Monday, February 12, 2018

Ladders Exhibit

The latest Raven Mavens exhibit is based on the theme 'Ladders'.  We decided on a size of 12" x 24" 1 1/2" deep canvas.  We also decided it would be fun to incorporate some collage techniques, if so desired.

This is on exhibit at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts through Feb. 24.

Enjoy the show!



Nancy Dobson


Kari Harvey



Sandra Hoefner


Gjeneve Hopkinson


Angela Kenley


 Kathleen Malvern


Jan Rickman


Kathy Schattleitner


Susan Strickland


Jan Warren


Saturday, November 19, 2016

An Exercise in Abstraction



Last month Kathleen challenged us to do an exercise in abstraction.  Creative exercises are always fun.  They're a good boost of creative energy to get things going!

Here's what was shared at the last Raven Mavens meeting:

Angela


 Angela started with a piece of fabric she created in a Jane Dunnewold workshop.  The lime green is very well represented in this piece! She also decided to add a green slice up in the left hand corner to finish it off, which really gave the piece great movement. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of that, so you'll have to use your imagination! 





Jan

 

Jan's inspiration came from a photo taken on a hike.  She flipped the photo vertically and took shapes from the photo to create this beautiful silk painting.





Kathleen


Kathleen had several fused fabric panels  that were leftover from a Sue Benner class, so she decided to create an abstract using only those pieces.  I would say it is very successful!


Nancy


Nancy used the Jackson Pollock  phone app to create an abstract drawing (on the left) and thought it would be fun to work that drawing into fabric with some bright colors.  This was fun! 

Susan


Susan brought a piece she created several years ago and wanted to discuss the design elements.  We all agreed that the design was great and had good movement and color.

It was a great meeting!  We have decided to work through Jane Dunnewold's new book Creative Strength Training and we're all excited about expanding our horizons through the book! 

 Our next theme is 'Winter'.  These will be shown at the Art Center Annual Member Exhibit in 2017.  Stay tuned!



Posted by Nancy




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Raven's View

Our latest theme is A Raven's View.  We each interpreted this theme into a 6" x 18" piece, then mounted them on board.  These pieces are currently on  display and available for purchase at the Art Center in Grand Junction, Colorado during  July and August.  If you're in the area stop in and take a look!  We have several creative projects in the works, so check back often!

Kathleen Malvern
Raven Crossing
SOLD

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Nancy Dobson
Soaring Over the River Braids

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Georgina Chapman
Bird's Eye View

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Jan Rickman
Bird Party

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Angela Kenley
Pretty Houses

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Jan Warren
View of the Monument

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Sandra Hoefner
Basketball Babes

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Kathy Schattleitner
Sonoran Sunset

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Susan Strickland
Threesome

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Kathleen Malvern
Canyon Window

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Gjeneve Hopkinson
Stream

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Indigo Play!

The Raven Mavens rented studio space at Mary's Color Creek Fiber Art to experiment with Indigo Dye.  The Indigo dye process was new to most of us, so we really weren't sure what to expect from this experiment.  To learn more about Indigo dye, check out the Wikipedia site at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo_dye or Dharma Trading Company.

We started with Indigo dye kits, mixing the dye powder, soda ash and thiox.  Once mixed, it created a "flower"or cluster of bubbles that needed to be skimmed off before the fabric was placed in the vat.


Before we immersed into the vat, we manipulated our fabric in various ways.  Rubber bands, golf balls, pipe wrap are just a few of the methods we used.  The color was yellow green to start, which was rather surprising! The fabric was gently dipped into the vat for a time, and once it was removed and hit the air, it began to oxidize, turning the fabric blue.  It was a very interesting process to watch!








Here are some of the results.






                                               


 Look at all of that indigo blue!


 All in all, it was a very fun day, and a process that some will continue to explore, and others not!  After washing, some of the fabrics retained their dark color and some faded quite a bit, so that is another puzzle to solve.  There were also several blue hands and lovely blue fingernails!

 Perhaps a Raven Mavens Indigo show in the future?  Stay tuned!