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Sidelights on learning -- Playing Quilts - Happy Fabric Exchange

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Dream Garden is the creative project for this semester.

What kind of work is it?

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I use PowerPoint and text to explain the details.

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

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Students stand in line for the design drawing of Dream Garden

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The design drawing will accompany you throughout the semester!

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They discuss it with each other enthusiastically!

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Some questions are raised from the guidelines.

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

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The purpose of the project is the use of color.

How to turn colors into fabrics?

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A group of great listeners! 

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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!

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

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All of us have carefully selected fabrics for exchanging!

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Some even prepare special gifts!

The room is filled with laughter!

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What are the tones of your fabrics?

What about applying them on the work?

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

Woo-hoo! 

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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


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 5 - Dear Trees

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 5

Title of work: Dear Trees

 

Theme: Possibility

Artist Statement:

Trees are not only one of the oldest living species on earth, but also the largest number of earth citizens. For a long time, trees have been protecting human beings and maintaining ecological balance.

Dear trees, are you alright? Please forgive the selfish mankind, who lacks respect for nature, destructs the environment excessively, worsens climate change, and causes constant natural disasters. Dear trees, what can we do to go through these adversities and restore nature's balance?

“Save the Environment” was the theme of the international exhibition that I curated in 2016. My husband asked, “As an architect, what can I do?” I replied, “Strengthen our knowledge so that we could do something for nature!” As a result, we are now both studying the professional tree care course conducted by ISA (International Society of Arboriculture). If lucky enough, we can get the certificates and work for nature. We share the dream, an imaginary possibility, even though it is very much like an impossible mission. Best wishes to our Earth. Best wishes to you all.

Materials: dyed fabrics, chiffon, commercial cottons, Romanian thread, gauze

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 2017-06-29 14:24:04


Sidelights on learning -- Playing Quilts - See You Next Semester on September 5!

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Time really flies!

It is the last class of this semester!

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Hanging the “Deformed Curves” creative project on the wall for the last time, it is surprising to find that nearly half of the students have completed quilting!

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These works are just like super stars after the quilting is finished.

They are stunning!

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It is hard to believe that we only spent 6 classes to complete the works!

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post at 2017-06-09 16:36:15


International Exchange -- Quilt National Artist Reunion

 

I was thrilled to attend the Quilt National Artist Reunion at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio to celebrate 20 years of Quilt National!

 

Thank you, Quilt National, for the lovely introduction on Facebook!

 

 

 

My work, Spirals of Thoughts, was selected for Quilt National ’09. 

 


post at 2017-06-03 10:49:33


International Exchange -- Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group - Journey Series #3: Memento of Germany

Fifteen by Fifteen Quilting Group

Theme: Journey

Title of work: Journey Series #3: Memento of Germany

 

Artist Statement:

I love dandelions. They grow together with weeds. Dandelions are swaying in breeze and the seeds are dispersing into wind. It reminds us that life is gentle and would finally vanish without a trace. Flying seeds, dissipating flowers, are not only an end, but also a rebirth. A plant that is full of hope and representing circle of life.

 

Materials: woven silk, wool and cotton fabrics, lace and metallic thread that are collected during my visit to Germany

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 2017-06-01 10:36:12


International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 4 - Mindset

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 4) Challenge 4

Title of work: Mindset

 

Theme: Serenity

My Feedback: Secret Garden

 

Hand sewing mends my soul. To me, it is like a private secret garden. Whenever my heart is in turmoil, I adjust my mood and organize my thoughts through sewing. Every stitch reflects my mood at the moment. Therefore, the texture and stitching on the quilt surface is a life story. I love such sincere, unpretentious trace.

Needle and thread guide me to see the world and give me peace of mind. They are the mentors who have been accompanying me for 20 yeas. For this reason, I am respectful and grateful to needlework for giving me a secret garden.

Artist Statement:

Not environments, but mindsets determine a person’s mood. Like a lotus flower in a quiet muddy pond, it is still pure and elegant, as well as its own reflection. Everyone has an inner self. We all have our problems and issues. Finding serenity amidst chaos is a positive energy and wisdom.

Lotus is clean and fragrant. It represents the ideal realm of purity in Buddhism. To me, hand sewing requires a quiet and relaxed manner at any time. Neither too fast nor too slow. It is also a time for self-reflection and intense concentration. After getting along intimately with needle and thread for years, I have somehow gained the ability of dealing with adversity, problems and difficulties in life.

This work, Mindset, is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time, but I have never given it a whirl. But now, courage and determination give me enough energy to achieve the dream. Anyway, I have learned the precious philosophy! Thank you for the challenge topic, Betty.

Materials: artist’s natural dye gauze and cotton, commercial cottons, dyed fabrics, organza, silk, satin, iridescent sheer fabric, metallic thread

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 2017-05-04 10:48:35


Sidelights on learning -- Playing Quilts - Make a Quilt from Scratch

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It has been 2 weeks since our last class…

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Though everyone has different progress, we are all heading to the direction of completion!

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29 works with 29 themes.

Isn't it exciting to have them exhibited someday! 

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Seeing the works being created from scratch is very emotional!

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Did you imagine how beautiful your work could be when it was drafted?

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It feels like college students when discussing the project with teacher one by one.

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Students are encouraged to "be themselves" in our class to create in their own way!

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It is important to teach students in accordance with their aptitude!

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Hope all the works can be successfully completed!

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Students have fun seeing each other's work before the class!

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This technique is wonderful…, and this piece of fabric is beautiful…

Hmm, looks like we have got some talented quilters in the class!

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It is also a good time for new students to ask senior classmates for help!

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Group discussion and experience sharing…

It feels like we have 29 teachers in the class! 

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There is only one month left before the photo shoot on June 6.

Good luck and have fun!


post at 2017-04-26 15:29:48


Exhibitions and interview -- 2017 Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne

My works, The Implication of Red and Dream Tree are exhibited with Viewpoints 9 at the Australasian Quilt Convention, April 20 - 23.

 

 

 

Taiwan Art Quilt Society’s Pulling Strings collection is also exhibited at the same venue!

 

 

 

Photo credit: Sue Dennis


post at 2017-04-21 10:47:13


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