Vivika DeNegre is known to most of us as editor of Quilting Arts magazine and blogger at Quilting Daily. But whenever I think of Vivika, I think of the many bird-themed artworks she has donated to Fiberart for A Cause since we started in 2005. Her love of nature and study of the natural world is very apparent in her artwork. This year is no exception! Vivika’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States and is in many private collections. Her artwork is held in public collections at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Quilt Study Museum, as well as Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Medical Center.
1. Describe your artwork for A Year of Art, our 2013 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, in five words.
Stitched fiber and paper collage.
Waiting by Vivika DeNegre
Available during A Year of Art
February 12 and 13
A Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
2. Describe your source of inspiration for your artwork.
I am inspired by the world around me. I live near a pond on the edge of the woods in a quiet Connecticut town. The birds and wildlife in my backyard are constant reminders of the beauty and fragility of life. When I need solace, time for reflection, or a creative outlet, I always turn to my studio and artwork. Waiting was made using a mixture of vintage and new materials: silk ribbon from Pokey Bolton’s stash, stamps and maps from my vast collection of ephemera, threads and fibers I picked up here-and-there, and a stone from a special beach in Maine. The robin is stitched by machine and watching over her nest – waiting.
3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
Change? I have already changed both media as well as careers and am now working and creating in an industry that I love. When I was in college I studied English and spent all of my free time either writing poetry or throwing pots in the ceramics studio. My first career was in biotech pharmaceutical sales, and I took up quilting as a hobby when my children were young. I spent several years as a stay-at-home mom as I honed my skills in art quilting and started a small business. Now I am combining all of the skills learned in those past careers as I enter my second year as editor of Quilting Arts magazine.
Waiting by Vivika DeNegre
Shown professionally framed.
Frame is dark cherry; 1″ deep to accommodate dimensional artwork.
4. Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause?
Yes, lots. Interweave/F&W had a major campaign last October and raised a significant amount of money for Breast Cancer.
5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
I am excited to expand my editorial role at Interweave to include editing the new publication Modern Patchwork in 2013. I look forward to attending Quilt Con in February, the SAQA conference this coming spring, and International Quilt Festival in the fall. I feel so fortunate to be working with a creative and supportive editorial team in an industry I love.