Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Just log onto www.toginet.com for a brand-new,
Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!
3 pm -5 pm EST 2 pm – 4 pm CST 1 pm – 3 pm MST 12 pm – 2 pm PST
Call into the live show with your questions or comments for my guests
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Artist, Author, Editor, Art Quilter
VIVIKA HANSEN DENEGRE
Before taking on this new editorial role, Vivika was an active blogger (vdenegrequilts.blogspot.com) who, last summer, decided to make one piece of art a day for an entire month in the form of a prayer flag. The flags were posted daily, along with a brief explanation of their meaning, and sent to wave in cyberspace. This project evolved into another blog and a world-wide cooperative project, aptly named “The Prayer Flag Project”. The blog and project are now being run by fellow artist, Jane LaFazio, who wrote a great feature article about the project in the March/April edition of Cloth Paper Scissors (see issue below).
Vivika blogs at quiltingdaily.com, and shows her artwork in New England and beyond. She’s a member of SAQA, and a local art quilt group called Sisters in Cloth. Her work has appeared in many issues of Quilting Arts Magazine and other Interweave publications. Public acquisitions of her work include Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Medical Center, and The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Prior to working as an artist and editor, Vivika had a career in Biotech Pharmaceutical Sales.
Vivika’s prayer flags: intricate, and deeply meaningful…
She really makes stitchery sing, in such a personal way!
CLICK HERE for the Quilting Arts website (Vivika blogs here, too)!
CLICK HERE for the Prayer Flags blog!
Vivika’s on FACEBOOK!
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Designer, Knitter, Felter, Author
About NORA. . .
Designer Nora Bellows‘ beautiful and artful Noni bag and flower designs have earned her international acclaim. Now, in her first book, Nora shares 40 of her exceptional knitted and felted flowers, along with six bag, garment, and home projects perfect for floral embellishments. Inspired by nature, Nora’s handmade creations capture the essence of each flower and bloom. Featuring gorgeous full-color photography and clear instruction, this visually stunning volume will be irresistible to knitters everywhere.
A former academic with an MFA in creative writing and PhD in English Literature, Nora began creating one-of-a-kind felted bags and felted flowers under the brand Noni in 2001. She began publishing her pattern line a few years later. Noni patterns are available in over 600 yarn stores domestically and internationally, and have been translated into German, Danish, and Swedish. Her work has appeared in Interweave Felt, Knitting Today, Vogue Knitting, and Simply Knitting. She teaches workshops across the country.
Potter Craft has just, I mean just released Nora’s new book!
Sneaky-peek at a couple of the book’s pretty posies:
Photos by Kelly Nuss
Nora’s selling kits of this delectable project at Ravelry:
Photo by R.A. Sullivan
CLICK HERE for Nora’s patterns!
CLICK HERE to learn more about her book, Noni Flowers!
Follow Nora’s BLOG!
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Pat says, “I was the museum educator at Old Economy Village until 2003 when I retired. Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. I worked for the PHMC for 29 years starting at Fort LeBoeuf in Waterford, the Flagship NIAGARA in Erie and finally Old Economy Village in Ambridge, PA. Graduated from Edinboro University in 1974 with a BA in History.
When I started at Old Economy Village in 1987, the site administrator at the time asked if I would like to take care of the Baker House family garden in my spare time and that’s how I started learning about historical gardening, heirloom vegetables, herbs, etc. My husband, Warren Kinneer & I still take care of that garden.
I took the Penn State Master Gardener class thru Penn State Extension in 2003-04 and am their coordinator for master gardener volunteers at Old Economy Village. The program is a volunteer program and, to remain a master gardener, you need 8 hours of update training as well as 20 volunteer hours per year. Since I work with volunteers every Wednesday during the growing season, I put in more than 20 hours per year.
The Western PA unit of The Herb Society of America has a Medicinal & Dye Garden at Old Economy Village, and I have been in charge of it for about 10 years. We grow the medicinal and dye plants that the Harmony Society would have used when they lived at Economy (1824-1903). I have been a Western PA unit member of the Herb Society of America since 1995.”
Lush gardens and foliage around Old Economy Village…
CLICK HERE for the Old Economy Village website!
Old Economy Village is on FACEBOOK!
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Dye Maker, Yarn Maker, Spinner, Designer
EVA FLEG LAMBERT
Eva writes: “Born in Germany, brought up in the States and now a UK citizen. Attended Boston and Edinburgh universities doing a general course with an emphasis on philosophy. Lived in Turkey for almost 5 years but returned to the UK and moved to the Isle of Skye with my husband and four children in 1971.”
Drawing on a background in Fine Arts and after lengthy study tours in Africa and the Middle East, Eva Fleg Lambert chose, in 1972, to set up her own textile studio on the Isle of Skye, where natural dyeing offers a window into that misty past when lichens and plants of meadow & moor were used to dye plaids and tartans.
Always inspired by a love of colour, a six-month study tour of North and West Africa further increased her textile vocabulary which, matched with a committment to small-scale environmentally friendly farming, culminated in the formation of Shilasdair. In her studio, dye plants from Skye and abroad are applied to fine Scottish wools & luxury fibres to reflect the island colours in a global context, producing yarns as soft as those Skye mists and as vibrantly hued as the landscapes revealed within.
The natural colour range of the Gotland, Shetland and Merino sheep—from deep chocolate brown through tans and greys to silver and white—is extended by the use of locally collected traditional plant dyes of the Highlands and Islands, augmented by the ancient dyes of indigo, madder, cochineal and logwood in carefully prepared recipes by Eva on her and Tony’s croft. The result is a glorious spectrum of yarn which is vibrant yet beautifully soft.
Shilasdair attracts visitors and inspires Eva’s artistry:
CLICK HERE for all things Shilasdair!
And, when your Mojo listening’s done…
Get your small-quilt thinking caps on (mine’s custom-made, don’tcha know!) and make a resolution with me to enter the NEW Alliance for American Quilts contest (the prizes are amazing…and you still have till June, so get stitchin’!)
The 2012 theme is “Home Is Where the Quilt Is,” celebrating the form and the meaning of Home. All techniques and materials are encouraged. Entries must be 3 layers–top, filling and backing and must conform to our contest guidelines–click here to download the “Home” entry form (3 pages).
THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO QUILTERS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE (yes, you too, Australia, Canada, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Poland — anywhere and everywhere there are quilters!)
CLICK HERE to read more about this awesome opportunity to let your craftwork shine! DO IT DO IT DO IT WITH ME, cupcake!!! And thanks! xoxom
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