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In the Studio with Wen Redmond

 Wen Redmond

Click on Wen Redmond’s name above to visit her website – you will be glad you did.  Wen has defined her unusual artwork, featured in Quilt National, as Making the Imagination Real.  You will instantly recognize a Wen Redmond piece of art for its portrayal of nature in its most complex and intriguing form.  Wen has been published in Quilting Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Studios magazines and also featured on Quilting Arts TV. She is a 2008 and 2010 Niche Awards finalist.  Wen’s artwork is featured in several permanent collections as well as several books.

1.  How do you find/make time to be in your studio? 

That is a million dollar question. At the moment I have two studios. I routinely go each Monday and Friday to the mill where my studio is, providing there isn’t something pressing.

However, I have found I prefer to work on the ‘fly’ and drop in the studio to paint this, tweak that, draw a quilting line or throw in painted script- which makes a home studio more my ‘style’. I will take these insights into account as my partner and I move forward this Spring to build our home.

2.  Describe your studio in five words. 
Easy to work in, nice.

3.  If you could pick only one thing from your studio to represent your art practice, what would it be? 

Rocks! I love being outside and have an amazing collection of beach rocks. For beauty and to use as weights for projects.

4. What is the best/worst space you have ever had as a studio?

Hmmm, I feel lucky to have any space. My mill studio is delightful in size, my home studio is delightful in convenience. Both have a view, river and field respectively. I love to gaze off while gestating.

My first studio was a tiny room in my antique cape house. I learned this was the ‘borning’ room, where women would give birth before hospitals got in the picture. Very appropriate for creative space.

5.  What would make a “dream studio” for you? 
I think having a separate building next to my home would be ideal. Separate enough to make it a bigger deal for my husband and partner to find me and close enough to make it less of a big deal for me to go to.


This is one of Wen’s three Fiber BONUSES for Foto/Fiber 2012.

6.  What would you advise someone setting up a studio for the first time? 
Wait. Use a section of your home, or bedroom and work there for at least a year. Give your self time to gather information about how you work and what your space might want.

I remember an old story about a writer who dreamed of a gorgeous library and desk to write in. He wrote well and finally was able to build his dream room, and got writer’s block.

Sometimes, it’s not about the studio but what’s inside that really counts.

7.  Any unique features/studio pets you would like to share? 

My dear studio mascot, Elly the labby, has passed. She would share my studio and any food I had with much glee.

Another one of Wen’s Fiber BONUSES.  Each BONUS may contain antique kimono fabric,
Wen’s own surfaced designed fabric, a thermal fax screen, card, fiber postcard, and either small collage or journal.

8.  Any new exhibits or projects we should know about?
I am thrilled to participate in Foto/Fiber 2012. I truly enjoy this unique opportunity and Virginia’s efforts to help the fight against cancer. Feel free to visit me on my blog. I just love hearing from folks!

This detail of another of Wen’s Fiber BONUSES is almost a work of art in itself.
Please join us on February 15 and 16 for Foto/Fiber 2012, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Wen’s three BONUSES


01 2012

Wen Redmond: Pushing the Boundaries

The one certain thing about Wen Redmond that she is always inventing new ways of expressing her artistic intent.  Wen describes her artwork on her website as an unusual use of fiber combining painting and digital media. Her innovation was rewarded this year by selection for Quilt National as well as being featured in several magazines. Her artwork is shown throughout the U.S. in galleries and special exhibits.  Wen shares her discoveries and techniques in workshops at her New Hampshire studio as well as at conferences and exhibitions.  You can visit Wen’s studio and see what inspires her on her lively blog.

1.  Tell us about your collages for ONE.
My collages for ONE use a new technique that I will be sharing in upcoming workshops. The first workshop will be at the Surface Design Conference in June in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It’s called Mix it Up Media Mix. I mix paper, fabric and mediums for a totally abstract feel with a surprising finishing technique. It is exciting!

Moving on 2 by Wen Redmond.  This artwork will be available during the ONE fundraiser on February 16.

2.  Where do you find inspiration?
I am a process person. My process is fed by my love of being outdoors. I’m passionate about coming up with ideas and working out the kinks. This leads to more discoveries, an evolution.  I make the art and then the art makes me.

Part of that process is photography. I can see the most exquisite scenes or combinations of patterns and want to share that beauty. My art represents these moments.  They are what lie beneath. I bring them back to share, to remind, to remember. These moments become my source, my well. I hope to bring that energy into my art making, to communicate the positive.

Layers peeled back reveal the source, the inspiration, and my mad desire to capture thoughts, dreams and the beauty of nature. Each work is individual and a communication between my inner imagination and later, the viewer.

3.  Do you collect art?  If so, how do you know a piece is right for your collection?
Yes. I enjoy art of all kinds- from a simply executed pot, to handmade books and traditional forms. I recently started to collect pieces from the SAQA auction. It’s a great way to collect fiber.  I feel like it is good karma to support the arts. Supporting artists keeps that energy alive. It’s like leaven for society.

4.  What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Listen to yourself. Do that thing you want to do- don’t check to see if others are doing it or evaluate it. Just do it. There have been so many times I would be inspired to create something in a certain method and stopped because it wasn’t being ‘done’. I did a piece with raw edge appliqué years ago when folks thought bonding and zig-zag were cheating. I loved the freedom and fluidity of it, but only did that one. Look around now and every technique is being embraced and tested! There are small fiber revolutions happening everywhere. Be your own voice. Give yourself permission!

5.  Any upcoming exhibits, new artwork, books, etc. we should know about?
I was just published in Quilting Arts Dec/ Jan 11 and Cloth Paper Scissors Jan/Feb 11.

I will be at the Craft Boston Art Exhibit at the World Trade Center March 25-27. I share a solo show called Fly in the Light at the Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth NH on Feb 4-25.

I will be teaching several workshops to a limited enrollment at my studio in Rollinsford, NH this spring.  Details and updates on my blog.

Within Without by Wen Redmond

January 14- February 26  A Common Thread exhibit, Textile Center MN

March 5   SAQA No Holds exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum; Demonstration of Natural Print Making 10-11:45; Artist talk 1200 and trunk show at 1-2:45.

I continue to work on my Holographic Fiber. A DVD on this technique is available from Quilting Arts Magazine.


01 2011