Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wen Redmond - Strafford, NH

1. What do you call yourself - art wise? artist/ mixed media/ digital fiber /contemporary art in fiber/ fiber artist  
2. How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump? Slump? I don’t seem to get slumps. Swamped, yes- I get swamped with ideas. Impatience, yes, I can’t wait to dig in and get started. The only thing I don’t have is enough time to explore all of the inspirations I receive. The time to fully immerse in art, completely, fully.
3. If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art? Build a new studio, and get started! Get housekeepers, accountants and personal shoppers to do all the chores.
4. Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.? I have journal physically for years. I make hand bound books and write, draw and collage within their pages. However, I have been bitten with the blogger bug. I love to post techniques, inspirations and announcements online on my blog. I use other digital processes now to journal and create digital collage.  
5. Where can people see your other work this year? shows, books, magazines, etc I have just finished with a Solo Show in Portsmouth NH. I posted a YouTube with a brief tour. I just finished a fine craft show called Craft Boston. Recently my work was accepted into National Fiber Directions Exhibition Wichita KS, The Pen and Brush Salon des Refusés, NY, NY and Quilt National, Columbus OH. I’m in several online galleries such as Artful Home https://www.artfulhome.com as well as brick and mortar galleries. I have recently been published in several books, featured on my blog and more recently, Cloth Paper Scissors Jan/Feb 2011 and Quilting Arts Magazine Dec/Jan 2011 issues.
6. Do you teach? where? Yes- I will be offering a 4 Day Workshop MIX IT UP! at Surface Design Association’s Confluence Conference June 13-16 2011. This is a wonderful venue in a new location. Fiber Heaven! http://dev.surfacedesign.org/2011-SDAWorkshops.php Pigging backing this, I will teach my Piecing in the Flow at the 2011 Minnesota Quilter's Show and Conference, Minnesota on June 17. On August 26-28, I will offer Fab Fabric Painting, at PRO Chemical & Dye in Fall River, Massachusetts. In September I join Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod for a Trunk Show and workshops Easy Image Transfer and Holographic Memories. 7. Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why? I have several fiber artists-heroes. The list includes Joan Schultz, Fran Skiles, Dorothy Caldwell, Susan Hammond West, Maya Angelo, and Leslie Avon Miller. I love Dorothy Krause and Mike and Doug Starn’s photography.  
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday? I was accepted for the very first time in Quilt National. Thrilled! I would love to be in Quilt Visions before I hang up my sewing machine and brushes.
9. Describe your studio workspace. Right now, I have 2 studios, in home and outside the home in an old mill building that I share with other artists, musicians and businesses. I use the home studio for business, printing, and completing work. The mill studio is my public space for workshops and Open Studio events, wet studio, and inspiration incubation. Someday soon I hope to build a large studio and condense into one convenient in-home studio location.
10. What 3 tools could you not live without? My computer, camera, and paint!
11. What drives you to make the work that you do? The Mind-Boggling Spirit of the Universe.  
12. How do you balance your life? I don’t. I struggle with balance. I will take most of 2012 ‘off’ to address this very issue.

WEBSITE http://wenredmond.weebly.com/
BLOG http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com
YOU TUBE Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/wenredmond
Member of http://www.fiberrevolution.com/
Twitter http://twitter.com/wenredmond
ETSY SHOP http://www.etsy.com/shop/wenredmond
Artful Home https://www.artfulhome.com/artist/7983.html
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/wenredmond
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/wen.redmond
Niche Finalist 2008 and 2010

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