Friday, September 23, 2016

Artist Profile: Terri Stegmiller

Terri Stegmiller
Mandan, North Dakota

1. How do you describe yourself?  I tell people who ask about me that I am a mixed media artist. My focus is on creating my own unique fabrics to use in my work. I most enjoy creating art quilts and other sewing projects such as handbags and pillows.
 
2. What is your creative process?  Most of my designs, whether for surface design or art quilting, begin as drawings/sketches. I scan the drawings into the computer, tweak and edit in Photoshop, and then print patterns for quilting and screen printing or use the image files for creating stencils.

3. Describe your studio space.  I have two rooms that I use in my house--one is where I do my sewing and fabric painting. I have a large rolling table with storage where I do all my cutting or painting, I have a design wall and lots of storage cupboards, although I sure could use more. The other room is where I do all my computer work, printing and Thermofax screen making. I also have a desk for sitting at to draw or paint small items. 

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  My current favorite style is a mixed media technique with layers of transparent pattern and color. The quilts in this style are whole cloth and all the color comes from textile paints and marking tools. I would guess that I started a version of this technique about 6 or 7 years into my art quilting journey.
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Yes, I think so.
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  Yes, I use a sketchbook to draw out ideas or just doodle in to discover new ideas.
 
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  I have authored and co-authored some books, I have some videos on Vimeo.com, and I belong to the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge (http://www.twelveby12.org/).
 
8. Do you teach? I teach in my local region and this year I'll be teaching at our biannual quilt show in Bismarck, North Dakota. The quilt guild I belong to (Capital Quilters) puts the show on every other year and this year it will be November 4-6, 2016
 
9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?  At the time of answering this question, I only have my quilt, Purrfectly Patterned, appearing in the Dinner @ Eight Patterns exhibit in Houston.
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? This is my second year.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Artist Profile: Sherry Kleinman

Sherry Davis Kleinman
Pacific Palisades, California

1. How do you describe yourself? Fiber Artist

2. What is your creative process? My primary inspirations are from my photographs (family, strangers, birds, animals) and from working in art classes with artist models.  I paint, draw, and stitch; using pencils, crayons, and paints.  Other times I work digitally using apps on my iPhone and iPad.  My recent work is heavily embellished with hand stitching in addition to machine stitches.

3. Describe your studio space.  My studio is formerly one of my daughter’s bedrooms that holds my sewing machine, computer, books, and fabrics. 
 
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  Someone mentioned recently that I have several “signature” styles; they include painting, piecing, and digital compositions.   I like that my styles keep evolving and changing since I began creating art quilts in 2005.  Once I discovered that I could combine my love of fine art (painting and drawing) with textiles I began with figurative portraits.  Capturing the figure still dominates my work, but I have expanded from drawing and painting to digital interpretations that incorporate apps on my iPad with photos I have taken.  I have a passion for doing portraits as I find I can tell stories through line, color, and setting.  Recently I have included birds as my subjects, as I find them as interesting as people are.
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Yes, I hope I never stop trying something new…and who knows what that might be??
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I do use sketch books as a warm up while doing figurative work; then I draw and paint directly onto artist canvas working with live artist models.  I do not journal.  If I am working with fabrics, I audition shapes and sizes with torn or cut paper.  I keep a collection of my favorite photographs printed onto copy paper for inspiration. 
 
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  No
 
8. Do you teach?  No
 
9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?   World of Beauty, Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, November ; Freeze Frame, Six Figurative Artists, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA January 21, 2017-April 2, 2017
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This year will be my 6th year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Artist Profile: Stacy Hurt

Stacy Hurt

Orange, California




1. How do you describe yourself?  Artist 
 

2. What is your creative process?  Discovering what I want to say is the start; then perhaps culling imagery online for inspiration; then construction.  During construction phase many things may change but the overall ‘voice’ of the work remains true to my original intention.
 

3. Describe your studio space. Quiet and organized.  Several tables align the outer perimeter.  One has two sewing machines on it; much storage underneath the tables and two closets, doors removed, are lined with shelves & rolling carts for hand work; batting; books. Design wall is the main attraction and one I gladly sacrifice premium art hanging space.


4. What's your signature style? Ethereal Representational. How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts? Not long; the visions in my head were there.  Finding out what to call that vision however, took many years!
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do? Yes; I’m currently involved in a 5 foot long; 2 ½ foot tall beading project of a coral reef.  I’ve done smaller pieces before and always return to the fun, challenge and ultimate thrilling discovery of creating new underwater life forms out of beadwork. 
 

