Quilt Festival Houston: Teaching Schedule

Fac_fqf17

I will be teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival this year. The class catalog went live this morning.  Click HERE to be taken to the Quilts, Inc website for class registration.

The classes I will be teaching at Houston Quilt Festival 2017 are:


Wednesday, November 1:

Dyeing is Easy! (All day)

This is an all day class where I’ll teach you the foundations of dyeing cotton and silk. The morning will be a lecture presentation, and the afternoon will be interactive demonstrations. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dye fabric for your own designs, this will be a great way to start.

Thursday, November 2:
Making Molds for Resin Buttons and Charms, (2-5pm)

In this class, I will teach you how to make a simple mold to produce your very own resin buttons and charms. Learn about all the tools you’ll need, and how to adapt found objects to fit your embellishment needs. It’s a simple process that yields great results. You’ll leave with a functioning mold and resin samples.

Friday, November 3:
Friday Sampler—Embellished Art Ornaments, (10:00am-noon)

The Sampler is a great opportunity to learn techniques from several instructors at once. You can float from demonstration to demonstration at your leisure. I will be demonstrating how I make embellished art ornaments. They are great ways to test techniques, use up scraps or decorate for a holiday.

 Friday, November 3:
Lecture—”Wearable Art—My Journey So Far…” , (4-5pm)

20170110_204408

Someone is actually handing me a microphone…
In this lecture/presentation, I’ll talk about the ups and downs of designing and making my wearable art. I find the process to be the most intriguing part of the journey, and that part is often forgotten when observing someone’s work. Join me as I pull back the curtain on my triumphs, troubles and techniques.

I will be adding lots of pictures to my gallery with class demos and samples as it gets closer to festival. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

Houston Quilt Festival Teaching Schedule

h1dxumx

I have the honor of being selected as an instructor this year (2017) at the Houston International Quilt Festival. This is one of the largest gatherings of industry professionals and quilting fans in the world. I’ve had the privilege of teaching at the show for a few years now, and every year brings new excitement and learning opportunities.

The classes I will be teaching are:


Wednesday, November 1:

Dyeing is Easy! (All day)

This is an all day class where I’ll teach you the foundations of dyeing cotton and silk. The morning will be a lecture presentation, and the afternoon will be interactive demonstrations. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dye fabric for your own designs, this will be a great way to start.

Thursday, November 2:
Making Molds for Resin Buttons and Charms, (2-5pm)

(Pictures coming soon)

In this class, I will teach you how to make a simple mold to produce your very own resin buttons and charms. Learn about all the tools you’ll need, and how to adapt found objects to fit your embellishment needs. It’s a simple process that yields great results. You’ll leave with a functioning mold and resin samples.

Friday, November 3:
Friday Sampler—Embellished Art Ornaments, (10:00am-noon)

screenshot_2017-02-02-10-02-41

The Sampler is a great opportunity to learn techniques from several instructors at once. You can float from demonstration to demonstration at your leisure. I will be demonstrating how I make embellished art ornaments. They are great ways to test techniques, use up scraps or decorate for a holiday.

 Friday, November 3:
Lecture—”Wearable Art—My Journey So Far…” , (4-5pm)

20170110_204408

Someone is actually handing me a microphone…
In this lecture/presentation, I’ll talk about the ups and downs of designing and making my wearable art. I find the process to be the most intriguing part of the journey, and that part is often forgotten when observing someone’s work. Join me as I pull back the curtain on my triumphs, troubles and techniques.

I will be adding lots of pictures to my gallery with class demos and samples as it gets closer to festival. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

Updates, updates, updates!

And so I’m back, from outer space…

OMG where has the time gone?
I’ve been so insanely busy, this blog has become a bit of an afterthought.
Sorry about that…

Here are some updates on the Gilbert front:

I wrote an article for Threads magazine!

GO TEAM!

IMG

If you have ever wanted to try cowboy pockets, now’s your chance.
I break it down into simple steps to get great results every time.
Check out the latest issue, on newsstands now!
Newsstands? Do those still exist?
Well, I know you can get a copy online, and Joann’s stores across the country carry them, so go grab one! It’s loaded with a ton of good tips and techniques.

t186-cover-digital-issue_sqm

If you check it out and have any questions, just drop me a line here and I’ll try to help.

*******************************************

I’m going to be teaching in San Antonio this coming weekend. I will doing a couple of workshops for the Fiber Artists of San Antonio. We’ll be screen printing and learning shisha embroidery. I’ll also be giving a lecture on my creative process.
I don’t know how running around and panicking like a chicken with its head cut off translates into a process, but anyhoo.

*******************************************

I’ve started a couple of new projects for some upcoming competitions -I’ll be making some garments, of course.

It’s all sill on the sewing machine, but here is a sneak peak of one of the pieces.
It’s a tailored jacket with a dramatic, standing collar.

13237641_1054647791289037_6482651266173934637_n

Here is the muslin for the jacket. It meets in the center and has a kimono sleeve.

