Friday, June 17, 2016

Accepted Artsts for "Patterns" 2016

"Patterns", the 2016 Dinner at Eight Artists exhibition, is dedicated to the memory of Yvonne Porcella.  Yvonne was a juried artist of many previous d@8 shows and a constant inspiration to us both.  She was an icon of the quilting world in so many ways. Her memory will live on through those of us touched by her talent, humor, and courage. Here's to you, Yvonne!








On behalf of Dinner at Eight Artists, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison would like to congratulate the following artists whose work has been selected for "Patterns."  

Linda Anderson - On the Same Page
Sue Bleiweiss - Connect the Boxes
Loris Bogue - Please Stand By
Deborah Boschert - Provisions
Cindy Cooksey - The Innkeeper Wore Black
Lauretta Crites - White Lace on Red Velvet
Diane R. Doran - Blossoming
Suzan Engler - Fractal Pattern - Fash Cars, Rainy Night
Barb Forrister - Dance of the Magpie's
Terry Grant - Patterns of Mesoamerica
Cathie Hoover - Tiles
Stacy Hurt - Wanda's Whimsy
Lyric Montgomery Kinard - Mill Wheels VII - Order & Chaos
Susan Fletcher King - Making Coleslaw - Cabbage Alchemy (pictured above)
Sherry Davis Kleinman - Genevieve
Susan Brubaker Knapp - Crystalline
Karol Kusmaul - FiddleSticks
Sherri Lipman McCauley - Triangled
Linda Teddlie Minton - The Journey
Wen Redmond - The Content of the Light
Cynthia St. Charles - Dye Pattern Composition 1
Julie Schlueter - Kaleidoscope 1 
Gayle Simpson - Moon Connection
Cheryl Sleboda - Krackle Eins (Krackle One) 
Sarah Ann Smith - Umbelliferous/Queen Anne's Lace, No. 1
Terri Stegmiller - Purrfectly Patterned
Valerie White - Sacred Stories
Martha Wolfe - Wild Life: Green Heron
Victoria Findlay-Wolfe - Cross Woven
Kathy York - 100 Days/100 Nights

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Remembering Yvonne Porcella

This week we remember Yvonne Porcella who passed away February 12, 2016.  The founder of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), her bright and whimsical work graced many of our exhibits for Dinner at Eight Artists.  

In addition to founding SAQA, Yvonne's legacy includes the impact that she has had on quilt artists across the globe through her 11 published books, workshops that she taught world-wide, and her bold personal style.  

Yvonne's bright smile and great sense of humor were known to all who were fortunate to meet her.  She was a great friend and mentor to the two of us.

We have collected all of her artist profiles from every year that we think you will enjoy reading.

Beneath the Surface - 2010

Yvonne Porcella - Modesto, CA 

1. How do you describe yourself? artist, author, teacher, lecturer, advocate for art quilting, founder of SAQA, board member for non-profit quilt organizations, quilt museum advocate, wonderful person, cancer survivor, grateful, very active in my spiritual life.
2. What is your creative process? I just go for it in most quilt designs. I have also done small sketches and enlarged those to size for my quilts made with applique over a full size cartoon.
3. What's your style? I only made one whole cloth quilt, my first attempts at a baby quilt gift. I have done all styles of quiltmaking except traditional or classic. Only quilt made for a bed was a commission for Jim Henson, all my quilts are made for the wall.
4. How long have you been a quilt maker/fiber artist? Do I have to tell you how long?
My work was published in many books and magazines probably before you were born.
5. Do you listen to music when you make art? I like silence. If I had to listen to music it would be classical and opera.
6. What do you do when you are blocked creatively? Make something, anything!
7. Do you teach? Yes. What’s your favorite part about teaching? I love meeting students, showing the path to making their own work. I also like to lecture on many subjects, wearable art, history of art quilts, personal journey.
8. Are there artistic endeavors that you have yet to do? Oh yea, I know there are more quilts in my future, just can't wait until they appear. I was an oil painter in the past, if I had to pick an area of improvement it probably would be in improving drawing skills and mastering photoshop.
9. How do you balance your family life and art? They balance me. When I first started making fiber art, I used each interruption by family or life as an opportunity to re-evaluate the work when I had the chance to return to my work space. When my children were old enough to enjoy a trip with me they were invited to see that Mom was indeed working while away from home.
10. What is the best part about what you do? The only thing I don't like to do is paperwork. Traveling and meeting people is the best part, making new friends is a gift. 


