Posts Tagged ‘ONE Fundraiser to Fight Cancer’

Success! Fiber raises over $9000 in just six hours.

Do a little dance, sing a little song.  We did it!  We raised over $9000 ($9817 to be exact) for the American Cancer Society in just six hours.  That makes the grand total raised by Fiberart For A Cause over $215,000.

Fiber artists and patrons have proven again that they are powerful fundraisers.

All thanks go to the very generous patrons who so enthusiastically acquired artwork donated by these stunningly talented artists:

Natalya Aikens
Pamela Allen
Laura Ann Beehler
Liz Berg
Pokey Bolton
Laura Cater-Woods
Jette Clover
Jane Davila
Jane Dunnewold
Jamie Fingal
Gloria Hansen
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Lyric Kinard
Jeanelle McCall
Linda Teddlie Minton
Karen Stiehl Osborn
BJ Parady
Judy Coates Perez
Wen Redmond
Cynthia St. Charles

A fundraiser is always successful no matter the amount raised if everyone involved gave it their best efforts.  You did AND we blew by our goal AND we sold out.  You can’t ask for much more than that.

I thank you for this success which gives the American Cancer Society the funds they need to continue research, education, and support that will benefit us all.


02 2011

ONE Hundred Collages fundraiser opens at 10 a.m. CST today!

It’s here at last!  YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!  Not that I’m excited or anything 😉

ONE Hundred Collages opens today (Wednesday, February 16) at 10 a.m. CST and closes at 4 p.m. CST (or earlier if all the collages are acquired).

ONE Hundred Collages will be held here; the same ten webpages as the preview yesterday.  But at 10 a.m. CST you may start sending in your requests to acquire your favorite artworks.  Be sure to read the “How to Acquire ONE Collages” message on Page 1 so you have the best chance of acquiring the collage(s) you really desire.

The Endangered Honeybee, one of my collages for ONE.

100% of what we raise today goes directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause, thanks to the twenty-one artists who so generously donated their artwork and will cover all the shipping costs,

Our goal is at least $8000 in six hours to add to the $205,000 we have already donated to the American Cancer Society.

I believe every dollar makes a difference in the fight against cancer and that my Dad is a colon cancer survivor thanks to the research, education, and support done by the American Cancer Society.  Thank you for joining me in this fiber fundraiser for a cause that is close to so many of our hearts.


02 2011

Ready to roll with ONE on Wednesday? Tips and Techniques!

Wednesday, February 16 is, at last, approaching.  There will be 100 original fiber collages available on that date with 100% of the proceeds being donated directly to the American Cancer Society.

A complete preview will be available on Tuesday, February 15 so you can study all the collages and pick your favs.  If you want an early preview of some of the collages, just scroll down through the past blog posts for interviews with the ONE artists and a preview of one of their collages.

Please read through the guidelines and tips below so you will be ready to acquire your favorite artworks.

1.  On Wednesday, February 16, ONE Hundred Collages will be offered with a minimum donation for each collage of:

$160 for two hours (10 a.m. – Noon CST)
$80 for two hours (Noon – 2:00 p.m. CST)
$40 for two hours (2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST)

2.  E-mail me at Virginia(at) on February 16 during a specific time period that you wish to choose an artwork for at least the minimum donation requested for that time period. Please be specific about your donation so I know that YOU know what the minimum donation is for the time period.

3.  Feel free to donate a bit more than the minimum requested donation if you can — 100% goes to the ACS for cancer research, education, and support.  Our crazy goal is to raise at least $8000 in just six hours.

4.  The first e-mail received requesting a specific artwork for at least the minimum donation for the time period will be accepted.  I’m not responsible for any vagaries of the internet; I will work with the artwork requests as they pop up on my computer from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. CST (or earlier if we sell out – wouldn’t that be great?!)

The artwork will be marked PENDING on the webpage and all other requests will be put on a wait list until the donation via credit card is promptly made.  Notice the word PROMPTLY. Because our window for each level is only two hours, you must make your donation as soon as I let you know that you have  “won” the artwork you requested.

It will probably be a little wild and crazy. Please remember it’s just me.  I will post SOLDs as quickly as possible.  See #5 below for a good strategy.

