Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

SAQA invites it's member to bring together 6 quilts within a theme.
I choose "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words"

photography on fiber inspires me.
The tender sensitivity of seeing,
sends me into inspiration!

My 6 selections are

Hope Wilmarth    •   Swept
Barbara Schneider    •   Still Life in Indigo, var. 3
Janis Doucette    •   The Light Shines Through
Deborah Fell    •   Passage of Time: Braunschweig 26
Eliza Brewster    •   The Museum on Mars
Jill Kerttula    •   Walking Home

To see my selections and more about the Auction visit here
and here is my donation-
Digital Fiber- Rocks & Water
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. Organza Overlay.  Creatively stitched. 12x12

Monday, August 15, 2016

Long Walk

Digital Fiber  is a meld of two of my artistic passions- textiles and photographs!

I love taking the photographs everywhere! Playing with the photos in any photo editing program; cropping, changing, layering or otherwise manipulating them, can really make the result personal and unique.
Long Walk is a chopped image of rock and water taken on, yes, a long walk. This rendered a somewhat abstract photo. The colors were slightly saturated and darkened. It was printed on digitally ready broadcloth and over layered with the same photograph printed on silk organza. 
mounted- side view
Some of the organza is cut away, revealing different textures and of course it is quilted, adding yet another level of textural surfaces that so many fiber artists love!

more info-
I buy ink jet ready fabrics from, a fabulous company in CA. Tell Sandy 'hi' for me, if you buy from them!
Learn about preparing your own digital ready surfaces in my new book, Digital Fiber, due out in December but available for pre-order now on Amazon- click here. In fact, the book gives hints on creating your own personal photographs  with some of my own innovative ideas, as while as creating unique printable substrates.

Long Walk is available for purchase on the SAQA Annual Benefit Auction- click here for more information.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Coptic Bound Journals

I love books. Always have. Then in 2006, I took a workshop at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Island ME with the wonderfully inspiring Paulus Berensohn and learned to create my own!
Each journal is created with covers made with paste paper. wrapped around a stiff board such as Davies Board.
Within the book are folded papers with shorter covers. These are called signature pages. 
Each section of signature pages are sewn between the covers.

I often paint the white pages too!

Love those Edges!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Making a Photograph into a Quilt

Let me count the ways! This is just one way- more in my upcoming book "Digital Fiber"
out in December and available now on Amazon- click here

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WoW Journals- Inner landscape= Outer Canvas! Another New Workshop!

Let go and be creative with a tactile fiber art journal! In-Joy this wildly fun & relaxing workshop! Explore a number of different techniques! Journals will be easy to create and so much fun. In the one-day class, we will create a 4x6-sewn journal with watercolor paper covers. 
Fill the journal with fabulous painted, printed and fiber photo pages. Enhance with hand stitching.

Number of techniques and journal configurations will depend on the length of the workshop. 1-5 days

Monday, August 1, 2016

NEW Workshop! Digital Fiber Mini Quilt

Forgotten Wings
Create a mini 12x12 segmented digital quilt with a new edge treatment! Based on Wen’s new book, Digital Fiber, create a fabric quilt with a photograph of your design. Wen will demonstrate her protective coating technique. Wen will print your cotton broadcloth fabric before the workshop.
Send her the photograph file one month before class. Send to with Digital Fiber Quilt Photograph in the subject line.
1 day
This is a condensed version of Wen’s workshop Segmented Fiber Quilts

Materials Fee $12.00

1 or 2 colors of acrylic paint and a 2” chip brush
Pearl cotton & hand sewing supplies
Sewing machine & supplies
Scissors, rotary cutter & mat
13x13 or 14x14 backing fabric with enough to make a hanging tube

13x13 or 14x14 felt or similar very low loft batting
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