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Just One Week Until the Washington Craft Show!

October 24th, 2014

Grisdela  The Washington Craft Show opens one week from today! Halloween and art–what could be better?

This is my first year in this prestigious national show and I’m really looking forward to it. The show opens Friday, October 31 and runs through Sunday, November 2. Hours are 10-8 Friday, 10-6 Saturday, and 11-5 Sunday.

There will be 185 artists in a variety of media exhibiting their original creations in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington DC. There’s a Metro stop there at Mt. Vernon/Convention Center, as well as lots of parking. Admission is $15.

Open the link above to get all the details about the show, plus get a coupon for $1 off admission.

Artist categories include Basketry, Ceramics, Fiber–both decorative (that’s me) and wearable, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper and Wood. It’s always amazing to me to see what creative people can do with simple materials–we’d love to share it with you!

I’ll be in Booth 517 and I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 

I’m in Another Book!

October 23rd, 2014

Cover of 1000 Quilt InspirationsI’ve just been notified that my work has been chosen to be in another book!

It’s called 1000 Quilt Inspirations, curated by Sandra Sider, and it’s being published in February 2015. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

This book will be a little different, because it is a collection of quilt “details.” Think of it like a quilt within a quilt. My painting friends are mystified by this, but when I have one of my quilts professionally photographed, I almost always ask for a “detail shot,” which is a closeup of a section of the quilt that I think is particularly interesting and that shows the texture of the stitching well. Sometimes you can’t see the stitching well in the larger overall shot, so the detail gives the opportunity to get up close and really see what’s happening with the texture.

Curator Sandra Sider is a quilt artist and independent curator in New York who has written extensively about fiber and textile art. She is a former president of Studio Art Quilt Associates and a consulting curator for the Texas Quilt Museum. The book covers all kinds of quilts, from traditional to modern to art quilts, so there’s sure to be something for everyone to be inspired by.

If you’d like to preorder the book, click here to go to the publisher’s website. It’s got a great cover, don’t you think?!

And if you’d like to read about the other book my work is in this year, visit this blog post.

My latest newsletter is available in the right sidebar under “Newsletter Archives” if you’d like to read about the inspiration and process behind one of my newest quilts. And if you’d like to get the newsletter in your inbox every other month, feel free to subscribe there as well.

Here’s my show schedule for the rest of the year:

October 31-November 2, 2014 –Washington Craft Show. Located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Hours are 10-8 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. I’ll be in Booth 517. Admission $15.

November 8-9, 2014 – Downtown Art Festival, Gainesville, FL.

November 22-23, 2014 – American Fine Craft Show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

December 4-7, 2014 – One of A Kind Show Chicago, Chicago, IL.

If you’re in the area, I hope to see you at one of these events!

 

 

Studio Tour 2014 Update – a Great Weekend!

October 20th, 2014
Around the Block Cindy Grisdela

“Around the Block” –  Cindy Grisdela

Thanks to all who came to visit me at the Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour last weekend. It was great fun to meet new people, catch up with familiar faces, and talk about art for three days straight! Plus two wall pieces found new homes, including Around the Block at left.

The Studio Tour is unique compared to all the other shows I do, because I’m in my own creative space. I have my design board and my sewing machine set up, so I can demonstrate my process from the beginnings with small scraps of fabric to stitching the texture in the final composition freehand at the end.  I didn’t think until now to get someone to take a picture of me at the machine–I’ll make a note of that for next time! In the meantime if you missed it you can see my studio setup in my previous post.

Anyway, I enjoyed showing my visitors how I stitch texture onto my work just using my regular sewing machine–there’s no computer and no marking ahead of time, just me stitching the designs in my head as though I had a pen or brush in my hand instead of a sewing machine needle. A few even tried it for themselves, and understood at once that it takes years of practice to be completely comfortable with the technique!

I’m heading into a busy show season the next few weeks, starting the weekend after next:

October 31-November 2, 2014 –Washington Craft Show. Located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Hours are 10-8 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. I’ll be in Booth 517. Admission $15.

November 8-9, 2014 – Downtown Art Festival, Gainesville, FL.

November 22-23, 2014 – American Fine Craft Show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

December 4-7, 2014 – One of A Kind Show Chicago, Chicago, IL.

If you’re in the area, I hope to see you at one of these events!

It’s Time for Studio Tour 2014!

October 18th, 2014
Studio Tour 2014 Cindy Grisdela

Studio Tour 2014 Cindy Grisdela

We’re all set up and ready to go for the Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour!

I’m in my space at the Artist’s Atelier (Stop #19) located at 1144 Walker Road in Great Falls, along with many of my studio mates who are painters and photographers, plus a jeweler and mixed media artist downstairs. We’d love to see you on this beautiful fall day!

The Tour is a free self-guided driving tour to the creative spaces of 50 artists in Great Falls. It’s a great opportunity to see artists at work in their natural habitats. There will be demonstrations, opportunities to ask questions, and get a peek into what a professional artist’s life is like. And if you see a piece of art that you’d like to buy to have in your home or office–you can do that too.

