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TakingTimeToText SherryKleinman

Digital iPad version of Quilting Arts Magazine

Digital iPad version of Quilting Arts Magazine

How exciting to see my piece Taking Time to Text in the April/May 2014 Quilting Arts Magazine!  (Available in both printed and digital editions.)

A gallery of selected works from the traveling SAQA Exhibit: Text Messages, are featured beginning on page 32.  I saw the exhibit last October when it premiered at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  In the magazine you will see samples of the diverse pieces in the exhibit that interpret the theme.   My own is pretty literal, showing people actually texting.  Using my iPhone I snapped photos of family and strangers using their mobile devices.  I drew images from the photos on my iPad that I then printed and stitched (by hand and machine) onto fabric to create my piece.

For more information about buying the catalog and future travels of the Text Messages Exhibit use this link     (Currently scheduled in 2014 for IQA Shows in Chicago and Portland and 2015 in Brazil.)

Detail photos below:


TakingTimeToText detail




TakingTimeToText detail

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I am counting down the days (13…) for my upcoming trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.…stay tuned for my adventures and photos!!  First off I will be attending the Winner’s Circle on Tuesday October 29th.   My piece Alone/Together is receiving an award (to be revealed that night) in the Digital Imagery Category–I am beyond excited!!  Followed by four jam-packed days attending the yearly Festival, seeing old friends and making new ones (there will be 60,000+ people attending),  It will be complete sensory overload (and that is NOT a complaint!)

Meanwhile this week some of my work can be seen at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) in Santa Clara, CA, October 17-20.  It is a wonderful show that I will miss attending this year.  Below I have featured the 3 pieces that will be on display

Waiting and Watching, one of 19 pieces in the SAQA Exhibit Color Wheel of Emotions, curated by Carol Eaton and juried by Terry Waldron.  The exhibit is traveling with the Mancuso Brother’s Quilt Shows across the country, traveling through May 2014.  Upcoming venues stops include:  West Palm Beach, Florida, Hampton, Virginia, Somerset, New Jersey, and Denver, Colorado.  Here is a link the Studio Art Quilt Associates site to find more information about Color Wheel of Emotions and other SAQA traveling exhibitions:

Waiting and Watching, 2013, 24"w x 37"h traveling with SAQA Color Wheel of Emotions Exhibit, various Mancuso Brother's Quilt Shows across the country

Waiting and Watching, 2013, 24″w x 37″h

Also on display are two of my pieces seen below, as part of their annual quilt competition.  Both are personal favorites of mine.

Bird’s Eye View shows an abstracted version of the view over Long Beach Island, New Jersey, a place dear to my heart where I spent many a carefree summer day with my New Jersey relatives.  A pilgrimage trip to the Jersey shore made every summer by my parents, sister and me from our home in land-locked Iowa.   I featured the street where my cousins currently own a beach house that was destroyed during last year’s Hurricane Sandy…I finished this piece just a week BEFORE Sandy made her devastating trip along the East Coast.


Bird’s Eye View: New York Avenue, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 33″w x 39″h, 2012

Below is Our Family Tree.  Thinking of the spaces between my family ancestors and myself (both in terms of the years separating us and the genes we share), I created a new twist on the familiar family tree.  Using fabric I had printed with the names of family members from the 1600’s to today.  I created applique portraits of my family.  Instead of names falling from the tree, both background and foreground spaces are filled with names of family members, a visual DNA of who we are and and who came before us.


Our Family Tree detail


Our Family Tree, 36″w x 48″h, 2011


Today I the featured artist on the Dinner@8 Blog

My piece Waiting Expectantly featured here in this blog post is my contribution to the exhibit.   My piece Waiting Expectantly featured here in this blog post is my contribution to the exhibit.  My piece Waiting Expectantly featured here in this blog post is my contribution to the exhibit.  There you will find artist interviews of the 33 artists that are part of the exhibit called Exquisite Moments, curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison, that will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach August 1-4.   Check out the blog to be inspired by all the interviews (one each day from June 3rd through July 19th)…and hopefully you can see the exhibit in Long Beach or in Houston (in October).

My piece Waiting Expectantly featured here in this blog post is my contribution to the exhibit.  I loved being pregnant with each of my 3 daughters and tried to convey that memory with my art.
My inspiration was a photo I took of Rosie, an artist model who was 8 months pregnant, who gave birth soon after this photo to a beautiful baby girl.

Waiting Expectantly,  24"w x 60"h, 2013

Waiting Expectantly, 24″w x 60″h, 2013


Art Quilt Portfolio:  People and Portraits, by Martha SielmanToday is My Day on the month long Blog Tour of Martha Sielman’s latest art quilt book called Art Quilt Portfolio:  People and Portraits, published by Lark Books. 

Her books** are a “MUST HAVE” in your art library.  Lark Books is giving away a copy of the book as part of this blog tour.  Please respond with a comment to my blog by June 28th (one week from today) with your email address (so I can contact you to get your mailing address).  I will pick names out of a hat and one lucky person will receive their own copy.

(**Check out her other volumes too–Art Quilt Portfolio:  The Natural World, Master Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2)

I am honored to be one of the 21 featured artists Martha has chosen for her book.  What I have loved about each of Martha Sielman’s art quilt books is that the reader gets to really know each featured artist with an in-depth interview with accompanying photos of each artist’s work.  In addition there are many photos of individual works of art from the “Who’s Who” of portrait art quilters (over 100) from around the world today.  It is a treasure trove of inspirations for artists and non-artists alike!  It is a book you will come back to again and again.

Posing with my interview in People and Portraits book

Posing with my interview in Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits book, page 46

Portraits of people have always fascinated me.  As a child I would copy photos of famous people I saw in magazines in pencil.  As an adult I have “graduated” to life drawing classes, preferring to interpret the figure from an artist model with a wide variety of media, from paper to fabric.    I am intrigued by the face and the figure, the expressions and shapes.  I love to watch people, guessing their stories of who they are or what they are doing.  I strive to pull my viewer into my images of every day moments, so that they can relate to what I have created.  Each person will bring their own story to what they see in my work.  I create a scene for the figure to live in and to tell a story.


Girl in Blue Stockings, 22″w x 25″h, 2010

I am excited that two of my pieces (not in the book) will travel this fall as part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ (SAQA’s) People and Portraits ExhibitGirl in Blue Stockings is one of the two from the exhibit that will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October, and continue traveling to other venues.

Girl in Blue Stockings detail

Girl in Blue Stockings, detail

In this detail image, you can see some of the many layers of stitching I used to create textures and layers that are integral to the finished piece.  I painted the woman’s image on raw painter’s canvas (no gesso) that had an initial layer of meandering machine stitching that I then painted over.  I continued to add more layers of stitching and more layers of color (water-soluble artist crayons) until I had built up the amount of color I desired.

Please leave a comment to have a chance at owning a copy of this inspirational book…and I encourage those of you who do not win, to order your own copy.  Each page is “eye candy” that you will go back to time and time again!

Below is list of others on the blog tour.  Check them out too!

Blog Tour Schedule
June 4th –

June 5th – Sarah Ann Smith
June 6th – Maria Elkins
June 7th – Laura Wasilowski
June 9th – Katherine McNeese
June 10th – Cheryl Sleboda
June 11th – Linda McLaughlin
June 12th – Kathy Nida
June 13th – Marilyn H. Wall
June 14th – Janice Paine Dawes
June 16th – Pamela Price Klebaum
June 17th – Deborah Boschert
June 18th – Lisa Chin
June 19th – Sue Bleiweiss
June 20th – Leni Wiener
June 21st – Sherry Davis Kleinman
June 24th – Cheryl Lynch
June 25th – Lesley Riley
June 26th – Stephanie Forsyth
June 30th – Pat Kumicich


Artist/Writer Deborah Stanley has published an interview of me and my art on her blog.  You can check it out at this link:   My piece Far Rockaway Beach (below)  is one of two pieces she features in her interview.


Far Rockaway Beach, 21″w x 31″h, 2012

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Good news today!!  My piece Waiting Expectantly was accepted into Dinner@8 Exhibit:  An Exquisite Moment.   The exhibit of 33 art quilts sharing the same theme was curated and juried by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  It will debut at the International Quilt Festival at Long Beach in August, 2013 and will travel to the IQF in Houston in October.  See the list of accepted artists here:

Waiting Expectantly, 24"w x 60"h, 2013 An Exquisite Moment, Dinner@Eight Exhibit, International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, August, 2013, Houston, October 2013

Waiting Expectantly, 24″w x 60″h, 2013 


California Fiber Artists’ latest show “New Visions, New Directions” is up from April 1-26th at the Studio 74 Gallery in Fresno, CA.  I was joined on the drive from LA with fellow CFA member artists Nicki Bair and Mary Beth Schwartzenberger to attend the reception on Thursday April 4th.  Good friend artist Andi Perejda drove in from Arroyo Grande to join us….we shared art, laughs, beer and breakfast.  You can see me posing with my two “guys”.  Both are painted on canvas from artist models using my method of layers of stitching (before, during, and after) painting with water-soluble crayons and pencils.  I love the added dimensions that result from my multi-layered process.   It is a great show, I have an album of photos posted on Facebook on my page and on California Fiber Artists page…take a look.

Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, myself, Nicki Bair, and Andi Perejda post eggs and pancakes at Fresno's Train Depot

Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, myself, Nicki Bair, and Andi Perejda post eggs and pancakes at Fresno’s Train Depot Restaurant

CFA Postcard for "New Visions, New Directions", Studio 74, Fresno, CA

CFA Postcard for “New Visions, New Directions”, Studio 74, Fresno, CA

Posing with my two "guys", Portrait of Andrew (left) and Portrait of Eltony (right)

Posing with my two “guys”, Portrait of Andrew (left) and Portrait of Eltony (right)

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Just got the great news that my piece Taking Time to Text has been accepted by juror Leslie Riley into the SAQA Exhibit that will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October this year, with later stops at the festivals in Cincinnati and Long Beach (and more venues will be added later).  I can only show a small detail of my piece until the Festival, but it uses my most recent techniques using my iPhone and iPad in the creation of my work.  Photos taken with my iPhone, are drawn with an art app on my iPad, then printed onto fabric, and then I machine and hand stitch the images.  I look forward to seeing the whole exhibit…so many of our “landscapes” are populated with the many postures of texting.

Taking Time to Text detail

Taking Time to Text detail

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