Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Artist Profile: Cindy Cooksey

Cindy Cooksey
Irvine, California

1. How do you describe yourself?  Quirky, whimsical, playful fiber artist with a reverence for handwork. 

2. What is your creative process?  First comes the search for an idea: I make lists of possibilities and usually know instantly when I have found the "right" one. Next I make sketches and gather materials. Then I start cutting, arranging and stitching, until it's done. 

3. Describe your studio space.  It is an open space in the center of the house, upstairs.  It's all there except for my handwork materials, which are downstairs in the family room. 

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  Colorful, often whimsical and playful. I think my style was apparent early on.  
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I wish I had a crystal ball. I don't plan ahead that much. 
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I have kept a loose-knit succession of journals over the years. 
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 been published in various magazines, and books over the years.  I also sell patterns through Jukebox. 
8. Do you teach?   I do have a speaking/teaching gig at a local guild in early 2018. 
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? A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella, at "Quilting in the Garden," Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore CA. 
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  I've been in every one, since the beginning. 

Do you have a special memory about Yvonne Porcella that you would like to share with us?  I am lucky enough to have been in the same room as Yvonne many times: at my local fabric shop in the 90's where she spoke; at artist receptions in Santa Monica, Riverside, and San Jose; at a class she taught in Long Beach; and at Dinner at Eight dinners at Quilt Festivals. We said a few words to each other, but I am generally tongue-tied in the presence of greatness. I have been a great admirer ever since that first long-ago encounter, for her bold, colorful and playful approach to quilt making.

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