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Pokey Bolton: Chief Creative Officer

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Pokey Bolton was and is one of the first and strongest supporters of Fiberart For A Cause since its inception in 2005.    I will let her explain what her current position is:  “I am the Chief Creative Officer at Quilts, Inc., Quilts, Inc., the company that puts on all of the International Quilt Festivals and Markets (among other fun, quilt-y endeavors like Quilt!Knit!Stitch!). People have been asking me what “Chief Creative Officer” means exactly, and it means what it says: I am in charge of helping launch creative ventures for the company, for example looking at current successes and also exploring new opportunities, all of which mean for exciting stitch-, quilt-, and fabric-filled times ahead. I like to get into trouble…good, stitching trouble!”

Pokey has issued a timely challenge on her blog.  Just leave a comment detailing what good works you are doing in 2014 and she will donate $1 per comment per person to the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer.  Deadline to leave a comment is today, Sunday, at midnight Eastern.

1.  What made you decide to Sponsor the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer?
Why YOU of course! With you, Virginia, at the helm of an ACS fundraiserit’s a no-brainer!  Also, I lost both my aunt and my father to cancer, so it’s one that is close to my heart.


Pokey, as a member of The Printed Fabric Bee, will be donating a custom-printed quarter yard of fabric
as part of their prize for the Fiber 5K.

2.  What are you working on in your studio?
I’m finally getting back into my studio again after the fall shows; I moved my studio to a different room in my house so I’ve been out of a commission for a spell. First order of business is finishing a (much overdue) baby quilt, and then I want to do a lot of surface design work.

3.  What is one of your goals for 2014?
I haven’t taken a workshop from anyone in a long while, and I want to head west to San Antonio sometime this year to visit with Jane Dunnewold at Art Cloth Studios.

4.  What big trend do you see in the fiber/textile world in 2014?


A trend I see is the blending of fiber arts- quilting, knitting, and stitching. I have noticed that people are taking up various fiber arts at once. This is why we are launching our brand new show in Portland, OR, called Quilt!Knit!Stitch! that will make it’s premier August 14-16, 2014.

5.  What advice do you have for new artists/new business owners?
My best advice is to get into the practice of keeping a journal. All of the best artists do, and journal-keeping is an invaluable tool for artistic growth–not to mention it’s fun to look back at old journals to see how you’ve progressed along the way!

FFAC2014logo300 Opens Wednesday, January 15
10 a.m. Central

Goal: $5000 for the American Cancer Society
Fiberart For A Cause has donated more than $230,000 to the American Cancer Society since 2005.


01 2014

What’s Up This Week in the Studio


Well, I’m still in the painting studio (a.k.a the basement), but we are on the home stretch on the studio refresh with the painters hard at work. I have bins of fabric that need just something else before I can be serious about using them. The above fabric was something I did to use up paint, so I’m pretty sure I scrunched it up and then painted the ridges with a foam brush.  Then I took a film canister (remember those?!) and dipped the bottom in the paint and stamped away.

Sometimes an improvement is as easy as adding a color as in the above piece.  I painted half red and half blue – -double the possibilities.


I’m also hanging a few things on the wall down there to make it a more inspiring space. This is the trendy “hang-the-empty-frame” thing with the actually useful clipboard full of inspiration. Currently on display is my hero, Helen Frankenthaler.

collagebk Remember this?  It’s a 365 day collage book I did in 2006. (Here’s an interview with Pokey Bolton and WAY at the end is a short clip of the Quilting Arts TV segment I did about using the book as inspiration.  It’s worth a look just for my goofy outfit.).  Let’s just say the book has gone to a higher purpose.


I’ll share more when I have them in place, but here’s a pretty big hint.


11 2013

Art to help our 4-legged friends

Sunshine400 Sunshine

Pokey Bolton’s Festival Pet Project hopes to raise at least $10,000  for Friends for Life, a no-kill animal adoption and rescue organization.  If you are attending the International Quilt Festival – Houston, please look for my two postcards and the many other choices.  All postcards (4×6″) will be $20 with 100% going to this good cause.

If you are a fiber artist, you, like me (last minute person), can still make and ship out those postcards NOW to meet the receive-by deadline of Tuesday, October 23.  All the details are here.

SunshineEveryDay400Sunshine Every Day!

Both these artworks are portraits are of my feral rescue cat, Sunshine.  We kept her name when we adopted her and it has proven to be entirely appropriate.  You can’t make it through a day without smiling at her crazy-cat antics.




10 2013

Pokey Bolton: Seeing the Future

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Pokey Bolton is Chief Creative Officer for Quilts, Inc., the producers of the world-renowned International Quilt Festivals.  Pokey has the incredible gift of visualizing a future different than the one that currently exists.  May I remind you that Quilting Arts magazine (which was followed by TV, DVDs, books, and more mags) first existed in Pokey’s head?  Pokey supports many good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause.  Pokey has already raised $20,000 on behalf of rescue animals with more fundraisers for our furry friends coming in the future.  Pokey is always finding the fun in the fiberart world AND making the world a better place.  You can follow Pokey’s adventures on her blog.

1.  Describe your artwork for “A Year of Art” in five words.
Therapeutic, Colorful, Playful, Experimental, Mixed


Tote filled with with the last three seasons of Quilting Arts TV,
an assortment of books from Interweave, as well as a fat pile of screened and printed fabric
by Pokey Bolton
Pokey will match the winning bid to donate to the American Cancer Society
during A Year of Art on February 12 and 13!


2.  Describe the source of inspiration for your artwork.
Everything I come across is an inspiration to me…whether it be my dogs sleeping on my bed or a night lily in my fish pond opening its petals in the early evening. I love to turn these images into screens and create one-of-a-kind fabrics.

3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
Actually…I think I found just the right ones–fabric and paper! I’m exactly where I want to be.

4.  Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause
I support Friends For Life in Houston, this city’s premiere no-kill animal shelter. They take in animals that other local shelters otherwise would have killed as they wouldn’t meet their adoption criteria. I got both my dogs at Friends for Life, and they are fantastic additions to my household.

I also support Teens Alone, an organization outside of Minneapolis that works with homeless teens in getting them into safe homes so they can continue to go to school.

5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
2013 I am hoping to be a fantastic year. After all, 13 is my lucky number! I’m going to really make getting into my studio a priority and explore some ideas that have been brewing for a while. I’m also excited to help launch several creative offerings for the International Quilt Festivals this year, including the Chicago show that is back on our roster. I am planning for a creative and industrious year.


02 2013

Pokey’s Pet Postcards – It’s Not Too Late!

We all know and love Pokey Bolton.  I imagine most of us have been touched in one way or another by her great creativity and kindness.  NOW is the time to help Pokey out with her latest good deed.

Pokey is collecting 4×6″ fabric Pet Project Postcards to sell at International Quilt Festival – Houston to benefit Friends For Life, a no-kill animal adoption and resuce organization. If you, like I and Pokey, have adopted pets from a no-kill shelter, you know first-hand the need is great.

The postcards DON’T necessarily need to be pet themed.  All themes are welcome, but you must have to postcards to Houston by Tuesday, October 23.  YOU CAN DO IT!

All the details are here.

BONUS:  This is my Sunshine, adopted from a no-kill shelter, enjoying her life outside of a cage.  In cat v. keyboard, she always wins.




10 2012