Archive for October, 2007

The shop is open and it’s all for a good cause!

A New Day

The online Fiberart For A Cause Shop is open and all the profits ($5 per item) go to the American Cancer Society.

Karen Stiehl Osborn
and Jeanelle McCall transformed my art into beautiful designs for apparel, totes, mugs and mousepads. A New Day was designed by Karen who also did the Tulip design. Jeanelle altered an image of one of the Boundary Waters artwork and added a quote from my book – “Each day unfolds in a beauty all its own; we are just along for the ride.”:


Have fun shopping and thank you for your support of Fiberart For A Cause.


10 2007

Inspiration and The Garbage Day Project


It’s a beautiful day when you can take a photo like this and never touch it with Photoshop. This was at the prairie reserve with the sun going down much too quickly.

And, of course, there’s a new post today on The Garbage Day Project. Included today is another garbage art comment on my love of coffee, Mr. Coffee Is My Friend.

If you like reading my blog, treat yourself to my online book, Art, Nature, Creativity, Life. 100% of proceeds to the American Cancer Society.


10 2007

See my art this week at International Quilt Festival


Four of my art quilts can be seen this week in two Studio Art Quilt Associate exhibits at International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 1 – 4.

Then and Now is included in the SAQA Creative Force exhibit juried by Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.

On the outside of the display walls of that exhibit will be three of my Boundary Waters series, including the one below. A Sense of Place is an invitational exhibit featuring 16 SAQA artists and was curated by Peg Keeney.

Boundary Waters 22 – Detail

If you like reading my blog, treat yourself to my online book, Art, Nature, Creativity, Life. 100% of proceeds to the American Cancer Society.


10 2007

The postcards are here!


Thanks to the generosity of Karey Bresenhan, Fiberart For A Cause’s Honorary Chairperson, and International Quilt Festival, we have postcards! The postcard was designed by Karen Stiehl Osborn and production coordinated by Jeanelle McCall.

On the back (see below) are “blurbs” from Karey B. (Director, International Quilt Festival), Martha Sielman (Executive Director, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.), and artists Pamela Allen and Lesley Riley. More comments and reviews are here.

If you would like to help with this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society by distributing these postcards to your classes, at meetings, conferences or other places where creative types gather, just let me know and I will fire out as many postcards as you need.

More information about Art, Nature, Creativity, Life and other upcoming fundraisers by Fiberart For A Cause is here. Fiber artists and patrons from around the world have already donated over $135,000 to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. Thank you!



10 2007

The Uncommon Quilter

by Jeanne Williamson

Jeanne Williamson is known for two things: Her obsession with construction fencing which led to Best of Show at Quilt National AND for making a small art quilt each week for seven years. Both of these things speak of an artist in control of her artistic life and talent.

Williamson is very generous with her knowledge in this book, subtitled Small Art Quilts Created with Paper, Plastic, Fiber, and Surface Design. Whew! But the book is manageable because each of the chapters focuses on one medium.

The Uncommon Quilter would be a excellent addition to the library of someone just beginning in art quilts because of the clear directions given for 52 small quilts. For an experienced art quilter, this book would serve as inspiration to make art every day with materials which are already in your environment. Traveling? Make art, just plan ahead.

One small quibble with the book is several typos including one paragraph repeated. But this does not detract from Williamson’s conversational and encouraging tone. I laughed out loud when Williamson said her heart skipped a beat (and, of course, she make a quilt about that) when she realized the orange plastic covering of clementine boxes was JUST LIKE fabric.

The foreword by Karey Bresenhan acknowledges the debt many art quilters owe Williamson for serving as impetus for the hugely successful Journal Quilt Project. This multi-year exhibition at the International Quilt Festivals, conceived by Bresenhan. spawned its own book, Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project.

Williamson will be at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas signing and selling her book, appropriately enough, next to the Journal Quilt exhibition.

For more information, visit The Uncommon Quilter.

If you like reading my blog, treat yourself to my online book, Art, Nature, Creativity, Life. Available exclusively by donation to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.


10 2007