Above: Debbi Crane, Pokey Bolton, and Cheryl Prater at Make It University! at International Quilt Festival/ Chicago in 2007.
We have a very special guest with us today: Debbi Crane, co-author of MIXED MANIA: RECIPES FOR DELICIOUS MIXED MEDIA CREATIONS recently published by Interweave.
Debbi, we’re so glad you could join us today! I must say, you co-authored along with Cheryl Prater a very chic mixed-media book! Interesting title, interesting concept. Tell me a little bit about the idea behind your book.
Cheryl and I were really committed to doing a book that retained our individual voices and art-making styles. Cheryl does a lot with found objects and kind of sits down in front of her materials and makes what comes to her; I, on the other hand, tend to plan out every little step of a project before I even thing of picking up my scissors. The combination of our styles might seem a little crazy, but I think if we were exactly alike there would be no reason for us to collaborate. I hope we have shown our readers that the mixed media table is big and there’s room for everybody.
This arts and crafts book is a rare and welcomed treat because it is written with such wit and humor. I love how each chapter opens with the banter between you and Cheryl. It's like a slumber party I want to crash.
Cheryl and I wanted the words to be as interesting as the artwork. I have to thank our editor, Darlene D’Agostino for working so hard with us to get the dialogue just right, but Cheryl and I have had a natural sass in our conversations since we met in 2006.
What was your favorite part or project?
I love the design process – dreaming up new projects, writing the instructions, seeing the ideas come to life, working out the bugs and figuring out how slick I can make the engineering.
I know you're an art teacher by day. Now that you are an author, do your students treat you with celebrity status?
Not really, but maybe they will when my segment on Quilting Arts TV airs!
Note to readers: Debbi taped a segment with us at Make It University!™ this past April in Chicago. Her segment will appear in Series 300 of Quilting Arts TV, which begins airing nationwide December 26th.
Debbi, I have to tell you, I was inspired by your quilted clutch project. I love how playful it is and this weekend I am going to make a few for gifts.
In fact, I have a clutch in progress (below) and I'd love to give it away as a little blog raffle treat right now!
What question should I ask everybody to answer in the comments area, Debbi?
If you could have a craft date with any crafter or artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Ooooh, that is a great question! And a tough one! For anybody who would like a chance to win this quilted clutch, please answer the above question in the comments area by Monday 5:00 PM EST. I will then draw the winner and post to the blog Tuesday morning (along with some of your responses).
So, Debbi, I'm curious what is next for you down the pike. More books? Will you be joining us in Chicago and teaching a Workshop at Make It University!™ this coming April? Will you be writing more articles for us? Are you teaching anywhere?
I would love to do another book. It was hard work, but the kind of hard work I love. I am so delighted with the results.
Yes, I will be in Chicago with my mom and daughters. I am not sure the quilt show is ready for three generations of Crane women!
I hope to be in Cloth Paper Scissors again soon. I always have projects in various stages of completion for potential articles, and I will be embarking on my sixth year of daily art in 2009.
Debbi, I must ask: You know you have that rock star glam about you (I mentioned this in a previous post). Did you ever dream of being a rock star? If so, what band would you have joined? And are you going to participate in our Rock On! Art Quilt challenge?
I am a rock n roll girl, I must admit. I listen to the radio way too loud in the car and sing at the top of lungs, much to the dismay of my girls. I tell them – If it’s too loud, you’re too old!
I would say that I’d join Fleetwood Mac or maybe Heart – my husband’s fave – but there always seems to be drama in a band, so I’ll stay a solo act.
Yes, I’m doing the Rock On! Art Quilt challenge! Love it!!
Debbi, thanks for being our special guest on the Quilting Arts blog today! For people wanting to check out Debbi and Cheryl's book, you can learn more here.
And don’t forget to share in the comments area who your artist/craft date would be!