6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal? Not really; I will do storyboards occasionally but any journal I’ve done is always approached as a complete finished page; not so much doodling or notemaking.
 

7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects? Not at this time
 

8. Do you teach?. I do teach but haven’t had time this year to pursue it.
 

9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?  Cherrywood Lion King Challenge; finalist “Big Cat Rises” at AQS QuiltWeek, Iowa; International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX;  Road to California, Ontario, CA .; Entered Cloth, Paper, Scissors Mixed Media Excellence; TBA (notification in September)   
 

10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? I have had the pleasure of being in all but two years of the d@8 exhibits.  It continues to be one of my favorites for inspiration!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Artist Profile: Linda Teddlie Minton

Linda Teddlie Minton
San Antonio, Texas

1. How do you describe yourself?  Over the years I've gone from "quilter" to "art quilter" to my current preference, "fiber artist."

2. What is your creative process?  Although I'm a visual artist, I get most of my inspiration from literary sources ... songs, stories, and quotations. One of my favorite resources is my 93-year-old mother, who still sings songs from her long-ago childhood oftentimes, these songs or verbal snippets find their way into my artwork.

3. Describe your studio space.  Although I do have a formal studio in my home, my art seems to spill over into my bedroom, my office, and even my bathroom. Funny, but I still don't have enough room!

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I think of myself as a whimsical artist because I love humor in all its forms, but I also love bold and mysterious abstracts. My style has developed so gradually and has morphed in so many subtle directions that it's hard to pinpoint when I "found" it ... in fact, I'm pretty sure I’m still searching for it.

5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Oh, so many! I'm playing with sketching, painting, and assemblage right now, with many more disciplines simmering on the back burner.

6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I'm not disciplined enough to keep a journal, but I have many, many sketchbooks in different stages throughout my house and car.

7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects? As the White Rabbit said, "no time, no time, no time!" However, I do meet with a small group of other fiber artists for critiques and occasional group projects.

8. Do you teach?  Not this year. Once family obligations have settled down, I do hope to teach again.

9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?  I've only entered one exhibit this year ... my favorite ... Dinner at Eight!

10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  I have had 5 quilts in D@8, and am so pleased to have been invited again. Thank you, Jamie & Leslie!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Artist Profile: Martha Wolfe

Martha Wolfe
Davis, California

1. How do you describe yourself?  I'm a mother, an artist, and a scientist. I'm analytical, resilient, optimistic and grateful. I love traveling, challenges, laughing and good coffee.

2. What is your creative process?  I do probably 75% of my creating in my head - from narrative and theme, to color and surface design concepts, to the logistics of construction. The final 25% is assembly, which most of the time starts with my own photographs, edited and manipulated in Photoshop and turned them into full size patterns. All along they way, I edit as needed and ALWAYS fix the things that don’t work before I go on. 
  
3. Describe your studio space.  It’s accessible….it's a large room adjacent to my kitchen filled with natural light, a raised cutting surface, design wall, and large sewing table.  It's inspiring….a shelf unit covers one wall, filled with fabric, books, pictures and memorabilia - - my favorite things.  It's a comfortable place....the computer is always on, there's almost always music and cats and family come and go. 
  
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I have a graphic, representational style, often celebrating birds and bicycles. Using color value and layering cotton and silk, I create shadow and light in a way analogous to a printmaker. My work continues to evolve and be refined, but the key components probably go back 5 years, to when I first started working as a fiber artist full time. 

5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Oh, yes….everything leads to the next something new. I’d like to spend more time printmaking and have a number of 3-D ideas I’d like to develop. Time is my biggest constraint. 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I don’t keep either in a conventional sense. I do keep an idea book where I enter concepts as they come to me. I tend to think of my Facebook/Instagram/blog as a diary of my art and other experiences. 
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  I’m the founding member and curator of Viewpoints 9, an international, online collaborative group. We maintain a blog at: www.viewpoints9-3.blogspot.com and a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Viewpoints9/ as well as exhibit at venues around the world.
8. Do you teach?  I do teach, although recently that has not been my primary focus. That said, I’m always open to teaching opportunities, if someone expresses interest.

9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?

“Natural Healing,” National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, July 9 - September 9, 2016
“On the Fringe,” Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, June 30 - September 25 
“Strata: New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates,” Reno Metro Gallery, September 19 - November 4, 2016
“Inspirations II,” Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA, October 7 - November 19, 2016 
“Viewpoints 9: Variable & Constants”, International Quilt Market & Festival, Houston, TX, October 29 - November 6, 2016
“Natural Healing,” University of Chigaco Medical, IL, Mid-September to Mid-December, 2016
“Natural Healing,” University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, December 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017  
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my first time and I am very excited and honored to be a part of the exhibit!



Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  The first time I met Yvonne was at her retrospective exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech in 2012. Our newly formed SAQA-Pod had planned to have our second meeting after Yvonne's gallery talk and were thrilled when she asked to join us. As we went around the circle and introduced ourselves, she spoke with each of us - warm, inclusive, and encouraging. I'll always be inspired by the way she lived and created.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Artist Profile: Kathy York

Kathy York
Austin, TX
www.aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com

1. How do you describe yourself?  I am an artsy type who loves cats and my kids.  I have a real fondness for bicycles and Netflix (but not at the same time).

2. What is your creative process?  I think up an idea, and then I make it.  Sometimes I work on more than one idea at the same time.

3. Describe your studio space.  My studio is a lovely room that is just the right size with the right amount of light.  Every piece of furniture is designed to glide easily over my hardwood floor so that I can rearrange my space as needed for different projects.  In addition to the expected things for sewing, I also have a small couch, TV, computer and a small sink.

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  My signature style has a lot of color and my original batik fabrics.  I use a collage style to form an image with Mistyfused fabrics.  I use a lot of machine quilting and frequently use hand stitching with embroidery floss.  I don't know how long it took me to find my style and I don't always use my signature style.

5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I am learning to play with watercolors and mixed media and loving it.

6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I like to sketch ideas as they come to me and play with paint on a daily basis, usually on separate pages that are later bound into a journal.

7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  I have been published in a lot of books and magazines and a Quilting Arts DVD.  I write a blog, which I keep updated with my latest works and I occasionally publish short videos with sewing tips on my blog.

8. Do you teach?  I am not teaching.

9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work? 
 Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella,  "Quilting in the Garden", Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA, September 24-25, 2016.
Referencing Fiber, Austin Fiber Artists, Pflugerville Library, Pflugerville, TX Sept 23 - Nov 11, 2016
Austin Area Quilt Festival, Austin TX, Sept 16 – 18, 2016
Inspired by Color: Art Quilts by Kathy York, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX Nov 3-6, 2016
Tranquiltity, SAQA, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX Nov 3-6, 2016
Wild Fabrications, SAQA, George A. Spiva center for the Arts, Joplin, MO Jul 16-Sep 4, 2016
Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC Oct 8, 2016-Feb 26, 2017
Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA Mar 25, 2017-Jun 25, 2017
Earth Stories, SAQA, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV Jun 25, 2016-Oct 2, 2016
Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA Jan 20, 2017-Jun 11, 2017
Radical Elements, SAQA, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX Sep 24, 2016-Jan 8, 2017
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?8


Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?
The first time I saw her work, I felt like I had found a kindred spirit.  It was very liberating and joyful and allowed me to give myself permission to play with shapes and colors.  Though I never met her, she holds a very special place in my heart as one of my very first inspiring quilt artists!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Artist Profile: Susan Fletcher King

Susan Fletcher King
Houston, Texas
www.Susanfletcherking.com
1. How do you describe yourself?  I describe myself with the three roles that I play:  mother, wife and artist.  My life is flexible enough that these roles shift and morph as needed.


2. What is your creative process?  My creative process usually combines a lot of angst and/or being “in the zone”.  If I am truly inspired, the work comes together very easily and seamlessly (no pun intended!).  When I am in the zone, it works so well that I don’t even have an awareness of process after the piece is completed.  Conversely, I can feel lonely and depressed if I struggle a lot to reason out the “why” and “how” of a piece.


3. Describe your studio space.  My studio is a small room with a wall of windows.  I feel like an astronaut in the old space capsules, kind of jumping into my seat and having everything within arm’s reach surrounding me and my work surface.


4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  With my background as a graphic designer and illustrator, it now seems inevitable that I brought those aspects into my work.  This took a while since I first had to learn to sew when I started this adventure.  My very first challenge was figuring out what a “bobbin” was!


5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Oh yes!  I am beginning to enjoy and incorporate more printing and painting into my fiber work and there is a wealth of techniques that I have yet to try.


6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  As much as I admire those who keep journals and sketchbooks, I am not one of them. 


7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  Alas, no.


8. Do you teach?  I may be teaching some classes locally in Houston, but not certain yet.


9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?  During this time period I will be displaying my Dinner@8 work and another piece at IQA – World of Beauty.


10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This will be my 6th consecutive year.  This is something I am very proud of.
 

Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  I had only heard of Yvonne Porcella with the same hushed and reverent tones that people use when meeting the President or the Pope.  When I finally met her, I happily discovered that she was truly one of the most real and gracious people I had ever met.
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