• Call to Entry: All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century
    Juried Exhibition ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 9American Art Company Tacoma, Washington July 20 – September 2, 2017 Sally D. Francisco GalleryPeters Valley School of Craft Layton, New Jersey TBA Society of Arts + Craft100 Pier 4Boston, Massachusetts TBA ENTRY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2017 You are invited to submit work for the NBO biennial juried exhibition: All Things Considered 9. This traveling exhibition will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2017 Biennial Conference. The NBO All Things Considered exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in traditional and sculptural basketry that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design. NBO will produce a catalog of the exhibition and artists selected for the exhibition will receive one complimentary copy of ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on September-25-2016By Admin8
    4 days ago
  • Museum Day Live! This Saturday
    Here in the United States, Saturday is a wonderful opportunity for art and history lovers of all kinds to explore a new museum… free! Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, there are hundreds of participating museums across the US. One can search by state, zip code, keyword, museum name, or from a map view. Such an easy and affordable way to find your next favorite museum! Each museum is providing free admission for two. Tickets are selected then an emailed download link is delivered right away. Make sure you check your spam folder if it doesn’t arrive in a fairly quick manner. Get out and view some art this weekend! (Speaking of artwork, the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction is in full swing! Start or expand a collection choosing from gorgeous, original art quilts made by 437 of our talented members! Check it out!) ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on September-22-2016By Social Media Manager
    1 week ago
  • Missing the Studio,… I’m Back!
    Woven shibori, fresh off the loom.Last Thursday or so, another woven shibori scarf finally came off the loom.  I also found another, in a plastic bag, which had a pattern row treadling error.   The offending thread was removed, and a new plain weave row was needle-woven in.  Thank goodness for my Ott floor lamp with magnifier!  Cataracts are making themselves known and without the magnifier, I would not have been able to see well enough to replace that row.  Both were now ready for the next step in the woven shibori process. The start of gathering pattern threads on first long edge of scarf.Before dyeing, the pattern threads (green threads, above in pic) were gathered along one long edge, then the loops on that edge are clipped and tied into tight knots. Gathers made, now tying knots.When one side was completed the same was done along the other long edge, making sure both gathers and knots were very tight, ... read more
    Source: Janice Zindel – Shuttle Works StudioPublished on September-20-2016By janicezindel
    1 week ago
  • Guilds for Basketmakers
    NBO works to support the many guilds throughout the country and in Canada. These guilds are the bedrock of basketry education, offering a local or regional welcome to people interested in basketry. Each guild is independent and plans its own programs, welcoming new members and visitors alike. Following is a compiled list of the many guilds and their locations, along with the website or Facebook link for contact information. ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on September-15-2016By Admin8
    2 weeks ago
  • Workshop series – Seeds and the Hidden Life of Plants
    The seed is a tiny yet powerful symbol of the life force, our own creativity and the power of small   “Seeds and the Hidden Life of Plants” is a project which includes a series of workshops in my studio beginning on October 21st, 2016 to explore ideas around seed diversity and the hidden potential […] ... read more
    Source: Morgen BardatiPublished on September-15-2016By morgenmaker
    2 weeks ago
  • Susan Lenz: Precious Textiles
    Click image to enlarge. SAQA: We heard that your evocative art quilt donation, “Blessed Sleep II,” was originally created for a very specific purpose. Can you tell us about it? LENZ: It was one of the “step outs” created for last summer’s filming of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. It’s not everyone who can show up to a television taping with their own cemetery tombstone and make a rubbing with such celebrities! It was quite an honor. SAQA: Your artwork feels quite dimensional. Is this common in your work? LENZ: My grave rubbing art quilts generally incorporate vintage household linens and snippets of crochet and lace. I like to add plenty of hand stitching in order to emphasis the textures of the various elements. This piece also includes a few beads and the entire edge is trimmed in assorted vintage buttons. They really add to the dimensional feel. SAQA: Often your artwork employs re-purposed materials. ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on September-13-2016By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • The Improvisation of Rasa Mauragis
