You MUST look at this artist’s work–much fun!! DoodleMania
From June 6-10, 2016, I attended a workshop, Abstract Quilts in Solids, taught by Gwen Marston (Gwen Marston). The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) partially funded my participation with a Professional Development Minigrant of $900.00. Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) was the setting of the workshop, located in Wisconsin on Lake Superior. My art goals for the workshop included the potential for incorporating ideas from my mixed media collage into sewn fabric constructions. Plus, I had attended a one-day quilt workshop with Gwen in 2014 and loved her teaching style.
The trek to Madeline Island meant driving myself to Marquette, Michigan, on the 4th, continuing on to Madeline Island on the 5th. MISA hosted a wine and cheese reception in the late Sunday afternoon to meet fellow students and the two resident instructors. I shared a comfortable suite with one of the writing workshop students, who was delightful. Classes were held, 9AM-4PM, Monday-Thursday, while we finished up about 3pm on Friday. Then I drove to Marquette and stayed overnight before returning to Lansing on Saturday afternoon.
Gwen graciously shared her extensive knowledge of quilt construction and history, piecing techniques, and Beaver Island human interest stories. Each morning she would demonstrate concepts and processes; such as spikes, stars, inserts, triangles, bindings, log cabins, making bias tape. She encouraged us (thirteen students) to use solid colors in order to emphasize the fundamental shapes and colors involved. She provided an extensive collection of her own samples and quilts to illustrate and expand on the instructions. She stressed experimentation, freedom of expression, individual exploration and enjoying your work. Her liberated style of quiltmaking embraced a lack of patterns and perfection. I benefited greatly from creating various small fabric pieces as examples of Gwen’s teachings. The workshop oozed with creativity, inspiration and joy!
I am incredibly lucky to have participated in Gwen’s workshop—2016 is her final year of teaching before retirement. This most special experience will provide creative fodder for a long time. MISA is a gorgeous environment with friendly, helpful staff and beautiful accomodations. I appreciate the gift of the Professional Development Minigrant enabling learning so much at Abstract Quilts in Solids!
Just fyi, an article in the New York Times…Looking at Art
I am so happy to have one design in the Autumn issue of The Coloring Studio magazine! Please see page 47!
Please check out my Zentangle-inspired drawings on display this month! I have ten drawings hanging in the Arts Council of Greater Lansing office in Old Town Lansing (1208 Turner Street Lansing MI 48906, 517.372.4636). Facebook Page The exhibit ends August 31st and can be seen 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday. The opening reception is tonight, August 4th, 5-7PM. Please stop by and let me know what you think! Retread Art NOTE: The wonderful matting and framing was done by Absolute Gallery in Old Town Lansing.
Check out the Museum of Bad Art MOBA
I am having FUN with Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day project, June 1-July 31, ICAD My cards are 3X5″. What a wonderful way to start the day–play on an index card!