Monday, December 11, 2017

A Day in the Woods

Walking while I wonder is a treasured activity. It helps me center. But sometimes I just don't or am too frazzled to remember, to remember to do just that.

Naturally, all expectations were confounded. I've been ever so busy teaching and traveling. It doesn't allow much time for thinking, the life bread of creating my art. I'm heading toward giving up teaching. I do love it when I'm actually in the workshop- but the time preparing, traveling, then decompressing and evaluating when it's over- not to mention trouble shooting the venue!
You can only deal with what is happening now.  Nothing is perfect, nothing is perfect.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

International Quilt Festival- Holographic Workshop Projects

Teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX has been quite a new and different experience. I taught Holographic Images Workshop on Monday, during the Quilt Market. I had a group of 20 wonderful and talented students.
We climbed over changing rooms, incomplete supply list, my fault, and limited plastic work surfaces but came out on the other end with some wonderful works. Here's three!

Marilyn's side view

Friday, September 1, 2017

brand new 3 or 5 day workshop -Digital Explorations in Fiber

Most of you know that I have a brand new 3 or 5 day workshop that delves into "making your photographs your own! Expand your vision of a digital print! Participants will be introduced to inkjet printing on fiber and mixed media substrates. The types of substrates that can be created are nearly limitless. Explore the possibilities! Based on Wen's book- ‘Digital Fiber Art and Mixed Media Masterpieces’. The focus is on experimentation and construction of substrates!"
General knowledge of Photoshop or a similar editing program is advantageous but not necessary.  This is not covered in this workshop and simple images are just fine!
       A a printer is required as it will enable you to print at your own pace. You could share with a couple people. (If sharing printers, bring your photos on USB stick to plug in their computer.)      3-5 days 
More about this workshop HERE
Printer Suggestions 8/25/2017 (subject to change)  HERE

some lovely quotes- 
Digital fibre art is one of Wen's signature techniques. She has been recognized in the textile/fibre world for decades, and this experience and expertise is well reflected here. As with most how-to books, it starts at the beginning with the kinds of tools and equipment needed to give a good result. Wen then takes off from there, showing how to alter images, print them on different fabrics, and then apply stitch for added depth, interest, and highlighting. By incorporating a number of different techniques, the finished work looks more layered and complex, but it is very achievable. An interested beginner should not be put off, as Wen offers many tips. At the same time, experience artists will find enough here to take their work to the next level."  Down Under Textiles, Issue 25

"To say that I'm excited about what I've learned from you would be a huge understatement.  Next week can't come soon enough; getting to see so many of the techniques you discuss in your book is a dream come true." Karen
my book, center stage at the Stitching Post, Sisters OR 
"Your book has been on my wishlist since it was announced.  Glad finally ordered it.  It has really energized me and inspired to to experiment with adding  a new dimension to my work.   Right now I'm just having fun and exploring options.  Love the process!"  Kathie

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Sunday, August 20, 2017


The morning begins. 
The touch and feel of paper and fiber call me again and again. 

To create, to apply paint, line and stitch, to print my images! 
Explore and experiment! 
Fingers tingle at the thought!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Any Given Moment

I love to experiment, collage and layer. Often I do this digitally but there is something so satisfying about creating collage with pieces of found items, scraps of fabric or paper and creating something wonderful!
Any Given Moment, a collage of Plastic, paper, original printed digital cloth, painted fabrics, text & stitching. 12x12 
I created a everybody has fun collage workshop called Serendipity Collage. It's at least a 2 to 5 day workshop but can be done in a day. 
More about that workshop HERE or see the workshop tab at the top of this page.
One feature of this collage is painted plastic. I work on plastic, allot! I have created a new substrate called medium lifts, which I explain in my book. (see sidebar) The paint marks left on the plastic work surface can be quite nice.

paint left on white kitchen plastic
white gesso 
layers of paint on both sides of clear plastic
Any Given Moment is my donation for the wonderful organization, Studio Art Quilts and is available for purchase in the upcoming SAQA Benefit Auction on 9/15---more info  HERE

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Benefit Auction Dream Collection

Dream Collection Theme- The Mystery  

Who is that?
Where is that? 
How did they do that?
 Why did they do that?                     
 The 21st century art quilt explores the surface, makes marks and pushes the limits.

