Challenge Theme for 2017 Mixed Media Mashup

A Mixed Media piece is one that incorporates 2 or more visual art media, ie painting, print-making, collage,  applique, photography or embellishments.  Below is a definition that explores mixed media in more detail and hopefully will jump start your thinking.

Mashup is defined as a fusion of two or more disparate elements, which dovetails nicely with the definition of mixed media.

 Here are the parameters:

  • Quilts must have a minimum perimeter of 100" (officially, more than 96")
  • Quilts must have a minimum 4" hanging sleeve with the top of the sleeve no more than 88" to the bottom of the quilt (keep in mind if you want the quilt to tour, very large pieces can be problematic in some exhibit spaces)
  • Quilts must contain quilting and a label that includes the quilter's name and title of the quilt, sewn onto a bottom corner of the quilt back
  • Framed pieces are not allowed
  • Quilts that require special handling (can't be folded, fragile, etc) need approval of the Quilt Registrar

  • Quilts must be suitable for general audiences, have no sharp objects and be able to be photographed

  • If not original, written permission from the holder of a copyright for the design or other elements of the quilt must be provided

  • Quilts may not have previously been exhibited at Maine Quilts except by special request

The Challenge Reveal is at our June meeting. The pieces have their first public viewing at Maine Quilts. Following Maine Quilts, they tour the state to any venues members are able to secure. Most venues accept the challenge quilts for a one-two month period. Libraries, bookstores and galleries have shown the challenge quilts in the past. We have avoided coffee shops and restaurants because of concerns over odors lingering in fabric.

Start thinking about the various media you want to explore and have fun! Rana

Wikipedia: There is an important distinction between "mixed media" artworks and
"multimedia art". "Mixed media" tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines
various traditionally distinct visual art media—for example, a work on canvas that
combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work, but not a
work of "multimedia art." The term "multimedia art" implies a broader scope than "mixed
media", combining visual art with non-visual elements (such as recorded sound, for
example) or with elements of the other arts (such as literature, drama, dance, motion
graphics, music, or interactivity).
Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in
conjunction with traditional artist media to attain a wide range of self-expression.
From various exhibit notes: mixed media techniques include collage, printmaking,
painting, dyeing, stitching, and some traditional fiber techniques such as piecing, appliqué
and reverse appliqué. We may explore print techniques (screen-printing and digital print to
name two), as well as the use of found objects, photography, embroidery stitches (both
machine and hand) and a range of unusual and unique materials such as metal and wood.
Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine: Characteristics of the Mixed Media Artist
1. A love of variety. Most mixed-media artists I know find it almost impossible to stick
with two or three tried-and-true media or techniques exclusively. A shiny new technique or
product always catches their attention and if you ask them to name one medium that's
their favorite, they'll say, "All of them."
2. A willingness to get messy. It's not that they don't clean their paintbrushes or organize
their stamp pads. It's just that mixed-media artists on the whole don't create art at arm's
length. They often use their fingertips to apply paint and gel medium and you can tell what
colors they've been using by looking at their sleeves.
3. As Dumbledore once said of Harry Potter, a certain disregard for the rules. You
know the little voice inside most people's heads that whispers, "You're not supposed to do
that"? Mixed-media artists don't have that.
4. A passion for the sensory. Mixed-media artists love to touch, smell, and practically eat
with their eyes. Even artwork that looks monochromatic on the surface, will, when
scratched, usually reveal layers of paint, papers, and applied textures that work together to
achieve a visual serenity.
5. An open mind. Mixed-media artists take all comers. No one is going to close the circle
and say, "You're not like us. You don't make art the way we do." Instead, mixed-media
artists are more likely to throw open the studio doors and say, "Come join the party! Let's
teach each other."

2016-2017 Officers
President: Jane
Vice President: vacant
Secretary: Sandra Negus Treasurer: Barbara Duffy Program Committee: Kathy Boudreau, Randy Menninghaus Challenge Committee:Rana O’Connor
Patchwork Press: Sandra Negus
Website: Pam Soucy
Library: Christine King & Janet Biczak

The mission of Art Quilts Maine is to support members in their exploration of contemporary quilt art, to inspire creativity and individuality, and to promote the understanding, appreciation, and recognition of contemporary quilters in the state of Maine. These goals will be accomplished by the sharing of member resources, demonstrations and other related activities such as workshops and exhibits.

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February meeting is canceled due to the arriving snow. The portrait reveal will be in April, program will be moved to June. It is not too late join the portrait challenge, contact Pam for the red fabric​

​STAY WARM and Have FUN in the SNOW!