Archive for January, 2013

Jamie Fingal: Bring on the Joy

 Fingal350Jamie Fingal

Jamie Fingal is known throughout the art quilt world for two things:  Her joyful artwork and her philanthropy.  Her artwork has appeared numerous times at International Quilt Festival where Jamie has also been an instructor.  Jamie co-curates with Leslie Tucker Jenison juried exhibits under the Dinner at Eight Artists rubric.  These exhibits travel throughout the United States and will be going overseas in 2013.  Jamie’s artwork appears frequently in magazines and books; Jamie has appeared numerous times on Quilting Arts TV and stars in her own DVDs, Rebel Quilting and Whimsical House Quilt.  If you need a little joy in your life, I strongly recommend subscribing to Jamie’s blog, Twisted Sister.

1.  Describe your artwork for A Year of Art in five words.
Travel in style for fun!

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Airstream Dreaming by Jamie Fingal
Available February 12 and 13
A Year of Art
Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society

2.  Describe your source of inspiration for your artwork.
I’m having sort of a love affair with Airstream trailers, and have a board on Pinterest titled “Trailer Park” to help me with my obsession.  Trailers come in many different shapes, sizes and colors!  Variety is the spice of life!  One for everyone!

3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
Welding comes to mind.  I could make large flowers and houses with cups and saucers on the roofs and welded to poles, and planted in the ground!  I would love to have them in my backyard!

4.  Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause?

FingalShoes350Ocean Dreaming by Jamie Fingal.

Kick Off Your Heels Fundraiser on May 1, 2013 to benefit the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  We invite you to make a pair of free standing artful high heels.

 

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The House Quilt Project, established in 2010 to make welcome home house quilts for homes that Habitat for Humanity in Orange County builds.  The project has expanded to include the Wounded Service Members, which encompasses all branches of the military.  Patriotic house quilts are made by artists at their own expense, and distributed through THQP and Furnishing Hope.

5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
Airstream Dreaming will be featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Quilting Arts Magazine.

Every night on Facebook, I ask the question “What’s for Dinner?” and now it will be a special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, where artists can create their own quilt about what’s for dinner.  Leslie Tucker Jenison and I will be the jurors!  (Call for Entries here).

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Cover of Rituals catalog. Preview and order here.

Dinner at Eight Artists exhibit featuring 42 art quilts that interpret the theme Rituals will be shown at the European Quilt Expo Championship in Veldhoven , Netherlands.  May 3-5, 2013.  Co-curated by Leslie Tucker Jenison and me.

 

 

 

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Linda Colsh: Capturing the Moment

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Linda Colsh‘s artwork always asks us to think – what is happening in the artwork, who is this person, what is the inspiration that evoked this mood?  I think of Linda as a story teller with little vignettes inviting us to look more closely at the artwork. An American living in Europe for over 20 years, Linda brings an interesting perspective of being both an insider and an outsider to her art.  Linda has exhibited in prestigious exhibitions throughout the world and was a juror for Quilt National 2013.  She is active in professional organizations promoting art quilts and other forms of fiber art.

1. Describe your artwork for “A Year of Art” in five words.
What’s behind her locked door?

The Lock by Linda Colsh
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.
The tiny woman unlocked the door in the huge porte cochère. I watched her go from the Rome backstreet into a place I couldn’t know. I imagined it was a cabinet of curiosities, a palazzo full of artifacts, antiques and wonders.  Layers cover and hide, then peel and reveal. Surfaces are papered and painted over, then scratched and dug to show partial secrets again. The actual strata reflect back a smeared and fogged mirror of time and history.

3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
I would only make minor lateral movement, sidetracking into printmaking or painting or working with paper. The focus and direction I feel with my current medium means no compelling reason to move far from what I do.  Exploring how liquids act, move and react on substrates like fabric and paper (and, with monoprints, on various surfaces and then how they transfer) intrigues me. Also, the last two years or so I have been working more with scale: the relationship of visual elements to each other in terms of relative scale and also using tools sized out of the “normal” range, such as painting with brooms, mops and huge brushes.  Those kinds of things lead my means of working into new places.

4.  Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause?

home_logoI support Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association, and several art museums.

5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
With my successful major gallery show here in Belgium closing next month, I am working on artwork for my retrospective exhibition in France in the autumn and my last teaching commitments in Europe before our planned retirement move back to the US.

