Here’s an overdue post to let you know that I hope to teach at Quilt Symposium Christchurch 2017 in October. As some of you know, my teaching engagements are few and far between at the moment (due mostly to my prioritising family time here at home), so this is a rare opportunity!
I’m listed to teach two workshops.
The first is ‘Designing Your Own Pieced Botanical Quilt’, with more details available here. This is the workshop where you come armed with a bunch of photos of a plant that you like, and you create your own quilt design based on those. We also work through the basics of beginning to piece your beautiful botanical art quilt. This includes fabric selection; creating a working pattern from your quilt designing, cutting out the quilt, and making a start at piecing the bits together. Phew! That’s a whole lot to cover in two days. I’m going to work you hard!! This a crash course designed especially for all of you who have asked many times for a workshop to cover my quiltmaking process.
The second is ‘Enriching Your Quilt with Hidden Imagery‘. In this two-day workshop, we work through ways to enhance your free-motion quilting. I love to use the quilting process to add another ‘layer of interest’ to my art quilts. I like the quilting to help in telling the ‘story’ of the quilt. Together we’ll work through a number of ways to do that. In the workshop, we work through a bunch of samples, to equip you to apply fantastic quilting to your future quilt projects!
If you’re going to Quilt Symposium Christchurch, I look forward to seeing you there!
Blossom Joy 1
© Ruth de Vos 2016
Size: 77cm by 77cm
Hand-dyed, machine-pieced, hand- and machine-quiltedFibre reactive dye, cotton homespun, cotton linen blend, cotton threads
© Ruth de Vos 2016
REMINDER: Don’t forget that you can currently get 30% off all my artquilts by using the code ARTQUILT30 when checking out! Code expires Monday 12 Dec.
90cm high by 90cm wide
Fabric paint, cotton fabric, cotton batting.
Screen-printed, hand painted, machine-pieced, machine-quilted.
This artworks has a sleeve stitched onto the back for hanging purposes, and can be hung using a gallery-style hanging system, or with two screws in the wall. More info including pictures here: http://ruthdevos.com/blog/how-to-hang-an-art-quilt/
(c) Ruth de Vos 2016
My mind has been extra busy over the past couple of months, working through potential new directions for my artwork, and how to get the general feeling and mood that I see in my mind, out into fabric. So I've committed to working on a series of pieces that are purely experimental. They are not for sale, so there is no pressure to make them meet a certain standard. They'll give me the opportunity to try out a few different things in a small scale before committing to a larger, more complex artwork.
This is the first piece in this series. In this one, I painted some simple images over pieced fabric. I've previously screen-printed over pieced fabric, but that can be a bit hit-and-miss, as the paint tends to ooze under the screen a bit, where the seams are. Painting with a brush, like I've done in this piece, avoids that problem, although it doesn't give the same crisp image that you get with screen-printing.
I've been meaning to upgrade my artist photo for a while. I regularly need to send a portrait shot to galleries or publications, and the one I've been using is a bit out of date. Phil has been bugging be to book a photographer. But having to pose for someone else makes me rather up tight, so without telling him, I booked in a full day free from other duties for myself, and decided to give the portrait shot a go myself. Thankfully we have a good tripod and a good camera. I'd pinned a few ideas/inspiration pictures on my 'art business' pin board, and as soon as the older children where at school, I set up a little spot for the photo shoot. For a DIY affair, I'm rather pleased with the results, although a little bit self-conscious about sharing them here. I realise that a photographer would have had some clearer shots, and would have been able to do a bit more with the light I had, but this will do for now!
I’ll be at Aspects between 11am and 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, both this week (4-6 Sept) and next week (11-13 Sept). Maybe I’ll see you there?