Friday, November 26, 2010

Textile Related Tutorials - Part 10

Your colleagues continue to share unselfishly...

Part 9    Part 8    Part 7    Part 6     Part 5     Part 4     Part 3     Part 2     Part 1

Learning to Critique Effectively - Jane Dunnewold - Excellent article on this topic.

Bobbin Work: Dealing with Distortion - Ellen Anne Eddy

Silkscreen Mask Using Plastic - Wen Redmond

Multi-Color Screen Printing Without a Press - Craft Chi

On a Roll: Create Your Personal Mark Using Brayers - Wen Redmond

Who Wants to Color
Coloring In and Out of the Lines
On the Loose - Dealing with Distortion
Fabric Covered Beads - Twirling Betty

Gel Glue Resist Tutorial - Janice Paine-Dawes

Thread-U-Cation - Laura Wasikowski - She continues to share her excellent instructions
The Basics -
How to Make a Little Dot in 3 Easy Steps -
Snail Trail -
Stitch Placement -
Whipped Running Stitch:
Colonial Knot:
Coral Stitch:
Combining Stitches:
Tulip Stitch:

Beaded Fringe - Lyric Kincaid

Five Ways to Use Angelina Fibers - Stephanie Forsyth - Stamping; Trapping; Textures; Roving; Making Angelina Beads

Stamping - Melanie Testa - Creating stamps using Plexiglas

Carve Your Own Rubber Stamps - Alma Stoller

How to Make Fabric Beads - Alma Stoller

Fabric Silhouette Tutorial - Maria Elkins

How to do those Innie Corners - Margaret Hunt

Using Golden Digital Grounds - Quinn McDonald

Monsoon Paper: Tutorial + Variation - Quinn McDonald

Making Glue Work for You - Quinn McDonald

Gel Medium Transfers - Easier with Videos - Quinn McDonald

Using Fixatives on Your Artwork - Quinn McDonald

Monochromatic Collage - Quinn McDonald

Gallery Hanging Tutorial - Judith Ferguson

Monday, November 22, 2010

Quotable Quotes

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer;
a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman;
a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist."
Louis Nizer
"Life holds no promises as to what will come your way. You must search for your own ideals and work toward reaching them....If you are willing to take the opportunities you are given and utilize the abilities you have, you will constantly fill your life with special moments and unforgettable times."
Dena Dilaconi

Until the lion tells his story, you only hear the tales of the hunters.
African proverb

Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste.
Nikki Giovanni
"Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas." Andy Goldsworthy
I tamed my personal art demon – the tendency to think about painting rather than actually painting – by throwing the stuff on the blank paper and telling myself I didn't care about the end result.
I believed it and was saved.
Rich Hawk

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that.
Your mind must know it has to get down to work.
Pearl S. Buck

Process trumps plans. That's why our job is called "creative."
Robert Genn

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
Bob Dylan

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer.
Terri Guillemets

"Your art isn’t for everyone.
Once you understand this, you’ll have an easier time
finding the people who appreciate your work."
Alyson Stanfield
"I think finding your voice is making the implicit explicit.
It is making what you already know on a subconscious level
conscious and repeatable."
Jessie Carty

"I tamed my personal art demon
 – the tendency to think about painting rather than actually painting –
by throwing the stuff on the blank paper and telling myself
I didn't care about the end result. I believed it and was saved."
Rich Hawk

"With age, art and life become one."
Georges Braque

"Never be afraid to do something new.
Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic".

Monday, November 15, 2010

Free Online Course - The Creative Pathfinder

Mark McGuinness is a poet who also is a coach for creative professionals. Starting from the premise that "creativity isn't enough", he has developed a free course that offers " alternative take on professional development for creative people. It’s a practical education in the artistic and professional skills you need to thrive in the real world of the creative industries...while maintaining your integrity, peace of mind and enthusiasm for your work."

An email with a link to the lesson will be sent once a week for 6 months. Each lesson contains:
  • An article explaining the what, why and how of the topic
  • A practical worksheet for you to download and complete
  • Links to additional resources (articles, books, e-books etc — most of which are free)
You can register for the course on the following link which also will provide more detailed information about what the course covers and why he is offering it for free:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ben Cuevas - Knitted Skeleton & Organs

Ben Cuevas is a fiber artist who has knitted a skeleton
and internal organs that are incredibly detailed and intricate.

