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Footpath and the Midwest Weavers Conference

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Footpath.  The design for this moebius scarf was inspired by one of the patterns in the WGM’s 75th Anniversary “A Thread Through Time” book.  I used the basketweave tie up pattern on page 56 and translated it into a colorful geometric design, created with bits of colored and patterned paper pulled from junk mail and catalogs.  I assembled the geometric design, scanned it and created a seamlessly repeating pattern that was digitally printed on to fabric.

This last week was the Midwest Weavers Conference here in Minneapolis.  This is a regional conference hosted every other year in a different city.  Our local Weavers Guild were the hosts for the conference and I was asked to teach two technology classes as part of conference seminars, one about marketing yourself online and one about photo editing.  The piece above was my submission to the Instructors Exhibit.  Since I am only a little bit of a weaver, I didn’t want to have my little pieces on display with the masters, so I decided to go with what I am good at, but with a weaving twist.

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Our Weavers Guild is celebrating their 75th birthday this year.  As part of the celebration, they put together a book.  For years, as I understand it, the guild newsletter included a weaving draft and a tiny swatch of fabric made by volunteers, so in each newsletter, you not only got the pattern, but an example as well.  For their birthday, they pulled drafts from the archives and had guild members make contemporary pieces based on those designs and […]

2015-06-23T11:54:43-05:00Gallery Exhibitions, Out & About, Weaving, Felting & FIbers|Comments Off on Footpath and the Midwest Weavers Conference

This Weekend: Art-A-Whirl and Shepherd’s Harvest

GirlwithArtThis weekend I will be doing nothing but art.  And I mean literally nothing because I am participating in not one, but two great events and I am spending my time split between the two of them.

First, I will be at Art-A-Whirl, which is a giant open studio event in NE Minneapolis.  I am the guest artist in studio 401-B with my friends Ingrid and Eric.  It’s my first Art-A-Whirl and I think it’s going to be fun.  We are on the 4th floor in the Northrup King Building.  There are lots of good signs, just look for 401.  I will have all digitally printed fabrics there.  I have 3 dresses that are “show pieces” and a bunch of skirts, scarves, ties and hankies that are for sale.  I will be at AAW Friday, Saturday after 2pm and for just a bit on Sunday morning.

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I will also be at the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.  Thanks to my awesome booth mates who are helping me be at both events!  This is my 5th year (or something like that) at Shepherd’s Harvest and I will have laser cut jewelry and looms and some new really cute zipper bags featuring all kinds of knitting and fiber puns.  I even made a new day-glo pink laser cut loom just for this year’s festival.

 

 

Thank you to the American Craft Council!

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A huge thank you to all of the artists at the American Craft Council show in St Paul.  I was part of a “Hip Pop” pod, which is ACC’s new emerging artists program.  They curated pods of 6 new emerging artists and we shared a double booth space at the show.  The artists, the shoppers, and the staff were all so enthusiastic and supportive of our pod, I can’t say enough thanks to them.  We felt loved!

A special shout out to veteran artists John Jameson, Sharon Rosenthal, Arlene Wohl and Kay Chapman.  They were our neighbors at pod #303 and were absolutely welcoming and supportive (and funny when we all started to get a little tired).

I was in amazing company with my pod mates who are all so talented.  I am so glad we got to spend the days together and I hope we run into each other many times again.

Matthew Krousey.  Matt works in richly textured ceramics that have a strong connection to nature and organic designs.

Nick Lundeen  Nick’s jewelry has a sense of agelessness in style and texture.

Betty Jäger  Betty’s work has as much personality as she does.  Organic, unexpected, lots of sparkle.

Lauren Mayhew Lauren incorporates bold graphic designs into whimsical knit hats.  The pops of color with the soft neutrals remind me a lot of her personality.

Elizabeth Pechacek  Elizabeth’s work has a sense of fragility with soft colors and fine lines that is in juxtaposition to the classic forms of her pieces.

Betty, Nick, Elizabeth and I will all be at Art-a-Whirl, Matt does tons of shows around town and keep your fingers crossed for Lauren who has a job […]

Upcoming Classes: Digitizing Lecture

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 4.22.33 PMIt’s the month for classes for me.  Another fun class you can come to is a panel discussion called “Digitizing for Dollars” that I will be participating in on January 29 at 6:30 pm at NE Bank Community Room in Minneapolis.  It is presented by WARM (Women’s Art Resources of MN).  Several panelists will be talking about digitizing your original art and selling it online.  I will be talking about Spoonflower and using your original art to make fabric.  The other panelists will be talking about things like making patterns, digital prints and putting your artwork on objects (totes and coffee mugs).  I have worked with this group before and there is always great discussion and good questions, so I am looking forward to it.  (The event is free for WARM members, $5 if you come as a guest of a WARM member or $10 for the public.)

2015-02-24T23:33:45-05:00Classes & Teaching, Out & About, Spoonflower & Fabric Design|Comments Off on Upcoming Classes: Digitizing Lecture

Giving doesn’t always = dollars

IMG_7463Many of you know I work for a non-profit arts center and I have for 9 years now.  I have worked for and volunteered for and advocated for a number of non-profits throughout my entire life and all of them have been pretty amazing creatures that do pretty amazing things.  So, I have had a couple of conversations lately with a number of different people about “I love this organization, but I can’t afford to donate anything and I feel bad about that and so I don’t know what else I can do.” and I wanted to say that there are TONS of things that you can do that don’t cost you anything, but can be enormously valuable to a non-profit.  So here’s my list of 8 simple things you can do that will cost you very little and can add up to a lot.

1.  Participate.  A lot of grants that non-profits write to help support their free concerts and exhibitions and make and take programs are all about the number of people served.  There are whole sections of grant applications that require the organization to talk very specifically about the audience and who will be participating.  So, everybody who shows up gets counted and the more people attend a concert or sign their name in the guest book, the bigger the impact the organization can show.  So just by showing up and seeing the art in the gallery and then signing your name in the guestbook, you are saying to that funder or sponsor “I think this is valuable” and that makes a big impact.  Downloading the email, clicking the link, or showing up at the […]

County fair

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I spent part of yesterday at a tiny little county fair. A friend and I were doing a kids make-and-take project making pretty felt beads.

It rained on us at least 4 times and there were mosquitos, so we didn’t have huge crowds of people. I got to walk around and check out the 4H exhibits between rain showers and these are a few of my favorites.

 

2013-06-17T23:29:13-05:00Out & About|2 Comments
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