Sunday, March 27, 2022

#61 is delayed until bridal gown gets trimmed. So on to #62 and in the mean time, if you're so's my resume.

Betty Jane Lau


1980 MFA 1976 BFA


March 2022

School of the Art Institute of Chicago University of Hawaii, Manoa

2022 Excellence in Fibers VII,
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. (Petra Slinkard, Melinda Watt)

2021 DAC The Halls: Invitational, Honolulu, HI. (Gina Bacon, artist)
2021 4th Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Brenda Oelbaum, artist)
Home: a Virtual Exhibit, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Jennifer Weigel, artist) 2019 Truth as a Contested Concept, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, (invited by Indira Freitas

Solo Exhibition, It Takes a Village, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, IL.
Solo Exhibition, Syzygy: To Yoke or Pair Together, Firecat Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL 2017 Solo Exhibition, Woven Quilts, 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL.
Quilt Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI. (Nancy Zieman and WI Public TV)

1988 3rd International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI. (Lili Dujourie, artist; James Surls, artist; Javier Martinez, Director of the Museo de Monterrey in Mexico. [catalogue])

1983 Solo Exhibition, To Hing Chock, Beatrice and the Sandalwood Mountains, Contemporary Arts Center, Honolulu, HI.

1982 1st International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI. (Marisol, artist; Morio Shinoda, artist. [catalogue])

1981 Good As Gold, Alternative Materials in American Jewelry, Smithsonian, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC. (Lloyd E. Herman, Guest Curator, Director, Renwick Gallery. [catalogue])

1980 Solo Exhibition, Sculptures of Impermanence, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago.
Tradition American Style, Contemporary Arts Center, Honolulu, HI. (Ruth Tamura, artist) 1975 Art Hawaii II, 25th annual Exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI. (Dextra

Frenkel, artist) COLLECTIONS:

1983 Marcia Morse 1983 Persis Corporation


Excellence in Fiber VII”, Fiber Arts Now, 2022 Spring edition.

Evangeline Reid, “Syzygy: To Yoke or Pair Together”, New Art Examiner, Vol. 32 No. 4 March/ April 2018. 28.

Tom Klobe, “3rd International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, 1988. 74.

Jay Hartwell, “Artist Uses Collages and Laths to Construct Her Own Images”, The Honolulu Advertiser, August 19, 1983

John Brandenburg, “OU’s ‘Shoebox’ sculptures tap artists’ imagination”, Oklahoma City Times, Sept. 15, 1983

Tom Klobe, “The First International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”, University of Hawaii Art Gallery 1982. 58.

Lloyd E. Herman, “Good As Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry”, Smithsonian Institution, 1981. 10, 20.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Thursday, December 9, 2021

#60. 'Waltzing With Bears / Uncle Walter' 2021.12 66.5 x 60 Very lumpy and bumpy. American fabrics. Bears gifted from Missouri.

I was contrasting these dark bears to light flowers and kittens; when I stumbled upon a song. 

My ukulele group sang 'Waltzing With Bears', written by Dr. Seuss and later interpreted by other musicians. I was inspired to learn that this song is an anthem for some gays and lesbians. 

Our Uncle Walter's not right in the head 

He's been that way all his life, my mother said

 Its not that he's violent or falls down the stairs 

Its just he goes waltzing, waltzing with bears 

 He goes wa wa wa waltzing, waltzing with bears 

Raggy bears, shaggy bears, baggy bears too 

There's nothing on earth Uncle Walter won't do 

So he can go waltzing, wa wa wa waltzing 

He can go waltzing, waltzing with bears  

Repeat #58. Appalachian Moose / Hawaiian Plastic Lei. Finally finished binding in December. 51" x 41". Tennessee thrift store and "silk" scarf from Economy Shop.

Exploring artifice.

A painted portrait of a moose in his natural habitat is printed on a piece of fabric. Why? He is hiding between candy cane stripes. Some areas are purposely exposed and not hidden under a weave so that viewers have enough visual input to actually see the moose.

A scarf was printed with a photograph of real flowers laid in a mandala circle. I wove it with a Hawaiian fabric of stiff plastic print of plumerias.  Surrounded and woven with a summery madras. 
A Beach Boy's vibe.

Monday, August 2, 2021

#59. Fae's Bear Hides in Honolulu. 7/2021. 46-47 height x 34.5-36 width. Honolulu sourced fabrics. Flower print sarongs from Costco and tapa design cloth from Central Union Thrift Store. Of course the bear came from the mainland.

Difficult fabrics. The tapa print is a woven twill which did not allow me to tear into strips. It may unravel despite sewing into place because some threads are cut along the edges. The large floral design is a loose woven fabric. The small floral print is a slippery synthetic knit which I used to patch "holes". All of this made it difficult to keep "square". 


Thursday, June 10, 2021

#58. 'Appalachian Moose with a Plastic Lei' 51" x 41" 2021.6 Moose hides while the other side dances the hula.

 Moose print was found in a thrift store in Tennessee. Lace printed bed sheet is from a thrift store in N. Carolina. Plasticky print of plumeria was salvaged in Hawaii. Scarf of photo printed flowers and camouflage fabric is from the Economy Shop, Oak Park, IL. Who knows where I got the plaid, not exactly a tartan but I think of it as such.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

(Cancer) "IS RELENTLESS. SO ARE WE". Advertisement printed on warp. "HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A REAL INDIAN" is printed on weft going horizontal.

Paper is easier to manipulate and weave unlike flexible fabric. It too spreads apart on the edges and weave tighter in the center. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

#57. 'Dolly Parton's Christmas Present' 2021.2 58" x 55" Mostly American with some Japanese, Hawaiian, African, Indonesian fabrics; some left over from making Covid-19 masks. NFS. Gifted to Dolly 2021.3.18.

 A podcast hosted by Jad Abumrad led me to Dolly Parton's song 'Coat of Many Colors'. This inspired me to make as traditional a quilt as I could. It's worth listening to 'Dolly Parton's America'.

Christmas wrap the exterior of the many colored and faceted "coat". 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

55. 'Juneteenth-20 / Heroics' 2020.9 51"x41" African wax print, Kente design, and Civil War pictures on cloth. Gifted and found materials.

This will be in 'Fiber Arts Now' spring edition, as part of the 'Excellence in Fibers VII'.
It will be on display at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. 
May 28 - Aug 14, 2022.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

54. 'Spring 2020 / Riot of Colors' 2020.6 68" x 68" if arranged on a pedestal or 73" x 68" stretched flat. Contemporary cloths, cottons and synthetics.


Spring 2020 was unlike any other spring. The idea of an idyllic planned flower beds surrounded by a white picket fence turns into a mayhem of flowers confined by black bars. "A riot of colors". I stripped several floral patterns and mixed them up but also had them "randomly" clump together. Aerial drone videos on the 6:00 News reminded me of how small and lost and random we can be. One side is without color, quite dead. And the hashtag is just another unfathomable new change.


Monday, May 25, 2020

Art-In-Place 5/20 - 6/20. Holiday and weather permitting.

'Mardi Gras Beads Day/Night with floaters'.  61" x 69".  Covid-19 half price sale.  $400.00
20% goes to Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.