Judy’s European adventure- part 2, Nadelweldt

We returned from Strasbourg to the lovely village of Ettlingen, where our hotel was located for the duration of the Nadelweldt convention to began organizing for my exhibit and teaching.

I have to give a huge thank you to my friend Birgit Schueller, who recommended me to the organizers of this show, and I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo with her while at the convention, so I’ll have to substitute this one from a couple years ago at my house.

Until Birgit asked me if I would be willing to go to Germany to teach I was unfamiliar with the Nadelweldt show which began in 2011, and is organized by German needle-arts magazine publisher Partner Medien.

This is just one of the many magazines they publish. Check out that issue (top center) with the work of my fellow Sacramento friends the Pixel Ladies on the cover! 🙂


The show takes place in a beautiful open space filled with natural light. No spot lamps are necessary to light the work and the quilts are hung on white hard walls as opposed to black drapes like most shows in the US.

Photo courtesy of Frank Guschmann

I felt so incredibly honored to have my exhibit positioned right at the front of the show entrance. My work is very different from European quilts, so it was interesting to watch how perplexed people were about how my work is made. Most assumed it was appliqué and were surprised to find out it was whole cloth and painted.

While at Nadelweldt, I taught my Tea & Ephemera class.

Many Germans speak English, but I had 4 students who didn’t and needed translation. Luckily I had a wonderful translator, named Angelika, who was very knowledgable in mixed media techniques to assist me. Coincidently, I had one student who grew up in Davis, California which is the town right next to Sacramento.


It was really interesting to see the work of the other exhibitors at the convention, some of the artists I was familiar with and others where new to me.

I have been a fan of Cas Holmes work for many years. She is a kindred spirit in her use of paper and tea bags in her textile work.



Gillian Travis, from England, kindly reached out to me right after I had arrived and invited me and Phil to join her, her husband and a few friends for dinner on Friday to celebrate her birthday.

Gillian and I both use paint and work in a more illustrative manner so we had lots to talk about right from the start. Gillian has travelled extensively and makes beautiful work inspired by her travels around the world.


Isabelle Wiessler and I first met online when my friend Birgit Schueller introduced us when I was trying to find out about paint and screen printing products available in Germany. Isabelle’s work is inspired by the textural aspects of nature, things like bark and lichen. She was also recently featured in the ‘artists to watch’ section of a recent SAQA Art Quilt Quarterly.


In a booth adjoining Isabelle’s was Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix from Switzerland, who’s work is inspired by water and the different colors of the water due to the tones of the sky or mountains, reflections and clarity.


Austrian textile artist Janine Heschl’s life-like thread painted wildlife quilts are absolutely gorgeous. The week after the convention Janine had the honor of presenting one of her works to Jane Goodall to be auctioned off to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute in Austria.


The only other American at the show was John Kubiniec from upstate New York who’s work could be described as modern traditional. John’s a long arm quilter, Bernina ambassador, and has a new book called A New Spin on the Drunkard’s Path.


I was familiar with the work of Rita Dijkstra from the Netherlands, I’m sure I’ve seen her quilts in Houston. She creates beautiful abstract quilts using her own hand-dyed fabrics that appear to be influenced by natural forms in an abstract style.


On Saturday night I had the pleasure of joining a group of European SAQA members for dinner.


I only took a few photos of exhibits, since many were marked with no photos signage. Personally I’ve never understood that concept, I have always felt like it’s free publicity, but I know some people don’t want images of their work floating around on the internet without attribution. So in lieu of my mediocre photos from the conference, I would love to direct you to the flicker accounts of Frank Guschmann and his wife Sabine Marzahn, who took fantastic photos of the exhibits and vendor hall. Frank kindly sent me the wonderful overhead photo of the exhibit hall at the top of my post and gave me permission to share the links of his and his wife’s photos (click on their names to see their photos).


I can hardly tell you how much I appreciate Phil coming along with me on this trip. This was the first quilt show he’s ever attended and he was so helpful schlepping suitcases, helping me hang my exhibit (and take it down), helping me translate and explain things in German (and occasionally French), along with the help of my google translate app, and he even manned my exhibit Sunday afternoon for about an hour so I could go take a quick look at the vendor hall. I tell ya, this man’s a keeper!!!

Keep creating,


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

June 1-2 Meissners, Sacramento, Blooming Inspiration –sold out

July 27-28 Meissners, Santa Rosa, Blessings in the wind; mixed-media prayer flags

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI –sold out
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

October 27 Meissners, Sacramento, Fiesta Ornaments


New January 16-20 Craft NapaPaint & Printapalooza, Collage, Paint, Create!, Make an Impression! Registration opens June 1st


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.


8 Responses to “Judy’s European adventure- part 2, Nadelweldt”

  1. Barbara Fox says:

    I love that the exhibition space had white walls. The white seems to display the art in a more open, bright light.

  2. Cas Holmes says:

    Hello Judy..It was so lovely to meet you if all but too briefly as we were all so busy. Have long appreciated your work.

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      Hi Cas, thanks. Hopefully our paths will cross again someday and we’ll get to spend a bit more time together. 🙂

  3. jeannievh says:

    I so enjoyed your tour and the quilt show looks fantastic. I think it would be wonderful to do a trip around the world and see all the big shows. I guess it is my version of my hub’s see all the major league baseball parks and train depots.

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      Ha ha wouldn’t that be fun. I think one of my favorite parts about going to shows is meeting people and hearing them talk about their work. We all view the world in so many different ways, I think its endlessly fascinating to see what people become drawn to and why.

  4. Nancy says:

    It must have been so awesome to have been in the same room for dinner with all those very creative, smart and knowledgeable women. To be able to sit and speak with them and learn from them would be incredible. Nancy

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      It was wonderful Nancy. I truly value the opportunities I’ve had to meet and talk with other artists in other parts of the world and I always hope, but never know, whether our paths will cross again.

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