063: Julie Loves Learning

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features a conversation about learning in general and four particular learning experiences — the marbling class I shared in yesterday’s blog post, a lecture on Winslow Homer’s Summer Night (see a bit in this vlog), the connoisseurship dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts (see a bit in this vlog) and then a quilting class I took last weekend (photos below):

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Class started with our instructor, Timna Tarr, sharing some of her quilts:

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After some brief instructions….

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…we were off and running with our own improvisational piecing!

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The picture above is the quilt top that I finished in class.  Kind of a hot mess, but I’m letting it marinate.

I don’t have a lot of photos because of the snow that day…

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…most of the students left class early to get home before the roads got too bad.  I was one of the few who stayed the whole day and at the end of the day, I took my little red wagon, and headed home!

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060: Carve December 2016

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features chatter about Carve December and the Blogiversary.  Here are the links I promised:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastNicole Maki:

CarveDecember is my favorite challenge of the year. It is a great opportunity to grow as an artist as I find the act of completing thirty-one stamps improves my carving and the way I think about stamp design. Working on a similar project each day helps to hone my individual style. It also provides time to work through the more difficult technical aspects of stamp carving – for me that is visualizing what to cut away and what to keep in order to ensure the most impact.

This year I challenged myself to spend the month making original characters, each with a one sentence back story. By giving the characters some context, for example, “Grady is prone to rearranging things when anxious.” people were able to relate to my stamps personally and say, “I’m a Grady too”.

One of my favorite things about CarveDecember is the amazing community Julie has created. The support really helped me push through on those too-busy days of December and the constant influx of inspiration has a collaborative effect as people see a stamp, make it their own and then another person uses that new image as a starting point for their stamps. This steady stream of great ideas provides a fertile environment for art to grow.

Gerald’s tiny umbrella wasn’t the strangest thing about him:

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Grady is prone to rearranging things when anxious:

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Meredith’s favorite way to relax is sparring at the local mixed martial arts club.

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Pearl’s passions include politics, hand fans, and umbrellas:

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Nicole’s blog, instagram

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastMarta Harvey:

About 10 years ago I was creating and trading a lot of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), and having a wonderful time learning new techniques.  My approach was to learn, practice, then put my spin on it.  My ATCs were therefore always changing, as I was always looking for something different to try.

After looking at M. C. Escher’s optical illusions book one day, I decided I was going to try a tessellation of my own.  Hah!  Easier said than done!  It took me a few days (if I remember correctly), fiddling with sketches, grids, rulers, tracing paper, etc. (all hand-drawn), but I finally came up with a tessellation.

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You can see it is far from perfect, and completely hand drawn (every bird and butterfly are different).  A couple of people got ATCs with this tessellation, but it was a lot of work, so I moved on to other things.

Around the same time, I started learning about hand-carving from Gloria Page’s book “Art Stamping Workshop”.  I started carving stamps I could embellish with watercolors and pen & ink and create different ATCs with.  I loved creating my own stamps and using them in different ways.  Eventually I got into into continuous pattern stamps and tiles, but it wasn’t until I got Julie’s book “Carve Stamp Play” a couple of year ago, that I got the idea of creating tessellations again.

This time I went online to see what I could find about creating tessellations.  I found a site where you could create your own tessellation.  I created a very rudimentary shape (all straight lines), and then filled in the details to create these carved fish stamps:

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Off and on since then, I have been looking through tessellation sites and playing around with creating my own.  When Julie’s #CarveDecember came around this year, I decided to carve a couple of those tessellations I had already created, so I could play with the prints.

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It was so much fun, I just couldn’t stop!  So here are some of the ones created for #CarveDecember 2016.

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How do I do it?  I basically play with the tessellations until they remind me of something – sort of like seeing all kinds of wonderful images in the clouds.  Then, it is just a matter of filling in the tessellated shape (tile) with what you imagined.  No math, no fuss… just use your imagination.

Marta’s Shop, and Marta has a tessellation stamp tutorial HERE.

