Start Your Art & IQF 2018

Two things again today.
Susan Brubaker Knapp made some “bad art”
with the Start Your Art cards!

Take a peek at her blog then comment there to enter her giveaway.

And here is another interview from the International Quilt Festival 2018. This time we talk to prize winner Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, winner of the Koala Studios Master Award for Innovative Artistry.


Enjoy!

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

behind the scenes: filming for Quilting Arts TV

I had the great privilege a couple of weeks ago of heading up to the still frozen north to spend a day filming for series 1400 (and a segment for series 1500 too) of Quilting Arts TV which airs on PBS. I’ve done it before (series 400 and 1100) but it’s been a while. There were some familiar faces and some new ones. I love and greatly miss the talented Pokey Bolton to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude. She built Quilting Arts Magazine and the TV show into something truly amazing. Now she has moved on to new and wonderful things and we will have a new hostess for the show.

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I’ve got to to admit, I did the happy dance right in the middle of an airport when I heard the news that Susan Brubaker Knapp was offered the position. They couldn’t have chosen a more talented, gracious, and smart woman to fill Pokey’s (adorable, high heeled) shoes. She is one of my favorite people! And so of course I said “yes, I can fit it into my schedule” when she asked if I’d like to film a segment or two even though I was teaching that week, chaperoning an out of town field trip, and getting the family ready for a spring break beach trip all at the same time. Can you say, “insane?” Getting all of the materials and projects, and especially the “step-outs” ready took a couple of weeks worth of crazy work and of course, I crammed it right up until the last minute – stitching and beading on the airplane.IMG_8489

 

 

 

Once I arrived it was all happy time! The “green room” which is no longer actually green, is where all the guests get set up and hang out while waiting for their time on set. It’s so much fun to arrive and see people you know and love! (And some you’ve actually met in person before!) Sarah Ann Smith was filming, as were Sue Reno and Jane Sassaman. I unpacked my suitcase and made sure everything was there for my three segments then settled in and watched the show. Kind of literally. There is a set monitor in the green room so that we can see what is being filmed. They shoot segments all day then one of the guests stays with the production crew to film an instructional video that evening. It can be a very long day for them!

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Speaking of the crew – I talked my way into the production booth for a few segments. I am one of those people who is always fascinated by the way things work. I spend more time watching the special features on movie discs than the actual movies. In this booth there are four people. One that you can’t see has her own monitor and keeps close track of timing. Each segment needs to be an exact amount of time. She tells the producer that it’s one minute, four minutes, etc. as the film rolls. The guy with all the fun buttons and the big fancy screen with a bunch of windows to watch all at once is controlling which camera is on. He is talking to the camera guys cueing which one will be on and when to switch. The guy in the corner is the sound technician. He mikes everyone up then listens for trouble like someone’s bracelet clinking on the table. Kathie Stull is the producer and has a mike through which she speaks into Susan’s ear throughout the filming, telling her not to forget to show certain things, how much time she has left, and what to say at the end of the set.image
The next day we all arrive early in the morning for make-up and make sure our wardrobe works with whatever Susan is wearing for any particular segment. You should see the chart she has to follow – changing her outfit (and jewelry) multiple times each day according to which segment they are filming. Because the guests have complicated travel schedules they can’t just film the whole show in order. The day before Jeanne, the Bernina rep who camps out all week to make sure everyone has what they need for the machines pulled out whatever machine feet and accessories I needed for my segments and let me play on the machines for a bit. When it is my turn to film a crew carries out my supplies, Jeanne, in her spiky high heels hefts out and sets up the machine, and we get ready to go. Kathie, the producer runs through what we will be covering and always has really good directions for making the segment flow well. The mike guy is snaking wires through our clothes and taping mikes and cords here and there. Susan is trying to stay on her feet at the end of a very long week, and the camera guy is handing me a tissue for my suddenly allergic and drippy nose. There are three or four other Quilting Arts staff people there all doing various things while trying to also meet their publishing deadlines. It’s quite the…. well. Quite the PRODUCTION!1509989_10202438954394093_1484492068_n

But most of all, it’s good fun. Sharing this fabulous world of fabric with you all! I truly have the best job in the world!

 

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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