Monday, July 21, 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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Artist Profile: Jeannie P. Moore


Jeannie P. Moore
Escondido, California


1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words: Graphic, mixed-media, painterly, surface designer

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? I love to paint with watercolors because you are able to paint a straight line or let the colors bloom into a surprise texture.


3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? Creating new quilts for shows is my priority at the moment. I’m in SAQA Silver at IQF in Houston, Butterfly Whirl in Texas, SAQA Radical Elements and my SAQA Seasonal Palette quilt is traveling to 4 continents.

4.  Do you have any studio rituals? Check my deadline list everyday.

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? The Modern Quilt movement is inspiring me at the moment. 



6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Thermofax screens, gel medium, misty-fuse, paint and my computer.

7.  What is on your design table right now? I just cleaned it! The water-soluble crayons haven’t been put away yet.

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc? It’s not so much a juggling act now that the kids have moved out. My husband has as many activities as I do but at 5pm everyday we meet in the patio with a glass of wine to talk (without electronic devices). 

9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? Rocky my 15 year old cat lives in my studio and Izzy the puppy visits.

10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? I had the idea but had to narrow all of the surface design ideas that I created.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Artist Profile: Stacy Hurt


Stacy Hurt
Orange, CA

1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words:   Graphic, complex; whole cloth; evocative.
2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? I’m constantly trying new things and take what I learn back to my fabric endeavors.
3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? This year I’m focusing on my lecture/workshops and making small experimental pieces.
4.  Do you have any studio rituals? I clean my studio after each project and have an actual ‘bucket’ that has ideas written down on it.  If I have time (between commissions) , I close my eyes, reach in and pick one!
5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? All my fellow artists!  I may not be on their path but their insights are invaluable to me!
6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Rotary cutter and 26” ruler, Oliso Iron, Bohin Marking pencil; cup warmer.
7.  What is on your design table right now? Wicked challenge-Cherrywood fab, Commission art quilt, Ms. Stella O’Houligan’s CatNip quilt commissions.
8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?  Beer, Wine, and patience.  In that order 
9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? Occasionally one of my cats might join me but typically the studio is off limits.  It’s not safe for them.
10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? Choosing the idea.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Artist Profile: Lesley Riley

Lesley Riley
Frederick, MD

1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words: Storytelling: transfer, photos, fabric, color

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it?
I like the freedom of choice, serendipity and texture of mixed media which I translate into books, paintings, collage and yes, quilts.

3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? My latest book, Creative Image Transfer,  comes out July 2014. I just completed an article for the Nov/Dec issue of Studios magazine so now its time to start work on my 7th book, a Quotes Illustrated workbook. I am also preparing projects for a few episodes of Quilting Arts TV. Oh! And there's a new product launch...

4.  Do you have any studio rituals? Left brain first, followed by right brain. I do my best logical, linear work in the am and devote my afternoons and evenings to the creative side. Other than that pattern, there are no rituals. I'm all about practical grounding for the creative spirit.

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? Any artist whose work can make my heart swoon or take my breath away inspires me to move forward on my own creative journey. There are too many to name and many unknown. If I had to pick one person/artist, it would be Jean Ray Laury and her book,The Creative Woman's Getting-It-All-Together at Home Handbook. She was my inspiration and guiding light back in the 70s when I was a 20-something young mother artist/quilter wanna-be and eventually a friend and collaborator when I was in my 50s.
6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? computer, gesso, scissors, TAP Transfer Artist Paper, iron

7.  What is on your design table right now? 26 books, cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler, remnants of my latest hand-printed Printed Fabric Bee fabric and a Pigma pen. 

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?  
After 42 years of constant advanced juggling (including swords and fire) I like to pretend that part of my life is over. In reality, there will always be a juggle, hopefully with fewer balls in the air. You just do it. The true priorities are always in flux and rise to the top all on their own. I just step up, do what's on top and move on to the next thing. I like to stay busy.

9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? Just me, myself and I, if I'm lucky.

10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? Having a surface longer than 60" to work on.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artist Profile: Cindy Cooksey

Cindy Cooksey

1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words:colorful, upbeat, whimsical, fun, different.

