Members Support Fiberart for a Cause

On February 15 and 16, 2012, Fiberart For A Cause (FFAC) returns for its seventh year of raising funds for the American Cancer Society with a new online event Foto/Fiber 2012.

Our own Sarah Ann Smith is one of the BONUS Fiber Surprise donors. (Learn what that means and more in our December posting on this special event!) “I’m so excited to once again support Virginia Spiegel and the Fiberart For A Cause team as they fundraise for the American Cancer Society,” says Sarah Ann. “Like many, I have personal reasons for supporting this effort. My father survived throat cancer, but many others have not been so fortunate. I lost a half-brother to lung cancer, and my dear friend Linda to liver cancer. I’ve known too many quilters who have survived breast cancer.”

Sarah Ann’s BONUS contribution includes this 3-D fabric postcard (the shutters are dimensional):

and about one yard of her hand-dyed fabric:

” I hope you will join me and 35 other fiber artists to help us meet our goal of raising $7000 to add to the $215,000 we have already donated to the ACS,” says Sarah Ann.

Other Postmark’d Art members who are supporting this event with contributions include Jane Davila, Karen Musgrave, and Sue Reno. Everything you need to know to participate in this on-line event is here: Foto/Fiber 2012.

Featured Artist- Janet Hartje

Janet Hartje lives in Woodbury, MN which is a suburb of the Twin Cities.  She joined Postmark’d Art in March of 2009, but she had already been making postcards.  She is a member of Minnesota Quilters, Minnesota Contemporary Quilters and SAQA.  She had her first solo show last June in Woodbury.  She says that she started her blog “mostly as a method of self-motivation and a journal.  I thought I would be able to look back and see what I had accomplished over time and see how much I have grown.  It was a surprise to me that other people found my blog interesting.” Her goals for this year are to re-new her blog and post on a more regular basis and to open an Etsy shop. “One step at a time, I am growing.”

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I have been sewing since I was about 10.  I made a lot of clothes when I first started sewing, made my first quilt when I was in high school.  I started doing more fiber art when my children started to leave home for their own life journeys.  I was a teacher at one point in time but several moves to different states (due to my husband’s work) and a car accident, I knew I needed a different occupation.  I am enjoying my journey learning as much as I can.  I am involved in a number of online groups, which I really enjoy.  Several of them exchange postcards, which leads to the next question.

2. Why did you join Postmark’d Art?

I brought some of my postcards for show and share at Minnesota Contemporary Quilters.  Deb Svedberg, who is a member, invited me to join Postmark’d Art because she could see that I really like making art in this small format.

3. How have your postcards changed since you began?

My postcards are constantly changing.  I find this is a great way to try a new technique.  If I find I don’t like a technique, the postcards are small enough that I don’t have to worry about forcing myself to do too many.  At the same time, I can improve my skills when I make several at a time.

4. How do you display your postcards?

I have most of my postcards in a photo box but I have some hanging on my wall. My recent postcards from group members are on my bookshelves for me to see for inspiration.

5. What have been some of your favorite themes?

I really like song themes, which is the one I just completed for this group but I have also done that same theme with another group.  I am looking forward to the two I signed up for this time: van Gogh and Steampunk.

6. What other interests do you enjoy?

I love to read, garden in the summer, travel with my family, hand sewing, a little knitting, traditional quilts, painting and photography.  We just returned from a trip to Oahu (Hawaii) where I took many photos. I like to use my photos for inspiration for my art quilts.  I recently won a photo contest with a picture of my son’s pet hedgehog.

Vivian Aumond-Capone shows at Timberline Gallery

Timberline Gallery

in Oakhurst, California

has just hung their show Totems.

Opening reception is Saturday, January 14th.

Among the artists featured is Vivian Aumond-Capone with her art quilt Birds of Many Colors. This original art quilt used machine applique, hand embroidery, beading and buttons and measures 11 1/2″ x 34 1/2″. It was completed January 2012.                 . Vivian says of the piece: “The Blue Bird signifies happiness within. Enjoy life with a balance of work and play. The birds’ song awakens confidence, internal peace, contentment and fulfillment. Touch the joy and dance in your life.”

