What’s New with Quilt Artist Paula Nadelstern

Bronx-based quilt artist Paula Nadelstern returns to our studio in 2020 with her Kaleidoscopes and Quilts workshop from April 19th-25th. As part of our Instructor Interview series for next year, we asked Paula to let us know what’s new in her world!

Q: Tell us what’s new in your personal art practice!

PN: In 2018, I received a Bronx Recognizes Its Own award and used the funds to purchase a Bernina 750 so I could finally begin the journey toward successfully machine piecing. Wish me luck.

I’ve got three new collections premiering at 2019 Quilt Market: Where in the World, Artful Snowflake and an enlarged group of Marbellas. I’ve been enjoying creating simple quilts with these complex fabrics, inspired by the pattern bumping into pattern lessons learned making KALEIDOSCOPIC XLI: The Prague Spanish Synagogue Ceiling. These collections will be available in the studio.

In December, I’ll start KALEIDOSCOPIC XLIII exploring a new-to-me mirror system in a lovely Japanese kaleidoscope in my collection. Perhaps I’ll be able to share some new design directions by the class.

Tentatively called KALEIDOSCOPIC XLII: Wheelhouse Rock, it was made over two summers for my professional guild’s exhibition of each member’s signsture style called 40×40@40.

Q: What will be new or different about your workshop this year?

PN: We’ll begin by focusing on technique, learning to detangle angles. This will lead to unique compositions and lay-outs, If students who have been in class before (or even those who haven’t) want to contact me in advance, we can talk about the direction you’d like to take this year.

What’s New with Art Quilter David Taylor

This year we’ve asked some of our returning instructors to let us know what’s new with them! Are they conducting new workshops? Are they working on a brand new collection in their personal creative practice? First up is art quilter David Taylor, who had some very exciting news to share with us!

Q: Tell us what’s new in your personal art practice!

DT: I am thrilled to be working on my next major exhibit in Colorado for 2020 – a retrospective of my 20 years of quilt making. As I sell all of my works, there is a massive coordination effort to bring the quilts together. All of my time off the road teaching is concentrated on the exhibit. I am working with two venues – the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden and the Steamboat Art Museum in my ‘hometown’ of Steamboat Springs. The first exhibit space will open in January at RMQM and run concurrent with the museum’s biannual mens exhibit. My portion with then be packed up and transferred up to Steamboat in May and hang through Labor Day.

I am also back in the studio working on some new pieces that are confidential and will make their public debuts in 2020. “Sorry, no peeking.”

Q: What will be new or different about your workshop this year?

DT: There’s an old adage: do one thing and do it well. My workshop has not changed during my decade of teaching. I must be doing something right, as roughly half of my students during each session are repeats. As each class participant is working on their own unique image, every class presents a new challenge and a new opportunity to explore fabric.

David will be teaching his Artistry Through Applique workshop with us from May 10-16, 2020 and yes, we still have spots available! You can learn more here.