Visit www.GreatFallsStudios.com and click on “2014 Studio Tour” for images and information about the participating artists. You can download a map and brochure to plan your visit, or just pick up a brochure at the Studio Headquarters at the Great Falls Community Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike, or at any stop along the tour.

The Tour runs today, Saturday October 18 and tomorrow, Sunday October 19, from 10-5 each day.

 

Studio Tour is One Week Away!

October 10th, 2014
Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour Oct. 17-19, 2014

Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour Oct. 17-19, 2014

The Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour is just one week away. Next Friday, October 17, 50 artists in Great Falls, VA will open their studio doors to visitors–many of them are only open at this time. It’s our 11th year, and the Tour runs for three days this year, through Sunday, October 19. Hours are 10-5 each day.

It’s a great opportunity to visit artists in their own creative spaces–you’ll see the tools they use and sometimes the mess they make, talk to them about their inspiration and their process, see their work up close, and find out why they are compelled to create art. And if you’d like to buy a piece of art for your own home or office, you can do that too!

The Tour is free and it’s family friendly. Visit the website at www.GreatFallsStudios.com to plan your trip–click on “2014 Studio Tour.” You can read about the artists and see images of the work that will be presented on the Tour–paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, a weaver, a printmaker, and much more. Oh and of course–my contemporary quilted wall hangings! Download a brochure from the website, or just pick one up at Studio Headquarters at the Great Falls Community Library, or at any stop along the way.

Cindy Grisdela Studio Tour 2014

Cindy Grisdela Studio Tour 2014

I’ll be at my studio at the Artists’ Atelier with 10 of my studio mates. I have some new wall hangings in a variety of sizes, plus table runners. I’ll be demonstrating how I add texture to my work with just a regular sewing machine–you can try it too!

We’re located at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G. We’ve been busy hanging new work in our studio spaces and in the gallery–come see what we’ve been up to!

I hope to see you there. But if that weekend doesn’t work for you, mark your calendars for October 31-November 2, when I’ll be exhibiting at the Washington Craft Show in downtown Washington, DC.

 

Yellow wins!

October 7th, 2014
yellow and gray quilted pillow

Yellow/Gray Pillow 2014 Cindy Grisdela

Thanks for all your helpful, insightful comments about the yellow and orange compositions I posted about recently!

Although the orange and dark gray design was ahead in the comments in the beginning, the yellow and light gray one won in the end. It’s quilted with subtle curved lines in a pastel variegated thread so as not to overpower the composition. I made it into a pillow that will be available starting November 1 at the Celebration of American Crafts at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT. It’s my third year participating in this invitational show that runs through December 24, 2014. Hours are Monday to Saturday 11 – 6; Thursdays 11 – 8; Sundays 1 – 5. I’ll have some other pillows and wall hangings in the show as well.

I’ve been hard at work getting ready for the Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour in just over a week. This year the tour will be three days–Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19, 2014. Hours are 10-5 each day. I’ll be at the Artist’s Atelier, the studio I share with twelve other artists for the tour, and I’ll be demonstrating how I add texture to my work with just a regular home sewing machine. Come visit me at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G in Great Falls, VA. The tour is free and there will be 50 artists participating–painters, photographers, jewelers, potters, and more. Visit our website at www.GreatFallsStudios.com to get more information about the artists and the tour and plan your visit. Click on “2014 Studio Tour.”

We’d love to see you there!

 

 

 

Yellow or Orange?

September 22nd, 2014
Orange/Gray Composition 2014 Cindy Grisdela

Orange/Gray Composition 2014 Cindy Grisdela

 

Yellow/Gray Composition 2014 Cindy Grisdela

Yellow/Gray Composition 2014 Cindy Grisdela

I was in my studio last week working on some new compositions, and I need some advice. Do you like the yellow and gray design or the orange and gray one?

These are likely to turn into pillows, but I think the idea might be interesting enough for a series of wall hangings. What do you think? Maybe different colors would work too?

Of course, these don’t have any texture yet because they haven’t been quilted–maybe it’s hard to tell what they could be. I could use straight horizontal or vertical lines, wavy lines, or add some dense  swirls to complement the straight lines of the design.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

I have a busy show season the next few months; mark your calendars:

October 17-19, 2014 – Great Falls Studios 2014 Studio Tour. I’ll be in my studio space at the Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA. Come see how I add texture to my quilts just using a regular sewing machine.  Hours are 10-5 all three days. FREE.

October 31-November 2, 2014 – Washington Craft Show. Located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Hours are 10-8 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. I’ll be in Booth 517. Admission $15.

November 8-9, 2014 – Downtown Art Festival, Gainesville, FL.

November 22-23, 2014 – American Fine Craft Show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

December 4-7, 2014 – One of A Kind Show Chicago, Chicago, IL.

I hope to see you soon!

