Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Quilting Arts Magazine

We are happy to report that our exhibit “Patterns” is featured in the gallery section of the Dec/Jan issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.  Susan Brubaker Knapp's quilt from this exhibit is on the cover!



Artists work in the gallery section:
“Crystalline” Susan Brubaker Knapp

“The Content of the Light” Wen Redmond

“Blossoming” Diane Rusin Doran

“Tiles” Cathie Hoover

“Moon Connection” Gayle Simpson

“Kaleidoscope 1” Julie Schlueter

“Umbelliferous/Queen’s Anne’s Lace, No. 1” Sarah Ann Smith

“Wild Life: Green Heron” Martha Wolfe

“Krackle Eins (Krackle One)” Cheryl Sleboda

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dinner at Eight Artists - Market & Festival 2016

Dinner at Eight Artists presents "Patterns" which was shown at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Oct/Nov 2016.  Our exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Yvonne Porcella.  See link on right column about how to buy our book "Patterns."
The front of our exhibit was on Main Street. Linda Anderson, Kathy York and Sue Bleiweiss

Sarah Ann Smith, Barb Forrister, Martha Wolfe, Cynthia St. Charles, Suzan Engler

Cathie Hoover, Deborah Boschert, Sarah Ann Smith

Terry Grant, Valerie C. White, Lauretta Crites, and Cathie Hoover

Cheryl Sleboda, Linda T. Minton, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and Diane R. Doran
Wen Redmond, Gayle Simpson, Karol Kusmaul, Sherry Kleinman

Cindy Cooksey, Susan Fletcher King,  Sherri Lipman McCauley, Susan Brubaker Knapp

Lyric Kinard, Julie Schueter, Terry Stegmiller

Loris Bogue, Stacy Hurt and Lyric Kinard

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Quilt & Textile Patchwork Professional

This is so exciting to have Dinner at Eight Artists be featured in this German publication!  We are so honored!  Beyond thrilled!  Click here if you are interested in purchasing a copy of this publication

Table of Contents
The start of our Q&A - Leslie's work on the left - Amsterdam Alley
Talking about Dinner at Eight Artists, and pictured are quilts that we have made for d@8
and a selection of works by artists in our exhibitions. Top Left to Right - Sarah Ann Smith (Affinity), Cynthia St. Charles (Affinity), Loris Bogue (Beneath the Surface, Cathie Hoover (Patterns). Lower Left to Right - Lyric Kinard (Reflections), Cindy Cooksey (Reflections), Susan Brubaker Knapp (Rituals), Kathy York (Beneath the Surface), Susan Fletcher King (Patterns)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Artist Profile: Suzan Engler

Suzan Engler
Panorama Village, Texas
www.suzanengler.com

1. How do you describe yourself?  I am a digital and fiber artist, nurturer of plants and people, lover of chocolate.
 

2. What is your creative process? I often start with a photo or an idea and challenge myself to discover the various ways that I could portray the subject matter in the photo. I prototype on the computer because it gives a fast way to generate and explore variations. For my Dinner@8 Patterns entry, once I settled on using a fractal as the basis of a pattern, I generated at least 40 different fractals in a variety of fractal types, styles, colors, and textures.  This lead to settling on one for Dinner@8, but the exploration has lead to several other projects as well.

3. Describe your studio space.  First, let me say I love my label maker.  My studio is small but highly organized into well-labeled boxes and drawers.  I hate wasting time looking for things. 

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I first started making art quilts in 2010 after seeing an exhibit at IQF Houston.  I have a background as a computer analyst and an architectural designer so designing on the computer seemed only natural for me. I continue to investigate ways to digitally create artwork.

5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I want to explore 3D and encaustic as it relates to fiber art. 

6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I take photos and notes on my phone since it is always with me.  In turn, those go into a folder on my computer for inspiration.  My computer background is a slideshow of those images.

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?  While I have done collaborative work with other artists, there is no website to document this work. 

