2×20 Exhibit Opening in California

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Virginia A. Spiegel
24″h x 36.5″w
Acrylic textile paint, upholstery fabric samples, rayon thread.
Screen print with screens from artist’s photos, cut;
raw-edge collage created with machine stitching.

Two by Twenty, a Studio Art Quilt Associates’ juried exhibition will be shown at Road to California, Ontario, CA, January 19 – January 22. I saw this exhibit in The Netherlands and it is well worth a visit.  Each of the twenty juried artists has two artworks in the exhibit. My Shagbark 3 and Shagbark 4 are included.

In person is really the only way to see how the Shagbark series was created from hundreds of small pieces cut from individually screen printed upholstery fabric samples. Nothing was fused, so you can imagine the pins (and the time) involved.

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There are seven Shagbarks – see them all here.

There is a beautiful catalog available for the exhibit from SAQA, now on sale for $10.

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01 2017

Boundary Waters 83 Juried into H2OH!

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39.5 x 40 inches
Materials:  White cotton fabric, non-woven fabric, Lutradur, ink, gel medium, acrylic paint, miniature paper fasteners.  Techniques:  Screen print, paint, collage, cut, punch, fasten.
Virginia A. Spiegel

Boundary Waters 83 is one of 34 artworks from 522 entries juried into H2OH!, a Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling exhibit focusing on water. A list of all the accepted artists and venues already scheduled for the next three years are here.

I SOOOOOOOO wanted to be in this exhibit because when I am by or on a lake, river, or ocean I feel I have arrived exactly where I need and want to be.  And, of course, the waters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are near and dear to my heart. I continue making artwork in this series not just as an artistic expression of how I feel about the landscape, but also as witness to an area that must be cherished and protected from development and exploitation.

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Boundary Waters 83 – Detail 1

There are three artworks in this series within the series.  The other two are under wraps until I enter them a few more places. There is no stitching in the three artworks. Let’s just say THOUSANDS of miniature paper fasteners would not be an exaggeration. The action of punching small holes and inserting the fasteners is actually quite similar to hand-stitching and equally time consuming.

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BWaters83Dtl2500webBoundary Waters 83 – Detail 2

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01 2017

2017 – Off to a good start!

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It’s the start of my studio season with hardly any snow, but temps in the single digits.  It’s such a joy to be once again inspired and working in the studio every day.

Above is an artwork I just started for the Studio Art Quilter’s Spotlight Auction at their annual conference.  It’s two layers of Lutradur stitched together and burned.  The inserted fabric is hand painted and I added ink highlights.  Now on to hand-stitching!  Title: December 21.

I also have in the works two new Boundary Waters – one of which I am sure to bring to completion, the other is a bit shaky at the moment.  Onward!

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01 2017

Two new books showcasing art quilts – including mine!

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It’s always exciting when a new survey book about art quilts arrives at my house.  It’s even more exciting when my artwork is included.  Art Quilts International:  Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman has long interviews with 29 artists and 97 artists with artwork showcased in the galleries.  It’s an honor to be included as Sielman received over 1300 submissions.

My artwork is Shagbark 2 and was placed beautifully next to artwork by Elena Stokes:

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It’s a gorgeous book with plenty to occupy the mind and eye.  Of course there are many outlets from which you may purchase this 224-page book. But if you buy directly from Studio Art Quilt Associates, you will receive five notecards AND 45% of the purchase price supports SAQA.

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Studio Art Quilt Associates will also be publishing Art Quilt Retrospective, covering art quilts and artists from 1960 through today. The introduction will be written by Janet Koplos, a senior editor at Art in America from 1990-2009.  Here are the juried artists.  I’ll share more info when I receive it as I’m not even sure at this point which artwork of mine will be included.  It really is an honor to be included.

 

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12 2016

Creating An Inspiration/Meditation Book Using Gelli® Prints

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If you follow me on Facebook, you know I have been taking my new Gelli® Printing Plate out for a spin, including trying out different printing materials.  Above are rice paper, copy paper, non-woven fabric, and tissue paper. My first run of printing was exclusively on watercolor paper (below):

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What to do with all these lovelies? I had a 5×8″ Moleskine journal from which I had ripped a page since I found I didn’t like the yellowish cast to the paper for drawing. Not a good idea on sewn signatures, so I decided to use the falling-apart journal to make an inspiration/meditation book using these new papers. My focus was on circles – always beautiful, always calming.

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I started out (as a sort of warm-up) with some almost-squares cut from printed watercolor paper.  On each layout throughout the book, I added pen and ink which may or may not be the last drawing, sketching, writing I do on each layout.

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Prints on copy paper.

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Main prints on rice paper with additions of non-woven fabric and copy paper.

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Rice paper prints with the blue edge carried over from the previous page (not shown) with one square in watercolor paper. Creating an abstract book is the same process as any other type of book – building rhythm and continuity through the book in order to draw you forward and into the book.

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Contrast is always good.  Copy paper and non-woven fabric.

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Both on tissue paper.  I love how the tissue paper wrinkled in printing and glueing.

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The background is one sheet of rice paper with additions of non-woven fabric.

This is just the start of this book as the process is as important as the product and there are many pages yet to be filled.

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09 2016