Studio Tour with PIQF

The annual Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center was held October 17-20. One of their events this year was to provide a tour of local artist studios. I was honored to be asked to participate this year along with fellow artist Alice Beasley.

I thoroughly enjoyed having 45 visitors in my studio. It was a great opportunity to explain how I actually create my art. So my primary focus during the studio tour was education. The more visitors understand the techniques and materials I use to create my art, the more they will appreciate my work.

Small works using my favorite techniques — cyanotype and sunprints — opened the opportunity for discussion.

10-18-aSeveral examples of both types of printing were available for close inspection.

10-18-bThe possibility of creating fabric and using it as gift wrap intrigued visitors (see Furoshiki Fabric Wraps).

And the possibility of mailing fabric art in the form of postcards always creates a stir. Here they are displayed mounted on archival mat, ready to frame.

10-18-eVisitors had just 45 minutes to take in my studio. The conversation was lively and the time allotted sped by like a blink. Everyone seemed to learn something and share a laugh.

10 replies
  1. Suzanne Kistler
    Suzanne Kistler says:

    How wonderful!! How did I miss the Studio Tour opportunity? *sigh* I guess I was wrapped up in “see the quilt show quickly, then speed off to see granddaughter & family…” Looks wonderful, Franki!!

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Hey, sometimes the band width simply can’t take it all in! I’d say that based on the number of participants they had this year, you’ll have a chance to do this in the future.

  2. 379christy
    379christy says:

    Your studio looks beautiful, as usual, Franki. I bet you had your dining and living room areas arranged thoughtfully, too. I’m happy to hear there was time for both learning and buying!

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