The gallery features a special theme exhibit every two months. On continual display are a host of art mediums including fiber weaving, art quilts, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, glass, jewelry, gourds, digital art and more.

For more details about the gallery, directions and featured artists for Totems click Timberline Gallery.

Member Monday: The Chop Challenge

Last week there was quite a buzz among our group about Chops. No, not the kind you eat, the kind you use to sign your art. Jane Davila had a wonderful story she shared about obtaining one while she was teaching in Korea earlier this year. That prompted the question of where one could find someone to make a chop right here in the United States. Sherry Boram found an on-line source which she shared; Kay Laboda found an article on-line with great history and how-to information and a second site which details how to carve your own Chop. Then Sherry remembered that Marjorie DeQuincy uses a Chop to sign all her fabric postcards. “So Marjorie,” wrote Sherry, “do you know any place on your side of the country for Chop-hungry artists to get their fix?”

Well, that did it for me. Marjorie lives near me so I picked up the phone and had a long chat with her about obtaining a Chop in China town in San Francisco. As always, Marjorie had all the inside skinny for me.

Armed with her insights, my husband and I headed to San Francisco last Wednesday morning. We landed parking on the street (unheard of!) and walked by these charming sea creatures. Not there strictly for aesthetic beauty, they keep the skate boarders from battering the cement structure they are on. Note the more blah fixtures on the cement structure just beyond the turtles.

I haven’t been to The City to explore for some time so I detoured to stop by the Ferry Building to see what they had that I couldn’t live without.

Bingo. . . I found a bottle of Sherry vinegar that I’ve been searching for. The trip was already a success! The Ferry Building is such an icon of this city. And so is the view behind the building — the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Onward…Marjorie was explicit about walking straight up Grant Street, the tourist entry to China town. Here we are at Grant and Bush Streets.

Just two blocks up the street I came across Vincent Zhao seated at a card table in front of 555 Grant Ave. He was working on a painted name piece for a woman named Colleen. His sign said $1 per letter but when he finished he announced, “Three dollars, please.” She got a deal! My turn. I told Vincent what I was looking for and selected the Rooster blank from his inventory on the table. I paid $30 for the Chop and a dragon’s blood stamp pad and agreed to return after having some lunch.

Just a little further we came across the Four Seas Restaurant. The menu looked interesting — Chinese cuisine plus dim sum. When I stepped inside the entry to the steep stairway that lead to the restaurant I saw this plaque and decided it was worth a try:

It was Wednesday so we assumed that the hubbub from the rear dining room was the Rotary Club. Another sign at the reception area said that the restaurant has been there since 1960. How could we go wrong? The food and service were good. And there was a delightful group — 40 elementary students plus four adults — dining when we arrived. The whole dining room joined in on Happy Birthday when it was sung for one of the students. When they left, they were in single file and alphabetical order, making it easy for the adults to ensure everyone was accounted for. Amazing.

When we were done with lunch I was eager to get back to Vincent to see what my Chop looked like. And here it is:


and the set:

and Vincent:

As we were leaving China town I noticed this window display:

I know that the color red is considered good fortune but sleeping pigs? I’ll have to look into this.

I’m glad I took the challenge and I can’t wait to use my Chop.

First Friday Studio Tour – Vivian Helena Aumond-Capone

This month we are visiting Vivian Helena Aumond-Capone in Coarsegold, California. Vivian said that answering the questions I posed was a fun way to review her studio and she hopes the result is an interesting read for you.  She says….

Coarsegold is located in the rolling hills near Yosemite National Park. They say above the fog and below the snow… most of the time. My husband and I live on 8+ acres — Boot Tree Ranch is the name of our place. The llamas are welcoming. Patches is the “baby” that was a surprise birth and a wonderful addition.

We have seven cats, four llamas and one dog.

