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Exhibitions and interview -- In the Garden at Visions Art Museum

I am honored to be invited by the Visions Art Museum to exhibit 7 works of mine at the In the Garden exhibit between April 20th and July 7th!

Venue: Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles

Date: April 20th to July 7th, 2019

Exhibited Works: My French Impressions II- Roses in Saint Martin de la Brasque, My French Impressions III- Roadside Daisy in Marseille, The Implication of Red, Passion Flower, Mindset, Christmas, Queen of Tropical Flowers


post at 2019-05-13 09:59:47


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 7 - My Generation #1: Self-Discipline

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 7

Title of work: My Generation #1: Self-Discipline

 

Theme: Generations

My Feedback: Internet Generation

 

We are influenced by computer technology, and smartphones have deepened the fascination. Even when we are alone, we cannot live without the internet. The photo shows how my husband and I become happy phubbers. I guess the entire internet generation shares my feelings!

Artist Statement:

My generation is like a flower, growing up in a tempting and complex environment. No matter how many seasons I have experienced, I keep myself disciplined to coexist with the world and feel the things I own. Like a flower, bloomed and faded in its lifetime, but happiness is still there and enthusiasm has not reduced. How brave, free, colorful, and always ready to share joy and love!

The source of a brilliant generation is the inner strength of oneself. Being determined and having the self discipline are the keys to change life and adjust oneself to the good. Growing up in Taiwan, known historically as Formosa (the beautiful island), it is reasonable to have an extraordinary method of self-training. It’s the self-education that I taught myself when I was young. The desire to contribute myself has been implemented since my early years and remained the same till now. I find happiness within and enjoy adversity and prosperity.

Thank you, Kate, for the prompt. I thought we are not exhibiting the last 3 works from cycle 5 together, so I've decided to work on a larger dimension, which is 132H x 91W (cm) each. I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Materials: recycled fabrics, hand-dyed fabrics, Romanian thread

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

Size: 52" H x 36" W

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


post at 2019-04-30 10:36:41


Exhibitions and interview -- “Life Journey of Flowers” Series at the Quilt Fest 2019 in Moscow

My works are exhibited at the Quilt Fest 2019 in Moscow from April 11 to 14. Thank you for taking the lovely photos, Shoshi Rimer! The works are in the Journey Series of international group, Crossing Oceans.

Life Journey of Flowers I: Passion

Life Journey of Flowers II: Vitality

Life Journey of Flowers III: Tranquility


post at 2019-04-12 14:25:57


Exhibitions and interview -- “Please Pour Some Rain!” on Quilting Arts Magazine Issue #98 (April/May, 2019)

I am thrilled to see my work, Please Pour Some Rain, beautifully shown on the magazine. As the maker of the quilt, it’s like a warm and joyful gift to me! A big thank you to Viewpoints 9 and Quilting Arts Magazine! Glad to have this opportunity to share such wonderful news. Best wishes to you all!


post at 2019-03-27 14:10:40


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 6- Coastal Erosion

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 6

Title of work: Coastal Erosion

 

Theme: Irreversibility

Can't get back to it. The state of natural occurrence, as time goes by and environment changes, it is impossible to return to the past. Think about the word, irreversibility, what’s the story that comes to your mind?

When I was sewing this piece of work, I kept asking myself, "Is this me?" It turned out that this is me NOW. Honestly, I can't quite accept the aging process!

Perhaps, each of us has an irreversible story to say? Happy creating!

 

Moved

Is this me? During a speech, one of the listeners hand painted my portrait. What was the feeling that motivated her to draw? Or, what did I say to inspire her? From the eyes of others, and then through drawing, I see what I look like when delivering a speech. It is so different from photography. I am so much moved! Indeed, this is me!

Materials & Techniques: artist’s hand-dyed fabric, silk, Romanian thread, shell buttons, sequin, beads/ image transfer, hand appliquéd, hand quilted

Artist Statement:

Sea level has been rising due to climate change. Taiwan, surrounded by the sea, is shrinking because of coastal erosion. The hollow rock is a serious threat to the ecological environment. The earth is getting old and climate change has accelerated the aging of the earth. This is an irreversible fact. I am sending blessings to our Earth with the work.

