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June 2017 Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast

Rogue Gallery & Art Center Art Blast – June 2017

June 7 2017  artblast Vivian McAleavey
Detail of Ascension by Vivian McAleavey
FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS
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As part of the Rogue Gallery’s Impressionism exhibit we are screening documentaries about important Impressionistic painters on Wednesdays at noon. The movies last approximately one hour. Screenings will take place in the newly renovated studio, with new comfortable chairs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, noon: Edouard Manet​
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, noon: Edgar Degas
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, noon: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, noon: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
June 24, 2017 ALPACA TOUR AND PICNIC
alpacas

Visit the alpacas at Lone Ranch
Sunday, June 24 at noon at at Lone Ranch located at 13856 Weowna Way, White City

Rogue Gallery presents a tour and Picnic at Lone Ranch. Participants will meet at the ranch and then experience a tour by long time Rogue Gallery volunteer and Peru native Silvia Kelly. The Latin American inspired picnic will take place on the beautiful Lone Ranch grounds. Directions will be provided.
Tickets are available $35 per person includes lunch, wine and tour.
Call us at 541-772-8118

UPCOMING CAMPS AND CLASSES

FOR YOUTH

Photography Camp
For ages 11-14, Tuesday-Friday, June 20-23 from 9am-12pm
A perfect camp for aspiring young photographers. Students will learn functions of camera features including tips and tricks of the digital photography world. BRING CAMERA AND BATTERIES
Register Here >>

Tie Dye Camp
For ages 7-11, Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30 from 1-4pm
Artists will dive into vibrant colors and learn many fun designs and techniques producing bright and colorful tie dye creations.
Register Here >>

FOR ADULTS

Beginning Life Drawing 
Saturdays, June 17 & 24,10am-2pm
Learn to draw the human figure from life. This workshop will focus on techniques in gesture, contour and tone, using practical ways to study the form, function and essential proportion of the human anatomy. You will also learn processes for continued learning, making this an ideal class to take with the Rogue Studio Drawing Sessions.
Register Here >>
See more upcoming summer camps for youth here>>
See more adult workshops and classes here>>

CALLS TO ARTISTS
Interested in a one person show for your artwork? The Community Gallery in the Rogue Gallery and the Berryman Gallery located upstairs in the Craterian Theater are great places to show your work. The deadline for the 2018 shows is June 15, 2017. Click on the links below for submission guidelines:

Community Submission Guidelines  

Berryman Gallery Submission Guidelines

ASSEMBLAGE MATERIALS

A member of our community donated these materials that were found in the ground of his 100+ year property. If you would like to incorporate these into your art, please come by the Rogue Gallery and pick them up.

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

Creating Felt Fabric Collage

 

Felt and Fabric pieces for Collage

Felt and Fabric pieces for Collage

Fabric Collage refers to the creation of a new cloth from a collection of different types of textiles.  I have been playing with my stash of handmade felt, fabric and scraps to make unique textiles that can transform into a vest, pants, wrap or a scarf.

I begin by pulling out different types of complimentary textiles and laying them out on a big table. I like to work with one bigger piece of fabric that will be the base fabric around which patterns and themes can emerge.  Once I have my base fabric and a few anchor textiles, I begin the adding and subtracting process.  My fabric scrap collection contains lots of little treasures that can be added as design or accent elements.  I love working with selvage and raw edge scraps.  Prints with words are also fun to incorporate into the design.  I like to have my pattern pieces on the table as well so that I can begin to think about fabric placement.

The next step in my process is to start stitching some of the fabrics together.  I like to overlap

Collage pieces attached to base fabric with free motion stitching

Collage pieces attached to base fabric with free motion stitching

the fabrics as this creates more texture and interest.  Once I have a few pieces of my textile stitched, I place them on the pattern to see where they might look best.  An important tool in this process is a dress form as it allows me to see where on the garment certain designs will fall.  If you don’t have a dress form you can hold the pattern pieces up on your own body to see how the textile will flow.

 

 

 

Once I stitch all of the fabrics together for the pattern pieces, I am ready to construct the garment.  If I am lining the vest, I will sew in the lining and then sew the shoulder seams.  I try the garment on to make sure the armhole and bust area’s fit my silhouette.  Next I pin the side seams sew them together and I have a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.

Collage Vest, Felt and other complimentary fabrics

Collage Vest, Felt and other complimentary fabrics

felt vest

Collage Vest made with all felted fabrics

 

 

Spring Foraging

Mushroom season is just beginning in the higher elevations and I love to forage for the elusive Morel Mushroom.

