Collaboration x 2 and a Donation

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Virginia A. Spiegel

Karen Stiehl Osborn, Von Biggs, and I had such fun at the KHN that we decided to commemorate it with collaborative artworks. I provided the base layer, Von added his circles, and Karen added the top layer. Karen then cut the piece into 25 2″ squares for each of us.

Above is my artwork. It’s 10″ square and mounted on Bristol board. Each square is attached wih only a dab of archival glue in its center as I wanted some texture in the piece.


We also collaborated (same procedure) on the above artwork shown with Pat and Elizabeth of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center of the Arts. Karen wrapped the artwork around a 12″ x 24″ x 3/4″ stretched canvas.  Our donation to the KHN was a small thank-you for their opening their facility to us for a week.


10 2014

Blog Tour – Mark Your Calendar!


Sue Reno’s DVD on surface design is now out and what better way to celebrate than take a little tour around some of our fav artists’ blogs. You know it will be a fun event with this great lineup of artists.

It all starts in November; mark your caldendar so you don’t miss a day!

11/5/14: Sue Reno

11/6/14: Susan Brubaker Knapp

11/7/14: Allie Aller

11/8/14: Diane Doran

11/9/14: Vivien Zepf

*****11/10/14: Virginia Spiegel****

11/11/14: Cynthia St. Charles

11/12/14: Natalya Aikens

11/13/14: Lyric Kinard


10 2014

Inspired by London – 2014

Thamesviewweb If you’ve been following along the last couple of years, you probably guessed that my absence here for a bit meant I was in my fav town: London.  We’ve done most of the “tourist” things, so really we just wandered about looking at things this year.


Two of my fav things – train travel (for a tour of the  Royal Opera House’s Production Studio for their sets and scenery about 20 miles from London) and cheese/pickle sammies. Pickle is really chutney, I think, and this is what I had for lunch EVERY day when we did the Coast-to-Coast across England. Deja vu!


This, however, is our usual way of going about London: The tube system.  We used about 25 stations and passed through another 25 or so.  I love this photo – all gleaming efficiency.  You realize how far down you are under London once you take a couple of these up and up after arriving on a platform.  The topper was a station that said take the elevator or walk up stairs equivalent to a 13 story building.

Below are a few more photos of textures and interesting things that caught my eye:






And, finally, for my fellow foodies:


Do not go here on the weekend – ack! crowds, but always lots to see and eat.


Actually a brewery in Greenwich.  And you can walk up the hill and see the Astronomy Photos of the Year.


Nirvana!  The London Review of BOOKS shop and cafe. That’s their special tea menu on the little clipboard.  I’m sorry I didn’t have a camera the day I had white peony and rose bud tea served in tiny glass teapots on a teak box.




10 2014

Water over Rock and Junk Mail


Still waiting on the new studio windows and still working on the new Boundary Waters artwork about sun on water, water over rock.  This was taken with the piece laying flat on my sewing table.  You can see that I want texture from raised and loose edges.



Also still going on the coffee cup image for my six-inch square collages for the Junk Mail Art Collective on Facebook.  This is “Many.”


09 2014

Trunk Show Tomorrow!


I have almost thirty artworks ready to go for this trunk show/talk tomorrow, September 17, at the Byron (IL) Public Library.  If you would like to attend and don’t care to call the library, let me know and I will let the library know you will be attending.

The emphasis will definitely be on SHOW and not too much tell.  I have artwork from my first traditional quilt straight through artwork I have just finished.

It’s been fun to look at artwork I haven’t seen for awhile.  I’ve realized that, although my topics have varied, my artwork is characterized by hand-painted fabrics in bold colors, horizontal orientation with vertical stitching, and, frequently, a mad love of tiny, tiny, pieces.



09 2014