Our Featured Artist for October is Jamie Fingal. Jamie is an award winning professional fiber artist. Enjoy getting to know Jamie!
How do you describe yourself as an artist?
I am a fiber artist. I am passionate, colorful, authentic, driven and kind. I am all about having fun in my work and not taking myself too seriously.
Describe the path you have taken to develop your art and to become a professional artist?
I started drawing as a child and my grandma taught me how to sew. I made my first quilt in 1981. I do not have a formal art education, but I do have a CAN DO attitude! I got my start as a professional artist by sheer determination and with the amazing support of my family and friends. I felt it was important to get my name known, by entering national quilt shows, writing articles, commission work, auction quilts and public projects. I am a Studio Artists Member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates). I am a former co-rep for the Southern California region, started their regional blog, headed up the Membership Sub-Committee, and a member of the PAM Review Committee for 2013.
As I have grown in my professional work, I started the Dinner @ Eight group with my partner in crime, Leslie Tucker Jenison. We curate art quilt exhibits and tour them nationally and internationally. Our current exhibit “An Exquisite Moment” will be shown at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. We also publish a book through Blurb.com for each exhibit that we curate.
Please describe your work.
My fiber artwork is made for the wall. I use vibrant colors, shapes and patterns to create artwork that invites the viewer in for a closer look. Being a rebel quilter, my style is eclectic, a little edgy, very colorful and whimsical. My work is more about having fun, than about perfection.
I started working with zippers in 2006, using them as an accent. This has become part of my signature style. Some pieces just call out for zippers, some don’t.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by colors, shapes and patterns. I find inspiration at museums, walking through a fabric store, seeing others artist’s work, taking a walk and drawing. I keep a sketching journal to brainstorm ideas for my upcoming projects: watercolors, books and quilts. I save a blank page next to each sketch for gluing a photo of the finished project. Drawing is relaxing, portable and it broadens the horizons of my quilting life. I’m thrilled to be one of the original artists for the Sketchbook Challenge group started in 2011. I have a line of stencils with StencilGirl Products that were released this year.
I love bright colors and funky art – black and white stripes, mixing patterns and colors. Florals, stripes, polka dots, purple houses, cups and saucers, blue skies and funky flowers. Happy, fun, whimsical work. It makes people smile, and I like that. This work truly comes from my heart and soul. I am both honored and thankful to have a fabric line making its debut at Quilt Market in Houston and the end of October. “Home is Where Your Story Begins” is the title, by Hoffman California Fabrics.
Do you teach?
Yes, I teach at quilt guilds, mixed media retreats and the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I am the author of the book “Embellished Mini Quilts”, published by Lark Books, and have two instructional DVD’s by Interweave. My work has been featured in several books and magazines. I have written articles for Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors. I have also been a guest on several of the Quilting Arts TV Shows. I post many ‘how to’s’ on my Twisted Sister blog. I love to share the joy and fun I have found through my journey.
Giving back is a big thing to me; I love to give back. It is something I do because I enjoy it; it resonates with the Girl Scout in me. I like helping organizations that I am passionate about. I want to make the world a better place, and my art work helps me do that. I was honored to be one of 11 artists in Fiberart for a Cause on-line Auction this past February, which benefits the American Cancer Society. I also make a donation quilt for SAQA and IQA each year.
The House Quilt Project offers a wonderful “welcome home” house quilt made by fellow artists and me. I work with Furnishing Hope in Orange County, which includes Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Service Member program. To date, we have made and given over 100 house quilts.
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