    Click image to enlarge. SAQA: “Improvisation: Lost in the Mist,” your donated art quilt, conveys a sense of other-worldliness while being simultaneously grounding. Is this artwork based on a specific place? MAURAGIS: My piece “Improvisation: Lost in the Mist” whilst not specifically referencing a specific place I think sub consciously draws on my background of living between two cultures. I am not referring here to cultural differences but the juxtaposition of living within different ecological environments. E.g. I see reference to eucalypts or reference to birches at the same time. One is indigenous to one environment the other to another environment. I could see this emerging as I was working on the piece. SAQA: The palette for this art quilt is quite natural and subdued. Do you tend to work in one palette more than others? MAURAGIS: Currently I am totally seduced by the magic of working with local plants and this has translated into my work since ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on September-12-2016By Social Media Manager
    2 weeks ago
  • 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction Blog Round Up
    Many of the artists who donate the wonderful art quilts for the SAQA Benefit Auction blog about the creation of the work. Grab a beverage of your choice and click through for a heaping dose of inspiration! More artist mini-interviews will be added as each auction section approaches. Be sure to subscribe to the SAQA blog from the link at the left so you don’t miss any news or interviews! The auction begins at 2 pm on September 16 with Diamond Day bidding! Click here to learn how the auction works and here to see all the fabulous benefit auction artwork! (If you blogged about your donated artwork and don’t see your link below, email social@saqa.com to be added.) Oceania Collection blog hop Terry Aske Sharon Buck Gerrie Congdon and here Julia Graber Cindy Grisdela Jenny K. Lyon Bobbe Shapiro Nolan Wen Redmond Sue Reno Nanette S. Zeller and here ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on September-11-2016By Social Media Manager
    3 weeks ago
  • SAQA Member Susan Madden Featured
    The long-running television program “CBS Sunday Morning” recently visited SAQA member Susan Madden of Utah during her artist residency at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Watch the excellent video below. Congratulations, Susan! If you are having trouble viewing the video, go here to watch it on the CBS website View more work from Susan Madden Learn about the Artist-In-Residence program in the National Parks ... read more
    Source: SAQA- Studio Art Quilts AssociatesPublished on September-7-2016By Social Media Manager
    3 weeks ago
  • A Love Affair with Clay: Challenges and Victories
    Post from ArtizanMade “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” -Isaiah 64:8 (from the Bible) I’ve always liked this verse from the Bible and after working with clay, it took on new meaning. Even though a potter does make choices about the form, clay body, function, glazes, etc, the firing process always adds an element of risk and of surprise. An air bubble may cause an explosion in the kiln, uneven clay bodies can crack, a glaze might react unexpectedly and create a beautiful new texture or color or it might even chip off. The metaphor, in my mind, means that we all start out as basic pots, but the firing process of life can make us or break us. Those uninterested in theology will still acknowledge the importance that pottery has had in understanding our human footprint on this earth. Clay, metal and glass survived the elements over ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on September-4-2016By Rachel
    4 weeks ago
  • What’s in your closet? Artizan Style!!!
    Post from ArtizanMade Do you know where your clothes came from? Where were they made? And, who made them? What’s in your closet? Check your labels sometime and see if you can recreate the path from maker to you… The fashion industry and our addiction to new clothes causes great stress on our world….  In response to that, there are many counter movements of slow fashion and ethical wear that address and help us work towards a solution. Steps to take: Make your own clothes If you don’t know how, learn! I have sewn for years and am learning how to knit. I just started on my first sweater and it is such a feeling of accomplishment to watch it grow. Thousands of stitches slowly turning into cloth… Go thrifting Buying second hand clothing keeps them out of the waste cycle. You can alter, dye, and repair clothing creatively to give them new life.   Support other ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on September-3-2016By Rachel
    4 weeks ago
  • Something Else Studio
    Post from ArtizanMade Jannelle Olmstead and Joe Guarnere get to live in a fantasy world for part of the year! They are a part of the The Maryland Renaissance Festival, just outside of the Baltimore/DC area, where they sell Renaissance-themed costumes and accessories that Jannelle sews or that Joe makes out of wood. They live in the upstairs of this cute permanent building that they purchased: Something Else Studio Shoppe Although this lifestyle sounds idyllic, it involves massive production throughout the year to make enough stock for the tourist season. They also have a shop on Etsy which can become depleted during their busy seasons. Something Else Studio Wedding Dress Jannelle Olmstead of Something Else Studio   Janelle made renaissance wedding dresses for several years before they started doing the festival circuit. Now her main staple is a line of purses and bags that have the historical reference, but which are sturdy and functional, including bags for cell phones, ipads and laptops. ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on September-2-2016By Rachel
    4 weeks ago
  • Nancy Loorem in “Northwest Designer Craftsmen” Exhibit
