Monday, August 22, 2016

Inspiration at Dia Beacon

Dia Beacon is an amazing modern art museum in Beacon, NY that I visited last Saturday.
The sheer size of the massive installations was breath taking. An the unusual display of one-of-a-kind ideas was awe inspiring. 
Here are a few pictures.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flower Power to a Friend

Karen Belsky Loprete died two weeks ago, on August 1st. She was a creative woman with an incredible zest and flair for art. I cannot believe she is gone.

To all who knew her, let us embrace her spirit and joy. Let us sing higher, quilt vividly and stitch with abandon. Rest in peace dear friend.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Shake and Shuffle

New at the Arts Council of New Haven is the exhibit "Shake and Shuffle" which continues through September 8th.

My artworks are there for the remainder of this week so there is still time to stop by.

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery
70 Audubon Street
Second Floor
New Haven,  CT 06510
Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Working in Series

Lazy Sunday morning in the stugdio playing with fabric. These little gems are destined to become greeting cards!:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Healing Art of Pathology

I have been offline for a bit. Sorry about that. Unexpected happenings sometimes hit and we have to deal with them. Glad you are still checking on me my friend!
Work in Progress

Although I have not been blogging I have been making art. Here are three updates about my studio:

  • My fabric collage "Water Spout" is going to be the cover image for a book, The Healing Art of Pathology, to be published later this year by the American College of Pathologists.
  • Several other pieces were chosen for an online exhibit by Midwest Fiber Arts Trail  and Fiber Art Almanac. More details on this to follow. 

All the best,

Art Website:
Book Website:
Facebook: Mary Lachman Design and Moth at the Window
To Order: Moth at the Window: Poetry of Grover W. Clayton and Recollections of Indiana 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Quilt Me a River: Farmington River Quilt

I worked on Section 2. Rosalind Spann made Section 1. Both shown here left to right.
There was a good crowd of quilt lovers who came out to the Winchester Congregational Church last month to see 50 feet of the Farmington River created in fabric and thread.
Additional exhibit venues are being planned as well as a book to benefit river preservation!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fondly Remembering Textiles

Have you ever considered what are your earliest memories of a favorite textile? I began thinking about this after a prompt from an online class that I am taking.

As a kid, one of my favorite fabric items was my bedspread. I know that might seem odd, but it was soft and textured, likely years old even when I was only 5. It was a nubby creamy cotton onto which were horizontal, machine stitched designs that created shapes in colored threads. I would trace the shapes over and over. Maybe I even traced them to fall asleep at night, this I don't really remember.

The designs includes a stylized "X", a person with hands raised in the air, and something else that was less well defined. I never knew if it a dragon or dinosaur or what it was. Looking at it now I think it might be a person in a yoga pose. What do you think?

Oddly enough, when I had the task of sorting through the farmstead after Mother died (it will be 10 years ago in a few weeks) I saved this bedspread. It is threadbare in some spots. It is patched in others. I know that patches to be sewn with my mother's carefully stitches. It survives folded in the closet of my studio. And every now and again a pull it off the shelf to trace the designs with my index finger.

What fabric item have you held onto from childhood?  Can you explain why or is it just something that you had to save?  I would love to have you share your thoughts.