Saturday, January 31, 2015

Because I Love You--The 100 Fundraiser to Benefit American Cancer Society

Because I Love You, Art Quilt mounted onto stretched canvas, 9"x12"
© 2015 Fannie Narte


IN FOUR DAYS . . . February 4, 2015

WHAT
The 100 FFAC Fundraiser Event

WHERE
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

WHY
To raise $10,000 in One Day to benefit
the American Cancer Society

HOW
Become a $100 Donor

All $100 Donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists listed at the FFAC website. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. Artwork will not be shared at the FFAC website in advance, but may appear on artists' websites or other social media before the event.

All the details are here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

Because I Love You
Art Quilt

This is a 7.5" x 9.5" art quilt mounted onto a 9" x 12" stretched canvas.  The art quilt is a watercolor painting on white and specked gold cotton fabric.  Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels were used to paint the fabric and black and gold gutta resists were used to outline random areas of the artwork.  Before quilting, the painting was placed over batting, heavy-weight stabilizer and backing fabric.  The entire piece was quilted with cotton thread, a significant part of the background has tiny stipple quilting.  The borders were zigzag stitched with black thread.  This finished art quit was mounted onto a prepared 9" x 12" stretched canvas, 1/4" profile.

Preparing the Stretched Canvas

A printed piece of cotton fabric was glued onto the canvas and painted with Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels and black acrylic paint.  The sides of the canvas are painted with black acrylic paint.  The dried canvas was sprayed with several layers of sealant before the finished art quilt was mounted onto it.

DEDICATION

As with all of my other art quilt donations to the FFAC, I dedicate this piece to my father who passed from lung cancer in 1998.  My father came to Hawaii from the Phillippines to work on the sugar plantation.  He was a hard working man who loved his family and honored my mom.  By his life and example, he taught all of us how to live a good and happy life based on simplicity, generosity, grace, gratitude, respect and "Aloha."

My father lived three years longer than the medical doctors "expected."  That speaks volumes of his strong-will and capacity to endure hardship, traits that we, his children, inherited from him.

Often when my father came home from shopping in Hilo, he would give me his left-over change, which included tons of pennies and a quarter or two and always a fifty-cent piece.  As a child, I didn't understand the value of a penny or a quarter or a fifty-cent piece.  All I saw was "lots of money"!  

He would say, "Baby, here," and he would empty his pocket of all the change that filled my cupped hands to overflowing like winning the lottery at the slot machine in Las Vegas.  He smiled as I squealed with delight feeling like the richest girl in the neighborhood.  Then he said, "Because 'I Love You'."

I Love you, Daddy!  I miss you, Daddy!
Your "Baby"



Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Spider Web--An Essay


© 2014 Ku'ulei Stephenson


The web provides shelter, food and water to spiders.  Then nature adds a kiss of morning dew to produce this magnificent lace. The spider web, a beautiful, magical creation.  

What you see and how you interpret what you see depends upon your "makaaniani"--eyeglasses, spectacles, crystal eye.

To some, the spider web brings fear, thoughts of an unwanted eight-legged creature lurking nearby. To the women of the Victorian era, the spider web is an embellishment for their crazy quilts.  To exploring children, the web could be play time in nature's lab, tossing a blade of grass, a clump of dirt or a tiny pebble to see what sticks and what doesn't.

When my daughter texted this photo to me this morning, she said:  "It looks like diamond-y, sparkly, crystal-y lace!  So little and delicate and could easily be missed but so stunning.  It's a lot like life. . . ."

Yes, Ku'ulei.  It's a lot like life.  Scary sometimes, delicate and beautiful oftentimes, and when you create each moment from your best self and offer it to others, nature kisses it and adds sparklies, a validation, an acknowledgement, "well done," "we see you."

Our work is to "see" all the sparklies, and when we do, a grateful heart is born.

The spider web, a beautiful and magical creation.  Life, a beautiful and magical creation.

What you see and how you interpret what you see depends upon your makaaniani.

Mahalo and Aloha,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka

© 2014 Fannie Narte


Enjoy your holiday celebrations with your family and friends. You are loved.

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Day, 100 Artists, 100 Patrons--$10,000


WANTED
100 Generous Patrons

WHAT
Fiber Fundraiser Event

WHEN
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WHERE
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

WHY
To raise $10,000 in One Day to benefit
the American Cancer Society

HOW
Become a $100 Donor

All $100 Donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists listed at the FFAC website. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. Artwork will not be shared at the FFAC website in advance, but may appear on artists' websites or other social media before the event.

All the details are here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

I am happy to help Virginia Spiegel and the FFAC, again, in this 2015 fundraiser.  As one of "The 100" artists selected to donate and ship an artwork to our patrons, I hope you--my family, friends and "fans"--will consider helping us make this fundraiser a success.  

You will see some "sneak peaks" of my artwork here on my blog.  

Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

 © 2014 Fannie Narte


You are a special Gift.

Each day is exciting because you're in it.

Thank you for choosing to 
dance with me.

Thank you for giving me the space
to sing my own songs. 

Thank you for allowing me to be silly.

You are Love.
You are Joy.
You are Gratitude.

You are loved and appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratefully,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Butterfly Cross-Body Purse

Butterfly Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte


This is how I created the flap of this purse:

I started with two pieces of Batik fabrics:


On this piece of fabric, I wrote my thoughts about friendship using gold gutta resist in a tube. Before it dried, I placed the second piece of fabric, shown below, right sides together, and gently patted the two pieces of fabric so the gold writing would transfer to the second piece of fabric.  I let this first piece of fabric dry.

On this second piece of fabric, I wrote my thoughts using black gutta resist onto the cloth.  This is what I wrote:

"When hearts gather to share life's stories and all who gather do so with open hearts, magical moments occupy the light-filled space and bind hearts,  once friends, now family, eternally connected because they just showed up with the willingness to share the love and light that were in their hearts from the wisdom of the ages, and life is richer.  Love & Light."


Then I placed one fabric on top of the other, right sides up, and cut them into one inch and one-and-a-half inch strips.


Then I removed every other strip beginning with the far left strip and


stitched them together to make one piece of fabric.


Finally, I cut, redesigned and stitched the above piece into the design shown below.


The above piece was placed on a piece of batting and muslin fabric and quilted before finishing the front flap.

That's it.  Fun!

This purse is available in my Etsy Shop.

This purse pattern offers so many possibilities for design fun.  On to the next purse . . .


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cross-Body Purse Class at Quilt Passions

 Geisha, Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte

Jingle Bells . . . Jingle Bells . . . it's almost that time of year!  I love my Geisha Cross-Body purse and use it almost daily while I'm walking around the Village.  I'm working steadily to fill my shop with these purses, which you can find in my Etsy Shop . . . and . . . I'm teaching this class at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona.  If you're in the area, sign up and see you in class!  Make a purse or two or three for yourself and for everyone on your Christmas gift list, birthday list or "Just Because" list.

Here's the Class Description:

November 20, 2014
     9am - 12 noon; 12:30pm - 3:30pm  Fannie Narte
     Cross-Body Purse
     Whether you're walking the aisles of the quilt market or the super market, or the Kona Stroll or a cruise ship, this easy-to-make purse is a delightful accessory.  It is large enough to hold all your shopping and travel essentials and small enough for hands-free shopping!  Make several for yourself and one for each person on your gift list.
Class Fee:  $40
Class Kit:  $20
Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing and quilting supplies (cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, threads, needles, rulers, etc.).
Over 30 images available.  Contact Fannie to make selection:  info@fannienarte.com

In December, I'm teaching a fabric bead class!  Fun, fun, fun!!!

Have a fun day!