5.  You may indicate multiple choices in one e-mail and you may include a list of artwork in priority order. For example: “I would like Artist A’s collage Sky, but if that is not available, I would like to choose Artist B’s collage Earth for a donation of $160”  Or “I would like three or as many as possible from this list of five artworks. I will make a donation of $– for each artwork.”

6.  Once you have received confirmation from me that you are the new owner of the artwork on February 16, please proceed immediately to Fiberart For A Cause’s ACS donation page and make a donation with a credit card directly to the ACS.  Please note the donation will be through the Relay For Life of Forest Lake, MN.  This is correct as my sister is chair of the Forest Lake Relay (one of the ACS’s largest grassroots fundraisers). You will then receive an immediate electronic receipt from the American Cancer Society and the artwork will be marked SOLD. Thanks to the generosity of the invited artists, 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to the American Cancer Society.

7. Do not make a donation until you have been notified that you are the winner of an artwork(s) as there are no refunds as all your donations are made directly to the American Cancer Society (see #6 above for details.)

7.  All collages contain fiber, are mounted to 10″x8″ (except as noted), and are ready for framing.

8.  Your artwork will be shipped directly from the artist and the shipping is included in the requested donation.  Please thank the artists for their additional generosity in shipping out all their artwork.  Your e-mail address will be shared with the artist who will contact you to arrange shipping.  It will take a bit to notify all the artists and for them to ship out the artwork.  Please let me know if you haven’t received your artwork by the end of the month.

Please contact me if you have any questions about ONE Hundred Collages on Wednesday, February 16.

Thank you to all the artists who have so generously donated artwork and thank YOU for your support of Fiberart For A Cause, fundraising for the American Cancer Society.


02 2011

Jane Davila: An Artist in Motion

Jane Davila’s artwork is instantly recognizable from its use of flora and fauna, its delicate color sensibility, and its use of writing and markmaking. Jane’s printmaking background is most evident in her well-known gyotaku fish paintings which are often included in her fiber artworks. In addition to teaching workshops, Jane is a prolific author including Surface Design Essentials, Art Quilts at Play (with Elin Waterston) and Art Quilt Workbook (ditto).  See more of her artwork on her website.

1.  What are you working on in the studio now?
Oh, I wish!! I just moved and everything is topsy-turvy. I haven’t been able to find the power cord for my sewing machine yet! While the chaos is making me a little nuts I am enjoying the opportunity to re-invent how I use my space and honing in on what’s absolutely necessary and what’s baggage, supply-wise. There’s an adage about your stuff expanding to fill the available space and right now I’m in the process of making my stuff contract to fill the space since it’s smaller than my last studio. It’s a good thing that will have a positive effect on my future work, it’s just slow going right now.

escarabajo 3 by Jane Davila.  This artwork will be available during the ONE fundraiser on February 16 with 100% of the proceeds being donated directly to the American Cancer Society.

2.  Where do you find inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration in literature, stories, song lyrics and poetry. I love the images that pop into my brain when I’m reading a good piece of literature or an evocative poem or listening to music that tells stories. I also play word games with myself when I’m in the research phase of a new series – word associations, synonyms, definitions, it all becomes fodder for the visual part of art creation. And I adore finding color combinations in really random places like packages in the grocery store, magazine covers (text and photos), paint chips in the hardware store, fashion forecasts online, and mood boards on design blogs.

3.  Do you collect art?  If so, how do you know a piece is right  for your collection?
I collect art that I feel a connection with. For example, bird imagery often appears in my own work and I find myself drawn to it in others’ work. I have a small collection of 2-dimensional and 3- dimensional art of or with birds. My husband and I also collect folk art from a number of other countries – many African countries, Thailand, Peru and Mexico mostly. And we collect our own art! There’s mighty competition for wall space in our house as my husband is also an artist. He works in oil and paints massive abstract canvases. The juxtaposition of the more rustic folk art and the more aggressively modern art is really refreshing. They complement each other without competing with each other.

4. What advice do you have for new art collectors/new Patrons of ONE?
I think the best collections are those that contain art that is relevant to the collector. You could choose to collect within a theme – Nature or Flowers for example, or you could have an eclectic collection. Art that moves you, that speaks to you, that resonates with you on some level, not necessarily art that “goes” with this or that room, a particular decorating style or other pieces in your collection.

