Archive for April, 2014

Artists Inspired by “Intentional Printing”

bookandfabric400Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk.  Published by Interweave/F+W Media

Johansen400The artists in the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange are finishing up their artwork this week. Marie Johansen will be exchanging four artworks and keeping one for herself. I really like how her stitching reflects java-induced ENERGY!

HallocksmallEileen Hallock of Painted Kimono Studio photocopied Lynn’s coffee cup graphic from the book, shrank it, and then traced it onto the fabric. All three of her charming artworks follow the kimono theme.  Eileen’s artworks strike me as delicate even though the colors are bold and bright.

Vukovicstamp400Gordana Vukovic is hard at work on her java art, but sent this photo of a stamp she carved from Lynn’s graphic.  She is also working on a stencil.  The best exchanges happen when artists follow their own strengths and adapt the requirements accordingly.

McDonald400Margaret McDonalds base for her java art was a piece of shibori fabric created in one of Bethany Garner‘s workshops.


Detail above from one of Margaret’s hand-stiched artworks.  She, like many of the artists, is keeping one of these artworks for her own java-art wall.


04 2014

Well-exhibited, award-winning artwork retiring tomorrow!

cjoyfullivesCorrespondence:  Joyful Lives
Virginia A. Spiegel

Three older, but special, artwork are being retired after tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30.  They are specially priced until then.  It’s time for them to grace your or my walls 🙂

Correspondence:  Joyful Lives, shown above, was exhibited at the five-artist invitational Inform/Re-form at The Mansion at Strathmore, MD as well as at Art Quilt X, Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, AZ. There it won a Judge’s Award from Rebecca A. T. Stevens, Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles, The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.

corresp9.jpgCorrespondence #9
Virginia A. Spiegel

Correspondence #9 was also shown at Inform/Re-form at The Mansion at Strathmore, MD and won the Juror’s Choice Award at the Balancing Act, an exhibit in Michigan.  Both of the Correspondence artworks are created primarily with my own painted and dyed fabrics with added texture from fibers such as yarn, silk fabric, polyester fabric, tulle, ribbon, velvet fabric discharged, disperse-dyed polyester fabric, and paper.

thenandnow400.jpgThen and Now
Virginia A. Spiegel

Then and Now looks pretty small on the screen, but it is actually 31×104 inches.  A big wall is needed to really showcase this artwork. Then and Now was shown at Art Quilt XI, Chandler Center for the Arts, AZ and was the sole image for exhibit postcard.

It was also juried in the Studio Art Quilt Associates exhibit, Creative Force, by Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles, The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. It was toured as part of the exhibit to CK Media Gallery, CO; International Quilt Festival – Long Beach; International Quilt Festival – Houston; International Quilt Festival – Chicago. The International Quilt Festivals are considered the Olympics of the quilt world.

I consider Then and Now to be a masterwork, not only because of its size, but of its complexity utilizing painting (brayer, brush, monoprint), dyeing, screen printing, printing  with found objects and hand-carved stamps, stenciling with found and commercial (number) stencils and stitching. Layers and layers of texture, complexity, and meaning.



04 2014

Oooh, Java Art!


The Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange is in progress with 24 artists working with at least 3 techniques and a coffee cup graphic from Lynn Krawczyk’s new book.

CunninghamM400Michael Cunningham was first to send me photos of his 12 completed artworks.  Shown above is a detail. Love the dynamic (dare I say, caffeinated) letters.

BaldwinInProgress400Rhonda Baldwin shared her work table and …

BaldwinDone400 her two completed beautiful artworks for exchange.  Rhonda liked the process so much, s
she also made a piece for her kitchen coffee wall.

VanSoestFabric400One of several complex fabrics for the java-themed artwork that Mary Ann Van Soest created using techniques from Lynn’s book.

VanSoestFinished400The four artworks Mary Ann will be exchanging.

Westcott400Sally Westcott will be exchanging these six high-contrast artworks. The heart print was created with a handmade foam stamp, one of the techniques shared in Lynn’s book.

Stay tuned for more great  artwork as the 24 artists work toward the May 2 deadline for completing their 6-inch square artwork for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.







04 2014

Call for Entries: Totem


My friend, artist Louise Barker, sent notice of Call For Entries for this interesting exhibit:

TANGLED, a Northwest Montana fiber arts cooperative, is seeking entries for their annual Fall Presentation Exhibit at The Purple Pomegranate in Whitefish, Montana.

This year, the theme of the show is “Totem.”  Totem, that from which I draw my purpose, meaning and being.  Do you have a symbol that serves as an emblem for you or your clan?  Is there a being or object that reminds you of your ancestry or mystic past?  What does Totem mean to you?

The deadline for submitting applications and photos is August 15, 2014.  The month long show begins October 2, 2014 with an Exhibit opening.  For a complete prospectus please go to the Call for Entries or call 406-862-7227 for more information.


04 2014

In the Studio: All About the Stitching


First up today is a salute to the changing of the seasons.  I have this artwork up all winter in the bedroom, but have taken it down for something lighter. It’s HEAVILY machine stitched and was created from a variety of materials including velvet, a tweed-type fabric, black felt topped with polyester fabric and burned out, commercial zebra print, my painted fabric, duck cloth, and more.  It is 24×36 inches.


Second is the hand-stitching I am doing this week for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange.  This is one of the 6″ square printed and stiched artworks I will be exchanging.


And, of course, stitching continues slowly on Shagbark.  It’s especially slow because I am bit-by-bit taking out all the stitching I did in the beginning which now seem to be going in the wrong direction; e.g. the blue stitches in the photo above.  Taking out handstitching is really a bit heartbreaking, but I just couldn’t ignore something that no longer fit my vision for the artwork. More and more I am learning that I am an artist who continues to evolve an artwork as long as I’m still working on it.


04 2014