Tarpey Depot

Tarpey Depot, Clovis, California by Debbie Clement

Tarpey Depot, Clovis, California by Debbie Clement

Debbie writes about Tarpey Depot

The Tarpey Depot was built in 1891 as one of three freight and passenger depots along the proposed 26-mile route of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. Today it is the only remaining building of a project intended to bring prosperity to the new town established by Clovis Cole. The Clovis Historical Society purchased and restored this fine old building in 2000 moving it back to the original location at Clovis Avenue and 4th Street. Over the past 120 years it has also served as a winery office, post office, polling place and real estate office. It is currently the Clovis Information and Tourism office.

I learned some other interesting information about Clovis from it’s Wikipedia page….

Clovis is situated midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, bordering Fresno, in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Lying at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which includes Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks, Clovis has been known as “Gateway to the Sierras” since its incorporation in 1912.

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Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse hooked by Nancy Winn, Sebastopol, California

Mickey Mouse hooked by Nancy Winn, Sebastopol, California

Nancy Winn is a fiber and paper-mache artist. Her animal sculptures may be viewed at her website.

Nancy’s  “critters” are lifelike, amusing, and made from “unwanted” materials. Lucky for us, Nancy also extends her creativity and art to hooking rugs. Here’s what she said about her inspiration for hooking a Mickey Mouse postcard.

I worked for Wilson Learning in the 1980’s. The President, Larry Wilson, presented employees who’d reached a one-year milestone with a gold Mickey Mouse watch. He told us, “When you check the time, this watch will remind you to have fun!” While California is more than Hollywood, Mickey Mouse is a global and endearing icon for fun.

 

 

Fresno ArtHop

ArtHopJanuary 3, 2013

ArtHop
January 3, 2013

Thanks to Cai King for organizing and hanging the Postcard display at the Fresno Arts Council Gallery at 1245 Van Ness Avenue in Fresno, California. ArtHop started at 5 pm and continued until 8 pm. Many art enthusiasts stopped by the gallery to see the Postcards From California Fiber Art Challenge. ArtHop will continue on January 17 from 5-8 pm. The Postcard display will hang in the gallery for the entire month of January. I hope you will be able to stop by and see the Postcards making their first art gallery appearance. I couldn’t be happier.

Postcards & me.

Road to California

Road to CaliforniaPieced quilt pattern by Cai King

Road to California
Pieced quilt pattern by Cai King

Cai King of Fresno writes….

I don’t know too many fiber junkies who haven’t cross-pollinated across multiple fiber media: knitters who sew, seamstresses who tat, tatters who hook, hookers who quilt, and sew it goes. One medium influencing another as one artist inspires the next. When Gail Becker first shared her vision of the Postcards challenge I was definitely supportive–she is in my guild after all & a merry soul besides–but I had no idea where this adventure in wool would take me. A quilt block to signify the sisterhood of fiber, especially one so aptly named as Road to California, seemed an innate choice. Some quilt historians ascribe this pattern design to the influence of the Trans-Continental Railroad. Although we all got here by various means, I can so clearly imagine Gail & I, in calico dresses and bonnets, dusty, butt-weary from miles on a bucking wooden seat, color planning as we held something to make in our hands-go West young women…and I know she’d be keeping me in stitches the whole way.

Blue Whale

Hooked and designed by Cai King, Fresno, CA.

Hooked and designed by Cai King, Fresno, CA.

Cai writes…..

Lucky for California that we’re not a land-locked state. We also get to claim 800 plus miles of the Pacific Ocean-surf & turf! For me, nothing illustrates the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean as much as the vision of a blue whale breaching the surface. The sheer miracle of a beast that weighs the equivalent of 10 school buses defying gravity with a playful wave of its flukes lightens my heart. While I have had the pleasure to be on the ocean to catch mere glimpses of these creatures in the distance, I look forward to the day I experience the spectacle up close and personal.

Turlock, California Barn

I hooked two Turlock, CA barns–I pass both when I walk the dogs on the canals close to my home.  The two barns are within a quarter of a mile of each other and are typical of the barns in the San Joaquin Valley.   In this piece corn has been planted next to the barn.

Turlock, CA Barn

Turlock, CA Barn

Road to California
Pieced quilt pattern by Cai King

Here’s what Cai has to say about Road to California.

I don’t know too many fiber junkies who haven’t cross-pollinated across multiple fiber media: knitters who sew, seamstresses who tat, tatters who hook, hookers who quilt, and sew it goes. One medium influencing another as one artist inspires the next. When Gail Becker first shared her vision of the Postcards challenge I was definitely supportive–she is in my guild after all & a merry soul besides–but I had no idea where this adventure in wool would take me. A quilt block to signify the sisterhood of fiber, especially one so aptly named as Road to California, seemed an innate choice. Some quilt historians ascribe this pattern design to the influence of the Trans-Continental Railroad. Although we all got here by various means, I can so clearly imagine Gail & I, in calico dresses and bonnets, dusty, butt-weary from miles on a bucking wooden seat, color planning as we held something to make in our hands-go West young women…and I know she’d be keeping me in stitches the whole way.