Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting: Surface Design, Patchwork, Applique, Quilting, Embellishing, Finishing by Linda Seward

I have exciting news!!!  About a year ago, I was contacted by Linda Seward who asked if I would like to submit artwork to the new book she was working on. I can't tell you how overjoyed, flattered and excited I was. Her book is finally out and I can't wait to receive my copy!! Congratulations Linda Seward

Linda has written many books on quilting techniques and her newest is a huge compilation, "The Ultimate Guide To Art Quilting.." which I am so happy to say that I am a part of!!!! Thank you, Linda Seward!




Linda: "This is the title page of my new book. The publishers put together the images on the left, so those artists aren't credited for this page. I'd like to rectify that right now!
Top row: Cindy Friedman, Hilary Gooding, Anne Jolly. 
Second row: Margaret Applin, Bornemisza Eszter, Tracey Pereira. 
Third row: Margaret Applin, Linda Beach, Karina Thompson. 
Bottom row: Inge Hueber, Sheena Norquay, Ann Brauer."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Looking Back Through Your History


I think no matter where you are in your journey, it's important to look at where you have been.  This can apply to everyone and anyone regardless of your goals or career path.  As an artist, sometimes you need to go through the photo album of your creative path and find yourself once again.  That's not to say that I don't know myself now, but for me, it's more of a purposeful re-adventure.  


It is easy to get way ahead of yourself if you are driven to define yourself and, to me, defining myself, my voice, my art, is a process of taking two steps forward and one step back.  I forget the history of how I got to where I am.  I'm a visual person and I need to see my story in front of my eyes.  That's how I can better evaluate, analyze and direct myself to move forward.


With each new goal I reach as an artist, it's important for me to re-visit the journey because it not only inspires me to move forward, strive harder to reach a new goal, but it also reconnects me with the imagery and techniques that I enjoyed working with earlier on that journey.  Of course I am always looking for ways to repurpose my art and I might find opportunities checking the archives, but it is also a way for me to blend the past with the present to create the future.  

Our art is always continually evolving, but we can learn so much about ourselves from the history.  Take a moment to look back at the art you have created so far on your journey and ask yourself these questions:

1.  What inspired me to create this?
2.  What tools did I enjoy working with at that time?
3.  What components inspire me now and how can I incorporate those techniques, colors, ideas into my art going forward?

I don't know about you, but I am a work in process and I think I always will be.  I encourage you to embrace your work in process, your history, and your dreams to continue taking that journey and working to ensure it is a long one!

Margaret

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SURTEX: The Big Show!

SURTEX 2014 - Wow!  I can't even begin to explain what a huge experience this was for me!  There was surface pattern design EVERYWHERE and it was all so beautiful and inspiring!  I had doubts before the show and as we were setting up taking in all our surroundings but after connecting with my first interested party, that was it!  I felt confident that I had chosen the right road and taken part in a fabulous opportunity that could potentially change the entire course of the rest of my life.  WOW....

The most important takeaway for me from the show was about product mock-ups.  I knew that mock-ups were important and I was able to create them for some of my collections in the remaining design time before the show but I now feel they are almost more important than presenting the overall design by itself.  Knowing this, I will be focusing more of my design work from the products themselves.

Next year?  I will exhibit at Surtex again next year either as a part of Cultivate Art Collective or possibly on my own depending on my ability to obtain license agreements from connections made from this current show.  Either way, I will be better prepared with a portfolio full of mock-ups and endless design ideas!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and let's not forget all of those who have defended our country in the name of freedom and put their lives on the line for all of us.  Most importantly let's not forget those who are still with us and deserve our support and compassion for all that they have done and how dramatically their lives have changed as a result.  Celebrate Life!

Always,
Margaret

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Quilting Arts Free e-Book and SURTEX BOUND!

  

Great News!!!  My friends at Quilting Arts on the Quilting Daily Blog are offering a free e-book with three (3) articles of mine from past issues of Quilting Arts Magazine along with more great articles from Natalya Aikens and Wen Redmond on incorporating digital design in your art quilting!  Click on the link below to get your free e-Book!  (I'm humbled, BTW, to be featured here with such amazing artists!!!)






