April 18, 2014

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Get 4 (count them, FOUR) free days of viewing art videos. Everything from pencil drawings, painting and color theory. Great time to expand on your ideas. I don't do a lot of painting any more, but I do learn a lot about color and usage when watching these videos. I liked the abstract ones so much I actually purchased them so I can view again.

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Posted: Trish

March 15, 2014

Call for Entry - Closes March 31

1000 Quilt Inspirations Call for Entries
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Calling All Quilters and Quilt Artists!

Quarry Books is publishing 1000 Quilt Inspirations in book format, for which we invite you to submit blocks and small art quilts (maximum of 14 x 14 in.) for consideration. Sandra Sider, quilt curator and artist, will select the winning designs.

About the Sponsor

Quarry Books is an international publisher of high-quality visual and idea books for artists, crafters, foodies, designers, creative families, DIYers, and Makers. Check out our distinctive books at: www.quarrybooks.com.

About the Editor

Dr. Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist and independent curator, has published articles and reviews concerning fiber art and other aspects of visual culture for three decades. Her graduate degrees include an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She was President of Studio Art Quilt Associates (2010-2013), and is Consulting Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone 18 years and older may submit. There is no entry fee and, because of that, we cannot provide free copies of the books to those whose work is chosen. However, we do offer a 50% discount on copies of the book to winners of our competition. Any pieces that have been published in other Quayside Publishing Group books are not eligible. Artists are responsible for observing copyright and trademark regulations in their images.

What To Submit

We seek innovative interpretations of old favorites as well as original blocks and art quilts designed by you that explore the possibilities of modular design. If you submit a design using a traditional block pattern, please give the name of the pattern. There is no limit on the number of submissions you may send, but the total number of submissions will be capped at 5000. 
You may submit work that you have long finished or create something new for this call.
While your work may be embellished in any medium, the blocks themselves must be stitched in fabric and consist mainly of fabric and thread. Quilting is not required and the edges of the block may be unfinished as we are more interested in creativity than craft for this project.  Please cleanly crop images accordingly, however.
We will accept images of art quilts and individual blocks or four blocks pieced together to illustrate the setting for a quilt. You may submit a completed quilt or the same block in several color ways or combinations of fabrics, and more than one setting of four blocks to illustrate how the design can change with a different setting.  Each variation should be entered as a separate submission.
We are seeking submissions that fall broadly into the categories of Traditional, Contemporary and Art quilts.

How to Submit

There is no entry fee and you may submit as many entries as you like, but be sure to complete a separate form for each entry. The information you provide will be used in a caption to accompany your submission, should it be selected, so be as complete as possible, and double check all spelling. Please include the materials used and reference any special techniques or processes.

Image Size & Format

Note: We are not just looking for the best examples of work in each category, but also for high-quality photography.

• 300 dpi resolution
• Minimum size 4 x 5 inches and no larger than 8 x 8 inches
• JPEG files only—RGB color (not CMYK)
• PDFs, PNGs and TIFFs are not accepted
• The image file name cannot contain any symbols or numbers. 

 Posted: Trish

February 26, 2014

Textile Art Exhibit: Living Colors

March 1st - 29th, 2014

Brandon Gallery has scheduled a special showing of textile art for its Studio 105 wing, Noreen Ring, gallery director announced today.

According to Ring, "Living Colors" will run from March 1 through March 29 and feature fabric art of the Paradise Textile Art group, seven artists from San Diego County.  She said that the art quilt critique group has met and exhibited together since 2008.  The members work in distinctive styles, and some are full-time studio artists while others work full-time away from their studio.

Ring said: "All artists have exhibited in local and regional shows; and some have been accepted into prestigious national shows and won awards for their art.  'Living Colors' is the group's fifth exhibit and the third at Brandon Gallery."

Public reception at the gallery Saturday, March 15, from 3 to 5 PM.

Brandon Gallery (www.fallbrookbrandongallery.org

105 N. Main, Fallbrook, Ca.
(One door off Alvarado)

Open from 10AM to 4PM Tuesday through Saturday.

Brandon Gallery is a non-profit artists cooperative with 26 artists representing many major creative disciplines.  Each month artists from San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties display hundreds of pieces of art that include textiles and sculpture, jewelry and gourd art, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and pastels, greeting cards, printmaking, photography and digital media and artist supplies.  Brandon Gallery is a division of Fallbrook Arts, Inc.

