Sunday, April 23, 2017

Workshops at MoonTree Studios

"Big X with Red Arrow," handprinted, stitched on acetate muslin

I'm looking forward to the four workshops I'll be doing at the Catholic artists' retreat, MoonTree Studios, that's just south of South Bend in Plymouth, Indiana.
"Circle with Red Arrow," handprinted, stitched on
acetate muslin

Indigo dyed fabrics

Indigo dyed red fabric;
clamped resist (Itajime) by
Joanne Wilkins

Discharge on burgundy Kona cotton
with three different discharge agrents

Discharge on black silk scarves


"Long Necked Blue Beauty,"
indigo dyed, beaded, fabric
constructed by Jennifer Gould

"Say No Evil, Etc.," indigo dyed, beaded, fabric
constructed by Jennifer Gould

Check out the details at

Look forward to meeting you and having fun in these workshops with you!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LowellArts: West Michigan Art Competition

Leaves: Rising from Below by Jennifer Gould; 8.5" x 9.5", monoprinted,
stamped, embroidered; 2016
I entered two pieces and this first piece, Leaves: Rising from Below, was chosen.  I love both pieces but I'm not only glad this one got in (I angsted about this piece--- it's shape, the heavy dark rectangle on top and its subtlies) but that one got in at all.  I wondered if I had a better chance because the juror, Nichole Maury, is the WMU Assoc. Prof in printmaking (plus the curator of the their Gwen Frostic School of Art).  Since this is monoprinted, maybe she was more sensitive to choosing it.  I do believe it's difficult to figure out what jurors truly want so I always put in my latest best work.

Both pieces were "bare" fabric with raw edges and not framed but mounted on a purchased stretched canvas frame on the back.

Leaves: Time Mended by Jennifer Gould; 9" x 6", monoprinted,
stamped, embroidered; 2016
The second piece, "Leaves: Time Mended," is small with irregular and asymmetrical outside edges.  This asymmetrical shape is something I love and I've been working on this since my Water Series in 2015.

The show is March 4-April 15 with the reception on Thurs., March 9, 5:30-8:30pm.  Too bad there are two receptions on the same evening as I'm going to the Postcard Salon reception that evening!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Postcard Salon: Muskegon Museum of Art - Feb. 23 - March 9

Postcard #1: Leaf on Maroon Water
I love working on this small-scale 4"x6" postcard size and each year challenge myself to a new group of 5 cards.

Postcard #2:  Four Leaves
This year's postcards are my mono printed leaves on either cotton or acetate muslin with embroidery.
Postcard #3:  One Leaf Floating

Most of the work is done on a plexiglass plate with textile paint, and a brayer pulled through the paint for the organic lines.
Postcard #4:  Three Floating Leaves

Beech and elm leaves are my favorite because of their very 3-D veins.  These are placed on the plexiglass and paint and the brayer run over them, picking up paint (or you can put the leaf down first before you pull the paint down the plate with the brayer).
Postcard #5:  Leaves Under Water

The leaves can then be picked up from the plate and laid on fabric (cover with more fabric) and brayered (two prints created on top and bottom).  Then either lay a piece of fabric on the plate, or pick up the plate and put it on fabric (I find the latter way much easier and accurate).  So much fun and experimentation!

Then comes the fun of stitching it and subtlety here is the key.  Most of the stitching is only using one strand of embroidery floss and embroidered just enough to inform the viewer and have them step closer and closer to get a very intimate experience of the surface.

Thursday, March 9, 5:30pm is the reception (great food!) and at 7pm is the sale of the postcards.  I love this event before anyone (anyone!) can enter up to 5 postcards, even children, without a cost to them, and see their work displayed at the museum.  Each postcard is sold for $30, with $15 going to the artist and $15 to the museum.  It's a fabulous way to begin anyone's journey in the world of Art.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Celebration of the Arts 2017: Update

Pisces Woman 23:
Blue Anemone
My previous post showed the two fabric collage pieces I had finished for the First United Methodist Church's "The Celebration of the Arts."  Well, when it actually got to submitting them for jurying, I changed my mind and put in "Pisces Woman 23: Blue Anemone" and "Woman in a Cold Winter."
Woman in a Cold Winter

My friend and textile artist, Dolores Slowinski, didn't think that my two fabric collages were my best work.... I like them a lot, especially the first one with the black and white and gray areas that reminded me of dark snow clouds and all the blue.  But a comment from a friend of hers about my Water Series (he loved the fact that the pieces were not square or rectangular, but asymmetrical) made me realize that THAT was what I had forgotten and wanted to do more of.  So I'm going to go back and possibly rework them to make them have some edges that push the frame.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Celebration of the Arts" show at the First United Methodist Church

Fabric collage #1 by Jennifer Gould
I've finished two pieces of fabric collage that I'll put in for jurying at the "Celebration of the Arts" at the First United Methodist Church's annual spiritual art exhibit.  Get the pdf of the entry form and info at  This is a wonderful show in the middle of winter and the reception is so well attended even if the weather is really bad (and it usually is).

