Nancy Bardach, Fiber Artist
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Limelight

Limelight

2018   Size: 38"h x 29" w     Price: $1800

"Five (sic) Characters in Search of an Author" as Luigi Pirandello might have said. The curtains part and the spotlights over the proscenium arch glare down on the stage, putting them in the "Limelight".

Materials:  Cotton fabrics, some hand dyes, batting, texturing threads.

Aztec Altar

Aztec Altar

2016     Size: 31"h x 23"w           Price: $800

In an old black and white 1961 photo, Frida Kahlo appears, standing proudly in Casa Azul’s enclosed garden, near a stepped-stone Aztec altar. It’s solidity and strength, its reference to Frida’s life and her history, are my subject.

Frida’s home and studio in Mexico City, the Casa Azul, is in Coyoacan, an historical Spanish residential area, filled with elegant homes.  On the altar that Rivera and Kahlo had built in their courtyard, they displayed Pre-Columbian sculptures, cacti and other plants.  The altar’s heavy, dense stone shapes remind one of the strictures, both physical and social, Freda Kahlo worked against.

Food for Thought (an Ode to Joy)

Food for Thought (an Ode to Joy)

2018 Size: 33”w x 74”h Price: $2000

Beethoven and the Professor ponder over the seasonal ingredients for their next meal. Flowing juniper trees beyond --- singing a song to the Study that Joy Built. Other ingredients: book shelves, Greek pediment and sunlight through the study windows.

Why the frowns? What distracts the two from their intellectual pursuits? My collected, all-season fruit and vegetable fabrics, including kiwis and figs, turnips and peas, glistening olives --- it’s hunger.

Q: What do professors think about all day in their studies? A: If food is in the frieze, is it frozen? Do I have a book about 'The Ode to Soy'? And, if I'm always inside; why the tie?

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

2016    Size:  30"h x 24"w      Price: $650

Air changes Fire

Fire colors Air

           Water reflects Light.

Turbulence

Turbulence

2016    Size:  35"h x 24"w     Chaotic changes in fluid flow and velocity have influenced this image. Turbulence is characterized by diffusion, convection, and rapid variation of pressure and fluid flow in space and time.  Part of my 'Lunar Worlds' series.       Price: $650

Dystopia

Dystopia

2016         Size: 39"h x 25"w      

Spheres shatter, orbs fly apart, the sky is falling.

Waves are chopping, spiking high.

Dismay seizes the world.

"Dystopia" is part of a series called "lunar worlds".  Varying colors, fabrics and quilting stitches results in mood changes. In format it relates to and contrasts strongly with my peaceful "Harvest Moon".     Price:  $650

Solar

Solar

2015   Size: 25"h x 43" w     A California dream --- solar on every housetop.  Flickering, syncopated motion across the fabric field.           Price: $1500.

Ironbark

Ironbark

2014   20"h x 24"w           The most beautiful of all California eucalyptus trees. Dark, rough bark with deep crevasses. Red veins and red accents on the dying brown leaves. When blooming the flowers are gorgeous red fluff balls.                               Price: $500

Runway Lights, Rainy Night

Runway Lights, Rainy Night

2007 Size: 58"w x 56"h Denver Airport, a triptych. I sketched these views one night as we landed and taxied toward Denver's gorgeous, lighted terminal with its stretched fabric roof. Rain on tarmac glistens.

Price: $2500.

Tableau- Morceaux

Tableau- Morceaux

2014 Size: 44”h x 32”w Price: $2000

Ordinary alimentary settings and kitchen tools writ large. Frozen, exaggerated, each is posed on a striped tablecloth to create a fantasy foursome: five pepper blend, soup, garlic with press, and a glass of wine.

Exhibited in SAQA show "Food for Thought" and touring internationally with that show.

Summertimes

Summertimes

2010 Size: 65"h x 75"w Price: $3000

Various barns --- at dawn, morning, noon and evening. A four part composition, with shadows and shading according to the times of day.

Love Birds (Guinea Hens)

Love Birds (Guinea Hens)

2008       Size: 52"w x 49"h   African creatures on land, in sky and sea. Hand quilted; cottons include African "trade cloth" batiks.  Embellished with many beads and a few buttons.     Price: $2400

Mountain Blossoms Pursue the Rising Sun

Mountain Blossoms Pursue the Rising Sun

1995 Size: 73”h x 56”w Hand quilted. Currently showing at: "In Full Bloom 2013" exhibit at the IQF Marketplace 2013, Houston, Texas, and touring.

