Friday, October 7, 2016

Artist Profile: Julie Schlueter

Julie Schleter
Orange, California

1. How do you describe yourself?  Outgoing, curious, adventurous, creative, intuitive

2. What is your creative process?  Usually serendipitous.  I start out creating something I picture in my mind and it becomes a beautiful meld of what I was planning and what joyfully happened.

3. Describe your studio space.  Right now, cleanish.  Too small, but I work around that.  It also lends itself to the creative process because of what is visible and readily on hand.

4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  Multi-colored quilts are most frequent.  I sew, slash and re-sew them, then quilt heavily.  I am enjoying the hand work that I do on the top of the quilt.  This style has been developing over about 10 to 15 years.
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  I took a drawing class and loved it.  Next is a digital media art class.
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  In a way.  I have a hand stitch fabric journal I work on from time to time.
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?  no
8. Do you teach? Never thought I would teach.  Was asked once and turned it down.
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?  “Patterns” for Dinner at Eight Artists
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  Every year since the beginning, except 2 years.

Yvonne Porcella was an inspiration to me.  What a beautiful spirit.  Her work shows the joy that came from her inner self.  Her smile reconfirmed that joy and love.  I will always be indebted to Yvonne and her pioneering ways in the art quilt world.

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