Friday, September 10, 2010

Workshop WOW

The first two "WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HEART?" workshop sessions were held in August at Rag Sky Art Studio. Both were fabulous! What a blast! I've often heard teachers say, "I don't know who learned more - the students or me!" and ain't that the truth. It was pleasure to meet everyone and truly exciting for me to share the studio with others engaged in the same slippery puzzle of designing Fabric Jewels that I have been for the past 25 years. Will it be a daring blend of hues, a deep broody stew or a cacophonous brew?!

The fabrics and fibers above were chosen by KC Lowe, who travelled from Anchorage for the workshop and took the pictures above. It will be interesting to see how the stunning grace of this textile display will translate when coated, rolled and sliced. She is a fiber artist too, working primarily in nunofelting, through which she creates lovely, delicate work. You can see it here on her website. Susan, Bridgett, and I are mugging mock-shock at the glory of her rolled creation.

Following an orientation to the studio, available materials and my Fabric Jewels process, the participants chose fabrics and cords for their designs. They cut and readied them, then drew and wrote instructions for the layout of their hearts. This is a more complex undertaking than you might think. Using these maps, I did my best to translate their ideas into form. Along the way I added my own experience to fill in the blanks. All of us will do best if we are "open to final outcome" as Julie noted below.

The participants from those two sessions who live in town (some were from out of state) will be returning September 25th, 2010 at 2:00PM to see all the finished creations and pick up their completed works. Following that meet-up, at 3:00PM will be a Workshop Open House and YOU are invited! My studio is located in Artwood Studios, a former elementary school now turned artist studio and studio dwellings.

From 3:00PM to 6:00PM you are welcome to come join us. If you are interested in taking the workshop - or just want to check it out - this is an excellent opportunity to get a sneak peak into how it works! You will have a chance to view the studio too and of course, my work will be available for purchase. CLICK HERE for directions to the studio, and for more about the workshops, check out the WORKSHOPS on my website.

Hope to see you here!


Linda Humphrey sent me the photo above of the quilt that she based on my Island Turquoise FABRIC JEWELS Heart . I think she did an awesome job- it's a beauty! The quilt is made of fabric but the Turquoise Heart is created from yarns. In the upper left-hand corner, the actual FABRIC JEWELS Heart is incorporated into the piece.

If you're down Texas way, you can see her quilt on display from September 30th through October 17th, at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, TX. CLICK HERE to go to their website and then go to the Exhibits page for more information. The show features quilts inspired by the work of another artist. I am honored that she chose mine!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Chicago International Quilt Festival!

I only know one word in Swahili, but when I saw this color series emerging, that word popped into my head and I knew is was the right name - Jambo!

Chicago International Quilt Festival is around the corner. Come into my studio through my fledgling Rag Sky videos below and see glimpses of the past month’s show prep including little details of the birth of the Jambo! series. Please forgive the out of focus parts made before I located the Macro setting on my new camera and I promise to find my glasses before I shoot the close-ups from now on.

Then, after you check them out -

Come say JAMBO! in Chicago - just NEXT WEEK!


BOOTH 1325

April 15 Preview Night, 5-9pm
April 16 and 17, 10 AM- 7PM
April 18, 10AM- 3PM

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

5555 N. River Road

Rosemont, IL 60018

I truly hope to see you there!
FabricJewels on YouTube!

PS: My Etsy site will be in “Vacation Mode” while I head to Chicago for the show. There you can sign up on my page to receive email notification when I again list my items there in early May.

"The Peacock's Eye"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Through the Windsheild

Aiming from the hip, not exactly through my eye, here are my Tucson road trip pics, all taken through the window of my van driving 70 or so. I haven't made pictures out in the world in a long long time. Truly entertaining!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'm in Tucson!

I made it here and today will be the fifth day of the show. I'll be open in my booth through Monday. Great people- wonderful reception and appreciation! Except for the usual lack of sleep things are going fabulous. Pitiful that I never got an email out for the show... but the landslide of the holidays, taxes, and van shopping took most of my attention and the email got bumped in favor of the work!

But if you are in Tucson- you must come by!

January 31st - February 5th, 2010


The Tucson Bead Show
February 6th - 8th, 2010

Both shows 10AM- 6PM BOOTH #B30

shows are in the same location & same booth in the hotel foyer

The Doubletree Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona

Hope to see you!