Price: $2500

Mountain Blossoms - detail image

Mountain Blossoms - detail image

Hand quilting echoes leaf shapes, creates stirring wind patterns, and adds to the quality and value of this piece.

What Did We Fear on the Homefront

What Did We Fear on the Homefront

2014 Size: 20" x 20" Price: $450.

One hot Spring afternoon in the early 60’s my math teacher at Arlington High (in Massachusetts), Mr. John S. Sampson, told us his wartime fears story. The classroom windows were raised, and he noticed students looking longingly outside.

He pointed to an above ground storage tank for home heating oil sitting beyond the sports fields on a nearby hill. Early in the war he and other teachers began to worry. What if it were to take a direct hit, damaging surrounding homes, endangering students?

Doing some research, Mr. Sampson discovered that a bomb dropped into the tank would sink to the bottom and be quenched by the liquid. Only if atomized to a fine mist would the fuel oil be combustible. Indeed, in at least some oil burner service schools, the high “flash point” of the liquid was demonstrated to trainees by tossing a lit match into a coffee can of No. 2 home heating oil. The match went out.

He Always Wondered

He Always Wondered

2014 Size: 20" x 20" Price: $450

Made in honor of my father Ewan Watts Fletcher. Narrative piece with words reading, "My father taught radar at Harvard during the war. One night during a training exercise out at Boston Harbor, a mysterious, unauthorized submarine appeared on the screen. He always wondered ... German?"

Second Balcony

Second Balcony

2012 Size: 18"w x 24"h SOLD.

Opera overture, darkened house and orchestra pit, a glimmer of instruments and brilliant lighting on the sheet music. The gold curtain is still down.

On display at Berkeley Civic Center, Berkeley CA in 2015-16. Shown at "Shelter" in The Purple Pomegranate Gallery, Whitefish, MT.

At Rest

At Rest

2013 Size: 69h x 63w Not for sale.

This piece has several unusual fabrics with a painterly look that compliment its character. One, by a blind Mexican artist, George Mendoza, captures the look of butterfly wing scales under a microscope. It initiated and inspired the overall color scheme.

History: 1) "At Rest" was accepted in 2014 for "Butterflies and their beautiful kin" at the Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX; 2) at National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas in "Butterfly Whirl"; 3) then went on national tour until Fall 2016.

At Rest - wing detail

At Rest - wing detail

2013 Commercially printed fabrics, once designed and pieced in meaningful combinations, have many beautiful rewards.

NFS (family owned).

View from a High Place

View from a High Place

2013        Size approx. 30"h x 40"w         An abstract reality, the view of San Francisco Bay as one stands on top of Indian Rock in Berkeley. It encompasses the Bay, curving around towards the Bay Bridge to San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Marin County headlands and Mt. Tam. At your feet a grid of street and garden parks appears, in steep perspective.        SOLD.
 

Terpsichore

Terpsichore

2016 Size:35” h x 26” w SOLD.

Terpsichore is a muse and the goddess of dance. In Greek, her name actually means "delight in dancing". This composition takes its inspiration from that translation.

Fog

Fog

2014    20"h x 24"w          Muted lighting effects on the Bridge cables tonight. Their reflections glisten in the Bay.  And at the Port of Oakland shoreline, mercury vapor lights reflect their orange glow into the sky.                                                                  SOLD.

Gift to the City

Gift to the City

2015 Size: 20"h x 24" w SOLD.

Reflected in the water, a light sculpture by Leo Villareal plays on the cables of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Many different lighting patterns flow across the four spans and re-appear in the water. Pinpoints (LEDs) are streaming in sequences, images of beauty . . . it’s the Bay Bridge Lights.

Orange lights at the horizon illuminate the working Port of Oakland. Their reflections also glow in the Bay.

Bosphorous

Bosphorous

2014     Size:

Patterned but wild, with a hint of oriental carpet.     SOLD (commissioned)

Chelyabinsk Skies

Chelyabinsk Skies

2014        Size:  22"h x 18"w      Massive meteors are rare events for us; breaking up as they flare - even more unusual.  The shocking noise and force of impact are belied by its long gentle arc and the flat, boring landscape setting. A copse of trees is the only thing on the horizon.     SOLD.

 

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

2016 Size: 21" h x 15" w SOLD.

Ripples in the pool reflect on nearby buildings. Sunlight splashes into windows - optical trickery. Time of day and prevailing weather may be misperceived, too.

