Thursday, February 26, 2015

Member Profile: Cuauhtemoc Kish

Cuauhtémoc’s Journey to Sewing Machine Stardom and Thread Fame

     My initial journey into fabric art actually took form at a place called Ayers Rock (Uluru) in central Australia. It was at this hot and bug-infested location where I managed to catch my breath after suffering the first part of a whirlwind vacation that was moving so fast I had lost all contact with real time.

     After a bumpy, wild ride on a camel near the infamous Red Rock, I happened upon a souvenir shop that featured fabric art by a heralded textile artist who boasted the moniker, Caroline Sharkey.  After my purchase, I realized that Caroline was in residence at the artist-in-residence gallery near this very shop.  While observing this talented quilter I made a vow to myself that I would learn how to create fabric art masterpieces, just like my newly discovered mentor.

     When I returned home to San Diego I took my first-ever sewing class in an attempt to master a simple straight line on a sewing machine. I was awarded a “Certificate of Course Completion” in Sewing Fundamentals in 2012. Following this course I was introduced to my second mentor, Karen Cunagin. She took my hand and instructed me in the basics of fabric art, which laid the foundation to the blissful anguish and the many joys of quilting. 

     While I’m still looking for my signature style I tend to enjoy bold colors (reds and purples) and challenging fabrics. Most of my fabric art is rendered using a fused appliqué technique, while inspiration comes at odd times, but mostly during a very sound and uninterrupted sleep. 

     In 2014 I had the audacity to enter several national and local shows and had some 17 pieces juried into these exhibitions (Chandler’s Vision Gallery, La Conner Quilt Museum and the Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza XXI, to name a few).
Fiesta. 46x26.  Fused applique, machine quilted, silks

     My studio space is small (a corner of the bedroom that my dog, Yatzachi, allows me to inhabit), but it affords me ample space to conduct quilting business. And, yes, it is a business; I’ve had the good fortune to sell my work and almost show a profit on my latest Federal Tax Form. 

     Like many fabric artists I have become somewhat obsessed with quilting (Admittedly, it’s really about purchasing fabric), but many who know me think that’s not a bad thing. Some members of my immediate family have blatantly opined that it’s much better for the world if I confine myself within my studio than venture out into the outside world where I may cause havoc and mayhem (mostly to myself).

     Like so many before me have said, quilting has opened the door to meeting diverse and wonderful quilters and some very accomplished artists. Almost all are kind, caring, and generous individuals who respect the work and effort that it takes to finish a project. Currently I am a member of SAQA, Visions Art Museum (San Diego), Canyon Quilters, American Quilter’s Society, and a local group called the Sew ’n Sews. All of these groups and organizations support me on many different levels. And I would not be the fabric artist I am today without their support, as well as their truthful critiques along the way.
Birdman 17x18. Fused applique, machine quilted, silks and hand-dyes

     Although I have made progress I have still much to learn. After returning from a trip to Mexico in mid-February I discovered the email news from Martha Sielman regarding my JAM application; I had been rejected. The JAM Review Committee found my work to be “fun and enjoyable” but suggested a more cohesive body of work (I’m not certain I know what that means?). 

     However, I do know that my journey into the world of fabric art has allowed me to express myself visually and artistically. And although I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to cultivate a cohesive JAM-like voice, it doesn’t make much difference to me because right now, at this very moment, I’m still enjoying the journey and having a very good time.

Visit Cuauhtermoc's website

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts in La Habra Heights

Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts - Friday to Sunday, February 20-22.  2000 West Road, La Habra Heights

Gallery Hours:  Fri/Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 11:30am - 5pm.  Free admission.  Shuttles available

Monday, February 9, 2015

Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters in Los Angeles

Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters

January 25 – May 3, 2015
This exhibition presents contemporary male quiltmakers whose contemporary art backgrounds inform their quilting process. The exhibiting artists are part of a growing, loosely-knit network of male quilters who negotiate their interests and concerns through the intersections of quilting with new technologies and machine aesthetics; with expressions of masculinity and sexuality; and with personal fascinations such as heavy metal or science fiction.
Artists: Joe Cunningham, Luke Haynes, Jimmy McBride, Aaron McIntosh, Joel Otterson, Dan Olfe, Shawn Quinlan, and Ben Venom.

Craft and Folk Art Museum
5813 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles

Friday, February 6, 2015

FIDM show in the Larson Gallery in Los Angeles

Project Runway ca. 18th Century

Ladies and gentlemen living in 18th-century Europe dressed opulently. The designing, producing, and wearing of fashion was elevated to an art form: luxurious silks, handmade laces, and precious metal trimmings were de riguer for those aligned with royal courts. In this exhibition are displayed lavish garments and accessories spanning the century. This exhibit comes from the Helen Larson historic fashion collection.

FIDM Museum & Galleries
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Larson Gallery is open:
February 10–July 2, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are a number of restaurants, some historical, in the area, and the garment district is in the general area. This would be a great exhibit to have an after-exhibit lunch meeting for those of you who might be going. If you are interested in attending, give me a date and time to meet for lunch.  As others RSVP, I will connect you with them.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Quilts at the Muzeo in Anaheim

Quilts at the Muzeo will be closing in mid-February, so if you haven't seen it, plan a day to see the show and have lunch at The Anaheim Packing District on Anaheim Blvd.
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center.  241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim.  Open Tuesday to Sunday.  Docent Tours of both the traditional and contemporary quilts - Wednesday 1:00 and 3:00; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 and 1:00, Sunday 1:00 and 3:00.  Admission is $10.00. The contemporary portion was curated by Terry Waldron.
The California artists Terry Waldron, Sherry Kleinman, Sheila Frampton Cooper, Jamie Fingal, Linda Anderson, Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby Smith. Joe Cunningham and Cindy Cooksey.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pieced and Fused Quilt Exhibit at Vivante in Costa Mesa

Eileen Wintemute, Grace Errea, Piecemaker Quilters, Lerene Smith and LeeAnna Yater have work in this special exhibit
Vivante Living on the Coast is a retirement community
The exhibit is installed on a wall for exhibitions that change monthly.  This is primarily for residents and their families and friends to enjoy.  There are tours and visitors that come through daily. 