The Space Between 2011

Yvonne Porcella - Modesto & Arnold, CA


1. What do you call yourself - art wise? I am an artist and create original art quilts using a variety of fabrics and techniques. Through out my career, my work has been exhibited in many national and international exhibits and collected by public institutions and private collectors.
2. How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump? I experiment with a small work, using a new color scheme or different technique.

3. If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art? Contact Museums for exhibits and donations.
4. Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.? I do have sketch books but I do not currently post daily thoughts or new concepts in a journal. I took a year off from my routine of a daily journal.
5. Where can people see your other work this year? My retrospective at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles has closed in January; Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University March to May 2011; Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, April to July 2011; Mistlin Gallery Modesto, CA month of April 2011; C&T Publishing POD books; permanent installation at St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, CA Hayes at Stanyan Sts., framed art quilt located in Oncology Department; SAQA Gallery pages, www.saqa.com; Beneath The Surface, International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati OH, April 2011.
6. Do you teach? where? on a cruise to the Baltic, May 2011; Camarillo Quilt Guild, November 2011.
7. Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why? I have many artist books that I refer to often: Stuart Davis, Jim Dine, Wayne Thiebald, Ivan Bilibin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Miriam Schapiro, Hundertwasser.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday? Invitational one person show at any New York or San Francisco museum.
9. Describe your studio workspace. I am fortunate to have a beautiful large studio in a remote area with few distractions. All my supplies are there and easily accessible, and I have time to play!
10. What 3 tools could you not live without? Bernina Sewing Machine, Olfa rotary cutter/mat, scissors


11. What drives you to make the work that you do? I have the luxury of time, space, and ideas and after years of success, I fully commit myself to making art because it defines who I am
12. How do you balance your life? I have two places where I can live, one has a large studio where I work, the other has archival storage and access to stores. New supplies are not available near my studio so I spend one to two days a week stocking up on what I need, visiting friends, enjoying driving on remote roads and contemplating new ideas.

Rituals 2012

Artist Profile: Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella

Modesto and Arnold, California




1. What other ideas for this theme "rituals" did you have? The 1982 catalog for "Celebration A World of Art and Ritual" exhibition I visited at the Smithsonian was my starting point. The cover features an India grooms headdress that looks like an elaborate wedding cake. Attending 2 weddings last year also served as a theme.  Flower displays play a big part in rituals and seasonal festivals feature dances and games. A friend of mine attended an elaborate wedding requiring charter buses, elegant surroundings. What she remembers about the day was that even by 11 PM the bride and groom never cut the cake.  I just  had to add a knife to my design.  2.  Are you involved in any community or group projects where you donate your work?  if yes, what project or projects?

FotoFiber for ACS Virginia Spiegel; SAQA 12" squares; Alliance for American Quiilts, designed donation quilts; MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project; Stanislaus Arts Council; San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, High Fiber. 


3.  Do you belong to a small group of like-minded artists?  yes/no  name/where  what is the best part of being part of an art group?  No I don't belong to a small working group. My studio is in a remote area. I do belong to the Modesto chapter of the National League of American Pen Women as both a Writer and Artist member. We network, have artist and writers sharing along with exciting monthly speakers.
4.  Are you a member of a professional art organization, such as SAQA?  Have you ever held a volunteer position in the organization, and if so, what?  Interesting you asked! I am the founder of SAQA, served as President for 11 years. Formulated lots of the programs, did the first membership brochure, and first few years of newsletter 
mailings, First 12" square Art in a Box auction, all the pains and successes. I was also on the Board of Directors of The Alliance For American Quilts from it's development for 16 years, served as Secretary. Advisory Board of International Quilt Study Center Uof NE Lincoln, 2 terms. Current second term Board of Directors San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
5.  What is your favorite palette of colors that you use in your work?  name 5 and your least favorite colors?  name 5.  Brights, reds, chartreuse, magenta along with black and white. Muddy colors, puce, greige, beige, pale pink, pale blue.
6.  Describe your creative work space in 20 words or less.  are you messy or tidy? Very neat, organized, everything folded, put away. Messy when creating.
7.  What is your creative process?  think, draw, design, make or right to the design?

