Thursday, February 8, 2018

Waiting for Art

art always takes my hand and leads. it's best that way. Good to open the space.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Printing a Collage

applying a thin coat of gel medium to a painted medium weight interfacing base
laying down low relief collage elements
adding a quick gesso lines
applying white digital grounds made by inkAid. The white grounds helps merge all the collage elements.
dried and ready to print
image used
printed, sewn details and mounted to a wooden canvas
simular collage
using this image
more ideas in my book- see side bar...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Creating a Embossed Flashing Tape Substrate

flashing tape with bronze digital grounds by inkAid
removing some grounds to create a distressed look
reversed and embossed with pencil- note recycled tyvek envelope base
adding a bit of sequin waste and topping with non-porous digital grounds made by inkAid 
more ideas in my book- see side bar...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Houston's International Quilt Festival!

I was fortunate to be accepted for a Speical Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in TX. This event draws fiber art people from all the corners of the earth!
so excited!
Presenting at the Saturday Sampler
Exhibit was called 'Breaking the Surface' a key word
for the substrates you can create! Ideas in my book!
Ideas in my book!
about 22 works were exhibited

Did a quick presentation of substrates included in my book
(see on side bar)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Printing on Shiny Surfaces

Ct Publishing invited me to do a short video highlighting one of the techniques in my book- Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos and Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece. (see side bar)
big camera pointing at me- nervous??
I choose to focus on shiny substrates that you can add or use in media mixed work.
Photographs just gleam when printed on these!
video link is   Just click!
In order to print on these surface you need to use a digital ground. This prepares the surface to allow the inkjet ink to 'stick' and become permanent and clear.
showing my book
I use Clear InkAid type ll for this- link here

Friday, December 29, 2017

Japan! Quilt Visions! Quilt Japan Award! OH MY!

I was honored at Quilt Visions 2016for my work, "The Creative Hand", with the Quilt Japan Award at Visions Museum in CA. I was invited to Japan to share 2 workshops. Digital Fiber Mini Quilt and Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer Collage. In addition, I had a featured solo exhibit at Quilt and Stitch Show in TOKYO !! This piece and several others are on tour in Japan for the Niigata Quilt and Stitch Shows 2017!

 My host was 
RYOKO KOBAYASHI General Group Leader of Japan Handicrafts Instructors' Association.

Digital Fiber Mini Quilt  
includes my innovative batting technique- fusing felt to the back which serves as both backing and batting, plus coating and finishing techniques! Students had the opportunity to try specialty medium enhancements for a unique mixed media mini quilt!

working on a Digital Mini Segmented Quilt

Lovely Finish!
Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer
includes a creative easy collage technique using fiber and other mixed media elements. We create a black and white photo for transfer. Easy and curiously satisfying!
More workshop selections-
beautifully done transfer
Chiaki Dosho and I after shopping at the fabulous Nuno shop in Tokyo! I love the textures in the subtle fabric colors!
 I was treated like a princess! Chiaki and Hiroko took me around for some wonderful sightseeing. 
I had the pleasure of a traditional dinner with Mr. Seto Chairman JHIA, President Nihon Vogue and his lovely wife.
wonderful transfer
time for show and tell!
another wonderful transfer

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy 2017 Holidays!

As winter’s shadows wane,
the light begins to return.
The time of gathering is near.
Let us pause to remember our blessings.
Appreciate the moments, 
This Moment, 
this moment, 
every moment!

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Day in the Woods

Walking while I wonder is a treasured activity. It helps me center. But sometimes I just don't or am too frazzled to remember, to remember to do just that.

Naturally, all expectations were confounded. I've been ever so busy teaching and traveling. It doesn't allow much time for thinking, the life bread of creating my art. I'm heading toward giving up teaching. I do love it when I'm actually in the workshop- but the time preparing, traveling, then decompressing and evaluating when it's over- not to mention trouble shooting the venue!
You can only deal with what is happening now.  Nothing is perfect, nothing is perfect.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

International Quilt Festival- Holographic Workshop Projects

Teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX has been quite a new and different experience. I taught Holographic Images Workshop on Monday, during the Quilt Market. I had a group of 20 wonderful and talented students.
We climbed over changing rooms, incomplete supply list, my fault, and limited plastic work surfaces but came out on the other end with some wonderful works. Here's three!

Marilyn's side view

Friday, September 1, 2017

brand new 3 or 5 day workshop -Digital Explorations in Fiber

Most of you know that I have a brand new 3 or 5 day workshop that delves into "making your photographs your own! Expand your vision of a digital print! Participants will be introduced to inkjet printing on fiber and mixed media substrates. The types of substrates that can be created are nearly limitless. Explore the possibilities! Based on Wen's book- ‘Digital Fiber Art and Mixed Media Masterpieces’. The focus is on experimentation and construction of substrates!"
General knowledge of Photoshop or a similar editing program is advantageous but not necessary.  This is not covered in this workshop and simple images are just fine!
       A a printer is required as it will enable you to print at your own pace. You could share with a couple people. (If sharing printers, bring your photos on USB stick to plug in their computer.)      3-5 days 
More about this workshop HERE
Printer Suggestions 8/25/2017 (subject to change)  HERE

some lovely quotes- 
Digital fibre art is one of Wen's signature techniques. She has been recognized in the textile/fibre world for decades, and this experience and expertise is well reflected here. As with most how-to books, it starts at the beginning with the kinds of tools and equipment needed to give a good result. Wen then takes off from there, showing how to alter images, print them on different fabrics, and then apply stitch for added depth, interest, and highlighting. By incorporating a number of different techniques, the finished work looks more layered and complex, but it is very achievable. An interested beginner should not be put off, as Wen offers many tips. At the same time, experience artists will find enough here to take their work to the next level."  Down Under Textiles, Issue 25

"To say that I'm excited about what I've learned from you would be a huge understatement.  Next week can't come soon enough; getting to see so many of the techniques you discuss in your book is a dream come true." Karen
my book, center stage at the Stitching Post, Sisters OR 
"Your book has been on my wishlist since it was announced.  Glad finally ordered it.  It has really energized me and inspired to to experiment with adding  a new dimension to my work.   Right now I'm just having fun and exploring options.  Love the process!"  Kathie

More workshop selections-

Sunday, August 20, 2017


The morning begins. 
The touch and feel of paper and fiber call me again and again. 

To create, to apply paint, line and stitch, to print my images! 
Explore and experiment! 
Fingers tingle at the thought!
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