Thursday, November 16, 2006

Selling at The Back Door in Arlington

As of today, November 16, Fiber of Her Being Love Notes necklaces and pins are available for sale at The Back Door, a furniture consignment and gift shop in the Harris Teeter shopping center on Lee Highway and Harrison Street in Arlington, Virginia. The Back Door is downstairs -- I didn't even know there was a downstairs -- with an entrance near the pet shop (for the local folks among you). It is chock full of jewelry, scarves, pillows, paintings, furniture, sconces; in short, anything you might possibly want to decorate your self and setting. My little necklaces are in very good company.

The Back Door's website focuses on its "staging" services: designing, lending, and arranging furnishings for open houses when people want to get a good price for their homes. I never knew that type of service existed, but they seem to be quite good at it. See their site at www.TheBackDoorInc.com and stop by their shop when you're in Arlington.

To buy Love Notes necklaces directly, see my website at http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/LoveNotesNecklaces.htm, then don't forget to take the Love Notes Challenge. That's described at http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/LoveNotesChallenge.htm and pictures of the participants are shown at http://www.lovenoteschallenge.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Portrait of a Home Town


This photo shows my most recent quilt: Portrait of a Home Town. It's my rendition of Huntsville, Texas, my home town, in the early days. I printed photos of the original Huntsville homes onto fabric to add to the quilt. Most of the images come from antique postcards of the actual Huntsville houses, taken in black and white then colorized by hand. One image came from a 1919 photograph that a friend and postcard collector found somewhere. Another image came from a contemporary photograph of a house that has recently been restored and turned into an arts center. The forest of surrounding trees was meant to loosely depict the original vegetation of the area: magnolias, elms, oaks, and pecans; namely, no pines, which we usually associate with the modern East Texas.

The house on the bottom left corner belonged to General Sam Houston back in the day. I remember visiting it many times as a Brownie. Its original owner, Sam Houston, who gave his name to our neighboring Big City, was the first President of the Republic of Texas. The house directly to the right of his home is the President's House at Sam Houston State University, which started out as the first teacher's college in the state. Before he helped win independence from Mexico and start the Texan Republic, Sam Houston spent some time living with the local Native American population. They named him "The Raven," and in honor of that heritage, the quilt shows a raven flying in the sky above the town.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Faber Family Tree


Six Faber siblings have commissioned a family tree for their parents for Christmas. Minus a few last family members waiting to go on covered buttons, the wall-hanging is all ready for the big day.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fiberworks Open House November 12, 2006


On November 12, 2006, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, the Fiberworks gallery at the Torpedo Factory, where I exhibit some of my art and work five days per month, will be holding an open house to celebrate the bounty of the season. The event will feature all sorts of fiber arts and photography, including my new necklaces and samples of a new quilt and family tree. It will also have free food. Come see the art and take advantage of this great chance to buy holiday presents!

Fiberworks is located in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory at 105 North Union StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314. The phone number is 703-838-4565. For more information on Fiberworks, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/fiberworks.htm. For more information on the Torpedo Factory, see www.torpedofactory.org.

Events Calendar: Fall and Winter 2006

This is where you can expect to find me and my work this fall and winter. This information is current as of November 9, 2006.


NOVEMBER

10 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

12 (Sunday)
Fiberworks Open House. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM, the Fiberworks gallery at the Torpedo Factory, where I exhibit my art and work five days per month, will be holding an open house to celebrate the bounty of the season. The event will feature all sorts of fiber arts and photography from seven local women artists. My work will include my new necklaces and samples of a new quilt and family tree. There will also be free food. Come see the art and take advantage of this great chance to buy holiday presents! Fiberworks is located in Studio 14 of the Torpedo Factory at 105 North Union StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314. The phone number is 703-838-4565. For more information on Fiberworks, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/fiberworks.htm. For more information on the Torpedo Factory, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/.

