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Final Flight II

Posted in General on February 3rd, 2016

A fragile leaf on it’s way from the branch to the ground – one last ballet in the wind – with a friend along for the ride.  I find endless inspiration in trees, whether full of leaves, completely denuded, or the evergreens so prevalent here in Whidbey Island.

Final Flight II - detail with ladybug

This particular work is a 12″ square of fused fabric collage, with an applique created with a hand-cut stencil and copper paint on black fabric.  Several years ago I saw a video with Jane Dunnewold on making stencils out of manila file folders, so decided to give it a try.  I ended up making several of shattered leaves, of which this is the second to make it into a project.  The other is in the “Trees” gallery on my website:


Newsletter – December 2015

Posted in General on December 31st, 2015

New Year Greetings to one and all!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, but it’s been a strange fall. You know the saying: sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. Well, lately we have been the bug. Without going into a lot of detail, it is never good for the bug. But the really good news is that Van is now one year cancer free! and surely that is worth celebrating. So join me in raising a glass of your beverage of choice!

In other news, if you haven’t seen the December/January issue of Quilting Arts magazine, my quilt They Rest From Their Labors is included in the article about the Affinity exhibit in Houston. That quilt inspired me to take a different run at the the same general idea, and that quilt, One Fine Spring Day, will be in the exhibit that opens in a few days at the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum for the Whidbey Island Surface Design group. The opening reception is Saturday, January 9th, from 2 to 4 p.m. in beautiful La Conner, Washington. The museum is not open every day during the winter, so be sure to check their website for hours.

One Fine Spring Day

Meanwhile, I have been busy making new work for an exhibit that I will share with Caryl Bryer-Fallert Gentry in Port Townsend, Washington in May. Caryl will have the walls and I will show a collection of my 3-D work, including some new beaded dolls, neckpieces, and vessels. I’m having a great time working with new shapes, but no photos yet. Stay tuned. You can check the Northwind Gallery website for all the details.

Save the Last Leaf

I’m also preparing to teach again this coming summer at the Grünewald Guild up in the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth, Washington. Grünewald offers week long residential class opportunities during the summer, and this will be my 17th summer of teaching for them. I recently retired from my service on their Board of Directors, and am looking forward to the summer classes. The week of July 25-31 I will be teaching my “Layer Upon Layer” collage class (see above for sample), and August 1-7 I will be teaching my “Beaded Dolls” class (see below for sample). You can find all the details, including the entire list of the summer’s class offerings, at the Guild website:


That’s all the news for now, so let me just wish you, my cherished chickadees, an inspiring, creative, joyful new year, filled with family, friends, and those things in life that make you smile!

Peace, and many blessings,

Larkin Jean Van Horn

Newsletter – July 2015

Posted in General on July 28th, 2015

Greetings, Everyone, from beautiful, sunny Whidbey Island!

It’s been a pretty toasty summer here on beautiful Whidbey Island, but we did have a couple of days of rain in the last week, which was very welcome! I don’t usually need to put out extra water for the birds who visit my feeders, but this year I’ve attended to that. And with the blackberries ripening a bit earlier than usual, they don’t need as much food from me, either. They are entertaining to watch, however, and some are very lovely. We have a pair of goldfinches in the neighborhood these days (the official Washington state bird), as well as the usual bald eagles, hawks, barn owls, and LBJs (little brown jobs).

A couple of exhibition notes: I am honored and delighted to have a quilt accepted for the invitational show “Affinity”, organized by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenisen. The exhibit will debut at the Houston International Quilt Market and Festival this fall, so if you are headed there, be sure to look for these pieces. They are all 40″x40″, which is larger than I usually work, so it was a good challenge for me. My quilt is titled “They Rest from Their Labors” and is shown below.

