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Whew! After an intense few weeks with little sleep and a lot of leaning on my family, the quilt of Chloe the Marabou Stork is finally done. I won’t make you scroll to the end. Here she is. The title “Kaloli Moondance” was given to recognize the Ugandan name for the marabou stork—Kaloli Bird—and the beautiful harvest … Read More
“Golden Temple of the Good Girls” is the last quilt (besides the final installment of Marabou Stork) to receive the Quilt Story treatment before it and ten other “Specimens” quilts are shown at the 2016 International Quilt Festival in Houston in just a few weeks. This quilt of three of our pets—budgie Kiiora, dog Kali, and cat Djinni—has … Read More
I’ve tried to ensure that “Specimens,” my exhibit of extinct, endangered, and overlooked animals includes creatures of all different kinds. I haven’t neglected the insect world. My quilts “Fire Beetle” and “Exuberance” represent their colorful and many-legged family.
Growing up in suburban Maryland, I was somewhat removed from the natural cycle of the world. Getting away from the street lights and into nature meant weekend-long, rain-soaked camping trips with the Girl Scouts. Then I moved to rural Maine. In Maine there are the self-evident markers of the seasons—leaves turning golden and scarlet, the first snowfall, … Read More
Some quilts have complex and rich origin stories. They have a long incubation and are the product of lots of “dream time.” Others not so much. “Fructos” is one of those others. Here’s what I wrote for the International Quilt Festival where the quilt will appear in my “Specimens” special exhibit this November. The 16th Century portraits … Read More
A couple major changes to the marabou stork to report this week.
First of all, she’s changed her gender. I’ll explain why in a minute. For the time being she will no longer be known as Oscar (as in garbage-loving Oscar the Grouch) but as Chloe. Marabou Storks are common in many parts of Africa, though they’ve been dubbed the unofficial bird of Uganda.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting each of the ten quilts (plus marabou stork) going into my Specimens exhibit at this year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston. This week I introduce Gombessa, my fabric collage of an ancient fish, a full-sized coelacanth (SEEL-uh-kanth) that I made in 2006. I had heard of coelacanths before, but I didn’t … Read More
Fabric collage quilts by Susan Carlson
Things fall apart. Even websites. I knew it was time for a website upgrade when the navigation panel stopped working for some browsers. Must be an indication of old age, kind of like forgetfulness. Actually I had been thinking of changing the website since the blog got cooking. I knew it didn’t make sense to have two separate … Read More
Eleven art quilts by noted Maine fabric collage artist Susan Carlson will be on display at the Houston International Quilt Festival this November 3–6. The show entitled “Specimens” features images of creatures that are “extinct, endangered, or overlooked.” “It’s a great honor to be asked to have a special exhibit in Houston,” Carlson says. “The Festival is like … Read More
Did you miss out on getting into one of my retreats? Here’s an alternative for you. Instead of coming to Maine in the summer or fall, how about coming to Arizona in January? The Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is hosting me January 23-27. This five-day class is the same that I offer … Read More