Posts Tagged ‘mixed media’

Growing pains

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I think it’s important to keep growing, learning, honing skills and expanding ones repertoire. The hard part is how all encompassing it can sometimes feel. I’ve been very busy with several projects that unfortunately I can’t really talk about. One is an art quilt entry for an exhibition, and the rest are projects and prep […]


Getting back into creative mode

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Now that I’m pretty much settled in, the holidays are over and life is returning to its new normal, it’s time to get back to work. Recently, my good friend Lesley Riley, asked me to submit a piece for a new book she’s doing on quotes, if you’d like to participate check out her call […]


More CSA Artbox’s in the works

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The Artbox CSA has been such a cool project, that the group decided to invite a couple amazingly talented friends to join us this time around; Tracie Lyn Huskamp and Kelli Nina Perkins!  We are going to offer 3 new artbox options: a six piece full box and 2 different four piece half boxes just in time for the […]


Gimme Shelter

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The symbolism of home and shelter is very significant to me right now. I am on the cusp of a major life transition, and home, as I am sure I will have some form of shelter as I go through this, is a bit ambiguous right now. My marriage of more than 20 years came […]


Start your fiber art collection now with a CSA ArtBox!

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You’ve heard of buying a CSA farm box of veggies from a local grower and having it delivered to your door right? Well, ArtBox, CSA is a smilar concept that a group of well known and loved textile artists are trying out. We have created a beautiful collection of unique artwork to be delivered and ready to hang in your home […]


Painted ipad Bag

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I have been wanting to buy a case for my ‘new’ ipad, but have held off because I read the ipad 2 cases didn’t work with the new ipads because they moved the magnet that puts it in sleep mode when you close the cover and there aren’t that many options in covers for the […]


Magical Metal Altars at Create

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Thursday I taught Magical Metal Altars to a full class with 20 students. This is a new class, kind of a larger modified version of the popular Fiesta Ornaments. What fun this was! I gave the students a wide range of options to create their altar; from using a template with everything predesigned by me […]


Painting Fabric Class at the Create Retreat

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The Create retreat got off to a wonderful start on Wednesday. My first class had 8 students, it’s such a pleasure to have a class that small on occasion, teaching 25 (my usual number for festival) can be challenging, because I always like to give everyone individual attention along with the class demos. These gals […]


An Artist Village

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Welcome to my stop on the Artist Village blog tour. My house is one of the little ones in the center circle of the village. Symbolically the bird, who spreads its wings and flies, has spoken to me over the last couple years, so I decided to make a bird house. The house incorporates floral/plant imagery […]


When was the last time you gave yourself three full days for relaxation and creativity?

I know I don’t do it enough. It’s been a rough couple years, I think we should treat ourselves to more time for artistic exploration and creativity, it’s good for the soul! Join me this July 19-21, that’s just 2 months from now! for a 3 day painting retreat, Art Quilts: Painting & Surface Techniques at Idyllwild […]


An Artist Village Blog Tour

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Last year my friend, Kathy York, had a brilliant idea to organize a project to create an artist village with three dimensional stitched houses. She was inspired by the houses I made several years ago, that were published in Cloth Paper Scissors. Kathy just happened to have this beautiful green quilt that works perfectly as the […]


Tea & Ephemera in Ann Arbor

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  We had a great day today drawing on teabags, then collaging printed teabags, decorative tissues and text, adding paint and colored pencils to teabags, incorporating colored images with TAPS transfers, rubber stamps and stenciling images with Shiva Paint stiks. So many beautiful collages ready to stitch. At the end of the day, I was […]


Tomorrow is ONE!

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Bluebird Virginia Spiegal is lending her fund raising expertise once again to the American Cancer Society with a one day mixed media fiber art auction Wednesday February 16th. This year the auction means so much more for many of us fiber art lovers, with our dear friend Melly Testa battling the big C herself. Please […]


Time for healing and support

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I know my blog posts have been a little sporadic lately, I don’t know about you, but it feels like there is a lot going on in my life right now. One of the things I have been preoccupied with is my friend Melly Testas health, I would love for all of you to keep […]


House contruction complete

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These are the finished stitched panels, before I stitched them into a house form. I decided my house would be a bird house and sewed and stuffed a bird to paint and put inside. I can’t show a finished photo of the whole house until the project gets submitted, but here’s a little detail.


Stepping into the slow lane

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Well I havent fallen off the earth, but it has sort of felt that way. I came back from Houston and promptly got sick. I know a lot of us are dealing with this cold. I keep thinking I am going to be over it in another day and yet it lingers. Ugh. I have […]


Painting canvas

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I have been so busy the last couple months: teaching in Long Beach, preparing for QATV, teaching at Create, filling out proposals and contracts, that I have had no time to just make art for the love of it. I still have a bunch of stuff on my to do list, but I just had […]


Tea & Ephemera, round 2: Sunday morning

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Sunday morning I think all of us were tired and happy, glad that we had such a wonderful opportunity to spend this time together making art and friends. Knowing that these were our last few hours were a little bittersweet. Preparing fabric for everyone to use before hand really helped the class be more relaxed […]


Create: Interweave’s new retreat is a total success!

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The turn out for classes has been great, from what I have heard it exceeded Interweave’s expectations. I have heard they are definitely doing it again next year, time and location is yet to be determined. So if you didn’t make it this year, get ready for next year, you won’t want to miss it! […]


Cool collage stuff

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When I was in California I went into a Chinese market and found a bunch of cool paper products that would be great for collage. All the paper is very thin and light weight, some are printed with one color designs and some are very colorful. A few have gold and silver foil squares and […]


Cloth Paper Scissors Create Retreat

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I am so excited to share the news that I will be teaching two classes at Create! August 25-29 in Rosemont, IL (that’s where O’hare airport is for all of you who will be flying) Mixed Media Apron 6 hours, Saturday August 28 Using textile paints, gel medium and decorative printed images create a fun […]


Lark Prize Bonanza!

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While I have been buried in a pile of paper work this week, I received a wonderful distraction, a big box filled with books from Lark Publishing for my prize from the “Quilt it” contest. This is great there are several books in here that have been on my wish list for some time, so […]


Lark Quilt It Contest

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So you remember a couple weeks ago I mentioned the  Lark Books Quilt it contest? Entrants will create an original Quilt of any size that incorporates at least three of the following five required elements Bird/sMountainsSilver fabric, thread, itemRecycled/repurposed materialBeads I sent in my entry in and got the ok to post it, so here […]


My first book!

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I just self published this little portfolio of my art quilts and mixed media work using Blurb. I have seen several people write about using Blurb on their blogs and thought I would try it out myself. You can preview the book here. The book is 7 inches square, 40 pages long, printed on premium […]