Ann’s new book is finally available. It is a 96 page softcover book with many of Ann’s collage designs and features detailed instructions of how she creates them. It walks you all the stages of creating one of her signature beach designs. The book is available at State Of The Art Framing & gallery in Beulah, Michigan, your local quilt shop and through this website. It will be available through this site’s shopping cart after January 22nd or just send an email and we’ll ship one right out. The cost is $27.95 plus postage – Buy It Here!
Last night was the premier of the 2014 ArtPrize poster as well as the release of a commemorative book that chronicles and celebrates the first five years of Artprize. The party was open to the public and featured members of the ArtPrize team to speak plus some invited speakers. I attended the party along with my husband. I’d say a thousand or more others attended the party. I was recognized by a lot of people as the winner of ArtPrize 2013 who asked me to sign the pages in the book that featured my quilt. It was great talking to people and signing a few books and hearing other’s ArtPrize stories. Of course I am ineligible from entering this year (though my husband Steve will have an entry), but take a few days in late September and Early October to attend and enjoy the amazing diversity of artwork for all over the world. Go to www.artprize.org for info.
Ann is working on lots of new projects over the winter and this is a new creation of Sunflowers in her collage style. This piece will be entered in this years AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan this August.
It is constructed with batiks of course, but also uses lots of yarns, textured fabrics and silk ribbon.
My 2013 Art Prize entry “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore” took first place, winning a cash award of $200,000! This is the largest art competition money given in the world and is the most money ever awarded to a quilt in the history of quilting! This is a huge win for all quilters and textile artists and I am very proud and delighted to be the person to represent the quilt community and have achieved this amazing award.
I believe my stars all aligned this year with my art prize entry. This was my third year entering art prize, each year I created a little larger piece and fans kept coming back to the Ford Museum to see what I made . So repetition and being at the Ford Museum worked in my favor. This years piece resonated with the Michigan public in that it was a favorite Michigan vacation spot. People could relate to my entry. I was at art prize “campaigning”, sharing and talking about my art for 15 days out of the 19 days of voting. Most people thought my quilt was a photograph or a oil painting but then amazed as I explained it was an art quilt. It was unique and different.
Art prize now owns my winning art prize entry and they will be displaying it in Grand Rapids in a public space to be announced soon.
Now that art prize is behind me I am planning my next move. I am working on a book which will be a gallery and a step-by-step book on my “Collage” technique to be published in September of 2014. I will spend some quiet time this winter creating new designs and then have some lecturers and teaching events lined up for spring 2014.