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Wen Redmond, one of my favorite creative people, gave a most welcomed detailed demo and talk, “Digital Explorations in Fiber and Mixed Media,” about the processes she uses in her work.  I was so excited to attend this demo sponsored by the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

The program was offered in relation to the opening of two exhibits at the Ruth Funk, SAQA’s “Radical Elements” and “The View Within.”  In “Radical Elements” each artist was asked to select an element from the periodic table as a jumping off point to inspire his or her work. In “A View Within” two fiber artists use medical imaging to inspire their pieces.

Here are just a few photos of work in “Radical Elements.”  While it is too late to hear Wen speak, you are in luck if you want to enjoy the exhibits which run from May 28 up until August 27th.

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“Lighter than Air” by Wen Redmond (Helium)

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“Blizzard” Kathy York (Technetium)

 

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“Cold Fire” by Kathie Kerler (Phosphorus)

 

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“Hay Meets Rontgen” by Jim Hay (Roentgenium)

 

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You probably think I have been drinking wine and munching on Christmas cookies, since I have been missing in action for so long. And yes, there has been lots of activities including birthdays, videos, music, dinners and sweets to eat. And although I have not even put away my Christmas decorations yet, I have not been totally neglecting creative adventures during this time.

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I went crazy making potholders/trivets.

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I dyed some scarves.

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I have one quilt on the long arm ready to go…

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and another almost ready to quilt…

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and yet a third one ready to quilt.

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I received lots of great fabric for presents….as well as the fabric for the Modern Quilt Guild Madrona Road Challenge…

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and a journal and pens to (from the person who originally inspired me to quilt, thanks, Debbie) to plan out my next fabric projects.

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I watched (twice) the new DVD by Wen Redmond, “Digital Imagery in Fiber Art: Using Textured Backgrounds for a Painterly Effect” , and also looked through the book, “Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media” by Bonnie Pierce Lhotka and came away inspired. Very excited and inspired.*

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I have been playing with some stabilizer, texturing materials such as molding paste, and paints and some coating supplies such as Ink Aid products…

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to physically alter some of my already digitally altered photos (in Photoshop) to use in fabric projects hopefully to be made in the very near future.

I will send some updates soon, promise!

* Some of the other materials that inspire me along the same lines are:

“Digital Art Revolution” by Ligon

“Digital Art Studio” by Schminke, Krause and Lhotka

“Digital Expressions” by Tuttle

“Digital Image Transfer” by Horovitz

“Digital Quilting” by  Smith and Smith

“Piecing with Pixels” by Hart and Campbell

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