Once In A Blue Moon

I love the mountains and stately old buildings nestled in their quiet spaces.OIABM1rMost students stayed in the lodge, rather than this place up the hill. It turned out to be perfect as they were just down the hall from their classrooms.

I love quilters and artists and brave souls who try new things.FullSizeRender-10Because of the rain we opted for indoor activities such as this blind contour drawing exercise. Snug and warm in comfy chairs instead of hiking out in the wet.

I love autumn colors.leaf

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I love the fabulous work shared by so many fabulous ladies at our show-off evening!FullSizeRender-6

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THANK YOU to all of the wonderful women who shared a few days with Susan Brubaker Knapp and I at last week’s Once In A Blue Moon retreat!

Tomorrow I’m going to show off student work from our Abstract-A-Licious workshop.

New Work: just some samples

So apparently my “less is more” functionality lasted about 1 month. Or at least until my teaching schedule started. Since then I’ve felt completely overwhelmed again – too many things on my plate. There is a ton going on behind the scenes with getting the new DVD’s ready for you.Kinard_photos_foil6There are family things that are taking up more time than usual. Or I suppose – that IS the usual. There are other things in the works for later on in the year that are taking up time now. So the “less” part this past month or two has been blogging.Kinard_photos_foil5

So it’s nice when the things on the “to-do” list are fun. And it’s even nicer when they serve more than one purpose. These little sweetlings are samples for a class I’ll be offering at the International Quilt Festival this October called “Photos + Foil = Fun!” It will be one of those fun, I bring everything for you, kind of classes.Kinard_photos_foil2_web

They are also running off right away to Susan Brubaker Knapp who may or may not show them on one of the mini-demos she’ll be busy filming soon for the next season of Quilting Arts TV. She’s going to demo how to use foil with thermofax screens. (You can find the butterfly wings thermofax screen here.)
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In case you missed the news – Susan and I will be teaching a retreat together at the Once In A Blue Moon retreat October 1 – 3 in beautiful Black Mountain, NC (near Asheville.) RetreatLogoBlack_webThere were only 11 spots left last time we checked so if you were interested you might want to send in your registration form now! I’d LOVE to see you there!

Around the World Blog Hop

So – welcome to all you wonderful quilters out there jumping around from blog to blog, adventuring all around the world via the blogoshpere. This is a fun little exercise – just a peek at what I do and why.
 
A big thanks to Mary J Puckett of  ZippyQuilts.wordpress.com who invited me onto this lovely little ride of a blog hop. By all means, please do go check her out.lyric_kinard_design_wall_art
 
IMG_52731. What am I working on? Well – after finishing up filming three new DVD workshops last month, I’ve sort of just been trying to catch up with my kids. And trying to remember how to breathe. And maybe sew something just for the fun of it. It feels like I never have time to do that any more so I am making time for it now.
 
But there is always something up on the design wall. I had pulled out several screen printed bits that were either left-overs or tests from other projects and also one in-process piece that was waiting for some hand dyed cloth. They all got the dyed cloth and are currently being ignored while I play around making a pirate vest for hubby’s Halloween costume. Nope. Didn’t get to it before Halloween, but I had pulled out the cloth and pattern and decided to work on it a bit now. He and I just wear the same costume every year – but it steadily gets a little better.
 
I’m also working out the final details of the Once in a Blue Moon Retreat that the wonderfully talented Susan Brubaker Knapp and I will be putting on the first week of next October. If you want more information please sign up for my newsletter where I will announce whatever amazing ideas we come up with!
 
IMG_84262. How does my work differ from others of its genre? That’s always a tricky question. I always kind of think pretty much everything has been done before. I’m sure there is someone out there that does work very similar to mine. I don’t worry about it and just do what interests me the most at the moment. Currently – that is screen printing cloth. Layers of imagery begin with white cloth, dyed, discharged, and printed. Lots of fun creating goes on in the process. Hunting through my photos, digitally editing them, sketching, making screens to print with, choosing scale and color – all fun stuff!
 
Kinard.L.Zen.det3. Why do I write/create what I do? Because the creative process keeps me alive and sane. I love to create order from chaos and beauty from a pile of nothingness. (At least I do in my studio – don’t look at my housekeeping!!!) Because it’s fun!
 
 
4. How does my creative process work? Well – it’s pretty haphazard if I don’t have a deadline coming up. If I do – I’m all about lists and getting the next thing done. Art has to fit into the spaces between my life as a mother and wife. I choose it that way. Those things are more important to me than anything else. But if I don’t have a deadline I am completely scattered. Whatever interests me and is in front of me at the moment gets done… or not. A few of those pieces on the design wall have been either up there or tucked away for a very long time. Years. I like to explore different imagery or styles which means often I’m jumping from one thing to the next. Through time, however, I keep coming back to some images that really interest me. This turns into de-facto series work… just stretched over a longer period of time than other artists work in. the XOX imagery has been something that keeps popping up. Usually as a playful and improvisational creation right after a serious and thoughtful and painstakingly detailed artwork.
 
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I’d love it if you left me a quick comment letting me know what you think.
 