Pastiche 7 by Jane Davila, 10″ x 10″

5.  What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
It’s what I tell all of my students. Make work, make more work and then make even more work. It’s the only way to develop your voice and mature as an artist. It’s only after you’ve created quite a number of pieces that you can step back and start to see the connections between them, to see what motifs you’re drawn to, to discover which methods make you happiest, which are the best fit for your situation (space, materials, experience, equipment, lighting, ventilation, etc). Don’t get too precious about your work. In order to grow and  discover who you are as an artist and what techniques work for your vision you need to experiment by working and working and working.

Some of those pieces won’t be perfect and that’s absolutely okay. The pieces that are unsuccessful are learning opportunities. Because I started as a printmaker this is a lesson I learned early on. If you’re pulling a print on a press and something messes up – for example, the registration’s off or there’s a void from a skin in the ink, there’s no fix. You tear it up and make another one. I feel the same way about my fiber art. If it isn’t working, learn from it and move on. Not everything you make will be brilliant or a masterpiece and working under that kind of pressure is self-defeating.

6.  Any upcoming exhibits, new artwork, books, etc. we should know about?
Super exciting things are on the near horizon plus I’m working on a new book! I’m doing a lot more far-flung traveling to teach this year  – I leave for South Korea in a couple of weeks and I’m going to Australia in April.


02 2011

Cynthia St. Charles: A Routine of Creation

This photo of Cynthia St. Charles tells you a lot about her and her art.  I think of it as living close to the ground. She is always looking and always seeing in her Montana home. Cynthia’s artistic outlets include art quilts, stretched canvas pieces, wearables, and the art cloth created in her Big Sky Dyes which offers a broad range of richly textured hand-dyed cottons and silks including pole wrapped shibori, multi-colored, rust dyed, and discharged pieces.  If you ever need a brain break, head on over to Cynthia’s blog, Living and Dyeing Under the Big Sky, and scroll down through her hiking photos. Aaahhhh.

Cottonwood Leaves #1 by Cynthia St. Charles.  This is one of Cynthia’s works available on February 16 during ONE.

1. Tell us about your collages for ONE.
The One Hundred Collages invitational has given me a special opportunity to develop several new small format series.  I love the combination of hard and soft.  Each of my pieces includes the addition of metal or stone to the fiber, paper, and stitch collage. As a printmaker, my fiber surfaces are anchored by one of a kind monoprints, screen prints, and block prints.

I am so excited about this debut of my own handmade paper.  Two of my One Hundred Collages pieces are from the Iron Oxide series, which combines handmade paper, fluid acrylics, rust dyed fabrics, hand dyed threads and rusted metal.

2.  What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Just do it.  Establish a routine of doing something creative every day.   Make space in your life for a routine of creation.  Let go of fear of failure and accept the fact that there will be some inevitible bad art.  When you find something that speaks to you, repeat it, but change one design element.  This is a great way to build a series and an artistic voice.

3. What are you working on in the studio now?
My visual journal is my morning meditation.  Every day, I spend 20 to 30 minutes with my first cup of tea working in my visual journal (a combination of collage, doodling, and daily musings).  This sets the stage for the rest of my day, even when I other life activities keep me from spending the day in my studio.

I am currently working on personal challenge that I am calling The Mail Art Project.  I am sending out handmade postcards to distant family members every week for a year.  This challenge is an opprotunity to create 52 different small art series while reaching out to brighten the day for loved ones on a weekly basis.

I am always working on several large pieces at once, and I post to my blog on a daily basis.

Sky, Ground, Water by Cynthia St. Charles.

4. Where do you find inspiration?
I am a very active lover of the great outdoors.  I am passionate about photographing things I see during hikes, travel and around my rural Montana home.   I love ancient rock art, trees, fish, birds, and beautiful landscapes.  This imagery often finds its way into my visual art through the printing process.   I frequently convert my photos into printing screens by using a Thermofax process.

5.  What would you do with a year free to do what you wanted with no responsibilities or financial concerns?
I am constantly on a quest to see new places.  Over the years, I have hiked to over 80 different mountain lakes in the Beartooth Range near my home.  If an obligation free year presented itself, I would expand my explorations to other continents.  Asia, Africa, South America, Australia are all places I would love to visit.


02 2011