Is it a coincidence that the word "text" can be found in "texture" and "textiles"? Maybe so. But whether you scribble on background fabric with a permanent pen or make a focal point with 3-D embellished letters, text adds texture to textiles.
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.
In the old days of making photo quilts, several years back, I felt lucky if I was able to achieve a decent image transfer, let alone worry much about cropping the image in an 'artistic' way.
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.
Over the years, I've had the pleasure and privilege of collecting or repairing vintage and antique quilts. Most of the time, these ventures filled me with joy. Occasionally, there were disappointments. But always, I learned something.
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.
Memory quilts can take many forms and fiber artists create them for many reasons. A memory quilt can be made with clothing, such as a t-shirt quilt or an art quilt that features fabric or even an entire garment from a loved one.
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.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football.
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.