Read, search my library, think, attack.
8.   Is there a particular object or shape that shows up repeatedly in your work?  Why? Black and white squares. It began in 1980 when I printed a book of my work in color. The printer recommended a dark and light value. It's become my signature as I've added it to most of my work. Recently someone sent me a note that while shopping for  fabric in a Pennsylvania quilt shop, two women were selecting fabrics for a new quilt when one suddenly exclaimed "Wait, we have to Yvonne Porcella it!"  Am I now a verb? 

9.   If you had to choose a favorite artist from another media, who would it be, and why? Charles Demuth because he liked the number 5.

10.  Have you written a book related to Art Quilts and Quilting or have an instructional DVD?  If so, can you tell us the title or titles?  9 books, 2 garment patterns, one Zine. Five Ethnic Patterns, Plus Five, Pieced Clothing, Pieced Clothing Variations, Yvonne Porcella -A Colorful Book, Colors Changing Hue, Six Color World, Yvonne Porcella Art and Inspiration, Magical Four and Nine Patch. Three Jacket Patterns, Designer Series Jacket Pattern. Zine One.
11.  Do you make art full time?   If you have another career, would you describe what you do? and how you incorporate art into your life? 
I have the luxury of making art at any time. Other than the non profit work I've done, during art my career I attended meetings, taught all over the country and in many foreign countries, sometimes being on the road for 1/2 the year. Currently I volunteer at our church, do some liturgy writing  as well as decorate our facilities and work in different ministries.


12.  What is your most thrilling news to date in relation to your art quilt life? 

January to April 2012, I had a Career Retrospective in a 3000 square foot gallery with a giant banner across the  front of the building featuring my name and one of my quilts, and I sold lots of art!  Another venue will exhibit half of the work summer 2012 




An Exquisite Moment 2013

Artist Profile: Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella
Modesto and Arnold, California

1,  What year did you make your first quilt?   1980 art purchased by Renwick Gallery Smithsonian Museum 1994
2.  What is the first show, and year, that you ever entered your art quilts?  1981 Venue? Quilt National
3.  What is your artistic style? seat of my pants, art quilt. First attempts were vertical stripes
4.  Have you ever changed your style from when you started making quilts? Many times, hand painted silks, solid color cotton fabrics in stripes, checkerboard blocks set on  point, figurative, cartoon, abstract silk fused.

5.  What other style in quilt making piques your interest? what I call quick clips, fused fabrics cut shapes and fill a space.
6.  What other medium in art influences your work as a fiber artist? I love to visit museums, fortunate to see many wonderful collections all over the world, I learn from each artist.
7.  What do you have coming up?  Shows, Articles in magazines, Books, etc. Article for June issue The Quilt Life, article for Health Contentment Life, local magazine. Three lectures in May. Plans for exhibit in 2014.
8.  Where will your art take you from here? It has taken me so far, I wonder what will come next. With recurrent Ovarian Cancer I just might continue writing my life story begun in 2010 when I was diagnosed.
9.  Describe your studio space: fabulous, you should come and visit me. One small room with design wall, storage, extra table for layout. Large room overlooks 40 acres of forest, large tables to work on and lots of stuff.
10. What was the biggest challenge you have encountered in the making of your art quilt for "An Exquisite Moment?" My first theme didn't resonate with me in terms of color and content. Reflecting on my fabulous trips to France and the experience of walking the path of Van Gogh in Arles, i was filled with the colors of the south of France, together with the emotion of  knowing Vincent  once walked where I had just been.


Reflections 2014

Artist Profile: Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella
Modesto, CA
www.yvonneporcella.com


1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words: bold, colorful, black white accent

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it?

Fabric painting, quick abstract designs, paint it, dry it, iron it, use it.  


3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? Solo exhibit at Quilt Market/Quilt Festival Houston 2014

4.  Do you have any studio rituals? No rituals, walk in, admire the view, get out materials, begin.

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey?  Monet, Matisse, Stuart Davis, Goncharova, Bakst, Biliban, Frankenthaler.

6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Olfa cutter, mat, Mistyfuse, iron, scissors.


7.  What is on your design table right now? paperwork, jeans to hem, scraps from last project.


8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc? Living in a remote area, not much to distract me; weekly trips for health issues. 


9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? I work alone, after studio time, a JRT occupies my lap. 


