Sunday, January 15, 2017

Come Join me in Australia!

Play Down Under!

 Join me next January for Digital Explorations in Australia! 

Click here for more information!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Take it from Here

In my book and workshop, Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media, I explore ways of composing photographs in various ways. 

This original photograph was cropped and stretched to create a long rectangle. I usually enhanced hue, either before layering or after. This is especially true when printing to a somewhat absorbent surface such as fabric and some papers.
Each of the 3 photos were created by exploring what would happen when layered with my painted fabrics. Some photos simply don't work but what a satisfying surprise when it does!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Learn with me at Schweinfurth!

19 Holographic Memories & Thermal Facts 

20 Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media

Expand your vision of a digital print with inkjet printing on fiber and mixed media substrates. The types of substrates that can be created are nearly limitless. Explore the possibilities! This workshop is based on Wen’s new book which due out in early 2017 from CT Publishing. A general knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or a similar editing program is advantageous but not necessary. Bringing a printer may be helpful. This workshop focuses on experimentation and construction.
Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017 
Levels: All levels 
Tuition: $380

Sunday, January 1, 2017

the Best of the New year to all!

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. 

There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

— Martha Graham

Monday, December 19, 2016

Autographed Copies of my new book Digital Fiber Art

Books are IN!!

I’m delighted to receive another box of books today. I’m adding shipping to total price, which will take you to Pay Pal for payment. You don’t actually need an account with them to pay, a credit card will do.
Hopefully these signed copies will reach you in time for your holiday gifting and
As always, thank you for your patronage and support!

Art-fully yours,
$29.99 plus $6.20 for priority shipping within US 
I can ship for less but won't make it to you in time for holidays- contact me wenredmondatyahoodotcom

Sunday, December 11, 2016

the Links

Links!
the list goes on..
here's the signature links I have on my email composition page
too long?
just right?
what do you think?

Wen Redmond 
Making the Imagination Real
Contemporary Art in Fiber 
or Autographed Copieshttp://tiny.cc/fieohy
Newsletter Sign Up
WEBSITE http://wenredmond.com 
FaceBook
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Etsy UpLIFTmeNTs Shop- http://tiny.cc/zdeohy
Fine Art America- http://tiny.cc/ebeohy
Instagram- http://tiny.cc/8feohy
Professional Member of SAQA- http://tiny.cc/55ktey
U Tube Channelhttp://tiny.cc/j6ktey
Hanover, Concord, North Conway, Nashua, Meredith and Hooksett I-93 N

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quilt Japan Award!

I attended the wonderful fiber exhibit Quilt Visions in San Diego CA this October. I was awarded the Quilts Japan award for my work The Creative Hand!  

Since 1994, Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association and Nippon Vogue Co. Ltd. have sponsored Quilt Japan Award annually. These awards are for the nonprofit contest "Quilt National" and "Quilt Vision", held for American and Japanese quilters friendship.
I will be flying to Japan to teach this coming October! 



More information about the Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association and Nippon Vogue Co. Ltd. can be found here-   http://www.jhia.org/english/index.html

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall Newsletter Update

Fall! Imagine that!
Enjoy the colors as the weather turns to the chill of winter…
Moments of art making leave me breathless with color!

At the Moment ..

            I’m over the moon with the news that my book is now available on Amazon! Imagine! It’s titled ‘Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos & Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece’
It will be physically available in December, available for pre-order now on Amazon -  http://tinyurl.com/z7jcb2e
'inspirational printing ideas for fabric, paper and subversive materials'

            I am included in an exhibit in South Berwick Maine. Lovely write up and all the information -http://www.emporiumframing.com

            I’ll be attending the wonderful fiber exhibit Visions in San Diego CA mid October. I am told I’ll be receiving an award! But hush! It’s still unannounced.

I participated in a group show, Body of Works, at NHAA’s Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth this summer and it looked fabulous! I have work there occasionally.

Additional Exhibits
Solo Exhibit at Textile Center, Minneapolis- BREAKING THE SURFACE: CREATING DIGITAL FIBER ART
Artist of Month Hanover League of NH Crafts Gallery
Honorable Mention in the exhibit Fiber Options, Annapolis, MD
TIQE at the National Tainan Living Art Center in Tainan City, Taiwan
Quilt Visions
8th Asia Quilt Festival in Shanghai, China
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Concord NH- Emergence: Craft + Technology 
Radical Elements exhibit, lecture & demo at RUTH FUNK CENTER FOR TEXTILE ARTS
            Melbourne, FL
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
Original Sewing and Quilting Expo Atlanta, GA, Lakeland, FL, & Worcester, MA
Quilts Expo Des Moines, IA
Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK

If you get the magazine Fiber Art Now, I was the featured artist in the Summer issue!