    NBO member Nancy Loorem’s work is part of the 2016 juried “Northwest Designer Craftsmen” exhibit held at the Gallery in the Park, Allied Arts Association in Richland, Washington. Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Their mission was to establish an organization that would foster high standards of design and craftsmanship in the Northwest. With 55 pieces by 27 artists, the NWDC Show at The Gallery at the Park will showcase just a small sampling of the member’s work. Longtime member and NWDC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Larry Metcalf is the juror for this show.  Metcalf says “As I know the Gallery very well, I can visualize the sizes and some placement ahead of time. The Richland exhibition has been one of my favorites because of the people in the association.” The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Sunday, ... read more
    Source: National Basketry OrgPublished on September-2-2016By Admin8
    4 weeks ago
  • Culture Tour in the Kootenays brings visitors to my new art studio
      ‘Old Age Security Blanket’ project in process On the 13th and 14th of August I participated in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour. Though this is the 8th year that this tour has occurred it was the first year for me. Having a new studio separate from my home made it possible for me to […] ... read more
    Source: Morgen BardatiPublished on August-25-2016By morgenmaker
    1 month ago
  • Introducing Eva
    In previous blogs, we had the opportunity to introduce you to two of ourbackstrapweavers – Cleta and Yolanda. Today you will be hearing from Eva, one of our foot loom weavers and one of the original members of the cooperative of Mayamam Weavers. Join us as she shares her aspirations.My name is Eva Velazquez and I am 37 years old. I have been working with the Mayamam Weavers for 9 or 10 years, I am not too sure. Before, I worked in the fields, planting onions, potatoes, cabbage, lettuce and other foods. The work in the field is hard. Now that I am working as a weaver, I like it a lot, although it isn’t very easy. I weave on a foot loom, it is something that I have learned. Sometimes we have to weave fabrics that are very complicated to weave. At times I am discouraged because I feel I won’t be able to do the new designs. But ... read more
    Source: MayaMam WeaversPublished on August-12-2016
    2 months ago
  • Art Pillows and View From the Loft
    Art pillows have become my new go to project for fun and relaxing creative play. Some of the pillows are one or two of a kind, while others are made from digitally printing my fabric designs onto cotton sateen. I started digitally printing so my customers would have the option of purchasing several identical pillows. Plus, I end up having many more options to fool around with as I am not using the original hand painted fat quarter. And I get to print images from my art journal onto fabric! Sometimes I do a little hand embroidery on them. Whichever way I get to the finished product the process has cleared my brain and given me some respite from the more difficult work of creating wall hung, fine fiber art. This is my latest art pillow.  The original image was created using Jacquard Dye-na-flow and Textile Color textile paints and my hand carved stamp. For the pillow I digitally ... read more
    Source: CherScapesPublished on August-10-2016
    2 months ago
  • Finished Student Work From My Batik with Soy Wax and Textile Paints Workshop
    These last photos are really great examples of how well my students at the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts grasped the concepts of batik work as well as the use of the tools and paint. We used a variety of resist tools found in my kitchen and garage as well as those found in hardware stores and my beloved dollar store such as potato mashers, metal napkin rings, bolts, metal spatulas and more! We used brushes and the traditional tjanting tool for drawing and writing with the hot soy wax. For color we brushed and sprayed Jacquard Dye-na-Flow textile paint. To learn more about the techniques and products we used simply scroll down for the last 2 postings or click here for day 1 and here for day 2.By Hallee By AdeleBy LindaBy AdeleBy MarilynBy MaddyBy SookieBy MarilynBy CynthiaBy Maddy By Jeanne By Jeanne Jeanne's full name is Jeanne Marklin. She is an exhibiting ... read more
    Source: CherScapesPublished on August-2-2016
    2 months ago
  • Batik with Soy Wax and Dye-na-Flow Textile Paint – Day 2
    Here are some pictures from the second day of my batik with soy wax and textile paints workshop. I was up at the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, VT. We were using soy wax flakes for batik and Jacquard Dye-na-Flow textile paints. If you want to read about how this technique is executed click here to read about the first day. Or simply scroll down. This is a great example of how the layering effect is achieved. This is Dana's piece. In the above photo you can see her first layer on the right hand side. Using the Dye-na-Flow in spray bottles she sprayed pale yellow and a bit of coral on the white fabric. she them laid down her first layer of wax. On the left hand side she is beginning to paint the second layer of paint. The wax will resist this layer of paint preserving the original colors ... read more
    Source: CherScapesPublished on August-2-2016
    2 months ago
  • Batik with Soy Wax and Dye-na-Flow Textile Paint – Day 2
