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* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
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Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Workin' on It!

Sorry the posts have been slow.  My kids have had four days off and we've been playing, playing, playing.  What a great start to winter.  When my husband has been home, I've been making trips back and forth getting matts & frames.  What a LOT of work it is preparing your own art.  I used to complain that framing was so expensive.  Right now, paying someone else to do it would be worth every penny.  I'm pretty happy with the selection I've collected so far.  These photos are a bit dark as the nights come early now!

First I clean up the loose threads, and then I satin stitch the open edges to the canvas underneath.

finishing Flourish, on of my favorites.

As much as I love variegated thread, I find solids work best here.  Otherwise, you get stripes of repeating colors.  The right solid seems to blend way better.  Trust me.  Learn from my mistakes.  ; )

This time around, I am making a variety of sizes and a variety of frame styles.  Last show, I had one uniform style.  So far so good - I am liking the variety.  Here are some lying on top of matting & frames as a simple way of auditioning to find a good match.

Winter Comes at Night looks simple and striking in a minimalist square frame

I like the drama with that last small piece when it is laid on the stark & deep white matting.  The frame is a deep dark brown with undertones of orange the really make the deep indigo POP.

Bloom II in a coppery brushed wood grain really brings out its warmth and texture

This next one is already sold as a commission.  I love the blonde solid wood frame with the barley.  It's a very feminine piece.  I haven't heard back yet what color of frame the buyer is wanting, so I will wait before going ahead with this choice.  It looks very modern and sharp with a dark coffee colored frame.  The coffee brings out the greens.  hmmmm...

So that's what I've been doing.  I've been finishing things.  It will take over a week to get all this completed for the show.  I went to the Centre today to check out the space.  It's not a huge wall and I have about ten pieces, so I'm sure I'll fill it all.  I'm sure people were looking funny at me when I was in the mall.  I'm like my mom - I measured with my arm lengths and then went home to compare it to our wall space.  lol.

I'm also registering for my class that is being sponsored by a scholarship from the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild!  (thank you thank you!)  I get to start in January.  I'm taking 2 classes through University of Saskatchewan Certificate of Art & Design program and one on Handquilting.  Lots of you have asked, so here is the description of the first one:

USCAD Experimental Fiber Art Advanced II
"This course will be an advanced level on continued exploration and development of personal interpretations and experimental approaches to fiber art and design. Student will focus on creating mixed-media works of art utilizing a variety of media and techniques such as weaving, fabric collage, dye, screen printing, knitting, and crochet utilizing analytical and critical thinking during the art-making process. Course content will be presented through hands-on projects, demonstrations, lectures, discussion and critique. Students are also encouraged to experience and engage in starting projects reflecting on variety of media such as sound, vocabulary, other visual media and various contexts of their interest."

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karin said...

Oh soooo nice. I love the first close up image - artwork in its own right.

Becky said...

Very nice! What a neat school opportunity too! One thing I really miss about living in a rural area is the lack of higher education. I grew up in a college town, and always took it for granted. No more!!

Vicki W said...

I know it's a lot of work but the framing really highlights your pieces beautifully! They are all so special.

Ellie said...

Isn't it amazing how different frames show your work up in different ways?
It all looks wonderful. But I especially love Blooms II the flowers are looking really good. :)

Sheila said...

All your work looks amazing and the frames really do make them pop ,great selections!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

It's fun to see how different things are pulled from the piece depending on what you put it in. Everything is shaping up so nicely and great to hear you are getting lots of playing time in! Enjoy that especially!

M-R said...

I have no words! So beautiful, all of it. Winter Comes at Night takes my breath away.

elle said...

I'm not so much in luv with variegated myself anymore. hmm, the wintery night is so frosty it takes my breath away! 8^)

paristex said...

You are so talented!!

Linda A. Miller said...

Wonderful work, Monika. Thanks for sharing your framing choices, too.

HollyM said...

Your work is stunning and the frames really do make them shine. I love the first piece with the dark sky.
You mentioned satin stitching to attach it to the canvas below. Do you actually thrread paint through the canvas, or do you add the canvas after all the thread painting?
I love to finish my work but I don't enjoy the framing process even though it makes all the difference in the world.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

beautiful work as always....

Jessica Pierre'auguste said...

Wow! These are beautiful! Very inspiring!

Monika Kinner-Whalen said...


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