It’s a Creative Mojo Day! June 22, 2011

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my co-host . . .

Textile Artist and

Creative Community Activist


About Claude . . .

I am a wife, mom and public school teacher of 17 years.  I have been attracted to fabric for as long as I can remember and absolutely love creating things with fabric and a sewing machine.  I went through the traditional series of sewing events – doll clothes, my clothes, home decor, our children’s clothes and traditional quilts.  Then I began to explore traditional piecing and adding non-traditional elements to quilts.  Because I believe everything happens for a reason, I met a woman in a graduate school class who introduced me to art quilts and that was it – I was hooked.  It was an opportunity to shed the directions and rules of everything else I had done in the past and create something completely new and unique.  My first attempts were fairly successful because I had good skills from years of sewing but, recently I have begun to stretch myself artistically and have incorporated new materials and techniques in my mixed-media art quilts.  I made a promise to myself a while back that I would not use my limited, valuable free time to make something that I could buy.  So, no more sewing pants and basic utilitarian items – every thing that comes out of my studio is one of a kind and created without a pattern.

I recently renamed my sewing room and now refer to it as my studio.  I thought long and hard about name would sum up what really happens in there and with some serious consideration, I came up with “Random Acts of Piece”.  The projects that go on in there vary in medium and almost never end up as they were originally planned.  Every new piece is a bit of an adventure, which suits my personality because if you offer me an opportunity to  do something I have never done before I will almost always jump at the chance.  Speaking of jumping, I am also a skydiver – how’s that for adventure.  I am part of a 4-person team of formation skydivers and love the freedom of flying (okay, well, falling – but who’s going to nitpick?)

Anyway, after living a hermit-like existence with my studio time, I decided I needed to reach out and find others.  Build a tribe, as I think of it, of like-minded people who love to create and enjoy seeing other people’s creations.  I met Debby D’Aries a couple of years ago and we became friends.  Being a bit modest and somewhat introverted – especially in large groups – I talked with her about the open studio concept and we decided to launch an adventure.  In an effort to meet others who love art and build a community to share ideas with, we have planned the Common Thread Open Studios Art Tour for Sunday, June 26th.  Along with our two studios we have recruited 7 other local artists and one business in our venture.  It is the first of what will hopefully become an annual event and you can find us on Facebook at Common Thread Studios Art Tour and on blogger.

Take a look at some of Claude’s work . . . 

CLICK HERE to visit Claude’s blog, Random Acts of Piece!

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Sure, it’s about being creative, but 


Do these excuses sound familiar?

See if any of these statements sound like you, someone you know or your audience:

  • I don’t like to set goals because then I can’t follow my inspiration.
  • I’m an artist, I’m supposed to be free like the wind!
  • Setting goals seems too boring, rigid or hard so I prefer to go with the flow.
  • Too much structure makes me crazy and goals = too much structure.
  • I know I should set goals to be a more successful artist.

   Stay Creative and Get Things Done!


a Mastermind of Creativity and the Creator of 



About Tara . . .

Tara Reed is an artist, entrepreneur, teacher, writer and speaker.  When she graduated from Penn State with a degree in Marketing, she would have laughed if you told her she’d be doing what she does today – it just proves that you can never be sure where life will take you!

In 2000, Tara was a stay-at-home mom with a crafty streak.  She began earning money from her art and creativity in the scrapbooking industry and in 2004, launched her art licensing business, Tara Reed Designs Inc.  She has been licensing her art for all sorts of products from quilting fabric lines to kitchen textiles to garden flags and more.  In 2008, she began teaching about how the art licensing industry works through her website, and blog,

Take a look at  Tara’s amazingly transformational book . . . 


CLICK HERE to order Tara’s book, The Goal Wheel for Artists

Check out ALL of Tara’s websites and blogs!

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Could you be a master of . . . .

Intuitive and Outsider Art

The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut (French: [aʁ bʁyt], “raw art” or “rough art”), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by insane-asylum inmates.

While Dubuffet’s term is quite specific, the English term “outsider art” is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or Naïve art makers who were never institutionalized. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths. Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.

