Artists-The Path To Success

Subscribing to art blogs of artists that you respect is highly recommended. One of my favorites is Nicholas Wilton. It doesn’t matter what medium(s) you prefer….most artists have the same hopes and goals. His recent article: The Path to Success is extremely relevant.

Subscribe to his blog and I think you will learn a lot.

My artistic PATH has been life long. 

Deborah Babin, 2008. Houston International Quilt Show.

Deborah Babin, 2008. Houston International Quilt Show.

Here I am in 2008 posing in front of my art quilt: Swan Party of Ten.

I had two quilts accepted into that show; I was very proud! I thought I truly “arrived”. That quilt went on to be juried into multiple National and International exhibitions; it has been retired for quite some time. Validation? Yes. Validation is important; however, I gradually discovered that this was merely a stepping stone. Eventually, this type of venue did not fulfill my dreams. I have redirected my energy to fine art and mixed media; It is all part of the journey.

The journey is the destiny.

Have you changed your course? Are you ready to reexamine your path? Let me know if you can relate to this. I love to receive comments.


Face Book

Deb in Santorini, 9-2016

Deb in Santorini, Greece 9-2016 Face Book Image

I have a love/hate relationship with Face Book. On the one hand I love to watch the videos of animals! I also love to see what artists are up to. I do not LOVE the political rhetoric. Believe me….I DO have political opinions….but, I desperately avoid commenting and posting about political topics. Once in a while…IF it is “safe” I will….

What I do LOVE the most are poems, sayings, quotes or messages that are inline with my beliefs; such as this one I read today:

Your art is NOT about how many people like your work

your art is about

if your heart likes your work

if your soul likes your work

It’s about how honest you are with yourself

and you must NEVER trade honesty for relate-ability.

This statement is PURE and SIMPLE; one that I aspire to FOR SURE. Once we get this into our minds (head), we will be free to create like we are designed to; how we are wired to. Once we align ourselves with this freedom we will achieve levels of creativity like never before.

LIKE me on Face Book!

FOLLOW ME on Face Book!

 


Now on another level….I am quite feisty! The following sums me up as well…

CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE

  1. easily bored
  2. risk takers
  3. color outside the lines
  4. think with their hearts
  5. make lots of mistakes
  6. hate rules
  7. work independently
  8. change their mind a lot
  9. have a reputation for eccentricity
  10. dream BIG!

Do you dream BIG?

Let me know if you relate to any of this….leave your comments below; I’d love to hear from you.

 

Mixing UP Media-On line course Set for April 1, 2016

CL_emb_200My online course: Mixing Up Media is scheduled on the Academy of Quilting for April 1st.

This is your opportunity to learn about various mediums that I like to use.

 

 

 

 

What are they?

  • Interfacing
  • Tissue Paper
  • Silk Organza

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.

This was quite a few years ago and yet….I still like to resource, recycle and challenge myself.

I know that many fiber artists “collect” fabric…the infamous “stash”. I for one, do not want a stash.

I on the contrary….want to have a color palette to use that is from various sources. This is pertinent for making ORIGINAL art.

Example: Painted tissue paper

Example: Painted tissue paper

In my course I will share my favorite techniques. You can use these endlessly. You will learn a lot!

I hope you do take a moment and read about the course HERE

The supply list is available in advance on the Academy of Quilting ahead of time.

If you have a question about the supplies, please contact me.

 

FIBER ART CONNECTION-Blog Hop-You Can Be a Winner!

FIBER ART CONNECTION


 

Here’s how… Go to Desiree Habicht’s blog TODAY she is the first blog on the blog hop. Then proceed to the next blog tomorrow and so on until you have visited all eight blogs. Yes…EIGHT

There are EIGHT artists presenting a week long course during a three month session. Each artist is unique and worth a visit. You will learn a lot just doing this!

Pay attention to the rules so you will have the most chances to win! The lucky person will be chosen on March 15th.

Be sure to do the blog hop, write your comments to be eligible to win BEFORE March 15th!!

Read about the FIBER ART CONNECTION presentation. A fantastic three month session that is about to start March 15th.

fac blog hop 600Enter: Win the BIG basket of goodies by doing these steps:
1. Leaving a comment on the blogs
2. Sign up for the session
3. Comment on a Face Book post about this event.
4. Re post on facebook
Read all of the details on the blogs.
You can sign up for the first session NOW.

Visit each blog post on the specific date as listed below.

