Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Online Interview and Demo Rescheduled

I was supposed to do an online demo and interview today, but a wiser being decided I needed some rest.  I've been waylaid with the flu for the past week and do not have much of a voice right now.  Martiel Beatty was gracious enough to reschedule the interview for April 23th.  So the good news is, if you haven't registered for the book and fabric giveaway, you still have time!  I hope you can join us.

What: 12 Questions with Martiel Beatty
Date: Tuesday April 23, 2013
Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern Time
To watch the interview, visit the Crafty Link website.
To register for the giveaway, fill out the sign up form.  You must sign up before noon on April 23rd to be included in the drawing.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fiber and Mixed Media Online Community

Yesterday I talked a little about online communities. Another one that I belong to is the Fiber & Mixed Media group (FAMM). The group has a great website, where you can connect with other artists.   The site has book and product reviews, a calendar of exhibitions and calls for entry, a discussion forum, special interest groups and online classes.

The next session of online classes starts this month, and some great classes are on the schedule! Having been on both sides (as an instructor and a participant), I love online classes. You can take a class by a nationally known instructor without traveling, you can work on it in your jammies and you don't have to haul supplies all over the place. They are also convenient, because you can access the materials through the end of the session.  Below are some of the Spring offerings (available through June 30). (View the complete schedule.)

Discover the power art has to express that which words cannot fully articulate in Turn the Prayer of Your Heart Into Art by Heather Stoltz.

Have you ever wondered what you could do with that doodle on the napkin or notepad? The Doodle Designs Workshop  by Susan Sorrell may be right for you!

Help get your mind around color combinations and how the color wheel works in Fear No Color  by Susan Sorrell.

Take a fresh look at the world around you in Fertile Earth Workshop by Susan Sorrell

The colorful patterns created by folding, tying and dyeing fabric or clothing are a distinctive identifier of an era. Join the fun in Stuck in the 60s: Tie Dye Art Quilt Sampler by Judy Sall.

Learn more about layering, the magical component that brings a collage to life, in Layer It Up! by Liz Kettle.

Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to create unique cloth with intriguing texture? Try my class, Visual Texture on Fabric: Resists From the Pantry.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Online Interview/Demo and Book Giveaway

Occasionally I think about how the internet has changed my life, just in the last decade. Ten years ago, I had a very slow dial-up connection. I went online for email, but didn't surf the web that much. Now, I can't imagine life without it.

One of the positive aspects of this change is the ability to connect with others online. There is a community out there for pretty much any interest area. I recently heard about a site, Crafty Link, that has online demonstrations, interviews, discussions and classes related to a variety of creative areas. I am honored to be next week's guest on the podcast, 12 Questions with Martiel Beatty. We'll talk a little bit about my book and my approach to creativity, and I'll be doing a resist-dye demonstration. I'll also give away a copy of my book, Visual Texture on Fabric and some resist-dyed cloth.

The interview takes place next Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00 noon Eastern time. If you can't watch the interview live, it will be available afterward for viewing. Register for the giveaway anytime before the interview.

I hope you can join us!

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