Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Fingal’

100 Wonderful Artworks – 100% to Fight Cancer!


100 Artists + 100 Patrons + 1 Day = $10,000 to Fight Cancer

THE 100 opens 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 4

How to participate

Previews of many of the artworks for THE 100 are on our Pinterest board.

FingalFriendshiip14sqFriendship by Jame Fingal
14 x 14″
Created using fabrics from three of Jamie’s fabric lines.


img_1575Lily Pond by Sherry Davis Kleinman
Inspired by a photo taken at the
Huntington Gardens in Passdena, CA


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the Rough by Ann Flaherty
Painted ©Tyvek, covered with silk, then heat treated.
Stitched across the center with ribbon (also heat treated).
Stitched and beaded embellishments.


02 2015

Collage and Collecting around a Theme


Back to our regularly scheduled programming after a HUGELY successful Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to that success.


Remember Borough Market in London?  I may have acquired a few boxes of artisan du chocolat bars while I was there.  I wanted to make a collage from the boxes.  This was the first thought on some beautiful cafe au lait painted fabric.  Too boring, no?


Here is the final result.  A postcard map from the Market, 3 coffee cups cut from different part of the chocolate bar boxes, mounted on backing board.  See the opening photo for the framed artwork. And I have enough cups left to make another artwork some day.

Mixed-media Collage
Virginia A. Spiegel

I usually buy art based solely on its appeal to me and don’t worry about themes when I hang it.  But I have nevertheless have a nice start on a java-themed collection.  It makes sense; it’s just a variation on collect what you love.

Java Java
Mixed-media collage
Virginia A. Spiegel

Note the wall in the opening photo is painted espresso brown to encourage me to collect more.  Shown are two Jeanelle McCall mixed-media collages, a Jamie Fingal small art quilt, a Susan Sorrell heavily stitched fabric collage, an Ellie Kreneck small art quilt (purchased through the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. auction – a great source for small artworks),  some postcards from a roaster in Alaska, and the rest are my collages and photo.

One last thought on collecting – HANG YOUR ART.  I had so much art in storage that I didn’t even know what I had.  So I just starting putting up nails and hanging art as I found it during the great studio refresh.  As you can see on my java wall, a little more planning might be nice.  But the important thing is to have art where you can see it and appreciate it every day.


01 2014

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!


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.



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).


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.





01 2013

Now Available: A Beautiful Catalog for RITUALS


Isn’t this a gorgeous cover?  The RITUALS catalog is now available and it promises to delight with 100 pages of artwork from 42 juried invited artists. Each artist is given a two-page spread with a short interview, a full and a details shot, and a brief blurb about the ritual that inspired the artwork.

RITUALS premiers at International Quilt Festival – Long Beach on July 26 – 29, 2012 and continues on to the International Quilt Festival – Houston in the Fall.

I am still in love with my artwork, Boundary Waters 60 (RockTime) for this exhibit.  Here is a blog post about the artwork with a full view and here are some big detail shots by Deidre Adams.

What I like about this artwork is the spontaneity involved in making it.  I let the inkjet transfers from my photos be as ephemeral as they wanted.  I drew, made marks with colored pencil and ink, and stitched on the artwork without a plan, knowing that one false step could ruin the entire artwork.  It’s an artwork straight from the heart.




07 2012

“RockTime” – A New Artwork for Rituals exhibit

Boundary Waters 60 (RockTime)
Virginia A. Spiegel

I seldom like to detour from the themes I’m currently pursuing in my artwork, but the artwork for Dinner at Eight Artists (Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison) wanted to be created as soon as I read the call for this juried invitational.  Jamie and Leslie invited us to consider “An exchange between friends.  A handshake.  A kiss before bedtime.  The artist at work. A sun salutation. The wave before boarding a school bus. A song, a word, a meditation. A habit, a custom.  The traditional toast at a gathering. A rite of passage.  The sacred moments of the ordinary.  Rituals:  What are yours?”

I even, oddly enough, liked the required size, 60″Hx24″W, as it made me think of approaching the work as though it were a scroll.  As soon as I read the word ritual I knew that I wanted to do something about RockTime which is one of the truest rituals in my life: “My sister and I paddle to a campsite, put up our tent, unload our backpacks, and then it is, at last, RockTime.  We spend hours just sitting and looking.  But what we are really doing is engaging in a ritual of being of the place, in harmony with rock, tree, and water.”

Boundary Waters 60 (RockTime) – Detail
Virginia A. Spiegel

I’ll have more details about this artwork as the premier at the International Quilt Festival – Long Beach in July approaches.  In the meantime, the Dinner at Eight Artists’ blog is now featuring invited artists’ profiles, including mine.

Rituals’ sponsor for IQF-Long Beach is Moore’s Sewing Centers and Havel’s Sewing for Festival in Houston.


04 2012