8. Do you teach?  I do not have a regular teaching schedule but I occasionally lecture on principles of design and using the computer as a design tool.

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? In addition to the Dinner@8 exhibit in Houston, my work is on display at IQF Houston World of Beauty, Houston Texas, SAQA Tranquility debuting at IQF Houston, and Quilts=Art=Quilts at Schweinfurt Art Center, Albany, New York.  

10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my second year to have work in Dinner@8, I am so thrilled be included!

Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  I never met Yvonne in person but felt that I knew her warm and creative essence through her many interviews.  Her book, Six Color World, was one of the first art quilting books that I purchased. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Artist Profile: Lauretta Crites

Lauretta Crites
Glendora, California

1. How do you describe yourself? I'm a maker, a creator, a problem solver. I get turned on by creating things, to me it doesn't matter so much the end "what", it could be an art quilt, it could be a tote bag or a garden or a tile backsplash. I love working and playing with my hands, I enjoy solving the puzzle of each challenge and then I like knowing this object this something is in the world because I was here.
 
2. What is your creative process?  These days in order to focus and have the structure to complete an art quilt I need a deadline and a theme so, I go for challenges. With the challenge's parameters for size or theme or starting fabric to guide me, I then move on to an artistic goal, something I want to explore... like achieving a particular sense of lighting or for this years piece working with visual scale and alternative materials. Then I start experimenting. 

3. Describe your studio space.  I am blessed with a 2 car garage size fully finished studio space with tons of natural light. My cutting table is 4' x 8' and was built to my specifications with seating area on one side and elfa racks with drawers for my fabrics underneath. It's hard to see the walls as they are nearly covered with Quilts, UFO's, ribbons and cork boards layered thick with photos and cards and clippings of things that make me happy.

4. What's your signature style?  My work is representational, but I'm not sure I've got a signature style as of yet. I still like exploring. 
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Of course!
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I do both, off and on. Most days my journaling is limited to notations in my planner but I do much better on vacations and when I'm away from home. I'm taking part in a 30 day journaling challenge next month which I'm hoping will get me in the habit of journaling daily.
 
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 my own "Lauretta Crites Designs" pattern line and I sell my patterns and other products at quilt shows the booth, which I co-own with quilter Cindy Myers, is named "A Couple Of Old Broads". I also sell my patterns online at my website LaurettaCrites.com.
 
8. Do you teach? I do most of my teaching in the summer when the Quilt shows slow down. I do have one class in that time period. Feb 12, 2017 Visioning on Fabric, Flying Geese Quilters Guild, Irvine, CA
 
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?
Nov 3-6, 2016 "White Lace on Red Velvet" d@8 exhibit, "Patterns". IQA Festival, Houston
I'll be vending at the following shows as "A Couple of Old Broads"
Oct 6-8, 2016 Quiltfest, Palm Springs, CA
Oct 13-15, 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
Jan 19-22, 2017 Road to California, Ontario, CA
Feb 17-19, 2017 Tucson Quilters Guild, Tucson, AZ
Mar 24-25, 2017 Quilt Arizona, Mesa, AZ
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is the 2nd year I've been fortunate enough to be invited to participate. It's been a thrill to have my work accepted into this exhibit and to be included in such an amazing group of talented women. 
 
Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  I met Yvonne for the 1st time at Festival in 2014 she was a featured artist that year with a large display of quilts she re-created just for the exhibit, but I didn't know that. I was drawn to her as a fellow survivor. Her battle was clear by her beanie but her spirit is what drew me to her like a magnet. Yvonne radiated joy and an iron will beneath the frail exterior. We were granted a miraculous bubble of time during that show to get to know each other and I am so grateful for the opportunity get to bask in her beautiful spirit.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Artist Profile: Valerie C. White

Valerie C. White
Denver, Colorado

1. How do you describe yourself?   I think of myself as a serious mixed media artist, I feel my best work is still ahead of me... 
 