Early Holiday Gift Buying? Why not art?
            Studio Sales Blog is up to date. I use the blog to list art inbetween exhibits of for works that are retired and are terrific buys!
            Use PalPay buttons for simple purchase ( no account needed) I hope you’ll visit!

Thinking ahead…
            I have a swath of new and old workshops available for a while.
List and information on my blog, on tab at the top. Please recommend me to your organization. Link- http://tiny.cc/p9ktey

            I am teaching at Quilting by the Lake in NY Session II: Sunday, July 23rd -Friday, July 28 2017
link for more information- HERE

Workshops coming in Japan and Australia in 2018

Please like my FaceBook ART Page for updates as they happen! https://www.facebook.com/Art-of-Wen-Redmond-209943249168554/

Eventually I will use the online newsletter format on Mail Chimp.
If you no longer wish to receive news- just let me know!

Thanks for you artful support!

Wen

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

SAQA invites it's member to bring together 6 quilts within a theme.
I choose "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words"

photography on fiber inspires me.
The tender sensitivity of seeing,
sends me into inspiration!

My 6 selections are

Hope Wilmarth    •   Swept
Barbara Schneider    •   Still Life in Indigo, var. 3
Janis Doucette    •   The Light Shines Through
Deborah Fell    •   Passage of Time: Braunschweig 26
Eliza Brewster    •   The Museum on Mars
Jill Kerttula    •   Walking Home

To see my selections and more about the Auction visit here
and here is my donation-
Digital Fiber- Rocks & Water
One of a kind multi-layered fiber photographs. Images are printed onto treated natural textiles and other surfaces, combining painting and digital media into a one of a kind art piece. Organza Overlay.  Creatively stitched. 12x12

Monday, August 15, 2016

Long Walk

Digital Fiber  is a meld of two of my artistic passions- textiles and photographs!


I love taking the photographs everywhere! Playing with the photos in any photo editing program; cropping, changing, layering or otherwise manipulating them, can really make the result personal and unique.
Long Walk is a chopped image of rock and water taken on, yes, a long walk. This rendered a somewhat abstract photo. The colors were slightly saturated and darkened. It was printed on digitally ready broadcloth and over layered with the same photograph printed on silk organza. 
mounted- side view
Some of the organza is cut away, revealing different textures and of course it is quilted, adding yet another level of textural surfaces that so many fiber artists love!

more info-
I buy ink jet ready fabrics from inkjetfabrics.com, a fabulous company in CA. Tell Sandy 'hi' for me, if you buy from them!
Learn about preparing your own digital ready surfaces in my new book, Digital Fiber, due out in December but available for pre-order now on Amazon- click here. In fact, the book gives hints on creating your own personal photographs  with some of my own innovative ideas, as while as creating unique printable substrates.

Long Walk is available for purchase on the SAQA Annual Benefit Auction- click here for more information.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Coptic Bound Journals

I love books. Always have. Then in 2006, I took a workshop at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Island ME with the wonderfully inspiring Paulus Berensohn and learned to create my own!
Each journal is created with covers made with paste paper. wrapped around a stiff board such as Davies Board.
 
Within the book are folded papers with shorter covers. These are called signature pages. 
Each section of signature pages are sewn between the covers.



I often paint the white pages too!




Love those Edges!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Making a Photograph into a Quilt

Let me count the ways! This is just one way- more in my upcoming book "Digital Fiber"
out in December and available now on Amazon- click here
detail

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WoW Journals- Inner landscape= Outer Canvas! Another New Workshop!


Let go and be creative with a tactile fiber art journal! In-Joy this wildly fun & relaxing workshop! Explore a number of different techniques! Journals will be easy to create and so much fun. In the one-day class, we will create a 4x6-sewn journal with watercolor paper covers. 
Fill the journal with fabulous painted, printed and fiber photo pages. Enhance with hand stitching.

