Sep 19 2011

Class Registration Starts Today!

Pixelkris

Yes, you can now register for either of our two online courses that start in October. Click on this link to take you to the class page. We’ve been teaming up with Carla Barrett, long-arm quilter extraordinaire, to bring you innnovative online classes, and we now have a new teaching website – www.StepOnPins.com. We think the live online meetings are loads of fun and helpful to boot! This fall we’ll be offering our popular Introduction to Photoshop Elements for those of you new to Photoshop or those who want a refresher course. We are also happy to announce the advanced class, Designing Fabric with Photoshop Elements. We’re going to try and squeeze as many little tips and tricks into three weeks as possible! Hope you can join us.

Intro to Photoshop Elements

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Sep 8 2011

A Bridge too far?

Pixelkris

Well, the Pixeladies are back in the studio trying to finish the quilt for the Faith Ringgold exhibition in October (we hope to be posting link information here soon). Faith titled her memoir, We Flew over the Bridge, so we thought we should put ourselves on a bridge with Faith and use our text technique to sculpt out the image. We wanted to pay homage to Faith not by copying her style (we couldn’t do it anyway) but by working on some of the same issues she did. We admire her work in which she engages with the icons of Western art like Pablo Picasso. Since Deb and I both love German art, we wanted to look again at Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and specifically his work on prostitutes. We really like this woodcut by Kirchner:

The Five Coquettes 1914

Kirchner led the Expressionist art group, “Die Brücke,” which means the bridge, so we thought it particularly interesting that Faith had a body of work about bridges. Hmm, why not put us on a bridge with Faith? And while we’re at it, let’s make it a German bridge – like the beautiful Kaisersteg in Berlin:

Kaisersteg in Berlin-Oberschöneweide 1910

Now, you really can’t expect the Pixeladies to leave things well enough alone, so here’ a shot of Deb manipulating the color of our text quilt once we had the whole thing “texted” out – that means we glued words and phrases cut from magazines and newspapers onto a large piece of paper to “redraw” the (now) three coquettes on a bridge as we decide how to move toward our vision. At least that’s our story for today. Stay tuned.

Deb working some color magic on the image before printing.

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Sep 2 2011

Thanks for the memories, Dad

Pixelkris

This is Kris. My dad passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92. Harry (only one of his nicknames) was the subject of the Pixeladies’ first collaboration. At the time we formed Pixeladies, he was finishing his autobiography, and we thought it would make a great quilt. [Deb’s comment:  The theme for Kris’ quilt guild’s show was “A Legacy of Love.” Our goal was to make a quilt that fit the theme without using one heart!] Outwardly not very sentimental, he was so proud of that quilt and absolutely loved it whenever we asked if we could borrow it to show for a presentation. No one came to his house without getting a look at the quilt.

Dad with his Quilt 2005

When we entered his quilt in our local guild’s show, he came to see it. Holding court, he regaled onlookers with the stories on the quilt. He was really in his element. Deb and I have been friends for so long that we remember when Dad used to leave me messages that Deb “Pleshette” called (this would be during the “Bob Newhart Show” days). Then recently he sometimes called her Deb “Cache Creek” (his favorite casino). He often messed up her name, but he never failed to tell me what a nice lady she was and how glad he was that she was my friend.

Rev. Tim

One of the last things Dad did with the Pixeladies was to serve as our language expert on our upcoming book on Furoshiki Fabric Wraps. He was so happy to see the sample pages since he knew he wouldn’t live to see the publication of the book in 2012. The book proof arrived just a couple of days before he died, so he wasn’t able to look at it. When it comes out, look for our secret homage to Dad – his oranges (he was a great gardener) serve as a backdrop on one of the photos. When Reverend Tim arrived at the house to perform the Buddhist ritual of  makura-gyo, he brought his ceremonial items wrapped in a furoshiki. The family saw it as a last sign from Dad to wish us well on our new book. Bilingual to the end, one of the last things Dad said to his family was “Bye, Bye, Sayonara, Sayonara.” Rest in peace, Dad. The Pixeladies will miss your support.

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