I am delighted to be one of the eight artists teaching during the first session of FIBER ART CONNECTION. I am teaching the week of May 3rd. Title: ZEN WREATH
I do hope you sign up…this will be a spectacular unique event! Where else can you meet a learn with eight fiber artists? AND…you will have access to this FOREVER!! yes, it is true. You can always access the content.
In the meantime…you can learn about all eight artists by visiting their blogs. Join in our blog hop…
We all donated art supplies and now have a wonderful basket full of goodies for some lucky person to win!! All you have to do is visit the blogs on the dates below (or after) up to March 15th.
Here is how it works: Enter to win by doing any of these things:
- Register for the class
- Leave a comment on this blog post answering this question “What attracts you to fiber art/artists?”
- Share a link to this blog post on social media and then leave another comment here telling me you did so
- Sign up for the Fiber Art Connection mailing list, you can do that here
|The basket includes 6 spools of variegated thread from 6 different thread companies, a piece of hand dyed fabric in a tonal rainbow color palette, pre-quilted 9″ block for coloring, 6 Inktense colored pencils, 2 quilt magazines, quilters flat tape measure, bag of six Valdani hand-dyed threads, gold eye chenille needles, hand dyed fabrics trim and lace, 10 fat quarters of assorted fabrics, 4 sheets of Tyvek, 2 coloured light weight Lutradur and 75 grams of Tussah Silk Top or Roving, artists transfer paper, 5 pieces of different colors of organza, 9 pieces of acid free tissue paper, silk organza, linen, embroidery thread, a package of beads and a spool of perks cotton thread.|
Meet Deborah Babin
1) What draws you to the fiber arts? Why do you work the way you do?
I have always loved sewing and working with my hands. It feels natural to me. I majored in fine arts and was a painter for many years. I had a chance meeting with some people who were well on their way making fiber art in the 90’s. This changed my course of direction and I have been making fiber art ever since. I work the way I do because…I consider myself to be a “purist”. I believe in preservation; that the art I make is important enough to last for many years. That it is made with integrity; that I can be proud of and hope it is cherished by others and kept safe. I believe in making original art.
2) Tell us about your studio! Where in the world is it? Is it clean or messy? Is it hidden away or out in the open?
Welcome! This is where I hang out most of the time. The tables are from IKEA. The storage bins are ELFA.
I am very fortunate! I live in a beautiful area of Washington State, across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Our home has three floors. The main living area is on the second floor and my studio is the entire third floor; 1000 sq. feet; with windows on all sides. I work somewhat messy…meaning, what I am using at the time is all out and left out until I am done. I do clean up in between projects. I work clean though; I don’t like to have dirty hands. I tend to clean up haphazardly though…then I have trouble finding stuff.
3) What’s your favorite color and why?
Turquoise/Aqua-I LOVE the color of the tropics! Turquoise is nature and never will be a trendy color.
4) What’s your least favorite thing to do when you’re working a piece?
One, to have to stop! I get annoyed when I am interrupted because I usually lose my train of thought. Two, I don’t like to stop and spend time tying knots. I do this when I am machine quilting. Again, this means I have to stop; but tying knots is important. And, honestly, it is good to stop and take breaks as this refreshes my eyes.
5) If you could fly where would you go?
I would fly to a place where turquoise water is seen to infinity! The tropical breezes would feel fantastic so I think I would fly right into the water and swim.
6) Tell us about the class you’re teaching in The Fiber Art Connection. What do you hope your students will learn from this?
I will present a new way to think about using unique products and found objects to make art with. The history behind this procurement is: I once lived in a rural area. There were few basic stores and the closest larger town was 1 hour away. Internet access was on dial up, ugh! Thus, often I found myself looking at what supplies I had on hand and experimented with those. This lead to excellent discoveries. One such item is interfacing. I use it as a painting surface and more. I will share my discoveries in this course. I also hope to inspire people to love the beauty of simplicity. For example, the beauty of hand sewing, hand quilting and taking the time to sit down and embrace ZEN.
7) Where else can we find you on the internet?
My second blog www.zencloth.com
This blog reflects my love of hand stitching. I consider it a pleasure and gift to myself to sit down…be still….and hand stitch. To get lost in the experience. To become “one” with the cloth. To be totally tranquil. This is quality time that I cherish.
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Now, answer the question:
What attracts you to fiber art/artists?
Add your answer in a comment below. I hope you win!!