FUN is coming, will you be there?

Rocking this sew stuff my way!  No brochures or flyers, just awesome videos!  Check the fun! promo2.001 MG.001promo2.002
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at the intersection of fun and serendipity

I enjoyed a lovely stroll with the Queen of the Selfie, the Empress of the Eyebrows, her majesty, Ms.Muppin, aka Cheryl Sleboda. 11350482_10153138338457663_6661734173431498466_n1398244_10204931655028429_5367795400217563195_oFunny that our art has been traveling together for years as part of the Power Suit and the Arts and Old Lace exhibits. Cheryl's Armored and Ready/All Systems Go depicts a strong female superhero - light with a dark background and my Cognition, features a dark focus on a light background. This still gives me such good vibes! 334130_441471682564070_1601758229_oI'm so very honored to have inspired the flower arrangement that won First Place by Martha Jean Jacobs interpreting my “Cognition”. 334130_441471679230737_1748998467_o At the PowerSuits exhibit and Flower Power competition at the Arts Center in Orange, Virginia. Cheryl's art is in the background of the photo. Martha Jean Jacobs, Frances Purcell, Ada Harvey, Pat Tackitt and Lee Wooters.       I am looking forward to seeing where this road will lead!  Just like Cheryl's nose and mouth - future fun is there, even if you cannot see it.11350482_10153138338457663_6661734173431498466_n Wishing you FUN from, a-to-z_logo_7
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Houston, here I come!!!

What a day!

One of my two submissions got accepted into Studio Art Quilt Associates Text Messages exhibit. I promise I will post that photo after the exhibit opens October 31, 2013 - with me standing next to it!!!

I am doing the happy dance tonight!  I had a goal written in my studio to have a quilt hanging at the Houston quilt show.  My quilt will be hanging in International Quilt Festival Houston 2013 and then it will continue to travel with the exhibit til 2015. 
  • International Quilt Festival - Houston, Texas, October 31 - November 4, 2013
  • International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio, April 4  -6, 2014
  • International Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California, July 2014

And the joy of the timing!  I submitted two entries to the Text Message exhibit and much like the Highlander, there can be only one... so the other by default had to get rejected, or as I prefer to say be "not accepted".  The rules allowed us to submit up to three entries for the same fee, but only one quilt could be accepted.  Since I was notified of the "not acceptance" today and the Sacred Threads entry closes tomorrow, I was able to resurrect it as my second entry into Sacred Threads. 

Of course, I'm not posting those photos or jinxing that entry!  Below is Cognition that got my gears spinning and started me on these adventures in 2011.

This is has been an exciting day for me! Tomorrow, I will get to visit Cognition, which travels as part of the Power Suit Challenge as I go to the gallery talk by Cyndi Souder at the Del Ray Artisans in Alexandria, Virginia.

2013
And did I mention that recently I accepted the offer to serve as one of the co-representative for the Studio Art Quilt Associates for the region of Maryland, DC and West Virginia?  Here is my very official photo...

2011
Quite a transformational journey for me.  I think I got powerful from the Power Suit challenge, it the first step of a thousand mile journey... (well 1400 miles to Houston to be more accurate)

 

 

 

a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Laozi


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Bucket List – Radical Elements!

Submitted my portfolio registration for the SAQA Radical Elements exhibit!

A first - my very first ever entry to a SAQA exhibit - and my first ever portfolio entry - they select based on views of artist's work, then artists make something specifically for that exhibit...

AND (happy geek artist dance)...
the theme is the Elements of the Periodic Table - how could I not enter this exhibit! 

Leaping into the 47th year of my life, and I'm artist number 47 to enter!  

Okay, Hurricane Sandy - you can take the electric from my home, because my entry has been submitted! Below are my 3 quilts and closeups!
Cognition, currently traveling with the Power Suit Challenge




Chantilly Lace - currently traveling with the Arts and Old Lace Challenge
 
 

Try-angle Trees and Cutting Tool Clouds, currently on exhibit in my powder room

 
 



Bet you are wondering which elements that I picked as my favorites!


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Cognition Interpreted

What an honor, I inspired an artist and she went on and won a blue ribbon! I invited her to the Arts and Old Lace opening, and invite you to come too.  

Saturday, July 21st, from 2-8 at:
Artistic Artifacts
4750 Eisenhower Avenue; Alexandria, VA 22304



 Look what came in email today!


Subject: For Immediate Release - Art & Flowers in Orange, VA

Contact:  Laura Thompson
Executive Director
The Arts Center In Orange
129 East Main Street, P.O. Box 13
Orange, VA,  22960
email: theartsorange@aol.com
website: www.artscenterinorange.com

FLOWER POWER - An Art In Flowers Event at The Arts Center In Orange

On July 13 The Arts Center In Orange celebrated Orange County’s fabulous Art in Flowers tradition with a reception to honor participants in the FLOWER POWER - Flowers interpret Art competition.  

