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I've mostly emerged from the funk I mentioned in the last issue of "Three Bits of Inspiration." I took a trip to LA. It was great to get away! And great to come home.
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Inspiration leads to what?  I love sharing these bits of inspiration with you. I hope they make you look at the world with creative eyes. I'll admit that the inspiration doesn't always find its way into my artwork. But that's totally okay! Looking and thinking creatively always makes a positive impact, even if it's not a direct connection.  Cheers, Deborah 
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1. Airports This lone yellow rolling staircase is just the beginning of interesting lines and colors at the airport. It doesn't seem like a place where you could find inspiration, but I like to look for tiny unique snapshots that could be translated into my own artwork. (It reminds me a bit of this quilt.)
2. Annie Dillard Two years ago I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. It was a bit of a slog, but the themes and imagery have stayed with me. I can't say I loved reading it, but I love that it's still in my head. Last week I read a review of her new book that included thoughtful analysis of her long career. Now I am totally wrapped up in remembering all those ideas about nature, cycles, spirituality and narrative.
3. Books Not any book in particular. Just books. The construction and format of the book has existed for hundreds of years and I suspect -- even with the rise of e-readers -- it's not going away. I love the idea of words encased within two covers held together by a spine. This stack is from The Last Bookstore in LA.
Upcoming Events
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference in Philadelphia, March 31 to April 3. I'm super excited to connect with other SAQA members. Will you be there?
  • Cotton Patch Quilt Guild in Greenville, TX on April 28, 2016: All About Art Quilts program
  • Kaufman Quilt Guild in Kaufman, TX on June 7, 2016: Getting From Start to Art: 76 Tips to Jump Start Your Creativity program
  • I still have some availability in 2016 for programs and workshops... especially if you're in north Texas. Pass this newsletter on to your guild program chair. I'd love to come visit you! (Mention Three Bits for a $50 discount on my fees.)
Upcoming Exhibitions
Studio Update: I added some ribbons to my bulletin board! You can read about all the wonderful quilts I saw (and my ribbons) at the Dallas Quilt Show on my blog. There are so many other little treasures pinned to my board, I decided to shoot a short video tour of it. Check it out here. (Newsletter subscribers are the first to see it!)
Big News! I am thrilled to be teaching a five-day workshop at Quilting Adventures in the Texas Hill Country next March! (I think that's why I buried this news so far down in my newsletter... it just seems to far away!) The workshop is titled Art Quilt Collage: Designing with Layers of Fabric, Paint and Stitch. It's going to be super fun. Will you consider joining me?
Illuminated Lotus #1, $100
8 x 8 inches, mounted on stretched canvas
I created a series of fabric collages with this beautiful lotus shape. I love the mossy purple and green color palette and the bit of sparkle from the square sequins.
More images in my Etsy Shop
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