Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Artist Profile: Cathie Hoover

Cathie Hoover
Modesto, California

1. How do you describe yourself?
Well educated woman in the field of human sciences. I have always felt drawn to fiber art and attended workshops whenever I can.
 
2. What is your creative process?
To start with a vague idea and challenge myself in figuring out how to produce a finished quilt I can be proud of. I plan very little!

3. Describe your studio space.Large room with 4 ft x 8 ft high cutting table in the center covered with cutting mats. Square "open cubbies" for fabric storage. Design wall at one end of cutting. Lots of good light.

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts? I don't really have a signature style! Over the last 2 -3 years, I have been moving from a traditional quilter to an art quilter.
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I will write a book on several of my unique techniques, even if I self publish!
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal? No
 
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? I have written and published 4 patterns that I sell on my website and in select quilt shops.
 
8. Do you teach? Yes, I teach workshops. In September in La Habra, CA ; October in Tulare, CA, and Marin, CA; November in Orange, CA; and I have multiple booking in 2017 in Southern 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? October at Pacific International Quilt Festival; November at Quilt Festival in the member show and dinner@8 "Patterns." 
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? I submitted three years in a row and was accepted into all three shows!

Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us? We met in 1980 when I took her workshop on painting fabric and constructing a vest from it. She allowed me to measure her cutting table in her Modesto, CA, studio, which my cabinet maker reproduced for my new studio in 1984. Yvonne traveled to Europe with my husband and I when her husband health issues prevented him from accompanying her. We were like three siblings who loved each other as we traveled to various European destinations over the last 8 years. These included Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Leon, and a cruise of the Baltic Yvonne taught on. She was a close friend and mentor.

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