If you miss one…not to worry! Just visit them all ON or AFTER the date given. Be sure to leave a comment on the blog.

Blog Hop List and Blog Post Date

3/1     Desiree Habicht

3/2    Candy Glendening

3/3     Liz Kettle

3/4     Roxane Lessa

3/7     Ruth Chandler

3/8     Cecile Whatman

3/9     Deborah Babin

3/10   Rayna Gillman

FIBER ART CONNECTION-BLOG HOP-You can win a fantastic prize!

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Zen Wreath-Mini

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:

  1. Register for the class
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post answering this question “What attracts you to fiber art/artists?” 
  3. Share a link to this blog post on social media and then leave another comment here telling me you did so
  4. Sign up for the Fiber Art Connection mailing list, you can do that here
Art supplies donated by all 8 artists...lot's of good stuff!

Art supplies donated by all 8 artists…lot’s of good stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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?

Video-Take a tour of my studio

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?

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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.

Face Book

Face Book Page-Deborah Babin

Face Book Profile-Debbie Babin Send me a friend request!

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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!!

 

Fiber Art Connection-Sign Up February 15th

Guess what???  You are invited to a new fiber art adventure; a completely new learning community.

I’m really excited to share this news with you! AND I am delighted to reveal that I will be one of the eight artists offering a full week of instruction in May. This is an exclusive, private online art community that you can participate in right from your home.

Who We Are

The Fiber Art Connection
A learning community for the underground fiber artist ready to bring their art into the light

 

 

Here is the roster of teachers for the first session:

  • Desiree Habicht
  • Roxane Lessa
  • Candy Glendening
  • Liz Kettle
  • Rayna Gillman
  • Cecile Whatman
  • Deborah Babin
  • Ruth Chandler

Wow!  I’m so excited to be included in this fabulous group of artists/teachers!   A different teacher every week. We are also going to have a blog hop with prizes in the very near future too, so you clan learn more about these ladies.

Read the schedule of topics here

Each teacher will offer one week of instruction. I am scheduled for Week 8, May 3rd.

The content will remain accessible to you indefinitely. This is a huge plus! This way you may access the courses any time in the future.

Just some of the skills you will learn:

  • How to apply mixed media to different surfaces
  • Applique techniques
  • Painting on fabric
  • Thread painting and sketching
  • Acrylic ink on fabric
  • Collages
  • Lettering
  • and more. 

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 Week 8– Join Fiber artist, Deborah Babin as she leads you into the layered world of painted fabrics in her class, Zen Wreath-Mixed Media. Learn how to paint interfacings, silk organza and even tissue paper to create mysterious layers that produce spectacular results. Color washes and Deborah’s layering techniques will help you bring a new depth and dimension into your own art quilts. You will be creating this beautiful little floral wreath quilt that you can add to and make your own!       

Please click here to find out more and to register:
The first session begins March 15th…reserve your spot!

 


 

 

Denim Clutch Bag

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Clutch bag folded size 7.5″

I love clutch bags. A clutch bag is a simple shape which can be any size and any fabric.

I made one this week with black denim that I discharged. The results of the discharge are very interesting. The denim is from an old pair of jeans. The qualities of old denim in particular, appeal to me. The denim is very soft and yet the character is unique. The feel is warm and fun to hold, almost like a security blanket.

A finished folded clutch bag is basically a rectangle. I like to make them with a zipper and without. This one does not have a zipper.

Free Motion Denim-Demo

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Clutch bag opened flat, size 13.5″

I made another clutch bag with a zipper. The zipper is on the opening. The bag can fold over to either side. Each side has a different look.

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Clutch bag with a zipper, view 1

Clutch bag with a zipper, view 2

Clutch bag with a zipper, view 2

I also like to make pouches with a zipper. These are very useful. I use them for jewelry, cosmetics and more.

Denim pouch, view 1

Denim pouch view 1

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Denim pouch view 2

Make Big Art-Black and White Compositions Update

In January of this year I announced that I would be making big serious art with the focus on black and white. My attempts were feeble to say the least; however, I learned a lot. The first composition did not progress to a point that pleased me. Eventually, I gravitated to a place where I am comfortable and yet still challenged.

What I learned is that working in (stark/solid) black and white is not for me. I realized my eyes respond best to subtleties in values and additional subtle color; having nuances is pleasing to me. The color I like the most is turquoise and I consider this to be a neutral color. This is the results: Four new compositions. As for making big art…that hasn’t happened yet either. I hope this goal will eventually work for me. I have made more art besides these four which I will cover in another post.

