Friday, October 7, 2016

2016 Art Cloth Network Meeting a Big Success in Little Rhody

Art Cloth Network held its largest ever annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island last month with 22 members attending.  Much thanks to Mary Ellen Latino, Russ Little, President Wren Slocum, and Jeanne Sisson for arranging the meeting!  Here are just a few of the highlights:

ACN members dining at Circe in downtown Providence.  

Meeting organizers where able to schedule a tour of the RISD Museum for ACN members.  

This is just one of the beautiful murals in the downtown area.  

The show-and-tell portion of the meeting is always a favorite.  Here are just a few members displaying new work: 

 PR/Marketing Chair Barbara James

Catherine Kirsch

Jacque Davis (Chair of the 2018 meeting in St. Louis)

Membership Chair Jeanne Sisson

Judy Langille

Mary Ellen Latino (who helped plan the meeting)

Linda Dawson (ACN webmaster)

Incoming ACN President Russ Little

Our next meeting will be in Savannah, GA,  It is always great to be with your tribe.  Watch this space if you would like to become a part of Art Cloth Network, as our annual membership will begin in early 2017.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Looking for Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere - in what we see, what we feel, what we read and perhaps even in our dreams.  I am finding inspiration for my most recent work in my surroundings - mostly in nature but also man made elements - even man made forms that have been altered by nature. 

Here some photos that you might also find inspirational.

Below is a photo of one of my most recent works inspired by tree trunks.

Passages                                                                                                Hand dyed fabrics, machine
Linda Nelson Johnson, 2016                                                                 quilted, raw edge applique

Sunday, August 14, 2016


In May I had the privilege to visit Gallery Bellomo in Syracuse, Sicily to see papyrus paper being made from the fibrous inner pith of the papyrus plant. In Europe, the only place that this plant grows naturally is on the banks of the Ciane River.  

Here is a photo of the plant growing in Syracuse.

The process includes removing the outer rind of the plant to reveal the inner core that is cut lengthwise into strips. The strips are soaked in water with an antioxidant. This allows the strips to maintain their lovely creamy color. The strips are then arranged side- by -side on a marble slab covered with a cloth. Each strip slightly overlaps the other.

 The next strips are arranged at right angles on top of the first.

While still moist the two layers are compressed with a heavy marble roller.

The resulting sheet is allowed to dry. It can be used as writing paper or used to make art. 

Here is a piece of art I purchased.   

Written by Barbara James

August 14, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Digital Design On Fabric

I muse over life I capture through the lens. Inspired by global travel, my current work is developed through digital alchemy, printed on natural fabrics and enhanced with surface design. I strive to create imagery with color, pattern and repetition to produce a magical moment in time.  
 In ACN’s last call for entry, “Anything Goes”, my juried piece was digitally developed in Photoshop with an image of a Vietnamese girl working on a tourist boat. 

After printing on sumptuous silk charmeuse, I applied potato dextrin and thickened dyes. Her Tapestry (30x60) depicts a woman’s simple life working day to day on the Mekong River, “a tapestry to feel & see, impossible to hold”.  

Most recently I created art quilts with a water theme.  I will take you through a series of steps to give you a better understanding of how this process works.
In this example I began with a photo I took while at the Amazon in Peru.
Next I went into an app and redesigned the photo
Next I went into a folder of scanned images I use to layer the design.  I chose a fabric I had stamped (Hand-carved) with inks.

This is the result of adding the layer.

Working with the same app and photoshop I eventually got this result and had it printed on cotton.

 I enhanced the piece by painting with metallic inks and fusing with foil.  I free-motion quilted and bound.  
 Can You Hear Her Calling? (23x36).
Over the past 15 years I have intensely focused on learning about and working with dyes and numerous surface design techniques on natural fabrics as my canvas. Coupled with a passion for photography, my current work utilizes both mediums through digital technology. After exploring digital design and printing on my own, I took a full time class at RISD in Providence R.I., followed by classes at Cape Cod Art Association and Quilting Art Quilt Tahoe (Jane Dunnewold). I am passionate about creating digital design on lustrous silk and other natural fibers as art cloth and quilts.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of how this works.!