Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter

Hi there!  Yes, it's August 1st, but this is in regards to the July meeting.  Thanks to summer being such a busy time, there were a mere 7 ladies present at this meeting.  But the show and tells were really wonderful.  Finished pieces, unfinished pieces, some with questions attached,....  Very nice.
This will be short and sweet, and entirely concerning our upcoming show.

Elements of Innovation:

Our next quilt show will be at the Naperville Art League.
Our drop off date is Monday, October 23rd.
The show opens on Wednesday, October 25th.
The open house will be on Sunday, October 29th.
And the last show day and take down will be on Saturday, November 11th.

Quilt Show Publicity:

We are looking for volunteers for publicity.
Linda VK will be in charge of guilds and the press.  
We will all be sent a copy of the flyer to be printed up and passed out.
There will be postcards to pass out or mail, available at our August meeting.

Quilt Show Registration Forms:

The registration forms will also be available at the August meeting.  We will also be emailing them to you. 

Descriptions of Your Entry:

This year in addition to the normal made by, medium, and if it's for sale, we will be including a brief description of your piece.  Your inspiration, your choice of medium,...a little story so that your piece is understood by the viewer.  Similar to a quilt show rather than a gallery.  I noticed when I brought guests to the last show, they were more interested in the pieces that I had a story to share.
These short descriptions will need to be emailed to Yvette at an, as yet, undetermined date before the show so that they can be typed up.  (That means I won't be able to whip up a piece the day before the show goes up!  Argh!)

Challenge:

Let's not forget about your challenge pieces!  We got to see a completed one at the meeting!  All of the info you need is listed in a previous newsletter.  Just scroll down to get the info you require.

Adios!

That's it for now.  Short and sweet!  Our next meeting will be on Monday, August 28th at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  Three dollars would be appreciated to help cover the cost of renting the room.  Bring your show and tell, your questions, and don't be afraid to ask for advice or help with ideas.  We're always looking for people to give demos, so keep that in mind.  Enjoy your summer.
xo,
Laurie

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

Well, happy day to you all!  Last nights meeting had 10 members, 2 of which were new!  Yay! Naperville Art League members, and now Divas as well!  Oh so many hats!  Welcome to our humble group.

Paint Pours:

Last night Yvette and Dorothy shared with us their Paint Pours they did with Ute.  Amazing! I have attached a youtube video giving you the basic explanation, supplies, and technique.
So much fun with paints and a canvas.  Very tripy!  Let's find out if this is something we can do during a meeting.  OR maybe do at a park or something as a special class!  (Electricity needed if using a heat gun rather than a torch)  Thanks for sharing your work with us.  It was way fun!  Oh, and ladies, absolutely no painting experience necessary.  Watch the video and you'll understand.  But I do suggest you start looking around to see what color combinations you like.  Again, color can make or break your work!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtxNmp2kEGA

PAQA Exhibit:

PAQA (Professional Art Quilt Alliance) is displaying their work at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, IL.  I have attached the website below.  Do not go by the "This event has passed" flag.  That is for the artist's reception only.  The show is on until July 15th.
Enjoy!
http://norrisculturalarts.com/event/paqa-art-quilt-exhibit-reception/

Bloomingdale Park District Exhibit Info:

There is an exhibit in progress now at the Bloomingdale Park District.  I lied,...there are 2 exhibits currently in progress.  Wearable Art, and Loose Threads present "Quilting Americana".  I have attached the website for you to get more information.  If you're looking for a map, etc, just hit home to get other info.  For those who are interested in other exhibits, the Illinois Watercolor Society will be showing from  August 5 through September 9.  Also, a juried mixed media exhibit, "Off the Beaten Path", will be from September 23 through October 28.  Check it out!
http://www.bloomingdaleparks.org/facilities/bpd-museum/exhibitions.htm

Quilt Challenge:

Ohhhhhhhhhhh!  The quilt challenge cometh!  Start it if you dare!  Check out the March 2017 newsletter for all the details.  The only change that has been made to that is the color has been changed to your very own interpretation of what spring green is.  You have your choice of the 3 challenge options,...never been done before!  Something else to think about:  Yes, there is a deadline of the fall show.  That said, if you should happen to not have the time to get it done by then, but are still interested in pushing yourself within the listed parameters, do it whenever you want or can!  You can always put it in the 2018 show!

That's it!