We only care about human aging, how about the aging of the earth? Since the effect of climate deterioration is wide-ranging, not only humans, but also the earth has to be saved. No one wants to be a climate refugee. No one wants to get older, and no one wants the earth's resources to run out. The definition of health is no longer a personal issue. Only if we expand into the global environment, we can realize a beautiful world. Let’s face new challenges, understand the future more deeply, and carefully formulate solution. "What kind of environment should we pass on to future generations?” The irreversible facts can no longer be mistakenly made by us. We firmly believe that the global environment has the opportunity to rejuvenate vitality and have unlimited circulation energy. Everyone is responsible for your actions. I believe it can be changed if we really want to. The strength will be expanded. Best wishes to our planet.

Materials: chiffon, hand-dyed fabrics, cotton prints, polyester, gauze, metallic thread, Romanian thread

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

Size: 36" H x 24" W

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


post at 2019-03-05 14:15:26


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 5 - Forest Fires

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 5

Title of work: Forest Fires

 

Theme: Geology

Artist Statement:

Forests are destroyed due to anthropogenic factors and global warming. Originally forests can regulate the greenhouse effect, however, deforestation and forest fires make carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere and forest fires also accelerate carbon emissions. This is a human nightmare. Half of this work is a land that has been burned to ash, and the other half are burning mountains. I pray with needle and thread sadly.

As a nature lover, I feel agitated seeing the forest-fire scenes. I could not describe the sadness in my heart. Not only human beings lost their homes but also all the creatures lived in the forests. In the past, forest fires were less frequent, and there was sufficient time for forest trees to recover. However, in recent years, there have been frequent fires, and each time is huge and serious. The speed of ecological restoration cannot catch up with destruction. It is possible that the species will be extinct in the future. Wish our Mother Nature restore her vitality.

The whole mountain was burned black, a scene of disaster. It gives me an extraordinary feel sewing the unfortunate sight. Although my heart is in turmoil and my mood is ups and downs, I feel a sense of serenity; just like quietly waiting for God's mercy and good news and regaining new life. God bless the wildfire in northern California! Thank you, Sue Dennis, for the prompt.

Materials: cheesecloth, hand-dyed fabrics, commercial fabrics, silk, netting, embroidery floss, Romanian thread, beads, sequin

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

Size: 36" H x 24" W

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


post at 2019-01-02 13:45:02


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 4 - Plastic Oceans

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 4

Title of work: Plastic Oceans

 

Theme: Ocean

My Feedback: Haven

 

Many typhoons developed in 2018, but most of them turned northward and hit Japan instead of Taiwan. The weather condition is unpredictable in countries near the equator, making life a lot difficult. The most terrible situation is experiencing an earthquake followed by a tsunami, just like what happened in Indonesia recently. The photo shows a coast in Matsu, a small island of Taiwan which is geographically closest to China. It’s a safe island with few disasters and the weather is foggy all year round. In everyday life, we only ask for favorable weather and a safe haven to live in. Wish everyone peace and health.

Artist Statement:

I wonder if fish will still be happy living in the polluted sea. Does the original pure ocean still exist? What does the ever changing sea look like? Are you curious? I try to imagine and depict the changed sea.

The plastic ocean is the result of human beings’ selfish behavior that impacts on ecology and violates the laws of nature. It is obviously a deterioration cycle. Through the circulation of the food chain, humans and all kind of creatures will inadvertently eat plastic particles. Plastic pollution is killing our planet. We suffer the consequences of our actions.

I found plastic oceans or garbage seas in various related reports, the origin of many problems and the speed of deterioration have one thing in common, that is, they all follow a spiral cycle. Interestingly, if we use a graphic to explain the food chain, it also shows a spiral development. As far as we can remember, the movements of our beautiful seas include waves, currents and tides. They rotate and circulate around the world. Hope people have the wisdom to return the problem to the starting point and find a solution. Let's work together to change the earth's ecology and give the sea a happy environment!

