My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that's when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect.
Many people--me among them--admire Jane LaFazio's approach to quilt making. She has a way of combining hand stitching, machine stitching, surface design, mixed-media, and even machine needle felting to create beautiful and unusual pieces of fiber art.
Whenever I go to an art exhibit, a quilt show, Quilt Market, or a similar kind of event, I always keep an eye out for fashion. Not haute couture, but art couture--garments or accessories that reveal someone to be an artist or art enthusiast.
I think it's safe to say that most anyone who has ever created something beautiful--from art quilts to knitted scarves to jewelry--has been told, "You should sell these!"
Looking back over the last 12 months, I'd have to say that portraiture was a big trend in modern and creative quilting. From pixel quilts made of tiny fabric squares to mixed-media quilts that enhanced fabric with paint or colored pencil, quilt artists made a lot of faces.
When some people pass glittering tulle, pastel sheers, sequins and beads, and rows of embroidered trim at the fabric store, they see costumes. Art quilters see stash.
Remember the paper snowflakes we made as kids? Well, here's a little twist on them. These fabric snowflake coasters are made using freezer paper stencils and painting on fabric.
Our team has offered to be your personal shopper, selecting unique items from the Interweave store and others to help you find the perfect gift for the fiber artists in your life.
Two items I'm always short on: storage and gift wrap. Two things I always have plenty of: fabric and the urge to play in my studio. This fabric painting project by Lynn Krawczyk solves both problems with my favorite solutions
Where do you get your inspiration for art quilts? Quilting artists get asked that question all the time.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite gift ideas to make for your friends and family, as well as gifts for quilters that would be welcome at your guild's holiday party swap--or under your own tree.
How do you find time to work on your fabric art? It's a question I hear often (sometimes in my own head).
Monoprinting techniques make me feel like a kid in art class: most are easy, fun, and a little messy. But making collograph prints has to be the most kid-like of all.
One of my favorite parts of being a fiber artist is that it gives me permission to play. Rearranging colorful squares of fabric, printing and painting on fabric--they all lighten my mood and bring out the kid in me.
No matter which fabric dyeing techniques you use, dyeing fabric can be a fun--some might even say transformative--creative experience. Pulling the hand-dyed fabric from the dye bath to reveal the colors and patterns you have created is absolutely magical.