Sway with Me

Sway with Me

Sway with Me, 11 x 17″

This piece is made with canvas painted with two methods and mediums.

Method 1-Black ink and turquoise ink was poured and left to dry.

Method 2-Black and white acrylic paint. Black paint was applied with a paint brush first in random areas. When dry, white paint was added randomly. The paint was scratched into while still wet using the end of the paint brush to reveal black underneath leaving calligraphic marks and then left to dry.

Both pieces of painted canvas were torn into smaller pieces. It took many attempts of arranging the pieces to come up with a composition. Finally, I settled on this one. The hand stitching defined the character along with the addition of beads. Gradually I saw a woman’s figure dancing with her arms raised overhead. I am very pleased with the results. Click on any image to see an enlarged image.

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Purple Haze

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Purple Haze, 8×10″

 

I like to draw on a program called Procreate. Often times I use this program to pass the time while flying long distances. This design is a cropped section of one of the drawings in black and white.

I printed the drawing onto silk habotai using my Epson printer with archival Durabright ink. Prior to printing I tweak the image in a photo program. I enjoy trying out various effects and this time subtle areas of purple developed. The only draw back is the size limitations.

 

Future plans: Divide and print a composition on multiple pieces of 8.5 x 11″ to enlarge the scale. Check the link to read about it using MS Paint.

I love the way silk responds to ink. Hand stitching brought this piece to life. The small (chicken scratch) stitches in purple represent a field in the background behind the large dark shape. I had some large purple bugle beads (mat finish) that connected perfectly by repeating the effect in the foreground (bottom left).

Seashore

Sea Shore, 5 x 8"

Sea Shore, 5 x 8″

 

This piece is not quite finished yet. I am thinking about adding a few more embellishments.

It is made with pieces of the painted canvas. I decided to add some warmth with shades of brown/pink thread (machine stitching).

Three pieces of painted lace looks sort of like beach fence; tiny real sea shells fit in perfectly. (Lace painted with Adriondack color wash: Butterscotch and Raisin)

I begin by moving and  arranging pieces of the painted fabric until I see a pleasing  composition. Sometimes this takes hours. Often I walk away,  wait a day or two and resume. Occasionally, I put it away and work on something else. The composition was positioned on batting and machine stitched in place; additional hand stitching enhances specific spots.

Silver Strands

Silver Strands, 6.5" x10.5"

Silver Strands, 6.5″ x10.5″

Silk habotai printed with my Epson printer; black and white with organic effects.

 

This piece is hand stitched with black and white thread; both running stitch and chicken scratch. Beads are attached to emphasize areas; blue and white. Some blue beads are crystals some are mat. In addition, I added four silver wire shapes to the center. I like adding wire. The wire has been pounded and shaped. The ends are pounded flat like a paddle. The wire is attached with hand stitching. Several stitches repeated in one spot to secure it and then repeated in several spots along the wire. The thread matches the color of the background at the point of stitching.

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Silver Strands detail

Both Seashore and Silver Strands will be trimmed and the edges finished.  You can see the stitching along the edge to secure the layers until this is done.

All four of pieces have similar qualities but are uniquely different. They will be mounted the same to create cohesiveness; 1.5″ deep painted canvas; black paint swiped on rather sloppy to look similar to the paint effects on the fabric.

I would like to read your comments. Write to me and tell me what you think. I welcome feedback.

 

 

 

 

Form Not Function

Form Not Function-Quilt Art at the Carnegie the Center for Art and History

Opens May 8 through July 11, 2015

201 East Spring Street New Albany, Indiana

The Historic Carnegie Library Building

Reception: Friday, May 8th/6-8 p.m.

Music by” the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet

I am honored to announce that my piece Circle the Block I is in this juried exhibition.

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Circle the Block 1

 

The Carnegie Center for Art & History is seeking applications for their juried exhibition “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie.” This popular annual exhibition never fails to provide a stirring and extensive profile of the world of contemporary U.S. quilting. 

12th Annual Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, May 8-July 11, 2015
This annual, juried exhibit draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts. For a work of art to be considered for the exhibit, it must incorporate two or more layers held together with stitches, leaving room for the artists to fully exercise their creativity through a variety of techniques and mediums. Over the past twelve years, “Form, Not Function” has gained recognition for this evolving art form, and the Carnegie Center is proud to continue serving as a known venue for the exhibition of contemporary art quilts. This year, 27 quilts were selected out of the 532 submitted for consideration from 111 individual artists.