13 (Monday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

14 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

15 (Wednesday)
DEADLINE TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS
(or be subject to 15% rush fee)

17 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

18 (Saturday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

30 (Thursday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

DECEMBER

1 (Friday)
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market Preview Reception. From 7–10 PM, the Del Ray Artisans (DRA) will hold a reception to kick-start the three-day Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market in their gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. The event features seasonal libations, lots of good cheer, and the work of twenty hand-picked local artists. There will also be a Bake Sale held in conjunction with the Market, as well as a tree filled with ornaments created by DRA members. The DRA Gallery is in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301. Their phone number is (703) 838-4827 and website is www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

2 & 3 (Saturday and Sunday)
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market. The market described above continues for two full days so you have lots of time to Christmas shop. It is open on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree) and on Sunday from 12 to 5 PM.

3 to January 6, 2007 (Sunday through a distant Sunday)
Girls Gotta Run Foundation Art Show at the Modern Times Cafe in the Politics and Prose bookstore. This is another chance to see some of my art and support the Girls Gotta Run Foundation, which supports educational and athletic programs for Ethiopian girls. Attend the Opening Reception December 4 (Monday) from 6 to 8 PM or just stop by the cafe to peruse the artwork during the holiday season. Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008. See www.GirlsGottaRun.org for more information.

8 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

11 (Monday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

12 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

13 (Wednesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

18 (Monday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

CALENDAR OF MONTHS GONE BY:

SEPTEMBER 5 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery at the Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00. For more info see www.TorpedoFactory.org.

6 (Wednesday)
Girls Gotta Run Foundation Benefit at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE, 7:00 p.m. The show will be exhibited at the meuseum from September 1 to 19. Girls Gotta Run has partnered with PACT Ethiopia to provide educational and athletic programs for young girls in Ethiopia to provide an alternative to very early marriage. See http://www.blogger.com/www.GirlsGottaRun.org and http://www.blogger.com/www.FiberOfHerBeing.com/kaysart.htm for more details on the organization and the piece I contributed.

9 (Saturday)
Alexandria Arts Safari at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. I’ll be representing the Fiberworks Gallery and teaching kids to make “treasure boxes” out of folded paper. Bring your kids to take part in all sorts of hands-on artistic events. See http://www.torpedofactory.org/, click on the “Calendar” tab on the left, and scroll down to September 9 for more information.

Alexandria Festival for the Arts in Old Town Alexandria. My “Blue Men of Alexandria” piece was juried into this Regional Artist Juried Exhibition and will be displayed on Market Square on September 9 and 10. From September 11 to October 7 it will be displayed in Alexandria City Hall, unless someone buys it before that. For more information on the festival, see http://alexandriava.gov/festival_arts2005.html.

10 (Sunday)
Alexandria Festival for the Arts (ongoing)

15 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00.

16 (Saturday)
Arts on Foot Art Market in Washington, DC, from 11:00 to 5:00. My booth will have fabric bowls, blank books with quilted covers, quilted heart necklaces, and more fun stuff, along with samples of custom work I can do for people. The Art Market is just one aspect of Arts on Foot. There will also be live performances, hands-on activities for kids, stuff to do at all the theaters and museums in the neighborhood, and cooking demonstrations, with culinary samples to enjoy. It’s held in Washington, DC’s downtown Penn Quarter, between 4th and 14th Streets, and Pennsylvania Avenue and Eye Street. Give me a call on my cell phone at (703) 635-6762 to locate my booth if you want to stop by. For more info, see http://www.artsonfoot.org/.

22 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

OCTOBER

7 (Saturday)
Art on the Avenue Multicultural Arts & Music Festival. This is on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, between Bellefonte & Hume Avenues. Fiber of Her Being will have a booth selling all manner of goodies and providing information on custom work. Come by and visit. I’ll be in booth E182, which is near the corner of Randolph and Mt. Vernon Avenue, on the east side of the street. For more info on the event, see http://www.artontheavenue.org/. The event lasts from 10:00 to 6:00 but come before 5:00 because I have to leave early.

10 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

20 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

26 (Thursday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

27 (Friday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

28 (Saturday)
Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. This takes place from 10:00 to 4:00 on 22nd and P Streets, NW. Hop on the red line to Dupont Circle and come see us. Or, as the Church of the Pilgrims, which is hosting the event, says, "Join us for our annual celebration for fine arts and crafts in Dupont Circle this October! Get your holiday shopping done early and support the fine arts and crafts of regional artists." Note to animal lovers: you don't just have to adopt a piece of art. There will be pets for snuggling and adopting at this fair as well. For details, see http://www.churchofthepilgrims.org/fallfest.html.

