Thursday, January 20, 2011

Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists

Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists (MCFA) is having a show at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. If you are in the area come and see it. Here is one of the pieces. It is by Diane Dempsey, showing a detail of her piece Appalachian Spring.
The show is called, Turning Point.
We were suppose to write in about 100 words how this was a turning point in our lives. This is what Diane wrote:
My family lived in Kentucky in the 1980s and 1990s. There seemed to be one day each April – a true ‘turning point’—when every tree would burst into bloom: Redbuds, Cherries and Apples, Sweet Gum, Magnolia, Dogwoods, Sassafras, Spicebushes, Rhododendrons, Azaleas… I knew spring had finally arrived. All life had awakened, and the dull, gray days of winter were gone. In its place was the sudden spectacular beauty of spring.
18” wide x 45” long
My piece is called, Moonscape. Here is my artist statement: The biggest turning point in my life came in 2004 when I saw a video on the internet. It showed women laying out white fabric in a junk yard. They came back in a few days. Marks had transferred from the rusty items to the fabric.
I did research on the internet about rust dyeing. In 2006 I wrote the Rust-Tex Instructional CD, which has 4 repeatable techniques on it.
I had so much fun rust dyeing I made more fabric than I could use in a 1,000 lifetimes. My new career became selling rust dyed fabric to art quilter.

The reception is Friday January 21, from 6-8 PM. Hope you can make it.


Jean M. Judd said...

Looks like it will be a wonderful exhibition. Wish I was able to make the trip to Madison, Lois. Looking forward to seeing a blog post after the reception with images of the exhibit.

Continued Success!

Lois Jarvis said...

You can see the show by clicking on this link:

It show what the gallery was like on the day it was hung and shots of all the pieces in place. If I take photos there will be lots of people in the way.

Pat Vivod said...

I never realized you had just published the Rust Tex CD when a colleague shared your website with me in 2006! That was a new beginning for me to combine the rusting with tea. Of course it changed my life. Thanks for sharing a bit of the history of your work.