Posted: Phyllis

February 23, 2014

Artist Development Day

Ice Dyed Cotton
Most of the Textures artists were able to attend the first artist development day at Sharon's house. What a great time we had. Lots of laughing and creating and having fun. It was a full day of work so we had plenty of time to visit and catch up on what everyone has been doing since we last got together. We tackled two different but related techniques. The first was ice dyeing and the second was using DeColourant and DeColourant Plus.

Sharon demonstrated how she does ice dyeing and and passed out some sheets for everyone to take home. She has some amazing pieces that she created and showed us the wide variety of results that can be achieved.
Ice Dyed Silk/Cotton Blend (Radiance)
 We stopped long enough to enjoy a lunch before tackling the DeColourant portion of our workshop.
I did a short demo on how to use stencils, stamps and applicators. The day was sunny and warm so drying the pieces was relatively fast as we just put them outside for 5-10 minutes.

Gail did a wonderful job of creating her piece. I cannot wait to see what she does to turn it into a work of art. I worked on t-shirts as did Linda. The other artists worked on a variety of projects from base fabrics to controlled experiments to be logged into a notebook for reference.

Catherine's notebook
We were all impressed by Catherine's organization skills and her dyeing sample notebook. She has an amazing sample book of formulas and dyed samples all recording fiber content and brand of fabric for color comparison. She was working her DeColourant samples on different blacks and also her hand dyes so she has a record of how each reacts and how much color change occurs.

Carol N. has been traveling and doing a multitude of projects along with her art and it was fun to see what she has been up to. She has been knitting up a storm to say the least!
Artist's inspiration
Blue knitted scarf
Hand dyed knitted scarf

Carol also showed a project she did with 5 other artists. It was very interesting. The object is to make your own piece. You pass it on to the next artist and they take inspiration from your piece and create one. Then the two pieces go to the next artist and they take their inspiration from the two pieces. This repeats through the group and the last artist sends all the work back to the original creator. Each artist ends up with 5 pieces based on their original work and possible inspiration on creating and expanding their own design processes.

All the artists agreed at the end of the day that they learned a lot and had fun with the new ideas and techniques. Most were eager to experiment on their own and had plans on buying more of the products to expand on the experiment.

Want to try your own DeColourant experiments? Here is one (of many) link for supplies: I-Kandi.com Supplies can also be found on Amazon and Dharma. Check out the demos on YouTube for more inspiration.

Has your group done a similar play day? What was the take away from your groups activities.

Posted: Trish C.

February 21, 2014

David's Debut at "MANifestations"

David and I were able to attend the artist reception at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for the opening of the "MANifestations" show. He entered all three of his black and white quilts that deal with children's issues. All three were accepted into the show and they looked awesome hanging together. This was the first time all three were displayed at the same venue.

It was fun being "just the wife" and letting him be the star of the night. Lots of positive comments on his pieces from all involved, from the juror, the curator, the docents and the other attendees. There were about 150 people at the opening.

David even was contacted after the show and did a phone interview that will be published on the internet later. I will keep everyone posted when it gets published.

Has anyone else attended any local or out of state shows? Which ones and what was your favorite quilt or gadget that you saw?

Posted: Trish

January 18, 2014

New Year! New Inspiration!

It's still the "New Year" isn't it? Or has the novelty of a new year worn off already? I hope not, because I am only just starting to feel like I'm back on my feet again after the holiday season. I had several days off during the last week of the year, with nothing special that needed to be done. Perfect opportunity to FINALLY have some time to myself in the studio!! At long last I would be able to indulge myself without interruption in any creative impulse I felt like exploring! .......NOT!!!!
It didn't happen. I was a sloth. Confession time: I slept late, went to bed early, watched movies, read detective novels....anything lazy and non-creative you can think of. A couple of times I walked into the studio, but it was depressing, so I walked right out again. I started to get upset with myself, but eventually I realized it was just a lull in the storm of creativity. Maybe I need to purge the hectic season from my psyche to make room for creativity...after all, isn't this the time of year we love to clean out the closets etc. and reorganize many areas of our house/life?
I'm not worried now, I know I must be a little patient, and pass through this quiet time. I will keep my eyes open for inspiration, play a little when I feel like it. Then when inspiration stirs I will nurture it if it is like a tender little seedling, but if it strikes like lightening, I will be ready to charge ahead!
How about you? How's the New Year affecting your creativity? Post yours below.

January 16, 2014

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Posted: Trish

40% Book Sale

Connecting Threads is having their book sale happening right now. If there are some books you were looking to get, now is the time to see if they have them in stock. Generally they have more traditional types but I have scored some more "arty" type books.

Check it out!

