Thanks to all of you who answered my question yesterday about what quilt demonstrations, processes, and techniques you would love to observe. (And congrats to Kit Lang as you are yesterday’s book winner! Please email me your shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ship this book to you faster than you can free-motion a feather motif.)
The reason I posed this question yesterday was because we are looking to expand Open Studios this fall in Houston! I was hoping to get…oh…about 60 sessions of artist demonstrations right on the show floor over the four days. (Maybe that is an aggressive amount, but, hey, I like to think big!)
Jane Davila demonstrating Gyotaku (fish printing) in Open Studios in 2008.
Just imagine being able to observe some of your favorite quilt artists demonstrating their craft, sharing tips, techniques, and secrets, and demystifying processes that are mysterious and confusing. We are hoping to offer a wide range of hands-on demonstrations: everything from art quilting and mixed media to modern quilting and free-motion stitching.
Are you a quilt artist who has expertise in a certain area? We are looking for artist applicants who would be willing to volunteer two hours (or more) of their time during show hours to share their expertise with quilt fans. (Sounds like a hard gig, doesn’t it?!)
If you are coming to Houston and are interested, here’s what we are looking for:
• Artists who are considered experts in their fields. (It helps if you have written articles for magazines, have authored books, teach on the show circuit, have an active blog, etc.)
• Artists who have lots of colorful quilts and fabrics that we can use to decorate the Open Studios area.
How to apply:
• Please email me (email@example.com) with the technique you would like to demonstrate. Remember that each session will be two hours. If you have multiple ideas for multiple sessions, please list them.
• Please attach in your email a clear, low-resolution (72 DPI) jpeg of your work for each session. Please limit it to one image per Open Studios session.
• Let me know when you ARE and when you are NOT available during show hours to facilitate an Open Studios session during International Quilt Festival.
• Point out whether you will need a sewing machine for your demonstration.
• In the subject line of your email, please write (in caps) OPEN STUDIOS/HOUSTON.
*** We are are also looking for artists who work wet, so all of you painters, dyers, and surface design artists, we want you!
I hope to have the schedule fairly finalized by the beginning of October, and I really hope you will apply. Please help me spread the word…we are planning for this to be a very lively and fun area with diverse offerings!