Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Artist Profile: Sue Bleiweiss

Sue Bleiweiss
Pepperell MA

1. How do you describe yourself?  artist, author teacher

2. What is your creative process? Each piece I create begins in the pages of my sketchbook where I make several rough sketches of the imagery that I want to work with.  Beginning with a small sketch gives me the freedom to explore combinations of the images and colors before cutting into any fabrics.   My small sketches are enlarged into full size cartoons that allow me to adjust the scale of the images and then the actual construction of the piece in fabric begins.
 
3. Describe your studio space.  My studio is on the third floor of my home.  It's about 500 square feet - one side is my office and the other has my sewing machine, workstation, ironing station and all my supplies.  I have a separate wet studio in the basement where I do all my fabric dyeing.

4. What's your signature style?  Whimsical and bright! How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I started making quilts sometime around 2005 but it wasn't until 2011 that I made the first quilt in the style that I am now known for.
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I've got a list a mile long of things that I'd like to explore!
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  Absolutely!
 
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? 
Books:
Easy Fabric Dyeing: solids & tone on tone
Color it! buildings, neighborhoods & skylines
Color it! nature & animals
Colorful Fabric Collage: sketch, fuse, quilt
The Sketchbook Challenge: Techniques, Prompts and Inspiration for Achieving your Creative Goals
Creative Ways with Books and Journals
Creative Ways with Fibre&Stitch
DVDs:
Quilting Arts Workshop DVD: Coloring Book Fabric Collage
Collaborative website:
 
8. Do you teach?  Yes What your schedule for September 2016 to March 2017? 
September 8 & 9, 2016:Arapahoe County Quilters Guild in Denver, Colorado
October 6, 7 & 8, 2016:  Illinois Quilters Guild
October 13, 2016: Trunk show at the Burlington Quilters Guild, Burlington MA
November 3 - 5, 2016  Houston International Quilt Festival
January 12-15, 2017 Craft Napa in Napa Valley 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? 
Brush Art Gallery, Lowell MA
Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston TX

10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? 4

Special Memory about Yvonne Porcella. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Festival in Houston years ago and she was gracious and kind enough to chat with me for a bit once I got passed my star struck, tripping over my words rambling!  She was a beautiful lady with a kind spirit and I and the rest of the art quilting community owe her a huge debt of gratitude for all that she’s done to advance the validity of the art quilt medium and for founding the SAQA organization that provides so many artists all over the world with opportunities to carry the work she started forward. 

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