I haven't worked out the right titles for each piece yet but the first one went together so quickly but the stitching was tortuous.  I wanted to do a lot more free-motion machine embroidery but, because it had been a while since I had done free-motion, I forgot what kind of stabilizer to use (this one has two layers of craft felt which was too soft and squishy for the machine).  If using machine stitching, I should have backed the entire piece with something like Timtex or Peltex, a very stiff backing through which machine stitching as well as hand stitching will work.  So I did a lot more hand stitching on both pieces.  I ended up loving both the way they turned out.  And I do love hand stitching.  The whip stitch that I often use reminds me so much of mending that I often incorporate that in the title.

Fabric collage #2 by Jennifer Gould
Each piece incorporates my hand printed fabric which means: textile painted, dyed, discharged, rubbings, monoprints from large plain surfaced stamps or plexiglass plates, stencil work, deconstructed screen printing, flour paste resists, indigo-dyed, shibori; and done on very diverse fabrics such as rayon, knits (every kind of knit you can think of from sheers, mesh, sweatshirt, jersey, acrylic/synthetic and more), cheesecloth, synthetic and natural sheers (organza, chiffon, metallics), and of course, quilt cottons and plain cotton (although I rarely start out with white fabric).

My second piece had the same problems with machine stitching as the first.  It made me do a lot more hand stitching but also a lot more thinking about the stitched marks I was making--- so that was a good thing!

Mailed Art: Delivery System exhibit through Feb. 24

"Evidence of Tea Drinking Obsession"
I was so excited about this exhibit and open invitation from the Holland Area Arts Council (150 E. 8th St., Holland MI).  All the pieces were mailed at a Post Office and arrived and hung on the wall at HAAC as is.  Nothing was opened.

The first piece (not mine...) to arrive was a cell phone in a plastic package from the Post Office with the label "WE CARE" and a statement about how the Post Office takes great care to make sure everything gets delivered without damage.  The cell phone, of course, was sent just as is with the arts council's address and postage.  It won first prize.  Anyway, you have to see this show to appreciate everything.

"Tweet Tweet"

My goal was to create pieces that were not the typical flat and rectangular shape that you always see in mailed pieces.  So my first attempt was one that I'd been thinking about for a long time, "Evidence of a Tea Drinking Obsession," made from my green tea package bags.  It arrived with arms and everything in tact.  The Post Office people behind the counter laughed!"

My second piece was a bird that I'd made a couple of years ago and definitely not rectangular.  The picture is before I went to the PO with it because more postage was added to the tail and under the wings.  (More postage was added to "Evidence" also.

And the postage had to be stamps, and the stamps had to be commemorative that had to go along with the theme of the piece.  So, the "Evidence" piece had Chinese New Year stamps from 2016, the "Tweet" piece had the current winter bird stamps, and the last piece "Earth to Jennifer" had Planet stamps.
"Earth to Jennifer"

So the last piece, "Earth to Jennifer," is three felted balls.  The biggest one and the top one have tapestry landscapes woven into the felt on each side.  They hang on monofilament with a "flag" at the top (like it's planted into the soil of the top one) with the HAAC address on one side and the title on the other:

Earth to Jennifer.
Earth to Jennifer.
Come in please!

Unfortunately, the Post Office somewhere a long the way, decided it was lost from something else and put it into a big envelope with a clear front and a red stamped message, "Found Loose in the Mail."

The Feb. 24 end-of-show reception will be a time when I can buy back my "Earth to Jennifer" piece.  I want to see it hanging free again.

I had a fantastic time doing all these and sending them.  The PO people were totally willing to go a long with it, and HAAC is looking forward to doing this show each year!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Workshops at MoonTree Studios

Discharge: The Magic of Taking the Color Out
The catalogs just arrived from MoonTree Studios, a Catholic artists' retreat center in Donaldson, Indiana (near Plymouth IN), and I'm truly excited since I have four workshops being offered:

  • Discharge: The Magic of Taking the Color Out
  • Contemporary Embroidery: From Surface Design to the Stitched Mark
    Contemporary Embroidery: From Surface Design
    to the Stitched Mark
  • Dyeing for Blue: Indigo with Shibori Techniques
    Dyeing for Blue: Indigo with
    Shibori Techniques
  • Designing Dolls: Developing Your Own Textile Figure
    Designing Dolls: Developing Your Own Unique
    Textile Figures
You can look at all the workshops offered (mine are offered in May, June and August) at or request a catalog.  Hope to have you in one of the workshops  We will have so much fun!