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Your favorite art quilting and collage artists. Survey says…

9 Dec 2008

In last Thursday’s post I posed the following question on the blog: If you could have a craft date with any artist, whom might you choose?

The answers ran the gamut—from painters and musicians to creative embroiderers and art quilters.  Names that popped up a few times included Beryl Taylor, Laura and Linda Kemshall, Hollis Chatelain, Lesley Riley, Carol Duvall, and Georgia O’Keefe.

An artist who made a lifelong impact on someone:
“I would want to have a craft date with Jean Ray Laury. In the 70’s I was struggling with Agoraphobia, and pretty much housebound, but I did get library books from a book mobile. The person who drove it brought me some of Jean’s books … I was so impressed I wrote to Jean to thank her for writing them. She not only wrote back over many months, she encouraged me and taught me quilting and soft sculpture via snail mail. I have thanked her many times, but I would love to meet her in person to tell her what a difference her art and personal kindness and encouragement made in my life. I have been free of Agoraphobia and limits since 1989. ~ Andee

An artist who could muti-task:
I would have to choose my Great Aunt Mimi. I don’t remember meeting her but she was famous in my family for crocheting, smoking and sucking on Canada Mints - all at the same time. She was one of a kind and believed that all would be right in the world if you just had a hook in your hand and made something.~ Alice

A couple people wrote they’d like a craft date with a woman by the name of Pokey. (Poor girl; with a name like that it must be a daily uphill battle to gain any respect!)
Kidding aside, I’m flattered.

What artist would I choose?
This is an easy one for me: Constance Howard, an ambassador for creative embroidery who was Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn’s tutor at college.
Conversations with Constance

Opinionated, a visionary, highly talented and deeply respected by colleagues and students (and who, by the way, sported green hair since 1957...well before the "Sex Pistols"), I will always feel a little wistful that I will never have the opportunity to meet such a legend.

OK, time to announce the Blog Winner of the Quilted Guitar Clutch…
Quilted clutch

If your name is Jess who wrote a comment on December 6th at 2:53 AM, congratulations, it's your lucky day! Please email me your address so I can mail you my little quilted guitar clutch (and promise me you wont examine the stitching too closely; it was the very first one I made.)

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Miles wrote
on 11 Dec 2008 1:13 PM
Howdy- came to your blog by way of Lesley Riley (she doesn't know me but I keep up on her blog every now and again). I would like to add that I would sell a kidney to have lunch with Romero Britto. I would sell both (do we have two?) to lunch with George Seurat.
Kathleen wrote
on 13 Dec 2008 6:34 PM
When I was growing up in Detroit, I was lucky enough to have an art date with Carol Duvall almost every day! She was on our local TV station making craft projects. Imagine my surprise one year during Quilt Market when I heard her voice after what must have been 20-some years! I sprinted 2 aisles over to where she was shooting a TV spot for her own show (I think on HGTV) to tell her what an influence she had been on me. I'm sure she thought I was nuts. And I met her again a few years later while working at Borders in metro Detroit. Gracious and lovely. Thanks, Carol
martha brown wrote
on 15 Dec 2008 10:08 PM
Hi Pokey -- you left a message on my blog -- but it was"no reply". You asked if you could link to my kindergarten class's snowmen -- of course you can! Thanks for looking! ~martha