Been a Busy Summer!

Hello World!  This is my first post in 2 whole months.  Happy Labor Day!

So what’s been going on this summer?  A lot of gallery work and not as much Funky Dori work as I’d have wished.  Although the creative team has come together on a few occasions to work on the next Village Pointe installation -yes we will be covering Peggy’s sculpture again.  This time, it will be less of a quilt, more like a big afgan.

We’re keeping the details on the down low, but it’s going to be a very warm covering, and hopefully when the installation is taken down we can use the pieces to finish blankets to donate to local shelters.

IMG_0933 I’ve also been playing with a new medium – ink, alcohol ink to be specific.  I have found more of my creative time with that than fabric or glass.  It’s like the best of both worlds – tons of texture, and lots of gloss and “melting”.  IMG_0935

I’m currently working on pieces for two themed shows, Ancestral Connections, which is with the Omaha Artists Inc and will be at the Hot Shops in November.  The other is Architexture, with the Nebraska SAQA, and will travel to various galleries in Nebraska throughout 2015 and 2016.

Soon, I’ll have several pieces going to Columbus for a show with fellow artists, Shea Wilkinson and Jane Marie.  Opening Reception will be Sunday Sept 28th from 2-4 at the Columbus Art Gallery.  I hope some of you can make it to the reception!  If not,  the show will run until November 15th.



“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Tang in the Mirror

Tang in the Mirror

The quote seems so appropriate for the picture (taken at the HDZ Aquarium.  Love those little Tangs!)

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted on the blog.  I had updated the website (so it doesn’t seem so out of date), but neglected to get back out here to share what’s up!

I’m studying to improve my skills with Alcohol Inks; the lessons have been with both June Rollins and Karen Walker, and I must admit, it’s become a wee bit of an addiction.  If you’re following me on Facebook, you’ve seen some of the work as a result of these classes.  They’re small, so I’m turning the creations into hand-built greeting cards.  My next piece will be bigger, I just haven’t decided on a topic.

It’s almost 4th of July!  That means fresh corn, fireworks and family reunions.  I hope you all have a fantastic fourth.

Waterfall I

Waterfall I

Waterfall I

It’s been about 2 weeks since I started on the Waterfall. I wish I had taken a photo before I painted so you could see what it looked like with just the fabric pieced in place. Pretty boring and abstract. In fact, it was a little hard to tackle until I decided to paint.

I’m very proud of this piece. I feel like I’ve grown a lot in working on it. First, it’s very realistic. Being close to the work, I don’t know that I would have said that, except that I’ve received some very strong feedback from people who have seen it in person. One even commented she could hear the water!

Secondly, I worked very hard to finish this in a highly professional manner, barring a frame. Well the frame is a story in “you get what you pay for”. I was so excited to find a frame for $8 (the plexiglass was broken). Low and behold, when I attempted to take out the plexi, which was factory glued in, ugh, the frame snapped in two corners and pieces went flying.

The upside, I determined the frame would have looked horrible and moved on. With encouragement that my gut was right, I finished the piece with rock edges rather than straightlines, and used a lot of interfacing to stabilize the material so it could float on a canvas.

The “canvas” is hidden under the piece, making it an odd size. 20×32. Do you know that they don’t make 20×32″ canvas? Nor do they make 32″ stretcher bars (they do, but they are special order). So I picked up 20 and 30 stretcherbars and made my own canvas for the piece to float on.

The full size of Waterfall I is 24″ x 36″. It is wired for hanging, and ready to go to the Omaha Artists Inc selection show tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

I’m going to take a break from 2 dimensional work and begin purses this week.  I have loads of great custom dyed and painted fabric begging to accessorize!  Until next time,

It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”
~ Nicholas Sparks



You’re amazed and surprised right?  Dori, painting?

It’s not what you think.  I self-distracted again, but it was necessary, it’s been needed since January.

Peeking into the studio

Peeking into the studio

I’ve been contemplating colors.  Julie from Feng Shui Omaha suggested a very light terracotta to warm up the studio.  I entertained that color for awhile, then, one day when I was in Lowe’s looking for paint for the gallery I stumbled across this gorgeous Sunflower Yellow.

Yes, you can come in!

Yes, you can come in!

I did add some orange to the space, some new cool Cubicles from Target, and now I’m on the hunt for a rug…

It feels a lot more like MY place now, not some cold office.

Better get back to the waterfall…  until next time,

:-) Dori


Waterfall Magic

“If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in Water.” – Loren Eiseley

Waterfall at Lauritzen Gardens

Waterfall at Lauritzen Gardens

I started last week looking through my photos from a trip to Lauritzen Gardens a couple years ago. I came across this photo of a quiet, meditative spot along the main path.

I decided that I’d try my hand at creating a textile piece based on this photo.  Last week I laid out and pieced in the fabric, and then added some Inktense paints to highlight and give it more depth.

Today I started on the stitching, that which gives my textile paintings texture and brings them to life.  I worked primarily with darker threads today, and did a lot of heavy embroidery work. I am probably 2 more days away from being completed, depending on what comes up this week. This piece will be mounted into a 24×36 frame when it’s finished.

