Nancy Bardach, Fiber Artist
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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.

Gift to the City

Gift to the City

2015   Size: 20"h x 24" w        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.

Price: $500.

The Professor in His Study

The Professor in His Study

2015    Size: 75”h x 54”w                                        Price: $3000

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?

Techniques: Machine piecing, hand embroidery and applique, embellishment, acrylic painting on fabric.  Materials Cotton, jersey and other fabrics, embroidery thread, cotton sewing thread, buttons, paint. Influenced by Terrie Hancock Mangat's quilt art process.

History: Currently on exhibit at "In Stitches - Seriously Humorous Art Quilts" at Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler Arizona,  November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

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

Air changes Fire

Fire colors Air

           Water reflects Light.

Terpsichore

Terpsichore

2016         Size:35” h x 26” w      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.                              SOLD

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

Tableau- Morceaux

Tableau- Morceaux

2014     Size:  44”h x 32”w        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.         Price: $2000

Second Balcony

Second Balcony

2012    Size:  18"w x 24"h        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.      Price: $450

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

2016    Size: 21" h x 15" w    Ripples in the pool reflect on nearby buildings.  Sunlight splashes into  windows - optical trickery.  Time of day and prevailing weather may be misperceived, too.      Price: $400.

At Rest

At Rest

2013       Size:  69h x 63w        Price: $1000.

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.

Summertimes

Summertimes

2010      Size:  65"h x 75"w                                        Price: $6200

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

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: $3500.

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: $4000

Mountain Blossoms

Mountain Blossoms

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

He Always Wondered

He Always Wondered

2014    Size: 20" x 20"      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?"    

Price: $450.

What Did We Fear on the Homefront

What Did We Fear on the Homefront

2014    Size: 20" x 20"     

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.

Price: $450.

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.
 

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.

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.

 

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.

Gift to the City

2015   Size: 20"h x 24" w        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.

Price: $500.

The Professor in His Study

2015    Size: 75”h x 54”w                                        Price: $3000

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?

Techniques: Machine piecing, hand embroidery and applique, embellishment, acrylic painting on fabric.  Materials Cotton, jersey and other fabrics, embroidery thread, cotton sewing thread, buttons, paint. Influenced by Terrie Hancock Mangat's quilt art process.

History: Currently on exhibit at "In Stitches - Seriously Humorous Art Quilts" at Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler Arizona,  November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Harvest Moon

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

Air changes Fire

Fire colors Air

           Water reflects Light.

Terpsichore

2016         Size:35” h x 26” w      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.                              SOLD

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

Tableau- Morceaux

2014     Size:  44”h x 32”w        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.         Price: $2000

Second Balcony

2012    Size:  18"w x 24"h        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.      Price: $450

Reflecting Pool

2016    Size: 21" h x 15" w    Ripples in the pool reflect on nearby buildings.  Sunlight splashes into  windows - optical trickery.  Time of day and prevailing weather may be misperceived, too.      Price: $400.

At Rest

2013       Size:  69h x 63w        Price: $1000.

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.

Summertimes

2010      Size:  65"h x 75"w                                        Price: $6200

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

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: $3500.

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: $4000

Mountain Blossoms

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

He Always Wondered

2014    Size: 20" x 20"      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?"    

Price: $450.

What Did We Fear on the Homefront

2014    Size: 20" x 20"     

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.

Price: $450.

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.
 

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.

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.

 

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