Recently I had the pleasure of getting to ask Rosalie Dace; a wonderful and creative art quilt instructor, questions about her work and why she keeps coming back to little Ol’ Sisters Oregon.
What is it about Sisters that attracts you to come back year after year?
Rosalie: The surrounding atmosphere and creative feeling you can find at the store draws me in. Its an original store and presents a non-threatening feeling for all levels of quilters, all while being a very creative and inspiring store. The landscape draws me as well.
(Rosalie giving one on one time with a couple of students)
You use a lot of different fibers in your pieces and classes. Why is that?
Rosalie: I'm from South Africa, and there is so much influence there. But around the world there are many diverse cultures and textures. We are products of out history and environments so we use what looks best to ourselves. The contrast of mat vs. shine, or rough and smooth and many many more in all types of fabrics and fibers.
(One of Rosalie's classes "Kandinsky", her students peices all in different stages)
(June Jaeger took one of Rosalie's classes "Kandinsky" and is still putting her peice together)
Q: Your current class (Branch Out) is using trees as the subject, why trees if I may ask?
Rosalie: Trees can be interpreted in so many different ways. So a tree is a good subject to get their ideas flowing. People experiment in varying ways that are new to them, if its in color, texture, line composition, or anything else. Its a big test to see how far and how comfortable you are to step out and try new techniques. Everyone had the same steps, but each have different directions to make them they're own way. Each tree in here is different than the last. All they needed to start was some fabric and thread.
(Helen and her creation in "Branch Out")
When you put it that way it sounds easy.
Rosalie: It seems easy, because anyone can do it. I will give one on one interaction with all of my students, whether there are 9 or 20 people in the class. They also learn from each other. I am here to guide them along their own artistic path, not give step by step pieces of information.
(Rosalie's pictures used for inspiration of texture and colors)
You will be joining us next year as well, are you excited?
Rosalie: Yes I can't get enough of the creative atmosphere here, I like it. I want to bring my husband next time so see for him-self what this place (oregon) is truly like.
What do you want your students to take away from this?
Rosalie: Their own ideas. Your not walking out making a Rosalie quilt, your inspired with me to make your very own quilt.
In 2015 Rosalie Dace will be joining us again for a couple of retreats and workshops, so if you would like to learn form this amazing woman, call us at 541-549-6061 or sign up on-line at www.stitchinpost.com .
Ashton Road was released the end of July....for my collections to release complete I like to do a "look book" for the salesmen and women to show to shop owners when they show the fabric for the first time. The look book is full of inspirational photographs and projects. Some of the projects are free pattern downloads and others are recreated Sewing Cards. I try to come up with a theme for the photo-shoot that reflects what the fabric means to me. To get the look book to Robert Kaufman in time I receive sample yardage about 4 to 6 weeks before my deadline. That being said I try to be really prepared for the projects that need to be made and the photo-shoot. I received Ashton Road in the beginning of June. In the images below you will see all the work that goes into getting ready for a release. I have some of the most wonderful staff at the Stitchin' Post and friends that help me with all the sewing and pattern writing as well as the photo-shoots. I could not do it without them!
For Ashton Road the photos-hoot had to be with the kids....it had to be outside on a summer day. The colors in the fabric remind me of candy so we created a "candy picnic" for the kiddos. Two of my good friends helped me with the shoot. We each had cameras - perfect for three kids! It was the best day and one of the funnest photo-shoots I have ever done. The images are priceless and really express the happiness and love that created Ashton Road.
With International Quilt Market just around the corner I thought I would share my newest collection of fabric with Robert Kaufman, Ashton Road.
This collection was inspired by these three lovlies.....
We love drawing together... even Teague with his 5 year old attention span. I wanted to do a kids collection that also had prints that didn't scream juvenile..... Out of their love and creativity came this colleciton Ashton Road....(Ashton is Teague's middle name)
Some days it is hard for me to come up with just the right words to describe a color... or words at all. It is one of those days, I'm a little burnt out and on overload....
so I found this great poem....
"A Blue Jay
A blue jay's feathered back holds spots of white clouds And soft, glistening blue. Upon its wings is painted days of sapphires And snowy flurries, too. I peeked out beyond the open curtain At the big, flowering rhododendron. There a bright, silent blue jay landed suddenly. Amoung our pink fairy blossoms it stopped by me, Jewelled with patches of rich blue - perhaps a gift From the azure sky. We might even think some of pure heaven Is in flight when blue jays fly. This dappled blue jay then soon quietly moved from branch to branch In the green blooming shrubbery outside my window. By boughs of cool leaves like sheaths All at once it paused for a moment And surprisingly looked up at me from below."