Ann traveled to Cleveland, Ohio this past September to tape 3 episodes of Quilting Arts TV. It was a thrill to meet and work with Susan Brubaker Knapp. Ann also met other quilt artist guests that were taping the same day. Two of the episodes, “Working From Photos” and “Planning And Designing” feature Ann on the 1900 series episodes. The DVD can be purchased at Quilting Arts TV interweave online store. Episodes will also air on a PBS TV station. Check your local listings for broadcast times. The third episode will be on a future DVD next season. Here’s a link to order the Quilting Arts DVD
“Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore” is to be installed in Empire Michigan
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire Michigan is the new home and owner of Ann’s groundbreaking 2013 ArtPrize public vote winning quilt. After ArtPrize decided in 2014 to no longer own and administer the winning public vote winning works, they chose to donate them to them to various non profit organizations to keep them on public display. The visitor center for the National Lakeshore Park seemed an obvious choice for this landmark work of art inspired by the Dunes. It will be on display in the auditorium of the visitor center. Contact them at www.nps.gov/SLBE/planyourvisit/index.htm or call (231) 326-4700 for information
Ann & Steve Loveless’s ArtPrize® Winning PhotoFiber™ composition “Northwood Awakening” has been moved to, and is now showing at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan. It is showing in conjunction with the Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge exhibit which runs until March 5th. Please visit http://www.dennosmuseum.org/ for hours and directions. If you haven’t had a chance to see our remarkable 25′ long combination of photography and quilted textiles don’t miss this opportunity to experience it.
Ann and her husband, Steve have achieved three “firsts” at ArtPrize® this fall. First and foremost is Ann being the only artist to win the Grand Prize two times, second, Ann and Steve are the first collaborative team to be the winners and lastly, Steve is the first photographer to be awarded the Grand prize. Their 5 foot high by 25 foot long entry is titled “Northwood Awakening” and is created in a process they call PhotoFiber™, which is a mixed media of photography and textiles. The composition begins on the left as a actual photographic print but as the viewer moves to the right down the photo it gradually begins to transform into Ann’s quilted mosaic technique. The process is intended to trick the viewer into not being aware of the transition of photography as a literal medium and the interpretive medium of quilted fabric. The image itself represents the awakening of a beautiful Northern Michigan woods after winter just as the leaves pop out on the trees and the Trillium are in full blossom. It represents the renewal of growth and life in the world.
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!
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.