~My Story~

Recently I shared more of my story on Instagram and thought it’d be good to share with all the Followers of this Blog too!

Artists in studio
My Story

…As an artist working in textiles, I began my love of fabrics as a young girl in grade school–beginning with sewing an apron in Girl Scouts! ☺ The local fabric shop was a fascinating place for me with all the wonderful colors, different textures to touch, and the endless possibilities of what someone could create from all the different materials! Endless possibilities…!
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Through the years, I sewed my own clothes and later made a traditional sampler quilt. After taking a few classes at shops over the years, I went to Graduate School and studied Apparel Design, taught design classes on the university level, and continued to design original textile creations…

My focus is now Textile Art. I gather design ideas from my life experiences, like from travels… walking in nature and gardens🌿🌷🌻🌼…and studying human development👨‍👩‍👧. I then express those ideas in my wall hangings, or “fabric paintings”! 🎨
Here, I share my works-in-progress, inspirations & ideas I’m gathering, plus new completed Original Art…and Art Prints and Cards.

*I’d love to share more with you about my journey as an Artist…Is there any questions you’d like to ask me about my work &/or creative, design process?

Please ask me in the Comments below! 🙂 

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From the Studio…” September Studio NewsNotes”

Tomorrow, September 28th will be theSeptember’s Here Giveaway”!

One subscriber of our “Studio NewsNotes” will be selected by random number. This person will receive the very 1st boxed Set of 3 of my new archival, Art Cards~~Flower & Fish!  

Flower & Fish

Everyone else will then also be able to shop in the Print Shop for this special boxed set of 3 Art Cards, which will now be available (as well as individual cards)….with Free Shipping! More details will be in the newsletter!

**This your last chance to Sign-Up (Here) for our Studio NewsNotes e-newsletter, before this Giveaway tomorrow at 12:00 noon!**

Don’t forget to tweet, tag, Facebook, Instagram, text, &/or phone your art loving Friends! 🙂

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By signing up for the studio’s e-newsletter, you will join other Art Lovers, Art Collectors, & Creatives in Life to….

  • Receive 1st glimpses and insights into new artwork,
  • learn of studio happenings,
  • be offered bonuses,
  • View inspirations behind my creative process,
  • and… in every newsletter….a Creative IDEA to try for adding more creativity to your life & work!   🙂

Thank-you to All Subscribers for your interest, encouragement, and for supporting the Arts & Artists in their work!

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Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park

Today’s piece is another work from the Visions of Spain series and is currently on exhibit in Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey, at Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery. It is entitled, Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid). One of my photos had lines and colors that inspired me. I loved the way the guy’s shirt and the boats just happened to match…the lines the walkway and the wall made with each other to provide the perspective and depth to this scene…along with the accent of the row of bright red boats resting along the shoreline. A nice afternoon stroll…

Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid), 17 3/4" x 19 1/2", rayon and cotton on cotton. Applique, free-motion quilting, piecing, threadpainting, © 2014 Joni Beach.
Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid), 17 3/4″ x 19 1/2″, rayon and cotton on cotton. Applique, free-motion quilting, piecing, thread-painting, © 2014 Joni Beach.

To create this piece, first different fabrics were auditioned to see which ones could create the image I wanted.

AuditionFabSunStroll

The background was then composed…

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The boats and the guy were constructed separately as appliques before applying them to the background.

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Thread-sketching and thread-painting was used extensively to add details and shading. The machine is used similar to the way you would draw with a pencil~~viewing the original photo as a guide, while drawing lines and shading.

GuyThreadpaintSunSTroll

Dense-stitch quilting was used on the background elements~~the lake, trees, sky, ground and walkways~~to add texture and dimension. Using heavy threads and embroidery floss, two cables were added to tie the boats together.

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You can see this and other pieces in this series, Visions of Spain, on my website Art Gallery!

 Available Artwork May Be Purchased Through: Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery.