Inspiration

My local fibre arts group FAD (Fibre Art and Design) has decided that our next meeting is to share our favourite websites and other sources of inspiration.  This post is so everyone will have a permanent record of mine, and perhaps we can all somehow link or find a way to share each others’ sources (not everyone blogs).

BOOKS:

Transitions: Unlocking the Creative Quilter Within, by Andrea Balosky, That Patchwork Place, 1996

Contains a lot of info about creativity and has a good approach (working in series and using easy blocks).  Another thing I like about this book is that her examples are made with mostly commercial fabrics, to show that you can make an art quilt without throwing out your existing stash

Silk Unraveled: experiments in tearing, fusing, layering & stitching, by Lorna Moffat, Dragon Threads, 2008

Inspiring projects using silk in a variety of ways.  The author has lived overseas in Turkey and Malaysia.   The techniques in the book are simple and have many possibilities.

OLD SKETCHBOOKS:

I have sketchbooks in various sizes going back years with quilt designs, websites, paint chips, postcards, quotes, notes from presentations at guild meetings and workshops, etc.  It’s interesting to look back and see how long some concepts have been percolating and how they’ve developed.

Also interesting is how the page size keeps increasing, although after the Gail Harker workshop I dialed it down a notch with one purse size one and one 9″ square sketchbook with heavy paper that will take acrylic paint.

FROM MY BLOGROLL

Vivika Denegre, a Connecticut art quilter: http://vdenegrequilts.blogspot.com

Professional quilter, very cool hip designs and big on challenging the rest of us:  http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

Plus the rest of the blogroll too!

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2 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. quinncreative Says:

    Thanks for putting me on your blogroll. I’m deeply humbled. Your knowledge is so wide-ranging and filled with light and color!
    The link in your blogroll is to my business site–where I live as a business communication trainer. For my art/creative site, as well as creativity coaching, I invite you to visit raw-art-journals.com

  2. textisle Says:

    Quinn, I’ve edited the blogroll so now it will click to the raw-art-journals page. Thanks for commenting!


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