Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

The highlight of my semester as a college art prof is taking my students to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. I get to collaborate with the staff in the Works on Paper room to set up a private showing of museum acquisitions - prints & drawings. Hoo-rah, I'm a curator for a day!

(oops, someone cropped her head off!)

It's so much fun to see the reactions of the students when they get a good, close look at the art.

Their perception about art is usually based on what they see on the computer screen so when they get a chance to be in a well lit room, without security guards breathing down their neck and they can take pictures, they are blown away!

Aren't these girls cute?! They're posing in front of a Picasso.

The best part is that I get to request art that I want to see. So here I am standing between 2 watercolors by John Singer Sargent. On the top left you can see the small etching by Rembrandt of his mother.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

International Quilt Market Houston - My 8 hours of fun!

I had a list of booths I wanted to check out going into the Market, but that didn't stop me from discovering new designs and ideas as I wandered the aisles.

Because submitting work for publication is high on my priority list, I high-tailed it to C&Tand F&W publishers. I checked out new releases and visited with some of the sale staff who were very helpful and provided complimentary copies of magazines. 

I discovered Landauer publishing, a company I was unfamiliar with but not anymore! An author, Laurel Albright, and I talked a bit  and I showed her a book of fiber art samples I happened to be carrying around with me. She suggested I submit a proposal. 

As I made my way to all the fabric manufacturers, I observed the designers interacting with the sales staff and quilt store owners.

I met the famous Tim Holtz and for once he wasn't surrounded by a mob. His "Eclectic Elements" designs appeal to me because of the "unique combination of salvaged findings and vintage palette." Tim was kind enough to take a picture with me!

Another talented designer, who came all the way from London to promote her "Hearty Good Wishes" fabric designs for Moda was Janet Clare. She gave me a sample pack of her whimsical prints and also posed for a picture with me. It was a delight chatting with her!

Kaffe Fassett was cross stitching as he sat at a table signing books. I wanted to strike up a conversation with him but he seemed pre-occupied so I didn't want to interrupt him. I did get a signed copy of his new book Quilts of Morocco. I love his designs using vibrant patterns and brilliant colors.

And that's not all! There's more but this blog post is long enough!
No wonder I was exhausted today!!

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