Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reviews of my book- Digital Fiber

Digital fibre art is one of Wen's signature techniques. She has been recognised in the textile/fibre world for decades, and this experience and expertise is well reflected here. As with most how-to books, it starts at the beginning with the kinds of tools and equipment needed to give a good result. Wen then takes off from there, showing how to alter images, print them on different fabrics, and then apply stitch for added depth, interest, and highlighting. By incorporating a number of different techniques, the finished work looks more layered and complex, but it is very achievable. An interested beginner should not be put off, as Wen offers many tips. At the same time, experience artists will find enough here to take their work to the next level. 
(Down Under Textiles, Issue 25)


Wen Redmond has been experimenting with different styles and techniques for many years, and this book distils her work with digital images and various materials. The book is only 127 pages, but is jam packed with information―you will find much of what you need to know here. Wen covers topics including taking photos, manipulating them through cropping filters and colours, printing and transferring them, layering and blending. She also writes about fabric preparation, using paper and other substrates, and the various paint and other substrates, and the various paint and other layers than can be added. There are any examples shown, with full and detailed visuals and written explanations. This is a perfect book to have on the bookshelf to refer to when you are looking to create a particular effect. Alternatively, use it as a guided series of exercises to extend your repertoire of techniques. 
(Down Under Textiles, #27)

For those of you enjoying Wen Redmond's Holographic Pictures technique in this issue, you can find the application of digital photography to textiles and mixed media expanded upon in this book. It looks at many different ways of using photography with different substrates and mediums to create a wholly unique approach to your art. It is a very user-friendly book with a lot of tips on how to make your own life easier (you can use photos taken on your phone as the techniques here will make allowances for a lower resolution in the pictures) and there are apps suggested, such as Grungetastic, that will make the whole process of jazzing up your photo much easier if you aren't able to slave over Photoshop or another Photo Editing programme. The latter will provide you with more complex images to play with but this allows anyone with basic technology to have a go. The book is helpfully divided up into sections such as using fabric or paper as substrates, using Pre-Coats (such as InkAid) and basic Digital Photography printing before moving onto more experimental chapter, using acrylic mediums, overlays, creating textured surfaces for blending or printing over and using nonporous substrates. Each section is fully illustrated and clearly explained in stages and each chapter contains its own Process and Example sections so you can get to grips with how to achieve an effect and then see some finished pieces.
 (Workshop on the Web, March 2017)

Inkjet printers can be used to print on a variety of substrates, and mixed-media artist Redmond shares how best to combine printed fabric or paper with paint, photographs, and art supplies such as gel medium to create one-of-a-kind works of art. 
 (Library Journal, 2/1/17)

Wen Redmond has produced a visually inspiring book featuring her photographs, quilts, and processes. Wen explores a large variety of photo editing options, including many that can be done directly on your phone. She demonstrates how to prepare and treat fabric for printing to promote longevity, and how to manipulate each step of the process so that it is tailored to the artist's interest, skill, and creative desire. (Quilting Arts, April/May 2017)

This book is a wealth of information presented in a useful and intelligent way. I particularly like the way Wen effectively describes the results she is looking for when digitally enhancing/modifying her photos and that her instructions are not product specific. The variety of substrates presented, the use of acrylic mediums to create 'skins', the mounting of work were all subjects are seldom presented in the same pages as fabric. I am particularly grateful for that. Here in one book I can get information that I previously had to go to three of four and muddle my way through. Thanks so much for this Wen Redmond and C&T Publishing.

More!- here

purchase info on side bar

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Workshops Coming!


I have a number of workshops coming up but let me tell you about 3 of my workshops!

A Brand Spankin new workshop will make it’s 2nd debut on April 29 at the Whistler Museum in Lowell, MA. Its called Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer Collage! Oh yes- a mouth full but such fun!
            I love collage. I love how you can use bits and pieces of treasured items, saved scraps, special papers and painted fabrics to create amazing works of collage art. I like composing them and sometimes stitching on them. This workshop takes collage one step further by transferring a black and white image, printed on printed paper, over the top of the entire or part of the collage with “wow-ser” results!
            I’ll show you my collage techniques and this simple transfer technique that will blow your collage out of the water. Excited? You bet!
student working on transfer over a collage with vintage linens!
Fun and relaxing, I hope you’ll join me!
                 
Session ll   Quilting by the Lake- more information here

            Holographic Memories is one of my signature workshops. I’ve been teaching this workshop for over 10 years with fantastic results. People are amazed by the finished, mounted piece as it creates an almost 3-D image with just 2 printed photographs.
filming back in 2007 with Quilting Arts
I provide almost everything, including your photo printed on silk organza and transfer paper.
            Join me to create a special photo of your loved one, home or special place in this simple yet difficult looking project!
student's work won a ribbon! Congrats Tracy!
            Conversely, Digital Explorations is on of my newest workshops. It’s a condensed version of my book in 3 days! We’ll explore printing on paper, fabric and some pretty usual surfaces. You will need a printer and a way to use it, such as your computer, but then you won’t need to bring a sewing machine unless you want to. This enables you to print at your own speed but you could share with a friend.
printing a fabric collage
            I’ll introduce you to digital grounds and wet your muse with ideas you can spin off of. The focus is on experimentation and, well, exploring the surfaces!
and so much more!! Woo-who!
More workshop venues on my blog- http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 9, 2017

and the beat goes on,...More ARTifacts!

