Entries by Franki Kohler

Sketches

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 […]

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary turns 100 on April 12th. Since her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950 over 91 million copies of her books have sold. It’s entirely possible then, that, like me, you read many stories involving Henry, Ramona Quimby and Ribsy, Henry’s dog. Cleary grew up on NE 37th Street in Portland and […]

First Box From Organics to You

We have been missing the incredible boxes of farm-fresh vegetables and fruits that once came to our door from Shooting Star CSA. After all, it’s spring — so where are the strawberries and asparagus?  I have found a local source. Organics to You works with many local organic farms and other sources for organic foods […]

Small notebook cover

I took out a small piece of fabric this week and did some simple surface design work. I left some blank spaces so that I could add a bit of hand stitching. I have several small notebooks (4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) in my stash that need a nice cover for them and, frankly, I […]