Mojo’s Revenge on Winter! February 19, 2014

Mojo’s Revenge on Winter!

February 19, 2014

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Artist, Author, Professor, Lecturer, Teacher



About Helen…

Helen Hiebert is a Vail, Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper, thread and light to create transcendent experiences that alter viewers’ perceptions of time, space and form. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making internationally, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Oregon College of Art & Craft. Helen exhibits her work internationally, she is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated, and she is a regular contributor to Hand Papermaking Newsletter. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends. Visit her online at

Top 10 Tidbits about Helen Hiebert:

1. I was born in Tennessee, grew up in Texas, and went to the University of the South
2. I lived in NYC for 11 years; in Portland, Oregon for 14 years and now I live near Vail, Colorado
3. I’ve written five books
4. In 2008, I produced the film, Water Paper Time and in 2012 I created a how-to film calledThe Papermaker’s Studio Guide
5. I’ve stood atop the Brooklyn Bridge
6. I lived in Germany for two years
7. Yes, that was me in the New York Times vows section in 1996 and 2003!
8. I’ve traveled to Ecuador, Japan, Korea, Tasmania and throughout Europe
9. I bicycled across the United States in 1991 and
10. I’ve made an appearance on Sesame Street.

Explore the world of paper crafts with Helen’s inspiring new book, Playing with Paper; Illuminating, Engineering, and Reimagining Paper Art! This guide begins with a section that covers everything about paper, including cool tools, folding and cutting basics, and fasteners and glues. The next section is filled with 20 fun-filled projects, including:

– One-sheet books

– Lampshades

– Clothing

– Accessories

– Hot air balloons

– Origami

You’ll also find an extensive gallery of artists whose work relates to and expands upon each project. Take a page from this creative guide and start Playing with Paper!


On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski Helen talks with me about … cutting, scoring, folding and weaving paper.  She gives us tips for projects to play with including, artistic ideas for weaving, flying, illuminating, and inflating with paper.

Here is a sampling of just some of Helen’s art:


A few of Helen’s other books  . . .




To buy  Helen Hiebert’s books, CLICK HERE

Watch Helen on Sesame Street!

Visit Helen Hiebert’s website by CLICKING HERE

Visit Helen Hiebert’s blog by CLICKING HERE

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Artist, Author, Lecturer, Teacher, Video Personality



About Susan…

Quilting started as a hobby, but turned into a passion and a business. I now teach nationally and internationally, and have produced numerous patterns, two books, and four workshops on DVD.

I love traditional hand quilting and needleturn appliqué, but have embraced innovative machine techniques.
I started making art quilts in 2005. My quilts have won national as well as local awards, and have been exhibited at national and international venues. I have won seven Best of Show awards at three different quilting guilds, with six different quilts.

My work has been featured in several national magazines, and in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 Quilting Arts Calendars and the 2012 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar. It has graced the covers of two issues of Quilting Arts magazine. I am the author of two books – Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art (C&T Publishing, 2011), and Applique Petal Party (C&T Publishing, 2009).

I have also produced four DVDs with Quilting Arts: “Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and Thread Sketching” (2009), “Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics” (2010), and “Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch” (2011), and “Fabulous Finishes: Seven Techniques for Binding, Facing, Framing & Hanging a Quilt” (2014). My series of six lessons on thread sketching ran in Quilting Arts magazine throughout 2010, and I appear in seasons 1300, 900, 700 and 500 of Quilting Arts TV. In 2011, I was featured in episode 901 of “The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.” And I’ve been interviewed by Mark Lipinski and Pat Sloan on their radio shows.

Through Black Cat Graphics, my graphic design and communications business, I designed logos, corporate identity systems, newsletters, magazines, annual reports and brochures. I am an experienced writer, and have worked in corporate communications and also as a page
designer for The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)
and The Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.).

I grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, and earned my B.A. in English at Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.) and my M.A. in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I now live near Charlotte, N.C., with my husband, Rob, and two daughters.

On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski Susan talks with me about taking on her new role as host of the popular PBS series QUILTING ARTS TV.


The news even made Susan’s local newspaper (it should have been in the New York Times)!


Here is a sampling of just some of Susan’s art:

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A few of Susan’s  books and videos . . .









To buy  Susan Brubaker Knapp’s books, CLICK HERE

To buy  Susan Brubaker Knapp’s DVDs, CLICK HERE

Watch Susan give an example of one of her online classes!

Visit Susan Brubaker Knapp’s website, Blue Moon River, by CLICKING HERE

Visit Quilting Arts TV by CLICKING HERE

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Author and Psychotherapist

Chana Wilson


There’s Something About Chana . . .

CHANA WILSON is a psychotherapist and a former radio producer and television engineer. She began her career in broadcast journalism as a radio programmer with KPFA in Berkeley, California. Her work hosting the KPFA program A World Wind—in which she interviewed poets, musicians, writers and activists—sparked her desire to work with people on a deeper level. Now a psychotherapist for twenty-four years, she credits the extraordinary courage of her clients for inspiring her to write.

Wilson’s writing has appeared in the print journals The Sun and Sinister Wisdom, the online journalRoadwork, and in several anthologies. Since the publication of Riding Fury Home, Wilson has become a blogger on the Huffington Post. Her essays have been Editor’s Choice on

Since the mid-eighties, Wilson has been playing percussion with the women’s samba band Sistah Boom. She resides with her wife in Oakland, California.


I could NOT put Chana Wilson’s book down!  In 1958, when Chana Wilson was seven, her mother attempted suicide, holding a rifle to her own head and pulling the trigger. The gun jammed and she was taken away to a mental hospital. On her return, Chana became the caretaker of her heavily medicated, suicidal mother. It would be many years before she learned the secret of her mother’s anguish: her love affair with another married woman, and the psychiatric treatment aimed at curing her of her lesbianism.

Riding Fury Home spans forty years of the intense, complex relationship between Chana and her mother—the trauma of their early years together, the transformation and joy they found when they both came out in the 1970s, and the deep bond that grew between them. From the intolerance of the ‘50s to the exhilaration of the women’s movement of the ‘70s and beyond, the book traces the profound ways in which their two lives were impacted by the social landscape of their time. Exquisitely written and devastatingly honest, Riding Fury Home is a shattering account of one family’s struggle against homophobia and mental illness—and a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and redemption.


Chana with her mother, Gloria, in New York City, 1972.

Visit Chana Wilson’s website, Riding Fury Home, by CLICKING HERE

Buy your copy of, Riding Fury Home, by Chana Wilson by CLICKING HERE

Hear short excerpts of Chana interviewing her mother by CLICKING HERE.

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One Comment on “Mojo’s Revenge on Winter! February 19, 2014”

    February 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

    Thank gwad. Desperately seeking my Mojo fix.


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