SAQA 2014 Benefit Auction Starts Today

September 15th, 2014

"Surfside" 2014 Cindy Grisdela SAQA Benefit Auction

The Studio Art Quilts Association (SAQA) 2014 Benefit Auction starts today, Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2 PM EDT.

SAQA members donate 12″ x 12″ works of art for the auction and proceeds go to support exhibits and programs that showcase quilts as art all over the world.

It’s one of my favorite events, and I’m proud to have donated to the auction for the last five years. My piece, “Surfside,” pictured at left, was chosen to be part of an in-person auction at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX at the end of October. I’ll post more details about that closer to the time.

In the online part of the auction starting today, all the quilts on Page 1 will be eligible for bidding, and there are some wonderful pieces! It’s a reverse auction with the starting bid at $750 today, going down to $550 tomorrow, $350 on Wednesday, $250 on Thursday, $150 on Friday and $75 on Saturday. The price changes at 2 PM EDT each day.

The next section of the auction, on Page 2, starts on September 22 using the same pricing model, and the third phase, on Page 3, starts on September 29. There’s a great explanation on the SAQA site here if you need more information.

Go take a look and see which piece is your favorite!

 

Published in Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine – Giveaway

September 12th, 2014
Cindy Grisdela magazine layout MQU S/O 2014

Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine Sept/Oct 2014

I had a surprise in my mailbox the other day–a copy of the latest issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine, which features my quilts on its “Art Studio” pages.

They did such a great job laying out the pages and arranging the images–it’s great fun to see the quilts all in one place! The article tells the story of how I got started in quilting and where my journey has taken me over the years. And I got a kick out of seeing my name on the cover.

Machine Quilting Unlimited Sept/Oct 2014 Cover

Machine Quilting Unlimited Sept/Oct 2014 Cover

I have an extra copy of the magazine, which I’m happy to give away to the seventh person to comment on this post. Send me a note and tell me what you think!

And here’s a copy of the cover so you know what it looks like and what else is in this issue–it’s chockful of great ideas and inspiration. It’s the September/October 2014 issue if you want to find it in your local shop, or click on the MQU link above to order it directly from the company.

Thanks so much to the editors and publishers of MQU for this great opportunity.

My work is on exhibit this month at the US Geological Survey in Reston, VA as part of the “Sea of Sticks and Stones” all media exhibit organized by Great Falls Studios. The USGS is located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston and is open during business hours, 8-5 Monday-Friday. It’s a government facility, so a photo ID is required to enter.

I’m also part of an all fiber exhibit called “The Color of Sunburn” at the Artists’ Atelier located at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G in Great Falls, VA. The exhibit is open Wednesday and Saturday from 12-4 PM, and other times by appointment. There will be an opening reception tomorrow, Saturday September 13 from 1-4 PM.

And mark your calendars for the Great Falls Studios 2014 Annual Studio Tour, open three days this year on October 17, 18, and 19 from 10-5 each day. I’ll be in my space at the Artists’ Atelier with lots of new work to show!

Two weeks after that, I’m excited to participate in the Washington Craft Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC, being held October 31-November 2.

I hope to see you soon!

 

An Award at “Sticks and Stones” Exhibit!

September 6th, 2014
Shades of Autumn Cindy Grisdela 23"x19"

Shades of Autumn Cindy Grisdela 23″x19″

I was thrilled to hear my name called at the opening reception yesterday afternoon for an Honorable Mention award at the Great Falls Studios “A Sea of Sticks and Stones” multimedia art exhibit.

Shades of Autumn, at left, is one of three of my wall pieces in the show, which includes painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture as well. Since it was a rather realistic themed show and my work is more abstract, I wasn’t expecting to hear my name at all–it was a very nice surprise. As a fiber artist, winning an award at a fine art show is a big deal for me.

The juror and judge, Walter Bartman, did an amazing job of explaining how he chose the 88 images for the show itself, and then spent time going over each piece that was chosen for an award. It was an incredible learning experience. He said he chose this piece of mine because of the depth of color, the “push and pull” of the quieter curved sections with the more active linear sections, and the three dimensional feel added by the stitching texture.

"A Sea of Sticks and Stones" reception 2014

“A Sea of Sticks and Stones” reception 2014

The show runs through September 29, 2014 in the Art Hall at the USGS, located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA. It’s open during business hours–8 AM – 5 PM Monday-Friday, and a photo ID is required to enter the building.

The photo at left from the reception gives you a better idea of the exhibit as a whole–it’s a visual feast and I’m glad to be part of it! My heartfelt thanks to the members of Great Falls Studios for their talent and inspiration and to the tireless volunteers who made this show a reality.

It’s a busy time for the artists of Great Falls Studios– mark your calendars for the 2014 Studio Tour–this year it will be three days from Friday, October 17- Sunday, October 19 from 10-5 each day. I’ll be in the studio I share with 14 other artists located at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G in Great Falls.