Morel Mushrooms

Morel Mushrooms

My husband Russ and I have learned to hunt above 3,000 feet as Russ has never met a poison oak plant that hasn’t found a way to his body.  I am transformed when I enter the forest.  It is the one place I seem to be able to let my mind relax and take in the sights and smells of the earth and tree’s.

I am fascinated with the look, shape and texture of morels.  Everything about them suggests earthy and organic.  I wanted to honor the morel by incorporating the texture of the mushroom into my nuno felt.  I started with a circular shape and cut out a spiral pattern.

 

Scarf Layout

Scarf Layout

 

 

 

I used silk, merino wool and wool yarn to create the pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

Nuno Felt Scarf

Nuno Felt Scarf

Scarf/Wrap Nuno Felt

Scarf/Wrap Nuno Felt

Can be worn as a scarf or a wrap.

3-Dimensional Wet Felting

 

3-Dimensional felting, also called seamless felting is popular among felter’s making garments, vessels, hats, handbags and booties.  I personally find a multitude of fitting issues with seamless garments and choose to utilize overlapping and hand stitching to create decorative seams for my vests and dresses.  Having said that, I do enjoy making seamless sculptural vessels, hats, handbags and booties.

Seamless felting requires the use of a resist or template that keeps 2 flat layers of wool from felting together and allows the fibers along the edges of the 2 halves to join to create an invisible seam.  It is helpful to have some basic wet felting experience before you attempt seamless felting but as I like to tell my students, almost any mistake in felting can be made to look intentional by embellishing with surface design.

Here are some examples of seamless felting:

Felted Vessels

Felted Vessels

Vessel:  A resist was used to create a hollow form and several little resists were used to create surface design on the vessel.

Felted Hat

Felted Hat

 

Hat:  A resist was used to create the basic shape.  Some hand stitching was used to adjust the fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Workshops:

April 16th, Nuno Felt Summer Scarf/Wrap

April 23rd, 2016 Sculptural Felting

Shibori Wrapping and Natural Dyeing

I just taught a workshop on shibori wrapping techniques and natural dyeing.  Shibori wrapping is a Japanese technique of manipulating fabric by knotting, twisting, folding and binding prior to dyeing to create interesting

Shibori wrap.  Fabric was folded and clamped

Shibori wrap. Fabric was folded and clamped

pattern design.  There are endless ways to create pattern design and cloth can be wrapped and dyed several times to get more depth of color and dimension.  Fabric can be wrapped with string, folded with clamps or clothes pins or stitched.  Marbles can be used to create a tie dye patterns.

 

Shibori Wrap. Twisting and tying.  Fabric was dipped in Avocado pit bath

Shibori Wrap. Twisting and tying. Fabric was dipped in Avocado pit bath

 

 

 

 

 

Dye Baths

In this workshop we used the following dye baths:

Black Bean-cold dye bath, purple color

Hibiscus tea bath-steeped then brought to room temperature, (needs a mordant to fix). Pink color

Eucalyptus bath-simmering, light brownish green color

Avocado pit bath-simmering, brownish red color

I experimented with folding, wrapping and dyeing some silk that I had previously botanically printed as well as blank silk.  We used raw silk, crepe de chine and charmuese.

Here are some samples of our work:

Crepe de Chine, Shibori wrapped, clamped and dyed in avocado pit bath

Crepe de Chine, Shibori wrapped, clamped and dyed in avocado pit bath

natural dyeing rose and euc print shibori avo

Botanically printed with eucalyptus and rose leaves, shibori wrapped and dyed in a hibiscus tea bath

Raw Silk, shibori wrapped, dyed in eucalyptus, then avocado baths

Raw Silk, shibori wrapped, dyed in eucalyptus, then avocado baths

Silk organza shibori wrapped and dyed in black bean dye bath

Silk organza shibori wrapped and dyed in black bean dye bath

January at Art du Jour Gallery

January at Art du Jour Gallery:

Antique Quilts, Wearable Art and Hamilton Watercolors! And…

A special talk by Charlotte Wirfs on January 23rd at 1:00pm about antique quilts and quilting techniques.  Guests are invited to bring their own vintage or antique quilts to show or to get advice on mending them. Please note that Charlotte is not an appraiser,  however. We’ll serve mulled cider and cookies!

Yes, indeed!  January at Art du Jour is going to be exciting and very special!

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken, Art du Jour Gallery, Medford, Oregon, January 2016

Everyday Barns, quilt by Karen Hanken

Through the end of January, our three special guest artists are quilters Charlotte Wirfs and Karen Hanken and wearable knits fabric artist Laura Lawrence.  Their uniquely beautiful work will be on display in our Salon and the main gallery in January.  Featured gallery artist during January is our own Dodie Hamilton-Brandon, renowned watercolorist and beloved art teacher here in the Rogue Valley for the past 33 years.