The big Surtex tradeshow begins this coming Sunday!!!!  Yikes!!!!  Am I ready???? Almost (as ready as I will ever be for exhibiting for my first time)!!  Family and friends have been so patient with me as I have worked hard to be able to make this art licensing dream of mine come true and I thank all of them for it!

Hours spent in the studio drawing, scanning, manipulating and coordinating will all pay off when I am standing in the Cultivate Art Collective booths 214 + 216 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday exhibiting my designs with our group and among a convention center full of amazingly talented surface pattern designers!!!  WOW!  Please pinch me because it still doesn't feel real.  The thought of someday seeing a design of my own on a blouse at Macy's or shower curtain at Crate & Barrel or even giftwrap at The Paperstore keeps me going but it's not hard to stay motivated when I absolutely LOVE this direction my art is taking me!

Hop over to my website HERE to check out some product mock-ups.  I will be sure to share my whole experience here with pictures upon my return!!!  Wish me luck!!!

See you soon!
Margaret

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Booth Numbers for Surtex!

Well, they have done some shifting around and shifted our location.  The new booth numbers for the Cultivate Art Collective are 214 and 216!  I felt the need to re-post my flyers with the new booth numbers.




I'm counting down the days with still so much to do!  There is fabric on order from Spoonflower to make some wearable pieces from my designs, my portfolio books on Blurb to build and other materials to be put together and ready for printing!  Somehow I will pull it all together in enough time :)  

I hope everyone is seeing bits of Spring emerging in their areas!  The birds are singing and it's the first thing I think of when I walk out the door in the morning.  Wish I could hear them all year round!

Happy Spring and keep creating!!!
Margaret

Saturday, March 15, 2014

NEW LIVE WEBINAR ON REPURPOSING YOUR ARTWORK FOR SURFACE DESIGN

Join me on Wednesday, March 19th for my 3rd in a series of live webinars hosted by Interweave/FW Media!
Have you got some older artwork or individual pieces that you can't seem to throw away?  Journal pages, paintings, fiber art?  Now's the time to REPURPOSE them for pattern designs for printing to fabric and paper!  Create a main design and two coordinates as I share my techniques!!!

Click HERE to register!

I hope you can join us!
Margaret

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cultivate Art Collective's Sea Art Blog Hop!


Hello and welcome to the Cultivate Art Collective's Sea Art Blog Hop!!  Our Blog Hop is a collaboration of 10 diverse artists from the Collective who will be exhibiting together at SURTEX on May 18-20, 2014.  For our very first Blog Hop we chose a "Sea" theme to be interpreted, re-imagined and beautifully designed by each artist to showcase their unique vision and creative talents.

After you have checked out my "Sea" themed art, please keep the Blog Hop hopping and scroll down to the bottom of the post to find links to the other 9 fabulous artists!!!
I have to say that researching barnacles was not exactly how I planned on beginning my "Sea" themed designs.  I found out a lot about barnacles (shown above) and viewed so many amazing underwater photos. Gooseneck barnacles are both beautiful and creepy at the same time as they seem like clam shells attached to very long worms.  The Titan Acorn barnacle is a a giant sized rock barnacle laced with the most beautiful pink color.  When viewed up close, barnacles present amazing texture and pattern that is sure to inspire.


Illustration doesn't excite me as much as digital play and manipulation so I pulled together a few pattern designs carrying on with the "Sea" theme.  This is much more within my comfort zone and I love to build out texture and patterns this way.

Make sure to check out the rest of the "Sea" themed artwork by the 9 other amazing artists who I will be exhibiting at SURTEX with Cultivate Art Collective!  

Stunningly Strange by Kaitlin Goodey 
RiztyDesign

Diane Hunt Studio

Just Mary Designs

Tatyana Starikova

Jami Darwin

Enjoy the Hop!!
Margaret