Posts Tagged ‘mixed media’

Peace, love and happiness in the heart of bourbon country

Last week I had the privilege to teach at Ephemera Paducah, and what a great time I had at this wonderful art and mixed-media supply store, workshop space and retreat facility. Besides being the home of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah also has a thriving arts community which could be one of the leading factors […]


Tea and Ephemera in Santa Clara

I had a great time with the ladies in the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association last week. I drove down on Sunday to give a Monday morning lecture followed up with a private viewing at the San Jose Quilt and Textile museum and Tea and Ephemera Workshop on Tuesday. I love how these two pieces […]


Wanna jump start your creativity?

Check out this roster of great teachers! offering lots of great quilting and mixed media classes. I’m thrilled to be teaching again at this super fun retreat. Here’s what’s on my Craft Napa schedule: Paint and Printapalooza 2-days Thursday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Make your own personal fabric line! Learn a variety of techniques for creating […]


10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks workshop in Sacramento

As much as I love traveling to fun places to teach, there’s nothing better than teaching close to home! This weekend I taught a 2 day class at Meissner’s Sewing in Sacramento. This is my second time teaching at Meissner’s, it’s such a great place for workshops. They have a nice big classroom with a […]


You win some and you lose some, it’s all about perspective

BUSHWHACK Bushwhack: to cut a path through dense vegetation.  Inspired by patterns in nature, I saw each block like plant cuttings scattered on the ground. 40’ x 40” You may remember when I posted some progress photos of this quilt several months ago. I started to make it for sheer pleasure, but as I was sewing […]


Succulent Love

I have always loved succulents and cacti. Years ago when I lived in Los Angeles, I had a pretty big collection, but I had to give them away when I moved across country. Now that I’m back in California and in a drought, I’ve given up my thirsty garden and have been accumulating succulents again. […]


Mark your calendar for this special fundraiser

I’m happy to share that once again I will be contributing artwork to Virginia Speigal‘s FiberArt for a Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer will bring FiberArt for a Cause’s total contribution to a total of 1/4  million dollars! by raising $10,000 in one day on February 4, 2015. This is […]


Spend a week immersed in the ultimate creative exploration using Acrylic Inks with me!

Oh my gosh, what could be more wonderful than crisp cool mornings, fall colors, and uninterrupted creative time in the Great Smoky Mountains for a whole week! Sounds like heaven to me and it’s coming up soon! October 12-18, I will be teaching an  Acrylic Ink Textile Adventure at Arrowmont, and I keep thinking of new techniques to […]


Exploring new directions with a variety of media

Recently I used acrylic inks to bring new life to a couple ‘finished’ pieces that, to put it simply, felt unfinished. I really love the way they look after adding a larger, more colorful, image. Each piece now has a dominant focal point painted with acrylic inks on top of a subtle, mainly monochromatic, background that was created with a variety […]


Growing pains

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

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

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

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!

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 […]


Painted ipad Bag

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

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

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

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.