Charlotte Wirfs is a talented contemporary quilter and an authority on antique and vintage quilts.  She is displaying several of these priceless antique quilts along with her own work in the Salon.  On January 23, she will give a talk on antique quilts at the gallery.  Wirfs is a fifth generation Oregonian who learned sewing through 4H programs in Tillamook County.  She has displayed her work in many Oregon art galleries and other venues and has won numerous awards in quilt shows around the Western U.S.

Karen Hanken first experimented with using textiles in her art while in college in Pennsylvania.  She also studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in London.  The attraction of textures and prints has been a lifelong love and it has been her goal to unite them with paints, inks, dyes, and pastels.  Her quilts have appeared in numerous special exhibits and have won many awards at major competitions.  She is displaying four of her award-winning pictorial quilts in our Salon.  Hanken and her husband own and operate Top Stitch Bernina in Medford.

Laura Lawrence is the creator of My Dancing Threads, a one-woman business she characterizes as “painting with yarn.”  She knits exquisite wearable art fabrics and fashions them into capes, skirts, scarves, caps, legwarmers, soft jewelry and other one-of-a-kind creations in soft, luscious colors.  By using a technique called short-rowing, she makes garments that move with the body and have a flattering line with no extraneous bulk from sewn-in darts, pleats, puckers, and seams.  See her alpaca hats, uniquely crafted scarves, and her “soft-jewelry” beaded and felt alpaca flower pins on our center table.  She is self-taught and has been selling her work in select galleries and high-end boutiques since 2002.
Dodie Hamilton-Brandon has been an Art du Jour member for several years and is also a founding member of Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland.  She exhibits in several other Oregon galleries and her paintings hang in private homes, offices and commercial establishments across America and abroad.  The long list of awards and honors she has accumulated over many years of painting is truly impressive.  Her work is noted for vibrant color and the fluid, sparkling quality of her watercolor medium. Her subjects range from realistic florals and landscapes to mixed media abstracts, but she is best known for her renditions of iris, her favorite flower.
Until she retired a few years ago, Dodie taught her watercolor techniques to countless eager students here in the Rogue Valley and is beloved by all.  She enjoys traveling and still takes workshops with other well-known artists.

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Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97540
(541) 770-3190 (Tues.-Sat., 10-4)

It takes a village: How I made my coat

I attended Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat in Ashland, Oregon.  The theme was “Coat as Shelter” and the guest instructor was Carol Lee Shanks.  This was my second year attending the coat retreat.  Last year I made a coat using Carol Lee’s method of pattern design.  Her process for approaching fabric is intuitive.    She works primarily with geometric shapes and transforms cloth into textural works of wearable art.

Diane likes to approach design with pieces of fabric that she makes into what she calls “bits.”  They are draped on a dress form and the creative process unfolds.  She utilizes paints, stencils and hand stitching to weave a story which becomes a theme for her garment.

Gwen Spencer was Diane’s “angel” assistant.  She is an extremely talented seamstress and works closely with Marcy Tilton.  She brought some discarded fabric pieces she acquired on a trip to Paris and I watched her transform these pieces into a beautifully textured fabric.  She offered assistance and guidance to all 19 of the participants of the retreat.

I decided that I would use Carol Lee’s method again this year.  The fabric I chose for the coat was a 1950’s

1950 vintage wool with applique

1950 vintage wool with applique

vintage embroidered wool that I purchased in the spring from Sandy Ericson, Center for pattern design.  I cut my fabric, put it on the dress form and started pinning.  The fabric did not slide easily on my body so I consulted with Gwen and decided to line the coat sleeves and shoulders with dupioni silk. Luckily I found a pale pink dupioni at Fabric of Vision.  It matched the embroidery on the wool fabric and made a beautiful cuff for the sleeves.  Gwen, with her expert eye and sewing skills, helped me construct and attach the lining.

Next came some fit issues.  The coat was too big in the back and the underarm/bust area in the front.  Carol Lee started pinning pleats in the area’s that were too big and I stitched the pleats with embroidery thread.  The coat was then hemmed with some asymmetrical lines.

Coat Front

Coat Front

I did not want to put a collar on the coat but I wanted something that could become a companion piece.  I found a grey fabric with lots of texture, cut bias strips (with Gwen’s assistance), and made a cowl.  Using one of Diane’s techniques for creative play and design, I made bits of fabric with the silk and attached it to the cowl.

The four days I spent in this retreat were magical.  I met some amazing women who were sharing, laughing and creating.  A little bit of their spirit is still with me as I go back to my studio for some creative play.

