Monday, November 17, 2014

Workshop Series- Puzzle Mini Photo Collage Quilt

My new Digital Fiber work references the traditional quilt technique of working in squares or segments. I use photographs instead of geometric designs. These are cut and re-sewn together for a somewhat foldable and packable project. 
Work with  black and white images. Color with art materials that can travel in today's world.
Creates a small unique segmented foldable quilt.
 
New finishing techniques!

Published in Quilting Arts Magazine! (Link in sidebar--)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CRANE

Throw Back Thursday Quilt from 1992 
Based on the poem- ‘Rice will not grow in New Hampshire . The Chinese do not know this. They travel with small white flutes.” Auther unknown
Original design based on origami folding. Each crane is pieced with different fabric and flys over a vertically pieced rice fields, embellished with 3-D leaves and freshwater pearl rice. 

Cottons marbleized, hand painted, batiks, silks, antique kimono silks. Metallic Quilting and couching. 21x43

Friday, November 7, 2014

Behind the Shadow, Waiting to Shine

Throw Back Thursday Quilt 
Behind the Shadow was the second art quilt I made in response to 9/11 tragedies. At that time. it was my hope that a new precedent would be set to bring our country into a new thought level beyond revenge. 

Intuitive curved piecing, free appliqué, and decorative machine quilting. Hand painted and dyed cottons.35x56


This piece was exhibited in Quilt 21 –American Arts quilts at the Brush Factory and included in their catalog.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

First Star Farm

Throw Back Thursday Quilt
1984
Scrap Pieced Traditional pattern using untraditional cotton fabrics. Three houses set among tree blocks is inspired by our New England antique cape home which was being restored at the time. I made each house block different, reflecting all of our decision-making processes. 
Published in Quilters International, now defunct, about 1991 or earlier...

9/11 then- Our Grief is Not a Cry for War

I was raised in NJ and had some friends tell me stories of that day- how folks in nearby office buildings could see the people in the Towers holding hands, forming a chain, to snake their way down the stairs before the buildings collapsed. 
I did respond to that then and I'm reposting it again. 

 Intuitive curved piecing, bonding, painted. Net, organza, and cotton.  2001   35x56
the flag flies behind the towers
painted hands circle the border
title written on the Hudson River

original mock up

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Infused with Delight

Infused with Delight is a journaling result from my latest Stalking the Wild Print Workshop.
(see workshop tab at top of blog for description)
It's an organic, fun and absolutely simple print making technique!
finish, folded

left threads, added silk organza prints
center fold out
love tearing the edges of the pages for undulating side view
outlined some prints with marker and thread
I like the way the stitched outlines show on reverse
added words with simple iron on image transfer
some pages received extra paint to highlife the leaf prints
love the way this journal presents texture in touch, feel and sight
the limited colors tie the book together. This page has a bit of the plastic sheet I work on sewn in.
some of the prints were made with fabric, which are raw edged, and sewn in
don't know why I love doing these so much but I'm 'infused with delight!'

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Newsletter

Hi Everyone!
What a beautiful Fall we’re having. I hope you’re getting out to enjoy the Fall Colors!
I am trimming my workshop offerings as I head toward a partial retirement but here are 2 with sign-up deadlines coming up-
video

1 Join Wen Redmond And Michele O’Neil Kincaid
Sign UP Deadline Dec 10, 2014!!
Fiber Art Directions1
Feb 28 to March 9 2015
Come enjoy good food, fine vessel, Caribbean, and quilting!
Select from 6 stress free, fun workshops!
Questions & booking, please contact Gloria Cook, Cruise Consultant
Toll free or 888-719-7698 email gloria@cruise-consultants.com
Or
puzzle quilt
holographic work
piecing in the flow
2 Hudson River Valley Art Workshops Dec 4-7
Greenville, NY
Holographic Memories and More
           
         Complete an innovative 3-D effect, Holographic Image, from your own photograph, painted fabric and photo-silk screened image. This unique presentation will amaze your friends and is so much fun to create! Each student will mount and finish a 12x14 picture!

Some pre-workshop image preparation.

