Elements Art Quilt Exhibit

Delicate Yet Resilient: Cactus Flower is an art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff

Delicate Yet Resilient: Cactus Flower is an art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff

“Elements,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, will be at the La Tienda Exhibit Space in the Eldorado area of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work on themes such as the elements of design, the elements of color, the elements of the Southwest, the elements of the Earth, and the element of surprise. The fiber artists pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. All of the exhibiting artists belong to the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (NNMQG), a nonprofit organization with more than 150 members.

A gala artists’ opening reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Invited Santa Fe-area poets will read from their work between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The poets were asked to create an ekphrastic poem about one of the art quilts. Ekphrastic poetry comments on another form of art and explores the intersection of language and visual art.

The exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with additional poets presenting their ekphrastic poems from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The La Tienda Exhibit Space is open from Fridays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Some of the fiber art pieces are for sale, and the artists have created smaller, ancillary works that will be available at Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age, near the Exhibit Space.

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is at 7 Caliente Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (just off U.S. 285, south of I-25). For more information, phone (505) 428-0024, or visit http://www.theexhibitspace.com

For more information on the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild, visit http://www.nnmqg.org

A Visit to Abecedarian Gallery

Midsummer by Sharon McCartney, available through Abecedarian Gallery

Midsummer by Sharon McCartney, available through Abecedarian Gallery

When I was in Denver a few weeks ago, I visited Abecedarian Gallery. Owner Alicia Bailey wasn’t there–she was taking a class out of town. But her assistant was very helpful and welcoming.

The gallery, as you might surmise from its name, sells artists’ books. The current show is called “Cornucopia” and is up for just one more week. After that the shows are:

Pulp Mastery: Mary Ellen Long & Melissa Jay Craig, June 20-August 2, 2014

Daniel & Vicki Essig, September 18-November 1, 2014

Gallery Director Invitational, November 7-December 20, 2014

The gallery’s normal hours are 1:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm Saturday. (The gallery is open by appointment only August 3-September 17.)

I was thrilled to get a few inches away from so many beautiful artists’ books. I’m especially drawn to the work of Sharon McCartney and it was such a thrill to see her work in person.

So if you’re in Denver, be sure to check out the Abecedarian Gallery.

Which artist’s book gallery do you think is a must-see? Please comment below.

A May Day Poem for You

Reading this poem every year on May 1 is something of a tradition with me. I made the silkscreen below in college, based on this poem. Enjoy!

Corinna’s Going A MayingGet up, get up, for shame; the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
See how Aurora throws her fair
Fresh quilted colors through the air.
Get up, sweet slug a bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.
Each flower has wept, and bowed toward the East,
Above an hour since; yet you not dressed,
Nay! not so much as out of bed?
When all the birds have matins said
And sung their thankful hymns, ’tis sin,
Nay, profanation to keep in,
Whenas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.Rise! and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the springtime, fresh and green,
And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown, or hair;
Fear not, the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you;
Besides, the childhood of the day has kept,
Against you come, some Orient pearls unwept;
Come, and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dewlocks of the night,
And Titan on the eastern hill
Retires himself or else stands still
Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying!
Few beads are best, when once we go a Maying.Come, my Corinna, come; and coming, mark
How each field turns a street, each street a park
Made green and trimmed with trees. See how
Devotion gives each house a bough
Or branch; each porch, each door, ere this
An ark, a tabernacle, is,
Made up of white thorn, neatly interwove;
As if here were those cooler shades of love.
Can such delights be in the street
And open fields, and we not see’t?
Come, we’ll abroad; and let’s obey
The proclamation made for May,
And sin no more, as we have done, by staying;
But, my Corinna, come, let’s go a Maying.There’s not a budding boy or girl this day
But is got up, and gone to bring in May.
A deal of youth, ere this, is come
Back, and with white thorn laden home.
Some have despatched their cakes and cream,
Before that we have left to dream;
And some have wept and wooed and plighted troth,
And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth.
Many a green gown has been given,
Many a kiss, both odd and even;
Many a glance, too, has been sent
From out the eye, love’s firmament;
Many a jest told of the keys’ betraying
This night, and locks picked, yet we’re not a Maying.Come, let us go while we are in our prime,
And take the harmless folly of the time.
We shall grow old apace and die
Before we know our liberty.
Our life is short, and our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And, as a vapor or a drop of rain,
Once lost, can ne’er be found again,
So, when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade,
All love, all liking, all delight,
Lies drowned with us in endless night.
Then while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna, come, let’s go a Maying.Robert Herrick (1591 1674)

(Artwork: A silkscreen Imade in college–1982–entitled “Corinna’s Going a Maying.”)

Artists’ Talk at “Beyond Tradition”

On Saturday, April 5, the Hubbard Museum of the American West held an artists’ reception for “Beyond Tradition,” an exhibit of contemporary art quilts. I have five pieces in the show: two wall hangings, a banner, and two fabric books. Many thanks to Betty Busby for putting together a video of artists’ talks. I speak at about 17:30 and 23:00.


