Saturday, June 29, 2013

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I get a lot of questions from people about being a full-time artist.  
Yes, it's awesome.
No, I don't spend all day painting and playing.
Yes, I do still have to do lots and lots of stuff that I don't want to do.  
No, I can't think of another job I'd rather have.
I'm super grateful for this lucky life that allows me to do what I love.  But something I have to remember every day is that while I'm an artist, I'm also a business.  There's a lot that goes into running a business.  Some of it fun, some it boring, but all of it important.  
Today I thought I'd share a list of a few of the things that are true for my life as a full-time artist.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge

This year, 2013, is the 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, one of the most famous and beautiful buildings in the world. Naturally, we felt this called for fabrics to help celebrate! Consequently, we developed two designs, "Grand Central" and a complement, "GCT Constellations," both in two colorways, beige and GCT-ceiling aqua. GCT Constellations is inspired by the amazing ceiling. These mark the 8th & 9th original, New York-themed fabrics created and exclusively sold by The City Quilter. Images of the four fabrics are attached. Note that these photos don't fully capture the 24 inch repeats; nor do they adquately reflect the gold metallic that is extensively used in both designs.

So to properly commemorate one of America's most important pieces of pubic architecture, we partnered with American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, which is coincidentally celebrating its 20th Anniversary. We believe this is the first national quilt-making challenge themed on a building.

Here are the key points about the Challenge:
  •  Quilts can be up to 36" X 36"
  • Grand Prize is $ 2,000. There are other prizes as well.
  • Winners & finalists will be exhibited in Grand Central Terminal for about 3 months, starting in March, 2014. This affords a wonderful opportunity to expose quilt art to a wide public.
  • APQ plans to write about the submissions & competition next year
  • 25% or more of the quilt's surface must use one or more of our GCT prints.
  • Submissions must be made via photographs mailed to APQ by August 21
  • Up to 5 submissions per person/group. Only U.S. residents may apply.
  • More details on rules, prizes, and submission details, including a submission form, will be found on our web site, Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge, or by using American Patchwork & Quilting's similar page,

Naturally, we'd appreciate your spreading the word to others that might be interested in our Grand Central fabrics and the GCT competition. Thanks for your consideration.
Sincerely, Dale
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Meet Your Representative

Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine

Michele O'Neil Kincaid

In the 35 plus years I’ve considered myself an artist I’ve explored mediums from pen and ink, oils and watercolors to mixed media, all the while sewing garments and home decoration items for family and friends, moving up to designing and making Wedding dresses and formal wear. No matter where my art took me I always returned to textiles for the self expression and fulfillment I craved.

In the natural progression of life my art and fiber merged into a form I describe as “Traditional quilting run amok”! My pieces are very dimensional and tactile incorporating beads and stones and shells with fibers and paint and ink to convey the desired organic emotions. I have no high hopes to save the planet in one felled swoop, but prefer to inspire a joyful response, for the viewer to say “I saw something beautiful today”.
A New Hampshire native, I cherish the natural wonders around me and strive to express this love in my work to gift the viewer with a glimpse into my universe.

Sumac Sparks
© 2012 Michele O'Neil Kincaid
68" x 29"

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fiber Artistry of Salley Mavor

Pocketful of Posies is an exhibit of original artwork by Salley Mavor, nationally recognized fiber artist and one of the country's most lauded children's book illustrators.

Salley Mavor- "Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes" (Cover)

Pocketful of Posies: The Fiber Artistry of Salley Mavor
at Hedge House Museum
Plymouth, Massachusetts
June 1 - August 31, 2013 

Plymouth Antiquarian Society  |  Hedge House Museum  |  126 Water St.  |  Plymouth, MA