Waterfall after Painting

Waterfall after Painting

Waterfall after 1st day of stitching

Waterfall after 1st day of stitching


Ch Ch Ch Changes…

The FunkyDori website is undergoing B-I-G changes!  In a day or two, will be routed to my new website,  The new site features a nice clean look and will allow me to build a better portfolio of artwork, accessories and classes.

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I will continue to blog on FunkyDori through WordPress, and you will continue to receive updates by email or Facebook as you always have.

Thank you for your support!

:) Dori

Too early?

Here it is, 8:46, and it must be just a bit too early in the morning for me… the Village Pointe talk is at 1pm.  Please don’t come at 2, you’ll miss so much.  So be there at 1pm, and I will be too :)

You’re Invited!

Come out to Village Pointe this Sunday from 2-?  for an artist talk, demo and free refreshments.  Sophie and Missy will be there with myself to visit about Aquarium at the Pointe.  Hope you can join us!

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All about the Install

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When I started on this project, I had immediately asked other fiber artists if they wanted to help.  I was very lucky to have Missy and Diane jump in.  Diane provided a lot of moral support and whipped up fish and sharks lickity-split.  Missy and I spent hours working on placement, sewing and Missy did most of the painting to highlight the fish and make them appear more realistic and dimensional.

A broken serger and 110 hours later we were at installation day!  The high temp for the day – 18!  We did some last minute preparations, grabbed Sophie, our intern, and headed for a warm lunch.

After lunch we met Becky from OCI and Kim from Village Pointe.  We unloaded and started in on covering the arms of the sculpture.  It wasn’t 18 yet.

I bravely stood on the top of the step ladder to reach as high as possible and pull the seaweed covers and Jellyfish down.  Then inside to warm up.

After several trips like that we made it to the 4th arm, and had to rethink our “engineering”.  Between Missy and I, we came up with a plan.  This time Missy stepped up to the top and with some effort, we did it!

The next phase was to secure the underwater duvet to the base.  This worked pretty well, and needed just a few minor adjustments.  Then we finished it off by anchoring the octopus to the seaweed and adding some knitted water nets to the top!

We drove by last night, the lights shining up from the base make this a very fun and interesting site in the middle of Village Pointe.

Aquarium at the Pointe Installed!

image001OMAHA, Neb. (February 26, 2014) – Village Pointe® Shopping Center and Omaha Creative Institute have collaborated with local textile artist Dori Settles to create a dramatic transformation to the shopping center’s public art sculpture, which sits in the middle of its Main Street roundabout.image003

Settles and her team installed textile treatments to the shopping center’s sculpture (“Reaching” by artist Peggy Ritschel) to create a new artistic interpretation of the original work. Settles’ view on the existing artwork with its extending “arms” inspired her to envision an undersea theme and a whimsical recreation Settles calls “Aquarium at the Pointe”. Textile mediums including yarns, fabrics and plastics along with netting and quilted sections were juxtaposed atop the existing sculpture arms to represent sea creatures including jelly fish, octopus and other sea creatures dwelling in an under-the-ocean scene.

“Aquarium at the Pointe” is expected to remain in place through April. A special gathering in celebration of the art installation will take place in mid-March at Village Pointe with details to be announced.

About Omaha Creative Institute
Omaha Creative Institute (OCI) strives to make arts easily accessible in the metro. It coordinates team building events for groups of all sizes; offers public two-hour workshops from ukulele to blacksmithing to watercolor, etc.; produces large community-wide events; and participates in area festivals, parades, and more. OCI promotes artistic advancement in all capacities. From supporting artists to offering widespread access to creativity, the organization works to encourage innovation and imagination in everyone.

“Aquarium at the Pointe”
Art installation by Dori Settles
Village Pointe Shopping Center
March – April 2014

Artist Statement
When I first saw the sculpture “Reaching” by Peggy Ritschel, I immediately saw tentacles and/or seaweed emerging from the base. Knowing the project was to lift spirits on dreary winter days, and that the installation would occur near Dr. Suess’ birthday, I was drawn to create something bright — perhaps bold — and definitely whimsical. I put the word out to members in our Cottonwood Quilt Guild small group, Funtastic Fibers, looking for materials and assistance in creating the project.

Several members brought fabrics and yarns; one sent information on “arm knitting” for the netting, and two agreed to help in the studio. Many of the donated fabrics have been dyed or painted to create the colors we needed. Missy Merriman, a quilter and pattern designer, collaborated on layout, colors and painting. Diane Ostdiek, a long-time fine artist and quilter, joined Missy and me in cutting, sewing, quilting and stuffing all of the sea creatures found swimming, sitting and seemingly flying in our underwater world.

Why an underwater world? Going back to Dr. Suess, none of us could get “One Fish, Two Fish” out of our heads. We enjoyed the challenge of creating fabric sea creatures that resembled their real-life counterparts, yet had a whimsical quality about them.

Diane Ostdiek, Missy Merriman, Dori Settles and Sophie

Diane Ostdiek, Missy Merriman, Dori Settles and Sophie