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Triangle Visual Artists at the Hillsborough Chamber

Trudy Thomson, David Taylor and Louise Francke are participating in a group show during the Hillsborough Last Friday Artwork. WHEN: Oct 26th, 6-9 Stop by for refreshments and enjoyable rock music from Keva Monroe (here is a link to his music) WHERE: At the NEW LOCATION for the Chamber at 200 N. Churton St. This is not far from where…

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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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Designing Elements of a Gallery by Trudy Thomson

This past fall my talented partner, Ed Ralston, pulled out drafting paper and pencil and we marshaled resources to construct  a new structure on my property designed explicitly for one purpose: to serve as a gallery, to permanently display my various types of arts and crafts. This structure is positioned at a special spot on my property, which is more…

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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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The Magic and Mystery of Fusing Glass by Trudy Thomson

Glass is amorphous, meaning that "its molecules are not arranged in a regular, specific pattern -- like those of a crystalline material -- but are random in their configuration." (Bulleyes TechNotes4, 2007) And, unless you have worked with glass in a kiln, as flame work, or blown, you might not know how finicky glass can be. As glass moves through different stages…

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The Fire and Fight When Kiln-Fusing Glass

Glass is amorphous, meaning that "its molecules are not arranged in a regular, specific pattern -- like those of a crystalline material -- but are random in their configuration." --(Bulleyes TechNotes4, 2007) And, unless you have worked with glass in a kiln, as flame work, or blown, you might not know how finicky glass can be. There is "fire" (or heat…

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A Loom is Like a Piano by Trudy Thomson

Have you ever thought about the idea that a loom is a lot like a piano? Both create patterns and percussive sounds. If you play the piano well, you read a musical score -- the notation of notes on the treble or bass cleft -- to produce a sound that presents itself as melody and chords. With a woven presentation,…

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Don’t Refuse to Refuse by Trudy Thomson

I started making glass about ten years ago setting aside a large chunk of time to make and break glass. The first year was great. In fact, most of my favorite pieces were fresh in concept, intricate, and remain my favorites. I worked at the process eight hours a day and learned a lot. Then suddenly everything broke down. Every…

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