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International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 8 - Christmas

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 8

Title of work: Christmas



My Feedback: Recording the Nature


When the Addiction challenge was posed, I was in Houston. Standing in front of the masterpieces from around the world and thinking about the word, I feel uneasy. Suddenly, there are so many thoughts going through my brain. They are so diverse and complicated that I need time to find out what I am inextricably addicted to. Honestly, I don’t know what my addiction is till now because I am greedy. However, there is one thing that I must do every single day, namely, observing and recording nature. It has become my joys of life! Thank you, Sue, for the challenge topic. It is an opportunity for me to explore something that I have never thought of.

Artist Statement:

Christmas is an important holiday in December. It is snowy and cold in the Northern Hemisphere, whereas it is hot summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere. The atmosphere of Christmas is completely different. It is incredible that things happened on Earth give people a wide range of experience and feelings.

I have been thinking a lot about Christmas and its related things while sewing the work calmly. It gave me very strong feelings. Sometimes we take things for granted. We only know the existence of an incident, but the fact is that we rarely put ourselves in other people’s shoes. No matter what the differences are, if we human beings can embrace the environment with love and tolerance, it would be the most precious thing.

As for this challenge, at the beginning I was anxious to find what my addiction is. Frankly, it feels like an in-depth self-reflection. Finally, I realize that I am hopelessly addicted to hand sewing. I must sew every day and I even travel with my sewing kits. Regardless how many stitches I sew, it is the time for calming down and thinking. The habit of needlework gives me a sense of stability. To me, it is very important to organize myself while sewing every day. Thank you, Sue, for the opportunity for me to ponder my addiction. Furthermore, the work is inspired by Sue’s summer Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Materials: Self dyed velvet, commercial velvet, tulle, Thai silk, Japanese kimono fabrics, polyester, self dyed cottons, commercial cotton prints, metallic thread

Techniques: 100% hand stitched (pieced, appliquéd, quilted, embroidered)

Size: 36” x 18”

For more information about Viewpoints 9, please visit: www.viewpoints9.com

post at 2018-01-03 09:43:22

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 is featured in the Machine Quilting Unlimited

Congratulations to Viewpoints 9 fellow artists! I am thrilled to have my work, The Glorious Moment, included in the Machine Quilting Unlimited Jan/Feb 2018 issue.

post at 2018-01-02 18:37:06

International Exchange -- Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group - Stream

Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group

Theme: Water

Title of work: Stream


Artist Statement:

It is hard to imagine that the stream is as limpid and quiet as an elderly man. He is telling stories. I hear the short and slow words that are full of powerful reminders. Standing by the stream, I feel everything is just wonderful.

In September, in the suburbs of Budapest, the natural environment is fascinating and the scenery is picturesque.

This is a scene in my trip to Europe in 2017. I hope I can create a series of works to share with everyone.


Materials: self dyed fabric, commercial print fabrics, linen, silk, metallic thread, embroidery floss

Techniques: hand pieced, hand appliqué, hand quilted, hand embroidered

Size: 15” x 15”


For more information about Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group, please visit: http://fifteenquilts.com/

post at 2017-12-01 17:08:50

Exhibitions and interview -- International Quilt Festival - Houston 2017

International Quilt Festival - Houston 2017

Date: November 2-5, 2017

Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

“TAIWAN ART QUILT SOCIETY: NATURE ART QUILTS”The Moving World - Spring, The Moving World - Winter, The Deer Island, Ecology of Mt. Yu - The Roof of Taiwan, Ecology of Mt. Yu - Garden in the Cloud (Original design and quilted by LIN Hsin-Chen)

“HANDS ALL AROUND”: The Implication of Red by LIN Hsin-Chen

“VIEWPOINTS 9: WORD”: Beehive, Butterfly Pathway, Mindset by LIN Hsin-Chen

with the curator, Martha Wolfe

post at 2017-11-14 14:12:03

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 7 - Secondary Forest

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 7

Title of work: Secondary Forest


Theme: Structure

My Feedback: My Forest


Forests are structural. Ecological harmony is a model dealing with maintaining the spatiotemporal order of trees growing in the forest. I like this challenge very much. It can be something about nature and ecosystem. I look forward to exploring some interesting possibilities and creating a work. Thank you for the challenge topic, Kate.

Artist Statement:

There have been several forests and natural disasters in 2017. I am sending my prayers for the damaged plants and environment by creating an imaginary secondary forest. Nature has the ability to regenerate on its own after suffering from wildfire, insect plague, and even deforestation. The re-grown and self-healing power of nature is remarkable.

Creating the work is challenging to me because I try to combine the damaged woods, the tree trunks that have been burned into ashes, and the re-grown secondary forest in one picture. The damaged past versus the revitalizes present. New vegetation is growing from the roots. I had been trying the best of my ability sewing it. Nevertheless, with sincere prayers, I believe the expectation would be fulfilled.

I use lots of fabrics that my daughter discarded after wiping the ink off her printmaking machine. The color is one-of-a-kind and just right. I am fascinated by the materials and glad that I discovered them. To printmakers, those fabrics are supposed to be discarded. My daughter said that it is amazing that I used her discarded fabrics in my work to depict the trees that are burnt-out and no longer exist. To be honest, these fabrics are very good teachers who has been testing my sewing techniques! I really enjoy creating it. Thank you for the challenge topic, Kate.

