Heart Full of Mojo! February 13, 2013


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!

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Quilter, Author, Designer, Teacher


About LIZA…

If you love fun, you’ll love my friend Liza!

Liza Prior Lucy is a quilt, needlepoint, and knitting designer with many years’ experience. For some years she ran her own business selling knitting yarns and hand-painted needlepoint. Her work includes numerous high-profile commissions such as a needlepoint chair presented to newborn Prince William by President and Mrs. Reagan.

If behind every good man is a woman, then Liza is the woman behind legendary designer Kaffe Fassett. Liza has worked with Kaffe since 1985. Their first book was Glorious Patchwork. Together they have written five patchwork books; the most recent is Shots and Stripes. Liza works closely with Kaffe developing fabrics for Rowan, Kaffe Fassett Collective and Rowan’s annual patchwork books.

Liza lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She is the owner and operator of the online shop, Glorious Color, and teaches and lectures around the world!

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Switch on the way-back machine!! Here’s Liza and me, the first time we met…

CLICK HERE for Liza’s website!

Check out Liza’s fantastic Q.S.O.S. INTERVIEW!

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Designer, Artist, Author, Lecturer, Colorist, Guru 



About KAFFE…

Kaffe Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937. When he was 19, Kaffe won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, but left after 3 months to paint in London. He settled in England in 1964.

Kaffe has inspired people across the world with his colorful work in fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic.

Kaffe ventured into the world of colourful yarn on a visit to a Scottish wool mill with fashion designer Bill Gibb. Inspired by the colours in the landscape, Kaffe was thrilled to find the same colours in yarns. He bought 20 colours of Shetland wool and some knitting needles, and on the train back to London a fellow passenger taught him how to knit. His first design appeared as a full page spread in Vogue Knitting magazine. Since 1981, Kaffe has worked closely with Rowan Yarns in Yorkshire. Rowan Yarns insight into fashion and colour complement Kaffe’s skill and together they have produced ambitious designer patterns to inspire hand knitters all over the world. He contributes to the bi-annual Rowan magazine, which is marketed world-wide.

Missoni and Bill Gibb commissioned Kaffe’s early commercial collections, and his one-of-a-kind designs have been collected by Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall, John Schlesinger, Ali McGraw, Irene Worth, Shirley Maclaine, Helen Frankenthaler, Alan Bergman and H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent.

kaffe-needlepoint1In 1988 Kaffe became the first living textile artist to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition attracted such crowds that the Museum doubled attendance figures during the run and has since visited Finland, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Canada, USA and Iceland (where 5% of the total population attended.) Recent exhibitions of textiles include the American Museum in Bath (UK), Sweden, Denmark, America and Japan. The Hankyu Department Store, Osaka, Japan invited Kaffe to create 3 room sets in their store, for a British fair, sponsored by the British Council. Over 30,000 people visited the display in 6 days. In June 1998, Kaffe displayed his quilts from his 8th book, ‘Patchwork’ at the Japan World Quilt Fair in Tokyo.

A large part of Kaffe’s output is now an expanding range of fabric prints for the patchwork market along with the Indian stripes fabric and shot cotton fabric range distributed world wide by Westminster Fibres, USA and Rowan, UK. Kaffe teaches quiltmakers all over the world to learn to work with color in an instinctive way, his unique sense of colour and drive to create, combined with his desire to encourage others, has led to his reputation as a guru in the world of colour and textiles. Kaffe gives slide talks and workshops on colour in design which take him all over the world, allowing him to see how people use his fabrics and pick up inspiration.

Since 1976 Kaffe has been the leading designer of needlepoint kits for Ehrman Tapestries of London, one of the most successful mail order needlepoint companies world-wide. Kaffe’s first needlepoint design was commissioned by Pamela Lady Harlech for Lord Harlech. Since then, commissions include; two 5-foot square needlepoint tapestry designs for the 1994 Marks & Spencer department stores Christmas packaging; tufted rug designs for Christopher Farr Hand Made Rugs; two 5-foot square needlepoint tapestries for the Sea Princess cruise liner; a needlepoint tapestry for an Elizabethan house in Yorkshire; a series of five tapestries and a tufted rug for The Edinburgh Tapestry Weaving Company; a 13′ by 15′ mosaic mural at the entrance to a theatre in Ojai, California; needlepoint arm chairs for clients around the world and an endless list of one-of-a-kind design garments.

The international charity Oxfam asked Kaffe to work with poverty-stricken weaving villages in India and Guatemala, to advise on designs that would be more marketable in the West. As a result, a range of colourful hand woven fabrics is being produced for use as shirt fabric, bed throws and patchwork fabric, available on an international basis through Rowan UK and Westminster Fibres, USA. Other charity work has also taken him to South Africa.

So many influential books! This is just a portion of Kaffe’s library of essential, ravishing designs…

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Liza, Kaffe and I are talking about their newest, must-have book!


CLICK HERE for Kaffe’s website!

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Buy Kaffe’s BOOKS!

