Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Artist Profile: Wen Redmond

Wen Redmond
Strafford, NH
1. How do you describe yourself?  I make art because I must. Urges to create must be followed. I have worked in fiber in one form or another for over 35 years. I explore the edges to see what my chosen medium can do. I dye, paint, print, digitalize and go mad with ideas.
2. What is your creative process?  I explore my medium, fiber, with a focus on experimentation & expanding its presentation. My work merges digital processes & media mixing to develop one of a kind art pieces. My process is now in a book is due out in December and now available on Amazon. 
3. Describe your studio space.  Currently, I have a large room in my home as my studio. I find this fits my first-thing-in-the morning-working style. I often jump out of bed, full of inspiration and work straight until noon.
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  I’ve made art quilts for over 35 years. My style has changed and evolved during that time. Since 2004 my signature style involves some kind of photography on fabric or digital fiber.
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Oh Yes! Within fiber, I continue to come up with different ideas for digital fiber and ways to present it. I’m also interested in learning about precious metal clay or PMC. 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I adore books and love to make handmade Coptic journals. These open completely flat and are wonderful to draw, paint or paste into. Previously, I used spiral journals and have recycled many of those pages into the smaller Coptic bound journals. 
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional DVD’s, author of books, You Tube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?
I have my own website, uTube channel, blog and a special studio sales blog for retired works (see list) I have published in books & magazines, have 2 DVD’s with Interweave Publishing, appeared on the second season of the Quilting Arts TV show, and currently finished a book, “Digital Fiber Art”, with CT Publishing. The book is due out in December 2016 and is available now for pre-order on Amazon! This is such an exciting field!
8. Do you teach?
Yes, however, I am coming out of retirement for just a couple years to teach to my new book. I am teaching at Quilting by the Lake in NY Session II: Sunday, July 23rd -Friday, July 28 2017
My schedule and list of workshops can always be found on my blog’s ‘workshop’ tab-
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?  I’ve just had a couple solo shows and continue to promote my work. September in South Berwick ME-
November at IQF. Check my blog for more information 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? I have had the good fortune to be included in almost every Dinner at Eight exhibits and this year I will be in Houston to see it all!
Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  I remember way back in the early 80’s, Yvonne spoke to the Quilter’s Gathering in MA, I believe. I am a earthy, subdued coloring artist and I was impressed and shocked by her colors. Her personality matched her colors in her enthusiasm for art quilts. I remember being encouraged to break out of the traditional quilting box to try new things and find my artistic voice. She is a star, then and always!

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