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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Twelve

March 01, 2011, 08:51 am  Posted by needlearts
 

It’s the final day of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And of course that means today’s post is another one that includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! Wordygirl is the winner! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Twelve by Twelve, leave a comment on this post by 11 p.m. EST on March 8, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear your favorite parts from this interview series: whether it was something that made you smile or an unexpected source of inspiration! We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on March 9. Click here for the official rules.

For anyone that missed this series before today: Each day for twelve (business) days, we interviewed one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. Take a look back through the last couple weeks of Needlearts team posts to see the other interviews. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Nikki Wheeler

Location: Poulsbo, Washington

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

My work is very mixed media. Although most of my pieces use a quilt sandwich, many wouldn’t be considered quilts by a lot of traditionalists. I love including a wide variety of embellishments and non-traditional materials. I was very new to art quilting when Twelve by Twelve began. I felt completely inexperience among all these wonderful artists. After three and a half years, the support and encouragement of this group, my confidence has grown immeasurably. I can now say that I’m an artist without feeling like a fraud, or at least most of the time.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Eleven

February 28, 2011, 09:07 am  Posted by needlearts
 

As we near the end, it’s time for day eleven of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge! For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Francoise Jamart

Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

Although my quilts often look colorful, geometric and simple, there is a lot of thinking and dreaming going on before I start sewing. I’m aiming at making my art look serene and, dare I say, refined. I believe that being part of Twelve by Twelve has made me value my work more. It has also helped me start producing a cohesive body of work.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Ten

February 25, 2011, 09:26 am  Posted by needlearts
 

Time for installment number ten of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge! For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Diane Perin Hock

Location: Healdsburg, California

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

At this point, I’d describe my quilt style as “eclectic.”  When I’m being hard on myself, I see my work as scattered and unfocused.  But if I am more generous to myself, I know that I am experimenting with a lot of different techniques and I enjoy exploring the wide variety that quilting has to offer. It’s funny to me that I can see a strong cohesion in the works created by the other Twelves, but I don’t see it in my own work.  Because quilting is truly all about enjoying the process for me, I am less concerned with trying to define a particular style than I am with having fun with whatever I’m doing.  So maybe I’ll just continue in this “eclectic” vein!  I can also say that seeing the first group of my challenge quilts together  has made me view my quilts, for the first time, as a body of work.  It has been very satisfying to see a collection of my work all together.  Seeing a set of pieces made for a consistent purpose has caused me to think about what I want my work to be and what the work as a group shows about my fiber art.

You’re in the middle of the second group challenge, with a Colorplay theme. How did the first challenge affect the work you’ve done for the second one?

Each time I undertake a new challenge piece, I’m affected by all of the challenges that have come before.  This process has been a very enlightening one on so many levels!  I’ve learned a lot about the way I work, and where my comfort zones are.  I have realized, for example, how I most immediately think of representational images rather than abstract ones.  In these Colorplay challenges, I am trying to head in a more abstract direction.  (I haven’t always ended up with an abstract piece, but at least now I’m thinking about it more!) I’m also getting more familiar with the 12 by 12 inch format – after this many quilts in that size, you’d think so, wouldn’t you?!  I often want to do too much detail for that small size, and continue to learn that doing less in that space can be stronger.

 

"Abacus"

Were you inspired to try a new technique that one of the Twelves used in their work? If so, which one?

Seeing the work the other Twelves do and hearing about how they do it has definitely caused me to try some new things!  This has been one of the best aspects of this project, how wonderfully inspirational these women are.  For example, Helen’s fearlessness and creativity in thinking outside of a flat quilt format inspired me to think 3-dimensionally when I made my “Color Counts” abacus for the Mathematics theme.  I never would have thought to make a fiber abacus if I hadn’t been thinking about Helen’s structural pieces.  Another example that comes to mind is how Terry Grant has talked of using photo and drawing software to digitally draw some of her imagery or design her quilts.  When I wanted to make a book cover for my “Crime of Passion” quilt in the Passion challenge, I was reminded that I could use software to create a more realistic cover.  In every challenge, I see my Twelve compatriots doing things I want to try one of these days.  Brenda’s work with shibori, Karen’s deconstructed screen printing, Deborah’s amazing hand-stitched detail, Gerrie’s thermofax printing – these are just some of the things that excite me and make me want to jump in and experiment with these techniques.

If you could have changed one of your quilts from Twelve by Twelve, which one would it have been, and why?

There’s no question: I would have changed the piece I did for the theme Community, which was titled “All Together Now.”  I liked the idea that I had in my head.  I was thinking about how communities are a jumble of similar and different people and things, often created by happenstance, but still unified despite the differences.  And I was trying to illustrate that unified jumble.  I think I was a little too successful on the “jumble” part!  I had drawn the square shapes and little lines with brown ink, and now I just don’t like the combination of colors against the brown.  I tried to rescue the jumble by coloring circles in the background (can you see them?) But I still can’t tell whether it helps or adds to the chaos.  I ultimately decided to submit this as my challenge piece because communities are often messy and not perfectly aesthetically pleasing.  But still, this is the piece I like the least of all of my challenge contributions.

 

"Wings" (detail)

We heard there were “awards” given out to you all after the completion of the Theme series…what was your award?

 

I was given the “Most Colorful” award for using the most color in my quilts.  And I was delighted that Karen bestowed this award on me, as I love color and it is frequently the starting point for my quilts.  I suppose I locked in that award as soon as I made the multi-colored abacus!  Terry Grant and I also share the “Separated at Birth” award), as we made quilts with surprisingly similar imagery in two out of the first twelve challenges.  For the Identity theme, both of us used close-up fingerprint imagery (as did Gerrie).  For the Illumination theme, Terry and I both worked with images of Asian lanterns.  We’ve proven the “Separated at Birth” label even more true since then, too.  In the Kilauea color challenge, we made both made quilts based on underground molten lava, with layered construction and flowing horizontal lines.

