Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Artist Profile: Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria Findlay Wolfe
New York, New York
http://www.bumblebeansinc.com/ 



1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words:
​  Scrappy , tradition with artful twists
 


2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it?   ​ I'm trained as a painter, although these days, Fabrics are my paint. My paints have all been put away, as fabric holds my attention the best and is less smelly. haha.​ My camera is always attached to me, I need to be bale to snap a memory. I don't like forgetting....anything.


3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world?  I have 12 D
ouble wedding ring
 quilts, 5 star quilts and three 
​o​
f my grandmother, Elda Wolfe's quilts on exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts June 25-October 24th, 2015. Traditions Made Modern: 12 Double Wedding Rings, "Full Circle" sketches from life by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  March -June
 ​ 2015,​
 I have an
​other​
 exhibit of the Double 
​W​
edding 
R​
ings at the 
​ International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

I'll be teaching at ​
​Quiltcon! See you in Texas!  A new book releasing in January,


4.  Do you have any studio rituals? ​Not really, only that I spend hours on end in my studio....​and I may or may not have a secret stash of Jolly ranchers and chocolate on it's own special shelf....

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? 
 ​ 
My grandmother, is my biggest influencer.
​ Her quilts, instilled color, and pattern in me at a young age. She didn't need patterns to make her beauties... she found joy in the fabrics she had, even if they were polyester! Also,​ Inspired by 
 
​al
l the quilters who came before me. I'm always looking to see where they took liberties, inserting their personalities into the quilt...​ where they tried something new, and just went with it. 
 ​Creative freedom!​

6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without?
 ​ my Juki TL2010 Q​ machines... fabric, of course... toothpicks, sharpies, and my havels seam ripper...

7.  What is on your design table right now?  A huge mess. 
​ A mountain of SOLIDS, about 30 different colors... and fabrics from my last project that hasn't been put away yet... Very little space left for cutting. 

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?   Very good question...I am constantly reevaluating what I am doing 
​to balance
 
​quilting and family. Well, not balance really, tip the scales towards family... Family is numero uno.


9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? In my new studio, I can't have any pets... If I am at home in my classroom studio, my furrbeasts, 
​(​
dogs,
​)​
 Jenny Egg and Kia
​,​
 are always in my scrap bi
​n​
s or at my feet.
​ Sometimes my daughter comes over and scoots around on my chairs with wheels. I do that too.​ Like mother like daughter...


10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? 
​Working out the design and proportions, and ​p
iecing the full 
​ovals
 was a challenge... But I didn't want to do a quilt without there being a good challenge involved. Each piece of multi colored fabric holds a memory, and all the red ones are memories yet to be made.... I like that the red gets to be more and more the further out it goes... I have so much more to do and reflect on.

2 comments:

  1. Grounded, well-rounded... and a super creative woman!!

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    1. Thank you Helen!!! From one creative woman to another... You rock!

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