Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch

dscn2389If you don’t know Deborah Boschert,  and her wonderful work already, I’d love to introduce you to my friend and her new book.

Deborah and I have known each other for at least 10 years. This is us in the green room of Quilting Arts TV, 4 years (and 20 pounds) ago.

I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Deborah’s fantastic new book Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch to preview and participate in this blog hop to get the word out.

I really love Deborah’s strong sense of design and sophisticated use of color. Notice how she often works with a limited color palette and how strong and effective that is. Color is so seductive, it’s hard not to want to use them all.

In her book, Deborah explains design principles and the layering techniques she uses to build her collaged mixed-media work in such a clear and easy to understand way, and she even shares a fun game to help generate ideas for imagery and composition to get you creating. (Sometimes that’s the hardest part!)

Deborah and I had a chat on the Surface Design chapter of her book. I have to laugh, because during the intro I was trying to get her attention to ask her to use my full name (with Coates). I’m a bit sensitive about this because I vacillate on whether to keep the Perez part of my name or not. I didn’t want to bother re-taping after we finished, so please bear with the pantomime, lol. 🙂

Drop me a note about a technique you’d love to learn more about, or you could always share your thoughts about me changing my name, lol. 

On October 1st I’ll pick a commenter to win a copy of Deborah’s new book. C&T will ship a hard copy to US winners and an ebook to international winners. Visit these other blogs for more video chats and chances to win.

September 19: C&T Publishing and Editor Lynn Koolish

September 20: Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine

September 21: Susan Brubaker Knapp

September 22: Sue Bleiweiss

September 23: Lyric Kinard

September 26: Lori Kennedy

September 27: Maria Shell

September 28: Jane LaFazio

September 29: Judy Coates Perez

September 30: Melanie Testa


I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

Nov 3-6 International Quilt Festival, Houston
Nov 1  Tsukineko Inks
Nov 2 Tea and Ephemera
Nov 3 Tsukineko inks
Nov 4 Blessings in the Wind: mixed media prayer flags

January 12-15  Craft Napa – Sign up Now!
Jan 12 Painting Imagery with Textile Paints
Jan 12 Fast and Fun Foam Stamps
Jan 13 Paint and Print-a-palooza
Jan 14 Blessings in the Wind, mixed-media prayer flags

Keep creating, Judy


ABOUT JUDY
IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

52 Responses to “Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch”

  1. Deborah M says:

    Can’t resist commenting on the name! I’m very sensitive to a person’s choice of what to call herself! Despite the logistics of dropping your Perez, do it if you believe that you are truly Judy Coates and no more! Good luck with your decision!

  2. Gabriele says:

    Surface design is like a huge smorgasbord. Everything is tempting and looks just delicious. So you try this technique or that one until you identify just what , when added to your art toolbox, enhances your art. It becomes a favorite, just like a favorite food. I’m looking forward to exploring Deborah’s book!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I completely understand the struggle with names. I grew up without a middle name and that caused issues, especially in the education system where most teachers assumed you just didn’t like your middle name and therefore you were lying. When I got married I kept my maiden name but used my married name when my kids came along to help form a sense of family unity. My full name has 27 characters. Motor vehicle won’t recognize it; I can’t get my full name on a credit card; people can’t spell it…the list goes on…Good luck with your name journey!

  4. Stacy says:

    I love how you talk about letting go of perfection and embracing the irregularities that show the ‘hand of the artist’ in your work. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the book.

  5. Rebecca Tweedle says:

    This looks like a beautiful book!

  6. Kathy Pitts says:

    I would love to be inspired to create some original stamps, so I was happy to hear you say to not make it perfect, make it you.

  7. Gene Black says:

    I really want to lean more about adding mixed media to art quilts, as well as learning some of Deborah’s edge finishing techniques

  8. Shasta says:

    Like Gene, I want to learn more about mixed media, especially painting, stamping, etc. My art quilts use fusible web, embroidery and beading, and I would love to expand that.

  9. Lynne Pfeffer says:

    I have trouble with layering as I often get stuck. I am interested in reading what Deborah has to say on the subject. Thanks for the chance to win.
    jlpfeffer at gmail dot com

  10. patty says:

    I am interested in learning Deborah’s finishing techniques. I get the name thing. I hate it when people call me Pat. My name is Patty.

  11. charquilter says:

    The book is beautiful. I have a friend who has a quilt pictured in the book. I would love to learn more about Deborah’s techniques.

  12. Diane A says:

    I like the step by step instruction –and lots of great pictures on your blog. Your work is very layered. How do you know when to stop or when you’ve gone too far? I think Deborah’s book would be a great introduction to this type of expression.

  13. barbgrandon says:

    I can’t wait to get into this new book!

  14. Carol says:

    I would love to have the chance to learn any new techniques as I am fairly new to the quilt world and am exploring at the moment trying to learn.
    I also had “name issues” when I remarried and ended up with a hyphenated name so that I would still have my recognized (somewhat- at least in my part of the art world) art name, but still make my new husband happy by taking his name. Sigh, his name seems to confuse people, so I end up using my maiden name whenever I can.

  15. mjkasz says:

    n explore creating or carving my own stamps and using them in my art quilts.

  16. Geri Beam says:

    Judy, I would like to have a discussion about personal symbols. I love learning new techniques but I want to understand better how to make my art become something that is personal and recognizable using my own voice. Is it just doing the work until there is continuity, or are there ways to hone in on what makes the work mine?

  17. Julie Hallquist says:

    I would love to learn more about layering thru surface design, and even making my own stamps.

