Monday, April 7, 2014

Artist's Interview Series for April 2014 - Chris Staver

I am delighted to introduce Chris Staver to you as our Featured Artist for April - see her complete interview on the Featured Artist 2014 page tabbed above.

Chris is one of my new friends from the Off the Wall Fridays group.  Chris is a college professor and an excellent textile artist working on developing her design skills and pieces.  Enjoy getting to know Chris and her work! 

See more at:

Chris' interview is also live on the Patch Online News pages.  I am jazzed to announce that my posts to The Patch are now going to more than a dozen cities on the West Coast including 3 cities in New Jersey where Chris lives!  I have included just a few links below:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bobbin Work Tutorial by Teresa Shippy

I recently had the privilege of being the photographer and techie for Teresa's new video tutorial on Bobbin Work.  Have a fun look see:

"I create additional texture in my art quilts through Bobbin Work.  Valdani threads and pearl cotton floss do a fantastic job of enhancing and building up the texture of my pieces.  Enjoy my video!  many thanks, Teresa"


Friday, March 28, 2014

Creative Fun!

These posts are dedicated to miscellaneous creative project fun - experimenting with color and design. 
To all my fiends at Off the Wall Fridays and Creative Every Day 2014,  Thanks for sharing your inspiring artwork!
Post for March 28th, 2014 -
More Fabric Collage Fun just finished!

More on the "Creative Fun" page.
take care all, deborah

Friday, February 28, 2014

Curated Exhibits Update

I am thrilled to announce that "Cool Classic Rides" by Teresa Shippy, a one woman show of 27 pieces has debuted at Mancuso's Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV in Hampton, Virginia this weekend!  February 27-March 2, 2014.  It is a wonderful collection and it has been my honor to curate it.  This exhibit will tour 9 Mancuso Shows before it returns home in 2015!  

Mancuso Shows:
And - there's more! 

The "Delphinium Field"  exhibit by Artistic Expressions, a wonderful floral collection that I also had the pleasure of curating, is making it's final tour stop at the Mancuso's Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV in Hampton, Virginia also this weekend! 

If you are in the area, I hope you will stop and take in the show and the wonderful special exhibits!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Featured Artists Series for February 2014

The Artist's Interview that kicked off this wonderful series in 2012 was with Eileen Wintemute.  I am posting the interview again because her work is wonderful, has grown and is worth checking out!  Enjoy!

#1 Interview with Eileen Wintemute, Artist, June 2012.
I would like to introduce you to Eileen Wintemute in this first in a series of interviews with local artists.  Eileen does beautiful watercolor paintings and fiber art quilts.  Enjoy getting to know her.

How do you describe yourself as an artist?
I am a fiber artist and watercolorist, because those media are the primary ones that I work in.  By fiber art I mean working with fabric and textiles.

Tell me about your work.
I create original paintings or fiber art pieces based on something I have seen or experienced. I often use one of my watercolor paintings as a starting point for a fiber art piece. The fiber piece is a more abstracted version of the subject. I try to do several pieces on the same subject, such as working in a series since it allows me to create different interpretations of a theme.

What pathway have you taken to develop your art?
I have loved working with fabric and drawing since I was a child.  In my adult life I began two separate hobbies from these interests: quilt making and watercolor painting. Those two separate hobbies converged and they now "feed" each other. An idea in one media feeds a desire to do something similar in the other.

What inspires you?
Natural beauty, strong value contrasts, interesting curved shapes, and warm/cool color combinations inspire me.

What do you want to communicate with your art?
I want to communicate the warm, happy feeling that you get inside when you see something you like.

Do you teach?
Yes, I teach beading on fabric and sewing fundamentals.  I also use my blog posts to teach art quilting techniques.

How do you plan a project and develop a layout?
I endeavor to work in a series by making several paintings and/or fiber art pieces based on a common subject. I also continually jot down ideas for new project possibilities.  When its time to start something new, I look at this idea book and pick something that I feel excited to make. Then I consider ways to link it to a series I am working on.

Once I have my project concept, I pull out reference materials, such as photos or sketches and start sketching on paper. I arrange different elements in the sketch and jot down technique ideas.  Ultimately I develop a final drawing for what I want to create. After the drawing is finalized, I choose my color palette. Watercolor painting comes in handy here.  I usually prepare several thumbnail versions of my drawing and try out different color combinations using watercolor paints on paper. This is a fast method for choosing what colors I want to use in the piece. When I have selected colors I make a larger, loose watercolor sketch as my color plan. I post this color plan in my studio while I work on the fiber piece. Sometimes I print my color plan on fabric to use as a label for my art quilt.

One of my rules is to use a limited palette for my art work. I usually have three main colors in the piece. With my color plan handy, I go through my fabric stash and pull out candidate fabrics. I am looking for light, medium and dark values in each of the colors. I am also looking for fabrics with different textures to give the piece more visual interest.

In addition to fabrics, I also think about what type of surface embellishment I might want to add to enhance and "jazz it up".  I refer back to my initial notes, add ideas as I go through the construction process and jot down thoughts on a piece of paper taped to my studio wall so I won't forget them.

Once I have the sketch and color plan done, the real fun begins. I enlarge the sketch to my desired finished size, make freezer paper "pattern pieces" and start cutting the fabrics for the fiber piece. I use a combination of hand and machine appliqué for constructing the fiber art piece. I machine quilt using free motion techniques and I often include decorative stitches. After machine quilting, I either sew on a binding or facing to finish the edges.  I complete the piece by adding beads or other surface embellishments.

I love finishing a quilt because, in my world, any day you finish a quilt is a good day.  Of course, it means its time to start the next project!

Please visit Eileen Wintemute’s Blog to see more of her design and layout tips, watercolor and fiber art work.
Eileen’s work can also be appreciated on the Artistic Signatures Blog: 

Her interview has also been published on the Patch newspaper at: The Patch OC, The Patch LA and The Patch No California

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Grow Your Blog Party 2014 - Update

A Big Thank You to all my new followers!  It has been great fun meeting, getting to know you, and following your blogs too!  I have many more of you to meet - working on that each day.  See you soon.

I am thrilled to participate in Vicki's ("2 Baskets Full") International Blog Event on January 25th, 2014.  I am Deborah Lyn, a watercolorist and textile artist.  I can be reached via email at

I love to blog to promote art and artists!  I publish an Artist's Interview Series via several on line venues monthly. See interviews on the Featured Artist's tabs above, previous posts and via The Patch Online News at

I Welcome Followers!  see "Deborah Lyn's Followers" on the right side bar.  Thank you much, hope you enjoy my blog!

How to Create Hair for Your Art Quilt Portrait

I have added a new page/tab to my blog titled "My Articles".  First up is my how to article for fashioning hair for art quilting pieces.  It is great fun and I invite you to read, try out and enjoy!   best, deborah

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thrilled to be represented by Xanadu Gallery

Xanadu Gallery is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a web based gallery as well.  I am thrilled to be one of Xanadu's Studio Artist's.  Please visit my page - my inventory is growing!
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