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Meditation Teacher, Hypnotherapist, Author, Radio Host




Ajayan has been exploring and teaching a variety of meditation practices since 1970. In the early 70′s, he spent several years studying in residence under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation Program®. For the next ten years, Ajayan taught the TM Program®. Since then he has traveled the globe continuing an impassioned exploration of consciousness and developing human potential through various meditation and yogic practices.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom 1994 to 1998 Ajayan studied with India’s most widely revered living woman saint, Mata Amritanandamayi (Ammachi, the “hugging saint”), living at her main ashram in Kerala, India, and serving as the meditation teacher there. While in India Ajayan also spent time with holy men and yogis in the Himalayas of Uttaranchal—a haven for saints throughout the ages—and researched the spiritual practices indigenous to that area. Having made a study of meditation his life, and having instructed and guided thousands in meditation in North America, Australia, Europe, and India, Ajayan has gained wide renown as a consummate meditation teacher.

aj-mmr-logoAjayan is a registered hypnotherapist in Washington state, a Reiki Master, and a certified Enneagram teacher. Ajayan Borys (aka Henry James Borys) is author of Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease (New World Library, 2013), The Way of Marriage: A Journal of Spiritual Growth through Conflict, Love, and Sex (Purna Press, 1991; HarperCollins, 1993), The Sacred Fire: Love as a Spiritual Path (HarperCollins, 1994), and numerous articles on meditation and relationships as a spiritual path. In 2010, Ajayan launched Mind Matters Radio on the Healthy You Radio Network.



We’re discussing Ajayan’s latest book!


CLICK HERE for Ajayan’s website!


Find Ajayan’s book HERE!

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“Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work? Or is it more like letting your mind flow freely to witness the surprising results of your actions?”


Fiber Artist



About MARY…

Mary owns Turtle Creek Quilts and Mercantile in Redford, MI. She says, “i am a fiber artist living in southeast michigan, learning to sew at an early age of 9, i have always found new and interesting ways to play with fabric, beads and whatever i happen to find!”

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CLICK HERE for Mary’s website!

Mary’s on FACEBOOK!






Cheryl resides in Ottawa, Wisconsin.

Cheryl’s on FACEBOOK!








About JERRY…

Jerry says, “I have been a quilter for 30 years. I started in the big quilting boom of the late 70’s. I retired after 21 years from the US Navy as a musician. I recently sold a business and have been enjoying more time in my quilt studio.”

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Fiber Artist, Designer, Metalsmith, Teacher



About HOLLY…

z_tidalpool_mainA fiber artist living in Santa Fe, Holly has been creating art for as long as she can remember. She began taking art lessons as a child, showing an aptitude for using nature as her muse. She studied marine biology at the University of Miami, where she did scientific illustration for professors and graduate researchers. Through her teen and college years, her pictures of the natural world found a steady market.

Vera, the famed woman’s designer, hired Holly as a staff designer. Holly eventually went into business for herself, creating original textile designs for everything from dresses to wallpaper. This first of several artistic careers continued for nearly 20 years.
In the early 1990s, Holly turned from textiles to the creation and fabrication of jewelry. A self-professed “tool freak,” Holly found she had a real talent for working metal. Again, her designs were often inspired by nature. Apart from selling privately, her work was offered by galleries in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, where she had a studio, the Rochester Art Museum, and Oaxaca, Mexico, a cultural and artistic mecca reminiscent of Santa Fe.

After moving to Santa Fe in 2005, she experienced a profound artistic change of heart. Everyone, she recalls, seemed to be involved in making silver jewelry, a cultural legacy that overwhelmed her at the time, but helped impel her to explore a totally new path–fiber art.

Holly’s return to the world of cloth and thread fused all of her experience in a rich and fresh tableaux. Her ability to draw, her three-dimensional skill in sculpting materials (as she did in jewelry-making) and her prowess in combining the two in larger-scale, fiber-based projects bore singular creative fruit.

Her first major work, a multi-hued portrait of her pet chameleon, Darwin, took first place in its category at the 2008 Fiber Arts Fiesta in Albuquerque. Since then, her work has won numerous awards and she has been asked to give workshops on the techniques that give her fiber art its individual character and impact.



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Holly and I are talking about Art Quilt Santa Fe!


Art Quilt Santa Fe, a three-day, hands-on, fiber-art workshop, returns to Santa Fe, N.M., for the third year in 2013. Attendees may select either a three-day workshop with Mary Pal of Ottawa, Ont., Canada; OR a three-day workshop with Betty Busby of Albuquerque, N.M., and Holly Altman of Santa Fe, N.M.

Mary Pal will teach her signature technique of sculpting and painting cheesecloth for texture in art quilts, adjusting photographs to create useful patterns, and professionally finishing artwork.

Betty Busby’s students will explore different types of non-woven materials, ways to produce images with them (via paint, dye, etc.), and methods to incorporate them into art quilting.

Holly Altman will teach three-dimensional effects using all types of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques to create embellishments for art quilts.

The organizers are Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak and Ann Anastasio, two friends who are longtime art quilters. All five women are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). SAQA’s annual conference will be held in Santa Fe immediately prior to the workshop at the same location.

The price of $493 includes either the three-day workshop with Pal OR the concurrent three-day workshop with Busby (two days) and Altman (one day); a welcome party prior to the event; and morning and afternoon snacks and beverages. The dates are Monday, April 29, through Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Art Quilt Santa Fe will take place at the Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 North Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Attendees will receive a special lodging rate of $79 per night if they call 1-888-563-4373 (toll-free) or 1-505-992-5800 and mention the event.
For more information or to register, the AQSF website is at http://www.artquiltsantafe.com/ or questions can be emailed toaqsf@att.net.

CLICK HERE for Holly’s website!

Holly blogs HERE!

CLICK HERE for Art Quilt Santa Fe’s website!


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One Comment on “Heart Full of Mojo! February 13, 2013”

  1. February 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM #

    Good show today, Mark. Hope your hernia surgery goes well.


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