Entries by Franki Kohler

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 […]

Final January Sketches

Here are the last of the sketches I did during January. I created several on the 25th to make up for missing other days. Click on images for a larger view. For the word prompt ‘selfie’ For the next few sketches I selected my own subjects from around the house. This pin cushion is dear […]

And More January Sketches

The word prompt for the 18th was ‘pair.’ These dice have provided many hours of laughter with friends while playing Farkle. Click on an image for a larger view. The next sketch responded to ‘cover.’ I participated in the Portland Women’s March. It was a powerful, exciting event. Here is my favorite photograph taken that soggy […]

More January Sketches

I played catch up a few times during the month and created more than one sketch in a day — I wanted to end the month with the equivalent of one sketch for each day. Here are the next few (click on an image for a larger view): “Quote” was the prompt for the 13th […]

More Sketches

Here are a few more of the sketches that I created in January. The Sketchbook Skool prompt for January 8 was ‘movie.’ Click on images for a larger view. I went back to this page several times to respond to ‘metallic.’ On the evening of the 10th I had fun with this ‘doodle.’ Here is […]

Web Site Fixed

Several important features of my web site have been broken for quite some time.  Getting it fixed finally rose to the top of the list. During the fixing process I also had many other changes made to the site — all with an intent to make it function easily and be more user friendly. I […]

Happy New Year

I managed to create a few sketches during the last days of 2016. It felt encouraging to me. It felt good to create. Mostly it felt healing to just sit and focus. Perhaps the cold weather shifted my mood to spring. (Click on image for a larger view.) More outdoor thoughts, this time with more […]