31 (Tuesday)
Working at Fiberworks Gallery/Torpedo Factory from 10:00 to 5:00

Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts & Crafts Festival



On October 28, 2006 James and I manned the Fiber of Her Being booth at the Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, held at the Church of the Pilgrims on 22nd Street in Washington, DC. Dressed as a pineapple for an early Halloween, I greeted guests Jo Dickison (geisha) and Chuck (love slave) (picture taken later that night); Karen Yourish, my new best friend whose name I think is Michelle but don’t remember, and “Michelle”’s dog Osita; and the lovely and talented Barbara Friday. In addition to my regular fare, I introduced fancier multi-heart Love Notes Necklaces, holiday Love Notes Necklaces, and trick-or-treat bags.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Fiber of Her Being Adds New Features









We have added two features to the Fiber of Her Being sites: a blog for gift registries, and a blog for photo contributions to the Love Notes Challenge. You can find these through the links on the Fiber of Her Being home page (www.FiberOfHerBeing.com) or directly at www.FiberRegistry.blogspot.com and www.LoveNotesChallenge.blogspot.com.

If all goes well, I'll also be adding a customized "View Cart" button for online purchases. If all does not go well, I'll continue to use the one provided by PayPal.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Art on the Avenue






On October 7, James, Marcy, and I participated in the Art on the Avenue festival in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, Virginia. Again, we had tons of wonderful guests who braved the COLD WINTRY WIND and showed their support. They included Jessica Lovelace of JessicaLovelaceStudios.com and her husband, Chris; Sona Virdi and Karen Orlando; Dan Murano and Doug Fruehling; and most importantly of all, three-week old baby Aine Powers, with her parents, Bill and Triona, in tow.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

National Association of Catering Executives


On September 30, 2006 I had the honor of being invited to show my wares at a meeting of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) in Washington, DC. It was a great opportunity to meet other folks in the wedding industry, and to let them know that my kind of art exists.

Among the people I met were Joanne DeLoache of Deloache Chocolate (www.delochoc.com), who had chocolate business cards!; Kathy Weil of MyFlorist (www.myflorist.com); Jack Hartzman and Monica Vidal of Washington Talent, Photo and Video (www.washingtontalent.com); Wais Maqsodi of eMisha, a wedding vendor clearinghouse (www.eMisha.com); and one of my favorite new people, Max Krupka of Washington Executive Photographic Services (mailto:photographicservices@adelphia.net. I also had occasion to see again the very creative and enthusiastic Travis-Lee Moore, Event Specialist from Capital Rentals(www.capitalrentals.com), to whom I owe $2; Mitch Rotker of Smoothie Time, a specialized ice cream and smoothie caterer (www.smoothietime.com); and last but not least Daniela Fazoli, Catering Sales Manager at the Omni Shoreham (www.omnihotels.com) and the person who invited me to the NACE event.

I was thrilled to accept Daniela's invitation because it gave me an excuse to go back to the hotel where I met my husband two and a half years ago. We were taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (ethics exam for lawyers) in one of the maze of conference rooms. We had assigned seats Number 13 and 14. I took one look at his handsome profile and told him I'd be cheating off him on the ethics test. He said that was okay. Then he asked me out. And then he asked me to marry him. And now we live together with our cat, Serendipity. And we have a wedding quilt.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fame and Fiber Sightings

The Alexandria Gazette Packet, a weekly newspaper serving Alexandria, Virginia, published a picture of my "Blue Men of Alexandria" work in its September 14-20, 2006 edition. It featured a two-page spread on the Torpedo Factory's Arts Safari event and the Local Color booth at the Alexandria Festival of the Arts September 9. Under the banner headline "Artists Taking to the Street," my piece was pictured with this effusive, almost embarrassingly positive caption: "Blue Men of Alexandria by Kay Bailey."

