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Ikat trimmings and other art


Ikat Trimmings,¬† Sherri Coffey ūüėČ

A different view of what I’ve been doing. These bits of ikat tape that are trimmed after tying are just thrown on the floor, and since I work barefoot, they have a tendency to get tracked all over the house. Yes, it would be better to drop them in a trash container, but they float to other locations in that process, so why bother?


Below are some more photos from the Friday night art receptions at the Community Arts Center. There is some wonderful art displayed at the center.  Things that catch my eye are usually whimsical, pieces that I admire the skill involved, unusual materials. or just plain appeal to me for whatever reason. And of course, I could not take pictures of everything!


Large metal sculpture: Sylvester by Stephan Potter

Stephen Potter



The Menthol Mood by Nancy Lamb

Nancy Lamb



Geo, watercolor, Megan Bise

Megan Bise



Shape Shifting by Rebecca Low

Rebecca Low


I wish my photo could capture the color better in Linear Meditation, below. Within the circles are bits of blue around the inside edges. There’s a much better picture on her website.


Linear Meditation, acrylic, graphite powder hand-applied, oil lines, Jan Ayers Friedman

Jan Ayers Friedman



Resurgence, oak and aluminum, Joe Hyun

Joe Hyun-I can’t find a web presence for this artist. CAC website on TAC exhibition


The picture below is watercolor, a medium that I wish I could use. I am amazed at the tiny lines in the piece that are created with watercolor.

Karen Ferrer and info here

So, what do you think about this week’s art selection? Is there a favorite? Tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine. ūüėČ

How does it happen?

Ikat progress-repeat 10 times

Ikat progress-repeat 10 times

How does it happen that some weeks are full of appointments and activities with no time left for work? That’s this week. In between having to leave for the various whatevers, you can see what I’m doing above. AND, may I say, I am so happy I kept fairly good notes when I wove this previous version of this design. This time around I am trying to actually track time and the amount of yarn used in each section. Why? I am tracking time to get a better estimate of how much time it takes to finish a project. As for the yarn–that’s a dye issue. Since I dye based on the weight of yarn, I am going to start with that number and estimate how much is covered with ikat tape, so that I can get the desired color. At least that’s the plan.

Last Friday were the artist receptions, including the TAC Juried Exhibit. I took lots of pictures. The picture below is from a gallery with the room full of these sculptures. Quite impressive! Nearly all are sold, except for the biggest ones. From Stacy Elko’s website: “They are constructed with flexible cane, handmade paper sealed to the cane and embellished with North African henna iconography.” See more on her website.

Fish Bomb Boat

Fish Bomb Boat #19 From 7-Stacy Elko

Tuning Fork #20 Heather Pregger

Tuning Fork #20 Heather Pregger

Heather Pregger has a whole series of art quilts based on the tuning fork. I like seeing a series like this and how for you can take a simple shape and fly away with it.

Big Yellow Apple, Martha Bean, oil on canvas, 48" x 48"

Big Yellow Apple, Martha Bean, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

You need to read Martha Bean’s artist statement. Seven lines, clean and simple, like her art. She also has pictures of other art, plus more apples here.

Tick, Tock, the Game is Locked by Janet Morrow. Cast sugar

Tick, Tock, the Game is Locked by Janet Morrow. Cast sugar

Janet Morrow’s piece is very unusual and dominates the space. Tick Tock, the Game is Locked… Yes, you read correctly–constructed of cast sugar.

There are more pictures, but they’ll have to wait. More tasks, appointments, events await. But just out of curiosity, of the ones posted here, which do you like best?


10th Annual TAC Juried Membership Exhibition

Prairie Tain

Prairie Rain


10th Annual TAC Juried Membership Exhibition

10th Annual TAC Juried Membership Exhibition

August 7 – 29, 2015
Awards: 7pm on August 7

Juror Cohn Drennan of Cohn Drennan Contemporary selected 40 artworks by 39 Texas Artists Coalition members from the 106 members who submitted. The mission of the TAC is to support the career development of artists, whether they are emerging or established, amateur or professional.