Joining Seth Apter in his no rules collaboration with art journaling. 

Artifacts (plural noun): objects made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.
ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art. 


Journaling has been a part of my life, in one way or another, since I was a kid. Today, besides the joy of texturing & collaging pages, I convert them digitally!
Fascinating! 
More in my new book, a labor of love!
or Autographed Copieshttp://tiny.cc/fieohy

Sunday, March 5, 2017

#ARTifacts with Seth Apter

Collaborative Project for 2017with Seth
his words


"To answer the most popular question: anything goes. My original idea was to use this project as a way of documenting my daily art life. Almost like a diary or scrapbook. I have attached a few images of my early January pages so you get a sense of the direction I am taking
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Journaling has been a source of inspiration and introspection for years. These actions of drawing, painting, composing, scrap booking or just jotting down thoughts help guide me through challenges, art making and joys of life.
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Art Quilt Class with Wen Redmond At the Whistler Museum in Lowell, MA

Whistler House Museum of Art
Lowell Art Association, Inc.
243 Worthen Street
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 452-7641


register - HERE

Supply List:
Inexpensive chip brush
Plastic works surface or tarp at least 16 x 16
Assortment of light to medium colored lightweight fabrics and/or scraps 

Threads and string
Iron and pad
Old dryer sheet in case of sticking fusible
Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter
Scissors

Supplies to finish quilt-batting and backing for 12 x 12 quilt
Sewing machine and supplies
Hand sewing supplies and thicker thread or pearl cotton
Hairdryer is helpful
Small plastic bag 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Quilting by the Lake Faculty Profile

Quilting by the Lake Faculty Profile 


 more information on my July classes check this
 
information about printers- see this

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Having learned the rules...


I'm uncertain who stated this but it still has great impact for me.
 "Having learned the rules, we can decide for ourselves when to follow them and when to color outside the lines. Today is a great day to choose to listen to inspiration and let your inner child come out to play. This decision is harder for some people than it is for others, so when we make the bold choice to follow our hearts and inner guidance, we actually help others to make the same choice. 
 We can teach by example, allowing friends and strangers to see how we light up when we shine our light, and how others respond as well. Although not everyone will approve, there will be those who will lend support and encourage such unfettered demonstrations of life.

 Those who are attracted to our light are the kindred spirits we should keep around us at all times, but if we don't let our unique sparkle be seen, those spirits may have a difficult time finding us. As we express ourselves freely and joyously today, we allow ourselves to be shining examples and beacons for kindred souls."

Please let me know if you know the author. Photos are mine, created from my technique of sneaky layering, published in my new book- see sidebar- and taught in my Digital Explorations Workshop. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

inkAid- magic formula!

When you print to a variety of surfaces you need to prepare your surfaces with a digital ground.
A digital ground is a medium you apply to the surface that allows the inkjet ink to 'stick'.

I use inkAid. It comes in clear, colors and non-porous. You can buy a smaller sampler set to try!
There's much more about this magic product in my book- link on right.
or go to their website- here

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Artifacts with Seth- Journaling with art, inspiration and collage

from the journal Mind Pourings
I'm joining Seth in his "ARTifacts: A Collaborative Project for 2017" to share "art memories", inspirations and more as we venture down the road of art journaling. 
"Journaling has been a source of inspiration and introspection for years. 


These actions of drawing, painting, composing, scrap booking or just jotting down thoughts help guide me through challenges, art making and joys of life."

Friday, January 27, 2017

Inexpensive Epson Printer recommendations found on Amazon

A few folks have asked me about what I recommend for printers. I think Epson is hard to beat.
If you are taking my new workshop- Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media 
a small inexpensive printer like these will enable you to print at you own speed. 
After all if you were taking a quilting class, would you share you sewing machine?

All have DURABrite inks. There are videos on Amazon too.

Epson Expression Home XP-330 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

Epson Expression Home XP-430 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

Epson XP-640 Expression Premium Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner & Copier

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Come Join me in Australia!

Play Down Under!

 Join me next January for Digital Explorations in Australia! 

Click here for more information!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Take it from Here

In my book and workshop, Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media, I explore ways of composing photographs in various ways. 

This original photograph was cropped and stretched to create a long rectangle. I usually enhanced hue, either before layering or after. This is especially true when printing to a somewhat absorbent surface such as fabric and some papers.
Each of the 3 photos were created by exploring what would happen when layered with my painted fabrics. Some photos simply don't work but what a satisfying surprise when it does!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Learn with me at Schweinfurth!

19 Holographic Memories & Thermal Facts 

20 Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media

Expand your vision of a digital print with inkjet printing on fiber and mixed media substrates. The types of substrates that can be created are nearly limitless. Explore the possibilities! This workshop is based on Wen’s new book which due out in early 2017 from CT Publishing. A general knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or a similar editing program is advantageous but not necessary. Bringing a printer may be helpful. This workshop focuses on experimentation and construction.
Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017 
Levels: All levels 
Tuition: $380

Sunday, January 1, 2017

the Best of the New year to all!

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. 

There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

— Martha Graham
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