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Fiber Frenzy in Philadelphia

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Naomi Adams, Complement

Spring is here, and with it comes lots of opportunities to see Quilt National artists work on exhibit. Cindy Friedman, Director of ArtQuilt Elements wrote to let us know about ArtQuilt Elements 2014 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA. ArtQuilts Elements 2014 is the 11the exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show and includes 43 quilts selected from over 600 entries.

“One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts. The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form.”

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Judy Kirpich, Anxiety No. 8, David

Several Quilt National artists were juried into this show, including Marianne Burr, Dianne Firth, Valerie Goodwin, Michael James, and more.  Quilt National artists, Jill Ault and Judy Kirpich,  are also among the prize winners. The jurors for ArtQuilt Elements 2014 are Susie Brandt, Full-time Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art, Gerhardt Knodel, Internationally Recognized Fiber Artist and Educator and Jan Myers-Newbury, Quilt Artist and Educator.

ArtQuilt Elements 2014 is open at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne PA  from March 21- May 3, 2014.

For more information, including a full list of artists and prize winners, please visit www.artquiltelements.org

Three more reasons to plan a trip to Philadelphia right now.

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Snyderman’s International Fiber Biennial

3rd and Cherry Sts. Philadelphia, PA

until April 26th, 2014.

www.snyderman-works.com

 

What A Stitch at the Gravers Lane Gallery

8405 Germantown Ave, Phila PA until April 20th, 2014

www.graverslanegallery.com/exhibitions-present

Lisa Call at the Bluestone Gallery  

301 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.

 2/25/14 – 3/29/14

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm 267-773-8114.  

www.Bluestone-gallery.com

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Valerie S. Goodwin offers laser cutting workshop

A new workshop for quilt artists interested in exploring laser cutter technology

by Valerie S. Goodwin

valerie-goodwin_200pxThe physical means of making has always been a part of my professional and artistic life. Immense professional satisfaction and artistic expression has come from making things by hand throughout my career. On the other hand, I understand and have an interest in current technology. Much of the work I do as a quilt artist combines both the digital and physical realm of creating. Sometimes I am split between using the digital and staying true to a handmade object, the physical.

During the summer of 2013, I was selected to participate in a 3-week residency at Florida State University’s (FSU) Facilities for Arts Research (FAR). The title of my project was Mapping Time and Place. During the first week of my residency, I tested laser settings on over 30 natural and synthetic fabrics.  In addition to exploring combinations of layered materials for my experimental fiber artwork, I created a binder with fabric samples and laser cutting settings as a resource for future FAR researchers.

In the final weeks, I laser cut and engraved large fabric panels. The panels will be combined and layered in the final work which documents the displacement of Seneca Village, an African-American community that once occupied the current site of Central Park. The final piece is still underway in my studio. This link provides a small glimpse of my residency experience: Mapping Time and Place Residency

The laser cutting workshop

lasercuttingsample_600pxMy experience with the laser cutter and its interaction with fabric sparked a desire to share my knowledge with other quilt artists. Since doing the residency at FSU, my department at Florida A & M University’s School of Architecture has acquired its own Epilogue laser cutter. As a result, I am very pleased to be able to offer a 4-day mixed media fiber art workshop this summer entitled: The Laser Cut Edge.

Workshop participants will experience the new possibilities of creating a work built up of laser cut surfaces with transparent and opaque properties. They will create small art pieces comprised of  laser cut samples, (within the machine’s 1′ x 2′ dimensions). The laser cutter not only cuts, but it can score and etch. Some materials will be provided as part of a kit, but artists can and should bring their own fabrics as well. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated and experimentation will be encouraged. Students will tackle ways of creating layering and transparency, pattern as well as texture.

Our School of Architecture has a great workshop space where students will work with the laser cutter. Also provided is a separate, secure and air-conditioned studio space where students can work and get further instruction and critique. We provide a creative atmosphere for experimentation and learning.  To register click here: Laser Cut Edge

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