It’s Pinterest-o-rama!


Deborah Boschert was nice enough to make a Pinterest board of all the “sneak peek” previews of artwork for  The 100, our 2015 Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society on February 4, 2015. Artists are not required to reveal their artwork prior to the event, but how nice that so many are!

I was so intrigued by the concept of the Pinterest boards that I created five for myself:
Creative Process: Tip and Techniques; Inspired by Trees; Inspired by Water; Inspired by Rock; Inspired by Rust and Ruin.  You can see all the boards here.

I hope you will follow The 100 board and stop by and check my boards out also. Feedback welcome!




12 2014

Small Artworks That Read “Big”

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I’m always happy when small artworks read “big.” These artworks are only 7×5 inches, but I don’t think you would know that by just looking at them. Four more Wild artworks here.

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12 2014

Restrictions = Greater Creativity

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Since joining the Junk Art Mail Collective, I have created 29 six-inch square collages with a coffee cup motif.  Sometimes having a restrictions can be a benefit to creativity.  With these collages made from junk mail, it has lead to a simplicity that is actually harder to create than some of the earlier collages.


12 2014

The Pi Project – Crowd Sourced Fiber Numbers of Pi


The Pi Project is a wonderfully different crowd-source fiber project that needs YOUR help! This community group is creating a fabric ribbon of the digits of Pi. I sent my “5,” but they need lots more numbers from fiber artists. It needn’t take long and you will help put fiber art in the spotlight.  The deadline is ASAP, but they will accept numbers arriving by the end of January 2015.

From the Pi Project:

Next March 14, the date will be 3/14/15, which matches the first five digits of Pi: 3.1415.  Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is arguably the most significant number in history. Many celebrate Pi Day each year, but this next Pi Day is special. This alignment of digits will not occur again for a century.

We are celebrating the number Pi by creating a fabric ribbon of its digits, stretching as long as we can make it, whether that be 20 feet or 2000 feet.  The digits will be sewn on in the actual order they appear in Pi.

Help us by creating as many numbers as you can for this fiber happening.  Not only is it a fun and educational project, but it will put fiber art in the spotlight (for once).  School classrooms, quilt guilds, surface design artists, painters, politicians, military personnel, those in law enforcement — and anyone else — are all welcome to participate.

All the details on how to participate are here.


12 2014

Great Gift for the Art Quilter on Your List


Yvonne Porcella, pioneer in the art quilt movement, has published her memoir:  Defining Why.  Everyone in the art quilt world, of course, knows Yvonne, but you will learn so much more about her than her role as artist and founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

I read the book in one sitting (OK, I really whipped through the first chapter, but after that I settled right in) and thought, If we ever lose the definition of joie de vivre, we can just read this book. Seriously.  Her drive for the new, her juggling of roles as nurse, mother, almond grower, artist, organizer, and more will make you admire Yvonne even more than you already did.

I have always appreciated Yvonne’s bold art, but never really thought about WHY the flying dog, why the checkerboard, why the black and white, why the flowers.  This book will tell you why in a way that will make you smile.  It’s a wonderful look at Yvonne’s work from her first art quilt to her latest series.

The book is available directly from Yvonne here.  A perfect holiday gift for yourself or a friend who deserves a colorful surprise.


12 2014