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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

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 1 - Organized Chaos

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 5) Challenge 1

Title of work: Organized Chaos

Theme: Energy

My Feedback: The Sweet Energy

Bees are magical little lives. People only think of honey and flowers. What if one day bees disappear in the universe before we remember their greatness and the sweet energy that they contribute to mankind? Please do something and grow their favorite flowers and plants. Let’s take care of them and feed them! This is a preliminary idea of my 9 works in this cycle.


 Photo credit: NaturalNews.com

Artist Statement:

At present the world and natural environment are like a bunch of threads that has been messed up. There are no clues. Disordered disturbances come from all directions. Perhaps only the senior people who have enjoyed a peaceful and comfortable life would be unaccustomed to it! Imagining the natural world is initiating its “Life Energy” to adapt to the ever changing world, let’s change ourselves too!


                    side view of the work

Recently, I don’t like to watch news. I feel that I’m deviating from my habits. There are too many new ideas that I am not familiar with or different from the world I used to know. I feel challenged. If it means I failed to keep up with social development, I am fine. I just want to stay calm and give myself space and time to reflect and adjust my adaptability. I don’t want to rely on my old self. Hope I can have such energy. I bravely express my unaccustomedness with the work. Thank you for the prompt, Martha.

Materials: polyester, commercial cotton prints, linen, chiffon, silk, woolen yarn, Romanian thread, beads

Techniques: 100% hand stitched (pieced, appliquéd, quilted, embroidered); the wool is transplanted into fabrics

Size: 36" H x 24" W


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

post at 2018-05-03 14:14:03

International Exchange -- “Mindset” is chosen for the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May issue

I am thrilled to hear my quilt, “Mindset,” was chosen for the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May issue! It is such an honor to have my work included in the outstanding magazine. 

post at 2018-03-06 10:20:51

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 9 - Hello! Tree Roots

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 9

Title of work: Hello! Tree Roots


Theme: Repetition

My Feedback: Printing Technology

The word, repetition, has many meanings to my life. I get to know about printmaking because of my daughter and become fascinated by the printing technology. It is interesting. It influences my work and I look forward to exploring it in my work. When I was in Houston for the International Quilt Festival in November 2017, I visited the PrintingMuseum. I am glad to share the technology that can be created repetitively.


The PrintingMuseum, Houston, Texas


A special doorway decorated with plates


A printing studio in the museum


My daughter and the artist, Charles Criner

Artist Statement:

A healthy and vibrant green tree is fully nourished by its growing environment, including sunlight, air, water, and soil. I like to create works with plant themes, but I rarely study the roots. Without healthy development of roots, there will not be healthy trees. This is my understanding of roots after reading and thus I create my first work of tree roots.

The word, repetition, is no stranger to me. My everyday life is repeated, so is my creative life. Nevertheless, there is something fresh - I apply “repetition” to what I have been studying recently, the botany courses conducted by the International Society of Arboriculture. In order to thoroughly understand the courses, I feel every piece of knowledge is constantly repeated and intensively studied. The learning method makes me feel energetic and broadens my horizons. I really enjoy it.

I consider the 9 works in this cycle as a learning series that allows me to relate my new learned botanical knowledge to my creative concept and experiment. To me, a work is no longer just a work; it is more like a learning record. Getting to know more about the natural environment brings lots of changes to my work.

I am thankful for being a member of Viewpoints 9. I would like to say a big thank you to Martha for her works and members who attended the exhibitions to help. V9 is a successful group because of the selfless dedication of each one of you. Best wishes to you all!

Materials: woolen yarn, silk thread, self dyed fabrics, commercial cotton prints, linen, silk, embroidery floss, Romanian thread

Techniques: 100% hand stitched (pieced, appliquéd, quilted, embroidered); the wool is transplanted into fabrics

Size: 36” x 18”


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

post at 2018-03-02 15:11:32

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

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