Weekend Jack’s birthday…Inspiration for our work at DAM on Friday May 31

Part of this post is fior the Friday the "Untitled" evening  we will be there from 8-10 Friday May 31, 2013

Part of this post is fior the Friday the “Untitled” evening
we will be there from 8-10 Friday May 31, 2013

Weekend with family for Jack’s big party.
Inspiration for our Denver Art Museum work on Friday evening.

Last weekend we had a party for my husband’s 80th birthday at the Greenbriar Restaurant in Boulder. Family flew in from San Diego and the east coast.

We went to the mountains, with the family, we were surprised to see that Bear Lake still had snow and was slippery. Some people wearing sandals, with small children in strollers wanted to walk to the lake but the rangers wouldn’t allow them to venture further than the clear footpath unless they carried the babies.

Kate and I are working on our Friday project for the Denver Art Museum. We were asked to choose a painting, any painting in the museum to inspire us to create a piece of art to show the DAM visitors. The concept of being inspired by but not copy the work of another artist. Kate chose El Anatsui, on Friday evening May 31 2013 from 8-10 PM we will sit in front of his shimmering wall hanging and work our creation built on the principal of the creative process. We will be on the 4th floor of the Hamilton Building.

Pictures from our first two days at the museum

This is my offering to the community quilt wall.  It is made from old lace and dyed napkins.  24" X 36"

This is my offering to the community quilt wall. It is made from old lace and dyed napkins. 24″ X 36″


This board designed by Miriam and Kate is on the 6th floor in the Cover Story room at DAM

This board was designed by Miriam and Kate, view it on the 6th floor in the Cover Story room at DAM

Saturday, Kate and I had many visitors on our platform at the museum. Judith Trager along with Barb Frey stayed and chatted with us during out “2 Brits” demonstration. So good to see you Judith and Barb.

2 children stitched with us, also a man and his wife. One woman stitched with us for an hour and a half.

The second day, Sunday one of my former London Hair employees Kay and her husband Doug came to the see the varied exhibitions and activities within the Denver Art Museum during the opening of the “Spun:Adventures in Textiles” I hadn’t seen Kay since sometime in 1980s, we re-connected through Facebook. Longtime friends of my husband and myself, also visited. Kathy and Attilio, Darryl and Pamela, Bela and Judy, Carol Ann Waugh stopped to chat but we only had just a few minutes to say hello.

Our museum classroom project is growing quickly.

Above I posted pics of our two finished pieces that are currently on display until September.

Evening art class and new books to read

Kate and I are taking an evening painting class with Jill Van Dyke in Longmont. I painted an imaginary image from my new book “Boro” that arrived this week, it is about Japanese kimonos and other clothing that has been preserved with patches and darns for many years. Just my cup of tea!

Two other books by India Flint also arrived, “Eco Color” and “Second Skin”. Just leafing through “Second Skin” with its beautiful pictures and bundled leaves and twigs, makes me want to start dyeing my cloth with plants from my garden.

Evening at the Denver Art Museum

Last night the DAM hosted a reception for the volunteers and staff of their new exhibition “Spun” . What a great night , Kate and I met many of the people involved with the behind the scenes work, the whole museum runs like a well oiled machine with each person having a vital role. We were told that our work is documented, both the work in the classroom and the work in the museum shop, so that at all times it is known where each piece is accounted for. We were both impressed.

The classroom is set for our presentation.

We previewed the show, it promises to be a huge success. In his speech Christoph Heinrich, the director of Frederick and Jan Mayer, said it is the largest show the museum has staged.

Went to the hairdresser…..and darned a T-shirt

Had my hair bleached yesterday for the opening event at the Denver Art Museum, I apply the pink myself but my hair is professionally bleached.

As an example of darning for the museum, I spent the last day or two darning a T-shirt that I requested from my husband. It is full of holes, I chose the largest hole to darn, the shirt is so old that pieces of it sloughed off on my needle. The shirt began to sprout new holes as I worked. A labor of love, turned into a very colorful darn, it’s finished now, I can see why it has become a throwaway age!

Saw Kate yesterday to discuss the final arrangements for the demos on Saturday and Sunday. Everything appears to be in order. So we hope to see you in Denver at the DAM this weekend.

2 Brits at the Denver Art Museum

Next weekend May 18 for members May 19 for public the Denver Art Museum will open the doors of the new textile wing. This is a big deal, a real textile department at the Denver Art Museum. Kate Cox and myself will work in the classroom on opening weekend from 12-3PM. We will demonstrate the way we work using nothing to create something. In other words we use scraps to create our cloth works.

On another note…my thanks goes out to Don McNichol in UK for his skill in making this blog happen…

On yet another note…the Longmont Humane Society chose my entered name “Rupert” for their mascot dog. From the British childhood book “Rupert Bear”