Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The EMP Museum in Seattle

While in Seattle, we visited the EMP Museum which is a museum dedicated to Pop Culture. I didn't think I would especially like it but agreed to go because my daughter wanted to go.  It was fascinating though and we spent a few very happy hours there.  The highlight for me was the incredible World Of Wearable Art exhibit and movie show.  I've included my favorite "costumes" although costumes is not really the right word. 

The black in this costume is black beading using tiny beads and was inspired by tattoos.

Such beautiful leather work.

On a large screen we watched a show featuring these costumes.  There was amazing lighting, music and of course, the privilege of seeing these costumes being worn as an integral part of that music and special lighting.  Wow!  

We browsed our way through exhibits about music, including tributes to Nirvana and Hendrix and the history of the electric guitar.  Being sic-fi lovers we relished the special Star Trek show and other sic-fi exhibits.  We are fans of fantasy stories too (think Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings and Narnia amongst many others) and there was plenty of fantasy eye candy here too. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chihuly Garden And Glass

We packed a lot into our recent trip to Seattle but our visit to the Chihuly Garden And Glass made the biggest impression on me.  What an incredible place!  I had no idea what we would see there although I have seen Chihuly's glasswork exhibited at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and also at the San Jose Museum of Modern Art.  I'm just going to post some of my pictures and let them speak for themselves.  

You can see more about this fantastic exhibition here.

Each of these glass sculptures was several feet tall, taller than me.  Arranged on black glass, the reflections are stunning.

This is one huge installation, reminiscent of a water garden, again with incredible reflections.

This blue glass chandelier hangs from the tall ceiling, almost to the floor.  I remember seeing  a similar one being installed on a PBS tv show about Chihuly, each twirly bit of glass being carefully added individually.  

This is a full size boat, filled with these gorgeous glass globes suggesting Japanese glass boat floats.

This sculpture reaches from floor to ceiling.  Lots of watery shades with sea creatures here and there.

Moving outside, we passed through this large greenhouse with the Space Needle visible outside.  The glasshouse was filled with these giant yellow, orange and red poppy like flowers.  

In the garden, the combination of beautiful planting and breathtaking glass boggled my mind!  Everywhere you looked there was something lovely, something to challenge your expectations of "a garden".

I think the yucca like glass sculpture below was at least 15feet tall!

It is not often that I am stunned into silence.  This place was truly amazing.  We walked and quietly took in the sculptures indoors and out, admired the beautiful and carefully planned mix of planting and glass and marveled at the sheer outrageousness of it all.  Wow.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Supplies

It's been a while since I posted because I've been traveling with my daughter visiting colleges in Seattle and the north Lake Tahoe area.  We packed a ton of stuff into a few days and saw so much that inspired us.

For whole week I didn't sew anything and I missed it!  Instead, I spent my spare time reading, sketching and thinking about new designs.  I have lots of photos to share but I need to sort them a bit first.  

I came home to a couple of packages though, which makes a nice change from the usual stack of bills.  The first was some hand dyed felted wool in beautiful colors.  I picked this particular stack because there were a lot of fabrics with patterns, which I enjoy using.  These colors made me think of Fall.

I buy hand dyed felted wool from fellow Etsy shop Quilting Acres.  It is always lovely and the shipping is fast.  

I had also ordered some shaped sequins from another Etsy shop based in Australia.  These came pretty speedily as well and are even prettier in real life than they were in the pictures.  I ordered these from this Etsy shop.  I hope you can see from the photos that these sequins are not flat, the flowers all have dimension.  I can't wait to play with them!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sparkle All The Way....

I'm not usually a big fan of sparkly things but I've been wanting to try stitching some Christmas ornaments using shaped sequins.  These are shapes I found easily at my local craft stores.   I thought I'd use the butterflies but they are too big so I'll have to save them for something else.  

The felt I've been using is hand dyed felted wool fabric in really lovely colors that don't seem to have photographed as well as I would have liked.

Below are some I'm still working on.  These little trees are stuffed with premium ultra plush polyfil.  

I'm going to try photographing them again with my proper camera instead of my phone this time.  Hopefully the colors will be truer.  It's been very satisfying stitching these but I'm ready for something else now!