Thursday, January 26, 2012
The New and Improved Art Quilting Studio
So when I heard that the magazine had been revamped and was starting up again, I was eager to find a new issue. I think I missed the first new issue, but I did stumble onto a Winter, 2012 issue recently. The magazine will be issued twice a year, by the way -- in June and December. You might be able to find the Winter issue still on magazine stands. And I really, really liked this issue. It looks like the editors figured out that their magazine needed more range of actual art quilters, and they really did put together a magazine that has a great and interesting assortment of art and articles.
There's great stuff in here, including:
* an article by my friend Terri Stegmiller on getting a "painterly" look with fabric collage;
* a piece by one of my favorite quilt artists, Valerie Goodwin, about using maps to inspire art quilts;
* a terrific piece by artist Eleanor McCain on pattern, proceses, and color relationships;
* a profile of artist Mary Elmusa by Rice Freeman-Zachary;
* a colorful piece on the "grout quilting" small quilts of Robin Ferrier;
* an interview with British artist Bethann Ash;
Oh,and it has that wonderful, nice paper and rich feeling that Stampington uses in all of its publications.
I really enjoyed looking at this magazine, and found a lot of inspiration and interest there. I'm glad to see it back and improved, and I'm looking forward to future issues.