Thursday, November 16, 2006

Selling at The Back Door in Arlington

As of today, November 16, Fiber of Her Being Love Notes necklaces and pins are available for sale at The Back Door, a furniture consignment and gift shop in the Harris Teeter shopping center on Lee Highway and Harrison Street in Arlington, Virginia. The Back Door is downstairs -- I didn't even know there was a downstairs -- with an entrance near the pet shop (for the local folks among you). It is chock full of jewelry, scarves, pillows, paintings, furniture, sconces; in short, anything you might possibly want to decorate your self and setting. My little necklaces are in very good company.

The Back Door's website focuses on its "staging" services: designing, lending, and arranging furnishings for open houses when people want to get a good price for their homes. I never knew that type of service existed, but they seem to be quite good at it. See their site at www.TheBackDoorInc.com and stop by their shop when you're in Arlington.

To buy Love Notes necklaces directly, see my website at http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/LoveNotesNecklaces.htm, then don't forget to take the Love Notes Challenge. That's described at http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/LoveNotesChallenge.htm and pictures of the participants are shown at http://www.lovenoteschallenge.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Portrait of a Home Town


This photo shows my most recent quilt: Portrait of a Home Town. It's my rendition of Huntsville, Texas, my home town, in the early days. I printed photos of the original Huntsville homes onto fabric to add to the quilt. Most of the images come from antique postcards of the actual Huntsville houses, taken in black and white then colorized by hand. One image came from a 1919 photograph that a friend and postcard collector found somewhere. Another image came from a contemporary photograph of a house that has recently been restored and turned into an arts center. The forest of surrounding trees was meant to loosely depict the original vegetation of the area: magnolias, elms, oaks, and pecans; namely, no pines, which we usually associate with the modern East Texas.

The house on the bottom left corner belonged to General Sam Houston back in the day. I remember visiting it many times as a Brownie. Its original owner, Sam Houston, who gave his name to our neighboring Big City, was the first President of the Republic of Texas. The house directly to the right of his home is the President's House at Sam Houston State University, which started out as the first teacher's college in the state. Before he helped win independence from Mexico and start the Texan Republic, Sam Houston spent some time living with the local Native American population. They named him "The Raven," and in honor of that heritage, the quilt shows a raven flying in the sky above the town.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Faber Family Tree


Six Faber siblings have commissioned a family tree for their parents for Christmas. Minus a few last family members waiting to go on covered buttons, the wall-hanging is all ready for the big day.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fiberworks Open House November 12, 2006


On November 12, 2006, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, the Fiberworks gallery at the Torpedo Factory, where I exhibit some of my art and work five days per month, will be holding an open house to celebrate the bounty of the season. The event will feature all sorts of fiber arts and photography, including my new necklaces and samples of a new quilt and family tree. It will also have free food. Come see the art and take advantage of this great chance to buy holiday presents!

Fiberworks is located in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory at 105 North Union StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314. The phone number is 703-838-4565. For more information on Fiberworks, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/fiberworks.htm. For more information on the Torpedo Factory, see www.torpedofactory.org.

Events Calendar: Fall and Winter 2006

This is where you can expect to find me and my work this fall and winter. This information is current as of November 9, 2006.


NOVEMBER

10 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

12 (Sunday)
Fiberworks Open House. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM, the Fiberworks gallery at the Torpedo Factory, where I exhibit my art and work five days per month, will be holding an open house to celebrate the bounty of the season. The event will feature all sorts of fiber arts and photography from seven local women artists. My work will include my new necklaces and samples of a new quilt and family tree. There will also be free food. Come see the art and take advantage of this great chance to buy holiday presents! Fiberworks is located in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory at 105 North Union StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314. The phone number is 703-838-4565. For more information on Fiberworks, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/fiberworks.htm. For more information on the Torpedo Factory, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/.

13 (Monday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

14 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

15 (Wednesday)
DEADLINE TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS
(or be subject to 15% rush fee)

17 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

18 (Saturday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

30 (Thursday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

DECEMBER

1 (Friday)
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market Preview Reception. From 7–10 PM, the Del Ray Artisans (DRA) will hold a reception to kick-start the three-day Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market in their gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. The event features seasonal libations, lots of good cheer, and the work of twenty hand-picked local artists. There will also be a Bake Sale held in conjunction with the Market, as well as a tree filled with ornaments created by DRA members. The DRA Gallery is in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301. Their phone number is (703) 838-4827 and website is www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

2 & 3 (Saturday and Sunday)
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market. The market described above continues for two full days so you have lots of time to Christmas shop. It is open on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree) and on Sunday from 12 to 5 PM.

