Monday, August 24, 2015

Artist Profile: Virginia Spiegel

Virginia A. Spiegel
Byron, Illinois
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com

1. Did the change in dimensions present any specific challenges for you?   I usually work with a long horizon line, so it took some thought to work toward a square shape for the artwork.

2. Describe your design area, specifically your work table:  what is the best thing about it?  I work both upstairs and in the basement in our house.  Upstairs means an Ikea table that is used as a writing table, a cutting area, and many other uses. I keep this studio relatively neat as so many things need to happen in one space. The basement is my painting and mixed-media area.  It features a bunch of miscellaneous 8 and 6 foot tables, some covered in 4x8 sheets of melamine.  It’s
a mess down there and I like it!

3. What set this quilt apart from other recent projects you have been working on?  I have been experimenting with working more realistically and this was a nice bridge between that and my usual abstract style.

4. When you get “stuck” how do you deal with a “design block”?  How do you
overcome it? 
I’m never stuck because I have so many things going on, in and out of the studio.  No time!

5. Do you work on single or multiple projects at the same time?  Multiple. See #4 above.

6. What do you hope people take away from your work?  An appreciation for the complexity and beauty of Nature;  an understanding that my artwork involves a great deal of intellectual thought and emotional investment.

7. What are the best parts of working on an art quilt:  What are your least favorite
parts?
  Best:  When I myself am amazed by what I have created.  Least: Any sort of construction issues, finishing edges, exhibition sleeves.

8. What art/quilt-related organizations do you belong to?  Studio Art Quilt Associates, Edge (Contemporary Fiber Artists, Art Quilters, and Mixed Media Artists)

9. Do you have a preferred color palette?  Why?  Since my artwork usually focuses on nature, I do seem to use a lot of blue, brown, green, orange.

10. What do you regard as your most interesting milestones along your art
journey? 
The fact that I am an artist at all as I assumed I would spend my career in academia.

2 comments:

  1. "It's a mess down there and I like it!" I had to laugh ... sounds like my studio, and I'd love to see yours! Can't wait to see you at Festival.

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  2. "It's a mess down there and I like it!" I had to laugh ... sounds like my studio, and I'd love to see yours! Can't wait to see you at Festival.

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