Number of techniques and journal configurations will depend on the length of the workshop. 1-5 days

Monday, August 1, 2016

NEW Workshop! Digital Fiber Mini Quilt


Forgotten Wings
Create a mini 12x12 segmented digital quilt with a new edge treatment! Based on Wen’s new book, Digital Fiber, create a fabric quilt with a photograph of your design. Wen will demonstrate her protective coating technique. Wen will print your cotton broadcloth fabric before the workshop.
Send her the photograph file one month before class. Send to wenredmondatyahoo.com with Digital Fiber Quilt Photograph in the subject line.
1 day
This is a condensed version of Wen’s workshop Segmented Fiber Quilts


Materials Fee $12.00

Supplies
1 or 2 colors of acrylic paint and a 2” chip brush
Pearl cotton & hand sewing supplies
Sewing machine & supplies
Scissors, rotary cutter & mat
13x13 or 14x14 backing fabric with enough to make a hanging tube

13x13 or 14x14 felt or similar very low loft batting

Sunday, July 17, 2016

7 Points of View

My work is included in 7 Points of View in Portsmouth NH.
Join me on the 5th for the opening

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Moments of Being

I did a series of work called Moments of Being. Each had a title with the word moment in them and were presented on 12x12 mounts.
Any Given Moment (Click Text to be transported for purchase)
The inspiration was a celebration of living, of life. To remind and remember that the past is gone, the future isn't here and all we have is the moment. The power is in the moment, choice is in the moment, the moment is now!
Moment of Zen
The collages were made with fabric, handmade or altered papers, digital cloth, interfacing, transparencies or  other materials and stitched

Take a Moment  (Click Text to be transported for purchase)
Power in the Moment (Click Text to be transported for purchase)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rusting Fab Fabrics

Some friends and I are going to gather this week to do a fire and ice dye session. 
Michele will show Ice Dying and I'm going to share Rusting Fabrics. 
Soon I'll do a follow up post with more photos!
Recipe-

1 Natural Fiber Fabrics- plain or lighter colors work best and give the best rusty 
results and clearest patterns. But don’t be afraid to experiment with colored or patterned fabrics. Try scarves, t-shirts or bags too! Some synthetic fibers will dye well; you can experiment to find out which ones. Silk can pit and create holes- so you have to watch those carefully when passive setting. 
Plastic bags or wrap
3 A small bottle of white vinegar and a bucket or tub. I used a 1/3 of a bottle to 1 cup water to dye 2 shirts. 
Tip- Try apple and wine vinegar to see what happens with those!
4 Rusty items- Wire, nails, bolts, tools, sprockets, pans, cooking items, irons, tractor or car parts, chain, hinges… the list is endless! And once you begin rust dyeing, you’ll be scouting garage sales, thrift stores, antiques shops and auctions for uniquely-shaped or –patterned rusty items.  
Note- You can rust non-rusty iron items. Put it outside in a shallow pan with a bit of salt, water, and vinegar. 
Soak your fabric in vinegar mixture and position rusty objects on top, making a shallow sandwich with additional fabrics and rusty objects. Place our fabric/clothing/whatever in a plastic bag. The plastic bag will keep it moist and place in a hot place for best results. Depending on temperature, leave for the afternoon of a few days. Check every so often to see what's happening.
Good Luck!!
Optional- apron & Plastic kitchen gloves

Saturday, April 23, 2016

fiber art and the frame

I have framed my fiber pieces for about 15 or 20 years. 
I started using mixed media with fiber, digital processes and framed that with artist stretcher bars that I purchased. I like framing my own works using these bars because you have much flexibility with sizes. Commercial canvas are have set sizes and I prefer not to have the canvas under the work for several reasons.
assembling artist bars
In fact, for for series of work, I used semi transparent dyed and painted silk organza. When this was stretched on stretcher bars, the incoming light actually played a part in the display of the piece. The light entered the silk organza and bounced off of the white backing creating an interplay of light and color.
Perception
I use interfacing as backing instead of paper because it's durable and able to accept surface process. Sometimes I leave the interfacing white, sometimes its painted, or silkscreened, or use digital images on the back. These would be seen ever so slightly through the transparent silk.


This lead into a process that I've invented called Holographic Imagery. I print a photograph on silk organza,  which is sewn into fabric frames and mounted onto bars. The same photograph is transferred onto the interfacing backing.  When you look through the silk, the image of appears almost 3-D!
Stone- 3 holographic photos in one piece
Lately, for small work, I use wooden panels. I buy them at Dick Blick.
2 panels for encaustic diptych 
I use gel medium to adhere or construct collages. 

Experimenting is good and found wooden panels and old boxes have found my way into mounting my work.
found wooden side of a old box
I prefer not to frame fiber under glass but some of the folks who have purchased my art have done so. Shown is a piece at New bridge on Charles Senior Center in MA. 
Root of the Matter in shadow box frame
What do you use?

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