Thursday, June 18, 2015

art is life...live with art


               Follow Dennis's board Alma Lesch on Pinterest.
the buttons which embellish my basketBOWL sculptures pay homage to Alma Lesch


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Coptic Weavings on Old Testament themes


Textile artist Alma Lesch in her basement studio early 1960s Shepherdsville KY
Weavings and fabric collages became part of her J B Speed exhibition in 1969 entitled "The Cloth"

Family Portrait


Fabric Collage Portrait applique and stitchery on linen, theatrical gauze
17 by 60 inches   reds and yellows vegetable dyes
1965 sold by America House, New York City

"David"



1967 Fabric Collage Portrait, applique and stitchery
22 x 50 inches   red, purple, blue, rust
collection of Millard Lesch, Kirkland, Washington

"Mrs. Burns" #3



Fabric Collage Portrait   third version of Mrs. Burns theme
cotton blouse, buttons   1964
stitchery and pieces of cloth on one linsey-woolsey
26 x 36 inches  white and black
sold to Robert Burnside  New York City

"Nell" 1965



Fabric Collage Portrait    "Nell"
lace gown, fan, embroidered portemonnaie, buttons on cotton
23 x 58 inches
gold beige, blue 
owned by Mrs. Daniel Peterson estate
sold at her estate auction to Lee Ann Ellingsworth  Louisville (verify on 6/16/2015)

"Jezabel, That Woman"


 
Fabric Collage Portrait  1965
applique and stitchery with buttons on linen-applique
pieces are umbrella, knit blouse, and lace skirt
22 x 66 inches   red, orange, rust and gold 
gift to Sarah Lansdell, Georgia

"Mrs. Burns" #1


 
This is the first fabric collage portrait that I made ALMA LESCH note
1964    Fabric Collage Portrait
cotton blouse, shoe buttons, pearl buttons, hat pins, fan, and hand punched
cutwork lace on old linsey-woolsey
24 x 38 inches    white and black

Craft Horizons March-April 1965 cover photo


 
"Uncle Bob"    work jacket, piece of old quilt, straight razor case
gold rim spectacles, wood picture frame, and old billfold on linen
21 x 34 inches    blue, beige, and red
owned by Joseph Heil, New York City

1965


 
hooked rug stairway (destroyed) Alma Lesch in home stairway
Shepherdsville, KY 1965

March 1965


 
Alma Lesch with natural dyed yarn 1960 embroidered stitchery above fireplace mantel first shown in Kentucky State Fair. Between 1960-1964 Alma Lesch won 30 ribbons exhibiting at Kentucky State Fair, Louisville.

1965


 
Alma Lesch in her basement studio, umbrella armature becomes "Jezabel, That Woman" fabric portrait (photo above scroll to find). Ceramic kiln on left.

Craftsman in Studio


 
1965
note on photo by Alma Lesch  sold to Pricilla Bullitt

April 1965


The Cloth


 
1969  preparation for exhibition
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville KY

1969


 
Basement Studio Shepherdsville, KY

Artist at Work


The Tobacco Setter, detail


Feed Sack Stitchery and collage applique series


Clowns


 
early 1960s

Feed Sack series DETAIL needlework



Kentucky State Fair 1960 entry Textiles


Kentucky State Fair debut 1960