Last week I was at the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show as an
instructor, I taught four classes including a couple surface design
techniques such as Thermofax Printing and my popular Font and Fabric class.
During some of my down time I had the privilege to visit
the Stitch Like an Egyptian Exhibit sponsored by AQS. There were over 90
hangings created by the Tentmakers of Cairo, a group of craftsmen who have created these elegant and highly decorated tents, a skill practised for over 2000 years.
These hangings are so colourfully exquisite, richly
detailed with traditional motifs that the exhibit fairly hummed with excitement
and energy! Many already had sold stickers on them and the prices were very
reasonable, I wish I could have bought a couple.....
Two of the Tentmakers were at the show, sitting and
stitching quietly to illustrate how the applique
is done. They were so patient and seemed to quite enjoy all the attention that
dozens of middle aged women heaped upon them!
The show will continue in the AQS Des Moines Show and
once that show is finished, the hangings will be sent their new owners.
I would love to introduce you to a wonderfully inspiring and energetic woman whose newsletters and Facebook missives have been motivating and energizing me for a long time! I've never met Dale Ann but I feel like she's one of my best friends and supporters, I even received a video message on my birthday from her....
Here's what she had to tell me recently during our interview:
I am a Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Positivity
Coach, Speaker who lives in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada.
I grew up on a farmin east central Alberta so this little town is perfect for me!I have lived in large cities across this
country of ours, but this is HOME! I enjoy the landscape - places where I can
see for miles & miles and also, places that have surprises behind the hills
I have been creating all my life.I recall sewing by hand with Mom when I was 4
or 5.I never thought of myself as an
"ARTIST" until 2001.I kept
telling myself that I needed an ART degree! I am ever expanding and enjoying
trying new ideas, techniques, etc.
I know as a business you are supposed to concentrate on
one thing and GO BIG.I LOVE both
textiles and mixed media, so use them both in my artwork.Sometimes its more textiles than papers, etc.
and sometimes its reverse - this is the reason I call myself a Textile Mixed
I branched out last year into being a Positivity
Coach.I have been, myself, expanding
with courses, workshops, many books, etc. and have been promoting a more
POSITIVE LIFE.People started noticing,
I wasasked by a couple people about coaching, then one more
and one more.
Again, I have been told that I should have a degree or
initials behind my name in order to do this, but I feel EXPERIENCE is also a
great teacher.I coach using art
journaling as its been therapy for me over the years.We do inner work and I am fully aware if
someone needs more than I can give, I recommend them to someone.
Living in a small town, the Internet is very big for my
business.Its where I have sold the most
artwork, where I teach regularly, and how I promote my business.Social Media is the NEW way of marketing -
you get to know your clients/customers and they get to know YOU.Where else can I spread my POSITIVITY with
barely any cost and to the masses?
Presently, I am teaching 5 online workshops/programs and
more to come in the fall.My website: http://www.daleannepotter.com has more
information.One of the events I am
honoured to host is the first Positively Creative Retreat to be held in April
2013 with a special guest.Positivity,
Creativity and Serenity - what more could you ask for?
I have many more surprises coming in the future and the
best thing to keep up on these will be my Creative Ramblings newsletter (sign
up on my website).
I hope you will sign up for Dale Anne's newsletter, its a bright day when it arrives in my Inbox!
I just finished two pieces that will most likely become cushions. I am working on a monochrome palette with soy wax resist and values of grey Procion MX dyes. I love using red with the grey, it gives a magical "pop" to the two pieces.
I made several pieces of these fabrics, using different application techniques and am having a blast trying new ideas and methods with them. I used red piping in between the piecing and I love the "Piping Hot Binding Tool" that you can buy here It makes piping so easy....you'll love the effect that piping can give your quilts!
Creative Quilts - Inspiration, Texture & Stitch by Sandra Meech
This is another book I pull off the shelf and have a good read through. Sandra shows how to take inspiration from a variety of sources and keep the creative muse going through the use of journals and sketchbooks. There is instruction on using a variety of surface design and mixed media techniques to add colour, texture and excitment to our work.
Exercises and lessons through the book help develop confidence andpictures of the work of other artists inpire and encourage.
I've just finished the binding and sleeve on this quilt and I think the process was a first for me. Its the first time I've ever worked on one piece from the very start to the finish without picking up another project in between! I usually have several projects on the "go" and will work a bit on one and then a bit on another, perhaps its a bit of ADD that I cant focus on any one thing for too long!
Circle Play uses soy wax resist and Dye Na Flow paints and I loved the entire process. The design takes me back to elementary school with paper and crayons where I'd draw countless interlocking circles and then colour in between them.......50 years later and I'm still doing the same!
Drawn to Stitch line, drawing and mark-making in textile art by Gwen Hedley
I pulled this book off the shelf for some summer reading and was once again inspired by the excellent format of lessons, images, drawings and personal experiences that the author shares with her readers.
"line is an essential component of all textile and surface art. When used effectively, line and mark making convey texture, tone form movement and mood"
As quilters and artists, we use line in piecing, applique, quilting and more. It's important to know and understand how we can interpret different line qualities. this book will certainly help any of us with our creative work. I keep this book nearby when I want to consider and mull over my design ideas.
Since I've had so many requests, Ive added another workshop to my website! I'm sure its going to be a lot of fun!
Exciting design often involves many layers of colour and imagery, building
upon one another. In Layering the Surface students will create
base layers of colour using simple dyes, learning colour mixing and theory, use
of value and application techniques.More layers of colour and imagery are added
with Shiva Paintsticks using freeform applications, stencils and textures. For a
second day, students will develop further designs on their fabrics with a choice
of applique, piecing and stitch.
Contact me for further information about this workshop and many others.
I admit it, I love the mobile universe.....sitting somewhere and being connected to what is going on far, far away. Its like looking over someones shoulder and seeing their part of the world! I often spend spare travelling time "surfing" and have a few favourite blogs I'd like to share with you:
I love them because they're a Canadian company working overseas to make a difference in peoples lives. Plus they have wonderful dyes and products "to dye for", plus they have awesome workshops, plus their bricks and mortar store is amazing, plus they lead tours on wonderful adventures, plus, plus, plus!
If you don't like colour, don't go to this website! If rich, saturated hues turn you queasy, don't click on the link! If you think the best colours are black and white (actually they aren't colours at all!) then turn aside and go take an aspirin! BUT, if you like inspiration, fun and a bit of attitude, then go for it!!!
OK, this was fun, I hope you enjoyed it too! Maybe I'll try it again next week!
I just got a copy of my Accent on Angles fresh from its "second printing", yes indeedy!!! Thank you all so much for your wonderful support! Now the good news ...... I'm giving the book away.... free....to you!
You need to tell me and the world why you'd like the book, leave a comment on my blog, yes, my blog (not Facebook) at http://www.susanpm.blogspot.com and by August 6th my highly esteemed judge (aka. hubby) will pick the winner. I love my family, but they are not allowed to participate....actually they can participate but will not be considered for the prize!
While you are at it, why not sign up for my Design Notes Newsletter? Great ideas, fun interviews and more! You can do that on the blog as well!
Here's the book...if you don't win, you can always order a copy at www.fabricimagery.com I'll autograph it too!
Here's some of the awesome quilts you could make if you won the book.....or bought it!