In other news, I've added one more event to my calendar: the Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at the Church of the Pilgrims on 22nd and P Streets, NW. That's Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 to 4:00. It will be prime Christmas shopping and very convenient for DC dwellers. See http://www.churchofthepilgrims.org/fallfest.html for more details.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

DC Arts on Foot Art Market



On September 16, Fiber of Her Being had a booth at the DC Arts on Foot Art Market. Husband James, Mother Marcy and I staged Fiber's DC debut on this drizzly but happy Saturday. The Love Notes necklaces, blank books, and textile bowls were a great success, as were the free Hershey's Kisses that we put in one of the bowls as a demonstration of how they could be used. Alas, we took some of the fabric products home, but no chocolate.

Among lots of friendly strangers, we were happy to see the faces of Jane, Stuart, and Karen Yourish (representing Pippin the Cat and Eric the Husband), as well as Mark McGinnis, one of Washington's premier lawyer-cyclists. They dutifully bought stuff, as good friends do. Even Mark.

One great thing about participating in this kind of event is that it's a great chance to meet other local artists. I was very impressed by Jessica Lovelace, who paints amazing pet portraits (see www.jessicalovelacestudios.com and her work in the Stray Cat Cafe and Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, Virginia), Deborah Conn, a writer and beautiful watercolorist (www.deborahconn.com), Moira McCauley, who makes very sophisticated and imaginative blank books -- for the purists who like books made out of paper products (www.bookishlady.com), and Caitlin Phillips, whose purses made out of real hard back book covers are just absolutely wonderful (www.rebound-designs.com).

At the end of the day we packed up, went home, and slept for 15 hours. But we're ready to do it again on October 7, when Alexandria will be putting on a similar art festival called Art on the Avenue on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Come visit us there and stock up on Halloween decorations and Christmas gifts!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Alexandria Arts Safari and Festival for the Arts






I had a fabulous day today sharing lots of art with lots of people. At the Arlington Arts Safari, perched on plastic chairs outside the Fiberworks Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, I made lots of friends and lots of paper Treasure Boxes. I got pictures of my friends Cameron (blonde with bangs), Linden and Bonnie (sisters in aqua and white shirts), and Jasmine (dark hair and royal blue shirt). We had a grand time. I also saw my friends Luke, Betsy and Francisco Balicao; Bailey, Sidney, Aimee, and Mark Weinstein; Anna, Larry, and Patty Lai; and the ever-loving Marcy Goode (Mom).

While that extravaganza was going on inside, the Alexandria Festival of the Arts was happening outside. One of my pieces, "Blue Men of Alexandria," was featured in the Local Color booth, sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. The booth will be up tomorrow, too, September 10, and then will hang in the Alexandria City Hall until October 7. I've included a couple pictures of that booth. We all have to live through these pictures: Mom took them while I was box-making all day, and I never even saw my baby on display in person. For more information on the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, see the Commission for the Arts website at http://www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org/. To see a better picture of "Blue Men of Alexandria," see www.FiberOfHerBeing.com/index_files/KaysArt.htm.

Girls Gotta Run Opening



On Wednesday, September 6, I attended the Girls Gotta Run Foundation art opening at the Sewall Bellmont House and Museum. The event was to benefit programs for the academic and athletic advancement of young Ethiopian girls, to give them an option in life besides early marriage. In attendance were my cheerleaders James Boiani and Marcy Goode. We had a great time seeing good art and eating good Ethiopian food. Attached are pictures of my piece ("Run a Mile in Her Shoes") and me with the Foundation's director, Pat Ortman. For more information on Girls Gotta Run, see their website at www.girlsgottarun.org. To see the exhibit, which runs until September 19, take a trip to the Sewall-Belmont House whose details you can find at http://www.sewallbelmont.org/. Finally, check out the wesite of an extraordinary artist I finally met in person that evening: Karen McCray. That's at http://www.aeomaia.com/.

Friday, August 11, 2006

August 11, 2006 Newsletter

My dear friends,

I have accumulated so much news recently that I am bursting at the seams. Fiber of Her Being, LLC is ready for a newsletter! Here’s what I’ll cover:

Joining the Fiberworks Workshop at the Torpedo Factory
Girls Gotta Run charity show – September 1-19; Reception September 6, 2006
Torpedo Factory Arts Safari – September 9, 2006
Arts on Foot Art Market – September 16, 2006
Selling in A Show of Hands shop in Del Ray, Virginia
Looking forward to Halloween and Christmas
Free Wall Hanging for Same Sex Couple
Technical Note about Email

If all goes well technically, you should be able to click on the links above and be transported to the story below. If all goes poorly, you can always scroll down.

