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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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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


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Last Saturday afternoon (May 18th) found me attending a potluck picnic themed So Cal SAQA gathering at Rep Teresa Shippy’s home in Santa Ana co-hosted with Co-Rep Deborah Stanley.  It was a wonderful event filled with food, friendship, show and tell, and their signature fun raffle.
I was one of 4 members asked to do a demo at the meeting.  I demonstrated my favorite water-soluble media that I use in the creation of many of my art quilts:  artist crayons (Caran D’Ache Neocolor II’s) and the best ever colored pencils (Derwent’s Inktense and Graphtint pencils).   I had cut canvas squares, brushes and water available, so each person had a chance to color and paint and explore the media.  Check out some of my examples of my “how to’s” below….

Water-Soluble Crayon ExamplesIMG_5070IMG_5069Other artists doing demos were:  LInda Miller, Linda Friedman, and Mary Beth Kile.  Linda Miller  had examples of her signature wool batting shrinking surface design techniques that she enhances with her hand stitching.   Linda Friedman demonstrated polymer clay stamps that she is creating and has for sale.  Mary Beth Kile was selling her colorful egg pincushions, and explained her process.

Art Quilt Portfolio:  People and Portraits, by Martha Sielman

Kathy Nida  and I are both featured artists in Martha Sielman’s People and Portrait book.  We had a few for sale and happily autographed the copies.  Book is available at the SAQA website, Barnes and Noble and Amazon….a must for your art library!

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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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I am SAQA ad

“I am SAQA ad”…exciting to be part of the ad campaign!

Studio Art Quilt Associates is a fantastic group!!  I am proud to be part of the current ad campaign….we are “shouting” out to the world, asking people to check us out.  We are an international bunch (3000+ and counting) of like minded artists who are passionate about making art quilts.  My journey in the world of art has been so enriched by being part of this group.  Check us out:

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