Posts Tagged ‘Shagbark’

Two new books showcasing art quilts – including mine!


It’s always exciting when a new survey book about art quilts arrives at my house.  It’s even more exciting when my artwork is included.  Art Quilts International:  Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman has long interviews with 29 artists and 97 artists with artwork showcased in the galleries.  It’s an honor to be included as Sielman received over 1300 submissions.

My artwork is Shagbark 2 and was placed beautifully next to artwork by Elena Stokes:


It’s a gorgeous book with plenty to occupy the mind and eye.  Of course there are many outlets from which you may purchase this 224-page book. But if you buy directly from Studio Art Quilt Associates, you will receive five notecards AND 45% of the purchase price supports SAQA.


Studio Art Quilt Associates will also be publishing Art Quilt Retrospective, covering art quilts and artists from 1960 through today. The introduction will be written by Janet Koplos, a senior editor at Art in America from 1990-2009.  Here are the juried artists.  I’ll share more info when I receive it as I’m not even sure at this point which artwork of mine will be included.  It really is an honor to be included.



12 2016

Fiber Art-O-Rama in Indianapolis


Shagbark 7

Tonight’s a great night to see a lot of great fiber art in one place at the Stutz Building in Indianapolis, IN.

Part of the Spirit & Place Festival
Friday, November 13, 5-9 pm
Learn about the multicultural history of needlework and quilts in American tradition. Guests will see the progression of the art through displays of quilts from across the Midwest, along with interactive exhibits of both modern and historic quilting and fiber arts. Activities and exhibits will take place in the gallery, throughout the first floor of the Stutz Building and in Bearcat Alley.

AND Making Your Mark, a fiber art invitational exhibit, continues with my Shagbark 7 on display through November 20.


11 2015

“Form, Not Function” Opening Reception This Friday


Shagbark 7
Virginia A. Spiegel
Photo:  Deidre Adams

Form, Not Function:  Quilt Art at the Carnegie opens this Friday, May 8 with an opening reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. The exhibit continues through July 11.

Shagbark 7 is a hand-stitched labor of love (hand stitching on screen printed upholstery fabric is a crazy thing to do – believe me) and I’m so pleased to have it shown in this wonderful venue.

I’ve been studying my huge shagbark hickory trees since I moved here ten years ago.  They are amazing trees, always shedding their bark in sheets of texture and color.  A shagbark tree in winter holds the snow in its crevices and cracks. There is always a beautiful tapestry of color ranging from softest white to darkest black.

Materials:  Acrylic textile paint, upholstery fabric, polyester fabric, felt,  cotton embroidery thread, rayon thread, ink. 

Techniques: Screen print with screens from artist’s photos, cut:, raw-edge collage created with machine stitching, handstitch, burn, ink.

Here is an earlier blog post with more photos of the artwork while in progress.

Here is a post about How to Stick with the Stitching as I learned a few tricks as I stitched and stitched.



05 2015

Artwork Selected for “Form, Not Function”


Shagbark7500 Shagbark 7
Virginia A. Spiegel
Photographed on a black background by Deidre Adams

It’s always a thrill to have artwork juried into an exhibit and even more so when it is Form, Not Function.  Only twenty-seven artworks were chosen for the exhibit to be held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN.

The exhibit opens May 11 and runs through July 11.

This is the artwork for which I wrote the essay How to Stick with the Stitching as I handstitched on it for pretty much all of last winter.

SHAGBARK7Dtl600 Shagbark 7 – Detail


03 2015