The one certain thing about Wen Redmond that she is always inventing new ways of expressing her artistic intent. Wen describes her artwork on her website as an unusual use of fiber combining painting and digital media. Her innovation was rewarded this year by selection for Quilt National as well as being featured in several magazines. Her artwork is shown throughout the U.S. in galleries and special exhibits. Wen shares her discoveries and techniques in workshops at her New Hampshire studio as well as at conferences and exhibitions. You can visit Wen’s studio and see what inspires her on her lively blog.
1. Tell us about your collages for ONE.
My collages for ONE use a new technique that I will be sharing in upcoming workshops. The first workshop will be at the Surface Design Conference in June in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s called Mix it Up Media Mix. I mix paper, fabric and mediums for a totally abstract feel with a surprising finishing technique. It is exciting!
Moving on 2 by Wen Redmond. This artwork will be available during the ONE fundraiser on February 16.
2. Where do you find inspiration?
I am a process person. My process is fed by my love of being outdoors. I’m passionate about coming up with ideas and working out the kinks. This leads to more discoveries, an evolution. I make the art and then the art makes me.
Part of that process is photography. I can see the most exquisite scenes or combinations of patterns and want to share that beauty. My art represents these moments. They are what lie beneath. I bring them back to share, to remind, to remember. These moments become my source, my well. I hope to bring that energy into my art making, to communicate the positive.
Layers peeled back reveal the source, the inspiration, and my mad desire to capture thoughts, dreams and the beauty of nature. Each work is individual and a communication between my inner imagination and later, the viewer.
3. Do you collect art? If so, how do you know a piece is right for your collection?
Yes. I enjoy art of all kinds- from a simply executed pot, to handmade books and traditional forms. I recently started to collect pieces from the SAQA auction. It’s a great way to collect fiber. I feel like it is good karma to support the arts. Supporting artists keeps that energy alive. It’s like leaven for society.
4. What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Listen to yourself. Do that thing you want to do- don’t check to see if others are doing it or evaluate it. Just do it. There have been so many times I would be inspired to create something in a certain method and stopped because it wasn’t being ‘done’. I did a piece with raw edge appliqué years ago when folks thought bonding and zig-zag were cheating. I loved the freedom and fluidity of it, but only did that one. Look around now and every technique is being embraced and tested! There are small fiber revolutions happening everywhere. Be your own voice. Give yourself permission!
5. Any upcoming exhibits, new artwork, books, etc. we should know about?
I was just published in Quilting Arts Dec/ Jan 11 and Cloth Paper Scissors Jan/Feb 11.
I will be at the Craft Boston Art Exhibit at the World Trade Center March 25-27. I share a solo show called Fly in the Light at the Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth NH on Feb 4-25.
I will be teaching several workshops to a limited enrollment at my studio in Rollinsford, NH this spring. Details and updates on my blog.
Within Without by Wen Redmond
January 14- February 26 A Common Thread exhibit, Textile Center MN
March 5 SAQA No Holds exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum; Demonstration of Natural Print Making 10-11:45; Artist talk 1200 and trunk show at 1-2:45.
I continue to work on my Holographic Fiber. A DVD on this technique is available from Quilting Arts Magazine.