Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2017 MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

A QUILTER'S MARK MAKING STUDY--5 day workshop October 2-6,2017 

Think of improv piecing and appliqué as invitation to add marks to your quilt creating visual interest and movement. Consider lines, squares, triangles and circles as the vocabulary of mark making. Little pieces and parts coming out of nowhere, seemingly going nowhere. The very curiosity of it interests the maker and the viewer.






I would be delighted to see you in class!   www.madelineschool.com

Monday, October 31, 2016

MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS...more thoughts

Time for reflection is a gift.  My thoughts have remained on the recent Gwen Marston extravaganza at the Madeline Island School of the Arts with Gwen and yours truly. There is pleasure in watching students experience Liberated Quiltmaking. Gwen introduced her book in the mid 1990s, and has delighted in sharing her ideas ever since. Many students were accomplished quiltmakers, some were also instructors. Observing their ongoing enthusiasm for this process confirms the staying power of Liberated Quiltmaking.

Gwen and I offered a gallery of inspiration, demonstrations and opportunity for students to explore and develop their ideas.


small study 10 1/2" x 11 1/2"
by pam beal

Here is a little fun...someone really got the point!


working with 3/4" strips
As many quilters know, we have a fine craft and we enjoy each other's company. Time together is a gift. Thanks again to everyone who joined Gwen and I at the Madeline Island School of the Arts.  ---pjb

www.madelineschool.com

www.gwenmarston.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

GWEN MARSTON, PAM BEAL & MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

The Madeline Island School of the Arts was the site of the Gwen Marston extravaganza. Small Studies with Gwen Marston & Pam Beal was Gwen's last workshop as she sails into retirement.  An island in Lake Superior offered the perfect setting to allow this creative group the opportunity to, well create!  And celebrate Gwen, and enjoy friends and make new friends, and benefit from the sincere attention of the MISA staff members.  Thank you MISA and all of the fine students who joined us.

Now for a few of the quilts, and I should mention that many students were mostly new to Liberated Quiltmaking.  (apologies--my photos are only sew-sew)









Gwen & I posing with her book Minimal Quiltmaking
Her quilt and mine are on facing pages
Photo credit: Lisa Taglia

Marge Tucker & I
We go back to Beaver Island Quilt Retreat days
Must be an island theme with this crowd
Photo credit: Cindy Bowker

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MARK MAKING QUILTS AT MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS


Expressive Abstract Quilts: A Quilter's Mark Making Study---here is the link to Madeline Island

Mark Making Quilts with Pam

a few words about Mark Making quilts..............Think of improv piecing and appliqué as invitation to add marks to your quilt creating visual interest and movement. Consider lines, squares, triangles and circles as the vocabulary of mark making. Marks can be well placed or random, dense or sparse.  Little pieces and parts coming out of nowhere, seemingly going nowhere. The very curiosity of it interests the maker and the viewer.

Consider string quilts, liberated log cabins and one patch variations as familiar starting places. Improvisation often begins with the familiar.

10" x 11 1/2"
Making a small quilt to work out ideas is a practice serving as an artist's sketch. It also serves as play in the sewing room. I'm from the Liberated School of Design. Experience studying and teaching with Gwen Marston who is widely known for Liberated Quiltmaking, has liberated my quilt making. Gwen's approach frees you from following a pattern and engages you in designing and making your own quilts. Quilts and art are about what you bring to the process. My workshops encourage you to explore and work at your own pace and that's liberating.  

I welcome you to join me at the Madeline Island School of the Arts October 2-6, 2017

Friday, September 2, 2016

GWEN MARSTON HAS DONE IT AGAIN


Anyone who has slept under a quilt, admired a quilt, or made a quilt will want to know about Gwen's latest book, a common thread a collection of quilts by Gwen Marston. The quilts tell the story of Gwen's quilt making over the decades--over 5 decades of discovery on a Liberated path.  

Gwen organizes the collection to, dare I say, "cover" Traditional Patchwork, Appliqué, Liberated Patchwork, String Quilts and Abstract Quilts in Solids. Glorious photos of the full quilt are presented with detail photos on the facing page. I enjoyed lingering with the quilts noticing the stitches and marveling at Gwen's imagination. Gwen makes quilts using self expression and improvisation naming her approach Liberated Quiltmaking. You can feel liberated and enriched looking at these quilts.

Gwen Marston is an important quiltmaker, teacher, award winning author and artist of international standing, but Gwen doesn't often talk about her importance. In this book, her 30th., she welcomes you to delight in some of the quits she has made.  Think of a common thread as a visit to Gwen's house. After a cup of coffee and a piece of pie, Gwen asks if you would like to see some quilts!    pjb 

published by Martingale  shopmartingale.com 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PAM & MIRO

Breaking Trail 27" x 26"
by pam j beal
Visitors to Artistree Gallery told me they had visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, and my quilt reminded them of Miro's paintings.  That is company I would like to keep!  I better get to work.

www.mam.org

joan-miro.net


www.ArtistreeGalleryWI.com   Artistree Gallery is a member owned artist cooperative in Land O' Lakes, WI.  We rent our gallery space from the non-profit Land O' Lakes Artisans. The building is dedicated to the arts and is a lively place to visit.  Please stop in if you are in the area.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

SAVE THE DATE-- I will be returning to teach at Madeline Island School of the Arts  
October 2-6, 2017.

MAKE YOUR MARK: A QUILTER'S MARK MAKING STUDY




follow the link for more information Madeline Island School of the Arts