Next week please continue the hop and check out these two blogs:
 
Deborah Boschert is an art quilter that I love to follow. Her work has a delicacy and layered depth to it’s imagery that I find soooo appealing. That – and we both have kids in marching band right now. I always find it fun to peek in and know at least one other person in the world is probably going as crazy as I am.deborah-boschert-350x350
 
Roxane Lessa is one of my local quilt buddies – I have always really loved her large scale landscape and botanical pieces. She also teaches and coaches art quilters. (And I love her hair cut!)Roxane-Web-Images-007-200x300

Surface Design: play day

Sometimes you just need a little brightness – and today is one of those days. A little time spent with an X-Acto knife and some white plastic erasers and I have lovely stamps to print with.

photo-3When I was working in the studio yesterday I ran across some fun stuff to print with. Bits of this and that.

photo-6Would you like to play with me? This is just one of the techniques I teach in my Surface Design Sampler Platter class. I’ll be playing with these techniques for two days September 26 – 27th in Virginia with the Cutting Edge Quilt Guild.

I’ll also be teaching Surface Design Sampler Platter in the most lovely of places: Blowing Rock, North Carolina at the Once in a Blue Moon Fiber Art Retreat.  Susan Brubaker Knapp and I have some truly fun play time planned for our students. November 13-16th.

Join Us!

 

Once In a Blue Moon Fiber Art Retreat

This from my good friend and fellow fabulous teacher

Susan Brubaker Knapp 

Drumroll, please! I am pleased to announce that my 2013 retreat will be held at an exciting new location in Blowing Rock, NC. And I’ve asked a friend and truly fabulous teacher, Lyric Kinard, to join me! Lyric Kinard was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Professional Quilters (IAPQ). She is author ofArt+Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises, and has created two DVDs (on beading and surface design).

The retreat will be held Nov. 13-16 at Meadowbrook Inn & Suiteson Main Street in Blowing Rock. This is a wonderful town, full of fun shops and wonderful restaurants, and surrounded by natural beauty of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Lyric and I will be offering two full days of classes, plus a half day onNov. 13 for early arrivals. Subjects include wholecloth painting, surface design, elements of art for quilters, thread sketching, funky embroidery, and beading. You can sign up to take both of your classes with me, both with Lyric, or one day with each of us. Each class is limited to 25 students to ensure that everyone gets enough individual instruction.The base fee for the two full-day classes is $240. There are kit fees for some classes. Registrants choose their own accommodations andmeals. We have reserved a block of rooms at Meadowbrook at a reduced rate (see retreat flier for details). And there are many wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the conference site.

Meadowbrook Inn & Suites in Blowing Rock, NC

My friend and conference facilitator extraordinaire, Joyce Mullis, is handling registrations and most of the organizational details.You can download the flier – which contains detailed information and pricing — and the registration form by clicking here. We hope we will mark your calendar and make plans to join us! 

WEDNESDAY’S CLASSES (Nov. 13)
Choose one three-hour class (these are optional add-on classes are not included in the base fee):

Free-style Embroidery Apron (with Susan)
Stitch up a funky art apron using Susan’s designs and colorful perle cotton. You’ll start with a flirty hand-painted canvas apron, and embellish it, using simple embroidery stitches. A relaxing, no-stress class.  Class price: $55 (includes kit fee)
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Bead It Like You Mean It (with Lyric)
Come learn the basics of beading and create a fun little art quilt. You will learn techniques for adding beads of all shapes and sizes to your quilts and wearable art, easily and after you are done quilting. Here’s the prize: no knots or mess on the back! Learn to embellish in a way that adds to the overall design instead of looking like an afterthought. Class price: $55 (includes kit fee)

THURSDAY’S CLASSES (Nov. 14)
Choose one six-hour class:

Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals (with Susan)
Learn the basics of creating wholecloth painted quilts based on photos. Choose from the four projects shown above, and work from line drawings and photos to recreate the image using acrylic textile paints. You’ll learn how to: select the right photos for great results; choose paints and fabrics to use; transfer your design to fabric; mix and blend paints for a range of values. We will also discuss how to thread sketch, quilt and finish your piece. Supply fee includes paints, brushes and fabric. $25 supply fee

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Surface Design Sampler Platter (with Lyric)
Can’t choose which surface design technique you want most to learn? Try a taste of each! Make a small art quilt or bookcover while playing with paint, foil, photo transfer, screen printing and stamp carving, and beading. Techniques include printing and stenciling, stamp carving, screen printing, foiling, photo transfer. The supply fee includes everything you’ll need except scissors and an X-Acto knife. Lyric will have extra supplies available for purchase in class. $35 supply fee

FRIDAY’S CLASSES (Nov. 15)
Choose one six-hour class:

Elements of Art for Quilters (with Lyric)
Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements of good design. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artist’s kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level. Students will discuss some of the basic principles of design, including focal point, line, texture, color, shape and motion. Quick, hands-on exercises will help you understand and implement these principles in your own artwork. No supply fee.

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Threadsketching: Snowflakes (with Susan)
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Whip up your very own flurry in this class, using thread, fabric and a tiny bit of paint. You’ll learn the basics of how to thread sketch, using Susan’s patterns for gorgeous, realistic looking snowflakes. Learn how to trace the design onto your background fabric, stabilize your piece to avoid draw-up, regulate your stitch for perfect tension, and improve your control while stitching. We will also cover free-motion quilting ideas for this piece, and discuss finishing techniques. $3 supply fee.

Detailed supply lists will be available in summer 2013. You can download the retreat flier and registration form by clicking here.

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