I have had a wonderful few months, with my work in two shows (including a National show here in Canada) , a trip to Nancy Crow’s amazing Timber Frame Barn to take a week long course with Fran Skiles, and now my article published in issue 33 of Quilting Arts! My first peek at the cover was on the Joggles website.
Some of my friends and acquaintances are not familiar with the quilting world, and would say “Quilting what?” when I excitedly informed them that I was to be published in my favorite magazine. “Patricia Bolton is the editor,” I said, “of this magazine and another, so I get magazines from her every month. She is the Oprah of Quilting.” I guess it all depends on your quilting stripes: some would choose other publications. But I have fallen–truly, madly and deeply–in love with mixed media and acrylic products, so Quilting Arts and Cloth, Paper, Scissors really pack an inspirational punch for me, every month of the year. I feel honored to be included in their pages!
I promised, earlier, to talk about the Skiles course, not anticipating how long it would take me to digest what I learned and translate it into my own way of working (an ongoing process, by the way). It was a paper only course–no fabric involved, but the techniques were very quilterly (the spell check is letting me know that is not a real word). The first day we ripped, cut, burned, marked, stitched on, and pieced (using sewing machines) water color paper. I found it absolutely exhilarating. It was rather hilarious, however, when you’d be sewing along, and then, with a clunk, the edge of the paper hit the end of your sewing machine’s arm and your stitching line made a little jag from the impact. Nevertheless, I discovered, to my delight, that I thoroughly enjoy sewing paper.
We then proceeded, on the following days, to produce many different kinds of collage elements on an array of papers, using the paints, inks, crayons, pastels, gessos–WHATEVER–that Fran had brought (plus our own favorites), or applying those many techniques directly onto our watercolor constructions.
The results were, in a word, stunning. The class had a warm atmosphere of support, open sharing of ideas and techniques, and such a rich variety of work as each artist brought their personal aesthetic to bear on the exercises Fran beguiled us with.
I was in heaven: full days of work with congenial colleagues; meals provided by our chef, Margaret; beautiful paths to explore on the Crow property; and a generous, gracious teacher.