Olive Hyde Gallery Exhibit

Seven of my pieces have been accepted for the 46th Annual Textile Exhibition at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, California. I’ve had my work at this gallery in the past, but not with so few artists — six artists have work in this exhibit.

My five Sunflower Scrap pieces, Woodwardia Wonder and Oakleaf Hydrangea II will be there.

OakleafHydrangea-II_FullHere are the particulars:

46th Annual Textile Exhibition

March 28 – April 27, 2014

Olive Hyde Gallery

123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA

Opening Artist Reception: Friday, March 28, 7 – 9 p.m.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II

I fussed and dithered and tried like crazy to use a couple of the fabrics I had pulled out for this project but in the end I edited down to just a few that really worked. I have to stop treating my audition fabrics like my dinner plate — I do not have to use every fabric that starts out as a possibility!

I’m very pleased that the silk deconstructed screen print fabric found a home here. It so nicely echoes the deconstruction of one of the oakleaf hydrangea leaves. And the Ghana wax batik mimics the blossom.

Franki Kohler, Top done

The copper and blue fabric — another ‘find’ while cleaning up my stash — is a hand-painted fat quarter. Straightening my stash continues to reap big rewards! And I was happy to find that some of the fabric I painted in Lonni Rossi’s surface design class worked well at the top — that’s linen painted with Setacolor opaque.

This piece really speaks to me of the earth and the cycles of nature — fresh and fading.

Back to a Cyanotype Print

It’s time to start something new. I’m auditioning fabrics for possible use with a cyanotype print I did last year.

Franki Kohler, Auditioning fabric

I shared the original printing of the oakleaf hydrangea here and the learning experience that came shortly after here. There is only one commercial fabric in what I pulled (fabrics on the right). Most have been created by me; the remaining are hand made by other fabric artists. I don’t have a specific plan right now — I’ll just have to start putting fabric on the wall and see what happens.


The leaves in the garden beckoned me so I pulled out some of my prepared fabrics from Blueprints on Fabric and created a few prints. I used a small clipping from Jennifer’s oakleaf hydrangea and a cluster of dried flowers from the same plant. A spot of water on the fabric created the large blotch on the leaf bottom, right so I’m not thrilled about investing a lot of time and energy on this print.

I noticed the blotch right away so I quickly placed the leaves and flowers on another piece of fabric and created this print.

This is a much more satisfying print. I like the shape of the leaves and the blossoms print beautifully.

But how about something as mundane as flat leaf parsley? I love the bold leaf on that frail-looking stem. I feel like I can’t go wrong with this process — and it’s just plain fun.

When it stops being fun I’ll stop doing it. Meanwhile, I have some epazote that is calling me. Stay tuned.

Ribbon Excitement!

I’m thrilled! The three quilts accepted for the Best of the Valley 2012 show each earned a ribbon. Precious Metals received 1st Place honors in the Mini Quilts, Art category.  Oakleaf Hydrangea was pinned with a 3rd Place ribbon and Fall Ginkgos was recognized with an Honorable Mention ribbon.  These are the first ribbons my work has received. I can’t wipe the smile from my face.

Best of the Valley Quilt Show

Oakleaf Hydrangea, Fall Ginkgos and Precious Metals were juried into this year’s The Best of the Valley show which opens tomorrow, Friday, April 13, in Lindsay, CA. I am always thrilled to have my work accepted by judges who are seeing art works from some of the best in the art quilt community. Acceptance is prize enough — no cash prize or ribbon is necessary.

If you’re in the area, or you just want to take a ride, stop by the McDermont Field house in Lindsay and take in the show.