Now, here’s the meat:
1. Joining the Fiberworks Workshop at the Torpedo Factory

I have joined Fiberworks, a workshop located on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory, which is a major regional arts incubator and great gift-shopping locale. The Fiberworks group is comprised of eight artists who specialize in some unique aspect of fiber art. Me, I do the sentimental quilts, bowls, fabric books, and quilted necklaces. Others hand-dye silk scarves, make custom raincoats, create knotted necklaces, and crochet stuff. None of these nouns and verbs do the artwork justice, though. You should come see the marvels that Fiberworks is home to.

Each artist puts in about five days per month at the workshop. As of right now, for visiting purposes, my days are:

Saturday, August 12 (tomorrow)
Friday, August 18
Monday, August 28
Tuesday, August 29
Tuesday, September 5
Saturday, September 9
Friday, September 15
Friday, September 22
Thursday, September 28

These dates are apt to change, so call me on my cell phone at (703) 635-6762 to make sure I’ll be there if you’re coming to see me. Fiberworks is open from 10:00 to 5:00 every day of the week except Sunday, when it is open from noon to 5:00.

The Torpedo Factory is located at 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314. It is right where King Street meets the water in Old Town. For more information, see the Fiberworks page of the Torpedo Factory’s website at http://www.torpedofactory.org/. Look for the Fiberworks tab at the top.

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2. Girls Gotta Run charity show – September 1-19; Reception September 6, 2006

I will be showing one wall-hanging in the Girls Gotta Run fundraiser to benefit girls in Ethiopia. The Girls Gotta Run Foundation is made up of do-gooder artists. It uses art shows to raise money for educational and athletic programs that will help keep girls in school, instead of having them marry young – REALLY young. All the art in the exhibit has a shoe theme. The show runs from September 1 to 19, 2006 at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum at 144 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 to 3:00, and Saturday from noon to 4:00. I’ll also be at the opening reception at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 6 and would love to see you there. Wear the funkiest shoes you have. For more info, see http://www.girlsgottarun.org/.

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3. Torpedo Factory Arts Safari – September 9, 2006

I’ll be manning Fiberworks on Saturday, September 9, when the Torpedo Factory holds its Arts Safari day. This is a hands-on art day for children of all ages. At Fiberworks we’ll be teaching kids how to make boxes out of folded paper. That’s from 10:00 to 4:00, and Fiberworks will stay open an extra hour (until 5:00) to regain its adult equilibrium. Note that the Alexandria Festival of the Arts will be going on in Old Town, right outside the Torpedo Factory that day, so the adults will have plenty of eye-candy to adore, too.

Again, for Torpedo Factory info, see http://www.torpedofactory.org/. For info on the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, see http://alexandriava.gov/festival_arts2005.html.

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4. Arts on Foot Art Market – September 16, 2006

I have been accepted to participate in the Arts on Foot Art Market in Washington, DC on September 16, 2006. My booth will have fabric bowls, blank books with quilted covers, quilted heart necklaces, and more fun stuff, along with samples of custom work I can do for people. Maybe my beautiful hubby, James, will be there with me. We haven’t discussed it yet.

The Art Market is just one aspect of Arts on Foot. There will also be live performances, hands-on activities for kids, stuff to do at all the theaters and museums in the neighborhood, and cooking demonstrations, with culinary samples to enjoy. (James, are you starting to get intrigued?) It’s held in Washington, DC’s downtown Penn Quarter, between 4th and 14th Streets, and Pennsylvania Avenue and Eye Street. Give me a call on my cell phone at (703) 635-6762 to locate my booth if you want to stop by. For more info, see http://www.artsonfoot.org/.

