WelshArtNow (WAN) is a new quarterly art magazine that discusses art with a Welsh connection. WAN will ride on the crest of positive change and the sense of optimism that defines modern Wales; there would not seem a better time to launch a new and dynamic cultural arts magazine.
The magazine will feature a wide range of contemporary Welsh and is also interested in the rich and varied history of Wales and its people. And as well as talking about art the magazine will showcase original art in a magazine format.

"WAN is a friendly lively read, our ambition is to ‘open’ up art to a much wider range of people. We believe that the key to this is quite simply the need to talk about art. WAN is a talk shop for art; many voices expressing a range of opinions. Traditionally art magazines are seen as being hard going/ inaccessible, intended only for those already familiar with the discourse of art. Why should it be that way? We would like to see people talking about art in the same way as they might of a TV programme or a piece of music."

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The first issue, out now, focuses on drawing and is available from the magazine web site and at a variety of stockists including Borders Bookshops. For more information visit www.welshartnow.co.uk.

Fibre & Stitch 5

cover imageIssue 5 of Fibre & Stitch, the online mixed media magazine, is now out – into its second year and as full of great articles as ever.

Everyone will have their own favourites – I enjoyed Terri Stegmiller’s ‘Quilt First, Paint Second’ – which always seems very brave to me! – and as I own lots of felting needles but no embellisher, I was pleased to see an article by Sonja Lee-Austin and Ann M Lee about needlefelting without an embellisher, with information about fibres, tools and techniques.

I have a little collection of cards featuring Ton Schulten’s colour-filled work, so Margaret Roberts’ bag project inspired by his work was a delight (even though no-one checked how to spell his name!). Liz Berg explores the technique of hand carving rubber stamps and her examples are great – lots of ideas to to take away. I was also very interested in Elis Cooke’s custom casting moulds made from polymer clay.

Cas Holmes is an artist whose work I have admired for many years, and it was fascinating to read more about her methods and her motivations in ‘Beneath the Surface’, with lots of lovely images.

I’ve picked out the articles that most appealed to me, but there is as much again that I haven’t mentioned: so many projects and techniques to explore.

Fibre & Stitch is available online at fibreandstitch.com. There is also a generous selection of free projects on the site, which give a taste of the magazine itself.

Fibre&Stitch 3

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The latest issue of Fibre&Stitch (issue 3) is newly out, offering a feast of techniques, projects and information. Scanning down the table of contents, some headings immediately caught my eye – Terri Stegmiller with a series on techniques and methods for writing on fabric, and special guest articles by Linda Stokes on shibori with transfer dyes, and Helen Suzanne Alexander on achieving depth and distance in fibre landscapes.

There’s also a fascinating article by guest author Virginia A. Spiegel in which she explains how she collects and records information in her studio journals, and shares the thought processes that led to a particular series of art quilts.

The talented artists who contribute to Fibre&Stitch have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of ideas for colourful and beautiful projects and this issue is no exception. I especially liked Terri Stegmiller’s cheerful ‘scrappy fabric coasters’ and Debra Jo Hardman’s ‘thread-play scarf’, to name but two – and there is much more here to stimulate creativity.

To see what’s on offer, you can download the table of contents in PDF format from the Fibre&Stitch web site, or to get a practical taste of Fibre&Stitch, look at the generous range of projects and techniques on the free projects page.

Fibre&Stitch is a quarterly electronic publication in PDF format. You can subscribe online ($29.95 USD for a year’s subscription), and a single issue is $8.95 USD.

thr3fold launch

A new venture by artists Linda Kemshall, Laura Kemshall and Catherine Nicholls, thr3fold is subtitled ‘the journal of creative vision’. Issue 1 of the journal will be launched at Ironbridge on Sunday 3 June 2007 – admission by advance ticket only. Linda, Laura and Catherine will be exhibiting nine new quilts and other works, demonstrating techniques featured in the first journal and giving a lecture.

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Filled with inspirational articles, projects and information the journals cover a broad spectrum of creative subjects including quilting, drawing, painting, printing, embroidery, knitting and collage. Each journal consists of a 52 page book gloriously illustrated in full colour and a CD packed with further information including printable patterns, copyright free images and video demonstrations.

You can preorder Issue 1 on the thr3fold website, or from the DesignMatters store, where there’s a preview of another exciting goodie from Linda and Laura Kemshall, their new book The Painted Quilt, due out in August.

Workshop on the Web honours Val Campbell-Harding

The forthcoming issue of Maggie Grey’s online magazine, Workshop on the Web, is a very special issue – a moving tribute to Valerie Campbell-Harding, who died on 5 October.

Few people can have touched as many lives in the world of textiles and embroidery as Val: inspiring, teaching and sharing her great knowledge and delight in exploration. Her life, her work, her writing and her
teaching are all remembered and celebrated throughout this issue by those who learned from her, worked with her, and loved her.

December’s WoW also carries an article by Val herself, ‘Seeing Pink Elephants’, an invitation to play and discover new textures in the oddest of raw materials.

Workshop on the Web represents joyful excellence in textile art, an ethos that owes much to Val’s influence and inspiration. It consistently demonstrates the wonderful creativity of those who practise embroidery and other textile arts, and it’s going from strength to strength as a community. I always love to read it, and this issue is definitely one to treasure.

The December issue of Workshop on the Web is out on 1 December.


Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors on the increase

Starting in 2007, both Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors will be going to a six-issue publication schedule – great news for fans of these wonderfully creative and inspiring magazines.

To say I’m excited about the new schedule is an understatement; it just means we can do so much more with both publications. Patricia Bolton, Editor

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Craft magazine with attitude

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The premiere issue of a new off-the-wall craft magazine is on sale now in the US, and by subscription elsewhere. There’s also a digital edition.

Traditional crafting practices and techniques are still the foundation for what we’re doing, yet we’re also incorporating technology, creative recycling, innovative materials and processes. There’s a fun sense of irony, irreverence and attitude in our mission. Carla Sinclair, Editor-in-Chief

CRAFT is the first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance happening within the world of crafts. Our premiere issue features 23 projects with a twist! Embroider your skateboard, light up your clothing, felt an iPod cocoon, knit your own boots, stitch a robot, and more!

Textile crafts are well represented in the table of contents, with needlepoint bangles, a crochet robot, silk screening, ‘New Wave Embroidery’ and ‘Geek Girl takes on Fashion’ among the many articles on offer.

CRAFT: transforming traditional crafts

Looks like a lot of fun – anyone who’s seen it – what do you think of the first issue?