  18. This looks like a fascinating book!!! Don’t be shy about having a double last name – I started using my double last name (church Bird) in the 1970s when it was not looked upon very favourably (and computer programs really hated it!!!) but I kept it up and now I am overjoyed to see more woman using the names they want!

  19. Karen in Texas says:

    Stamping and use of different paints, inks and other materials. I would like to have a medium with less fuss and water clean up.

  20. If you feel that the Perez doesn’t fit any more, drop it. Of course than you would have to explain why you made the change.

  21. ScrappyCat says:

    I love surface design and am always looking for new ideas, so this book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  22. v dale says:

    Really am ready to dip into the art quilt well!!!

  23. ellenlindner says:

    Yes, please!

  24. Nancy says:

    I would just like to get some good design sense under my belt. For some reason it eludes me. And I think you have such a distinctive reputation that dropping Perez won’t make any difference in the quilt world!

  25. JaniceCarole says:

    i have enjoyed this trip down the making of a collage. I can’t wait to get the book. I have created art quilts but none like what I am hearing about in this book. It is always fun to have a chance to win something.

  26. snicklefritzin43 says:

    I am really interested in learning more about applying paints and inks to a fabric…adding some printing and perhaps doing some eco printing. Would love to have a copy of this great book.
    Kristin

  27. Laura M says:

    Ah, names, always complicated. I’d pick what feels “right” to you at this point in your life (as our feelings do change over time). Onto what I’d like to learn, it’s the “is this a good design” that always perplexes me. Do look forward to reading Deborah’s book on this topic and the rest. Have enjoyed these video sessions. Thank you both!

  28. kathypulici says:

    I would love to win one of Deborah’s book. It looks wonderful.

  29. Geneen Granger says:

    Can’t wait to read Deborah’s book and get inspired again with surface design!

  30. Diane Ostdiek says:

    Sounds like a great book to add to my library for ideas and techniques to use when I am “arting”.

  31. Karon says:

    Deborah’s book sounds very creative. Would love to see you on Craftsy. I think Judith Coates would fit you fine.

  32. You made some wonderful observations about Deborah’s book! It really does give the reader an in depth look at the process of creating quilted collage (have my own, but want to win a copy for my guild!) and urges the us to try a variety of techniques in our art work, but I’d really like to explore finding my artistic voice. Not sure what symbols represent me. It’s still a mystery!

  33. Kathy Sullivan Herren says:

    Looking forward to learning more techniques while still learning the basics. Use Perez. There is something about remaining connected to your family of origin.

  34. Chris Appleby says:

    Hi Judy, lthink the just do it statement during your chat was my stand out. So often us beginners are afraid to start, l love the fact that both you and Deborah use stamps and make your own as well as using everyday items that will give an effect that becomes original in your art. Thanks for sharing it has given me the encouragement to just do it!
    Chris, from the land down under.

  35. Chris Chambers says:

    Always interested in layering and finishing techniques. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Marjorie says:

    I’ve been following your artwork for years and have always known of you by the three names. It has s nice rhythm, But I also believe people should be able to change their name or how it’s used as they grow and change. You’ll know what’s right for you. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. I hope to work more on using my own photos to create original designs.

  37. jmhouston says:

    I could certainly use a spark or two for my arting!!!! Love both of your works!!!!

  38. Sheila Massey says:

    Okay… now I’ll have to pick up a copy. Thanks, Judy.

  39. Barb S says:

    The section that deals with design really appeals to me because I do struggle with bringing a idea to a finished design. Thanks for a chance to win this intriguing book!

  40. I would love to learn more about screen printing. I’ve taken a workshop, but it wasn’t very useful for a number of reasons.

  41. susan iacuone says:

    If the name is no longer who you are, drop it.

  42. Chris says:

    I really want to learn more about painting on fabric to enhance the quilt.

  43. buntyw says:

    Re your name – go with whatever feels right to you!
    I would love to win a copy of Judy’s book!

  44. Jo says:

    I want to do more mark making in my work in my work. Exploring print making would by my choice.
    As for dropping a name I sometimes wish I kept my maiden name with my marred name because both are a part of who I am. It just was not done so much 30 years ago….

  45. Vicki D. says:

    I liked your comment about varying the intensity of the stamped images to make the viewer’s eyes move across the piece. I’d like to begin playing with layering fabrics, personal symbols and paint. I’ve known about you for years through Quilting Arts Magazine and have to admit that your full name to me is synonymous with Art Quilts. However, I would certainly still recognize your name if you dropped part of it. Your work is so inspiring.

  46. loraquilt says:

    Love the reminder about working with irregularities! All varieties of surface design all to me and I get inspired every time I read a new book or hear someone talk about their work.

  47. Gayle Kush says:

    This book looks interesting. I would drop the Perez. If you are worried about it as far as your professional persona goes, google is a wonderful thing. It brings you up either way!

  48. Laura Gottlieb says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m especially interested in using paint and monoprinted images in my work.

  49. Lindy Wesney says:

    I like the approach that anything goes and you’re only limited by your imagination.

  50. Rebecca in SoCal says:

    I have only recently started following your blog, but I was already familiar with your three-part name. If I saw “Judy Coates,” I would have to think a moment, rather like my friend Mary Gaye; when someone calls her just Mary, it distracts me.

  51. Sylvia says:

    I am looking to expand my collage work and this would be a wonderful addition to my library. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    As for your name, that is really a personal decision. It defines you. Look deep and feel what is right for you.

  52. Rebecca in SoCal says:

    I just now actually watched the video, and am very inspired by the quilt behind you! It’s a way to showcase many different life forms; you could encapsulate an area. My second thought was: everything I see in daily life, or natives? However, typing that out, I’m thinking I should capture a moment in time AND place.

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