Monday, October 20, 2014

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?!
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.
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 
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.)

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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Workshop Series- Piecing in the Flow

I've been teaching Piecing in the Flow for over 25 years. It was my first workshop for guilds.
I started out using it teaching a vesting workshop but found it was too busy. It needed a workshop of it's own. This workshop extends and works very well with my Fabric Transformations Workshop. A workshop of easy and fun painting fabric and surface design!

We cover Color Scheming. 
Bend the rules with curved piecing! No templates, rulers allowed!
Gentle Curves
Explore direct cutting and piecing methods that help inspire your own intuitive process. 
Yosemire' Pull, Cut & sew!
Play with various piecing exercises and techniques to transform your scraps into beautiful fabrics that can be used for quilts or wearable art.
Build to create techniques!

Rotary cutter and sewing experience highly suggested.
Ending Piecing in a Seam
Do what you LOVE!
Coming to a Cruise This Winter-

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Sprinkled though out this blog are pictures, poems, art, and colors that take me to a world of my own making. Sometimes though, I peek out of my world to see what's there. 
On chance, my son and I found ourselves near to the 9/11 memorial. 
I had to see it.
It was moving, sad and disheartening. This was an attack, just as Pearl Harbor was an attack. But then we fought a country, now we fight a fraction, a group of ululating religious fanatics which are elusive, difficult to find and hidden among the populous.
Just as war changed when the Brit's fought the new Americans- who did not 'charge' but used Native American tactics of hiding behind trees or other unusual methods- at least new for that time. We need a new strategy to combat the terrorists in today's world. The person who can solve that will move us into a new way of dealing with these evil people who use their god as an excuse to kill.

War, as usual, is not the answer. Feelings of outrage, anger, disappointment, and sadness enveloped me,
so many feelings, some conflicting, I had to share it here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

First Light places in Infinity Art Gallery Exhibit

My work, First Light,  Second Place!!!

2nd Place Award:

First Light
35” x 48”
artist Wen Redmond

"Without a high-resolution computer screen I don't think I would have seen just how intricate and nuanced First Light is. The veins of stitching that guide the viewer's gaze around the composition which echo the thin branches of the trees make this both evocative and compositionally exceptional." — Juror: Maggie Witt
 Statement-A Voice requires certain awareness. Listening. When one hears one’s voice for the very first time, a certain light turns on that can never be turned off again. Ignored maybe, but returns, reminds and if needs be, shouts.

 I used several photos to create this collage, including a collage journal page, a photo of the woods behind my house and a windowsill collection of stones, rocks and shells. Further fusing with those photos with images of my painted cloth, to create a digital fiber collage, and enhancing the color of the final photograph. Segments are creatively stitched and held together with a hand-tied bookbinding method using dyed pearl cotton.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SAQA Dream Collection

SAQA's Auction goes 'live' Sept 15!
info on how it works HERE

Black and White Abstraction with a Red Circle
Nothing is ever just black and white.

Page 1A
Driven to Distraction by Kathy York

Illusion by Ester Brabec

Nocturnal Study by Judy Langille

Page 2B
Where Am I Going by Betty Warner

Palm Value Study by Diane Miller

Page 3B
Red Circle by Sherri McCauley

More great pieces featured HERE

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At What Cost

I received a lovely note from a women using my molding paste process I cover in Textured Photographs Workshop. 
DVD is available and link can be found on my side bar.
Her work is just eye-popping, don't you agree!

Hi Wen, I finally heard today and I got into Piecing Together a Changing Planet.  The exhibition opens Dec 15 down in Homestead FL at the Biscayne National Park and then travels the country for about 2 years to different Ntl parks.
I am so thrilled and as you can see I've enclosed the image with a detail.  

I want to thank you so much for the time and effort you spent teaching me the process.  Go right ahead and use it on your blog if you'd like.  I am honored.
Very sincerely
Nancy Billings
SAQA Florida Regional Rep

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer 2014 Happenings and Upcoming Workshops

 Web Exhibits
SAQA 2014 Auction Join in to bid a a variety of 12x12 art quilts-
                  My found objects statement was featured on Crystal Marie Neubauer‘s blog-

          I       Interview on line-

Local  Exhibits
I was honored to be included at 100 Market St, Alternative Gallery and New Hampshire Art Association's Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH 

This summer I will have 2 works in Art Quilts at the Whistler Museum, Lowell, MA.

I have work at most of the League of NH galleries and Sharon Arts Center in the western part of the NH. 

This summer I will have 2 works at Living with Crafts Exhibition, The Leagues famous Sunapee Fair, inside the main building. That fair is a blast. 

And several exhibits at Art 3 Gallery, Manchester NH

Exhibits just finished
What the Fiber, Princeton, NJ  

Expressions of the Natural World Monmouth Museum, NJ
PSAQA ARTQUILTSwhimsy! Page-Walker Arts NC
Featured, March,Artist WCA website
Picture Perfect, NEQM, Lowell MA
A Common Thread, Textile Center MI
Sacred Threads Tour, HerStory

Upcoming Exhibits-
Radical Elements Foundation Arts Center, Silver Springs, MD
Artist as Quiltmaker, OH
Dinner at 8 Houston at the Quilt Festival. TX

September 12 & 13
Serendipity Postcards at eclectic Paperie in Exeter, NH 
A Blog post about this past Spring Workshop-
121 Water Street, Unit 1E (Lower Level)
Exeter, NH 03044
Phone: 603-580-1527

Dec 4-7 2014
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops 
Holographic Memories and More
Complete an innovative 3-D effect, Holographic Image, from your own photograph, painted fabric and Thermal Fax 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 piece.
Greenville, NY 12083

Feb 27- March 9 2015
Fiber Art Directions CRUISE to the Caribbean!!
There are 6 workshops to choose from! Feb 2015- Join us!
humming Bali Hai!

July 27-31, 2015
Quilting by the Lake for Session II:
Holographic Memories and More
As seen in Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV Show! Capture your loved ones or favorite subjects with life like imagery. Using your photographs, create holographic effects with my innovative digital fiber technique. We will create a 5x7” picture mounted on 12x14” bars with Thermal Fax screen-printing highlights on your hand painted fabric ‘frame’! Easy and so exciting!
Add nature printing to the mix for create a unique art journal or additional highlights.
Auburn NY


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.

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.

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