Now through January 31st.

Vivante Living on the Coast

1640 Monrovia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 629-2100

Vivante is gated - visitors will push button at gate and ask to attend the quilt exhibit and quilt event.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Expressions in Equality at Visions in San Diego

January 17—April 4, 2015
Opening Reception: January 17, 5-7pm.

"When I think of Martin Luther King, Jr., one thing comes to mind: equality. I'm not only referring to equality of
humans based on their skin color, but the broad differences amongst us that people find challenging to accept and embrace," states Sheila Frampton-Cooper, curator for the exhibition, Expressions in Equality at Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artists on January 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Frampton-Cooper wants to bring attention to discrimination and the way society treats issues such as gender, age, sexual orientation, and economic inequality.

The Artists:

Alice Beasley, Dawn Williams Boyd, Blake Chamberlain, Hollis Chatelain, Shin-Hee Chin, Marion Coleman, Randall Cook, Ife Felix, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Laura Gadson, Valerie Goodwin, Jerry Granata, Deborah Grayson, Sherry Davis Kleinman, Pauline Karasch Salzman, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Sandra Lauterbach, Judy Zoelzer Levine, Kathy Nida, Mary Pal, Pam Ru Bert, Susan Shie and Susan Wessels.

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles is located at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, California. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $7. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Visions Art Museum members enjoy free admission.
, 619-546-4872.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Muzeo Lecture and Quilt Appraisals, Anaheim - Jan 10th

On January 10 quilters and quilt owners will have an opportunity to have their quilts appraised by Anne Copeland, a certified appraiser and member of the American Quilter’s Society, Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) since 1993. She will present a one-hour lecture and Q & A on "What Creates Value in a Quilt: Antique/Contemporary/Art Quilts" at 10 AM.  This will be followed by with appraisals from 11:30 to 3 PM. Appointments preferred. Informal verbal evaluations are free while researched and printed appraisals are $45 and will be sent within three weeks of event.

Copeland co-founded Repiecers of the Past, a quilt history/quilt restoration study group. She is the co-founder/director of Fiberarts Connection of Southern California, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (founded 2005) that provides professional development assistance for physically challenged and emerging fiberartists.

As a professional curator, she has curated more than 100 exhibits of fiber arts, mixed media and Mexican pottery since 1975 at major museums and galleries, as well as smaller galleries and other venues in the United States. She is also a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and current Co-
Representative of the SAQA SoCA/SoNV Region. She also serves as the Professional Appraisers Association of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) quarterly newsletters.

Anne has also judged a number of major quilt shows including Pacific International and the National Quilting Association show in Riverside, California, as well as many local shows. She lectures at quilt guilds and teaches quilt-related classes. She coauthored a research paper on the development of the kit quilts industry published in the American Quilt Study journal Uncoverings 1994 with her former appraisal partner, Beverly Dunivent, who has since moved out of state. She has numerous articles published in various national quilting magazines. She is a quilt artist and has exhibited in numerous exhibits and shows throughout the United States and one in Puerto Rico Some of her pieces have been published in a quilt magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, and in a book, 'I Remember Mama.'
For lecture reservations and appraisal appointments , call [714] 956- 8936 or visit


Monday, November 24, 2014

Quilts at the Muzeo Museum in Anaheim, CA

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center.  241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim.  Open Tuesday to Sunday.  Docent Tours of both the traditional and contemporary quilts - Wednesday 1:00 and 3:00; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 and 1:00, Sunday 1:00 and 3:00.  Admission is $10.00.  This exhibit is open until mid-February!
The California artists in attendance for the artists opening.  L-R, Terry Waldron, Sherry Kleinman, Sheila Frampton Cooper, Jamie Fingal, Linda Anderson, Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby Smith.  Artists that could not be there are Joe Cunningham and Cindy Cooksey.

The outside of the Muzeo Museum in Anaheim

This would be a fabulous field trip for you and your friends!  Terry Waldron is the curator of the contemporary quilts exhibit!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some of the Artwork of Anne Copeland

In 2011, I was about to turn 70, so it seemed a good idea to do something different to celebrate.

Well, if we are turning the Big 70, we might as well have fun along the way!

I feel good, like I knew I would!!!

The special needs children I work with just LOVE when they see me coming. Up near the front (with the big moon) is a favorite story, The Hungry Catepillar, and the border along the bottom comes from the same story.

Happy, I'm so happy!

And finally, the back says it all!

I will add, as it is my birthday again Saturday, November 22, "You only live once!  Go for it!!!

Thank you for letting me share some of my fiber art. I will share it again when I recover it. Oh, you might wonder why recover such a cool car. It IS finally fading, I put the fiber in with acrylic gel medium, and yes, I do wash it and it has been in the snow, rain, and lots of sunshine. I covered it with three coats of polyurethane varnish. The hardest areas were the curved spaces, but I managed OK.

I would love to post some of your art for our members here too. Thank you kindly, Anne Copeland, SAQA So CA/So NV Co-Rep