Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Monday, April 29, 2013

Last Call!

The "Color Wheel of Emotions" exhibit is accepting submissions through April 30th at midnight. This is my first national exhibit as a curator and I'm really excited to see how the artists interpret the theme. The exhibit will travel nationally during 2013 and into 2014 with the premiere opening at the World Quilt Show in Manchester, New Hampshire on August 15 - 18! Below are the details:

Color Wheel of Emotions: SAQA Exhibition: Open to all SAQA members


Traveling Exhibit:

  • Premiere Location: The World Quilt Show: New England XI, Manchester, New Hampshire, 8/15 – 8/18
  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA, 9/19 – 9/22
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival XX: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA 10/17 – 10/20
  • Additional venues may be added; work must be available to travel through the end of August 2014

Exhibition Concept:

How do colors reflect our emotions? Have you ever seen red, felt blue or been green with envy? Spin the color wheel and your mood may encompass the full spectrum of the rainbow. The range of color used in this exhibit will convey a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. Viewers will interpret the theme based on their understanding and response to the color palette and overall design.

Juror: Terry Waldron

Terry Waldron is an award-winning fiber artist whose work hangs in art museums, galleries, and in patrons' homes, too. Her work has been published in several books and magazines, and she has curated and judged fiber art exhibition and loves doing it! Terry holds degrees in both art and English Literature and is a Fellow in the UCI Writing Project. As a life-long high school teacher and now a busy fiber art teacher traveling all around the country, Terry loves to show others that they, too, are born artists!

Managing curator: Carol Eaton


Please be sure to finish your piece in time and log into SAQA for the complete prospectus.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blocks & Ivy Fabric = A Creative Journey

It was a long process to create this Block & Ivy fabric. I used many, many techniques to complete the piece.

Blocks & Ivy
100% cotton - 2 Yards

I started by dyeing a piece of PFD cotton using ice and a camel color. Once the fabric cured I removed some color using a sponge and SoftSrub... just enough to create a block-type texture. The spaces between the blocks was made by cutting up a kitchen sponge and stamping across the surface of the fabric. I created three silk screens from freezer paper for the ivy. I thought it still needed a bit more so I carved ivy from a block and stamped a final layer of leaves over the previously screened ivy.

I need to live with the piece for a while before deciding if I like it and what project could be made from it. The fun for me was creating the fabric - perhaps another artist will find a way to use the piece?!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sponge + SoftScrub = Fun!

It doesn't take much to change the surface of your fabric. All you need is a little SoftScrub and a kitchen sponge!

For this piece I used a yard of black cotton fabric. I dipped the end of a kitchen sponge into a little SoftScrub and started stamping and simply stamped my way across the fabric.

Have you ever used this technique before? 
I'm looking around the studio for other things I can dip into SoftScrub!  
 
Give it a try!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fun Fabric Sale!

The one thing I might like more than creating fabric is talking about how to create fabric! This past weekend I had the opportunity to sell my fabrics at the Village Square Quilt show in Scarsdale, NY. They were a welcoming group of quilters who put together a lovely show. I gave a lecture each day and connected with creative and enthusiastic artists! It was so cool to hear how each person planned to incorporate the fabric into their designs. I've asked folks to send me pictures of their completed work so I can share them with you! I'm going to create a page on the blog titled, Customer Gallery... can't wait to get started - game on ladies - now you need to finish a piece!

I plan to create some dyeing workshops this summer and do another show in the fall - more info to come!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hand Crafted Fabrics For Sale!


Please join me this weekend at the Village Square Quilters - Quilt Celebration XII show!
Along with viewing the many wonderful displays you can join demonstrations and lectures throughout the day. I'll be discussing, How to Create Fabric - The Secrets of Surface Design, at 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday.

Don't forget to stop by the booth and say HI!
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
at JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Admission is $8 for adults and $1 for children under 12
There will be a scavenger hunt where all participating children win a prize
A silent auction of VSQ made quilt has been added to the festivities

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Final Snow Dyed Project of the Season!

It took me a few months to fully embrace snow dyeing this winter but once I got the creative energy flowing I took full advantage of Mother Natures gift from the sky! This past Sunday there was one tiny little pile of snow left in the yard which begged to be used up in dramatic fashion!

I had to pick sticks and grass out of the snow!

One final bin of snow sprinkled with dye powder!

The tablecloth is 120" long and made from artist canvas. It's the largest piece I've ever created and the heavier fabric was a bear to rinse and wring but I'm happy! My goal was to create a tablecloth that reminded me of a summer garden in bloom.