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70 for 70…

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The Naked Truth, detail

After a year of musing about being almost 70, this week it actually happens!

To celebrate I’ve priced several pieces of my work for just $70 apiece for December 11, 12, 13.

Go have a gander at the 70 for 70 page on my website so and see if there is something that speaks to you. If so, shoot me an email, either through my website contact form or by private message. Tell me the title(s) you want with your name, address and phone number and I will invoice you via Paypal. If you don’t have a Paypal account tell me that as well and I will call you for your credit card info.

The small print on the sale is this:  sale applies only to the work on the 70 for 70 page. I will charge $5.95 sales tax on each piece sold, but will waive the (US) shipping . On December 14, 2017 all prices revert to their original (from $200-$2700) . All sales are final. 

I have designed well over 200 quilts since the turn of the century (I love that expression!). I have been blessed to sell a lot of work to both private patrons and corporate clients. I have given some as gifts, including baby quilts. I have donated work to charitable fundraisers.

There is little that brings me more joy than seeing my work go live with someone who absolutely loves it! That and the idea that ‘she who dies with the most quilts does not win’ are the motivation for this sale. It gives me a chance to whittle down inventory of work that I no longer show, while allowing those who love it to afford it. It is my birthday gift to you!

As far as turning 70, I feel so incredibly blessed to be doing so! You will never hear me whine about getting old, as it is a privilege not granted to all. I have felt heartache through the loss of dear friends and kin; so many who never saw 70, or even 60 for that matter. Mom died at 67, David at 56, Rose at 59, Chris at 67, with Ahlzeimer’s claiming both my dear Aunt Judy and my little ‘sis Debbie in their early 60’s. I owe it to all of these folks to live life to the fullest and appreciate each new day!

So bring it on…the best is yet to be.

studio purge…

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Like several of my friends I got bitten by the TIDY bug and have done my clothes, most of my office and now taking a quick break from the collaboration to do the studio. The most important thing to mention off the top is I do not like clutter so I’ve continually sorted the studio for years. That said, wow have I found a lot of clutter! ¬†I annually sort through all my fabric and donate anything that does not ring my bell. Fortunately the last several¬†years I have not bought much commercial fabric but have designed a lot of fabric which has filled in the space.

What I cannot part with are mostly journals. I have at least a dozen half-filled notebooks of various sizes where I took notes in a class, made notes on a trip, wrote daily gratitude for years, made sketches of garments I wanted to sew or knit, sketches of random scenery, quotes I wanted to remember, and just thoughts about life. They do not exactly spark joy and yet my adult life is contained within the pages. So they are simply going to a new shelf to be reunited.

"Louis Feraud's Fall '96 collection was "leaves" ad 200 sewing hours later this gown may represent the collections finest hour…" -THREADS April/May 1997

“Louis Feraud’s Fall ’96 collection was “leaves” ad 200 sewing hours later this gown may represent the collections finest hour‚Ķ” -THREADS April/May 1997

One of the things I found so entertaining though was the progression of the saved articles. Step 1: (30 years ago) for a decade I saved every issue of every sewing & knitting related magazine I received (monthly), with the idea that ‘someday’ I might want to refer back to them. Only after my husband complained about the weight on the shelf did I consider tossing them.

Step 2: (20 years ago) I diligently browsed through a decade of old magazines,¬†pulled the articles that most appealed to me (at that time) and put them on a shelf.¬†I bundled leftover magazines and put out on recycling day. The total amount was 7′ wide!

Step 3: (19 years ago) about a year later I decided to actually file said articles in a binder, so I invested in several boxes of plastic sleeves, sorted the articles into categories: sewing, knitting, design, quilting, etc and filed into a 4″ binder and put it on said shelf. Occasionally in the last decade I have leafed through the huge and heavy binder looking for just that perfect whatever I wanted to make. Most often I was looking for knitting ideas.

Step 4: today. I went through the binder and tossed everything I would never make nor read. When I finished I had a 3″ stack of empty plastic sleeves and just enough articles to put into a 1″ binder‚Ķlikely to be tossed in another future purge!

unemployed plastic sleeves

unemployed plastic sleeves

What amused me most is how much space, energy and time these old magazines took up in my life. How I never went back to read anything ¬†except a few knitting patterns and even then did not knit them. ¬†One good thing that came from the great magazine purge of 20 years ago, is every magazine I’ve read since I tore out what I wanted to keep while I was reading¬†and then tossed it into the recycling bin. I found I tore out far¬†less when I actually had to do something with it in the moment.

Fast forward to present time and nearly all articles we once clung to can now be found online, anyway.

