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!