The following artists were accepted in the exhibit:

Scott Anderson, Amy Barrington, Brad Barrington, Bill Barter, Martha Bean, Carol Benson, Susan Brents-Sheldon, Jim Brightwell, Rick Bullock, Lou Chapman, Lauren Childs, Sherri Coffey, Suzan Cook, Patricia Cowan, Lisa Cunningham, Gen MM Farell, Karen Ferrer, Anastasia Gabriel, Thomas Helmick, Lee Hill, Joe Hyun, Ellie Ivanova, Nancy Lamb, Cynthia Lewis, Rebecca Low, Mitchell Marks, Lorrie McClanahan, Zahra McGinnis, Erin Miller, Janet Morrow, Teri Muse, Lee Alice Pablo, Heather Pregger, Valerie Ramos, Gary Reams, Britt Stokes, Chris Thames, Robertus van der Wege, Dotty Zamora

See more here.

How to waste time in just a few easy steps

I read a post by artist Karin Olah about how she has her art printed via Spoonflower to use on notecards. Here’s what Karin does:  Spoonflower prints my art image on cotton. Then I sew it to a blank card, adding a few fabric embellishments. Since my artwork is Mixed Media painting with fabric collage – the fabric touch is fun. Here is the example I saw. You can see the fabric touches she added later.

Karin's note card. Notice the fabric embellishments

Karin’s note card. Notice the fabric embellishments

Below is the original image.

Looking Towards Shelter, fabric, gouache, pastel, and pencil on canvas, 6 x 4 inches

Looking Towards Shelter, fabric, gouache, pastel, and pencil on canvas, 6 x 4 inches

Karin has done this before with completely different work. Instead of landscapes, still lifes.

Limited edition series of quilted art cards. These cards start with a high quality print on Kona Cotton; then they are hand stitched with machine embroidered silk leaves and highlights added. Each 5 x 7 inch card is unique, signed, and numbered.

Limited edition series of quilted art cards. These cards start with a high quality print on Kona Cotton; then they are hand stitched with machine embroidered silk leaves and highlights added. Each 5 x 7 inch card is unique, signed, and numbered.

Granted, her work is mixed media, which involves using fabric, paint, gouache, and pastels on paper. Karin’s originals were also 6 x 4 inches, which is the size of her Spoonflower prints. Still, I had to try. This could be addicting!

If I were going to use these on a card, I would then cut out each motif and attach it to a card. A slight warning here…It took me a bit to get the hang of their system. Finally, I reduced all of my images so that the neared a 4 x 6 in. size, then chose to see a full yard of basic cotton.


  • First, upload your image
  • Change the size so that it might be somewhere around 4 x 6.
  • Choose how much fabric
  • Repeat as needed.
©Sherri Coffey-Summer Stripes

Summer Stripes, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, Private collection

Amazing how the design looks so different when used in multiples. The Spoonflower version below is the Summer Stripe from above.

Summer Stripes, used in multiples for fabric design. Original: tapestry, 36.5" x 60", ©Sherri Coffey private collection

Summer Stripes, used in multiples for fabric design. Original: tapestry, 36.5″ x 60″, ¬©Sherri Coffey

Here are some more Spoonflower designs with their originals.

©Sherri Coffey-Deep, Cool Water

Deep, Cool Water, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, 44.5 x 24 inches. ©Sherri Coffey, Private Collection

Deep, Cool Water, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, 44.5 x 24 inches. ©Sherri Coffey, Private Collection

Same as above but used in multiples. Original: Deep, Cool Water, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, 44.5 x 24 inches. ©Sherri Coffey

Same as above but used as mirror image. Original: Deep, Cool Water, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, 44.5 x 24 inches. ©Sherri Coffey

Same as above but used as mirror image. Original: Deep, Cool Water, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, 44.5 x 24 inches. ©Sherri Coffey

