Dec 30 2014

Tech Tuesday: Photography, Photoshop, and Classes – Oh My!

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We’re getting ready for the new year and new classes, so we thought we’d show you a couple of photos that will illustrate 1) how great a tool Photoshop can be, and 2) that nothing helps a photograph better than a good photographer. When we were in Houston this past October, we had Bonnie McCaffery photograph the two of us together. We sometimes have to submit one photo of the two of us, so we grabbed this opportunity. Bonnie had photographed us at the SAQA conference in Alexenadria, VA, and we were so pleased with the results:

What we’ve noticed about Bonnie’s photography was that the photos of all of our friends (and of us, too) looked just like them only better! I don’t think you can make a better compliment to a portrait photographer. She really captures the inner spirit of her subjects. Here is an example of Bonnie’s magic:

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This shot was taken during one of Bonnie’s “pauses” to relax. She takes some time to “arrange” you into that perfect shot, so you need to relax all those muscles when she’s not shooting. And can you believe we were lying on the hotel bed?!?!? Full disclosure, the second photo is not this first photo retouched, but you can still see how talented Bonnie is.

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We had the giggles that day, so Bonnie just worked with that. As you can see, Bonnie captured the real us. Now, what does all this have to do with our upcoming Photoshop classes? Well, nothing really except that while you won’t learn to be great photographers like Bonnie, you will learn how to exploit Photoshop for your needs as a fiber artist or sewing enthusiast. And you don’t have to know how to sew to take our classes. Click here to read all about them. Happy New Year to you all!


Dec 16 2014

The John M. Walsh III Collection Is A Must-See

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You have until December 21 to view 54 pieces from the John M. Walsh III Collection on exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum. If you’re anywhere near La Grange, Texas, make this trip. As a matter of fact, make a point of going. It is the largest exhibition of the Walsh collection ever. Sandra Sider, the curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, has ensured each piece makes its own mark while still showing why it belongs in the collection. No photography is allowed in this exhibition, but we received permission to pose in front of Terrie Hancock Mangat‘s iconic “American Heritage Flea Market.” The exhibition fills all the galleries, providing the viewer plenty of opportunity to look for connections and conversations between the pieces.

Kris, Sandra Sider, Deb

Kris, Sandra Sider, Deb

In collecting quilts, which Jack Walsh has done since 1992, he had the good judgment to engage Penny McMorris as his expert consultant. In looking at the pieces on display at the TQM, it seemed to us that not only did Jack collect influential, pioneering, and emerging artists, but he often seemed to have the best of their work. That is why this collection is so important to view. A few examples of what we mean are Linda Colsh‘s “Cabinet of Curiosities,” Valerie S. Goodwin‘s “Lay of the Land II,” Judith Content‘s “Prism,” and Susan Shie‘s “Savannah: Two of Cups in the Kitchen Tarot.” Some of these were commissions for the collection, but they are all among the best examples of quilt art around. Click on the links provided to learn more about these artists.

Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange

Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange


Dec 2 2014

Tech Tuesday: Online Photoshop Classes Start January 12!

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The new year will bring with it new Pixeladies classes. We’re starting out with two beginning classes on Photoshop Elements. These three-week classes come with videos, handbooks, and three live webinars. Students tell us they really appreciate the individualized feedback. We hope you can join us starting January 12! Click here for more information and to register for classes.

Reason #4

Reason #4