The fabric for the piece, all hand-screen printed:

Here are some of the assembled blocks:

20160619_152025

And here is a sample of the un-sewn center medallion:

20160629_215237-1

It will all be quilted and embellished within an inch of its life, hopefully.

The other piece is still, in pieces. I can tell you that it will be a mix of my recent indigo experiments. It’s more involved than the printed piece, so here’s hoping I don’t lose my mind in the next two months. *clinks glasses*

OK, that’s it for now.

Couture week is going on and I plan on doing a best/worst list soon.

Cheers!

A personal update: The struggle is real

Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium.  – H. Matisse

It’s a bizarre conflict I struggle with, daily. I’m lost in a world that doesn’t understand my work – or at least that’s how I feel, and ultimately, I’ve begun asking myself a very important question: Why am I making what I make?

There is a conflicting dichotomy within myself that constantly argues two valid points.
One – make work for competition to show the world what I am capable of and to prove to myself that my work is valid in the eyes of judges.
And two – create something that is beautiful, if not fully understood, just for the sake of creative expression and refreshing my idea stream.

The former has potential success and accolades attached to it; the latter is purely intrinsic and needs not be validated by anyone but myself.

And therein, my internal debate rages on – which point is more valid?

I suppose any artist (And let’s not mince words here, I DO NOT consider myself an artist. I just make stuff.) would say, “Well obviously you need to satisfy the self, for without that sense of identity, the work will suffer.” However, the accolades that accompany the success often allow me to continue the work and give me the means to explore the medium further.

The debate rages on, but recently, the flame has grown to consume me.

Post-64231-this-is-fine-dog-fire-comic-Im-N7mp

So, where am I right now?
I’m not really sure.

With Houston killing their wearable division and other show judges falling firmly back on traditional designs, I just feel that I’m out of step with the current clothing zeitgeist, in competition at least. This jarring syncopation has burned me out and I’m taking a little break from competing with clothes.  Might be a month, might be a year, who knows?

At this point, I could go on and on about how I see the wearable art competitions being judged, but honestly, I’m just tired of swimming upstream and need to step back from it all.

I’ve been pestered bullied coerced told I should make quilts by my friends (ONE in particular), so I’ll try my hand at that for now. Will they be show ready? I dunno, but I enjoy the challenge of starting something new. Moreover, I won’t give up working with fabric.
It’s in my blood and I refuse to seek a transfusion.

Please note, this changing of the guard, so to speak, is my decision alone, and as much encouragement as I’ve received, I’ve had to arrive at this place by myself.

Believe me when I say it hasn’t been easy and I don’t want people to think I’ve abandoned clothing. I just need a break from competing with it until I feel the time is right to return. I’m still making stuff, I just don’t need a judge’s validation right now.

I know I’m my own worst critic, and nothing I do, in my eyes, will ever be good enough, but for now, I’m happy to start carving out a new creative path, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll find the clarity I constantly seek.

Everything is awesome, sometimes…

sewing-meme

You know, sometimes, I’m not too keen on being a slave to my skills.

I’d love to one day, wake up with a project idea and just start piecemealing it together with reckless abandon, but I can’t.

I know that behind each project I attempt, there will be hours upon hours of prep work that will need to be refined and engineered in order to ultimately realize my concept as close to the edge of perfection as possible.

This shouldn’t be an issue, really, and I should consider myself privileged to have these skills that I can not only utilize, but also teach to others; but dammit, why must I do everything the correct way, all the time?

I’ve come to the conclusion that what I make and how I make it is not for its end use, but rather, for my selfish amusement.  Even if I’m making something for someone else, his or her reaction weighs little on my mind in the shadow of how I feel about the finished product. (Unless they’re criticizing for the sake of argument, and then I’ll cut a bitch.)

People telling me, “Oh, don’t worry about that little stitch that’s crooked” or “Ehh, no one’s going to see that anyway!” mean nothing to me. The pursuit of perfection drives me, and those off-hand comments, trying to assuage my perceived inadequacies, bounce off my head like a dodgeball making contact with a brick wall.

So, like downtrodden pyramid builders living in the shadow of a relentless, whip-cracking pharaoh, I toile away at perfecting these skills in the hope of keeping myself happy with my work.

I guess I have only myself to blame. I strive to learn as much as I can about design and technique. I rarely settle for half-baked ideas about my visions. I often have a looping dialog in my mind blaring out what seem like obvious solutions to insignificant road bumps:  Can’t find the buttons you want? Learn to make them! That fabric isn’t the correct color? Dye it yourself!! That embellishment isn’t the best option? LET’S SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS LEARNING A NEW SKILL THAT WILL ONLY COVER ONE SQUARE INCH OF THE FINISHED JACKET!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Seriously, I have this conversation with myself on a daily basis. It’s getting old and I wonder to what end all of this will arrive.

