An exhibition The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be” is currently on display at the Lakeside Coffee House at 402 W Lakeside Street in Madison, WI until May 11, 2014. This is a wonderful exhibition of non-traditional fiber works that have grown out of weekly sewing sessions session focused on Continue Reading »
Category Archives: Fiber arts. Fabric design
Written on April 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm, by Helen
Written on February 3, 2014 at 12:28 am, by Helen
Artist Leslee Nelson creates Memory Cloths using the creative process to reflect on her life and makes art from her memories. In December 2005 Leslee Nelson saw an exhibit, The Art of War, which included Memory Cloths from South Africa. These brightly colored fabrics had embroidered images from the maker’s memory. Accompanying them were narrative Continue Reading »
Written on September 6, 2013 at 6:00 am, by Helen
This blog was originally published in September of 2012 to celebrate the first exhibition of the Exquisite Uterus Art of Resistance Project. The project and the need continues. We have just invited another round of artist to join the project and continue to exhibit the wonderful uteri to collaboratively raise our voices on the issues Continue Reading »
Written on August 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm, by Helen
I am honored to be the featured artist on the Artsy Shark blog this week. Please check it out here or read the same below. Also, by way of an update on the Exquisite Uterus Project that Alison Gates and I are co-facilitating, the second call for participation is still out and artists planning on Continue Reading »
Categories: Ability, Activist Art, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Beauty, Career Development, environmental art, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Political Art, Spoonflower, This and That, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Written on June 4, 2012 at 4:24 am, by Helen
Susan Grabel’s recent retrospective at the Staten Island Art Museum offered an exhibition that recognized her 35 plus years of creating art with a social purpose, and brought together works representing the feminist critique of contemporary culture that has brought a larger meaning to her creative work her throughout her career.
Written on May 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm, by Helen
The more I have looked the more I have found systematic outrage across the country at the efforts to regulate women’s reproductive lives by imposing particular moral and religious perspectives. ..Many individuals, including artists, are fighting back in our own ways.
Written on September 1, 2011 at 12:27 am, by Helen
Sally Noland is a wonderful painter but her artistic passions really lay in fibers. I asked Sally to share the story of her passion for quilting in her own words, and to mention some of the quilters that have influenced her own creative journey.
Written on July 4, 2011 at 4:25 am, by Helen
I love nothing better than working in my art studio alone. I hunger for it. I work hard to protect my art time from other obligations. I can spend endless hours painting, creating, and seeking that place of flow that is timeless and thrilling. It is my favorite thing to do right up until it becomes lonely, oppressive, and isolating.
Categories: art and technology, art collaboration, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Spoonflower, Teaching Art and Creativity, Watercolor, Women Artists, Workshops and Classes
Written on May 2, 2011 at 2:50 am, by Helen
Activist art is, by definition, historically specific. It aims to address particular cultural, political and social concerns with a view to producing concrete social change. It is interesting to me as an artist and an educator how seldom we find an analysis of what makes effective activist art a part of what we teach and learn, especially since we need it now more than ever.
Categories: Activist Art, Artist Resources, Diversity, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Political Art, Teaching Art and Creativity, This and That, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists
Written on November 23, 2010 at 2:30 am, by Helen
My watercolor painting, Bluebirds Love Sumac, was painted in celebration of the fall sumac and the restoration of bluebird habitat. I’m delighted the painting was chosen for the cover of the 2011 Dane County Cultural Commission Calendar.