Jamie Fingal is one of those busy people who is always doing something “good.” She has done extensive work with and for the Girl Scouts and is currently coordinating a project to benefit her local veterans. In addition to her own artwork, Jamie (with Leslie Tucker Jenison) has been busy curating Beneath the Surface which will appear at all three International Quilt Festivals. You can recognize a “Jamie Fingal” right away, her artwork is bright, bold and positive. Visit Jamie on her website or on her fun Twisted Sister blog.
1. Why are you participating in the ONE fundraiser for the American Cancer Society?
I believe in “giving back” and this is an excellent cause. I have family and friends who have survived cancer, which I am so thankful for. They are the majority over the loved ones who have passed on from this disease.
Spice Tea House by Jamie Fingal. This artwork will be available on February 16 as part of the ONE fundraiser.
2. What are you working on in the studio now?
I am coordinating and making “Welcome Home” patriotic house quilts for Veterans First in Orange County, CA and the Wounded Warriors Battalion in San Diego, CA. Still in the planning stages for my Sacred Threads and the Alliance for American Quilts entries.
3. What has been the biggest surprise of your art career so far?
When I was asked to write a book in 2007 about embellished mini quilts: Embellished Mini Quilts published by Lark Books.
4. What advice do you have for new art collectors/new Patrons of ONE?
If a piece or pieces tug at your sleeve, buy them right away, before they get snapped up by someone else.
Square Dance by Jamie Fingal. 38.5H x 28.5W 2010
A lively orchestrated song of vibrant colors and shapes in the rhythm of stitches as the red squares dance across and through the piece. Exhibited in World of Beauty,
International Quilt Festival Houston, 2010.
5. What would you do with a year free to do what you wanted with no responsibilities or financial concerns?
I would do more community projects, and public art.