That's all the news to print!  Thank you for reading this.  Our next meeting will be on the fourth Monday of the month as usual, July 24th, at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  Three dollars will get you in, and pay for the room.  We look forward to seeing you all there.  Remember, keep producing your art.  Our show is coming up in the fall, and we'd love to hang your work for all to admire!  This show gets a lot of viewers, and is always fun and interesting to attend.  Continue to enjoy your summer.
xo,
Laurie

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

May 23, 2017
Hello one and all!  What a weird month, but life goes on.  We're from Chicago, and nothing weather wise surprises us.  I apologize for no newsletter last month.  Missed the meeting, but made this one.  It was on the quiet side, so not much to report.  Here goes:

Color and Design Workshop: open to the public!

I'm letting you know about an upcoming class that is being hosted by the Fiber Art Divas at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery.

All the info is listed below, including a description of the class.  Now, the first thing I want you to consider when you read the heading, is the following:

Design and color are the two things that can make or break the end results of your work.   This class will give you the basics we all need to build on to produce visually quality work.

I haven't had design and color classes since 1974.  I have already signed up because a refresher course is what I need.  And I'm hoping many of you will consider joining me there!

If you look at Heidi Parkes work on her website, you will see that she is off in a direction that many of us are not. Don't let that scare you off.  She is not teaching us her designs and techniques.  She is teaching us design and color.  She was previously a high school art teacher, so will be super qualified to walk us through this.

So be there or be square! Broaden your horizons, increase your skill levels, and sign up for Heidi Parkes class.

Elements of art, design, and post-modern principles
Instructor: Heidi Parkes
Fri., June 16        9:30am – 3:30pm
Register through Naperville Art League  630.355.2530
$60                         Adult
Min 15/Max 20
Learn how to use elements of art (line, shape, form, value, space, texture, color)) plus design concepts (balance, contrast, emphasis, pattern, movement, rhythm, unity), and post-modern principles (recontextualization, juxtaposition, identity, text, gaze, hybridity, appropriation and more) in your art. Lecture, hands-on exercises, discussion, visual aids, and handouts will give participants confidence to try new approaches to their art. Heidi Parkes is an award-winning contemporary fiber artist and a fine art instructor. Principles taught in her workshop are applicable to all. Supply list at www.napervilleartleague.com. Bring own lunch or order out.
 
Supply list – Elements of art, design, and post-modern principles
Colored pencils, crayons, or markers in a variety of colors
Colored paper
A magazine to cut
Scissors
Straightedge ruler
Glue stick
Pen
Pencil
Unlined paper, min. 30 sheets

Possible Gallery Show in our Future!!!

Yvette brought it to our attention that we have been contacted by the Norris cultural Art Center in St. Charles, Illinois in regards to showing our work at their gallery!  Yay!  We are talking about doing this in 2018.  We'll keep you posted as more info comes in.

Challenge:

Don't forget to get cracking on your challenge!  Info on that is in previous newsletters.  This should produce some very interesting pieces.  Can't wait to see the end results!

The End:

That's all the news that's fit to print, folks.  Our next meeting will be on Monday, June 26th, at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League. Three dollars would be appreciated per person to keep a roof over our heads!  Please and thank you.  Until then, enjoy your spring.
xo,
Laurie




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

Well, hello there one and all.  Spring is springing as only spring can.  My scilla's looked lovely, and now my red bud is in full bloom.  Life is good.  Eleven members at our March meeting, and it was nice to see each of you.  Thanks for joining us.

Heidi Parks' Class:

We have decided to go with Heidi Parks.  Plans are underway, and everyone will be notified when it's all settled.  At this point we are talking June 16th, 2017 at the Naperville Art League.  The art league will be handling everything for us.  The maximum head count for the class will be 20.  We already have 8 interested people.  If you are interested as well, you will need to work quickly with getting enrolled and your check in.  There will be a very small window before it's opened to the public.  At this point, we're hoping that the class will be around $50.  It will be a combination of lecture, slide show, exercises for us, and a lunch in the middle (your dime!).  (Design and color)
And that's all I have for now.  More later.

Challenge Color Update:

We are having trouble finding just the right green.  If you go to the previously listed website to try to match the "Greenery" color,...well, good luck with THAT!  With the backlight of the computer screen, it's going to be a cold day to get a match.  I tried printing a sheet from the site showing the color and a mug, tried to match it to a paint chip....  We gave up at the meeting, and decided to just go with a spring green.  So, get hustling, and get your crazy challenge on, folks!

