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-

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
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
There is a list of my workshops on my blog tabs on top-
and if you scroll my blog - there are posts about different workshops.

and I have occasional sales on my Sales Blog- 

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

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.


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.
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