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?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Announcement- New Workshops for Limited Time

Announcement- New Workshops for Limited Time
Explore several new workshops based on her new book on Digital Fiber, to be released late 2016.
Join Wen Redmond, internationally recognized NH mixed media and fiber artist, for a stimulating workshop. Wen works intuitively, encouraging ‘flow’, finding ones’ own artistic voice and listening to the inner muse in her workshop participants. 

Workshops
Digging into Digital Printing
Dig-it-al! Fiber Quilt
Holographic Memories 
Mounted Textured Image
Mix iT Up! MiXed MeDia CoLLage!
Mini-Puzzle Photo Collage Quilt
Spontaneous Fabric Painting
The Thermal Facts 
Check the her complete list click on workshop page at the top of the blog.
Her DVD's are still available too!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thinking Spring! newsletter

I hope everyone has had a wonderful and blessedly short winter!
I have been busy too! I’m delighted to share some terrific news!
At present ..
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Exhibit in Concord NH
Emergence: Craft + Technology will feature work that exemplifies the ever-increasing intertwining of advanced digital processes with traditional hand-made craft. We are looking to celebrate the use of new technologies in the production of state-of-the-art craft. We believe that your work embodies the spirit of the new direction of craft and technology and would be very pleased to include it in Emergence: Craft + Technology.”
Rocks are Smiling’ was chosen for the Online Gallery and catalog 
for the Women's Caucus for Art exhibition "Trending: Contemporary Art Now!" 

Delighted to share my Solo Exhibit at Textile Center…
BREAKING THE SURFACE: CREATING DIGITAL FIBER ART
March 10 – April 30, 2016 • Library & Community Galleries
More information-http://www.textilecentermn.org/breaking-the-surface-creating-digital-fiber-art/




April Workshop MQX April 9 in Manchester NH
Expand your fabric art by inkjet printing on unusual substrates! Participants will be introduced to inkjet printing using their own photographs and printing on variety of fabrics, papers and mediums. Learn about digital grounds and explore the possibilities! 
            We will print 4x6 samples that you can use for postcards or other projects. Several demonstrations of mediums will be shown and prepared dried samples will be provided.
            Wen is publishing a book with CT Publishing with the working title of 'Digital Explorations in Fiber and Paper'.
E444-16 Digital Explorations in Fiber and Paper

I'm working to get my Studio Sales Blog up to date. Some of these works are older but still in terrific shape. Some are new but in-between galleries. Some are experiments. Use PalPay buttons for simple purchase ( no account needed) I hope you’ll visit!


Thinking ahead…
Artist of Month in May 
at the Hanover, NH’s  League of NH Craftsmen Gallery

I will be in Florida on the 28th  to speak about my piece in the Radical Elements exhibit at
RUTH FUNK CENTER FOR TEXTILE ARTS
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901
I give a talk with demonstration- from 10-1
and a Gallery Talk in afternoon- about 2:00pm- about processes my piece shown in exhibit.
hope that you can come!



Sandra Sider will include an image of my holographic work Fog Rising in her PowerPoint lecture for the SAQA regional conference in Florida 2016. 

Eventually I will do a fancy newsletter on Mail Chimp. If you no longer wish to receive news- just let me know!
Thanks for you artful support!
Wen

Sunday, February 28, 2016

BREAKING THE SURFACE: CREATING DIGITAL FIBER ART IN MINNEAPOLIS!

The Textile Center will host a large collection of my works from March 10 – April 30, 2016, in the Library & Community Galleries.
First Light
I hope you get a chance to visit and if you do -please send me some pictures! I won't be in attendance but I'm there in spirit! 
more information here

Friday, February 26, 2016

Great Uses for Old Irons

I often use old irons to help me hold things on my work table. They are like a third hand! 
When I make a long cuts, I'll place an old iron at one end to hold the ruler firmly while I cut. 

They're great to cut slippery fabrics too. I'll use one to hold the fabric in alignment with my rulers markings while I position my ruler, then move it onto the ruler to hold it firm and make the cut. 


I have a collection of large beach stones that I can use if I don't have enough irons.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Serendipity Collage or Postcards


mounted section of larger substrate
Serendipitous Collage embraces the unknown and unexpected- magical!
Techniques will include Serendipity Collage Technique & painting techniques and an introduction to some medium enhancements. This workshop encourages the use of recycled materials and supplies you already have to compose a series of fabric collage postcards. Focus will be on spontaneous creativity & freedom of expression. 
Partially based on Wen’s article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors Jan/Feb 2011
2-4 days
mounted section sewn on painted cotton duck and stretched on artist bars
larger collage being cut into smaller sizes creates instant serendipitous compositions 
painting the edge for sealing and accent
postcards can also be matted
I loved teaching this workshop and would consider doing it on occasion. contact me if you'd like this fun workshop for your group or guild.

