Saturday, March 31, 2018

Let me Tell You About My Workshops- Textured Fiber Photograph

Printing a photograph on a textured background lends an unusual dimension to your finished images. 
Lightweight molding paste is a thick medium that you spread on a base and add texture to create a painterly aspect to your fiber photographs.  

You may simulate brush strokes or texture it with stamps, sticks, just about anything. Any photograph will work with this amazing technique!
Think about how oil paintings look with their textured stokes.
You may want allot of texture for a photograph of an old wall or landscape or you may want just a touch of texture to add interest to the background of a portrait. 
This medium will need a coat of  Digital Grounds for the best result. I use inkAid.

It is thin enough to be sewn and can be ironed gently using a wool setting. We'll learn how to protect the finish photograph too! 
  Enjoy this creative tool in your digital palette!
Video Intro- HERE

International Quilt Festival or BUST!

OK_ just found this post lurking in my drafts from last year but I was so excited I'm publishing it anyway!

I am busting! I'm so excited that I will have a solo exhibit this year at IQF called 
Breaking the Surface
I'll be giving several schedule exhibit talks on the 2nd, the 4th both at at 4:00 and the 5th, Sunday at 2:00 and some impromptu ones too!

I'm offering 2 workshops. Holographic Images on Monday the 30th, #154
more about that workshop HERE

The Thermal Facts on Friday the 3rd, #529.
more about that workshop HERE and HERE

Thursday the 2nd I'm doing an Open Studio on Media Mix- Textured Fiber Photographs from 10-2.
more about that HERE

on the 4th you can catch my #747 Saturday Sampler Demo from 10-12- Digital Fiber and Mixed Media Transformations

and 130-200 the same day Meet the Teacher- Digital Explorations in Fabric and Mixed-Media Introduction

Sign up HERE!

A Year of Reviews of my book- Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos & Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece

"Not just for fiber but any one interested in inspirational printing ideas for fabric, paper and subversive materials"

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Shine on!

Shine on! 
Using non-porous inkAid digital grounds YOU can print on shiny substrates! 
Make it your own!!
More in my book- see side bar

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Morning Thoughts

Mornings are what I long for. The sleepy wakings. The feeling of rest. Of Expectation.
The beginning. A new slate. Time to do, feel, see. To BE! How lucky. 
What a beautiful world for those who choose to see!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Holographic Fiber Workshop with Narragansett Bay Quilters in RI

a fabulous Holographic Fiber Image done by my student, Nancy Messier in my recent workshop with Narragansett Bay Quilters in RI

She used the same image printed on cotton for each side of the organza. 
It's from my workshop - Holographic Fiber Images- and how to info is in my book! HERE
wonderful pieces and action!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Forest! work sold!

Walks through the forest inspires. It’s when we walk though the forest, actual or metaphysical, we discover our tender truths.
All fabric created by artist, including dying, painting, image transfer, thermal fax silkscreens from original images. Curved piecing and stitched.

detail 19”x25"
The journey begins with each step. Someone's quote. Who? But this is how an artist evolves.
This piece is a 'retired' work.
I have more on my studio sales blog- HERE 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quilt Visions Acceptance!

My work 
Drawn to the Edge 
was accepted into Quilt Visions 2018: Connections at Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles!
he feeling of
the feeling of floating, face up in the water, surfacing though a small opening in the lake, as the water parts to let me breathe, to sigh deeply, restoring my soul

Recycled teabags and pieces of Chinese newspaper form the background, adhered onto interfacing. Digitally printed photo organza image layers on top allowing the background to come forward in subtle ways. hand stitched

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

Wonderful to find reviews! Found the following on Barnes & Noble Website. 
If you, dear reader, ever find some, please let me know!

 did you know you can leave a review on Amazon?
wish you would!- HERE

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Discontinuing Email Newsletters

I just set up a 'follow by email' link on my blog- upper right-  love to know if it works- please try it out! 

I will not be sending out newsletters anymore- but of course my FB page usually has good tid-bits too! 
see links below for more..

Workshop links, on top tabs, but will be cutting back on teaching. 

Eventually I may do online teaching or even small in studio workshops.
what cha think?

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Morning Thoughts

morning creeps over the the hill, lighting me up, mind begins to swirl with possibilities, ideas flow though me like a river though sand

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Morning Thoughts- thoughts wander

thoughts wander
while I stitch,
listening to the wind,
white and wild,
that frozen howling echo
outside my window

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Morning Thoughts

waking moments bring a flood of things to do, turning my head toward my morning window I see winter's last nod, flakes rushing sidelong against a white backdrop, somehow calming my thoughts and sending them scurrying 
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