Friday, April 28, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops! Digital Fiber Mini Quilts- 2 versions- one or two days!!

     There are 2 versions of Digital Fiber Mini Quilt based on the number of day’s chosen.  Basically, the workshops are a smaller version of my Segmented Fiber Quilts workshop. Both workshops explore an innovative quilt presentation that folds! Both are based on Wen’s book, Digital Fiber, creating a segmented mini-fabric quilt with a photograph on inkjet ready fiber printed!

            The one-day workshop participants can choose to use one of Wen’s 12x12 photographs printed on digitally prepared fabric to create their quilt. They could also choose to use a personal photograph. That photograph jpeg would need to be sent to Wen her one month before class. Sized at least 12x12 or bigger, in square format, at 180-300 resolution. Send to wenredmondatyahoo.com with Digital Fiber Quilt Photograph in the subject line.              
            The digital quilt will feature a new edge treatment that uses paint! Because the quilt is in segments, using the old-fashioned binding method just won’t work. It’s much too bulky. Her painted edges yield a wonderful new textural accent to the finished segmented piece. You’ll learn how to apply a protective coating, medium enhancements or washes to the top of the quilt that will enhance the colors and protect it too.
            The unique segmented quilt lends itself to various configurations and presentations. Too much creative fun!!
           
            The 2-day workshop, Digital Fiber Collage Mini Quilt, extends everything you would learn in the one-day workshop except you create your own fabric collage to print on! The main difference between digital mini quilt "one day and two day is the second day we work with our own fabrics viva collage and digital grounds. We'll print the result in the workshop as well- printer must be provided by venue or students can bring their own.
            The collage will be created from fabrics the participant brings to workshop. Natural fabrics in light, white or beige fabrics work best. But low textured fabrics, Old linens would be cool too! Bring some and experiment! A great way to extend this workshop would be to add a 1 or 2 day Fab Fabric Painting workshop first and use some of those newly painted fabrics in the collage creation!
            The collage you create with your own fabrics will be digitally prepared with grounds for a very clear and lasting fabric print.  inkAid will be introduced and used.
            Participants can create a simple altered photograph of their very own to print! Wen includes a demonstration on her new innovative sneaky layering technique so you can easily create unique layered photos. You can use Photoshop or an app called Photoshop Mix or any similar blending app. The app should be able to blend or layer 2 or more photos. This should be downloaded before class onto your phone or ipad so you don’t waste any time in class. Easy!
             We will discuss how Wen prints on fabric, photographic enhancements and dividing a photo to create larger work. This is needed if your printer doesn’t print as large or as wide as you want your finished work to be. The resulting new photograph will be printed on the collage you created! So cool!
            Besides learning about Wen’s protective coating and finishing techniques, the students will have the opportunity to try specialty medium enhancements for a unique mixed media mini quilt!
Hope you’ll join us!
More workshop selections- http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com

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.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops post- Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer

A Brand Spankin new workshop, Mix Creative Photo Transfer Collage! 
            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!

student working on transfer over a collage with vintage linens!
            I’ll show you my collage techniques and this simple transfer technique that will blow your collage out of the water. Excited? You bet!
Fun and relaxing, I hope you’ll join me!

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
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