3 to January 6, 2007 (Sunday through a distant Sunday)
Girls Gotta Run Foundation Art Show at the Modern Times Cafe in the Politics and Prose bookstore. This is another chance to see some of my art and support the Girls Gotta Run Foundation, which supports educational and athletic programs for Ethiopian girls. Attend the Opening Reception December 4 (Monday) from 6 to 8 PM or just stop by the cafe to peruse the artwork during the holiday season. Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008. See www.GirlsGottaRun.org for more information.

8 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

11 (Monday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

12 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

13 (Wednesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

18 (Monday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

CALENDAR OF MONTHS GONE BY:

SEPTEMBER 5 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery at the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00. For more info see www.TorpedoFactory.org.

6 (Wednesday)
Girls Gotta Run Foundation Benefit at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE, 7:00 p.m. The show will be exhibited at the meuseum from September 1 to 19. Girls Gotta Run has partnered with PACT Ethiopia to provide educational and athletic programs for young girls in Ethiopia to provide an alternative to very early marriage. See http://www.blogger.com/www.GirlsGottaRun.org and http://www.blogger.com/www.FiberOfHerBeing.com/kaysart.htm for more details on the organization and the piece I contributed.

9 (Saturday)
Alexandria Arts Safari at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. I’ll be representing the Fiberworks Gallery and teaching kids to make “treasure boxes” out of folded paper. Bring your kids to take part in all sorts of hands-on artistic events. See http://www.torpedofactory.org/, click on the “Calendar” tab on the left, and scroll down to September 9 for more information.

Alexandria Festival for the Arts in Old Town Alexandria. My “Blue Men of Alexandria” piece was juried into this Regional Artist Juried Exhibition and will be displayed on Market Square on September 9 and 10. From September 11 to October 7 it will be displayed in Alexandria City Hall, unless someone buys it before that. For more information on the festival, see http://alexandriava.gov/festival_arts2005.html.

10 (Sunday)
Alexandria Festival for the Arts (ongoing)

15 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

16 (Saturday)
Arts on Foot Art Market in Washington, DC, from 11:00 to 5:00. My booth will have fabric bowls, blank books with quilted covers, quilted heart necklaces, and more fun stuff, along with samples of custom work I can do for people. The Art Market is just one aspect of Arts on Foot. There will also be live performances, hands-on activities for kids, stuff to do at all the theaters and museums in the neighborhood, and cooking demonstrations, with culinary samples to enjoy. It’s held in Washington, DC’s downtown Penn Quarter, between 4th and 14th Streets, and Pennsylvania Avenue and Eye Street. Give me a call on my cell phone at (703) 635-6762 to locate my booth if you want to stop by. For more info, see http://www.artsonfoot.org/.

22 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

OCTOBER

7 (Saturday)
Art on the Avenue Multicultural Arts & Music Festival. This is on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, between Bellefonte & Hume Avenues. Fiber of Her Being will have a booth selling all manner of goodies and providing information on custom work. Come by and visit. I’ll be in booth E182, which is near the corner of Randolph and Mt. Vernon Avenue, on the east side of the street. For more info on the event, see http://www.artontheavenue.org/. The event lasts from 10:00 to 6:00 but come before 5:00 because I have to leave early.

10 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

20 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

26 (Thursday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

27 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

28 (Saturday)
Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. This takes place from 10:00 to 4:00 on 22nd and P Streets, NW. Hop on the red line to Dupont Circle and come see us. Or, as the Church of the Pilgrims, which is hosting the event, says, "Join us for our annual celebration for fine arts and crafts in Dupont Circle this October! Get your holiday shopping done early and support the fine arts and crafts of regional artists." Note to animal lovers: you don't just have to adopt a piece of art. There will be pets for snuggling and adopting at this fair as well. For details, see http://www.churchofthepilgrims.org/fallfest.html.

31 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts & Crafts Festival



On October 28, 2006 James and I manned the Fiber of Her Being booth at the Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, held at the Church of the Pilgrims on 22nd Street in Washington, DC. Dressed as a pineapple for an early Halloween, I greeted guests Jo Dickison (geisha) and Chuck (love slave) (picture taken later that night); Karen Yourish, my new best friend whose name I think is Michelle but don’t remember, and “Michelle”’s dog Osita; and the lovely and talented Barbara Friday. In addition to my regular fare, I introduced fancier multi-heart Love Notes Necklaces, holiday Love Notes Necklaces, and trick-or-treat bags.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Fiber of Her Being Adds New Features









We have added two features to the Fiber of Her Being sites: a blog for gift registries, and a blog for photo contributions to the Love Notes Challenge. You can find these through the links on the Fiber of Her Being home page (www.FiberOfHerBeing.com) or directly at www.FiberRegistry.blogspot.com and www.LoveNotesChallenge.blogspot.com.

If all goes well, I'll also be adding a customized "View Cart" button for online purchases. If all does not go well, I'll continue to use the one provided by PayPal.