Outsider art has emerged as a successful art marketing category (an annual Outsider Art Fair has taken place in New York since 1992). The term is sometimes misapplied as a catch-all marketing label for art created by people outside the mainstream “art world,” regardless of their circumstances or the content of their work.


The Executive Director


INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art


About Cleo . . .

Cleo Wilson is a founding board member of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and served as its president from 2002-2006.  Established in 1991, Intuit is grounded in the belief that the instinct to be creative is universal and the arts must embrace all, celebrate all, and be accessible to all regardless of education or  socio-economic status.  She was the editor of Intuit’s magazine, The Outsider, from 1992 until 2002, and in 2004, curated an exhibition at Intuit, Sistuhs: Four African American Self-Taught Artists.

Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director at Intuit in 2006, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Intuit, including supervision of artistic and administrative personnel and programs, she served for 25 years as the Executive Director of the Playboy Foundation, a corporate giving program of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

A Playboy employee since 1976, Wilson was named Foundation grants and programs manager in 1982.  She was promoted to executive director of the Foundation in 1984 and named director of public affairs in 1989, and appointed vice president in 2000.

Wilson serves on a variety of state and municipal grant-review panels, including the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs City Arts, the Evanston Arts Council and most recently the Propeller Fund. Wilson is a member of the board of directors of Arts Alliance Illinois and has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, and was a member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s board of directors (1989 – 1999), and as its president (1990 to 1993).

Listed since 1988 in Who’s Who Among African Americans and, since 1990, in Who’s Who Among American Women, Wilson was saluted as one of Chicago’s up-and-coming black business and professional women in 1985 by Dollars and Sense magazine. In 1984, she was inducted into the Black Woman Hall of Fame in recognition of her community service.  In 1991, Wilson was honored as a “Friend for Life” by the Howard Brown Medical Center.  She received the “Phenomenal Woman Award” in 1997 at Chicago’s Expo for Today’s Black Woman, in recognition of her leadership and dedication to community issues.  In 1999, Wilson was honored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for her “leadership, compassion and generosity.”  In 2004, Wilson received the Handy L. Lindsey Award for Inclusiveness in Philanthropy, and also that year, an award “For outstanding leadership in support of reproductive rights from Personal PAC. In 2006, Wilson was awarded the Edwin A. Rothschild Civil Liberties Award for her “persistent and clear voice in defense of civil liberties.” In October 2010, Wilson was inducted into the HistoryMakers, the single largest archival collection of interviews of both well-known and unsung African American history makers. In March 2011, she received the Community Engagement, Community Service, and Community Organizing Award from the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago.

A native Chicagoan, Wilson is a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

CLICK HERE to visit INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art!

Here are 3 VIDEO perspectives on various Outsider Art artists/concepts:

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What is it?

And should you join . . . 

The Modern Quilt Guild?

If you haven’t heard about this viral group that swept the nation, you will!  Maybe it’s for Y-O-U!

Latifah’s in da House!

No, Not QUEEN Latifah!

Someone BETTER!


Designer, Teacher, Lecturer

and Founding Member of The Modern Quilt Guild

Latifah Saafir

What is the Modern Quilt Guild?

The Modern Quilt Guild is a community of quilt guilds across the country. The online community of modern quilters is thriving and this guild grew out of a desire to also have us meet in person. The founding branch of the guild started in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs & the internet word spread quickly of the fun they were having and now branches have started popping up all over the country. We are a young organization just getting started with planning, organizing and sorting out all we will do as an association.

We encourage anyone who’s interested to join us! Beginners are welcome.

What is Modern Quilting?

Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting. This may mean something as simple as using a traditional quilt block and updating it in a fresh fun new way. That includes using modern fabrics, modifying the block arrangement or even the scale of the block.   The piecing could be improvisational and wonky, or it could be very exact and measured, following a pattern or creating your own. The quilting could be traditional stippling, clean straight lines or a very “free” have fun, quilt as you go style. Fabrics could be upcycled vintage sheets, custom digital printed fabric, a yummy selection from one of the new modern fabric designers, or an old fabric from an ever-growing stash.

Modern quilting is sometimes difficult to define because in many ways the definition is as individual as the quilter – changing from quilter to quilter. In addition to reflecting the individual personality and personal style of the quilter it also reflects the current aesthetic of the day.