Nature in Fiber Exhibit:

Nature in Fiber, featuring the work of our very own Sharon Malec is coming up!  Gallery 200 at 
103 W. Washington St, West Chicago, Il  60185 (630-293-9550).  May 4 - 28, 2017, with the opening reception on May 5 from 6 - 9 pm.  Enjoy the show!

Adios!

That's it for now.  Hope to see you at the next meeting, which will be on Monday, April 24th, 2017,
7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  $3 will get you in, and you get to see some fun show and tell, and share yours as well.  Enjoy this weather.
xo,
Laurie

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

Well,...hello everyone.  It's a snowy day out there, and as pretty as it looks, GO AWAY!!!!!!!  We've tasted spring, and we LIKE it, so stop messing with us.
Our February meeting was 10 women strong, and was actually very nice, as well as informative.  I'll try to pass that on to you in the following paragraphs.

Adjusted Challenge Options:

I was informed at the February meeting that I had missed a third option, which has been added below for your viewing pleasure.
A Different Point of View:

Due date: Our September meeting, to be hung at the October show
Maximum size: 96" perimeter

You have several options on this one, so pick the one that makes you happy.  Remember, the whole idea behind a challenge is to challenge yourself.  Go figure!  So don't necessarily choose the one that will make you the happiest.  Also, if there's another one that I somehow forgot to add in, please hit reply all and write it up.

Option 1:
We'll all be given the same quilt block (not yet chosen) to abstract in some way.
There will be one color (listed below) that will be the theme fabric for both options.
You may add as many other colors as you'd like.
Remember, you are abstracting this block, not just making a bunch of them in
different colors.  This is not to be a traditional quilt.

Option 2:
Recently I sent out a website that had some interesting challenge ideas.
They had taken 2 images and combined them into one.
So, for example:  a bird in one shot, a photo of seeds in another.
Now it's a bird made of seeds.
This could be very interesting, and very much a challenge!  
You get to choose whatever images you'd like and work from that.
Again, you'll need to use the one color (listed below), but can add other colors.

Website for this concept: http://imgur.com/gallery/tUQ99

Yes, this was probably done on computers, but depending on which images you choose, it's still doable in fiber. At the bottom of the first page there's a spot to hit to see more images.  One in that set shows cubism, for
example.  Very easily done in fabric.

Option 3:
The abstraction of anything (such as a photo or picture).  Remember to include a reference (such as the photo or picture you took this from).  Also you must use the color "Greenery", with the info listed below.

Color: Greenery 

Found at: www.pantone.com      (I imagine you can print it)

click on COLOR INTELLIGENCE
click on Color of the year
click on 2017 Greenery

So, there's your heads up.  Put your thinking caps on, and make this the most bestest challenge ever.  And again, I have to admit that my challenge pieces are some of my favorite pieces ultimately, and that was because I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone.
Also remember that you have the option of bringing your work to our meetings for help, suggestions, and fresh ideas.  This is not a blind challenge because we're all working towards our own personal goals.

Upcoming Class Discussion:

We are still discussing a speaker/class/demo option coming up soon. We need to move quickly, so your participation would be greatly appreciated.  One of the issues is to keep the cost down.  That will mean having it somewhere other than the Naperville Art League.  And free places get filled quickly.
That said, you may already know that we have been discussing having Heidi Parkes come to teach us color and design.  These are 2 elements that can make or break your finished product.  And color, especially, scares the living bejesus out of me!  I have a lot of respect for color.
The group has asked for people to suggest any other subjects or instructors.  So far, nothing has been said.
The group has asked for people to comment on Heidi Parkes teaching us color and design.  Only one person has made a comment to the email I sent out.  (Thank you, Margaret!)
If no one votes, then you have no voice.  We can see where that got us back in November!  Obviously this is on a smaller scale, but it can still have an effect on the group.  I'd really like to see the Fiber Art Divas grow in more ways than in volume.  A class like this at cost (and that means no travel or lodging costs included with Heidi), split between "x" number of students, is an excellent deal that will never be duplicated at any of the big shows.  Take advantage of this. Take advantage of the fact that you can make other suggestions for topic and speaker/teacher.  That said, only do this if you intend to be a student of the class you suggest.  There are many silent divas out there that are divas in name only.  So, please let us know how we can help you in the realm of speaker/class/demo options, and perhaps spark your interest in coming to the meetings again.  Your vote counts!  This matter will be decided at the next meeting in a couple of weeks.  Hope to see you there!

Quilt Show Update:

The drop off and hang 'em up date is October 23, 2017.  The show opens on October 25, 2017.  More later.  Keep sewing!

