Archive for November, 2009

Last day for Surface Design Association auction of scarves, shawls, and more

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Starry Night, 4″ x 84″ with hand-made pin, silk and wool fibers; nuno felted.  By Voila Remy.

Today is the last day of the surface design extravaganza that is the Surface Design Association Scarf and Shawl Auction.  Proceeds from the auction support the Creative Promise Awards, conference scholarships, and  SDA grants.

Not only are there shibori, nuno felt, handpainted silk, woven silk, dyed and discharged silk and other beautiful techniques and materials used to create scarves and shawls, but there are also magazine subscriptions, online workshops, DVDs, and books.

It’s not too early to be holiday shopping for those (including yourself) who really appreciate the finer things in life.


11 2009

New artwork in Boundary Waters series

Boundary Waters 44

This is the third of three related Boundary Waters pieces. It features one of my all-time favorite photos of me in the Boundary Waters taken by my sister, Nancy.  I know that I have some coffee in my red mug, I have on my lucky blue bandana, and I’m just sitting there with a blank mind seeing what there is to see. If I’m wound up about something in life, I take out that photo and try to be there again in that calm and silent spot.

Boundary Waters 44 is a 13×12.25″ art quilt mounted to a custom-made 16×16″ stretched canvas.  Materials include white cotton fabric, acrylic paint, artist’s photos inkjet printed on silk organa, ink, colored pencil, graphite, and rayon thread.  It is collaged, colored, lettered and stitched.

Boundary Waters 44 – Detail

Boundary Waters 43

The eagle is, of course, a powerful totem.  But it holds additional meaning for me as it has more than once appeared at a special moment in a Boundary Waters trip and seemed to add a type of blessing to our voyage.  Boundary Waters 43 is also available; see my website for details.

Boundary Waters 42 – Collection of Mary Wise

These three artworks contain some of my favorite images from the Boundary Waters.  You can see some of their other incarnations here.


11 2009

Art News Newsletter – A Change and a Reward


My newsletter for November is debuting a new and improved format.

As a celebration of the new format, I will be giving away one of my artworks to one lucky subscriber.  November Art News features more photos, an exclusive preview of new artwork, news about my new book and much more.

Send an e-mail to Virginia(at) with SUBSCRIBE as the subject line and check out the new format yourself (and perhaps win one of my artworks).



11 2009

Crazy for Quilts auction – final week!

Peggy Schroder

The third and final week of the Crazy for Quilts eBay auction is now in progress and continues through  Monday, November 16.

The Crazy for Quilts auction is a fundraiser for the Alliance for American Quilts, a nonprofit dedicated to documenting, preserving and sharing the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.

Go straight to the auction on eBay or view all 85 of the quilts, download full-color auction guides and find instructions on bidding at the AAQ website.

The opening bid for all quilts is $50.  Add to your collection, find a perfect holiday gift and support the Alliance for American Quilts.


11 2009

Jane Davila announces new book


The ever-creative and productive Jane Davila just sent word that her new book, Surface Design Essentials, to be released in mid-January is now up on the C&T website as well as Amazon.  Contact Jane if you would like an autographed copy.

Apropos to the title, my contribution was art fabric.  Jane shares all the details about the book,

A smaller format book with a covered spiral binding, Surface Design Essentials explores the use of acrylic paints, mediums, acrylic inks and water soluble pencils on fabric and some unusual, mixed-media surfaces. In addition to the 15 techniques covered, there are 7 projects to help you get started playing and creating. I think it will be a handy reference tool for any artist working with paints, inks and mediums.

Other artists included in the book are Judy Coates PerezTerry GrantJane LaFazioNatalya AikensElin Waterston and Lynn Koolish.

Jane also has another exciting development to announce with the book:

Paired with the release of this book will be C&T and Liquitex’s new Surface Design Center to quilt shops near you. The Surface Design Center features:

24 Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic colors

4 Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink colors

Liquitex Fabric Medium

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

& Winsor & Newton Brushes

I had the great pleasure to be in on the development of this center and it was so much fun to test out the products and give input as to what art quilters and mixed-media artists would find most valuable and useful in it. We debuted the center at Quilt Festival in Houston last month and invited everyone walking by to sit and paint and play with the mediums. We had such a fantastic response!

I’m delighted that it will be much easier for art quilters to find these products in their local quilt stores. I’m equally delighted that this means that more and more people will be experimenting with making art quilts and trying things they haven’t yet tried. The Force is strong in those of us who play with paint and we welcome more people to join us!


11 2009