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.

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!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Machine Quilters Exposition

Just Finished teaching
a 1/2 day workshop- Thermal Facts
a full day workshop- Holographic Memories
Where we had a wonderful class with lots of enthusiasm!
 Busy working!
Some of the participants took both classes and had personalized fabric for their frame borders!
 Never has hammering sounds been so sweet!
Adele with her awesome finished work! A Winter Fairy Land!
 Donna created the fabric just for this photograph. Very contemplative!
Diane choose a fabric from my stash for a finished Holographic Image that repeats the lines in her photograph for a harmonized result!
Great job Everyone! It was my pleasure to be your teacher!
MQX is a Rock Star Show. I hope you get to see it!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Machine- Created for SAQA Silver Anniversary

Digital Fiber

A photograph of a reflection in a store window filled with antique sewing machines of all varieties
Printed on Textured Molding Paste, stitched, and cut into segments. Each segment is hand-tied together.
molding paste drying
inkAid applied
Digital Broadcloth, paint, medium, pearl cotton & thread
on table with backing and getting ready to cut into segments
Created for SAQA Silver Anniversary
A photographic reflection of a storefront window filled with sewing machines. This piece is dedicated to SAQA and the Machine that made modern fiber art possible!
The Machine
While walking on a street in Boston with my son, we passed a storefront window filled with antique sewing machines of all brands. What a delight! I took several photographs because I found it so interesting. The glass of the window captured the machines and the street we were standing on in a hazy reflection.
 The combination of the old sewing machines with the urban scene strike me as juxtaposition, representing the lengths that art quilting has traveled.
I chose to present this image printed on a molding paste substrate. I prepared interfacing as the substrate, spread on the paste & coated with an ink jet preparation. The image was divided accordingly, printed and quilted.
Some of the machines in the photograph are distorted and hazy so I quilted the machines in black at first, but they needed some additional highlighting. I choose a variegated black & silver to continue the theme of SAQA’s Silver Anniversary.
Each section was then reassembled viva hand stitching and tying. This technique resembles how SAQA holds all of the great variety in the art quilt world together.
Who else would appreciate the sewing machine as much! This piece, The Machine, is dedicated to SAQA and the Machine that made modern fiber art possible!
original photograph- can you see my son & me? 
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