Mayslake Peabody Estate Alliance of Fine Art "Best of the Best" Exhibit:

Our esteemed member, Linda K. has been accepted in the Best of the Best show at the Peabody Estate!  Yay!  Congratulations, Linda!
www.mayslakepeabody.com has all the info.  This exhibit will be from March 1 through April 30th, M - F, 9am - 3pm. Sat, 9am - 1pm.  Linda says she believes hers is the only fiber piece in the exhibit.  VERY nice, LInda!  She represents us all!  The ARTIST'S RECEPTION will be on March 16th from 6 to 8.

Stash Reduction Sale:

This sale will be on March 31st and April 1st.  Several women are cleaning up their stashes, and passing on these bargains to us, the people who have stashes of our own but are powerless to resist buying more!  I love being one of those people!  More information will be sent to you via email when it's available.

Winding this up now!

Well, it's with a sad heart that I stop babbling.  Our March meeting will be in the classroom as normal, but our April meeting will be in the gallery.  Nice place to meet, but the lighting isn't the best for show and tell.  So, we'll be seeing you with your $3's gripped tightly in your fist on Monday, March 27th at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.
xo,
Laurie



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

Hello one and all!
It's an amazing "sprinter" we are going through!  One minute you're seeing snow flakes, the next you're cooking on the grill and watching your plants come up!  Oh, so weird, but oh so happy to participate,...even if it's happening for all the wrong reasons.  Just trying to find the bright side!
We had a very nice meeting last month, and here's all the info I have for you:

Our latest Challenge

A Different Point of View:

Due date: Our September meeting, to be hung at the October show
Maximum size: 96" perimeter

You have several options on this one, so pick the one that makes you happy.  Remember, the whole idea behind a challenge is to challenge yourself.  Go figure!  So don't necessarily choose the one that will make you the happiest.  Also, if there's another one that I somehow forgot to add in, please hit reply all and write it up.

Option 1:
We'll all be given the same quilt block (not yet chosen) to abstract in some way.
There will be one color (listed below) that will be the theme fabric for both options.
You may add as many other colors as you'd like.
Remember, you are abstracting this block, not just making a bunch of them in
different colors.  This is not to be a traditional quilt.

Option 2:
Recently I sent out a website that had some interesting challenge ideas.
They had taken 2 images and combined them into one.
So, for example:  a bird in one shot, a photo of seeds in another.
Now it's a bird made of seeds.
This could be very interesting, and very much a challenge!  
You get to choose whatever images you'd like and work from that.
Again, you'll need to use the one color (listed below), but can add other colors.

Website for this concept: http://imgur.com/gallery/tUQ99

Yes, this was probably done on computers, but depending on which images you choose, it's still doable in fiber. At the bottom of the first page there's a spot to hit to see more images.  One in that set shows cubism, for
example.  Very easily done in fabric.

Color: Greenery 

Found at: www.pantone.com      (I imagine you can print it)

click on COLOR INTELLIGENCE
click on Color of the year
click on 2017 Greenery

So, there's your heads up.  Put your thinking caps on, and make this the most bestest challenge ever.  And again, I have to admit that my challenge pieces are some of my favorite pieces ultimately, and that was because I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone.
Also remember that you have the option of bringing your work to our meetings for help, suggestions, and fresh ideas.  This is not a blind challenge because we're all working towards our own personal goals.

Sharon Malec's upcoming show info:

Nature in Fabric, featuring the artwork of Sharon Malec.  May 4 - 28, 2017 at Gallery 200
(103 West Washington Street, West Chicago, IL  60185).  Opening reception will be May 5 from 6 - 9 pm.  I sent this information, complete with scanned images of the postcard last month to you individually.

#Silly Seriousness

I also sent you all as an email the entry form for the upcoming Naperville Art League's 14th annual public art competition.  If you can't find the email, it's www.napervilleartleague.com.  The entries are due on Saturday, February 25 by 4 pm.  $10 to $15 application fee (member/nonmember), with prizes ranging from a ribbon up to $350 for best of show.  It would be nice to have some fiber in their show!

IQF Show in Rosemont, open studio info:

Contact Cheryl Sleboda if you are interested in being an open studio demo person.  She can get you in touch with the person in charge.  She thinks they are for 2 hour stints.  Oh!  You can be famous!
Thanks, Cheryl.  

Speakers?  Demos?