Posted: Trish

December 22, 2013

Textures End of Year and Ugly Sweater Party

Gail had the brilliant idea to include an ugly sweater "contest" to our end of year party. Some members actually had a start on this contest but I found someone at work that was divesting some of her "ugly sweater contenders" and gave me one. Her words were "I don't care if I ever see this again".

The event was hosted at Linda and Rick's house. They are fabulous hosts and the party flowed nicely all evening. Everyone brought a ton of food (Linda told everyone to feed their spouses before the meeting as it was only going to be finger food - mistake, big mistake). A wide variety of food was there and plenty for anyone that was starving.

The ugly sweater contest was won by Phyllis and I think the big plaid bows that she pinned to the sleeves put her over the top. Perhaps she will take a photo of it and post so that everyone can admire her work.

Luke and Laura would definitely have won the couples award if there had been one. Laura was very creative with her uglies and Luke was brave enough to wear his proudly.

My "ugly" is posted on the From Edge 2 Edge blog. Take some time and hop over to see it. Did your group have an ugly sweater challenge? How ugly was the ugliest one?

Posted: Trish

November 21, 2013

Fiber Reactions SAQA Exhibit - Poway

Congratulations to the Textures/SAQA members that are exhibiting at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Dec 3-27, 2013

The artist receptions is Saturday, Dec. 14th from 1pm to 3pm and the work of 30 artists is on display. 

Docent tours are Dec. 6 and Dec 11, 2013 3pm to 5pm.

Hours: Tues-Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm

Join our very own Laura Bisagna, David Charity, Trish Charity, Linda Evans, Gail Hansen, and Eileen Wintemute at the artist reception. 

We look forward to answering any questions you may have about the art or our processes.

Posted: Trish

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Exciting news! David has had 3 of his quilts accepted into the show MANifestations at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

The show opens in February 2014 in Golden, Colorado. This is a male artist only exhibit. Should be a great show as I expect Ricky Tims and other top artists to be exhibiting at the show.

The show runs to April so if you are in the area, check it out.

Posted: Trish

Textures Show Extended

If you were not able to make it to the Textures Fiber Arts show at the Gallery at the Merc in Temecula, good news. It has been extended until Dec 6th.

Still a little bit of time to see a great showing of fiber art.

Posted: Trish

October 8, 2013

Opening Night - Artist Reception

If you were not able to join us for opening night here is a very short video of the event. For our guests that were there, I hope you enjoy the reminder of the art and the food.

Posted: Trish

October 4, 2013

Opening Night at the Merc! Artist Reception

Picture of blue cat on green background reflected in waterdetail of Laura's quilt (2012)
Today is the big day (or evening as the case may be). The fiber art is hung, the description cards are placed, and the reception for the show opening is tonight from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Textures Fiber Artists have been displayed at the Gallery at the Merc in Temecula for several years, We have always enjoyed working with the city in putting this show together.

David and I attended the quilt photo shoot for the finished work last weekend and the art is wonderful. Some pieces are fully fiber art and some blend the tradition of quilting into fiber art work. All the artists will be in attendance tonight so this is a great time to ask about processes and designs.

Come and enjoy the main exhibit pieces and the special exhibit pieces. The theme this year is "Weather". Art goes from the literal to the esoteric in interpreting the theme. Visitors in the past have made a game of seeing if they could match the artist to the main artwork and the special exhibit work. Artists do not always work in a similar style in both pieces so it can be quite a challenge.

Most of the artwork is available for purchase. Check at the box office for details and artist contact information.

Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Wine and beer will be available for purchase from the theater Cantina area.

Come by and say hello.

Posted: Trish C.

September 15, 2013

Sheila Frampton Cooper

Most artists are members of several different groups and Textures members are no different.
Photo of Sheila Frampton Cooper
Sheila Frampton Cooper

Several of us are also members of Quilts on the Wall as is Sheila Frampton Cooper. I want to let everyone know that Sheila Frampton Cooper is on Alex Anderson's and Ricky Tims "The Quilt Show".

You may have seen her or her work in Long Beach this year. She had a piece in the Dinner at Eight special exhibit.

Sheila is the featured artist on one of the newest shows. If you hurry over (sign up for free if you are not already a member) you can watch her show free until September 19, 2013. I watched it and it is fabulous. In front of the camera she is a natural and her technique is well covered and looks like a lot of fun.

Sheila also has a great website if you have not been over to visit it yet.

I hope everyone gets a chance to view Sheila in action on The Quilt Show before it goes to the members only area.

Posted: Trish C.