It all started with a need to clean up. The floor and the horizontal surfaces of my studio had become a hot mess after an intense couple of months of shows and travel.
The mess that was my studio – Cindy Grisdela
That’s my cutting surface at the top left next to the sewing machine and my ironing surface at the bottom left. I t […]
Do you like to work on one project at a time or several? I almost always have multiple projects in process on the design wall in my studio. Next to my sewing machine, the design wall is probably one of the most essential tools in my studio.
My design wall is full right now with a variety of ideas. I find this is a good way for me to work, […]
Well–I had a plan for blog posts over the last couple of weeks. It didn’t happen. I got some kind of flu that lingered for nearly 10 days over the holidays, so it was all I could do to do the family things I needed to do. Fortunately I’m feeling a lot better now.
So let’s wrap up December. Not all of this post is q […]
I knew this day would come eventually.
The sewing machine technician told me recently that the trusty Bernina 1080 that has served me so well for nearly twenty years is on its last legs. It stutters when I push it too hard with my free-motion stitching, among other things. I tried to gain a little more time a couple of years ago by purcha […]
We’re in LA this weekend to visit our son, and we spent most of yesterday at the LA County Museum of Art. I’d never been to this museum before, and it was eye-opening!
“Urban Light” installation at the LA County Museum
We were lucky to get a docent led tour of the highlights of the eclectic museum collection– […]
I’m back from a string of shows and my studio definitely needs some attention!
I’m fortunate to have a nice view of the lake where we live from my home studio. But when I’m in the middle of getting ready for shows, I tend to pull out what I need and then not put it back. So the baskets where I store my fabrics are overfl […]
“Time Travel” Cindy Grisdela
I’m excited to announce that my artist profile was published online at the Arts Business Institute blog today.
You can read it here and leave a comment if you like.
The Arts Business Institute blog is dedicated to helping artists and craftspeople hone their skills as small businesspeople to […]
A happy winner at the Great Falls School of Art Student Show
I was honored last week to be asked to judge the student art show at the Great Falls School of Art. What an awesome responsibility! Putting your work out in public to be viewed and judged is very scary, and I wanted to be as encouraging as possible to all those who entered, sinc […]
Texture in Process 2015 Cindy Grisdela
I’ve been working this week on a quilt for a project that has to be kept under wraps for right now, so it’s been difficult to find something to post about. I’m at the point now where I can share some of the texture I’m creating though.
This piece is an abstracted landscape in […]
Improvisations 2012 Cindy Grisdela
It’s been a busy week getting ready for back to back shows. Last weekend at the Washington Craft Show was a blast-
Sunset Stroll 2014 Cindy Grisdela 12×12
-and several pieces found new homes, including Improvisations, far left, and Sunset Stroll, left.
It’s always fun doing a show near […]
“Fantasy Garden” 2013 Cindy Grisdela 10″ x 20″
What a great week at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair! The weather was beautiful, I met a lot of interesting people, and eight of my wall quilts went to new homes, including Fantasy Garden at left.
The new tent worked out just fine–it was easy to set up and take
As I’m getting my studio put back together after the house was painted recently, a large package arrived in the mail–my new stash of Cherrywood fabrics!
Since I switched to designing all my work with solid fabrics several years ago, my fabric of choice has been Cherrywood. Located in Minnesota, Cherrywood sells beautiful hand- […]
Set up for Craftboston 2014 opening Cindy Grisdela
My booth is all set up for the opening of Craftboston Spring today. The show is in a new location this year, at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, and it’s easily the most beautiful venue I’ve ever exhibited in. It’s an old building with lovely brick floors […]
Design Wall Cindy Grisdela 2014
I gave myself a couple of days off after getting back from the American Craft Council show in Atlanta. Poking around on the Internet to catch up with the blogs I follow, I found a great tutorial for a more permanent design wall to replace the large piece of batting I had temporarily (so I thought) pinned on […]
Hopscotch 2014 Cindy Grisdela 24″ x 24″
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been accepted into the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston, VA. The show runs Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18, 2014. This will be the second year I’ve participated in this show and I’m looking forward to it– […]
Shades of Autumn 2011 Cindy Grisdela 23″x19″
Shades of Autumn seemed like the perfect piece to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
This season I’m so thankful for all of you who read my blog and newsletter, come to my shows, buy my work, and support me in so many ways. People ask me sometimes if it’s hard to set u […]
Autumn Forest 2011 Cindy Grisdela
Since we moved last year, I’ve been gradually redesigning the interior of the new house. One of the things I really wanted to do was to add some bold splashes of color to the walls. Now, you would think that since I work with color every day, this would not be a problem . . .
Actually, it’s be […]
“Pueblo” 2013 Cindy Grisdela 12×12
It was a great day yesterday at the McLean Project for the Arts Artfest – sunny and warm and the rains held off until today, thankfully!
I had fun meeting new people and reconnecting with those I hadn’t seen in a while. Thanks to everyone for coming out and chatting.