Entries by Franki Kohler

A Few Sketches

I opened a new sketch book in March and I have shared some of the new sketches I’ve done, but not all of them. This particular book is turning out to be a lesson for me. I found this book at an art museum bookstore and I loved the size, the square shape, the ribbon […]

Accepted For It’s Not Easy Being Green

I recently learned that my work Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma has been accepted into the High Fiber Diet exhibit It’s Not Easy Being Green.  Three jurors selected 31 fiber creations, each including at least 25% recycled, repurposed or organic materials while expressing a struggle, whether personal or universal. (Click on image for a […]

Broken Tulips Done

In May I shared my inspiration and beginning of a new art quilt. Much has happened to distract me from completing the project, not the least of which was a persistent fear of doing the wrong thing. Thank you Kay for shooting that monkey on my back! And here is the quilt. (Click on image […]

Wild Blackberries on Sauvie Island

I’ve made several trips to Sauvie Island and shared some of what I found here. On Sunday I made a visit with two friends who know the island well and where the best places for picking wild blackberries are. The berry patches were huge and heavy with plump, ripe fruit. I haven’t picked wild blackberries […]


Here are two sketches I’ve done in the last couple days. The pear is done with pen and watercolor. Click on image for a larger view. This blackbird is done with watercolor only. I painted the entire page and let it dry before painting the blackbird. This was inspired by a wine label. And here […]

Columbia Gorge Visit

When the Historic Columbia River Highway was completed in 1915, generous landowners and civic groups donated property to create scenic retreats along the route. Among the most spectacular spots are Chanticleer Point, Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Shepperd’s Dell and Multnomah Falls. I recently made the short trip to what is known as The Gorge. From Highway […]

Three Accepted for Fabrications

I’ve just learned that three of my entries for the Columbia FiberArts Guild exhibit Fabrications have been accepted. The jurors had 70 submissions to consider and 37 were selected. This is the first exhibit I’ve entered since my move to Portland last summer. The call for this exhibit stated simply: We are looking for creative, […]

Portland Art Museum – Native Fashion Now

I joined a nice crowd of local SAQA members this week for a docent-led tour of Portland Art Museum’s new exhibit Native Fashion Now. Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., this is the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion celebrating indigenous designers from the United States and Canada, from […]

Fleet Week and Rose Festival

Portland is celebrating it’s 109th Rose Festival this year. Since the very first Rose Festival in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been coming to Portland’s waterfront — so this is also Fleet Week. One of the purposes of Fleet Week is to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all […]

Concrete & Grassland Exhibit

I attended the opening artists’ reception for Concrete & Grassland June 3rd. This juried exhibit is a collaboration between Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Grants Pass Museum of Art and features 57 art quilts by 57 artists.  SAQA artists were asked to submit works that explored either the soft lines of nature or the […]

Storage System for Art Quilts

I have just submitted an entry for an exhibit with my new community of fiber artists. New communities have new ideas about how to do things. The rules can be long and detailed. It can seem overwhelming at first. Is this just a reaction to change? Perhaps. But darn! This is the kind of thing […]

Sauvie Island Visit

We recently crossed the bridge over to Sauvie Island, an island in the Willamette River just 20 minutes from where we live.  The northern half of the island is a wildlife refuge with 12,000 acres of state-owned habitat for wintering waterfowl, swans, herons, sandhill cranes, bald eagles and 250 other species. The southern half is primarily agricultural. […]

Willamette River Happenings

The river is alive and bustling. Here is the Portland sternwheel steamboat passing by. This was taken from our balcony.  The Portland was built in 1947 for the Port of Portland. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and currently hosts the Oregon Maritime Museum which owns it. The steamboat is moored at […]

Small Notebooks

I’m back in the studio working on a couple projects. I have some fabric I created in a surface design class some time ago and I’ve been creating small notebook covers with it. These little things are so handy and at just 4.5″ x 3.25″ they tuck into whatever you carry. When you’ve filled the […]