I am a mixed-media fiber/quilt artist who loves to work with gourds and jewelry. We designed the house with the studio in mind so it is near the kitchen/great room with a Dutch door that allows me to close it off. There is a bathroom nearby and a space with a washer and dryer on either side of a deep sink – all necessary for fabric dyeing classes. I also have a covered area just outside the studio which is wonderful on those hot summer mornings when students gather.

Entry to my studio – yes, I call it a studio — is through the blue barn doors and then through a sliding glass door.

Welcome. I designed a sliding/movable design wall thinking it would travel easily to other areas of the house but its height makes that impractical.  I use both sides of the wall: one side has the projects I am working on, the other side has some of the jewelry that will go to the galleries. I typically work on multiple projects simultaneously. Right now there are four projects layered on the design wall.

I create both traditional and art quilts. I love working on a variety of projects and ideas. As a member of Timberline Gallery I am creating new work to hang every two months. Keeps me on my toes! January’s theme is Animal Totems.

My quilting area has the cutting table and an area for my sewing machine. I have two Pfaff, one Brother and a Singer Feather Weight that was my mothers. None of the machines are fancy.  Rolling storage units hold beads, fabric with iron-on backing, threads, pigma pens, bobbins, pins, extra cutting blades, scissors, and more. Electrical plugs are at desk height and in the ceiling.

The ironing board is on top of book cases.

I am known for my white binders and organization: I file each class I’ve taken in a labeled binder — most have samples and photographs. I also file interesting articles about teachers I’ve studied with, and magazine articles of particular interest by topic. There are notebooks with ideas, colors, designs, sketches. I often revisit the notebooks to flesh out ideas.

I organize in plastic containers by color, topic, or UFO. These are stacked behind the white doors. The boxes on top contain lighter items such as yarn, silk, zippers and other odds and ends.

We have two guest rooms that are often layered with my quilts. Here are some of the kite series I’m creating using Day of the Dead for inspiration.

The hallway does not have any direct light so I keep folded quilts in that area. When guests come to stay there is a bit of a scramble to put the quilts in other areas.

I work on gourds and jewelry in another area of the studio. I set one project aside, allowing paint to dry, and work on a second project. You can see the second paint table needs some cleaning up.

There are never enough horizontal surfaces, as hard as I try something hops up to clutter the area. I do have a strict rule about the dining room table — that usually is clear.But we don’t eat at it, just looks nice that way. The coffee table by the T.V. is fair game: books, magazines, quilting and knitting are all in piles. Thankfully, nothing fazes my husband. And yes, I have taken over most of the house. He has the garage for his toys.

Even my cutting table and ironing board have a tendency to collect anything that does not have a logical place. It happened when I started to collect rusty things and items that I could screen print. If anyone has a good idea how to store these, I would love to hear about it. I have lots of tubs on the floor.

I have even lost my rocking chair under items that are going into a dye bath. I try to clean up after every project, but…

My New Year goal is to complete some of the UFO’s. Maybe I should make another quilt with all the “starts” from the classes I have taken. The first time I did that the quilt landed in a quilting magazine.

English Paper Piecing samples and patterns take up another table. These will eventually end up on Etsy. My neighbor and I designed a quilt pattern for a class using English Paper Piecing, piecing, and applique. My reminder board is above my cutting table. It also has gifts from friends, and a muse designed by my friend, Julie Mitchell.

Another wall holds some of my smaller quilts from challenges with my YoYo Sewciety Circle and shows.

You can learn more about the associations I belong to and what I’m up to in my studio by popping by my blog.

Next Month: Kay Laboda

Wordless Wednesday – Snowflakes

Perhaps we’re tempting fate here.  A lot of folks are anxiously awaiting snow, while others of us would be happy not to see a single flake.  One of our Round 12 themes was snowflakes, so here are some fabric ones to enjoy.

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Studio Tour – Coming Friday

For those of you who got a link to a non-existent Studio Tour, we want reassure you that the tour of Vivian’s studio will be on the website Friday.  At some point the poster hit the “Publish” rather than “Save Draft” button, which led to all sorts of confusion.  Apologies to all, and we hope that you will check back on Friday for the tour.