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What a great week so far! The SAQA webinar was so exciting. I will let you in on a secret: I was a little nervous as I saw the people joining the webinar! But it went pretty well, with no major techy glitches. It was completely full, but don’t worry you can still catch it if you join SAQA, and go to the member’s page. It was recorded and when I get a link, I will share it as well. It was all about different ways to sell you work as a quilter. The other panelists, Wen Redmond and Frieda Anderson did a great job sharing their expertise.
I’ve been determined to find some studio time this week, and here’s what I’m working on: a new series! I decided to do some work from Elizabeth Barton’s new book, Working In a Series. While I’m no stranger to this concept, having already made several series of work (see Botanicals, Desert, Water, Italian series in my website), I thought I would try it using a more systematic approach. I started with a simple photo of a leaf I like.
I then made several variations on that one shape of leaf. I liked exploring the simple shape to see where I could add or take way for different looks.
I decided on this one:
And I’m thinking of using these colors:
Although everything is subject to change 🙂
I like how Elizabeth uses a musical analogy to explain developing a series. Starting with a central idea or melody, one can come up with infinite variations on that melody.
How about you? Have you thought about working in a series? I’d love to hear about your experiences too!
Join SAQA. Studio Art Quilters Assoc.
“Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has over 3,000 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. A dedicated core of volunteers and staff keep the organization vibrant, dynamic, and progressive.”
They have many levels of membership and you don’t have to be professional. There are shows to enter, so many wonderful resources and art quilters to ogle. And guess what? Yours truly is going to be on a webinar next week with Freida Anderson and Wen Redmond (2 well known art quilters) about selling your art work. But ya gotta be a member to watch it, and there are only 100 spots. So get yer butts in gear, and join SAQA today!
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Did You Know?
That I am on Pinterest? Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at?
Never before has so much inspiration been in one place. It’s like having an art museum in your hands. If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned.
It’s super easy to get started. You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE. Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest. Then start pinning! I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual. And I have a feeling, you will too!
And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience:
“Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!”
Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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