10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? I didn't feel it was a challenge, I wanted to celebrate the water we take for granted, fears of drought, bodies of water drying up, expansive golden hills viewed on my weekly drives, seeing red 
Cal Fire trucks on the move, predictions of long dry hot summer. 
Affinity 2015

Artist Profile: Yvonne Porcella

Yvonne Porcella 

Modesto, CA 





1. Did the change in dimensions present any specific challenges for you?   No problem, I have used this size in my work since 1993

2. Describe your design area, specifically your work table:  what is the best thing about it? Add on room, width of the house,

custom made table, 4" x 8" W 39"H cork surface. At one end a 22" x 42"W x 27" sewing machine table. Quiet view of the forest.



3. What set this quilt apart from other recent projects you have been working on? A portion of the design hung on my wall for 2 years, it would greet me when I entered the room. I was tempted to mount it and frame it without stitching. I do not have unfinished projects, Affinity was the perfect time to finish it. 


4. When you get “stuck” how do you deal with a “design block”?  How do you overcome it? I would not call it a block, just take a minute to rethink the project. If needed get out my favorite art books for inspiration. 


5. Do you work on single or multiple projects at the same time? Only one at a time, comes from my years of being an operating room nurse. We only worked on one patient at a time. 


6. What do you hope people take away from your work? Be inspired, want to own it, remember the artists name!


7. What are the best parts of working on an art quilt:  What are your least favorite parts? Just letting it flow intuitively. no rules, no pressure for perfection. Sewing the sleeve on, following IQA rules, clipping threads. 


8. What art/quilt-related organizations do you belong to? SAQA. Alliance for American Quilts, IQA, San Jose Museum Quilts & Textiles, National League of American Pen woman.


9. Do you have a preferred color palette?  Why? Bright with red and black and white somewhere. I have visited many museums, seen fabulous artworks, a bit of red in the paintings draws my attention. 

10. What do you regard as your most interesting milestones along your art journey? Founding SAQA, serving on many quilt related Board of Directors, sharing my institutional memory, Quilter's Hall of Fame Inductee, Honoree of IQA, traveling to teach, museums acquiring my work, having career retrospectives, seeing my name and art work on a large banner outside an art center, having a dealer who sold my work.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Affinity in Houston


The is the grand hall of exhibits looking to the back down Main Street - which is the red carpet

Did we mention that it was raining?  Alot of rain and flooding while we were in Houston. The convention center is under construction, so that created some additional issues.

Our exhibit was a long a skinny pipe and drape configuration.  Our favorite so far. You could see the more of the quilts on the wall with this set up. Quilts, Inc did a fabulous job hanging our exhibit.

The front - right off Main Street, which is the most excellent spot to be

A little closer
The D@8 Artists Dinner on Friday night.  Here is the menu!

There were four large round tables in the room in the Hilton dining room - a private room.  Chairs were on half of the table for seating, so we could all see each other, and move around the room.  Major book signing of each others books.

Susie, Heather and Cheryl


Spoonology - a tradition at our dinners after dessert.  Can you balance a spoon on your nose?

Cheryl

Judy


Frances

and the rebels who just didn't want to do it - Lisa, Sue, Karol and Victoria

Friday, October 23, 2015

Everything Houston by d@8 Artists

Quilt Market
Colorful Fabric Collage Book Signing in the F&W booth #634 to promote Sue Bleiweiss' new book on Sunday, Oct 25 at 2:00pm
Deborah Boschert, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Kathy York
Faculty at Festival
Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison
Oct 28 9-12 It's All Ornamental
Oct 30 9-12 Painting with a Twist
Jamie Fingal
Oct 29 Twirly Whirly Swirls

Judy Coates Perez
Oct 28 Painting with Tsukineko All Purpose Inks
Oct 29 8am Lecture - It's All in the Process
Oct 29 3-5pm Mixed Media Miscellany
Oct 30 Tea & Ephemera
Oct 31 Techniques with Acrylic Inks

Quilts in World of Beauty
Sue Bleiweiss, Tutti Fruitti Alleyway - Art Whimsical
Susan Brubaker Knapp, Fall Color, Art Quilt - Miniature
Suzan Engler, Hay Rake Retired, Digital Manipulation Category
Susan Fletcher King,  The Parable of the Dragon and the Sheep - Painted
Jeannie P. Moore, Family Tree - Art Pictorial
Jeannie P. Moore, Cockatoo in Paradise - Art Naturscapes
Andi Perejda, Arroyo Grande Album (award) - Traditional Applique
Barb Forrister, Parrotise, Innovative Applique
Judy Coates Perez, Pink Bird (award)- Painted
Heather Pregger, Tuning Fork #22: Dark Waters in Art - Abstract, Small
Heather Pregger, Tuning Fork #26: Green Flash in Art - Minature
Sarah Ann Smith, Pink Lilies - Art Quilts Small
Kathy York, Two Deer - Whimsical
Kathy York, Mod Seven - Group

