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Simple to Scintillating by Trudy Thomson

Marbled patterns on silk can be simple: ripples, swirls and shapes, or scintillating: cross currents of different patterns and colors sweeping across the landscape of fabric. I remain fascinated by the many different forms I can create and continue to be informed by the patterns found in nature, as seen in water, in the sky, and on the earth. My highly decorative art…

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A Toast in Hand for Our 20th Anniversary

It is truly amazing:  2014 is the 20th year that Orange County has been offering its Open Studio Tour. As you have come to expect, you will find artwork and fine crafts in a wide array of mediums. Some of you will choose to visit artists that are already your favorites, while also visiting the studios of new members. To pique your interest, here are pictures…

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Plop! Swish! Whirl! by Trudy Thomson

This spring I attended a class in marbling silk at Penland School of Crafts. It's something I had tried many years ago and wanted to swim back into again. I say swim because you start by mixing up a very specific gooey bath. You carefully dissolve methyl cellulose into the bath so that a viscous substance floats on the surface. After…

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Slow Art in Stockholm by Anita Wolfenden

Selected Pieces from Slow Art at  The National Museum in Stockholm I saw a great exhibit in Sweden recently called Slow Art.  It was shown at the National Museum in Stockholm and contained not very many pieces, only about 30. But each one was exquisite. The emphasis was on how long it takes, how painstaking the process of creation is if you…

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