Viivka DeNegre is an amazing woman and I’m not sure if amazing actually is sufficient in her case. It’s not just that she seems to accomplish so much, but that she is so positive and gracious in doing it all. Here is just part of her bio as Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine:
“Like many art quilters, she learned to sew, knit, and embroider at an early age. Her love affair with quilting started when she made her first nine-patch block, and has continued since that day. After covering every bed in the house, she moved on to making art quilts, and has never looked back. She has been an active member of several quilting groups, and credits her fellow artists with giving her inspiration and lots of pointers along her artistic journey. When not creating in her studio or working at Quilting Arts, she can be found hiking the trails of New England with her husband and four children. “
I am thrilled to be able to ask her about trends in the art quilting world – who better to know?
1. What made you decide to Sponsor the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer?
At Quilting Arts Magazine, we have a history of supporting Fiber Arts for a Cause fundraisers… from the very beginning, this cause struck a chord with not only our staff, but our readers. We all know someone who has battled cancer and want to do something to help. And if we can use our creative talents to fund research and support our friends, all the better. Of course, there is always a personal connection, and for me, supporting FFAC has been a personal mission ever since I learned about it. My family has been touched by cancer in so many ways. This is a positive action I can take against a disease that has changed my life.
After we reach our goal of $5000 donated to the
American Cancer Society during the Fiber 5K, there will be a Grand Prize drawing.
One winner will receive this DVD and the two featured below from
Quilting Arts as well as many other prizes.
Quilting Arts TV: Series 1200
Now airing on PBS
2. What are you working on in your studio or what’s new in your biz?
Interweave launched Craft Daily several months ago. This is a new a new program that allows subscribers unlimited access to video content from multiple craft communities, including Knitting, Jewelry Making, and Quilting. All of those missed episodes of Quilting Arts TV, past Quilting Arts Workshop videos, and plenty of new content are available for streaming any time you want. What a concept!
3. What is one of your goals for 2014?
Studio time is always a challenge for me! My goal this year is to get back in my studio and work on a series of large quilts I have been designing in my head for the last few years.
Quilting Arts Workshop DVD:
Art Quilt Design with Hand-Carved Blocks with
Cynthia St. Charles. Part of Quilting Arts Magazine’s Sponsor donation.
4. What big trend do you see in the fiber/textile world in 2014?
Art quilting is alive and well! One trend I’ve been seeing lately is the explosion of digital surface design techniques… it is easier than ever to have an idea for patterning cloth, create the image on a simple computer program, and either print the fabric at home or use an online printing source. The results are stunning, and the creative options are astounding.
Quilting Arts Workshop DVD:
Perfect Machine Stitched Circles
with Libby Lehman. Part of Quilting Arts Magazine’s Sponsor donation.
5. What advice do you have for new artists/new business owners?
Get in your studio and experiment. Try something new. Reach out to other artists and network. But most of all, explore your own creativity and enjoy the journey.
The Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer opens tomorrow, January 15, at 10 a.m. Central with a goal of $5000 donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.
Fiberart For A Cause, through the generosity of fiber patrons, artists, and businesses, has already donated more than $230,000.