Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jamie Fingal - Orange, CA

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?  I am an artist, but when referring to my art quilting - I am a Contemporary Quilt Maker...or perhaps a Rebel Quilter.
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?  This does not occur very often, but when it does, I go shopping to see colors, shapes and patterns.  The dish department can be very inspirational.  I also enjoy taking pictures of obscure items.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?  Public art projects for local libraries, schools and non-profits.  Can you imagine the possibilities?!
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.?  Yes, I keep a sketchbook/journal of my ideas for projects, and a record of every piece I make during a given year, complete with title, size and artists statement.  I keep a running list of what pieces are available to enter in shows.  I also carry a small sketchbook in my purse, because you never know where or when inspiration will come from.
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  The Sketchbook Challenge on-line. 101 Patchwork Projects magazine. I taped a segment for Quilting Arts TV Series 800 at IQF Cincinnati.  My art quilt "Soul Sisters" is traveling with the Alliance for American Quilts - Grand Prize Winner 2011.  Upcoming Workshop DVD for Quilting Arts about color, design and working abstract.  Sacred Threads exhibition in Virginia June 22-July 4th.  I made a zippy 3-D house for the Artists Village, an invitational project by Kathy York. The House Quilt Project - making house quilts for wounded warriors (url below).  My artwork will be featured in two mixed media books next year.
6.  Do you teach?  Yes!  International Quilt Festival in Long Beach (July) and Houston (Nov). Create in Chicago (August) and the schedule is on this blog.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why?  Long admirer of Klimt, Kandinsky, and Kahlo.  In my work as a quilt artist, Terrie Mangat and Yvonne Porcella for their whimsical delight.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday?  A girl can dream... Quilt National and Quilt Visions.
9.  Describe your studio workspace.  600 square feet divided into 4 rooms in an office park that is less than a song away from my house.  Design room with fusing table and stash, 2 sewing stations, a design wall, an office, and a really messy storage room.  It's a sacred place.
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without?  Only 3?  Who came up with this number?  I'm going with 5 - Sewing machine, Mistyfuse, scissors, Bess 2 and a digital camera.
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do?  I have something to say! Sometimes with serious intent, but most times, just fun.  It's inside me and yearning to get out on paper and cloth.  Make time for art!
12.  How do you balance your life?  Family first.  Studio time is Monday through Friday and I rarely bring work home.  I think that having my studio out of the house has helped me to balance my life. It's not perfect, but it works for me.  And yoga is a part of my life too. My nights and weekends are devoted to the two of us, family and friends. I still make dinner almost every night, which I enjoy and my husband (my biggest fan) and I love to entertain.


1 comment:

  1. Jamie, you are a woman of many talents! I love the way you think. And I love your art, always cutting edge and so much fun!


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