Thank you for the prompt, Betty Busby. Thank you Sue Dennis for the lovely dyed fabric you gave me in China. I use it in my work.

Materials: brocade, dyed fabrics, cotton prints, gauze, silk, satin, lace

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

Size: 36" H x 24" W

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


post at 2018-11-22 13:43:03


Exhibitions and interview -- “Queen of Tropical Flowers” wins CURATOR’S CHOICE Award of Excellence!

Congratulations! Lin Hsin-Chen's work, Queen of Tropical Flowers, wins the CURATOR’S CHOICE Award of Excellence at the 2018 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum!


post at 2018-10-29 17:25:51


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 3- Comforting Hearts

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 3

Title of work: Comforting Hearts

 

Theme: Wonder

My Feedback: Red Warning

 

Photo Credit: Pixabay

The Earth is sick and the hot weather is destroying nature. Just like a living hell, all species are in hot water. What can we do to save the Earth? I might be too sad to sew and create the red scenery! However, it is undeniable that the red Earth is absolutely eye-catching. Challenging the impossible requires perseverance and determination. Anyway, I really can’t stand the hot weather. Best wishes to everyone.

Artist Statement:

Nobody doesn't like cherry blossom seasons. The pink world is like an angel delivering warmth and good healing medicine. No wonder the pink scene can be seen all over the world. Everyone has a secret garden that soothes their own heart, and therefore, I sew my pink world with my warm hands to relieve worries, decrease anxiety and calm me down.

Disasters occur in 2018 worldwide are destroying nature rapidly. No matter they are man-made or natural phenomena, they ruthlessly make Earth’s long-lasting wonders disappear. Is this also an evolution? Or does it owe to human’s “innovation”? Once it's gone, it's gone forever. And we are experiencing the process together.

We should be aware of the pressures that we have to bear and find the strength and courage to face it. Before solving the problems, find yourself a way to heal your mind and accept the challenge. I have found a soothing method that comforts my heart and makes me feel relaxed, that is, the pink cherry blossom season. Thank you for the prompt, Lisa-Marie.

Materials: commercial cotton prints, silk dyed by the artist, gauze, embroidery floss, metallic thread, beads, satin, Japanese kimono fabrics

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

Size: 36" H x 24" W

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


post at 2018-09-06 09:45:02


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 2- Please Pour Some Rain!

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 2

Title of work: Please Pour Some Rain!

 

Theme: Weather

My Feedback: Alishan Cherry Blossom Season

 

The weather in Taiwan has deteriorated rapidly due to climate change issues. It seems that we must go to the mountains to breathe fresh air. I took the photo of cherry blossoms during the cherry blossom season this year when I visited the AliMountain (Alishan). Feeling the comfortable temperature and breathing some fresh air are just like eating healthy foods. It is a real happiness. Why aren’t we grateful for what we have until we lose it?

Artist Statement:

Drought is a weather phenomenon which is caused by insufficient rainfall over a long period of time. The reservoirs are waterless and the land is cracked. Only the exuberant dandelions can survive, whereas human beings are helpless in the face of climate disasters. I create the work as a prayer offered to heaven for rainfall.

It has not rained for 11 months in Southern Taiwan! The long dry season and high temperature are obviously the effects of global warming and it has resulted in the gradual shortage of water resources. The destruction of forest plants decreased its water storage capacity and caused severe desertification. Both ecology and the environment are in adversity. In any case, it is hard for all living species in Taiwan. Hope mankind will soon have a countermeasure against the devastating problem of water shortages. Thank you for the prompt, Diane.

Materials: fabrics dyed by the artist, commercial cotton prints, gauze, netting, ribbon, embroidery floss, metallic thread

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

Size: 36" H x 24" W

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


post at 2018-06-28 13:43:11


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