 

Coat back with strap detail

Coat back with strap detail

Coat with Companion piece cowl

Coat with Companion piece cowl

Call to Artists - National Art Project

Call to Artists – National Art Project

Call to Artists - National Art Project on Gun Violence
A group of citizens in the Rogue Valley are so concerned about the gun violence in this country they are proposing a VISION QUILT project to cultivate compassionate change and help create a country that embraces gun sense not gun violence. We call to artists for entries to our national art project.

We need diversity.  We need art.  We need you!

Create a cloth panel with a message that resonates with you on this issue.  You can do this solo at home or join us at Art Presence on November 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.   Space is limited that day to the first 15 people who sign up. Please RSVP to the email address below to 1) sign up or 2) let us know you plan to make a panel on your own.
Canvas panel blanks (gessoed or plain) will be available for purchase for $5 on November 4th or bring your own fabric.  However, artists need to provide their own materials to create their designs.  Panels will be collected, juried and displayed locally and nationally as the project unfolds.

A FEW DETAILS:

Final dimensions:  18″ X 24″ with finished edges.
Media:  oil or acrylic painting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, silkscreen, stencils, digital printing.  Please, no glues, however.
Final Deadline:  By November 29 to Art Presence from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To RSVP or Questions…… [email protected]

Thank you so much for thoughtfully considering to add your unique voice to this collaboration of concerned and compassionate humans.

Summer Sewing

Summer Sewing

I have taken a little break from felting to focus on some summer sewing.  Summer is a great time to work on

4 Square Dress

4 Square Dress

lightweight frocks and improve my sewing skills.  In May, I attended Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat.  Sandy Ericson, Center for Pattern Design was her guest artist.  Sandy has a wealth of information about pattern design and in my opinion is the “Queen of Drape.”  During the retreat, she demonstrated draping principals and I made a bias cut 4-square dress.  I chose a fun comfortable fabric with great drape.  Mary Glen, a very talented seamstress and a regular at DOL guided me through the process.  One of the things I loved about making this dress is that no pattern is required!  You just need enough fabric.  We played with the shapes, rectangles instead of squares.  The rectangles were different sizes which created a variety of options for styling the dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faultlines undershirt and capitola pants

Faultlines undershirt and capitola pants

The next piece I worked on was a casual summer vest.  I was looking for some whimsical fabric and chose “animal cookies cotton,” from The Smuggler’s Daughter.  I made the undershirt from Diane Ericson’s Faultlines Vest pattern.  I can never find pants that I love so I made Diane Ericson’s Capitola pant to go with the vest.

 

Back View

Back View

 

 

 

Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern

Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern

Now I am feeling my sewing oats and decide to take on a Marcy Tilton dress pattern: Vogue #9081.  I choose a lovely black silk linen and combined it with light weight Japanese linen from Fabric of Vision in Ashland.  I am now more in my comfort zone with color going with black/white and a little bit of red.  I decided to omit the bottom piece of the dress and opted to make this a top.  My friend Ute gave me some private sewing lessons and helped me complete the top.  It will look great with black leggings.  It is a piece that I can wear into the winter with a black shirt or sweater underneath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My last piece was part of a design challenge to make Vogue pattern #8968.  I chose a beautiful piece of Japanese fabric that has been sitting in my “coveted fabric stash” waiting for the right project.  I combined it with some fabric from Marcy Tilton and some other stash fabric to make this Asian flavored dress.

Design Challenge Dress

Design Challenge Dress

Design Challenge Dress Back View

Design Challenge Dress Back View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking a break from felting has sparked lots of new ideas for my fall collection.  I am now ready to start working on some new cape’s and coats.

Alpaca Shearing Day at Caprice Vineyards June 6th

Alpaca Shearing Day
at Caprice Vineyards
Saturday June 6th, from 9am-5pm
970 Old Stage Rd, Central Point

Come watch the boys and girls get their summer haircuts!
Alpaca Shearing Day is an Open Farm Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm
This is a fun day where you can watch the alpacas go in for their haircuts all fluffy and come out as skinny as can be!
Alex says,”it’s time for a haircut,
it’s HOT!”
“Now that feels better!”
Not only will the boys and girls be getting trimmed up but we will also have 
 food, (yummy BBQ), music, and of course, wine! 
Enjoy live music from 11am-5pm!
Doug Warner will be starting the show off from 11am-2pm!
Phil King will then take over from 2pm-5pm!
Throughout the day there will also be live fiber demonstrations of shearing, spinning, carding, and knitting the fiber.  Also watch demonstrations on Wet felting.  Make your own wet felted soaps…yes soap.!
Watch the fiber from the alpaca turn into a scarf!
Woman at spinning wheel
It will be a fun day. Something for everyone to do!  Bring the kids down and enjoy in all of the wonderful activities that will be going on!