February SPDG Meeting:
Thursday, the 28th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
at the Berkeley Finnish Hall
Join us at our February meeting for a discussion about something that doesn't come easily to every artist: selling oneself. Guest speaker Peg Conley will distill 25 years of corporate sales experience as well as lay out concrete steps you can take to master the traits needed to become successful at selling yourself and your art.
For 25 years, Peg was a “Corporate Sales Queen” before transitioning to entrepreneur and artist with her own line of greeting cards, Words and Watercolors. Peg has licensed her art with Brush Dance for use on products such as calendars and she has also worked with licensing agents, Creative Connection. This fall Peg will be introducing her first line of quilting fabric.
We can't wait to get some sage advice from this accomplished artist and sales pro!
This documentary is available on iTunes and DVD.
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Amy Karyn of Amy Karyn Home give a presentation on the labor-intensive (labor-of-love!) art of hand-screening fabrics. Amy and her team create gorgeous fabrics, taking extra steps to ensure that they have that little extra something, whether it’s using her special “tint-glaze” technique or her softening process. Amy gets much of her inspiration for designs and colorways from antique fabrics, and the longevity of her designs (she has been printing some for over 20 years!) attests to their classicism. Amy is incredibly passionate about her craft. I encourage you to watch her fascinating video about the hand-screening process.
Here is a photo I took while walking on a nature trail. I really liked the shape of the snow between the small rocks—I was sure I could do something great with it! Using Photoshop, I started to apply filters to my photo. I wanted to focus on the abstract shape that the snow was forming, so I tried a couple different filters until I found one that created a shape that I was happy with—the cut out filter. The shape looked great, but the filter gave it a texture I didn't like so I made it a flat object. Problem solved! I then cut off one end of the motif that was too spindly. The shape finally felt just right to use in a design. See my first attempt at a pattern below. Next up: a modern looking Jacquard with this funky shape from nature.
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