.com)

 

 

 

 

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Oh, Mama

This is a story of many hands.


In May of 2015 I had a show at the  Bitters Co barn in Mt.Vernon, WA. I wrote here about  the barn sized quilt that I made for it: Mr. Big.
Here is a picture of Mr. Big in his new home, where he can stretch his legs over two stories.
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This year I wanted to make another big quilt, so Oh Mama was born.
Oh Mama is made of cotton quilting  fabric that I designed over the years for In The Beginning Fabrics. I designed the quilt and cut out the pieces at home. Then I went to Coyote Central and laid it out on the floor. I came home and sewed it together, and then sewed many pieces together for the back. It was too big to spread out in the house so I spread it out on the street.
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Now to sew the front and back together! I put out a request for help, and  the following kind and wonderful women stepped up:  Betz Bernhard, Margaret Bovingdon, Nancy Harriss, Eileen Hynes, Karen Kosoglad, Christina Reed, Liza von Rosenstiel, Marybeth Satterlee, Joanne Segura, and Lana Sundberg. Nancy took pictures as we worked (at Coyote Central).
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In just a few hours we had tacked it together. I did not include quilt batting because I wanted it to be able  to withstand some weather.
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I took the quilt up to the Bitters Co. barn where it was welcomed by the fabulous Carson sisters, Katie and Amy.
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Installation involved long poles.
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Oh Mama likes to look out at the fields of Mt. Vernon, her new home.
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Oh Mama was part of a show that I had at the Bitters Co.barn this year. I did the work for the show (paintings, drawings, quilts and paper dolls) over the last year and a half. Just before the show I broke my wrist and elbow. The show was still able to go up thanks to Katie and Amy and to my good friends Margaret Chodos-Irvine and Julan Chu.
I think Oh Mama is saying OH my friends are wonderful.

Read on if you would like to e-visit the show at the barn.
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The pictures start with the set up and end with the work in place.
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