Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays & New Year!


Peace & Best of all that you desire this Holiday Season and 2013!
May the world see our similarities instead of our differences!
May the we wish to see peace instead of strife!
and 
May we all cut each other some slack on the highways!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2013 Niche Award Winner

Two of my works have made the finalist for the Niche Awards. This is like the Academy Awards for the Arts.
Leaping Point
signs they sent me
Whispers of the Positive
It will take place in Philadelphia, PA at the Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center in February 16-18.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Sale in Maine


YORK ART ASSOCIATION HOLIDAY SALE
Route 1A, York Harbor ME
I'll be offering some of my small encaustic's. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Forgotten Wings


Forgotten Wings
Digital Fiber- Image of an artist’s journal page.
Images are printed onto treated natural textiles and other surfaces, combining painting and digital media into a one of a kind art piece.
Creatively stitched. Segments are creatively stitched and held together with a hand-tied bookbinding method.  12x12
detail
mounted on 1 1/2" black painted canvas

Friday, November 16, 2012

Leaving Home

Leaving Home
Digital Fiber- A nest
Photograph of a found nest fused digitally with a photo of my painted fabric.
For printing on fabric, 
I often increase saturation as fabric can be dulled or more mat as ink absorbs.
For this piece, I printed on a combination of leftover inkjet fabrics. I collage these on fusible and cut to size. 

Printed work is batted with thin felt, quilted to emphasize details in the photograph or to create additional design elements.

One of a kind multi-layered fiber photographs. Images are printed onto treated natural textiles and other surfaces, combining painting and digital media into a one of a kind art piece.
Creatively stitched. 12x12
Mounted on 1 1/2" painted black canvas 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Short Memories- new work



Short Memories
Digital Fiber- ocean sand & puddles
Images are printed onto treated natural textiles and other surfaces, combining painting and digital media into a one of a kind art piece.
Creatively stitched. Segments are creatively stitched and held together with a hand-tied bookbinding method.  12x12
mounted on 1 1/2 canvas

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Recent work-12x12

Early this year I printed off some images of a variety of things- journal pages, leaves, etc.
I really like working with my journals this way and plan on a series. Here are a few details of them so far.. They are all 12x12 's and some will be mounted on canvas.





Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nobody will stop you from creating.


“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow - whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don’t show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.”
Kurt Vonnegut 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

After


“It is a joy to walk in the bare woods,
The moonlight is not broken by the heavy leaves.
The leaves are down, and touching the soaked earth,
Giving off the odor that partridges love.”

Robert Bly, III from “Solitude Late at Night in The Woods”

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Flannel Shirt


 I actually got a chance to sit down at my sewing machine for an hour today. I'm in the midst of building a home, so I haven't had much of a chance of late.
I was wearing one of my Dad’s old flannel shirts. Great for this time of year. Easy to get out of for this time of life!
I was trying to steer a piece of work though the machine to free quilt. So, I laid my left arm down on the piece to stabilize it. The flannel sleeve acted just like a flannel design board, firmly holding the piece in place as I quilted. Wow! It made the quilting process so much easier!
Thought you'd like to know!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quilt National 2012

This is one of three of my newest works that didn't make the cut for Quilt National. This was my favorite.
Depicts a pile of rocks collaged digitally with a journal page. Printed on pre-treated digital canvas. Stitched with several colors of thread for design emphasis. Cut apart & tied with a type of bookbinding knot. Edges finished with paint.
The Rocks are Smiling
detail
This is my tribute to love of nature, to bring awareness to our 21st problem of the environmental crisis. Our tender earth needs our help. Industrial farming is reducing the varieties of food. Varieties created over centuries. Pesticides are contributing to disease. Our reliance on petroleum based products, oil, plastics and Styrofoam, are killing us. When we will take action?
 When the earth remembers?

ART QUILTS YEAR XVII: Integrating A Paradox

In Boats They Fled
detail

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We are who we are

We are who we are at the moment. Change is, hopefully, is inevitable. Past mistakes can't be redone but the future is constantly made. Therein lies my hope.


“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.” - Alan Cohen 
“Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” - Robert Brault

Monday, October 8, 2012

Making a DVD- Textured Photos

After flying to Denver, I found a shuttle and was whisked off to Loveland.
I arrived the day before the shoot so I would be rested. Excited, nervous but rested.
I practiced and practiced so I was ready. I had lots of steps outs, ideas and techniques to show.
*I have to add, my MO is to stuff as much as I can into a workshop- same here. The DVD explains the process of printing on lightweight molding paste to add texture, interest and lots of fun to digital fiber. It is long but, well, thats good- right!
Looking calm (below)- not!
* a quote from the blog post below- "I discovered Wen and her innovative, cool experiments a couple of years ago. When I get frustrated or bored with my work, I just ask myself : "What would Wen do?" She is the best! I use my digital camera or a scanner to make images of my work. The college where I teach (Paul Smith's in New York State's Adirondack mountains) has a couple of great large scanners if I have a larger piece. I'm also working with a friend who aspires to do professional photography."
*nice blog post here
The staff was very helpful and patient. This photo show how the camera will pick up what I'm showing on the computer. I love this stuff!

*the DVD can be found here

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Seeing Past


Ok again,
gotten into the super speed mode
smokin' trail behind
ignoring all stop signs,
forgetting the how to get,
there!
To see the difference
between life and
created life.
Where are the people,
there?
Everyday moments are special,
too special to see in a burr.
Get it? Again?
Do you see how it/things/stuff,
doesn't really matter?
Just Everyday has the best to offer.
Right There!
Again! Again! Say it Again!
Be right there,
right, there!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Digital imagery in Fiber Art


Digital imagery in Fiber Art: Using Textured Backgrounds for a Painterly Effect with Wen Redmond

Join fiber artist Wen Redmond and learn her captivating technique for adding unusual dimension to fiber art with textured photographs.

First, you'll journey through Wen’s step-by-step process for printing a photograph on a textured background by spreading lightweight molding paste onto a stabilizer base and adding textural markings. Then, learn how to add another layer after the substrate dries by using it as paper in an inkjet printer. You'll also discover tips and tricks for printing using both Adobe® Photoshop® and Microsoft® Word to create a painterly photo thin enough to be sewn and manipulated. Finally, you'll love adding finishing layers by playing and experimenting with textured mediums!

Embark on a wonderful and fun journey with Wen Redmond and celebrate the limitless possibilities of combining digital photography and texture.
Blog promo for my DVD by Interweave Magazine 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sometimes, You have to do the thing you shouldn't,

to allow the thing out that has to come out.
 To acknowledge something,
 to miss an event that is important,
 to let another, happen,
that needs to happen.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

At Home in my Studio

I've posted pictures of my mill studio but I have given that up after 9-10 years.
Here's a few studio shots of my very messy and FILLED studio in my home.









We are building a new home and I will have a similar sized new studio- so how will I paint?
more later...

From my journal...



Remember, Remember!
This morning and all the rest
are new!
Begin, 
Begin again,
and again!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thermal Facts Workshop

I try to take pictures during my workshops. 
These are from the Thermal Facts workshop held at the York Art Association in ME. It was a lovely workspace with lots of light and 
Sue
if you're ever in York ME- stop in at their gallery for affordable art and gifts!
Tannya
working on a sample
The next day we had Holographic Images Workshop and everyone was so busy I didn't get a chance to take any pictures!
Nancy
Sue with her wonderful Thermal Fax elbow T!
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