 

FiberArts for a Cause

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Fiberart for a Cause fundraiser

Fiberart for a Cause fundraiser

As referenced in my post of  December 15th, tomorrow, February 4th at 10 am central time is the day to acquire fantastic fiber art while donating $100 to the American Cancer Society.  Read all about it here!

I am honored to be one of the 100 artists participating in FFAC. Much of the artwork donated can be seen here.

 

Fiberarts for a Cause

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Fiberart for a Cause fundraiser

Fiberart for a Cause fundraiser

I am both honored and excited to be an invited artist for FiberArts for a Cause, a one-day online fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society on February 4, 2015. You can read all the details here.

Virginia Spiegel has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the ACS through various FiberArts for a Cause over the years. How impressive is that?!

I’ve designed matted 8″ x 10″ collages for¬†galleries for a few years. I will give the winner of my work a choice of color-way to choose from. ¬†Here are some examples:

Mini collage B-45

Mini collage B-45

mini collage G-43

mini collage G-43

mini collage T-37

mini collage T-37

So go ahead and jot February 4, 2015 on your paper or digital calendar as a great day to help an honorable cause while acquiring some spectacular fiber art.

 

eating the elephant…one bite at a time

Monday, March 17th, 2014

scrapsI am on the precipice of starting a new body of work which is a three year collaboration with another artist. ¬†I have been doing my R & D work on this for months and now am ready to get to work. Just as when I decided to do the Tall Girl Series, the idea of designing over two dozen large pieces of work in 2-3 years is a bit overwhelming; and yet at the same time I love those kinds of challenges. ¬†In that case I made a business plan and have done much the same here. It helps with the planning and execution of so many ideas. I’ve heard it said as if eating an elephant, one bite at a time.

The last week has been a bit frenzied with giving my retrospective lecture to a group of 150 on Saturday and finalizing choices for the kitchen renovation, meeting with various contractors etc. And yet in there I found a bit of time for elephant appetizers.  I began sorting through my bags of scraps and cutting them to sew into strips. It is the mere beginnings of what I visualize will be a running theme throughout my 24-25 pieces for this collaboration.

scrap-pileI don’t save every scrap to cross my blade. I save only to-die-for scraps, batiks and fabrics I have designed. That said I have amassed three large plastic bags full since the last time I gave scraps away, which I do from time to time.

There is something incredibly soothing and relaxing about piecing little tiny bits of fabrics together. It is as meditative as it is productive.  I have friends who sew nothing but scrap quilts and they are always beautiful. There really is something to this process.scrap-strips

By the time I finish the pile of scraps and subsequent strip building I will be ready to jump in on piece #1. ¬†I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than make art to distract me from the kitchen renovation!

 

REPO rerun…

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

This month is the annual REPO exhibit¬†fundraiser at Arts Guild of Sonoma. All artist members and invited artists contribute work that is comprised of at least 75% recycled materials. REPO consists of opening/closing receptions with a month long exhibit. ¬†The opening exhibit was well attended and the current price of each work is listed on the AGS website. ¬†It’s surprising there is no online bidding!

The funds generated from this event underwrite community art programs. Right now my work¬†#50 is available for a mere $75 and my friend Jonna’s beautiful IO sculpture #73 also for a paltry $75 .

72_Io-jonna

So my word to the wise is this. If you are interested in bidding on this spectacular art call the guild 707.996.3115 any day except Tuesday between 11 am-4:30 pm PDT, and give them your name, your bid ($25 minimum increment) and phone number. Bidding ends at the closing reception on March 29th from 7-9 pm. The guild is located at 140 East Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476 if you want to stop by in person.

This may be your one great chance to own spectacular, fun and intriguing art for a song.  Bid high and bid often!

REPO…

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

 

Last week I finished my contribution for the annual REPO fundraiser at Arts Guild of Sonoma. This is Keeping Up Appearances #6 and is designed from a vintage cotton-metallic tablecloth and damask napkins. It is 14″ x 14″.

KUA6-M

Every piece of art in REPO is made of 75% recycled materials. Members of AGS and invited artists donate their work for this event to underwrite community art programs.

The silent auction starts at the opening reception on March 7th from 7-9 pm and ends at the closing reception on March 29th 7-9 pm. There is a $10 entry at the opening reception. Opening bids are $50. The guild is located at 140 East Napa Street in Sonoma.

REPO-logo

What is particularly awesome about this exhibit is one can bid online so they need not have direct access to the wonderful burg of Sonoma. Click on the REPO link and bid away!

When I dropped off this piece last night there were already oohs and aaahs. ¬†I can’t wait to see what ingenious work the other artists have produced!