Limelight

2018   Size: 38"h x 29" w     Price: $1800

"Five (sic) Characters in Search of an Author" as Luigi Pirandello might have said. The curtains part and the spotlights over the proscenium arch glare down on the stage, putting them in the "Limelight".

Materials:  Cotton fabrics, some hand dyes, batting, texturing threads.

Aztec Altar

2016     Size: 31"h x 23"w           Price: $800

In an old black and white 1961 photo, Frida Kahlo appears, standing proudly in Casa Azul’s enclosed garden, near a stepped-stone Aztec altar. It’s solidity and strength, its reference to Frida’s life and her history, are my subject.

Frida’s home and studio in Mexico City, the Casa Azul, is in Coyoacan, an historical Spanish residential area, filled with elegant homes.  On the altar that Rivera and Kahlo had built in their courtyard, they displayed Pre-Columbian sculptures, cacti and other plants.  The altar’s heavy, dense stone shapes remind one of the strictures, both physical and social, Freda Kahlo worked against.

Food for Thought (an Ode to Joy)

2018 Size: 33”w x 74”h Price: $2000

Beethoven and the Professor ponder over the seasonal ingredients for their next meal. Flowing juniper trees beyond --- singing a song to the Study that Joy Built. Other ingredients: book shelves, Greek pediment and sunlight through the study windows.

Why the frowns? What distracts the two from their intellectual pursuits? My collected, all-season fruit and vegetable fabrics, including kiwis and figs, turnips and peas, glistening olives --- it’s hunger.

Q: What do professors think about all day in their studies? A: If food is in the frieze, is it frozen? Do I have a book about 'The Ode to Soy'? And, if I'm always inside; why the tie?

Harvest Moon

2016    Size:  30"h x 24"w      Price: $650

Air changes Fire

Fire colors Air

           Water reflects Light.

Turbulence

2016    Size:  35"h x 24"w     Chaotic changes in fluid flow and velocity have influenced this image. Turbulence is characterized by diffusion, convection, and rapid variation of pressure and fluid flow in space and time.  Part of my 'Lunar Worlds' series.       Price: $650

Dystopia

2016         Size: 39"h x 25"w      

Spheres shatter, orbs fly apart, the sky is falling.

Waves are chopping, spiking high.

Dismay seizes the world.

"Dystopia" is part of a series called "lunar worlds".  Varying colors, fabrics and quilting stitches results in mood changes. In format it relates to and contrasts strongly with my peaceful "Harvest Moon".     Price:  $650

Solar

2015   Size: 25"h x 43" w     A California dream --- solar on every housetop.  Flickering, syncopated motion across the fabric field.           Price: $1500.

Ironbark

2014   20"h x 24"w           The most beautiful of all California eucalyptus trees. Dark, rough bark with deep crevasses. Red veins and red accents on the dying brown leaves. When blooming the flowers are gorgeous red fluff balls.                               Price: $500

Runway Lights, Rainy Night

2007 Size: 58"w x 56"h Denver Airport, a triptych. I sketched these views one night as we landed and taxied toward Denver's gorgeous, lighted terminal with its stretched fabric roof. Rain on tarmac glistens.

Price: $2500.

Tableau- Morceaux

2014 Size: 44”h x 32”w Price: $2000

Ordinary alimentary settings and kitchen tools writ large. Frozen, exaggerated, each is posed on a striped tablecloth to create a fantasy foursome: five pepper blend, soup, garlic with press, and a glass of wine.

Exhibited in SAQA show "Food for Thought" and touring internationally with that show.

Summertimes

2010 Size: 65"h x 75"w Price: $3000

Various barns --- at dawn, morning, noon and evening. A four part composition, with shadows and shading according to the times of day.

Love Birds (Guinea Hens)

2008       Size: 52"w x 49"h   African creatures on land, in sky and sea. Hand quilted; cottons include African "trade cloth" batiks.  Embellished with many beads and a few buttons.     Price: $2400

Mountain Blossoms Pursue the Rising Sun

1995 Size: 73”h x 56”w Hand quilted. Currently showing at: "In Full Bloom 2013" exhibit at the IQF Marketplace 2013, Houston, Texas, and touring.

Price: $2500

Mountain Blossoms - detail image

Hand quilting echoes leaf shapes, creates stirring wind patterns, and adds to the quality and value of this piece.