During the past month floral arrangers have been invited to visit the center's Morin Gallery and choose a quilt from the Power Suits exhibit for interpretation.   Power Suits, a 2-year art quilt challenge project was developed by Virginia quilters Cyndi Souder and Judy Gula and resulted in 108 art quilts from across the U.S. and Canada.   The exhibit was brought to The Arts Center In Orange through the sponsorship of The Law Offices of Sean D. Gregg and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Winners of the competition were: 
First Place - Martha Jean Jacobs interpreting “Cognition” by art quilter Amy Morusiewicz, Second Place - Anne Meade Faulconer interpreting “The Power Within a Suit of a Different Color” by art quilter Susan Fernandez, Third Place - Ada Harvey interpreting “Fruit of Life” by art quilter Pat Peeler.

The Arts Center In Orange located at 129 East Main Street in Orange and online at www.artscenterinorange.com, phone (540) 672-7311, hours 10-5, Monday-Saturday.

Photos Attached.
- Winning arrangements by Martha Jean Jacobs, Anne Meade Faulconer, and Ada Harvey.
- At the Flower Power reception, Martha Jean Jacobs, Frances Purcell, Ada Harvey, Pat Tackitt and Lee Wooters.




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Lucky 12s

Do I think I am Lucky because I am; 

or am I Lucky because I think I am? 



Lucky
In one week's time, the number 111 came up twice (hotel room number and visitors badge number), I picked up 2 Lucky pennies and found a ladybug flying around in the car with me. And that same moment across the country my name was drawn and I won a quilt!  Lucky huh?

I was Lucky enough to have spent the weekend at a friend's house getting my Arts and Old Lace challenge done. Until last weekend, I was dangerously close to giving up, I had started to implement my plan and was over thinking and not letting the creative process flow.  I basically had surrendered to not finishing, but somehow I packed up my supplies/designs and took those to my friend's house.  Tim Gunn's voice in my head said "Make it Work" and I feel like I hit one out of the park with my Arts and Old Lace piece!  Definitely, made it work!
The only hint I am sharing is "you know what I like..."  If you are in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area, you are invited to come join me at the opening of Arts and Old Lace at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia on July 21.  Arts and Old Lace is the younger sister of the Power Suit Challenge. My Power Suit "Cognition" is out there in the world traveling about!
So much fun to spend time in the studio!  Why did I get away from the daily art habit? I had forgotten just how much I enjoy my creative process and sometimes I need a nudge...

So here is my nudge... I've challenged myself to 12x12x12x12

I'm creating 12 simple art quilts in 12 days (12"x12" size) - I'm on day 3 and am enjoying the creative push - and I'm not over-thinking, or over-planning, and am really enjoying the play of creating something for no real reason.  I'm going to be self-directed during this process and not share about them til I am done. I'm using what I have at home, which could be altered fabric or blocks from my orphan blocks box.  I'm working fast, lots of other things going in my life these 12 days.  I've got a few going at once in several stages, as of right now, 2 are done, one in progress and another in design, plus there are some techniques in my "I want to try list" and some themes in the "hmmm list". I'm going all the way thru quilted, but am holding off on binding/ sleeve/ labeling.  I am making notes on lessons learned, experiments, hints and technique. I'll be sharing these tidbits along with photos.  I'll reveal on June 12, 2012 at 12 midnight.

Just yesterday I found another ladybug in my car - this time she was on my shoulder... hmm, what's coming my way next?

Interesting ladybug facts



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Cognition Unveiled!!!


Tada!

Finally, my Power Suit Challenge quilt unveiled! 

the fine print below my quilt reads...
Cognition
Inspired by mental power = cognition...  My Nerd-self focused on power, movement, force, and then a “power series” in mathematics.  Athlete-self added Power = strength = denim.  Fashionista-self = dark suits.  Cogs with French knots feature felt made from machine needlefelting 4 layers of suiting.  Tied together with the silk “Power Tie” binding and at the bottom “denim”; Cause a great pair of jeans is my power suit.  Wishing you fun from A to Z!
Amy Morusiewicz Mitchellville, Maryland


I was limited to 75 words - that was a challenge.  I feel very connected to this piece - the background is PFD that was handdyed at Southern Comforter's winter retreat.  The cogs are a result of hours on the needlefelting machine creating felt from 4 layers of the wool suiting samples.  My goal was a piece that would have visual appeal from 30 feet away, drawing you in and giving you little surprises such as the french knots in the flower/cogs and the lightning bolt embroidery.

Here's a glimpse into how my brain works...

Power Nerd
I remembered power series in my mathematics methods for physicists class (my last math class after 4 calculus classes.)  The only book from college I still have - a great memento of another time in my life - and a lovely book in teal and silver!  So the background contains selected equations and terms that were part of my life studying Physics in college.  Machines and movement, thoughts and ideas abound.

Power Athlete
Hockey? Dark grey and black circles, larger ones are closer to me, smaller as they go away - hockey pucks? During hockey practice, many pucks fly my way as a goalie with the Washington Wolves women's hockey team. 

Power Style
Denim and black - that's the powersuit of my generation.  The blue cogs are made with the plastic cover of the wool suiting samples.  The kit contained a silk tie in a beigey grey (somehow my kit knew I could use a plain tie - others artists got stripes or print ties)

Movement, strength, depth, serious and humorous...    Cognition


Oh, I need to tell you about the opening reception for the Power Suit Challenge, and that's a story for another day...
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