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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!



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

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

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