Knitted Head & Thorax - Ben Cuevas

Transcending the Material - shows many detailed close-ups of his knitted skeleton

Ben Cuevas Interview, 2010 Wassaic Artist Resident - video of Ben Cuevas discussing his work in his studio in the Luther Barn in Wassaic, NY

Healing Disparities: The Condition of Embodiment - Interview

Healing Disparities: The Condition of Embodiment - Includes links to detailed images of knitted body parts including: Rectum; Genitosexual; Intestines; Heart, Thyroid; Brain

Friday, November 5, 2010

Free Visual Journal Online Workshops

Starting January 1, Strathmore (one of the leading manufacturers of journals for artists), is making available a 3-part series on visual journaling. It will focus on visual journaling techniques, and each workshop will include 4 online video lessons along with supportin downloadable instructions. You also will receive additional ideas, tips and inspiration from the workshop instructor via email. Workshop sessions are self-paced and will be available online through August 1, 2011.

Workshop 1: Start Where You Are - January 1, 2011 - "We will explore the philosophy that a journal should always be a work in progress and discover the advantages of developing pages in layers using mixed-media techniques and materials such a gels, mediums, water media, paints and sprays...To personalize your journal, notice how the addition of fold-outs and embellishments make the pages interactive. Play with design layouts and spreads, and learn how to integrate writing and images while keeping design principals in mind… but not being constrained by them! And, whether you want to cover your journal with painted canvas or art it up with collage, you will see tempting examples to transform your Visual Journal into your very own masterpiece."

Workshop 2: Recycled Journal Pages - March 1, 2011 - "Reusing your own artwork in your journal pages helps you get the most out of the time you put into creating art. By using copies of previous journal pages and other art you’ve created, you will have a great stash of collage fodder right at your fingertips! Reusing your own art allows you to revisit your art in a totally new way and create pages that are uniquely your own. In addition to your recycled art, collage materials can also be found in other recyclables such as, newspapers, magazines, old book pages or other ephemera. Get the most mileage from your art and take it to exciting new places by recycling it in your Art Journal!"

Workshop 3: Building Your Visual Journal from the Page Up - May 1, 2011 - "Find your unique visual style while creating mixed media journal pages from the background up. Learn how to execute colorful and textured backgrounds with paints and inks. Work with collage papers and ephemera to explore composition. Master paper handling techniques that expand your page and enhance your journal’s flow. Finally take your journal into the real world to hone your on-site sketching and observation skills. The techniques and strategies presented in this workshop will enable you to discover your own authentic journal voice and unleash your creative energy."

To Register:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

UPDATE: The Grades Are In - "The Honor Roll"

This is an update to the October 29 post

Senate Arts Report Card Grading Criteria - Arts Action Fund

As promised, "The Arts Action Fund" of Americans for the Arts has released its report about those senators who are strong champions of the arts. Thirty-seven senators received a B+ or greater on the Congressional Arts Report Card. Thirteen have been singled out for special commendation. Click on the following link to find out why (NOTE: Use your mouse to hover over each one's picture, then click his or her picture to learn more):

Grading Criteria - The 6 criteria on which all senators were graded include: Keeps jobs in the arts; Supports public art; Supports museums; Shows initiative in the arts; Active in extracurricular activities; and Shows leadership in the arts.

To View for the "Dirty Dozen" - those senators with abysmal records when it comes to supporting the arts:

To View the Grades for All Senators:

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Gallery Director Speaks

Following are links to a three-part interview with Robert Patrick "...who has a long history of curating and producing shows, tours and events, including 12 years as a very successful gallery director at the Walton Street Gallery in Chicago." The focus for this interview is on "...what artists must know about galleries, collectors, selling, and making presentations."

Part I: What Artists Must Know

Part II: A Day in the Life
Part III: The Psychology of Selling Art

A related interview with Samantha Lewis, Artist Agent