The photo above was contributed by Terri Usher of Northam, Western Australia, and features her favorite hand-sewing tool, a thimble.
Since the theme of the October/November 2013 issue is "Artists Give Back," we asked contributors what they do to give back to their communities. Here's a selection of their answers:
I feel quite strongly about supporting animal rescue organizations because all of my dogs have been rescues. I donate a piece of artwork every year to the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England for their yearly auction fundraiser. I've also made and donated a lot of postcards in support of (International Quilt Festival and) Pokey Bolton's fundraiser for the Friends For Life organization.
I am very active in giving back to the town of Natick, Massachusetts; my community! I have been an elected board member of the Natick Housing Authority, an associate board member of the Council on Aging, and also an elected town meeting member, which is the legislative branch of our local government. None of these positions has anything related to being an artist. They give me a good opportunity to use a different part of my brain, and enable me to meet people in town who I normally wouldn't cross paths with.
I teach an afterschool arts program that is free for the kids. Among other things, I teach them surface design, sewing, art quilting, and, most importantly, to explore and enhance the creativity they already possess.
I like to give back by creating a sense of community while supporting a charity. There are many different charitable group art projects that I've worked on over the years, from Meals on Wheels to making care packages for soldiers with handmade cards--all of them have been equally rewarding.
Reader Joan Temko Anyon, right, of San Francisco, California, took a
quilt class with Simonetta Marini, left, while traveling in Bologna,
Italy, earlier this year. Joan is holding the Card Trick block she made
in the class. Behind the women is a hand appliqued quilt made by
To read Joan's letter, see the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
Photo by Adele Fideghelli