They Rest from Their Labors

I also will be installing an exhibit of my three-dimensional work in the display cases at the Freeland Library here on the island, on Saturday, August 1. The exhibit will stay up until September 12. There will be 41 pieces in the show, and they are from my Vessels, Shrines, and Reliquaries collection. Over the years, I have adhered to the following definitions for those categories:

• Vessel: Anything that will hold or contain anything else.

• Shrine: Anything that commemorates or memorializes a person, place, or event.

• Reliquary: A combination of the two.

If you will be on the island, I hope you will stop in to see the exhibit. You can check here to confirm the hours they are open:

Phases of the Moon

Recently a friend recommended a book to me, after we had talked about decluttering our lives a bit. The book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. It’s a short, fast read full of anecdotes, success stories, and inspiration, and the Japanese aesthetic shines through. There is no-way-Jose that we are ever going to get our book collection down to what she thinks is appropriate, but I did take about 1/3 of our books off to a reseller a week ago. The main thing I gleaned from the book was her list of the order in which to tackle the various categories of stuff in the household. But her method is for households, not households + home offices + studios, so I had to add some categories to cover everything we have crammed into our house. It will take some time to get through the entire list, but I have to say that it is a real pleasure to have all the books on bookshelves, instead of in piles on the floor of every possible nook and cranny! Try your public library. I ended up buying the book, since I would have been number 246 on the list of people waiting for a copy. Now I just need to find a place on the bookshelf for it! Hah! Maybe I’ll donate it to the library, instead.

Enjoy your summer! Keep cool, watch out for mosquitoes, try to do something creative every day, and be well, happy, and safe, my little chickadees!

Larkin Jean Van Horn


Posted in General on January 10th, 2015

Logo for 'The 100'

One of my favorite people is a woman named Virginia Spiegel – not only a wonderful artist, but also a lover of wild places and a humanitarian. In the last several years she has run fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society, and is nearing a milestone. With this year’s fundraiser, she hopes to top a quarter million dollars. To that end, she has invited 100 art quilters to create small works to entice patrons to donate $100 each to this very worthy cause. In return, the first 100 patrons will receive a work of art. For all the details on how to make this happen, visit her website:

Celebrate! II full image

The piece I made for this event is called “Celebrate! II”, and features a big gold star to honor my husband’s own fight against cancer over the past year and a half. Now that he has been given a clean bill of health, we are celebrating with big stupid grins on our faces. But along the way, we also learned to celebrate the small everyday miracles.

Celebrate! II detail

This is a one day event, so mark your calendars and don’t miss out!
1 Day – 100 Artists – 100 Patrons – $10,000
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opens 10 a.m. Central

Lots to See and Do

Posted in General on June 4th, 2013

Even if you don’t usually like hanging out in the city, there is plenty to see and do there, and a walking tour of the galleries of the Pioneer Square area of Seattle is a lot of fun.   I have the great pleasure to be involved in an exhibit at the TK Corridor Gallery June 6 to July 2, 2013.  One of my pieces was chosen to include in the Seattle Vine blog post about the exhibit.

The other piece in the show is “Celtic Spiral VIII”, part of a small series of works using the triple Celtic spiral labyrinth form as the focal area.

In other news, I leave at about 4:30 a.m. for a flight to Chicago to visit my very dear friend and fellow crazy person, Glenn Doering.  Glenn is a very talented jewelry maker, and together we are going to make the pilgrimage to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.  We’ll probably also find time to run amok at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago, and maybe get me up into a very tall building to see the city from above.  One never knows.

Summer arrives soon! So whatever your plans, be well, my little chickadees!


Posted in General on April 27th, 2013

When life seems to be handing me more than my share of disappointments, color will always cheer me up.  And we seemed to have more than our share of grey days this past winter (even for the Pacific Northwet!)  A little blue-violet, a little fuschia, and I was on the road to a sunnier disposition!  And who can resist that face!



