Thursday, October 13, 2016

Artist Profile: Cheryl Sleboda

Cheryl Sleboda
Plainfield, IL
1. How do you describe yourself?  I'm a fiber artist and quilter who specializes in texture and technology.  I'm a comic book industry executive by day and an art quilter by night. 
 
2. What is your creative process?  My process starts with sketches and then evolves from there to auditioning fabrics.   This quilt was built that way from a drawing in my notebook about 2 inches across and built on the design wall with each color layer.
 
3. Describe your studio space.  I have two rooms in my home that are converted to studio space.  One is the working art studio and the other is a video studio for my social media.
 
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  My style developed through my weekly quilt project that I started in 2007, which you can see on my website.  By working weekly and small, I was able to hone my skills to create the works I make now.  
 
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I have a whole bucket list of things I'd love to do.  I've yet to be on the cover of a magazine, write a book, or design fabric, and I'd like to do all those things.  By putting those out there, hopefully they will manifest.
 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I keep both a paper journal and sketchbook.  I love putting pen to paper.  The journal is also my calendar which is really important, and I would be lost without it. 
 
 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: DVD called "Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter. YouTube channel, hosting "Technique of the Week" can be found at https://www.youtube.com/ user/muppindotcom .I teach art business techniques through F+W Media webinars also
 
8. Do you teach?  Sept 15-16, 2016 – Palmetto Quilt Guild, Hilton Head, SC
Oct 29-31, 2016 – Quilt Market – Houston, TX
Nov 1-6, 2016 – International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX
Nov 8, 2016 – Gazebo Quilters’ Guild – Huntley, IL
Jan 19, 2017 – Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild, Arlington Heights, IL
February 9-11, 2017 – Salt Creek Quilt Guild – Western Springs, IL
Feb 21-22, 2017 – Venice Area Quilt Guild – Venice, FL
Feb 23-25, 2017 – Ladies of the Lake Quilters Guild – Lakeland, FL
March 18-19, 2017 – Fresno Fiber Arts Guild – Fresno, 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?  Dinner@8 - Nov 1-6, 2016 – International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX
 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This is my second time exhibiting with d@8.  I'm so thrilled!

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