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastAndie Mayr from regnitzflimmern:

As I’m a passionate (obsessed?) stamp carver, it’s a matter of honour to take part in #CarveDecember. Not only to just carve another stamp, but to make it a daily ritual, a daily time-for-myself, one relaxing and quiet moment during the busy December days. This year I was mainly going with wintery stars, snowflakes and ice blossoms. A very addictive theme.  You are tempted to do one more and one more and one more… I just love the way how the multiple and different ideas of all the participants are so varied – each one in its own style and yet somehow linked with each other. It’s a pool of endless creativity and inspiration. Thank you to Julie for doing this inspiring challenge and to everyone who played along. I already have loads of ideas for 2017…

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Find Andie online: www.regnitzflimmern.de

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Adventures in Arting PodcastRowan Sivyer:

I love Carve December!

Stamp carving is such instant gratification – you can doodle something and 10 minutes later have an image that you can use time and time again.

The best part about Carve December is the community aspect and the co-generation of ideas. Being a working artist can sometimes be a lonely pursuit but having a challenge like Carve December allows you to try new ideas as well as borrow and expand upon the ideas of others in a truly positive and rewarding way.

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Rowan: Etsy, instagram

And last but not least, my final #CarveDecember stamps:

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There’s a video for the half circles above.  Find it HERE.

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You can watch the printing of this black and white tag HERE.

And on the final day, I put them all together (plus a few extras) to make this:

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If you would like to buy a print (or a pillow or a clock or a phone case or a t-shirt or more) of this image, you can do so in my Society6 Store.

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There’s currently a promotion running through January 8 at midnight PST for 15% off and FREE worldwide shipping!  You *MUST* click THIS LINK in order to get the deal! Also, the 15% off is on EVERYTHING in my Society6 store, not just this particular design.  Enjoy!  🙂

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030: Rebekah Meier: Surface Designer

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Our guest today is Rebekah Meier.

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Rebekah is a mixed media author, collage & fiber artist…

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…teacher, and design consultant within the art and craft industries.

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Her passion is collage and mixed media, with a focus on fabric and fiber.

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You can find Rebekah on her newly re-designed website www.rebekahmeier.com.

On the podcast we discuss Rebekah’s “Fabric Elements” line,  supplies for mixed media fabric art (markers, surfaces, ink pads, paints), the excellence of making mistakes, personal style, and teaching.  We hope you’ll add your voice to the conversation by leaving a comment or a question!

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029: Quilting with Leslie Tucker Jenison

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Our guest today is Leslie Tucker Jenison.

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Leslie Tucker Jenison is an award-winning artist who works with cloth and paper.

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Surface design using dye and paint are integral components of her work, which has been shown internationally.

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She has written and been featured in numerous publications, has made several appearances on Quilting Arts TV, and has produced a surface design workshop DVD for Interweave.

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Leslie serves on the board of the Quilt Alliance, & is a member of numerous local and national quilt and surface design organizations.  Leslie curates exhibitions as half of “Dinner At Eight Artists.”

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Besides teaching workshops Leslie enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and is a private pilot.   She is married and has 3 daughters, all artists.  Life is good!

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Leslie has several upcoming events of interest:

  • Jamie Fingal and Leslie are curating year 3 of “What’s For Dinner?” which will debut at the International Quilt Festival in October, 2015.
  • They are also curating “Affinity” for Dinner At Eight Artists, also debuting at the International Quilt Festival in October, 2015.
  • Leslie will be participating in the 2nd “Not Fade Away” conference, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance, in Herndon VA in July, 2015.
  • Leslie is also about to begin a big remodel of her studio (YAY and UGH, simultaneously!).

You can find out more about Leslie on her website and blog.

On the podcast we discuss the weather in Texas, Leslie’s studio remodel, art quilting, modern quilting, art cloth, Gee’s Bend quilts, curating an exhibition, rejection, learning and being uncomfortable, and longarm quilting (I want one, please!).  I hope you enjoy the conversation.  Add your voice in the comments section below!

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024: International Quilt Festival Houston

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today we’re talking about my recent trip to International Quilt Festival Houston.  I’m sharing a bunch of photos of quilts, but I have to tell you: this is a fraction of what was there.  A fraction.

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And here’s a peek at me demo-ing, as well as Myriah demo-ing:

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Oh, and there was a mirror by the elevator in the hotel.  I couldn’t help myself, it felt like home!  😉

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On the podcast we discuss what I was doing at Quilt Festival, the Festival itself, being knocked over by wheelchairs, making quilts, the Modern Quilt movement, and lots more!  Be sure to leave us your comments and questions.  I always like to know what’s on your mind.  Thanks for stopping by!

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