©Sherri Coffey-Sine Wave

Sine Wave, hand-dyed wool yarns, tapestry, 34″ x 61.75″

Sine Wave, mirror image

Sine Wave, mirror image

Sine Wave, multiples

Sine Wave, multiples

©Sherri Coffey-Wari

Wari, weft-faced ikat, hand-dyed wool yarns, 48 x 27.75 inches ©Sherri Coffey Private collection


Purple Rain, wool ikat, linen, dyes, 60 x 28 in, Private collection ©Sherri Coffey

Will I print these any time soon? Probably not, but the idea is worth pursuing at some point. Maybe I would even embellish with added bits. Try it for yourself, if you haven’t already. Have some fun, waste some time!

Getting out

Getting out to go to gallery receptions is something I am able to talk myself out of quite readily, not because I don’t want to see the art, but because I’m basically a hermit. BUT I am making an effort to get out more, and I am so glad I did. Friday night I saw such interesting art at the Community Arts Center. I’m only going to share a bit for now.

Donald Matheson has taken famous works and made them his own in abstraction. Each one of his painting was displayed with a small print of the original inspiration, such an interesting way to exhibit and to see how each was abstracted (is that a word?).

Inspiration: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

What I find fascinating is how Mr. Matheson took the basic lines of the original and used those lines and shapes to create a totally different painting. You can see more of his work (and better images) here. You won’t see the original inspiration there though.

Inspiration: Enclosed Field with Ploughman-Van Gogh

Enclosed Field with Ploughman-Van Gogh

Inspiration: Merode Altarpiece by Robert Campin

Merode Altarpiece by Robert Campin

Soon Y. Warren paints wonderful watercolors. Just look at the cut-glass bowl here.

Heart of Cherries by Soon Y. Warren

Heart of Cherries by Soon Y. Warren

At the Zoo by John Mattson

At the Zoo by John Mattson


Trees with Feathers by Rebecca Low


From soggy North Texas


Yes, soggy. As is my steps sound like I’m walking in a bog when I go outside. The sun has been a rare event here, and as you can see (thanks to Accuweather), won’t be around much until June. Yet, I’m still reluctant to complain since we’ve been in a drought, and the rains will end. In August I will be wishing for rain.


So, what’s been going on during this perfect weaving weather? Not much. A bit of weaving here, a bit of unweaving there. I’m very unfocused right now. The Fort Worth Weavers Guild has a rug study weaving group, for which I am the mentor–how weird is that? We have a Facebook page where we post pictures, questions, resources, and messages for help. Trying to explain dovetail joins and what the weft does on the return trip, has made me admire anyone who can write articles or a book on how to do something. Words are hard!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1 2

I have gone down a couple of rabbit holes also. You know, those computer research projects that lead into something else that leads into something else, and so on.


One was seeing Kay Sekimachi’s work again. I’ve written about her before, and I am still fascinated by her work.

This picture was on Colossal, which in turn came from My Modern Met. How did she do that? I really would like to know. There is an exhibit of her work at the Bellevue Arts Museum. *** By the way, Colossal has so many interesting art articles it’s worth a weekly visit.

If any of these pictures look familiar, it’s because they came from my Instagram account (user name sherriwcoffey).

More rabbit holes later. I really am going to weave today, I really am going to weave today, I really am going to weave today …

***(In the Realm of Nature: Bob Stocksdale & Kay Sekimachi is organized by Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. The local presentation of this exhibition is curated by Stefano Catalani.-See more at:



Yes, I did it

You may remember that I REALLY wanted to see Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MOMA. So, I did it! Yes, I traveled to NYC in February and lived to tell about it. I was there between storms of the snow variety.

JFK sculpture

JFK sculpture

New York is not my favorite place to go; it’s just too darn busy. Crowded. Rush rush. First off,, right out of the box, the gate where we landed was at the farthest end of the terminal. I didn’t know that when I set off to wall to baggage claim. I was offered a ride in one of those golf cart vehicles, but no, I was fine. Geez! After miles and miles and miles, I got my luggage and worked my way to ground transportation and the shuttle.