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? I have worked in several media, including clay, glass, yarn, pen and ink, watercolor. They all appealed to me. I just love to work with my hands and hopefully with my heart, too.

3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? I have a few quilt ideas in my head that are not quite ready to come out.
 
4.  Do you have any studio rituals? Hmm. Always leave it messy?

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? My mother was an artist, among other things. She inspired me from a very young age to create art, and she instilled in me the idea that art matters, that it is important.


6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Light, radio, windows, space, time.
 
7.  What is on your design table right now? A basket of fabric for a possible next quilt, a notebook, clutter.

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?  It can be a challenge, but I need all three, so I have to make it work.

9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? My dog, Ginger and one of my cats, Matilda are almost always napping nearby when I'm working up there.

10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? Thinking up the idea. I had two or three ideas that I struggled with for months, but I chucked them all when I found some photos that a friend took of Christo's Gates, and one of them had water.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Artist Profile: Wen Redmond

Wen Redmond
Strafford NH
 
1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words: Experimental, Digital, Innovative, Mixed Media, Introspective
 
2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? Yes. I enjoy Mixed Media Collage, Encaustic Collage and Art Journals. Paper is the common element in all of these. The tactile nature of paper is similar to cloth. Each surface brings it’s own feel and sound. The receptivity to paint and digital processes make it appealing in a similar way to fabric.
 
3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? I am teaching several times a year for a while with the current list on my blog, as well as a list of my general offerings. I have a special venue, a 2015 Caribbean Cruise called Fiber Art Directions! Hope you can join us! Teaching allows expression of a different sort, sharing my joy de vive with art!
 
4.  Do you have any studio rituals? I like to jump in first thing in the morning and often work in my PJ’s! I’m fresh, ideas are fresh and the light is great. And I have great paintery PJ’s!
 
5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? There are so many numerous wonderful inspirational artists of all media! I truly am blessed to be able to share the artist’s eye, to see though their window!
 
6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Epson Printers, paint, mediums, 36” high work table and lots of windows!
 
7.  What is on your design table right now? A bunch of digital samples for my Digital Fiber Workshop, more to come!
 
8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc? This is a difficult. Women artists, especially, suffer from a special kind of balance stress. Artists see so much, feel much and share so much yet sometimes those we love don’t get as much.
 
9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? I used to. My big black labbie, Elly, was my studio mascot for years. She passed shortly before I gave up my large studio, outside my home. My next dog will probably be a miniature dachshund, to match my new studio.
 
10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? Getting the color right. Amazements of Tender Reflections is a Digital Collage, combining a photograph of the woods nearby and painted fabric overlaid with a watercolor collage for texture. I found I needed to go back in and repaint some areas of the bottom. Mistakes are usually opportunities and this one worked out well.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Artist Profile: Kristin La Flamme

Kristin La Flamme
Charlottesville, VA
http://www.kristinlaflamme.com
1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words: Conceptually driven narratives in fiber

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? I am regularly drawing the figure in pencil and charcoal. It helps me keep my drawing and observation skills sharp.

3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? I am looking forward to showing my Army Wife series at Campbell House Galleries in NC summer 2015. I'm also working on a series of Security Blankets, which I hope to show next year.

4.  Do you have any studio rituals? I write down my day's goals before I start each morning.

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? My father has always been my art and design guru, and I am grateful for the inspiration, support, and friendship of my circle of fiber art friends. My artistic inspirations are diverse, from the WWI posters of Ludwig Hohlwein, to Chuck Close's interplay of realism and abstraction. I find it hard to narrow my inspiration down to just a few as I try to soak everything in and let it filter into my work in mysterious ways.

6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? My thimble, my seam ripper, my beloved Bernina, my sketchbook, and the internet!

7.  What is on your design table right now? My security blanket series.

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?  I'm not sure that I do! Some days family and friends win, some days I hole myself up in my room to work. I often feel like I'm not serving either in the fullest way possible.

9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? My radio (tuned to NPR) and my geriatric cat.

10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? Once I had the idea of creating a pixelated image using all the fabrics in my stash, there was no way of knowing if it would work or not until I jumped in and started. I was afraid that the diverse fabrics would muddy the image, so it was a great relief to see the face emerge so vibrantly.
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