Special Exhibits
Butterfly Whirl
Deborah Boschert, Winged Return
Jeannie P. Moore, Fluttery

Digital Alchemy: Quiltmakers and Spoonflower.curated by Jane Dunnewold
Wed Redmond
National Parks Celebrating 100 Years
Sarah Ann Smith, Acadia National Park - Snowy Owl
SAQA - Balancing Act -
Deborah Boschert, Waning Crescent Meditation and Waxing Crescent Endeavor
Kathy York, Fifty, Female and Fearless AND Balance
SAQA - Wild Fabrications
Kathy York, The Long Necked Cats and the Long Legged Bird
Tactile Architecture
Sue Bleiweiss,  Tutti Frutti Treetops

What's for Dinner?
Sue Bleiweiss, Happy Hour
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers and Quilted Vase
Jeannie P. Moore, Green Eggs and Ham
Heather Pregger, A Finnish ("Fin"-ish) Repast
Ann Turley, Birthday Dinner
Kathy York, I Could Have Been a Bear

Fiber of a Whim Booth #2723
Sue Bleiweiss: Friday 10/30 at 11:00 Juror walk through for the SAQA special exhibit Balancing Act (in front of the exhibit)
Deborah Boschert, Friday, October 30 at 5 pm and Saturday, October 31 at 12:30 pm, Small Stitched Landscapes
Barb Forrister, Fiber on a Whim Booth 2723, Thurs Oct 29th 3:30-4:30 and Sat. Oct 31 2:00-3:00, Artful Coloring,Fri. Oct 30, 11:00-12:00, Fiber Art Flowers

SAQA Booth Volunteer #319
Sue Bleiweiss, Friday 10/30 2:00 - 6:00

Demos
Mistyfuse Booth #826

Barb Forrister - Oct 29-31
Sue Bleiweiss: Monday 10/26  2:00 - 4:00
Sue Bleiweiss: Thursday 10/29 10:00 - 1:00

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Affinity 2015 - The Book

Our newest book for this year's theme "Affinity" was designed by Loris Bogue.  She did a fabulous job! 40 artists, 40 art quilts,  It is available on Amazon.  Click here for details

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Curators Q&A

This is based on a group of questions that the artists in the 'Affinity' exhibit were curious about.  We didn't use them all, but felt that these were the top questions.  We answered these questions individually, and didn't collaborate on anything.  Pure and simple.  
Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, co-curators

You’ve been doing this thing for a while. What do you know now, that you wish you had known at the beginning? 
Jamie:  Two words 'Art Call.' I wish we had used this program from the beginning instead of having to deal with CD's and checks.  It is a huge time saver. 
Leslie: The first thing that comes to my mind is “Art Call”.  Putting the call for entry guidelines on the Art Call site and being able to ask for whatever information we need and get the images loaded there has been such an enormous time-saver for Jamie and me!  It also enables us to jury the collection of pieces from two different states.


When you select a theme, how many contenders are there before you decide?  Does the text come first or second?
Jamie:  We bounce back many words over a period of about three months, until we decide on what we think will be a broad interpretation. It's hard, because we don't really want to duplicate a theme that is already out there.  We are very mindful of this. Then we come up with the text that one of us starts, and the other finishes.  We take turns doing this.
Leslie: There are always a “handful” of ideas that we are tossing around and sometimes we are right down to the wire before we make a decision.  We want the theme to be fairly broad in scope in order to allow for representational and abstract works.   The story and/or text comes later.

it is fascinating for me to see the evolution of your work, of the curators exhibits and the evolution of your business in the fascinating field of our quilting world. I don't know how you do it! 
Jamie:  For me, it's all about being really organized.  Like for me putting together the artist profile series, I give myself a date that they all have to be done by, because of my schedule. Google Blogger allows me to schedule all of the posts, so that makes my job way easier. I just have to remember to post each one on FB Monday through Friday. Making quilts is a huge priority for me, like spending as much time as I can in my studio.
Leslie:  Well, that could be said for all the artists that have submitted work for consideration over the years.  It has been very exciting to see the arc of an individual artist’s work.  It truly inspires the two of us. 