Greenville, NY 
holographic work with hand painted and thermal fax silkscreen borders
side view
and
There is a list of my workshops on my blog tabs on top-  http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com
and if you scroll my blog - there are posts about different workshops.

and I have occasional sales on my Sales Blog-  http://wenredmond.blogspot.com 

Published
500 Traditional Quilts- 3 early works

Upcoming Exhibits
NEW DIRECTIONS ’14, Barrett Art Center’s 29th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition
            Our distinguished juror for New Directions ’14, Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, has thoughtfully and carefully selected 52 works by 74 artists from a total of 653 eligible entries from 202 artists nationwide.
            The New Directions ’14 exhibit will be on display from Saturday, September 27, 2014 through Saturday, November 8, 2014 in the historic Barrett Art Gallery 1850’s townhouse, located at 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, New York

Multiplicities: New Directions in Fiber- IMAGO Foundation for the Arts
36 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
On View Friday, October 17 - Saturday, November 8, 2014
Artist Reception October 24, 2014


Exhibit Invitational ‘Living with Craft’ Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 

Exhibit Invitational "Fibrations" Great Hall in Springfield, VT. Opens on November 7, 2014, and go through Spring 2015

Radical Elements Foundation Arts Center, Silver Springs, MD

Dinner at 8, Houston at the International Quilt Festival. TX

SAQA Auction, ‘When I think of You’- sold

And a big YES from Quilt National!

Local exhibits at 100 Market St Alternative Gallery and New Hampshire Art Galleries Portsmouth and Emporium Gallery South Berwick Me

DVD”s
New DIGITAL FIBER Technique!
Textured Photography!
Explore a new avenue for your quilt art using a combination of digital photography and textured backgrounds.


Holographic Memories DIGITAL FIBER Technique DVD
Now available as download and on sale!
Capture your loved ones or favorite subjects in lifelike imagery.

PROCESS
If you’re curious about my process, I have done a blog post about my process of "Amazements of the Tender Reflections" that was accepted in Houston at the Quilt Festival.



Thanks!

What inspires me?

I was invited to join this blog hop by Cheryl Rezendes. Her blog is here.
What inspires me? What is my process? Here goes!
What inspires me?!
Everything!
Over the years, one develops an 'eye'. You see what you know. Vista's grow larger and more sensitive as openings to the soul become more and more frequent. 

I take myself off into nature and the ideas come. They bubble out from my unconscious in bursts from the universe.

I am a mixed media fiber artist. I am a process person. I’m passionate about coming up with ideas and working out the kinks. This leads to more discoveries, an evolution.  
I make the art and then the art makes me.
Kittery Point original photo
            Part of my process is photography. I can see the most exquisite scenes or combinations of patterns and want to share that beauty. My art represents these moments.
            They are what lie beneath. I bring them back to share, to remind, to remember. These moments become my source, my well. I hope to bring that energy into my art making, to communicate the positive.
cropped and filtered
            Layers peeled back reveal the source, the inspiration, and my mad desire to capture thoughts, dreams and the beauty of nature.
manipulated 
Fiber art is on the cusp of a wave. Fiber artists are evolving our medium to a new level of perception. Using textiles to create art is breaking the boundaries of the art world. Fiber as an art form is highly collectable right now because it is so new.
color added
What does one do, who sees visions? Experiment. Break rules. Expose people to new ways of seeing. Art, to me, is about moving forward. Creation gives me ideas. My passion is to put them into art.

I use my medium, fiber!
finished triptych
Each work is individual and a communication between my inner imagination and later, the viewer.

Monday, October 6, 2014

published in 500 Traditional Quilts


Jonathan's Dream
 'Jonathan's Dream' 1985, is a folk quilt based on our home at that time. Daughter in doorway, dad with cows ( we had them at that time) myself and my son on right.
First Star Farm
 First Star Farm'  1984, 1984, isis a traditional house; tree blocks with a charm twist. I used all different fabrics to construct this piece.
First and Last Star
'First and Last Star' center star has points from a striped fabric coming together to make another design. The swags are 3-D, not flat and my children's hands are quilted in the interior between the leaves.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Workshop series- Holographic Memories

Holographic Memories or Holographic Images Workshop evolved when the computer, digital camera and printing were available in the early 2000's.  I have loved photography since I was in my 20's and now I could use it in my art! 
I print on a variety of fabrics and substrates and have a workshop dedicated to that called Digging into Digital Printing. An exciting workshop too.
This workshop evolved from printing on transparent materials, specifically  silk organza.
Fog Rising- 3 photo placement 
I began layering it on my media media work, when I noticed it created a shadow image as I lifted the printed silk from the carrier paper. 
Fog Rising detail sideways to show effect 
Whoa! 
I set to figuring out how to present this in a fiber construction that makes a 3-D image when viewed. 
The Holographic technique was born!
I published this in Quilting Arts Magazine, 2007 and was invited to do a Quilting Arts TV show, the second TV series.
It is available as a download from Interweave. (Link on the right sidebar.)

Now I share this technique in workshops. I have several coming up including a Cruise this winter. (Please click on the tab at the top of this blog on Scheduled Workshops for more information.)
Description

Create your own holographic image with this inventive digital fiber technique!

Using your imagination and digital photographs, capture your loved ones or favorite subjects with an innovative 3-D effect. 

Each student will mount and finish an 8 x10 piece. Some pre-workshop image preparation.


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