Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Editorial Reviews of my Book- Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos & Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece

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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.
Issue 25 Down Under Textiles

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.

#27 Down Under Textiles

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.

March 2017 Workshop on the Web

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.

April/May 2017 Quilting Arts

This stimulating guide to combining digitally altered photos and surface materials to create mixed-media designs centres around artist Wen Redmond's passion for photographs and fabric. With stunningly illustrated ideas for digitally printing/layering images onto fabric, paper and other surfaces suing a variety of techniques, it is jam-packed full of information covering computer software and scanner/copier techniques, layering and blending images, printing processes and paint methods. Whether you're interested in photo quilting, fabric and paper art, digital and mixed-media art, photography or art and design, you can't fail to be inspired by the transformational approaches in this book.

#44 Reloved

Learn how to create innovative quilted pieces that evolve from your own digital photographs. The author, a well-known fiber artist, teaches you how to alter images, print them on a variety of fibers, and accentuate them with stitching. Also included are photo editing, layering, and printing tips.

Fall 2017 ASG Notions

What to do with my burgeoning stock of digital photographs has been a nagging source of torment: unworthy of print but too-good-to-ditch, my computer was beginning to protest as yet more fascinating gems were shoe-horned into the collection, And then Digital Fiber Art flopped through the letter box and my dilemma was over! Wen Redmond, a distinguished quilter and mixed media artiest, experiments with manipulating and printing digital images on a multitude of substrates including fabrics and paper. Peppered with images in various stages of completion, this feast of ideas will kick-start the imagination of any flagging fibre artist—or hoarder of digital images and textiles!

Wen's passion for her art shines through, as she takes the reader through the creative journey from capturing stimulating images and then manipulating them. She covers the type of printer to use and preparation of the substrate, followed by further processing techniques. These include overlaying with gauzes and scrims, underpainting and overpainting, medium lifts, and the addition of texture using recycled scraps. Showing complete familiarity with the tools, techniques and products she describes, Wen's inspirational combination of textiles and digital images will surely motivate the adventurous-spirited reader to compose, create and print innovative textile art too.

The Journal of Weavers


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. There's not much guidance or direction—much of this book is Redmond providing a brief overview of her process. The information is delivered in a jumbled rather than a linear fashion, making the lack of an index to the contents disappointing. VERDICT Beginners to the world of mixed media may be frustrated that basic knowledge is assumed, but experienced mixed-media artists seeking inspiration from a skilled artist may gain insight into new processes.

Library Journal

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