Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People’s Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew
This is so adorable. I can see this little fairy in my garden – probably in a greenhouse or garden shed so she keeps dry.
To see more of the winning pieces from the 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival you need to hie yourself to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum where they are displayed until November 20th 2016.
Captain James Arthur “Jim” Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 and man’s first step onto the moon is the subject of a quilt exhibition and book entitled ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. You can read the interview with Susanne Miller Jones who put together the exhibition.
If you are going to the Festival this November then make sure you use Guide by Cell so you can hear the artist explain a bit more about each piece.
Sadly the piece I made for this book didn’t make the cut. You win some, you lose some!
Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey
I was browsing through this year’s BeadDreams winners and was – as per usual – amazed but not drawn by the pieces selected.
I love a good sense of humour and when I saw this amongst the entries for the Objects and Accessories section I fell in love. This is wonderful. And when you read the title you want to meet the designer. You KNOW you’ll have fun if you hung out together.
I’m truly sorry I didn’t spend the time to vote and try and get this little gem into the winner’s circle.
To see the rest of the designs go to the voting page.
Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson0
The National Quilt Museum is holding this gorgeous exhibition by the Manhattan Quilt Guild from August 12th to November 15th 2016.
I am very drawn to this quilt Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson. Not sure if it is the repetition of shapes, the colour choices, the off center design, the overlay of lines, or the whole kit and caboodle. Likely the latter!
Just a lovely piece.
Fabrications opened at the ArtReach Gallery in downtown Portland. The pieces for the show were selected from quilts made by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.
Two of my fractal quilts are showing at the Fabrications exhibition.The Cliffs of Progress and Lydia. Both are fractal based designs.
The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke
Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke
The Festival of Quilts, UK
I remember when this quilt show was held at the Alexandra Palace in North London. Now it’s at the NEC in Birmingham. I’ve been to both venues and enjoyed spending the day at each.
The Festival is on from 11th to 14th August. I love the European wording – Patchwork and Quilting show. In America we don’t use the patchwork bit so much.
Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore
This year the SAQA exhibition ‘Celebrating Silver‘ is showing. This is such a fun piece – Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore.
Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display
The Portland Bead Society has an annual challenge. Once all the pieces are in, judged, and awarded, then they go on display. This year the show is going to 8 libraries. Have a look at the slideshow of pieces entered.
Here is a description of the theme and a list of where the show will be displayed.
Constellation Beyond Time and Space by Yoko Kageyama
Isn’t this gorgeous?
The colouring is magnificent and the repetitive design in both large and small is very effective.
If I had piles of money I would like to go to Quilt Japan – but until then I will have to enjoy looking at pix or going to the National Quilt Museum to see selected quilts.
I do my best to avoid art contests, competitions etc. Specially when you are asked to ‘pay to play’. It’s a real bad deal for artists. This article explains why. Thank you Maki Naro for writing this post on the Popular Science website.
It’s the same as a local restaurant offering to show work. Who wants their work in a food infested area? And are your clients really going to slurp their delicious meal, look up and go – ‘oooh look! I must find out who created that amazing piece of artwork and then actually follow up and buy it.’ I don’t think so.
Just another way to get free artwork.
PAY US FOR OUR WORK. Many of us have at least as much training as a plumber and would like to earn some of it back.