What has been the highlight of your career as a Dinner@8 Curator?
Jamie: The part where I get to see first hand how an artists work has evolved over the years.  It gives me great joy. Working with Leslie is the greatest.  I think also having some pieces from our exhibits be featured in Quilting Arts Magazine is huge.
Leslie: For me it is seeing the artists’ work recognized on the covers of various Quilting Arts magazines and featured in an episode of Quilting Arts TV.  We are as thrilled as we can be! 

What has been your favorite of all the Dinner@Eight themes? 
 
Jamie: I am not sure that I have a favorite one. The quilts have been quite powerful in every exhibit that we have juried. I did love the scroll series, and how amazing it was to see the first exhibit in this size.  They were very dramatic all lined up front and back on the pipe and drape.  I can't wait to see Affinity.
Leslie:  I have enjoyed all the themes but the current one is always my favorite!  Each year I’m thrilled and inspired by the work.  Changing the dimensions every 3 years has presented a new set of design challenges for the artists and they never disappoint. 


The two of you travel quite a bit. How do you manage to make time for both family and art?  Jamie: Family comes first, and I do devote Monday through Friday to my studio time. Come home and make dinner.  Weekends are family time. The only work that I do at home is drawing in the evenings.
Leslie: This is a tough balance but it is certainly easier now that our children are grown and independent.  Neither of us traveled to teach very much before that transition.  Also, both of our husbands are incredibly supportive of our work as artists so that makes it easier!  But, there is a balance and it shifts constantly.  Protecting studio work time is challenging when there is more travel away.

What is the single most thrilling adventure you have embarked on in your art career? 
Jamie:  That's a hard one, but I think that doing a public project for our local library was pretty significant for me personally.
Leslie:  For me it was the happy collision of dyeing, printing, digital photography transferred onto cloth, and quilt making.  It brings all that I love together in one medium.  What could be better?  I get to do what I love every day and I couldn’t be more thankful.

What artists inspire you?
Jamie:  Just to name a few - Kandinsky for his abstract work, Monet, for just the beauty of his gardens, Mary Cassatt, of mothers and children, Van Gogh for his starry starry night. Oh my.
Leslie:  The list is long.  I admire Mary Cassatt and Georgia O’Keefe:  true pioneers in their era.  Henri Matisse found a way to continue expressing himself as an artist despite his physical limitations and impaired vision.  I love Robert Rauschenberg and Gerhard Richter.  The list is much longer than this!

Do you take a lunch break or work straight through a project?
Jamie:  I always take a lunch break, and sometimes coffee is involved.  A great time to just lay on my polka dot couch and read or close my eyes for a bit, or even take a nap.
Leslie: I try to “come up for air” periodically because my body demands that I move around and stretch.  So taking breaks is important.  If I don’t do it when I’m printing or quilting I pay for it later! 


Where would you like to go from here?  The Dinner at Eight has so many possibilities.  It is intriguing to think of what the next step will be. 
Jamie:  We are going to keep going, raising the bar each year with outstanding work, and finding new artists to add to the invitational list. If you are interested in having the opportunity to jury your work into one of our exhibits, you will need to send us an email with your website and/or blog url, so we can look at your work. This does not guarantee you a seat at the table.
Leslie:  The Dinner at Eight project has so many possibilities.  It is intriguing to think of what the next step will be. I hope we continue for a long time to come as it continues to excite us and we seem to have plenty of artists who feel the same way.  Let’s see what happens, shall we?

Eventually what would you like to leave behind as your legacy? 
Jamie:  That I did it well, with grace, joy and was easy to work with. I hope that whoever owns my artwork that those pieces still give them joy, and every child that visits the library in Orange is delighted with the three quilts that are on the wall.
Leslie: If I can leave behind a body of work that has challenged me and given me joy, and it happens to do the same for people who view it….that is enough.

How much time to each of you daily spend creating art? 
Jamie:  I lump it in altogether with writing articles, blogging, working in my studio, quilting, curating, drawing - a full time job Monday through Friday.
Leslie: When I’m not traveling I’m in my studio 6-8 hours a day, and sometimes more if I’m pushing a project toward a deadline!