It was important to me to stay within walking distance to the museum. Driving from the airport, dropping off the other passengers, seeing all the familiar things we associate with NYC, well, there’s just something kind of exciting about that. Driving past the famous theaters, seeing the marquees, kind of makes the pulse beat a little faster. My hotel was on 8th Avenue and 53rd. After dumping my stuff in my room, I went out on a reconnaissance mission and a bite to eat.


The next day I worked my way toward the museum for early hours for members. The sidewalks were slushy and slipper in spots, so I very carefully walked across streets. I could just see myself getting flattened after a fall in the middle of the street.

The exhibition was wonderful. I took notes of the pieces that grabbed me the most and why. Nearly always it was the color, but shapes came in a close second. MOMA-bag

Unfortunately, my knee didn’t cooperate to the extent that I would have preferred. I got a shot in it just before leaving, realizing that this would be kind of a test for it. I want to go to Peru, which will require a lot of walking. Well, the knee is not ready for Peru. Plan B.

Artist profile

Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark and Arts Business Institute interviewed me for an ABI artist profile. She is a lovely person and made this a completely comfortable process. After our conversation, she sent me a list of questions, and I wrote my answers. Our conversation made me think of a few things, so I’m glad I took notes. Since I am not the best writer in the world, I did ask friends to read my answers and make sure they made sense and/or make suggestions. I LOVE that she included such large images with the article.

If only… I would go to NYC

From Amazon

©Sherri Coffey-Journey

This was designed in the “Matisse way.” Everything was cut out of paper and arranged to make the design.







February is probably not the best time to travel to NYC, but I seriously considered a quick, two-day trip to see the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MOMA.  Matisse has been a favorite artist of mine for a good long time. I have written, or at least mentioned him often. When I analyze the reason for this admiration, I think it boils down to color. He definitely has a way with color! So, since I am seriously considering a long trip to Peru in the fall, I passed up on going to New York, even though flights and rooms were reasonably priced. I just went to a film about the exhibition instead.

The film was held on one night only, in one local theater only, but it was well worth it to get out in the cold, blustery wind. At night, no less! The film includes additions that would not be available at the actual exhibition (maybe?), such as a segment of ballet, including how it was filmed, a segment on a chapel which Matisse designed, and film of how the exhibition groupings were decided by the curator. I have to admit that I never knew he designed a chapel, and it’s wonderful! Here is an image of my favorite of the many stained glass windows he designed.

One could say that I’ve been consumed by this exhibition. I admit it. I bought the exhibition catalog, but there is no way that it could compare to the film. The pictures on a page of a book in no way allow one to see the scope of the cut-outs. The cut-outs are huge, and are much more impressive when seen on a wall, in context with the rest of cut-outs. But in defense of the book, which I have not examined thoroughly, there is more detailed information about the materials Matisse used. Of course, in the film, there were actual clips of Matisse cutting, of his assistants placing the cut-outs on the wall, and rearranging them at the direction of Matisse.

I am inspired once again, eager to do some designing. I came home all revved up after the viewing. I know I am not alone in this. Other artists have commented to feeling the same. By the way, I have always heard that Matisse started making the cutouts because he couldn’t see well. That was debunked in the film.


Time-a few minutes here, a few minutes there


I add the image on the side, just in case you want to waste a few minutes. Remember Spirograph? It’s a toy that I could never do quite right because I would always skip a cog or something, and being the perfectionist that I am (in certain areas only), that did it for me. Here’s a virtual one. No skipped cogs!

No weaving has been done during this past week, just a family bowling trip, the new Hobbit movie (my first Hobbit anything, not my favorite genre), seeing the Mythbuster exhibit at the museum and family time.

Watercolor and Inktense pencils have been discovered, along with basket weaving (not a success, but it was fun painting the paper, a la Jackie Abrams). There’seven a Pinterest page for Inktense. Inktense-Watercolor

So, now you have a few more ways to waste a few minutes by clicking on all the links here. Because, really, don’t you need to relax with nothingness for a while?