Modern quilting is also about the attitude and the approach that modern quilters take. It respects the amazing artistry and talent of the tradition of quilting, while allowing the quilter to challenge the “rules”. In fact, if there were one rule in modern quilting it would be that there are no rules.

The concept of modern quilting is not meant to divide or segregate. It is meant to welcome new quilters, of all ages, to the world of quilting in a style that they can relate to. In many ways, modern quilting takes us back to the basics of the early quilters, when women of the day used the colors and styles of their time to express themselves creatively.

CLICK HERE to visit The Modern Quilt Guild’s website!

Oh, what the heck . . . (flashback!)



It’s a Brand New Kind of Segment in Creativity-Themed Radio . . .

Get your



Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski

(and get an HONEST answer for a change)

  • Do  you have dreams of breaking out of the creative shadows and walking in the glow of creative stardom as a fabric or pattern designer?
  • Have you started a creative themed business but can’t seem to get it off the ground?    
  • Thinking about  dumping your day job to pursue your craft or hobby professionally but don’t know where to start?
  • Having problems getting noticed?  
  • Having questions on pitching an idea?    
  • Need to know what to watch out for?     
  • Need a reality check, some sound advice or a swift kick in your creative behind?
  • Want an impartial opinion?


Share your story and experience

and learn something, too!



I have always been committed to giving people their “first break.”  I tried to bring new people into television industry. In my magazines, I’d given new quilt and fabric designers, writers, shop owners, and companies articles when nobody else would.  And now I want to do the same on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski.  

In this horrible economy, a time when big box stores are knocking out small arts, crafts and niche market venues left and right with nowhere for us to shop, with so much competition and with so little new  to offer in our respective creative industries . . .



We only have one choice


We all win!  

On today’s Creative Mojo…

I’ll be talking with talking with a small quilting business owner, Glenda Spencer, from Ontario, Canada, who wrote to say she was having problems with self-confidence, distribution, pricing,  and promotion, and breaking out as an internationally known designer,  among other things in her shop.  She has questions and now she’ll get noticed (AND the chance to ask questions that she needs answers to)!

I encourage you to call in to talk with Glenda and offer your advice and play it forward.  

Here’s a little about Glenda . . .

Glenda Spencer began Stone Cottage Crafts in 1987, as a cottage industry, for a stay at home mom with three young children. As the children grew, so did the business. The focus shifted from children’s items and alterations, to custom sewing, making home decorating items for Homework Design in Toronto and boat tops and interiors, on Georgian Bay, with Superior Textile Fabricator’s in Midland, Ont. In 2006, Glenda shifted the focus once again.

“I decided, if I was going to work, it was going to be at something I love to do; that something is quilting. What could be better than being surrounded by beautiful quilts and fabric. It’s such a pleasure to have new quilters in a class and watch them get so excited when they see that they can create these works of art.”

“One thing I found lacking is an outlet for quilters who would like to sell their work. To sell retail, puts a huge markup on items and puts most quality, handmade items out of reach. Selling online allows some very talented people to offer their quilts for sale, at a price that is fair to the quilter and the consumer.” They are also available at the store at the same price.

Some of Glenda’s work can be seen at Settler’s Ghost Golf Club, just outside Craighurst, Ont.

STONE COTTAGE CRAFTS began in the Spencer’s stone house, under the pines and maples, in beautiful Horseshoe Valley, Ont. and is now located at 2092 Horseshoe Valley Rd. in Craighurst Ont.


  •  If you would like to be a guest in the First Break segment of Creative Mojo email me at creativemojo@


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2 Comments on “It’s a Creative Mojo Day! June 22, 2011”

  1. June 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM #

    I LOVE your new First Break segment! How generous of you to give aspiring fiber artists a space on your show.

    I love how you didn’t just say “here’s a beginner you should check out”, but actually gave her advice on how to get her business running. I bet a lot of people are in the same position as she is: “I have all these patterns — now what?” You’re the first person in the industry I’ve ever heard give practical advice on how to approach magazines. That’s going to help so many of your listeners.


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