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“Doing even a little bit of art each day makes me more productive at everything else.” Jill
When I finally was able to interview Jill, I was struck by how all of us are living life as fast as we can and doing everything we can to stuff in as much art in around the edges as possible. Jill is a wife, a mother of two and the office manager/bookkeeper for the family business. At the time of this interview Jill was putting the last minute touches on her older daughter’s wedding, getting her younger daughter off for her first year of college and had just finished an art quilt for an international quilt show. All in a day’s work for a working mom and artist – right?
Jill art journaling at Art Camp for Women June 2009
Jill’s forte is art quilting and doll making with all and sundry aspects of mixed media art wedged in around those things.
AQuA net, the Art Quilt Association of Grand Junction, entered the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2011 and chose the theme Curvaceous. The group entered 24 quilts – not all of the quilts get chosen to go as it is a juried show.
Jill had to send her quilt in with a friend as she was involved in the local Peach Festival – very important if you live in Palisades, Colorado.
Her entry is titled “Blue Velvet,” she made it from one of her water colors pieced into a quilt. It will be shown in the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2011 in October.
Blue Silk Velvet
Jill is also a member of a club named the Loosely Woven Doll Club. The club meets monthly and each year they make a collaborative piece. Last year (2010) their piece was donated to Western Colorado Hospice for their Holiday Fashion Show and Auction.
They made a doll wreath. Everyone made a little (less than 6″) doll and Jill made the mother doll, off center, shoulder, head and arms with huge dress that hoops down, with all the little dolls held in her lap.
One of the doll club members attended the auction and got so excited she ended up taking the beautiful piece home.
Doll Wreath closeup
This year for the collaborative piece they are making a baby doll in a cradle with all the little dolly clothes and embroidered sheets and accoutrement.
When we got to talking about Art Camp for Women and Jill’s experience there, here is what she said:
“The tuition is more than pocket change and it takes you saying to yourself (and maybe to others) that you are worth it.” Many women have difficulty with this phrase not to mention with the concept.
“And then once you are there, you are treated as if you ARE worth it! Every meal is delicious, healthy and lovely in its presentation. The camaraderie of the other women is generous and comfortable. The setting is so beautiful you cannot help but expand.”
When asked about a lasting impact from Art Camp for Women, Jill said, “I finally got deep inside that I don’t have to wait for ‘free time’ to do art.” In fact, she has no free time and neither do most women.
We both agreed with the saying “…art washes away the cares of everyday life.” And in fact, said Jill, “Doing even a little bit of art each day makes me more productive at everything else.”
When asked what she would tell other women about Art Camp for Women she said. “We are all busy, we have extremely busy lives. We have to learn to take the time for our self, we are worth it and it will have us be better at what we do.”
Thank you Jill for taking time out of your busy life to talk with us. We hope we see you back at camp in the future!
PS – I can’t help myself…
I have to show you the process Jill went through making the invitations for her daughter’s wedding. Just because she is busy doesn’t mean she cuts corners…LOL…There are rumors of an incredible Bride’s Book, but the bride was too busy earlier to send photos, and now she is honeymooning in Europe! Maybe another blog post in the future.
Wedding invitations, silk screening 1
Wedding invitations, silk 2
Wedding invitation, finished piece