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Wrap UP

SELECTED AWARDS
Artist of the Month at Exeter Fine Crafts, Exeter NH
Panelist on the SAQA MA/RI regional meeting Natick MA
Beyond the Edge Solo at the Emporium Galley, S Berwick ME
Featured Speaker at the Sharon Art Center, NH

PUBLICATIONS

Quilting Arts Magazine
Quirky Quilts to Modren Art Quilts Book
Inspirations-Art Quilts Sandra Sider

EXHIBITS
Quilt National Athens, Ohio
Art as Quilt Transitions Fuller Craft Museum, MA
Visions Art Museum, CA
Invited exhibitor Emergence: Craft & Technology, Wayne PA
Quilts=Art=Quilts at Schweinfurth Art Center, NY
Invited exhibit- Digital Alchemy IQF Jane Dunnewold
Fiber Currents/Current Fiber Perrella Gallery, Johnstown, NY
WCA/NH, Force of Nature
Karl Drerup Art Gallery,150 Main St, Plymouth, New Hampshire
Synthesis at the DVAA in Narrowsburg, NY;
Whistler House Museum of Art, MA
Westbeth Center for the Art, NYC, Women’s’ Caucus for the Art Exhibit
Textile Center Member Exhibit, MN 1/8-2/28
Grand Marais Art Colony MN
SAQA Celebrating Silver exhibit travels various venues
Invited artist for "THE 100," Fiberart For A Cause's 2015 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society sponsored by Virginia Spiegel 
Gallery Seven, Maynard MA 2/24-4/4
Branching Out: Trees Interpreted, Emporium Gallery, South Berwick ME
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen- Headquarters Exhibit, Concord- Blue
Sharon Arts Center Exhibit, Peterborough, NH 




Thank you all for your support and encouragement!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Happy Holidaze!! Studio SALE

I'm working to get my Studio Sales Blog up to date. Some of these works are older but still in terrific shape. 
Some are new but in-between galleries. Some are experiments. Most have their PalPay buttons but some you need to email me to purchase. adding those buttons soon! 


In Boats Thy Fled
 I hope you'll visit!
Here!
Caged Again

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Beyond the Edge Solo Exhibit

Opened September 18 and runs through November 15, 2015. 

 "In this exhibit Redmond explores her chosen medium fabric to see what it can do and to stretch its perception as an art medium. An unusual use of fiber combines painting and digital media."

 more info- here

and a lovely write up here

Monday, September 28, 2015

FIBER FEST at the Sharon Exhibition Gallery

Please join Wen Redmond at the Fiber Fest located at 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH
Wen will presenting a slide show, trunk show and talk about her journey with the digital fiber processes at the Sharon Art Center on OCT 3rd 1-2pm. Q&A too!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Artist of the Month at Exeter Fine Crafts

 August 2015 was a hot day to be in a cool gallery!
 I was there Saturday afternoon. It was wonderful to be able to share my love of fiber, photography and collage with the folks who visited.
 Hope you can get to 61 Water St,  Exeter NH to see it. Lots of work and some excellent prices!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Exeter Fine Crafts Artist of the Month

I hope you’re having a most relaxing summer! Just a short post about 2 events I’m proud to share!
I’m featured at Exeter Fine Crafts, Exeter NH as Augusts’ Artist of Month. Come by to see new works and some great discounts on other work! 
Reception on August 15th with more goodies, Q&A and more. Stop by anytime 1-4!!

And 2 of my works are in Living with Craft at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Sunapee Fair August 1-9 in Newberry NH.
https://www.nhcrafts.org/craftsmens-fair-exhibitions.php

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Morning Window Reflections

very often, on awakening I have this grateful sense of the possibilities of the brand new day.
I may have a brief meditation, write a short poem or take a picture of a spectacular sunrise.
Here's a couple snippets to cheer you on...
unfurl the new day! sing the song of unwritten melodies!

the lake twinkles outside my morning window, glinting and winking it's serene call. a new day begins laden with promises...

Friday, July 31, 2015

'Full mOOn reflections'

'Full mOOn reflections', circa 2008, is an experiment with transparent fiber. It has several layers, with a circle was cut directly in the main piece.
 I re-used the circle, the mOON, elsewhere in the piece, repeating the design motif. The collage is done with mono-printed transparent silk organza, encouraging interaction between layers.


Each layer influences the whole picture, albeit metaphysically speaking, to see deeply. To go beyond what one sees in front of our faces, to see the innocent child beneath the tired store clerk, to wave a stressed driver to pass, to give each other some slack. The full moon has been blamed for negative reactions among humanity. However, in the matriarchal times, the full moon was a time of inner reflection, to go within and encourage an interaction. A time when the veil between worlds was thin. Thin as silk organza.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

from my craft booth days...

 never thought a black booth would work but it really popped the work!
always crowded my booth 
lighting is so important!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blast Out!

working on a very special project that combines all of my techniques, in one place, to share with folks in a most wonderful way!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Announcement- Retirement from Teaching! Thanks for the Years!

at Pro Chem, MA 2011
NH Mixed Media artist, Wen Redmond has made the bittersweet decision to retire from teaching workshops- unless inspired by mad impulse! 
Many of her techniques can be found in magazines or DVD's in links on her workshop page on her blog.
http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com/p/workshops.html

at the SDA Conference 2011
So she's not dropping off the map! It's just life has offered other opportunities both in her art and in her family that requires her devotion and energy.
Peters Valley NJ 2013
Here's what happened though-
2010 Northern Lights Quilt Guild
The NE guilds, MA/RI and NH/VT/ME hosted Leni Weiner at the recent SAQA meeting held during the MQX Festival in Manchester, earlier this month. Her talk was about listening to your voice, which I thought I've been doing.
However, listening also means n
ot doing everything like you always have, it means eliminating parts of your art that aren't working for you anymore- etc- go listen to her lecture- Fantastic!
Milford NH Souhegan Valley Quilters' Guild 2011
Anyway, I realized that I don't want or need to teach anymore. I enjoy it but I have another focus both in art and family that helped me decide I can't spend the time on garnering, publicizing, gathering supplies, review, revision, travel, dealing with cancellations and keeping ALL the supplies in my studio for the next time. I will let it go! And never say never- there may be an odd workshop here and there.
sigh, thank you Leni!!

Quilters Connections 2010 
just a few photos from over the years. Many are before the digital revolution! 
Thanks for the Years!
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