Spring Flowers

Posted in General on March 31st, 2013

Today is Easter Sunday, and here on Whidbey Island we were blessed with beautiful blue skies, soft warm breezes, and lots of birds visiting the yard.  I went out early to take some pictures of the floral offerings gracing our yard.  My favorite of the bunch is the brilliant red rhododendron in our front yard, that always seems to bloom earlier than any of the others, and today some of the buds have burst forth.  I love the juxtaposition of the fluffy, soft blooms and the hard, waxy leaves.  Even the colors are opposite one another on the color wheel – a true study in contrasts.  I see some red and green art in my future.  Meanwhile, enjoy the flowers, and be well, my little chickadees!




Spring Has Sprung!

Posted in General on March 27th, 2013

Greetings, and Happy Spring!

I don’t know what you do to get through the winter, but I have been making beaded dolls.  (Okay, enough from the peanut gallery about having a second childhood!)  Most of the dolls are very small, and would nestle comfortably in the palm of your hand.  But some are larger, and today I would like you to meet Hildegard, The Herbalist.


I found her wonderful ceramic face at a bead show while I was on the road a couple of years ago, and it has just been hanging around waiting for the right project.  If I could just remember who the vendor was, I’d order some more.  This getting-older business is sometimes quite irritating!


There are more pictures at my newly updated website:  and if you haven’t visited in awhile, you might want to look around at some of the new work.  So far, Hildegard is the only doll to get to the website, as the others are being made for an exhibit and will be kept under wraps for awhile.

Hope you are finding renewed energy and creative urges as the weather gets a little more friendly!

Be well, my little chickadees!

Small Work – Part Two

Posted in General on November 26th, 2012

Welcome back, my little chickadees!  Here are the other six pieces being offered for sale at this time.  All the details can be found in the previous post, but remember that 20% of the price ($100 each, plus $10 shipping for up to six pieces) will go to the non-profit organization that you choose from the list (Habitat For Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, and The Grunewald Guild).


Eyes for You and Winter Wonder III

Eyes for You and Winter Wonder III
Pensive and Thinking of You

Pensive and Thinking of You

Winter Wonder IV and Young Dreams

Winter Wonder IV and Young Dreams (sold)

For now, these twelve pieces are only being shown here.  Once the overhaul of my website is completed (hopefully early next year), they will go into the Small Treasures gallery.

I look forward to sending these little pieces out into the world.

Be Well!

New Small Work with a Twist

Posted in General on November 26th, 2012

Okay, I admit it:  I love art supply stores!  Even though I am not a painter or sculptor or even a scrapbooker, there’s something about all those interesting tools and materials that intrigues me.  Also, I think there is something in the air conditioning system that induces me to bring home things I have no idea what I will do with!  Such is the case with some stretched canvases I bought in an unusual size (4″ x 12″), and which have been hanging around for quite some time.

It also happens that I like to write checks at the end of the year to help support a few non-profit organizations that I believe in.  And so, I have designed a dozen very small fabric collages to fit on the 4×12 canvases, and will donate 20% of the price ($100 plus $10 shipping), to Habitat For Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, and The Grunewald Guild.  And I will let the purchaser choose which of these three organizations will get the money from their purchase.  (I am going to assume that most of you have heard of Habitat and Doctors, but may not have heard of the Grunewald Guild.  They are an arts organization that seeks to make the connection between art and faith.  More info at:

So, here’s how it works:  the first six pieces are shown here, and the other six will be in the next post, which will go up shortly.  If you are interested in purchasing one (or six!), drop me a line at .  Payment will be via PayPal, and in the comments section, please tell me which organization should receive your donation.  The $10 shipping fee applies for up to six pieces in one box.


Dream of Me and Winter Wonder I

Dream of Me and Winter Wonder I



Loving Thoughts and O, Holy Night

Loving Thoughts and O, Holy Night (sold)


Winter Wonder II and Inspire Hope

Winter Wonder II and Inspire Hope (sold)

Thanks for looking, my little chickadees! I look forward to sending these lovely little pieces out to new homes and doing a little good in the world.

Be well!