Archive for May, 2008

With One Voice – New Venues


Lynn Krawczyk, curator of Breaking Traditions, is going all out this year.

This annual art quilt exhibit not only benefits Fiberart For A Cause, but it will also be a traveling exhibit. The exhibit, with the theme With One Voice, will premier at the American Sewing Expo and then travel to

Fabrications Retreat
Garland Resort
Lewiston, Michigan
October 7-10, 2008

Carnegie Center for the Arts
Three Rivers, Michigan
November 9 – December 20, 2008

212 Arts Center
Saline, Michigan
July 1-31, 2009

Siouxland Samplers Quilt Guild
Siouxland City Convention Center
Sioux City, IA
September 19-20, 2009

Lynn is seeking other venues; contact her at

The only entry fee is a $10 donation to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. We are within $400 of reaching our $30,000 goal for this year and Lynn has her mission to raise at least $1000. All the entry information is here.


05 2008

Winter Trellis detail

Winter Trellis – detail

One of the most beautiful things about fiber is that it just becomes more beautiful over time. This is a detail from Winter Trellis, a piece created for and revisited periodically in the The Garbage Day Project. The fiber has totally changed as it has weathered, gaining a shaggy, mountainous look.


05 2008

Inspiration Tuesday and The Garbage Day Project

Shooting Star

What a perfect name! This flower, according to Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers by Doug Ladd, is member of the primrose family. I highly recommend this field guide, published in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy, as it is arranged by color of flower. While you have to catch the plant in bloom, it’s a good trade-off as plant i.d is easy and fast.

I am stubbornly sticking with my old Nikon Coolpix for my blog photos, even though I could use a Nikon D50. I like the challenge of shooting a good photo with a point-and-shoot camera.

There’s a post today on The Garbage Day Project. It’s more about texture than color.


05 2008

Screen Printing Techniques and Inspirations


Coming out any day now will be Issue 4 of the online zine Fibre&Stitch.

Included will be my article Screen Printing Techniques and Inspirations. The joy of an online magazine is photos, photos, and more photos.

I demo not only burning a Thermofax screen and traditional screen printing using a squeegee, but also my own quick and quirky method that emphasizes speed, variability, and the layering of partial images.

Editor Sue Bleiweiss adds a listing of where to have Thermofax screens made and I also talk about how to find and prepare images for printing unique images.


05 2008

The Orphan Works Bill – Take Action NOW!


Do you remember when quilters were so fired up when a paper towel (or was it a toilet paper?) company showed quilters using knitting needles. What a flurry of activity!

A flurry is needed NOW as there is a bill that has a negative impact on every artist who wants to control the use of her/his artworks’ images.

NOW is the time to take action as “H.R. 5889 – The Orphan Works Act of 2008 changes the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, and makes it virtually impossible for artists to protect their work. It basically allows anyone to use a design without the copyright holder’s permission.”

If you think that is overstating the issue, consider this quote (from an article in the New York Times) by Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford:

“Congress is considering a major reform of copyright law intended to solve the problem of “orphan works” — those works whose owner cannot be found. This “reform” would be an amazingly onerous and inefficient change, which would unfairly and unnecessarily burden copyright holders with little return to the public.”

I am going to refer you to several sources of information that can do a better job of explaining why YOU, dear reader, need to contact your congressperson with your concerns about this bill TODAY:

Gloria Hansen has been a voice in the wilderness among the quilting community. She has links to congresspeople, links to sample letters, links to articles and more. Scroll down her blog for all the information you need. Go!

Richard Genn – The Mickey Mouse Bill
If you are trying to understand why you should care, read this short article.

Read the actual bill and related Congressional paperwork.


05 2008