Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's A Floral Thing Exhibit!

Fellow fiber artist Mary Lachman and I will participate in the upcoming "It's A Floral Thing" exhibit hosted by the Norfolk Artisans Guild located at Station Place in Norfolk, CT. Please come browse the floral inspired art work which is a special treat during our cold and snowy season. The exhibit will include fiber art, painting, photography, jewelry and more.

Please print the below card for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!
 

We hope to see you at the reception February 5th from 1:00 - 3:00.



Monday, January 23, 2012

Summit Fever

Two fun adventures collided to create "Summit Fever"! I hiked Wadsworth State Park with my sister and a friend on a bitter cold morning. There was a lot of ice forming along the river and the waterfalls were beautiful. As part of my weekend walk series I wanted to try to create the feeling of ice on fabric. I worked through a number of techniques to get the feeling I was looking for which I'll go into in another post. The reason I mention it is because the fabric was perfect for the Summit Fever piece.

On the same weekend in another state my son summited Mt. Washington along with a couple of his buddies. It's the highest peak in New England and is known to have extreme weather conditions but I trust my son to be smart and to stay safe! Rob is writing about his outdoor winter adventures as part of an internship program with the New Hampshire State Park system - check it out: Hiking Mt. Washington State Park in Winter.

I created a pattern from a photo Rob took at the summit and combined it with my ice fabric and ended up with Summit Fever! Trying to achieve the feeling of cold, ice and snow on fabric is challenging. Have you tried any winter themed projects? Please share!






Saturday, January 21, 2012




The Southbury Library Presents

   RED – READ
Fiber Arts Exhibit

February 1st – February 29th

100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT


Unique art quilts created by the

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective



The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective holds exhibits at various venues throughout the year. If you have a space and wish to host an exhibit, please contact us at: 203-574-5607 or carolreaton@comcast.net

Red-Read Fiber Arts Exhibit

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective is gearing up for the February Red-Read exhibit at the Southbury Library. Because the show takes place during the month of February the members brain stormed about what that meant leading to discussions about healthy hearts, Valentines Day, romance and the different symbolism for the color red. We also wanted to incorporate the library setting and how much they have to offer all citizens. Each artist's ideas and concepts are very different from each other... very different!

I'll walk you through my approach and thought processes. First I pulled out some fabric from long ago that was covered with bright red lips. I have no idea where I got it but it always intrigued me... but what to do with it? Lips... I kept coming back to gossiping and rumors. That lead to thinking about how rumors get started and the design turned into a "Recipe For A Rumor". I know it's silly!



A Recipe For A Rumor



1. A Pound of Truth

2. Mix in Exaggeration and Confusion

3. Double the Excitement



4. Stir Ingredients until Well Blended


5. Bring to a Rolling Boil

6. Simmer until Thickened and Reduced


7. Add a Pinch of Calm

8. Adjust Seasonings until You Find the Rumor Tasteful!

The second piece was refurbished from an art quilt I had always meant to tweak becasue it never seemed quite complete. I disassembled it, cut it up and reformatted the entire piece creating something new. I was thinking about my children during the design process and it's homage to them. The text says "There are two lasting bequests we can leave our children: one is roots and the other is wings" by Hodding Carter Jr.





Finally the members were challenged by fellow artist, Roz Spann. Roz gave each of us a bag full of red items in a bag. We had to incorporate each item into our design. It was tough - there were ribbons, beads, burlap and more. I came up with "A Is For Apple". It will be fun to see each artists 12" X 12" challenge piece side by side on the gallery wall!



Monday, January 9, 2012



Southbury Public Library

Presents

“Identity and Other Things”

January 1st – January 31st 

100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT

Milkweed Pods by Diane Cadrain

A collection of unique art quilts

Created by the

Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

The show takes its name from the concept identity and challenges each participant to use fiber art to create an image in the essence of her own singularity. In addition each artist will display a collection of some of their favorite pieces making the entire exhibit a unique and unexpected experience for the public.
Woven Memories by Carol Eaton

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