kathy bagioni

Color outside the lines . . .

Celebrating Women in the Arts

Written By: kathybagioni - May• 10•19

Nice article in the Journal Inquirer today about the exhibit.

Tomorrow I will be giving a gallery talk/walk through of the 14 pieces.

Hope to see you at the Willimantic Textile Museum at 2:00 p.m.

Check out the article here.

 

the Gyre is juried into UPCYCLE

Written By: kathybagioni - May• 02•19

So thrilled to be included in this prestigious group of 35 artists from around the globe.

UPCYCLE 

Premieres at the International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas – October 31 to November 3, 2019

Repurposing used materials is one of the most effective solutions there is to deal with today’s environmentally devastating waste issues. Fiber art also has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded by turning them into compelling compositions.    from the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates website, www.SAQA.com)

My piece is called “the Gyre”, a “quilt” made of recycled paper, fiber, plastic, and paint.   A gyre is a place where convection currents rotate and converge. It is where all that plastic and other garbage we toss accumulates in the oceans.   In the Pacific there are currently five large gyres and in the Atlantic three.   This piece is 99.999% repurposed/recycled paper, fiber, and plastic.  Only the red binding and the backing fabrics, and the paint and gel mediums are new.

 

Playing with acrylic paint

Written By: kathybagioni - Apr• 13•19

So, in the midst of dealing with my elderly mother and all her issue, I have been playing with acrylic paint.

This is called “Frustration”. It was started after I spent 1 1/2 hours on the phone with an insurance provider.

On a happier note: Spring is springing and the pussy willows in the side yard are past.  Little green shoots are starting to show.   I love this time of year when everything seems to explode. This is called “Yearning”, an apt name to my feelings in the early spring

Stone Soup Potholders: A fundraiser for Foodshare

Written By: kathybagioni - Nov• 27•18

I am raising funds for Foodshare this holiday season with potholders. This is my small “stone” to add to the pot of Stone Soup.

What is Stone Soup? 

Years ago my children’s PreSchool would make a yearly field trip to my home garden.  Once there, the 3- and 4-year-olds would rush about discovering tomatoes, and green beans, and potatoes, etc.

This field trip is one of my fondest memories.  I remember the joy of the children running into the garden, helping each other find vegetables, and later having their snacks together on a blanket laid out in the September sunshine.

Back at school they would peel and chop (under supervision, of course) all these vegetables. Then, it was so hard to wait while the pot simmered in the kitchen.  The teacher would read Stone Soup to help pass the time.  Finally, a delicious soup was ready.  Everyone shared.

Stone Soup is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing.” From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Soup

It is the season of the sharing and caring now.

Why Foodshare?

I volunteer some of my time to Foodshare, a food bank located in Bloomfield, CT which operates in Hartford and Tolland counties.   Foodshare’s goal is to “provide food for people who are hungry”.   It is as simple and as heartbreaking as that.

We distribute food to our clients in our church’s parking lot. We laugh together at silly jokes. Trade complaints about the weather.  Congratulate or commiserate about sports teams. We share recipes. Sometimes clients forego their place in line to help out the volunteers.

I enjoy my time there every other week.

But,

I wish we did not have to be there.

Because,

I wish there was no need.

And,

I wish the numbers weren’t steadily increasing.

So,

I am raising funds for Foodshare this holiday season with my potholders. This is my small “stone” to add to the pot.

Why Potholders? 

Everyone needs potholders.

As a fiber artist and longtime quilter I don’t have stones, but lots of fabric scraps in my studio. So with some improvisational stitching I produced a pile of colorful potholders. I used them to practice my quilting stitches each morning.  10 to 15 minutes of warming up stitching before getting down to the work of the day.  Being a frugal Connecticut Yankee, the motto — Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without — is stamped on my psyche. What to do with them? So I cut them into nine inch rounds, used more scraps to make the binding and finished them off.

Each pair is unique.  No pattern, no mass production, no pre-cut templates. Just a one-of-a-kind-exclusive-design-never-to-be-replicated-ever-again. Some are beautiful, some are artistic, and some are ugly ducklings that only a mother could love.

Each coordinated pair of potholders is filled with cotton or wool batting.

They are washable because we know that no matter how pretty they are you know you will get spaghetti sauce on them.

But MOST IMPORTANT — for every $10 you spend for these potholders, $9 goes to Foodshare.  The $1 is to cover some costs of shipping and handling. That’s all.

A donation to a great organization and a new pair of potholders.

So, what do you say?

Don’t you need a brand new pair of potholders?  Think how good they will look lifting the lid off that big pot of soup simmering on your stove ready to warm you and your family and friends?