HEIDI ZIELINSKI - Fiber/Quilt Artist
Creating art out of fiber and stitch is my passion. In no other pursuit have I ever found the rewards and joy that I find in using textiles, thread, paint, beads, yarns, and whatever else inspires me to make an object of beauty to share with others. My work is based in the quilting tradition of three layers stitched together, but the artistry and originality of it goes far beyond the basic piecing of geometric shapes to create a bedcovering. You will see many reflections of nature in my work as I live in Montana surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams and my own garden. Color and texture inspire my work and they are my palette.
Please feel free to comment on what you see here so I can know what you would like me to post. I am always willing to share what I do, how I do it, and what inspires me. I hope you enjoy my work.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Monday, May 25, 2015
So this week I decided to tackle it and actually make myself throw out some things. Nothing that anyone else would want---an accordian folder of magazine articles with recipes and do-it-yourself projects that I will never make or do; clothing patterns that are not my size nor age appropriate and will likely never be made by me as I seem to have developed a strong aversion to clothing and home dec sewing; large cardboard boxes holding small amounts of little stuff that need to be sorted and put away; and magazines. Oh the never ending accumulation of magazines and the emotional parting of ways with them. What is that? Why do I get so attached to them? I rarely look at them again, unless they are Quilting Arts and I'm looking for advice on a new technique. I use Pinterest extensively for finding recipes so all those old cooking magazines that I never went back to anyways are now history, as well as any quilting magazines that are full of patterns and designs I will never use!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
It looks like a lovely picture book with lots of inspiration for all types of quilts.
This the first time I have had my work published in a book. The pieces I submitted were all small pieces created for the Studio Art Quilt Associates on-line fundraising auction held every year in the early Fall. My pieces have always sold and I hope the recipients have enjoyed them. I made them all especially for the auction so they are 12x12.
I am getting excited as well for another new opportunity for me. I will be attending my first Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference in Portland at the end of April and am looking forward to meet many of the artists I admire and interact with on-line through the SAQA email list. I was lucky enough to obtain a Montana Arts Council Grant that will pay for half of my costs for the trip. The last two days I am there I will be visiting with my good childhood friend, Michelle, who lives in Vancouver just across the river from Portland. It is has been a long time since I have had a vacation and I love travelling by myself. I'm flying, which I also love, and staying in the conference hotel. Portland here I come!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
When my mom was a child her birthday cake was usually the day old Easter cake from a bakery. When I was growing up I don't remember ever having a store bought cake. She made me my favorite cola cake or carrot cake, depending on which I asked for that year after much agonizing over the choice. They were both always wonderful, although rarely perfect. I never felt they were lesser because of that. They were always the perfect birthday cake for me. Made by my mom. For me. Thanks, mom.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
|"From Winter We Emerge"|
Here are the things I am considering and trying to find time to do:
1. Studio Organization
2. Writing/Getting Published
4. Gallery Representation
I have begun organizing and reorganizing my studio space and hope to finish that before the month is over. It means moving much of it out so I can move cabinetry in and then find a place for everything in a bit more organized way. It is moving along and I am happy with it so far.
I had two articles submitted to magazines and one of the magazines went out of business and the other, after about 7 months of sitting on the article, chose not to use it. I have not written anything since this past Spring so will have to think about doing that, or maybe submitting those articles elsewhere. I think they are good, just need to find the right place for them. Finding topics to write about does not seem to come easy for me, especially since you have to consider where you might be able to have them published. Options are limited in that regard, particularly for non-traditional quilt artists!
I have the opportunity to teach locally, and maybe wider if I would choose to. I have been asked to develop classes in both embellishment and home machine quilting on art quilts. These take me a lot of time to organize and lay out, particularly a beading one since I feel I would probably have to provide a kit so everyone had the same materials. Lots of time for prep, and again, this does not come easy for me. I do enjoy the actual class time very much and look forward to teaching more, if I can just get myself to spend the time getting them ready to teach! I would like to get a few more classes in my repertoire so I can market myself to guilds in the region and do a lecture/trunk show/full day class thing.
Lastly, I am in the market for a new gallery or two and would like to find ones that are higher end that can sell my larger (translate: higher priced) pieces. I will be contacting a gallery in New York that I recently found out about and will be looking around Portland when I am there in April for the Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference. I have a show currently booked at the Lewistown Art Center with another artist, Denise Pfau, who does lovely gourds with weaving, painting, carving, beading, fiber, etc... We are a good match and our show will be beautiful I'm sure. Locally my gallery opportunities are minimal and the ones I do have can only sell my small, low-priced pieces. That is just the market we are in here. I want to get my work somewhere where people are spending money on art and see how it does. I get so many positive and enthusiastic comments and reactions to my work that I feel like I might be successful if I can just get my work into the right markets.
There is not enough time in the day to do everything I would like to, and do it well--I don't suppose I'm unique that way!! I have a son in school who also needs my time, and I have a household to keep up. I need to spend time with family and I have several art and quilt related organizations that I am involved with and that require time and effort. There is always something coming up, a new challenge, a local show, a fundraising effort, a request for volunteers, a crisis. There is no time to waste on surfing the internet, pinning images on Pinterest, posting and reading Facebook posts, or, worst of all, playing games! Yet those things do take up my time and I am hoping to change that. So, a New Year it is for me. I'm making my resolution now to prioritize, organize, not procrastinate, and use my time wisely! Nothing new here. Those are probably the most common resolutions around---along with losing weight which I should do as well!