 It is an expression, a creation and a shared perception!

Bid on these & many more starting this September 15 at the SAQA Annual Art Quilt Auction!  
info HERE

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Art Quilts Extraordinary

The Whistler Museum, Lowell, MA, has a fantastic exhibit of art quilts, right now, until 9/1.
Juror's Award: The Wrath of Poseidon by Marilyn Belford
Puzzles Through the Trees by Maryann Gallaher

I had the pleasure of teaching at the Museum in April. The workshop was called Media Mix Creative Photo Transfer. There are tons of ways to do transfers but this technique works especially well over a textured collage of fabric, string, threads and paper.
St John's Bridge by Janice Jones
Mushrooms in the Field by Diane Harris
Where Are We? by Arlene Jacobs

There was a student’s display of works from the workshop! I usually never see the results of my workshops so it was a real pleasure to be there for this display. 

Students took the concept and made it their own!

I was proud of them! Arlene created 3-D Dragon Flies in this piece!
See my workshops HERE

More information about the exhibit go HERE

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quilting by the Lake Workshops

We had a fabulous time at Quilting by the Lake. I taught 2 classes, 2 day Holographic Memories and More, which is a compound workshop that included Thermal Fax silk-screening. 


We used our own photos to silkscreen the fabric for the borders we used to create our unique 3-D Holographic fiber photos. Everyone completed some terrific pieces. 
Some how I didn’t get shots! Here’s my Holographic demo piece though.

The second three days I taught the premier of the new workshop Digital Explorations for the first time. This 3 day, or also available 5 day version, is based on my new book, Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos and Fabric - Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece available on the side bar, CT Publishing or viva Amazon.
The workshop focuses on the creation of a variety of substrates, which we printed in workshop. Most everyone had printers; some used them for the very first time in class!


Some of us affixed our printed results in an accordion book, which really looked lovely. A great way to keep track of printed samples! Everyone was excited and inspired- at least that’s what they told me!
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let Me Tell You About My Workshops- Stalking the Wild Leaf

Learn about this low-tech alternative printing method without a press!
A focused printing workshop based mainly on printing with flat natural items like leaves but other items too.
Use fabric and any kind or paper!
Create a journal with the finished work in several different ways.
Journal base made with up-cycled greeting cards
This is a relaxing workshops with results that can be used in almost any project!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

#ARTifacts Art Journal Project with Seth Apter

a diary
a journal
a scrapbook
a record keeper
design inspiration keeper
a source
a reminder

see more journals at Seth's blog HERE

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let Me Tell You About My Workshops- Textured Photographs

Explore Digital Fiber with this tactile and eye catching technique! 
Why print your photos on plain glossy paper when you can experiment with textures, add interest and use them in your fiber work!

Use your own digital images to create painterly photographs thin enough to be sewn or collaged into small compositions. This needs to be a 2day workshop or more to allow for the drying time of the molding paste and digital grounds that make this technique possible. For more information on digital grounds, go to
       Each student will learn this new technique and come away with an art-filled 7x9 Accordion Art Book!
      Wen published this technique in Quilting Arts Nov 2012 and available as a DVD Workshop though Interweave.  HERE

Most any photograph will work with this texturing technique. Think about how oil paintings look with their textured stokes. You can create the texture for a photograph of an old wall, landscape or you may want just a touch of texture to add interest to the background of a portrait. 

Tip- Create small samples to experiment with the technique. Explore different textures. Should it compliment your picture, or stand on it’s own. Enjoy this creative tool in the digital palette!

my favorite molding paste
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Let me tell you about my workshops- Serendipitous Collage!

This is THE workshop to choose which embraces excitement and relaxation all at the same time!
This workshop can be one day or 5 depending on the things you want to learn. 
One day workshop is basically done with fusible and fabric while the 2-5 day workshop expands into papers, mediums, painting and other surprises.
fabric base
We'll create several serendipitous composition that you won't believe could happen!
Plain ordinary tissue paper is a final element that create fascinating textures. We'll play with mediums, a great introduction to mixed media and even create our own!
small postcard created with paper base
Bring all sorts of materials, fabrics, recycled and found items- everything can be used. A great way to use up scraps of fabric and even old photos. 
mount your finish work too!
This workshop is one of my favorites! This workshop premiered at the Surface Design Conference in 2011

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