“SPROING” IS GOING TO QUILT NATIONAL!
“Sproing” was accepted to Quilt National ’23. Getting into this prestigious show is something I’ve been working toward for the past ten years, so I’m super excited. This year, there were 674 entries from 20 countries, and the exhibition will include about 80 pieces.
“Sproing” is based on a line drawing I made of old-fashioned bed springs discarded on a curb in my neighborhood. This piece is 42.5” wide by 64.25 high, and is wholecloth painted and free-motion machine quilted.
The exhibition will be open to the public at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, May 27 through Sept. 4, 2023.
BANNED BOOKS TRADING CARDS
My work was chosen as one of seven 2022 Chapel Hill Public Library "Banned Books Trading Cards." The cards highlight the ongoing struggle for intellectual freedom and warn about the dangers of censorship.
If you've never read Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," please put it on your list. It is my favorite book.
QUILTING ARTS TV – NEW EPISODES ARE HERE!
After a few years of disruption because of COVID, in July 2022, we shot Series 2900 of "Quilting Arts TV” at Golden Peak Media Studios in Golden, Colorado. We have a fresh new set, equipment and production crew. This new series is available now, and features guests Lea McComas, Denise Labadie, Helen Parsons, Valerie Goodwin, Carolina Asmussen, Luana Rubin, Margaret Abramshe, Heidi Zielinski, Valerie White, and Barbara Yates Beasley. QATV is shown on more than 400 PBS stations across the U.S., and showcases the work of expert art quilters who explain and teach innovative surface design, construction, embellishment, and hand and machine stitching techniques. Novice and professional art quilters alike can learn something new from the wide variety of topics explored on the show. To see the show on your television: Visit your local Public Television station’s website to see if the show is available in your area. To purchase downloads to individual series, or to get access to all seasons: Video Downloads or Stream All Episodes on QuiltingDaily.com.
You can see lots of photos of previous guests on my QATV webpage!
CAROLINA ALUMNI REVIEW
A feature about me is included in the May/June 2022 issue of Carolina Alumni Review, the magazine of the General Alumni Association at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (I earned my master's degree in journalism there in 1994.) It includes information about me, and many photos of my work.
Quiltfolk magazine's issue #23 is about North Carolina quilters, and I'm so excited that I'm in it! Quiltfolk is a beautifully produced ad-free 180-page magazine that's really more like a series of books. Four are created each year.
You can read more about this issue, and subscribe, here: https://www.quiltfolk.com/issue-23-north-carolina/
BLUE WATER FILM FESTIVAL
I'm pleased to have been chosen as the 2022 Featured Artist for the 2022 Blue Water Film Festival. They used my piece, "Net of Wonder," on their poster. The festival “encourages attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and think deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance.”
For more information about Blue Water Film Festival, visit www.bluewaterfilmfestival.org
“Pink Coleus” was exhibited at Sacred Threads in July 2022, and will travel with the exhibition through mid 2024. Since 2001, Sacred Threads exhibitions have focused on quilts dealing with powerful expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood.
You can see the schedule here: https://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/travel.html
The catalog is available on Amazon.com
CHECK OUT the Quilting Arts Podcast
Vivika Hansen DeNegre and I are co-hosts of the Quilting Arts Podcast, where we take a deep dive into the world of contemporary art quilting. Episodes feature an Artist in Residence who shares her/his thoughts on the theme.
Learn more at QuiltingDaily.com
I'm featured on Lisa Walton’s “Quilt Stories”
I was interviewed by Lisa Walton for her YouTube series “Quilt Stories,” and shared how I made my art quilt “I'll Fly Away” for “We Are The Story,” a multi-site exhibition curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, and presented by the Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network.
You can see the interview here.