Month: June 2012

“Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter Video

The Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video is up.  You can view it here.

A quilt is meant to be touched and used, not just looked at.  That’s why I think my modern interactive quilt will be perfect for the “Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.”  My piece is basically going to be an interactive, modern quilt. It will be interactive in the sense that it has pockets so that passersby can insert notes, photos, tickets, basically things from the city and their community. I think it will be neat to see what gets put in the pockets overtime.

When I first heard about The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, I wanted my piece to not only interact with the public aesthetically, but also in a physical sense. I wanted it to be touched, thought about, manipulated, revisited in a respectful way. And when I heard about the theme “Celebration of the Hand”, I immediately thought about everything I do with my hands: sewing, designing, gardening, collecting eggs, holding my children, writing letters, taking photos, etc.  Then I got to thinking about how hands are used everyday in the city: to type, to cook, to serve a meal, etc.

I imagine this piece becoming a mini-time capsule. An opportunity for people in the community to express and interact with the art, and to express what it is that they do with their hands everyday.

I’ve been trying to get a book published over the past few years. My first book idea was on interactive quilts for kids. Lately though, I’ve been creating art that reflects more of my style, and has less of a childlike feel –art that is more modern, geometric, and full of color.  That being said, ironically my daughter, and my first book idea, still influenced me when I was thinking up this design.  Monet, my daughter, using her hands to collect treasures is a perfect example of what the pockets in this quilt could be used for.

I hope in reading this post, you can see the heart and creativity that I will be putting into my Plakat piece for the Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.

Please, take a moment to watch the video and donate today.  Thanks.

Angela Flicker

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Great news —The Artists’ House will be selling at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market this summer.  I won’t be there every week, as I really don’t have enough time for that type of commitment, but you can find me there on the following days: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, and September 1.

This Saturday, June 16th, you can find me on the corner of 300 West and 400 South, about 6 booths in on 400 South.  I would love it if you would come by and say hello.

My booth will be full of handmade goods: quilts, fiber wall art, bags, dresses, skirts, etc.  Here are a few images to give you an idea of what I have been making.

messenger bag by the artists house angela flicker

sewn applique frog bag the artists house angela flicker

reversible sewn skirt the artists house angela flicker

monster zipper bags the artists house angela flicker

sewn cat dog applique bag the artists house angela flicker

Hope to see you there!

Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video Coming Soon

Angela Flicker Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video

I was interviewed by Craft Lake City today, for the “Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter video.  The Salt Lake City Film Festival is generously donating their time to make this video, in order to help Craft Lake City raise awareness and funds for the “Celebration of the Hand” Temporary Museum of Permanent Change exhibit opening in July.  I’m nervous to see myself on tape, as I was a bit of an anxious mess.  I’m much better at these sort of things when I am in my natural habitat.  Yet at the same time, I am so thankful, excited and honored to be a part of what Craft Lake City is doing.

Thanks you Craft Lake City, The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, and Salt Lake City Film Festival!!  Thank you!

EZ Dresden Challenge: A Quilted Beach Bag

dressden beach bag quilted by The Artists' House Angela FlickerWelcome to day twelve of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild blog hop for the EZ Dresden Challenge.  Have you been following this?

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild has partnered with EZ Quilting, Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. To help them celebrate, Salt Lake MQG is hosting a challenge — Use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes, including a new sewing machine and a photo of your project in a 1/3 page Simplicity advertisement in Quilting Arts Magazine.  How exciting is that?!  Leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June. For more information regarding this challenge, follow this EZ Dresden Challenge link.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
For the past few summers, I’ve wanted to make myself a really bright, yet simple beach bag.
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Colorful umbrellas, beach balls, and sailboats were my inspiration.

I also knew that I wanted the bag to be deep, to hold rolled towels, and the bag had to have a nice zipper pocket to hold smaller-hard-to-find items like chapstick.  I’m really happy with the results. I can’t wait for our first beach/pool outing, as I think this bag will be perfect and fun in the sun.

.Here’s what my project looked like, right before I turned it into a bag.  I was intentional about picking a bold fabric for the background, as I wanted the sun to play on the dresden pieces, making the background shine through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
The collage of images below, show some of my work.  Really, it was quite simple.  I basically laid the pieces out, put right sides together, sewed, ironed the seam allowances open, and repeated until I had one long, snake-like piece. I’m not a fan of raw edges, so to finish the piece off I sewed around it with a 1/4″ stitch, and then used this stitch as a guide to help me iron a 1/4″ under around all the sides.  I then used washable basting glue and lightly glued the dresden piece down before using a zigzag stitch (clear thread) to sew around the entire exterior.  Lastly, I basted and quilted the piece.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
Here is the finished product.  I really like how the chevron print shines through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag zipper inside bag
ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag

Remember, leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June.

For more inspiration and ideas for the EZ Dresden Challenge, follow along with the blog hop:

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Our lucky winner is #9, Jenny C

2012/06/12 at 12:03 pm

Love your bag! Have fun in the sun!

Thanks for your comment Jenny.  I hope you love the ruler!  I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

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Junebug Dress for Toddlers and Babies

toddler dressJust recently, I have started designing dress patterns for toddlers and babies.  My daughter has been the best little model.  Monet’s middle name is June (her birthday is in June), and when she was just a baby her nickname quickly became “Junebug”.  Naturally, I named my first dress design after her.

toddler dress

toddler dress

I haven’t made a sewing pattern for this dress yet.  Right now, I’m just selling the actual dresses, custom made by me.  You can find it in my Etsy shop for purchase:  Junebug Dress for Toddlers and Babies by The Artists’ House.  I have been making a bunch of dresses lately, because I’ll be selling them at The Farmer’s Market and Craft Lake City this summer.

toddler dresses

Celebration of the Hand

geometric triangle quilt modern colorfulGuess what?  I’m working on a special project.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and Craft Lake City to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand”.  They accepted my proposal and asked me to create a large piece that will hang in downtown Salt Lake City. I’m in love with geometric, modern, and colorful quilt designs these days, and so that was part of my inspiration.  Along with that, I will also sew small triangular pockets into the piece.  These pockets will hold collected paper items and photographs from around the city (ticket stubs, newspaper clippings, postcards, photos, restaurant menus, letters, etc).  Passersby can then play with and move around these pieces, or folks can also add their own paper pieces to the pockets.  This allows the piece to be interactive with the public.  I think it will be neat to see what items get put into the vinyl pockets over time.

geometric triangle quilt modern colorful

Here is what Craft Lake City had to say about the event,

“Celebration of the Hand:  Craft Lake City has joined forces with The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change to bring local art to the streets in the form of a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, ‘Celebration of the Hand.’ The gallery walls are made up of 15 plakats located in downtown Salt Lake on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. The plakats are permanent steel frames installed adjacent to the sidewalks and are referred to as the museum’s “windows.” Collectively, these museum’s windows (or plakats) make up the exhibition. The plakats were originally installed in 2007 and over the years have been used to highlight the work of numerous nonprofits. Craft Lake City is excited to become The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change’s newest plakat collaborator.  We will be using 13 of the 15 plakats to highlight the work of 13 Craft Lake City affiliates.  The exhibit will officially open in conjunction with July Gallery Stroll on July 20, 2012. The artisans involved are Annika Dimeo, Michelle Christenesen, Nic Annette Miller, Keith McKeown, Isaac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Tommy Dolph and Eleanor Scholz.”

I’m honored and excited to be a part of this exhibit!

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