How was writing your portion of the book similar and different to blogging about the quilts as you made them?

Diane's Studio

 

When I write my blog posts about the challenge quilts, I consider myself as writing to the other Twelves, and it is easy to chatter on to them about what I did and why.  I know that our Twelve by Twelve blog now has a wonderful following of friends and fans, but when we started blogging, we were writing primarily to and for each other.  And while I am delighted at how many people follow our blog, I still see it first as something that is for us a group, and about our own growth and development and enjoyment.  When I wrote my portion of the book, I knew I was writing to others, many of whom might not have seen our blog or website or heard about our challenge project before picking up the book.  So it caused me to think about the Twelve by Twelve challenge and my focal piece in a somewhat new way.  Writing my parts of the book was truly fun, knowing that we would be able to share our project with so many quilters.  I was excited to be able to encourage others to find some like-minded quilters and try a challenge together.

 
 
 
 
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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Nine

February 24, 2011, 09:09 am  Posted by needlearts
 

Nine!? That means we’re somehow 75% of the way through our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge! For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Kirsten Duncan

Location: Pompom Rouge, Queensland, Australia

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

My quilt-making process is always a very organic one. I start with a colour palette and maybe some simple images or forms in my thoughts and go straight from there to the cloth. I don’t know what the quilt will look like until it’s nearly done. The anticipation is often what keeps me going through the more tedious parts of construction. Being a Twelve has had one huge impact on my view of my work (and of myself). I am less inclined these days to berate myself for being a procrastinator, because I now recognize that a significant part of my design process happens as I spend hours, days, weeks thinking. By the time I come to make the quilt, it often happens very quickly because much of the trouble-shooting has already happened inside my head.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Eight

February 23, 2011, 08:38 am  Posted by needlearts
 

We’re on to installment number eight of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And today’s post is another one that includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! ANYA is the winner! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Twelve by Twelve, leave a comment on this post by 11 p.m. EST on March 2, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear about any quilting projects you’re working on, or what part of the interviews so far has inspired you. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on March 3. Click here for the official rules.

For anyone that didn’t already know: Each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to Twelve by Twelve. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Terry Grant

Location: near Portland, Oregon

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I describe my work as mostly pictorial. I discovered that the small format we worked with suited me very well. There is something very appealing to me in focusing in on a small part of what could perhaps be a larger picture. It is contemplative and forces one to consider the small details that might be overlooked in a larger piece.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Seven

February 22, 2011, 08:55 am  Posted by needlearts
 

It’s day number seven of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge! For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Helen Conway

Location: Merseyside, United Kingdom

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I started quilting in  2006 and have moved gradually from saying ‘I make quilts’ to ‘I am a quilter’ to ‘I’m a quilter and I do sort of textile art kind of stuff’ to ‘I make art quilts’ to ‘I am an art quilter’. The group has been the sole reason I have made that shift in my perception of myself. The acceptance both from the group and from readers of the blog of my work has given me the confidence not just to call what I do art ( which for some reasons seems to be a word carrying more import than a ‘hobby). It has also helped me to understand the importance to me of quilt art to me

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Six

February 21, 2011, 08:45 am  Posted by needlearts
 

We’re on to the second week of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Deborah Boschert

Location: Crofton, Maryland

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I’m happy to tell people that I’m a fiber artist. I usually add that I “create collages with fabric and stitching.” I think that suggests a different image in their mind than “quilt.” In the three years we’ve worked on the Twelve by Twelve challenge, I’ve really grown artistically. I have a set of techniques, colors and imagery that I use regularly and these elements give my work its own personality. In addition, being a part of such a talented, supportive, inspiring and enthusiastic group of artists has dramatically changed my perspective. It’s given me confidence and motivation! I think we are all thrilled to call ourselves “authors” and we are so proud of the new book!

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Five

February 18, 2011, 09:08 am  Posted by needlearts
 

Can you believe it’s already the end of the first week of our celebration for Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge? Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. And every few days there’s a giveaway too! For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Terri Stegmiller

Location: North Dakota

Were you inspired to try a new technique that one of the Twelves used in their work? If so, which one?

I didn’t try anything new in the first round, at least not that I am aware of.  I have tried, or attempted to try a new technique in the Colorplay round.  I set out to try a technique by Terry Grant and early on in the project I found that a product I needed and had on hand had dried up and was unusable.  So I had to substitute with another product, therefore changing the technique.  I like to think I achieved similar results with my altered method.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Four

February 17, 2011, 09:02 am  Posted by needlearts
 

And it’s on to day four of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the celebrated quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Brenda Gael Smith

Location: Copacabana, Australia

You’re in the middle of the second group challenge, with a Colorplay theme. How did the first challenge affect the work you’ve done for the second one?

I’ve always struggled to make quilts to a particular size but, in the course of the Theme series challenge, I became more accustomed to the 12×12 inch format. I’m quite fond of this size now!

Otherwise, I have found that the inspiration and design process is quite different when a color or palette is your springboard rather than a theme word. For me, a theme word was useful in narrowing down the options and providing focus. Fortunately I revel in color so I am finding the second series both challenging and enjoyable.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Three

February 16, 2011, 09:01 am  Posted by needlearts
 

We’re moving forward with day three of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. Some days (like yesterday) include a giveaway! For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Karen Rips

Location: Thousand Oaks, California

Karen, how do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I see my own work as a form of exploration and not necessarily an evolution of a single style or voice. The challenges, and the size requirement, make the Twelves the perfect venue for experimentation.

Also, being part of such a talented group of women has enhanced my own artistic self esteem.

 

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