Entries by Franki Kohler

It Isn’t Easy Being Green

I’m thrilled to announce that a new venue has been secured for the exhibit “It Isn’t Easy Being Green” which features my work Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma. Click on image for larger view. December 15, 2017 – February 11, 2018 Coos Art Museum 235 Anderson Avenue Coos Bay, OR 97420 Artist Reception: December […]

Botanical Printing and Natural Dye Part 4

A study group is a wonderful thing.  Since taking a class on botanical printing/dyeing in July, I’ve met several times with the ladies who were in the class with me to continue learning and experimenting. Our most recent gathering took place yesterday morning. Our hostess had a pot of marigolds on a slow simmer. Goodness […]

Accepted into Art Quilts

I am  thrilled to announce that two of my works have been accepted for Art Quilts, a juried exhibit of the  California and Nevada regions of Studio Art Quilt Associates. The call for this exhibit simply stated that “Art Quilts…seeks to display outstanding contemporary textiles created by SAQA regional members from both the Southern CA/Southern […]

Sumac

Sumac is such a stately, regal plant and I think that certainly shows here in this print. I started this piece before I started Maples which I shared here. I dove back into my supply of fabrics that I created and added two silk pieces that I painted with acrylic paints in a surface design […]

Maples Done

The work in progress I shared here is now complete. It measures 12″ x 12″. Click on image for a larger view. I quilted the bottom section using the marks left by the twine used to wrap the fabric bundles during the printing process. They made for a simple, effective design. Then I fussed and […]

Maples

Cutting into a strip of the botanical prints turned out to be quite liberating. I’m certain there is a psychological term for it but I’ll just stick with ‘progress’ and be happy for it. I love the shape of a maple leaf and isn’t it wonderful that there are many varieties? Here is a small […]

Oakleaf Hydrangea III

In early July I took a 4-day class with Kristy Kun on botanical printing/dyeing. I got some amazing prints that I am just delving into now. Part of my conundrum was having so many choices. I finally decided to work small and use one of the prints from our last day of work. I share […]

1000 Quilt Inspirations

I am honored to have my work published in Sandra Sider’s 1000 Quilt Inspirations, Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts.  From the cover and the turn of each page, this book delivers on its title. Click on image for a larger view. I even like the size of the book, a […]

Botanical Printing and Natural Dye Part 3

After several days of printing with the larger pieces of fabric, Kristy brought out note cards for us. What a great bonus! Here is my first bundle of 5 note cards ready for a bath in cochineal. And here are the iron  blankets and the cards.  Again, so fun to have two prints in this […]

Botanical Printing and Natural Dye Part 2

If you missed my first installment sharing the results of a 4-day class on Botanical Printing and Natural Dye, just click here to be all caught up. A reminder that I am not showing everything I did in this class, just the pieces that I found the most exciting and that I can see using […]

Botanical Printing and Natural Dye Part 1

I spent four days in early July with Kristy Kun of Opulent Fibers and three classmates learning about the process of botanical printing and natural dyeing. Kristy spent the week before our class preparing the fabrics with mordant — a substance that prepares the fibers of the fabric to bond with natural dyes — and […]

Wet Cyanotype Process

I have been creating cyanotype prints on fabric since I learned about the process from Sue Reno  in 2006. I enjoy the process and I feature cyanotype prints in many of my art quilts. I’ve used pre-treated cotton, raw silk, china silk and silk organza to create my prints. Each fabric features it’s particular fingerprint […]

Eucalyptus and Fig

I’ve just completed a piece that I’m quite happy with. This piece is a very satisfying combination of old, new and hand made: my old cyanotype print on silk of a eucalyptus branch and new cyanotype prints on hand-dyed cotton of young fig leaves; some of my hand-painted fabric and hand-made fabrics from Africa. I met […]

Threads of Resistance — Final Word

I received word from the curators and jurors earlier this week and my piece was not selected for the Threads of Resistance exhibition. Four Hundred artists from around the world responded to this call for entry with 550 artworks submitted for consideration. The ten curators and jurors of the exhibit have their work in the exhibit […]

Threads of Resistance Update

I don’t anticipate hearing from the Threads of Resistance jury team until the end of this month but I think an update on where they are in their process is in order. The call to submit generated over 500 entries — not a surprise to me at all. There are 17 categories which group the […]

Awards

I always feel that gaining entry to a judged and juried exhibit is a reward in itself. So I could not be more happy about having three entries accepted for Best of the Valley 2017 and having all three come home with a ribbon. BOTV 2017 was held in Lindsay, CA, April 7-9. Click on […]

Threads of Resistance Entry 

Within minutes of reading the Threads of Resistance call for entry — a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies — a lightening bolt of inspiration hit me. I knew the subject I had to address and what I wanted to create. As always, the technical issues were resolved […]