    Here are some pictures from the second day of my batik with soy wax and textile paints workshop. I was up at the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, VT. We were using soy wax flakes for batik and Jacquard Dye-na-Flow textile paints. If you want to read about how this technique is executed click here to read about the first day. Or simply scroll down. This is a great example of how the layering effect is achieved. This is Dana's piece. In the above photo you can see her first layer on the right hand side. Using the Dye-na-Flow in spray bottles she sprayed pale yellow and a bit of coral on the white fabric. she them laid down her first layer of wax. On the left hand side she is beginning to paint the second layer of paint. The wax will resist this layer of paint preserving the original colors ... read more
    Source: CherScapesPublished on August-1-2016
    2 months ago
  • Catalog Photography: Creating Your Brand Online
    Post from ArtizanMade Before you can sell online, you need to have a product that people will want. Once you have that, the job of Artist, Maker, Creator, Seller or whatever hat you wear takes on many new demands. We all have to learn how to photograph, edit photos, write copy, deal with customer service, pack and ship along with many other tasks. Or, we have to have enough money to pay someone else to do it. Each of these tasks is an art form. In this post, I want to try to cover some of the basics if catalog photography and how you can develop your brand. What is a brand? This is your identity online. We compete against millions of other products and photos on the web and your task is to find something that makes you stand out from the rest. Geico insurance’s gecko is recognized by anyone who watches TV in the US. The ads are ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on July-31-2016By Rachel
    2 months ago
  • Batiking in VT and Studio Progress
    The first day of my Batik with Soy Wax and Textile Paints workshop at the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts was great. I had a wonderful group of students, all eager to learn a new technique. In some respects batik is relatively easy. We used hot soy wax (formulated for batik) as a resist and in this case we used Jacquard Dye-na-flow textile paints instead of dyes. Soy wax is a great replacement for the traditional paraffin wax as it's melting point is much lower then paraffin, thus reducing the risk of fire. Also, it is non-toxic and once you iron out most of the wax the rest will easily come out in the washing machine set on hot.Jacquard's Dye-na-flow is the consistency of dye with beautiful, deep penetrating colors. But in contrast to dye it is non-toxic and washes up with soap and water. What's not to love?! So in other words this technique with these ... read more
    Source: CherScapesPublished on July-30-2016
    2 months ago
  • 2016 July Photo Contest – Green
    Post from ArtizanMade Welcome to our July 2016 Green Photo Contest! Our Artizan Made contests are a regular event on our site. We are now doing a series focused on colors, where the dominant color of the image is the contest theme. Sign up to get our blog posts by email (on the sidebar) if you would like to be notified when the next one goes live. See the past ones here: Photo Contests.   Theme: Green This contest’s theme has to have something handmade in the image and the dominant color of the image needs to be green. Vintage is allowed.   Inspiration Get in the mood for green with this fun JibJab video:   A world without green would be a dead one….  We think of Nature, of course, when we talk about green, but there are many other meanings in how we use the word: being eco minded but also, green refers to money, being inexperienced, and envy, while the ... read more
    Source: Artizan MadePublished on July-18-2016By Rachel
    2 months ago
  • Siemon and Salazar
    Glass artists Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar reflect on their balanced business strategy. ... read more
    Source: Craft CouncilPublished on July-18-2016By admin
    2 months ago
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Olympia, Washington
    At about 50,000 residents, Olympia, Washington, supports an outsize arts scene. ... read more
    Source: Craft CouncilPublished on July-15-2016By admin
    3 months ago
  • The Week in Craft: July 12, 2016
    MoMA and Black Lives Matter, Game of Thrones-inspired jewelry, and more ... read more
    Source: Craft CouncilPublished on July-12-2016By Rachel Kirchgasler
    3 months ago
  • What Are the Unexpected Benefits of Teamwork?
    Readers share their answers ... read more
    Source: Craft CouncilPublished on July-11-2016By admin
    3 months ago
  • Cajolá Churrasco
    Churrasco is a Guatemalan-style barbecue. In the town of Cajola, papayas are used as a marinade to tenderize the beef. This tasty grilled main dish is accompanied by chirmol, a type of salsa using charred tomatoes, onions and cilantro.  This recipe is as easy as it is tasty!Wouldn't you agree that recipes with only a few ingredients nearly always turn out to be the most delicious? This fits the bill!  This recipe also requires little measuring - and lots of "tasting." Feel free to adjust the ingredients to your palate.You will need a ripe papaya, tomatoes, an onion, a lime, cilantro and garlic or onion salt along with your choice of beef. You can use a skirt steak, flank steak or even a London Broil. Cut the papaya in half, remove the seeds, peel and dice.Place the diced papaya in a large non-metallic bowl or pan. This will ensure that you don't end up with a metallic flavor when you marinate ... read more
    Source: MayaMam WeaversPublished on July-10-2016
    3 months ago
  • The Storyteller
    Since escaping from Vietnam in 1978, Binh Pho has been drawn to recount his life events – and has found, paradoxically, that the personal is often best expressed in partnership with others. ... read more
    Source: Craft CouncilPublished on July-8-2016By admin
    3 months ago