When traveling, do you take photos strictly for inspiration and if so, and do you use and reference many of these photos?
Jamie:
  I think it really depends on what the subject is.  I use my iPhone most of the time. there are many things I find inspiration in, but I don't take any pictures of them.  I think after going through my parents 36 slide carousels changed me about picture taking. I take less.  However, I do have an obsession with Instagram and post all kinds of photos on it daily.
Leslie:  I am ALWAYS taking photos!  I really love to look at stuff and think about it later when I review the photos.  Often, I use photos as a basis for making paintings, drawings for thermofax screens, or digital transfers that become embedded in my quilts.

What other creative interests do you have besides art quilting? 
Jamie:  making my own fabric with stencils, designing stencils, drawing and just self published a coloring book this summer!  I love to garden, and cook and read books. My husband and I love to entertain, so we do that on the weekends.
Leslie: I love to cook and consider it another art form.  I love to garden and find a great deal of inspiration in it for my art.  I am an avid reader and birdwatcher.  I love reading cookbooks like some people read novels.  And  am a painter.

Do you treat your art quilting like a job and try to spend certain amounts of time "on the clock"? 
Jamie:  It's a job to me, but I love what I do, so it doesn't seem like a job.
Leslie: I think it is a level of obsession.  I guess one could view it as a job because I certainly spend a lot of time at it.  It sure doesn’t feel like work most of the time unless I hit a creative “block”.

How did you come up with the 40x40 size? 
Jamie:  Funny you should ask.  Last year at Quilt Festival in Houston, Leslie and I went around to all of the exhibits looking for the perfect size.  Yvonne Porcella was having an exhibition of her work, and we noticed that several of her pieces were 40x40 and how great they looked on the pipe and drape.  Stunning.
Leslie:  We shift gears every 3 years and it was time to do something different!  We tossed several other sizes around but we wanted it to be square and we decided to go bigger!

How do you stay organized with all the many responsibilities you're juggling? 
Jamie:  Daily 'to do' lists, reminders on my iPhone, a white board in my studio and a huge calendar.  I need to see what I have coming up and I like to be able to cross things off the big list.
Leslie: I have had to adjust my system of organization pretty significantly in the past 2 years because my previous system was no longer effective.  I added a big whiteboard in my studio and I constantly shift things around on it so the priority items are on top.  Other ideas and tasks get written on the lower portion.  Being able to see it all the time is very helpful.  My studio is getting remodeled and I’ll have a gigantic chalkboard wall!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Artist Profile: Jamie Fingal, co-juror

Jamie Fingal,
Orange, California
co-juror www.jamiefingaldesigns.com

1. Did the change in dimensions present any specific challenges for you? It was a bit of a challenge for me, because I work smaller.  But, I really liked making a square quilt.

2. Describe your design area, specifically your work table:  what is the best thing about it?  My design area is in the middle of my studio with views of my stash wall on one side and an inspiration wall of quilts on the other. My work table was custom made by my handyman - and it is big 6x8 feet, which came in handy for working on my Affinity piece.  The table is covered with wool blended felt, and two Holy Cow Goddess Sheets by Mistyfuse.

3. What set this quilt apart from other recent projects you have been working on?  It was really big, and it gave me the opportunity to work on a concept I had previously developed for a class based on a quilt that was 18x24.  I could expand my vision to 40x40.  A total a-ha moment.

4. When you get “stuck” how do you deal with a “design block”?  How do you overcome it?  I go shopping in a mall and/or antique store.  I want to bathe in the colors, patterns and textures.

5. Do you work on single or multiple projects at the same time?  I work on many projects at the same time, and I really thrive working this way.

6. What do you hope people take away from your work?  I hope it gives them joy.

7. What are the best parts of working on an art quilt:  What are your least favorite parts?  the best parts are designing, fabric selection and putting it together.  Hand sewing a sleeve on the back is my least favorite part.

8. What art/quilt-related organizations do you belong to?  I am a Juried Artist Member of SAQA, belong to the Quilt Alliance and IQA.

9. Do you have a preferred color palette?  Why?  I am a member of the vibrant colors club.  Jewel tones, black and whites.  It makes my heart sing to work with these colors. I also have an affection for the combination of red, black and white.

10. What do you regard as your most interesting milestones along your art journey?  Being published for the first time in Quilting Arts Magazine, and so honored for each article since then. Being a guest on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show.  The formation of Dinner at Eight Artists in 2009. Taking the risk to enter my work in national quilt exhibits. Being a fabric designer. The many amazing people that I have met along the way.  My dream studio where I spend a majority of my time doing what I love will be featured in the Winter issue of Where Women Create!
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