My Artwork for the 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction

 "Arabesque" art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff

Here is “Arabesque,” my piece for the 2014 Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Benefit Auction. The auction won’t take place for about five months, and this is the first glimpse anyone has had of my artwork. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

I chose the name because the graceful, flowing lines reminded me of a dancer’s arm extending to the sky.

First I “drew” a design on white cotton fabric with washable glue, and let it dry completely. Then I sprayed thinned-down acrylic paint, let that dry, then washed out the glue and heatset the fabric. Finally, I used my Gelli Arts silicone plate to monoprint on top of that.  Then I pieced the curves, and quilted it with four different colors of thread (lime green, turquoise, teal, and violet).

As always, once we get closer to the auction, I’ll show others’ work and give more details about how it all works. Each piece is 12″ square.

Detail of "Arabesque," an art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff.

Detail of "Arabesque," an art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff

“Beyond Tradition” Art Exhibit Takes Fiber to New Levels

Just Suppose...Juxtaposed is an art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff

Just Suppose…Juxtaposed is an art quilt by Julie R. Filatoff

I’m thrilled to be part of “Beyond Tradition,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, which will be at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. Layered and stitched textiles have been a part of human history for thousands of years. “Beyond Tradition” includes work by 21st-century artists who pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, and the Hubbard Museum will hold educational events. All of the exhibiting artists are members of the New Mexico region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international, nonprofit organization with more than 3,100 members. Continue reading

“Getting Things Done” and the Artist

Artwork by Julie Filatoff

Do you find it interesting how other people organize their lives and their time? I do. True confession: I actually enjoy reading books on organization.

One of the things that people have said about me is that I am very organized. To some extent, that’s true, especially at my day job.

Organizing at My Day Job

I have an ongoing (and detailed) to-do list at work, and every day I look at it afresh and identify the top four or five things, which I then prioritize.

Under my desk you’d find a large box that I call “CYA” that contains documents marked up by project managers. (This is so I can say, “See—that IS how you wanted the text to read.”)

On the other side under my desk you’d find a large box with papers that do not need to be shredded, but do need to be recycled. Occasionally I’ll dump those into the communal recycling bin.

On top of my desk is a wire upright organizer that contains about 10 file folders. These hold my current projects. There are also about 20 hanging folders in a desk drawer.

Organizing in My Studio, Home Office, and Personal Life

A few years ago I started the Getting Things Done (GTD) program, using Microsoft Outlook as the basis (work things at work; personal and JiRaF Studio things at home).

The problem?

I don’t examine my list each week. And the “Someday/Maybe” list is sooooo long, it’s overwhelming; I don’t even want to look at it.

Since late December I’ve been meaning to revisit the whole list. Today I finally did it!

Here’s how:

I have a file folder where I toss notes that need to go on the to-do list—magazine or newspaper clippings, email addresses, Post-It notes, mail (that doesn’t have to be acted on immediately), etc.

I printed out my Outlook to-do list, 2014 calendar (one month/page), and grabbed the file folder above, along with a red pen and a yellow highlighter.

With the pen I deleted many things and added some things (based on the bits in the file folder).

Originally, my Outlook to-do list was divided by WHERE I do stuff. This is the suggestion of GTD’s founder, David Allen:

  • Agendas (Since I’m a sole proprietor and don’t have meetings with my non-existent staff, this contains lists of things to get at the office supply store, hardware store, drugstore, art supply store, etc.)
  • Phone Calls
  • Computer
  • Home (personal tasks, like touching up wall paint)
  • In The World (errands to run)
  • Studio (mixed-media, art quilt, and book arts projects)
  • Someday/Maybe (tasks I don’t want to forget about, but are either very long-term or blue-sky thinking)

After much deliberation, I changed my to-do list by dividing it into “Roles and Goals” a la Stephen Covey (a technique I’d used many years before):

  • Artist
  • Businesswoman
  • Homeowner
  • Human
  • Daughter
  • Friend

This causes me to see where I’m spending my time and energy. If I’m putting too little energy into Person, Daughter, and Friend, and too much into Businesswoman and Artist, my life is a bit out of whack.

I even walked through my studio to find half-finished projects to add to the Artist category. (Let she who is without UFO cast the first stone.)

And all those Someday/Maybe items? I moved them from Outlook into a Word document so I don’t have to look at them all the time. (The steps: export to an Excel file; remove unnecessary items; sort; copy into a Word document.)

Next I delved into the two-dozen hanging folders in my home office. First I removed the tickler files. A tickler file (for those of you too young to know) was a set of 12 folders with a month printed on each one. You’d toss in anything that was relevant to that month. I rarely do this anymore, preferring to use my Outlook calendar (including notations of where to find the tickets I need for the event, etc.).

I also repurposed some folders. “Writing Projects” went into my “Blog” folder, for example.

Going forward I plan to refer to my to-do list more often—once a week at least. We’ll see if I stick to this.

One of the people I really admire is Karen Grunberg. Karen has a busy life as a wife, a mother of two boys, a full-time employee of Google, a coach, an artist, and a teacher. Yikes! She is very, very organized; she has to be. Yet her overriding philosophy is one of kindness. This is a woman I need to learn from, for sure.

How do you organize your life?