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5. Selling in A Show of Hands shop in Del Ray, Virginia

With the help of an insanely outgoing friend of mine (Julie Nenon), I have found a great venue to display and sell my work: A Show of Hands, a new arts gift shop in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. It is owned and operated by an artist, Maria Wasowski, and a local businesswoman who has been integral in Del Ray’s economic revitalization, Pat Miller. Stop by to see my heart necklaces, bowls, sample baby book, and a few wall hangings in person. These items are pleased to keep company with a fabulous collection of art gifts, including jewelry, furniture, paintings, puppets, tote bags… you name it. Oh, you must go. Their address is 2204 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. The website lists their hours, which vary by day. See http://www.ashowofhands.biz/.

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6. Looking forward to Halloween and Christmas

As Halloween approaches, I start itching to make costumes. Start thinking about custom costumes you’d like to have. As you know, I can make anything. Past years and theatrical productions have seen Mr. Potato Head (baby-sized), bear, pineapple, fairy princess, 6-legged insect, macho man chest (for women, a quilted six-pack stomach with button nipples), tin man, Romeo and Juliette, Fred and Ginger, fried egg, frog, and probably dozens more.

The same goes for Christmas decorations. My basic line will include personalized Christmas stockings and Christmas tree skirts, and I am open to further suggestions. Just be thinking. Best to order early. By September 1, I hope to give my website an overhaul, and you will see all sorts of holiday pictures to whet your palate.

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7. Free Wall Hanging for Same Sex Couple
Fiber of Her Being advertises on a few websites, including http://www.gayweddings.com/. In an effort to raise my profile as a gay-friendly vendor, I’m offering a free custom-made commemorative wall hanging to the first same-sex couple who contacts me, who has either had a commitment ceremony/wedding, is planning one, or wants to make a symbolic act of commitment that I can commemorate. The catch is that they would agree to be featured in an article on http://www.gayweddings.com/ and on my website. Drop me a line at kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com. And tell your friends! This is a $200 value.

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8. Technical Note about Email

Finally, I must address a distressing email issue. Apparently Fiber of Her Being comes across as Spam and is rejected from a lot of systems. I don’t know why – just because I email a lot of people for commercial purposes? If you find you’re not getting emails from me consistently, add me to your address book, and I think that will lend my address a little legitimacy. I’m kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com. Thank you!

That’s all my friends. I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions.

Be well and happy,

Kay

Kay Bailey
Artist and President
Fiber of Her Being, LLC
1816 N. Tuckahoe St.
Arlington, Virginia 22205 USA
(703) 752-4798
kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com
http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/

Friday, June 09, 2006

June 9, 2006 Newsletter

Dear friends and family,

As many of you know, I have put my legal career on hold in favor of something much more delightful. At long last, I have become a professional artist.

I have started a business called Fiber of Her Being (www.FiberOfHerBeing.com), through which people can commission me to make custom-made quilts and quilted artwork. My specialty is sentimentality: I like to build in family history, photos, and fabrics or embellishments with sentimental value into the work. The result is a quilt, pillow, wall-hanging, or soft-sculpture that families will treasure and pass along as heirlooms. It makes a great wedding decoration, anniversary gift, or addition to a new-baby shrine.

I have also joined Fiberworks, a group of fiber (fabric) artists at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Starting July 1, I will be selling some of my work in their gallery. The Torpedo Factory is a major regional arts center with high quality artwork from pottery to printmaking to photography to … art quilts. I will be working at the Fiberworks gallery five days a month, so give me a call and coordinate if you’d like to come when I’m there. For directions, go to the Torpedo Factory’s website at www.torpedofactory.org. There you can find information about Fiberworks by clicking on the Fiberworks tab at the top center.

Finally, I had a piece accepted into the Art League “Paint” Alexandria show, which is open from June 7 to July 3 in the Art League gallery at the Torpedo Factory. Please join me at the opening reception this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00. My piece is called The Blue Men of Alexandria and features photos I took in Alexandria, printed onto fabric and quilted into a collage. Some information about the show is at http://www.theartleague.org/index2.php?start=showlist, and you can see a picture of my beloved piece on my site at http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/index_files/Page2176.htm.

I’d love it if you would forward this message to your artsy or sentimental friends. After all this start-up work, now I just need some business! I’m grateful to you for your help.

And one last note, as you may know, this spring I married a wonderful man, James Boiani. Without his love and support I could never have made this huge transition. Next time you see him, please give him a big hug.

Thanks, everybody.

Love,
Kay

Thursday, June 01, 2006