Materials: self hand dyed fabrics, discarded fabrics of printmaking, commercial cottons, embroidery floss, a variety of fiber mesh netting

Techniques: hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted, hand embroidered

Size: 18” x 36”

For more information about Viewpoints 9, please visit: www.viewpoints9.com

post at 2017-10-30 17:33:26

International Exchange -- Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group - Journey Series #5: Memento of Australia

Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group

Theme: Journey

Title of work: Journey Series #5: Memento of Australia


Artist Statement:

I visited Australia for the first time in 1988. I was surprised to find out that the totems painted by indigenous Australians were also printed on fabrics. I was fascinated by these patterns and therefore I bought some of them. From then on, I have kept collecting these kinds of fabrics whenever I travel to Australia. The fabrics have connotations of artistic creation, which is originated by the living and culture of Aboriginal Australians. They are so special and meaningful. I have been enjoying creating the quilt with my collection of Australian fabrics. Every stitch seemed spontaneously. I really like the creativity of this culture.


Materials: commercial cottons of Australian Indigenous dot painting, ribbon, embroidery floss, silk, beads

Techniques: hand stitched, hand pieced, hand appliqué, hand quilted

Size: 15” x 15”


For more information about Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group, please visit: http://fifteenquilts.com/

post at 2017-10-02 11:00:42

Sidelights on learning -- Playing Quilts - A Variety of Garden Quilt Backgrounds


Finding our dreams in the “Dream Garden”, what progress have you made this week?


Wow! The whole class has completed the color and background design.

We are working effectively this semester!


Although we have seen the pictures drew by classmates on Facebook, it is rather beautiful seeing the actual design in the class! 


We enjoy seeing a variety of creative backgrounds and colorful flowers!

Online discussion is indeed a good teaching-learning method. 


Sharing experience with each other is also a good way of making improvements!


We will focus on the Color Wheel this semester.

Please help each other!


Students will take turns to discuss their works with me!


I will offer suggestions based on the skills and materials used by each student. 


Please note that the order process of sewing is a key point of the Dream Garden project!


After today's class, I believe many of you are ready to start sewing!


Please keep sharing your progress on Facebook and leave your comments!

post at 2017-09-20 15:32:44

Sidelights on learning -- Playing Quilts - Happy Fabric Exchange


Dream Garden is the creative project for this semester.

What kind of work is it?


I use PowerPoint and text to explain the details.

Please also refer to the handouts and make sure you fully understand! 


Students stand in line for the design drawing of Dream Garden


The design drawing will accompany you throughout the semester!


They discuss it with each other enthusiastically!


Some questions are raised from the guidelines.

It is always important to clear the doubts before starting the project! 


The purpose of the project is the use of color.

How to turn colors into fabrics?


A group of great listeners! 


I take the work that I created more than 20 years ago as an example to explain the difference between color matching and fabric matching!


Now it's time for the tradition of our class, Fabric Exchange! 


All of us have carefully selected fabrics for exchanging!


Some even prepare special gifts!

The room is filled with laughter!


What are the tones of your fabrics?

What about applying them on the work?


Isn't it wonderful to collect a variety of fabrics without spending a lot of money?



Please color the design drawing, upload the picture to Facebook and leave your comments by the end of the week! 

post at 2017-09-13 14:16:01

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 6 - The Glorious Moment

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 6

Title of work: The Glorious Moment


Theme: Line (proposed by Lin Hsin-Chen)

In January 2017, we had a family travel. Flying from Taipei to Frankfurt, the flight information was shown on the touch-screen. The special line showed me the route of how we leave the Earth’s surface and move to the next city. Though it was just an ordinary image, it gave me lots of ideas and thoughts at the moment. I don’t know why, but after seeing the flight route, I start to see things differently. My viewpoints changed! I am grateful for the trip to Germany!


The word for this challenge is Line. Think about the connection and movement of lines, how do you interpret the word? Happy creating to you all!

Artist Statement:

Congratulations to the athletes from around the world! Hosting the Summer Universiade is a glory of Taiwan. It is an honor to provide well-organized venues for the players to compete with each other and celebrate their sporting effort. Welcome to Taiwan. Let’s make friends and cultural exchange with the global citizens.

I started creating the quilt just one day before the opening of Universiade. I imagined a picture of lots of lines being pulled out from the earth’s surface and headed to Taiwan for the games. I would like to sew a colorful flower bouquet to welcome and cheer for the players! I was in high spirits as the competition results announced. It is hard to conceal my inner enthusiasm, and therefore I created the plentiful work.

Only second to the Olympic Games, the 2017 Summer Universiade is hosted by Taiwan. The 23 million people of Taiwan are of one mind about the cheerful event to welcome athletes and guests from around the world. I can totally relate to this since I had curated 3 international quilt exhibitions in Taiwan. In order to make the event runs smoothly, we band together and work as a team to complete the impossible mission. It is never easy, but it is such a glorious moment. It is my great honor to capture the moments with needle and thread.

Materials: commercial cottons, self hand dyed fabrics, embroidery floss, metallic thread

Techniques: hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted

Size: 18” x 36”

For more information about Viewpoints 9, please visit: www.viewpoints9.com

post at 2017-08-31 10:42:06

International Exchange -- Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group - Journey Series #4: Memento of the United States

Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group

Theme: Journey

Title of work: Journey Series #4: Memento of the United States


Artist Statement:

The world is changing, not only by science and technology, but also by human behavior. I visited 2 countries, China and the United States of America, in May. Traveling in the 2 powerful Eastern and Western nations within a few days, I felt very much the same way. I saw “paradox” in both countries. It looks like the world is affected by fallacies. It seems that in the near future, if the leaders of the 2 nations say that “roses are green”, no one would voice objections. A world of madness and chaos is coming. I am not afraid, but I am disturbed by the uneasy situation.


Materials: chiffon, woven cotton and wool fabrics, commercial cottons, Thai silk, ribbon that are collected during my visit to the United States

Techniques: hand stitched, hand pieced, hand appliqué, hand quilted, hand embroidered

Size: 15” x 15”


For more information about Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group, please visit: http://fifteenquilts.com/

post at 2017-08-01 14:39:11

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