Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" in the OOVAR Exhibit in Columbus

"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates," 53" x 53", made by Pam Geisel, 2014

My art quilt "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" is on exhibit with the 12th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Exhibition. The exhibit runs through Jan. 12, 2019 at the Carnegie Gallery on the second floor of the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library located at 96 S. Grant St. in Columbus, Ohio. There will be a closing reception on Sat. Jan. 12 from 2-4 pm.

This year's theme is "My Treasures are Within" which comes from the inscription on the front of the main library.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Quilts printed on t-shirts


Now that my images are loaded on to Pam-Geisel.pixels.com, we decided to do a test run. We ordered five t-shirts and are very happy with the results. Above is me in my "High Line in New York City" on a gray shirt next to the same quilt.


The shirts are a good quality and are soft. And while you can feel the printing, it doesn't feel like it's been painted on like some images on t-shirts do. Above is "Saturn Orbiting" on a navy colored shirt. Because the background is so close to the color of the quilt the image is a little subtle but it's a nice effect. The original quilt is small (7" x 7") so it's larger than the original so you can see the actual stitches from the quilting.


This is "Three Pines" on a charcoal colored shirt. This original was also small (6" x 6") and the trees were outlined with yarn. Even on the shirt it looks like the yarn is three dimensional.


This is "Time Lapse Moon Rise" on a silver colored shirt. All four are the men's athletic cut. There are more color choices in the men's regular fit. There are also v-necks, hooded sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, tank tops, baseball shirts, women's shirts (my experience is to get a size larger than you usually do), kids and toddler shirts, and onesies. You can check out all the options at Pam-Geisel.pixels.com.

Shipping for the first shirt was $5 and free after that, so we got all five shirts shipped for $5.

You can click on any image to see it larger.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Prints, T-shirts, Mugs, & Much, Much More!

"Early Morning Nine Patch," "Be Still My Beaded Hearts," and "Four Patch Bridge at Sunset" printed on mugs.

You can now order my images as:

Stationary : greeting cards & spiral notebooks
Apparel : t-shirts for all ages, tank tops, & onesies
Home Decor : mugs, pillows, fleece blankets, duvet covers, towels, & shower curtains
Lifestyle : yoga mats, tote bags, & pouches
Tech : phone cases & portable battery chargers
Prints : framed, canvas, metal, wood, posters, & tapestries

All items are at: Pam-Geisel.pixels.com

Not all images work for all items:
T-Shirts : Vertical & squares are best

Mugs : Horizontals are best. For most of the abstract images I cropped them to fill up the whole image area but you can change that if you want the whole image to show.

Tech & Yoga Mats : Horizontal -or- Vertical images are best (YOU CAN change the orientation)

Duvet Covers : square & vertical images work best (most images will have some background color under the pillows and where the cover drapes over the side of the bed

YOU CAN select different background colors! ...AND crop images differently! ...AND add a message inside the Greeting Cards!


"Beach Time" and "In Search of the Yellow Submarine" printed on shower curtains.

All items are at: Pam-Geisel.pixels.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Celestial Winter: Wall Hanging, Post Cards, and Ornaments

I recently did a favor for a friend and to show her thanks, she gave me some fabric. There was one piece in the bunch, a fat quarter titled "Celestial Winter" by Jason Yenter from In The Beginning Fabrics that I was immediately drawn to.

Now I like to tell people that I let the fabric tell me what it wants to be. Sometimes fabrics just tell me that they want to be place mats or table runners. Other times it's more specific. Back when I was making "Early Morning Nine Patch" I was trying to decide what fabric to use for the barn when I realized that the title on the selvage edge was "Barn Red" so that time it was literally speaking to me.

This time Celestial Winter was speaking to me and it said "Use me."

"But I have to work on stuff for the upcoming Open Studios," I replied.

Celestial Winter loudly repeated "USE ME."

"I really don't have the time," I replied.

But it would not let me ignore it.

So I did. I made a wall hanging, ten postcards, and five tree ornaments. In one week. (I had to work quickly because I still had things I needed to finish for the Open Studios that was less than two weeks away).


Here is the fabric before I cut into it. (This is not the actual piece that I had, this is the preview that In The Beginning Fabrics has on their website). I ironed fusible adhesive (Heat-n-Bond lite) on the back of the whole fat quarter then cut the shapes out. This is called fussy cutting and it doesn't get much fussier than this, can you see how close together the images are? In some places I had about 1/16" of an inch of black left around the shapes. I wanted a little bit of black around them so when I fused them to a back background it would look seamless.


I fused six main pieces to a black fabric from my stash (one that I used for "Lavender Diamonds").


I also fused some groupings of stars on most of the pieces. Four around each round shape and two with the deer and the owl.


I pieced the six rectangles with green sashing and borders then sandwiched the quilt top with a cotton batting and backing.


I stitched around the fused pieces with black thread on the black edge that I left when fussy cutting.  It was pretty hard to see when sewing down but I took it slowly and did it. Because it was already sandwiched, this is also the quilting.


I also quilted stitch-in-the-ditch around the edges where the black was pieced with the green.


Then I folded the front around to the back for a binding. I added sleeves and a label.


I love how it looks like the fabric is glowing from within.

Because I already had fusible adhesive on the back of the fabric, I took used the other large images, some which were cut off because they were at the edge of the fabric, to make some postcards.

I used the same black fabric for the backgrounds and added the red and blue stripes which were not a part of the original fabric. Then I fused them to a thick innerfacing and satin stitched around the edges with a black thread.


There were also nine colorful trees. They were too small to be postcards so I fused them to a green fabric, then fused them to some innerfacing (the kind I use for postcards) then satin stitched around the edges with a green thread. Because there were nine trees, four of these are double sided.

As always, you can click on the photos to see them larger.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Yellow Springs Open Studios this weekend

This weekend is the Yellow Springs Open Studios event. There are 29 artists at 17 locations. This year I'll be a guest at Libby Rudolf's studio, located at 3950 Grinnell Rd. just outside of Yellow Springs.

The event is Sat. & Sun., Oct. 20 & 21, from 10am-5 pm. Click here for an interactive map of studio locations (artists are organized alphabetically by FIRST name). Printed brochures will also be available at the studios, and also in downtown Yellow Springs.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Black & White Safari in B&W+1


My Black & White Safari Baby Quilt in the Village Artisan's community lobby show "B&W+1" on view through Nov. 13 with an artist reception THIS FRIDAY during the Yellow Springs Art Stroll from 6-9 pm.

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Placemats & Table Runners


I recently made some placemats and table runners (the shibori table runner can also be hung on the wall). They are currently in my Etsy shop (where you can also see more photos of them), and I'll have them at the Yellow Springs Open Studios on Oct 20 & 21. After that any that are left will go to Village Artisans.