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.
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!
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.