What Did We Fear on the Homefront

2014 Size: 20" x 20" Price: $450.

One hot Spring afternoon in the early 60’s my math teacher at Arlington High (in Massachusetts), Mr. John S. Sampson, told us his wartime fears story. The classroom windows were raised, and he noticed students looking longingly outside.

He pointed to an above ground storage tank for home heating oil sitting beyond the sports fields on a nearby hill. Early in the war he and other teachers began to worry. What if it were to take a direct hit, damaging surrounding homes, endangering students?

Doing some research, Mr. Sampson discovered that a bomb dropped into the tank would sink to the bottom and be quenched by the liquid. Only if atomized to a fine mist would the fuel oil be combustible. Indeed, in at least some oil burner service schools, the high “flash point” of the liquid was demonstrated to trainees by tossing a lit match into a coffee can of No. 2 home heating oil. The match went out.

He Always Wondered

2014 Size: 20" x 20" Price: $450

Made in honor of my father Ewan Watts Fletcher. Narrative piece with words reading, "My father taught radar at Harvard during the war. One night during a training exercise out at Boston Harbor, a mysterious, unauthorized submarine appeared on the screen. He always wondered ... German?"

Second Balcony

2012 Size: 18"w x 24"h SOLD.

Opera overture, darkened house and orchestra pit, a glimmer of instruments and brilliant lighting on the sheet music. The gold curtain is still down.

On display at Berkeley Civic Center, Berkeley CA in 2015-16. Shown at "Shelter" in The Purple Pomegranate Gallery, Whitefish, MT.

At Rest

2013 Size: 69h x 63w Not for sale.

This piece has several unusual fabrics with a painterly look that compliment its character. One, by a blind Mexican artist, George Mendoza, captures the look of butterfly wing scales under a microscope. It initiated and inspired the overall color scheme.

History: 1) "At Rest" was accepted in 2014 for "Butterflies and their beautiful kin" at the Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX; 2) at National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas in "Butterfly Whirl"; 3) then went on national tour until Fall 2016.

At Rest - wing detail

2013 Commercially printed fabrics, once designed and pieced in meaningful combinations, have many beautiful rewards.

NFS (family owned).

View from a High Place

2013        Size approx. 30"h x 40"w         An abstract reality, the view of San Francisco Bay as one stands on top of Indian Rock in Berkeley. It encompasses the Bay, curving around towards the Bay Bridge to San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Marin County headlands and Mt. Tam. At your feet a grid of street and garden parks appears, in steep perspective.        SOLD.
 

Terpsichore

2016 Size:35” h x 26” w SOLD.

Terpsichore is a muse and the goddess of dance. In Greek, her name actually means "delight in dancing". This composition takes its inspiration from that translation.

Fog

2014    20"h x 24"w          Muted lighting effects on the Bridge cables tonight. Their reflections glisten in the Bay.  And at the Port of Oakland shoreline, mercury vapor lights reflect their orange glow into the sky.                                                                  SOLD.

Gift to the City

2015 Size: 20"h x 24" w SOLD.

Reflected in the water, a light sculpture by Leo Villareal plays on the cables of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Many different lighting patterns flow across the four spans and re-appear in the water. Pinpoints (LEDs) are streaming in sequences, images of beauty . . . it’s the Bay Bridge Lights.

Orange lights at the horizon illuminate the working Port of Oakland. Their reflections also glow in the Bay.

Bosphorous

2014     Size:

Patterned but wild, with a hint of oriental carpet.     SOLD (commissioned)

Chelyabinsk Skies

2014        Size:  22"h x 18"w      Massive meteors are rare events for us; breaking up as they flare - even more unusual.  The shocking noise and force of impact are belied by its long gentle arc and the flat, boring landscape setting. A copse of trees is the only thing on the horizon.     SOLD.

 

Reflecting Pool

2016 Size: 21" h x 15" w SOLD.

Ripples in the pool reflect on nearby buildings. Sunlight splashes into windows - optical trickery. Time of day and prevailing weather may be misperceived, too.

Limelight
Aztec Altar
Food for Thought (an Ode to Joy)
Harvest Moon
Turbulence
Dystopia
Solar
Ironbark
Runway Lights, Rainy Night
Tableau- Morceaux
Summertimes
Love Birds (Guinea Hens)
Mountain Blossoms Pursue the Rising Sun
Mountain Blossoms - detail image
What Did We Fear on the Homefront
He Always Wondered
Second Balcony
At Rest
At Rest - wing detail
View from a High Place
Terpsichore
Fog
Gift to the City
Bosphorous
Chelyabinsk Skies
Reflecting Pool