19 February 2011

the reason why i dragged half my studio to ohio this week...

I've been sitting on this information for a long time. I've told a few people but mostly I've hoarded the secret. Part out of superstition, part out of nervousness and part because...well...that's just the way I am I suppose. I always wait until after something has been completed to spill the beans and this one? This one is spilling quite a mountain of beans.

So without further ado...the reason I drug all of this to Ohio:




...is because of this:





Yup chickens, yours truly filmed two segments for Quilting Arts TV this past Thursday. Not only that, but I also filmed a workshop DVD!

One TV segment shows how to make the Wishing Owls I'm always going on about (which is what the last photo above is, Jen took a shot on the little TV in the green room that showed everything on set as it was being filmed) and the second TV segment talks about using Freezer Paper Stencils to create pattern on fabric.

The DVD is a doosey, took me some serious time to prep for but I had a phenomenal time filming it! (Even if my palms did start to sweat as the camera guy was counting down for me to begin.) It demonstrates three surface design techniques: thermofax screen printing (total shocker, right?), soy wax batik and freezer paper stencils. And then it walks you through how I design my abstract art quilts and my process for attaching them to fabric covered canvas.

Wow...that makes me tired just reading that... ;-)

I can honestly say this is the biggest thing that's happened so far in my fiber art career and it makes me feel all giddy and excited and...well, exhausted at the moment if you truly want to know the truth.

It was a phenomenal amount of work to prep for and like most big events, once the wheels started turning, it whizzed by in a single moment. Along with the prep, there was a healthy dose of angst involved. But I did it (and managed to not swear on camera - which I was totally worried about not because I cuss constantly but because you just never know what will come out of your mouth when you are nervous - and didn't have to use a sewing machine - yes, you all know why because that would have brought out the swearing) and I totally loved every second of it.

I was extremely excited to get to spend time with fellow artists. I actually squealed when my friend Jen Solon walked through the door. We've met in person a few times and I had no idea she would be there so it was fun to get to spend more time with her. She is super nice and such a talented artist, I'm excited for her that she is showing her stuff off! :)

Here we are together looking all blissed out after we were both done filming our TV segments:



I also got to make new friends. I met the fabulously talented and sweet Mary Pal. It was SUCH a treat to get to see her incredible portraits in person and she is such a nice person to boot!

I gabbed a lot with Terry White too. Her machine work actually has me considering giving thread painting a try.

Here is a group shot of all of us with Pokey:



I can't put into words how much fun I had. Which sounds kind of strange considering I've been so resistant to something as simple as posting pictures of myself on my blog. To be in front of the cameras actually felt comfortable and I'm still bouncing around with excitement!

I'm not sure when the DVD comes out, I need to check on that but we'll have a big party when it does. Yaaaaahhhhhoooooo!!!! (Can you tell I'm still a little hyper about the whole thing??)

I promised myself that I would rest up today. I'm heading back to work full time next week and I need to gather my strength. When I got home yesterday I was greeted by this:



Little man wasn't happy about my overnight absences but he seems to have forgiven me since he's hanging out next to me snoring his little head off.

*sigh* Just so so happy. :) Happy. :) :) :)

23 comments:

Leann said...

Yep, you'll be taking over the studio in no time, rock star!! Congratulations!!

Vicki W said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news!

Pattie Wall said...

How exciting - and it's all on DVD to spark your memory of a whirlwind - special moment in your fibre career! Woohoo!

Jean Baardsen said...

What an incredible opportunity, and accomplishment!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Carol S said...

Super! I can't wait to see it!

Gerrie said...

Can I just say - Fabulous! I am happy that it was such a "happy" experience for you.

FunkyC said...

You've worked so hard for this moment and deserve every bit of Joy it brings! Rock On!

Yarnhog said...

Oh wow! How totally exciting! Congrats!

Chris said...

Congratulations Lynn!

Jeannie said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful accomplishment. I look forward to purchasing your dvd when it comes out. Way to go! The "little man" is so adorable.

shawna said...

Congrats! I am so happy to have your talents make my visions happen. Thanks!
Shawna (maybeeclothing)

janice said...

How wonderful, I can't wait to see it all.

Approachable Art said...

I'm so thoroughly blown away by this that I can't answer it here... expect a PM from me soon. <3

Deb H said...

Utterly awesome Lynn! I don't get "TV" but I do have a television and a DVD payer - I will definitely be adding the DVD and the 2011 series to my library! Then I can watch and feel all superior 'cuz "I know her!" ;o)

Lesley Riley said...

Love seeing all the photos and those samples in the first photo are absolutely gorgeous. You did an amazing job. I can't wait to see the finished products. The camera love you, you look great! Way to go Lynn.

Lesley Riley said...

Love seeing all the photos and those samples in the first photo are absolutely gorgeous. You did an amazing job. I can't wait to see the finished products. The camera love you, you look great! Way to go Lynn.

Anne said...

I knew my friend Jen was doing a segment--so cool that you did, too! Congrats!

Gail P said...

super fabulous news! congrats. can't wait until the segment and DVD is out.

Gisela Towner said...

I knew you would do just great! I'm so glad I got to meet you before you got all famous 'n stuff...LOL
Congrats Lynn -- I'm so thrilled for you!!

Kim Hambric said...

I'm swooning just being in the presence of your blog! Fantastic!!!

Bonita Rose said...

COngrats to you .... so so happy for you!

debkolar said...

Congrats Lynn!!! So happy for you....can't wait to see it!

kathy n said...

very cool! Congrats!