someone e-mailed me . . . and images of Queenie

About info on the upcoming Winchester, Ky weekend workshop upcoming, so here’s info, peeps:

Jennifer A. Reis, teaching artist and assistant professor at Morehead State University, will host an embellished textile weekend workshop at the Winchester Opera House on Saturday, February 27th – Sunday, February 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Winchester, Kentucky.  The cost of the afternoon workshop is $75, and includes lunch both days and all supplies to make an embellished textile sampler using sewing, quilting, embroidery and embellishing techniques, and a larger original textile artwork. A signed copy of Creative Quilting with Beads featuring the art of Ms. Reis is available for an additional charge of $25.

Textile artist Jennifer Reis will lead a weekend workshop guiding students through basic and advanced hand-worked art quilting techniques as they create an embellished textile assemblage, learning non-traditional methods of quilting, appliqué, embroidery, and embellishing. Using techniques like raw appliqué, embroidery thread hand quilting and text application, embellishing with shi-sha mirrors, beads and found objects, students will create an embellished textile sampler as well as a more complex textile artwork.  All techniques are hand-worked, emphasizing non-traditional sewing and quilting, and is open to sewing novices and experts alike.  Participants also have an opportunity to create unique shrink art embellishments.   Reis will refer to her artwork throughout the workshop, as well as present resources regarding fine and folk art inspirations as well as historical and contemporary textile materials.   In closing, students will investigate professional presentation of their completed artworks.  All supplies will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring personally-preferred fabric, thread/embroidery floss, beads, and found objects to incorporate into their piece.

Workshop registration is first come, first serve, and is limited to fifteen people.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 24th.  To register or for more information, please call 859-745-6622 or e-mail at   The Winchester Opera House is located at 10 East Lexington Avenue in Winchester, Kentucky.  For more information, please visit their web site at


On the art front, here’s some images of a recently completed piece, Queenie (Barcelona), made out of jewelry, laminates, sequin rosettes, bead embroidery. found objects, and a prayer card.  She’s the little sister of a piece I’m currently working on, which is another doll warrior.

Queenie (Barcelona), 2010

Queenie (Barcelona), 2010 (detail)

Queenie is currently on a business trip to Somerset Studios press, hopefully to be published soon in Sew Somerset.  Fingers crossed!

Ric Caric, an historian specializing in Victorian culture/history, met up with me to discuss my work and the Victorian symbolism within.  It was very interesting to talk to someone outside the arts who had some insightful thoughts on my work.  He’s been a great help with guiding me through the process of verbalizing what I “think” the work is about.  His wording of a mythical symbolic narrative is fairly near the mark.  With these doll pieces, it’s pretty meets aggressive . . . maybe they’re doll fatales?!  Ric Caric’s blog is:

Also, happy to report that Erzulie Freda and Manna from Heaven have found homes, sold from the Craft Alliance in St. Louis.

Barcelona photos soon!

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