Welcome to my new web site!  I am consolidating my two blogs (Retread Blog) and (Tangle Wrangler) into one site, retreadart.com.   THANK YOU all for your support of my creative endeavors!Lupines

I am the invited artist for American Craft Week, October 6-15, at Absolute Gallery, 307 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906 (Absolute)!  I am so excited!!  

Here is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. And every day thousands of craft retailers share their love of these items by displaying, promoting and selling them. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”  I ask you to join us in publicizing, educating and displaying American Craft for ten days each October. Join the national celebration of American Craft!  Handmade craft is original, beautiful and enduring, so let’s tell the world!

I will be demonstrating the basics of Zentangle, a peaceful, meditative drawing process of producing abstract patterns.  Try it–you’ll like it!  Join me on  Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, 1:00-4:00PM, or Friday, October 13, 4:30-7:00PM.  My Zentangle inspired art will also be on display in the Gallery. NOTE:  I had so much fun today (October 8th) showing folks how to start with Zentangle!! Good Work students!

I took an art quilt workshop June 5-9 at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium 2017 in Columbus, Ohio (QSDS).  I studied with Rosalie Dace (Rosalie Dace) and it was super excited!  The class “Positively Line and Shape” emphasized strong design to create a successful quilt that is NOT boring.  As a scholarship recipient, I also donated a small quilt for the “Mini Art Quilt Auction” fundraiser on June 9th.

UPDATE:  This was a super fabulous week of learning and creativity!  The workshop was really good and I enjoyed Rosalie as a teacher—she has much to offer.  She  brought along some of her own pieces to show us in class–WOW!  Fellow students and teachers were friendly and enthusiastically shared knowledge.  The facility is perfect for classes and dorm life was comfortable–it’s been a long, long time since I stayed in a dorm.  I had three delightful suitemates too.    We also took a bus trip to The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens to view the Quilt National ’17 exhibit, which was loads of fun.  I heartily recommend the QSDS experience to any and all who are interested!DaceJaneSewsResz

My most favorite helper in the art room…ChooChoosQuilt