Affirmation-Two Acceptances

 

I entered two calls for entry recently. Two shows-two pieces accepted. I am delighted.

Carnegie Center for Art and History-Form Not Function 2015

Circle the Block 1

I sketch basic designs periodically. Several of them spoke to me and evolved into a series of five. Each piece was made with zillions of little pieces of fabric. First the sections were defined and then filled with rectangles, circles and squares with a circle cut out. Some pieces have two layers of color. Each piece has been stitched. Yes, this was tedious; yet addictive. The more I worked the more the colors mingled, contrasted and appeared to be moving. This motion reminded me of cars as if they were circling around (looking for a place to park). The circles and blocks and the act of “circling the block” produced the title.

Circle the Block 1-12x12"

Circle the Block 1-12×12″

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Circle the Block 1 side view

Circle The Block 1 in progress

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Circle the Block 1 detail of in progress

Circle the Block 1-detail in progress

Yeiser Art Center-Fantastic Fibers 2015

Imagine

Imagine 28 x 55"

Imagine 28 x 55″

Imagine Detail 1

Imagine Detail 1

Imagine Detail 2

Imagine Detail 2

Medium: Linen, dye, organza, rayon thread

One of my favorite songs is IMAGINE by John Lennon. I love the word and I love to create and use my imagination.

The fabric is one piece of linen fabric. The design was created by Deconstruction Screen Printing.

Thickened dye was used with the silk screen to create the design. I used the word IMAGINE and wrote this word many times in various places on the screen. The thickened dye design is left to dry. The fabric is spread out and the screen with the design is placed on the fabric. More dye is added inside the screen well and then pushed through the screen with a squeegee. The dried dye blocks the wet dye from going through and creates a resist which shows the design produce by the dried dye. This process is continued over and over again; overlapping and repositioning with each pull of the squeegee. Various colors of dye are used for the design and more colors are used on the silk screen. As the process continues the dried dye begins to soften and break apart (deconstruction). This deconstruction creates a multitude of effects including partial designs. Some of the words are more visible and clearly defined and some are barely recognizable. The process is done with quite a bit of pressure to aid in the deconstruction of the dried dye. This takes several hours to complete a piece this size. And when done there is no dried dye left on the screen.

IMAGINE is outlined with free motion stitching in rayon thread.

Hand cut squares of organza are scattered over the surface.

Academy of Quilting Blog Post

The Academy of Quilting has a very nice blog. The courses offered there are quite diverse; from traditional piecing to courses like mine: Mixed Media. Do yourself a favor and check out what is offered Here

Yesterday my post was published on the Academy of Quilting blog:

HL_fv_200Opportunities-Are brief moments in time; timing is everything…I say that a lot. We have many opportunities that come our way; often times we are distracted; or, maybe we aren’t ready. When it is the right time, we are receptive, we are ready, that is when and the chances for growth are optimal; which, in turn set up for opportunities.
◦I have the opportunity here on the Academy of Quilting to meet you and share my knowledge about how I make art.
◦You have the opportunity to participate, learn new things and meet new people.
◦We have the opportunity to meet each other, discuss, and make a solid connection; one that presents a bountiful opportunity.

Making connections is vital for us. People with common interests become our support system. The ability to meet people online all over the world is still amazing to me. What an opportunity for sure.

Mixing Up Media-Now open for sign ups

Compiling and composing this course was quite challenging. Making art is my passion; however, explaining how I make art requires countless hours of writing, photographing, making samples, making art and more. I am proud of the results and delighted to present this compilation here.

Big Reveal: I have been working with certain mediums for the last ten years and I developed methods. These have been extracted, simplified and fine tuned to present to you in a manner that will be enlightening. My goal is to ignite a fire in your creative spirit and guide you along the way, to stretch and grow, discover your style no matter of your level.

Win-Win-We make a new connection and the best part: You will take away more than you started with.

Mixed Media-Translates to: The freedom to play and experiment. Mixed Media is a vague term; the sky is the limit. Thus, I have chosen to focus on a few particular materials and mediums; some that are unique and uncommon and my favorites.

Materials such as: Interfacing, Tissue Paper and Silk Organza.

Mediums such as: spray inks (Adirondack Color Wash and Dylusions)

Join me-let’s make something wonderful together.  Enter my virtual studio and observe the action. In my younger years if I had had an opportunity (like this) I would have jumped on it, and now you can.