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.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beyond Gender

Throw Back Thursday Quilt
This quilt addresses the need to go beyond the “Holy Father” concept to a new paradigm of a partnership model. We are saved in relationship. We enter the ark, two by two. Both sexes have their gifts and their spiritual assets. “Let us not waste time on petty issues. God is both male and female, mother and father, beyond gender we are all light.” Marianne Williamson
Cotton, plastic, rickrack, hand painted fabric, buttons, reflector, crystals, plastic babies, net, cyanotype and quilted.28”Wx45” 
Early Collage Quilt from 1999

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

League of NH Crafts's exhibit Living with Craft 2014

I have 2 works in the main building, Living with Crafts, at the Sunapee Fair. 
Inspired by quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “ Only with Winter’s Patience can we bring the deep desired, long awaited Spring.” 
Playing with digital processes and dyeing fabrics led to this experiment with materials. It is somewhat translucent and when held to light, an inner collage is made visible. Metaphorically simulating the transitions we can make when we take the time, the patience, to know our interior self’s and respond.
Soar Frost 
Digital Fiber Collage
Created with original photograph printed on digitally prepared canvas and stitched.
            The photograph I used for Soar Frost was taken in that brief span of time when crystalline frost lays on fallen leaves just before the winter. It lasts only until the rising sun warms and then it is gone. This is an untouched photograph of that moment.

Digital Fiber Collage Triptych
I divided the image highlighting the shadows and light. The photograph was just slightly manipulated to create a suggestion of vertical lines, which was repeated in the triptych presentation.
There is a under collage layer of canvas squares, creating more focal texture.
Sections of the substrate were treated with pearl inkAID to add a subtle shimmer to the finished piece.
Stitched drawing lines compliment the work’s organic visual texture.

InkAid, ink-jet treated fabric, pre-collage, varnish & paint.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

the Back!

Working on a Digital Fiber piece for an upcoming show,
 I decided it need more contrast and punch,
 so I painted into it and the paint leaked to the back,
 intriguing! I like this!

more creative ideas here on Nina Marie's blog-
part of a Friday Share

Peaceful Dreams

Throw Back Thursday Quilt

Enchantment and fairy tales delight the dreams of my children in bed, covered by a miniature quilt, as they soar upward in appliquéd flowers of sequined space and quilted stars.
Dreams of PEACE by parents all over the world inspired this piece. Hand appliquéd, embroidered, and quilted. Cottons, sequins, 3-D stuffed face, Xerox transfer, and beaded.   44x52   1988
Best of Show Cocheco Quilt Guild 1989

Amethyst Summer

Throw Back Thursday Quilt
Free piecing, 3-D faced bits, some hand painting, crystals, beads, inserts & quilting.
An early piece from the early 90's or late 80's

Monday, June 30, 2014

Martha Stewart American Made

Cross your fingers- I'm a Martha Stewart American Made Nominee!


My work is unusual- photography on fiber, presented in a variety of ways, lines drawn with stitching, stretching, always stretching. “Wen’s work is innovative and fresh, not in any one niche. Her work overlaps medias, i.e. photography, digital, collage, and surface design. Wen delights in creating dialogue, changing your perspectives and perceptions of fiber.” Bowersock Gallery, Cape Cod MA

LiNk! HeRe!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fiber Art Directions Cruise

Wen Redmond’s
Fiber Art Directions Cruise Workshops
February 27th - March 9th, 2015

Join Wen Redmond, internationally recognized NH Mixed Media 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.

1 Piecing in the Flow
Bend the rules with curved piecing! No templates, rulers allowed!
Explore direct cutting and piecing methods that help inspire your own intuitive process. Play with various piecing techniques and transform your scraps into beautiful fabrics that can be used for quilts or wearable art. 
Rotary cutter and sewing experience suggested.

2 Holographic Memories
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. Similar to Redmond’s article in Quilting Arts Magazine 2007

3 Puzzle Mini Photo Collage Quilt
Combine your own black and white fiber photograph with a simple and easy collage technique. You’ll experience, collage, watercolor media and finishing techniques. We’ll create a small unique segmented foldable quilt.
Some pre-workshop image preparation.


Last Day Wrap-up
On the last “at sea’ day we will all meet and share questions, ideas and advice on works in progress (show and tell) and perhaps share photos from our shore excursions. Wen and I will be happy to give advice on Fiber Art technique and design, inspiration and problem solving.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Holographic Memories and More in NY

Holographic Memories  and More
Greenville NY
            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 piece.
Some pre-workshop image preparation.

Day 1 Paint Fabrics investigate various paints and techniques on natural fibers- include Heliographic if weather allows. 

Day 2 Make Thermal Fax screens

 Day 3 Holographic Memories

Similar to Redmond’s article in Quilting Arts Magazine May/Je 2007
info HERE

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Notes, D.H.Lawerence

Squeeeedly deeedly deadly dee!

'Notes' another work sold! 

Painted, monoprinted, thermal fax silkscreen of quote by D.H. Lawrence, and drawing. Silk noil, quilted, and presented on stretcher bars. 8x24 set of 5 notes 

Notes was inspired by one of my favorite quilt artists- Joan Schultz and potter and poet- Paulus Berenshon. 
Joan, the technique and freedom to mono-print fabric. 
Paulus, the poetry and words. 

These pieces were mono printed several times and silkscreened with part of a poem by D H Lawrence, unreadable but in part. I created an type of automatic writing with acrylic that highlights parts of the pieces. This too is unreadable but makes one inspect the piece closer. 
They are just notes, things one writes to remember.

McGowen Art Gallery, Concord, NH
Sharon Art Center, Peterbough, NH
Internationals Quilt Festivals in Houston, Cincinnati, and Long Beach
Open European Quilt Championships in the Netherlands during May 2011
Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
Art Quilts 8, AZ
Millbrook Gallery, Concord NH

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