2. What is your creative process? I like to begin with a basic idea often motivated by a walk , a museum visit , travel, or pushing an existing idea...Then on to the next step of sketching and recording those preliminary ideas which includes color considerations. Eventually,I find a palette that satisfies and expresses the idea. 
 
3. Describe your studio space A sanctuary is the best way to describe my studio space. It's peaceful... I have continued to tweak the space and it seems to get better . I do wish I had room for an additional table for wet work. What I find works best for my creative spirit is good organization, sounds like a no brainier, but it's so much nicer to be able to put your hands on a tool immediately rather than wasting time looking.
 
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 spent a lot of time discovering my voice... early on I was attracted to the newest gadgets and and all related textile supplies/ stuff. Finally, I realized that I needed to acquire some real skills in the a media that I found best expressed my work..Not to say you cant find new ways of expressing the work but its hard when you are all over the board. Finding your passion and sticking with it ensures good work.
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do? I have been very fortunate, I have had my work exhibited all over the world. However there are still a few venues that I would like to exhibit.
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal? Yes, I love the idea of keeping a sketch book, having a place to record thoughts and new idea, that can be reviews and documented provides a nice launching pad for later work.
 
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 haven't done any collaborative projects However, I do enjoy exhibiting with small groups when there is a theme that interests me.
 
8. Do you teach?  Yes, this past year has been very busy for me I provided classes and lectures across the country.... I haven't committed to teaching for 2017
 
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'm currently preparing for a solo exhibit in San Diego, California at The Visions Art Museum, January 2016. In addition to participating in a special exhibit to celebrate Bishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Lea  October, 2016 in Cape Town, South African, in conjunction with Michigan University.    
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my second exhibit in an Dinner@8 exhibit.It is an honor to have my work exhibited with the Dinner@8 artist.
 
Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us? I didn't have the pleasure of meeting her but it was her work that always made me smile... I felt her work spoke volume's about her fun personality.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Artist Profile: Cheryl Sleboda

Cheryl Sleboda
Plainfield, IL
1. How do you describe yourself?  I'm a fiber artist and quilter who specializes in texture and technology.  I'm a comic book industry executive by day and an art quilter by night. 
 
2. What is your creative process?  My process starts with sketches and then evolves from there to auditioning fabrics.   This quilt was built that way from a drawing in my notebook about 2 inches across and built on the design wall with each color layer.
 
3. Describe your studio space.  I have two rooms in my home that are converted to studio space.  One is the working art studio and the other is a video studio for my social media.
 
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  My style developed through my weekly quilt project that I started in 2007, which you can see on my website.  By working weekly and small, I was able to hone my skills to create the works I make now.  
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I have a whole bucket list of things I'd love to do.  I've yet to be on the cover of a magazine, write a book, or design fabric, and I'd like to do all those things.  By putting those out there, hopefully they will manifest.
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I keep both a paper journal and sketchbook.  I love putting pen to paper.  The journal is also my calendar which is really important, and I would be lost without it. 
 
 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: DVD called "Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter. YouTube channel, hosting "Technique of the Week" can be found at https://www.youtube.com/ user/muppindotcom .I teach art business techniques through F+W Media webinars also
 
8. Do you teach?  Sept 15-16, 2016 – Palmetto Quilt Guild, Hilton Head, SC
Oct 29-31, 2016 – Quilt Market – Houston, TX
Nov 1-6, 2016 – International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX
Nov 8, 2016 – Gazebo Quilters’ Guild – Huntley, IL
Jan 19, 2017 – Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild, Arlington Heights, IL
February 9-11, 2017 – Salt Creek Quilt Guild – Western Springs, IL
Feb 21-22, 2017 – Venice Area Quilt Guild – Venice, FL
Feb 23-25, 2017 – Ladies of the Lake Quilters Guild – Lakeland, FL
March 18-19, 2017 – Fresno Fiber Arts Guild – Fresno, CA
 
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?  Dinner@8 - Nov 1-6, 2016 – International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my second time exhibiting with d@8.  I'm so thrilled!
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