Monday, December 28, 2009
BJ Parady and Ann Miller Titus will be featured in a gallery show at the Fine Line creative Arts center in St. Charles, Illinois from January 6 - February 12, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 8th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Much of the work will feature fabric printed using the disperse transfer dye method, an indirect way of getting color onto withe cloth. The work is then hand or machine stitched, framed, mounted, or left to hang like art quilts.
Fine Line is a great friend to fiber arts. They offer many classes for aspiring fiber artists, including dyeing, weaving, and spinning. Come and join us at the reception, or stop by during the show.
(Autumn Fire above by BJ)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
QUILT EXHIBIT TO VISIT:
FIBERISTIC JOURNEYS, an exhibit of original quilts will be held at the Anderson Art Center, 121 66th St., Kenosha, WI on January 24 thru March 21, 2010. The Opening Reception will be on Jan. 24, 2010 from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM. Exhibitors will be Robbi Joy Eklow, Ann Fahl, Beth Gilbert, Denise Havlan, Annette M. Hendricks and Rachel Wetzler.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Wild at the Edges: Inspiration from a Creative Life" is a quirky little
tome meant to delight and inspire. It has sixteen essays, little treasures of
poems hidden here and there, some encouraging thoughts about life and art,
and, if I may say so myself, stunning photos of art and nature.
A preview of more than a dozen pages is here:
25% of all profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society through
Fiberart For A Cause. Fiberart For A Cause has donated more than $190,000 to
Virginia A. Spiegel
My new book: "Wild at the Edges: Inspiration from a Creative Life"
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
PAQA Water to view the show's 18" square quilts and their self portraits and see all the venues it traveled to in the three years it was together.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
When I decided to start selling my patterns wholesale I realized they needed to look more professional. My friend Dotty Carringi who owns Dot Designs, from my church, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, is a professional graphic artist who has been working in the business for over 20 years. I approached her about redesigning my pattern covers. Here are two examples of products she has done for me, the pattern cover on the left and a wholesale brochure on the right. It really made a big difference in the look and the sales of my patterns.
She has done many other items for me as well. She designed my new business cards, and my post cards as well as several other printed materials that I use. I have a teaching brochure that I send out with all my web orders and hand out at shows, it looks very professional now.
Dotty works well over the internet and is a very kind and easy to work with woman. Laura Wasilowski and Anne Lullie have both used her services as well and have been very happy with the results.
Regional Meeting in Madison, WI
Lois Jarvis has set up a regional dinner meeting in conjunction with Quilt Expo in Madison, WI. It is open to all SAQA members, members of the Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists, and Milwaukee Art Quilters.
Time: Thursday September 10, 2009 at 6:00pm
Place: Clarion Suites Madison-Central, 2110 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713
Cost: $30 for either Chicken Marsala or vegetarian selection Mediterranean Primavera
To reserve your spot please send a check made out to Lois Jarvis for $15 to:
4625 Tokay Blvd
Madison, WI 53711
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday night I went to the reception of Woman Made Gallery Members exhibit and I got the chance to meet the fabulous Kathy Weaver (right) and her mix-media talking robot. I was delighted not just by Kathy but all of the wonderful art/artists that were in attendance. The gallery was pack and I did not have my camera. Thanks to Joyce Owens for posting this one on Facebook.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Virginia A. Spiegel
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I have a bad case of fish-eye photo. When taking photos of my art quilts, my little digital camera cannot be placed distant enough from the work in my small studio space to produce a nice square image of the quilt. And the studio lighting is something like that found in Clan of the Cave Bear.
But now I have discovered the friendly photographers of Media Services at NIU (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL).
The price is right, about $75 for 10 quilts including a full shot and 1 detail. Turn around time is about a week and you receive a CD master of the images as TIFFs and a color print out as well. Call first to set up a delivery time, 815-753-6676. I highly recommend them. (No affiliation although I am an old graduate and once ate at the cafeteria.)