We're tossing around the idea of contracting speakers and/or maybe having demos that would be open to the public.  This would help to displace the cost, and give us the chance to edumacate our members as well as the general public!
On average a 6 hour workshop can cost $400 to $600 (obviously these would be local artists).  If you had a class of 20 students, that works out to be roughly $20 to $30 per person, not including any rental fees for the room, etc.  Something worth thinking about.
If you have any suggestions, concerns or comments, come to the next meeting and we'll discuss this further.  Personally I'd love to have someone teach design!  Think about it!

Bring your work in progress to the meetings:

Please remember that we are here for you!  If you have any questions about the progress of your work, what to do next, techniques, color,...and the list goes on,...bring it to a meeting and ask for help!  We've all been in that spot, and continue to be.  The most wonderful thing about this is your ability to mentally tell us where to go when we give our comments!  No one has to know that you are mentally rejecting us!  Ultimately, the end decision is yours, and our comments are opinions only.  Opinions!  Everyone has one!
But seriously, you never know where your next idea will come from, what ideas we can throw your way that might help.  There are years of experience in this group.  And we're willing to be used.
Wait.
What?

Next meeting and Adios:

Our next meeting will be this coming Monday, February 27th at 7 pm.  Be there or be square!
Same place as always.  Although it's expected to be 70 today, you may need your snow boots on Monday, so be sure to check the weather report!  It will be nice to see you all.  (Bring your $3!)

xo,
Laurie

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year one and all!  I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, and are happy and healthy.
We last met on November 28th, and had a very nice meeting with lots to talk about.

Future show ideas:

We discussed the fact that each piece will be made more interesting to the viewer if we had explanation cards similar to a regular quilt show.  Artist's name, name of the piece, technique info, and "x" number of words allowed to define the piece (your feelings, your inspiration or whatever moved you).  I used Jan R's fall risk pieces as an example.  I explained to my guests her inspiration (having been a fall risk in the hospital), and all of a sudden Jan's pieces came alive to them, and way more interesting than they already were.
So, look forward to this improvement to the show this fall!

We also discussed paying someone to judge and critique the show, as well as the addition of ribbons, etc.  It was decided not to do this for several reasons. One is money.  Second is that there are so many different styles of fiber involved that it would be very hard to judge.  Nice idea, but too many variables involved.

Critiquing our work:

It was decided in November that many of us would be interested in having our work critiqued by the group.  This will be done at every meeting, but only if the artist asks!  We all have times when we question what we're doing, the direction a piece is going, perhaps a new technique to enhance the piece.... This will be your time to get input from the many people present with all of our different approaches and experiences at your "fingertips".  We've always done this anyway when people have asked, we're just encouraging it now as a way to grow.

Challenge ideas:

We are heading towards narrowing down our next challenge, which if done, will give you at least one piece for the upcoming show!  One suggestion was to do an abstraction based on one traditional quilt block, everyone given the same 2 colors to include in the piece with the addition of other colors of your choice. Another suggestion was to find a photo that you like, and make a piece using that as the inspiration.  The photo would be shown next to your finished piece when hung, as would your traditional quilt block and 2 colors if the first option is chosen.  (I sent out a site to the group showing the examples of the 2nd piece involving photos.)  Please bring block suggestions to the January meeting, and maybe photos as well.
So lots to think about.
The usual parameters would apply:  no size minimum but 96" perimeter measurements as the maximum.

Bo-Nash Bonding Powder:

Bo-Nash Bonding Powder was brought up as a wonderful fusing option.  I have attached their website for you to check out.
http://www.bonashstore.com/

Sobo Glue:

This was a glue suggested to use rather than Aileen's (probably spelled wrong).
Dries faster and is still clear.  I checked, and it's available at just about any craft store.

Old cards on hand?

St. Jude's Ranch for Children repurposes the face of old greeting cards that do not have any notes written on that inside left side.  Here's the website:
https://www.stjudesranch.org/contribute/recycled-card-program/

Catherine Redford's Modern Machine Quilting book!

Catherine Redford's new book has arrived.  If you go onto the website below,
then click on the book itself, you'll be able to see the first few pages.  Very nicely done, Catherine!  You go, girl!  You are certainly a perfectionist, which shows in your work!  So check it out, one and all!
https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Machine-Quilting-perfectly-finished/dp/1440246319/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483638195&sr=8-1&keywords=catherine+redford

Monday, January 23rd:

That's our next meeting date.  7:00 as usual at the Naperville Art Leagues building (address in other newsletters), $3.00 fee.  I look forward to seeing you there, as well as your show and tell!  I'm sure that none of us were that busy in that area considering the holidays, but one never knows!
xo,
Laurie