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Vivika DeNegre: Observer of Nature

 

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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.

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Jane Davila: Artist and Artist Advocate


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Jane Davila

Jane Davila is a thriving quilt artist who also manages to find time to be an author, editor, and teacher.  Jane is the coauthor, with Elin Waterston, of Art Quilt Workbook and Art Quilts at Play plus Jane Davila’s Surface Design Essentials, all for C&T Publishing. All of these works plus two of her DVDs can be seen here. Jane’s artwork is known for its color, its texture, and its use of many media. Through her work as an editor for Quilting Arts, she has provided exposure for many artists’ artwork (including my own) to a greater audience.

1.  Describe your artwork for A Year of Art in five words.
Textural, stylized, abstracted, text-ual, contrast.

La Mode II by Jane Davila
Available during
A Year of Art,
a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,
February 12 and 13

2.  Describe your source of inspiration for your artwork.
The idea of making a piece related to a month of the year (April) got me thinking about traditions from my childhood, in particular Easter dresses and new pretty outfits for Spring. I abstracted a simple dress shape to represent that feeling of delight in new clothes and fresh beginnings.

3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
I’m not sure I’d want to switch, but I might be tempted to add another medium! If the real estate market ever recovers, I would love to buy old houses, fix them up and flip them. There is something so satisfying about seeing the promise in the good bones of a building and getting your hands dirty to bring that promise to life.

4.  Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause?

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I’m pleased to be taking part in the Kick Off Your Heels fundraiser for women’s heart health this year. I’ve been working on a pair of crazy mixed-media high heeled shoes and am finding it a good stretch to translate my voice to such a 3D form.

5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
In addition to being the editor of the digital emagazines for Quilting Arts (In Stitches & Surface Explorations), I am now the editor of the annual print magazine Quilting Arts Gifts. I’ll also be traveling back to Australia this year to teach in Sydney, and I’m working on some new products to release this year through my online store, Flourish!

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Pamela Allen: A Distinctive Voice

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Pamela Allen has one of the most distinctive styles of artwork and such a clear voice as an artist.  No matter in which medium she works, I can always identify a “Pamela Allen.”  No wonder that although she has only worked in fabric since 2002, she has garnered awards from major art quilt venues such as International Quilt Festival and will be showing in the next Quilt National.  Pamela won the Professional Quilter’s Teacher of the Year award in 2012, was selected for Masters:  Art Quilts (Lark Books), and has an instructional DVD, Think Like An Artist among many other achievements in the art quilt world.  In addition to the donation of her artwork for the A Year of Art fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Pamela has also donated a copy of her DVD for the Inspiration Month drawing.

 

1. Describe your artwork for “A Year of Art” in five words.
Experimental, fun, personal, childlike, happy.

Sailpast
Available during A Year of Art
February 12 and 13.

 

2. Describe your source of inspiration for your artwork.
On the one hand I am always mindful of the beauty of children’s work when I’m making my own. Not so much the visual beauty but more the excitement and sense of wonder that is present in a truly unself-conscious rendering. I can’t get near what my grandchildren might produce but there is much joy in trying! On another note, some of the imagery in this piece is drawn from work I did in the late 90’s while visiting Newfoundland.  The seagull and fish in particular.

Gull Beach and Fish

3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
Over my three-decade career, I have used many media. I think assemblage art is one I could return to. It was wonderful recycling any and all objects. Even a flattened sardine can become a boat!  There is the added value of helping the planet in a small way too. But the most liberating part of making “junk art” is that very little can go wrong. HaHa.

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Copper Lady in Boat

 4. Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause?
A common dilemma for professional artists is the accumulation of older unsold work and what to do with it.  Recently I have been giving it away to alternate houses in my community such as ALMOST HOME (for families of hospitalized children)and INTERVAL HOUSE (a shelter for families in crisis). I have also donated work to MARTHA’S TABLE (a dining room for homeless people). My theory is better to have it being used and perhaps giving pleasure to people than have it piling up on a spare bed in my studio.

5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
A near future event that I’m really looking forward to is the opening of Quilt National next spring. I am booked to go and am also participating in a SAQA panel discussion while I am there. I am nothing if not stubbornly tenacious as I have tried to get into QN every time since I started fabri work in 2001 and this year I finally cracked the code! More HaHa’s.

In the distant future I am booked to teach in Abruzzo, Italy in 2014…won’t that be eccitante?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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