As far as what I’m making goes, I feel my work ebbs and flows at inconsistent intervals. One day I want bright, insane colors, the next day, I want nothing to do with vibrant hues and relish working in muted neutrals. My current mood falls sharply in the latter.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some tutorials and lots of progress and example pics. I’ve decided that I need some constancy in my life and I’m going to be focusing on this blog a bit more in an effort to realign my sub-processors and try to figure out what direction I need to be pointed.

In the meantime, here is my class schedule for the Houston International Quilt Festival in October:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28: ALL DAY CLASS

332 FASCINATING FASCINATORS

B,PJ Gilbert Muniz

Learn the basics of creating a small hat that makes a big statement. Materials, design, and construction will be covered as well as using various trims and embellishments. All materials to complete the hat are provided.

CLASS PRICE – $65 + MAT FEE – $15 = $80

————————————————————-

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30: 9:00 AM TO NOON

553 MASTERING BOUND BUTTONHOLES AND WELT POCKETS

B,PC,SM Gilbert Muniz

Give your garments and accessories a tailored look by learning a fool-proof method for making professional closures and pockets.

CLASS PRICE – $35 + MAT FEE – $7 + EQUIP FEE – $4 = $46

————————————————————-

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30: 2:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

587 POLYMER CLAY BUTTONS AND CHARMS TO DAZZLE AND DELIGHT!

E,MM Gilbert Muniz

Make a unique embellishment with polymer clay that will make your wearable art or art quilt really stand out! It’s a great way to learn the basics of this versatile material.

CLASS PRICE – $35 + MAT FEE – $10 = $45

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for sticking around and riding the
maddening merry-go-round that is my creative process.

This is Inter-Vision, good afternoon.intervision

New Classes

I will be teaching at the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston. The festival is held at the end of October and is one of the premier quilting events of the season.

The class catalog comes out around June/July and features several classes in quilting, mixed media and various other fiber mediums.

The classes I will be teaching are:

Wednesday October 28 – Fascinating Fascinators
(9AM to 5PM)

This is an all-day class that will teach you the basics of making a small, embellished hat base.

Friday October 30 – Mastering Bound Buttonholes and Welt Pockets
(9AM to Noon)

This is a three hour class that will show you the ins and outs of one of my favorite bound buttonhole/pocket methods.

Friday October 30 – Polymer Clay Buttons and Charms to Dazzle and Delight
(2PM to 5PM)

This is a three hour class that will give you a taste of how fun it is to play with polymer clay.

I’ll be posting examples in the coming months.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Updates and What-not

I apologize for not getting back to this blog sooner, but I’ve been kinda busy.

 I know it’s rather late, but hey, I sometimes don’t see friends until May and still say it to them, so there!

Secondly, I had a great time at the Houston Quilt Festival in November. My piece, Zapped!, took home first place in the Wearable Art division. I really wasn’t expecting this, but was very happy with the outcome.

1236783_509627345791087_2111674957_n

This victory comes with a bitter chaser though, as the International Quilt Association has discontinued the Wearable Art division for the Houston Quilt Festival.
Apparently there were fewer and fewer entries each year, and they either fiscally or promotionally couldn’t sustain the division any more.

I find this to be a sad barometer on the state of wearable art today.
I know I always tried to represent couture and its subsets as often as I could at the Houston Quilt Festival, but apparently, one man’s pursuit of a dying art isn’t going to be enough to save it.

I have competed with some amazing people in Houston: Jennifer Bernard, Rami Kim, Kathy Knapp, and Philipa Naylor, just to name a few. These are all exceptional designers and I will miss seeing their beautiful work in Houston.

I guess I can’t really complain that the division has been dissolved though; I had a great run while it lasted. I took home three first place wins and one Honorable Mention there. The fact that my garment will forever be the last first place winner both tickles and saddens me.

The Mancuso Group have two wonderful Wearable Art divisions at their Pacific and Mid-Atlantic shows. These two shows are where I will be showcasing my new pieces, if they are accepted into their respective shows.

For the current Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, I have submitted my entry, Entropy. It is a hand, discharge-dyed, pinwale corduroy vest with tails. All of the buttons and motifs were hand beaded and based on vintage jewelry. I really wanted the embellishments to blend into the background a quietly as possible, so I kept them all concentrated on the collar.

Speaking of embellishments, I am currently working on an article for Threads magazine. It should be on newsstands sometime in the fall/winter.
I’ll let you know more as soon as possible.

I have also proposed a few classes for the 2015 Houston Quilt Festival. A fascinator class, a bound buttonhole/ welt pocket class and a polymer clay button class. As there is no longer a visible, Wearables division, I’m not sure how these proposals will be viewed. I should find out whether they made the cut in early February.

I have also been working on a secret project that will debut in April. As soon as I get all my ducks in a row, I will let you all in on the surprise.

OK, that’s all I have for you guys now.

I am going to TRY to get some tutorials and nonsense up soon. I have a TON of samples to make in the near future so look for some tips and tricks for making stuff, soon. Confused? ME TOO!

Haute Couture week is wrapping up soon so look for my season wrap-up to hit by the end of the week.

Questions? Lemmie know.

If you are interested in the Mancuso group of shows, you can find out about them here.