Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Inspiration of the Week

Kinematics Petals Dress nylon 3d art by Nervous Studios
Part of #techstyle exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston until July 10, 2016
 
Inspired by nature, Nervous System co-founders, Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg have been creating intricate an profoundly beautiful works of art since 2007. From jewelry to housewares and now clothing, their technical skills facilitate the creation of extremely unique items in the world of fabrication. This dress was 3D printed from nylon powder and dyed red to create a flexible textural wearable art as part of the #techstyle exhibit running from March 6 to July 10.
 
Red Dyed Nylon Dress- Photo by Steve Marsel Studio
 
You can create your own kinematics cloth with their application.
 
Nervous System is a generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology. We create using a novel process that employs computer simulation to generate designs and digital fabrication to realize products. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, we write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.

See more about this exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston -  #techstyle

Photos and description from Nervous System Blog that has tons more interesting information, videos, beautiful images and links to purchase their work!

Monday, May 16, 2016

May 2016 Meeting Recap

It was fantastic to see everyone who was able to make it to our May guild meeting!


Our May Meeting Speaker

Kristen Shuler was our guest speaker at the Kaufman Foundation. She talked about her business, Hey Paul Studios and Eat, Drink, Stitch. She gave us a fascinating background of her history is social work, focused on medical science, and how that inspired her creative works. You can learn more about Kristen at Hey Paul and Eat Drink Stitch.

You can catch her second workshop on Thursday, and there are still spots open (details below)!
 
The next meeting will be Thursday, June 9th at 7pm, at Roeland Park Community Center (4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park KS, 66205) featuring guest speaker Kelsey Pike. You can find out more about Kelsey and her design process on her website.
 
BUSINESS UPDATES
Guild Resource Page
We are adding a guild resource page to the website. Once a year we will update the page to represent creative offerings within our guild members - long armers, fabric shops, etc.
This page will be updated annually in May. Wednesday Share Day on Facebook will continue to be our location to announce sales and other community events. 
 
If you are a member and would add your creative business to this page, please fill out this form. Thank you!
 
Social Media
Our social media presence has expanded! In addition to our members only Facebook page and Flickr, where we feature Show and Tell, we are on Twitter and Instagram. Both will allow us to be more involved in the quilting community and other MQGs, and Instagram will be additionally used to show off the work of our guild members.
Our Twitter handle is @KCModernQG and Instagram is @KCMQG.

We will only repost Instagram pictures with permission from the original photo owner.

 
Sewing Machine Raffle
Myron from Windmill Sewing generously donated a Brother Sewing Machine (valued at close to $900) to our guild! His expressed purpose was for us to use it as a fundraiser to benefit the guild.

We will be conducting raffle, with the proceeds of ticket sales being used for a guild quilt show. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased here. The last day to buy tickets will be the Monday before our next meeting (June 6th) and tickets must be paid for by Wednesday (June 8th). We hope Myron will be present to draw the winning ticket at June's meeting.
The more virtual tickets you purchase, the more opportunities you have to win. You do not have to be present to win.

Member Contacts
Our 2016-2017 Member Contacts have been added to the MQG website; please note, only those who said we may share this information within the guild is listed. These contacts may not be used for business purposes nor be distributed; this is only for guild-related information only. 
To access this information, please see your member email for a link.

 
WORKSHOPS
Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul will host her second exclusive KCMQG Happy Hour workshop on Thursday, May 19th at the Bauer (115 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO). The workshops will focus on embroidery (all supplies included!) and offer free appetizers, beer, and wine. 
 
The cost for everything is $45, and a fun time was had by all at the Saturday workshop! To sign up, look for your member email recap. 
 
SEW DAY
We have a sew day coming up this Saturday, May 21st, from 9am – 7pm at Sarah’s in Lawrence! The price is $30, and does not include meals.
We have had a couple of cancellations, and have three openings. We will be opening up the Sew Day to non-guild members tomorrow (Monday the 16th), so please look to your member email for the signup link!
 
CHALLENGES
The Kansas City Arts Challenge was a lot of fun! We'd like to thank Karen Hansen and Mary Kay Fosnacht for organizing the fantastic challenge!
Since we had a short time for show and tell at our May meeting, please feel free to bring your KC Arts Challenge piece to share at a future meeting!
 
SWAPS
Our I-70 swap completed projects are due at our June meeting! Can't wait to see them!
We will have our swap projects and partners revealed at the August meeting. If you have any questions (or need to get your block!), please look to your member email for Nicole's contact info.
See if you catch a sneak of what you're partner is making you by checking out #i70swap
 
UPCOMING

5/19
A second Happy Hour Embroidery Workshop with Kristen Schuler of Hey Paul. At The Bauer (115 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO) includes all materials, appetizers, wine, and beer.

The cost  for the Hey Paul Workshops is $45. To sign up, go to your member email for the quick link!
5/21
May Sew Day from 9am – 7pm at Sarah’s in Lawrence. Members can sign up by following the link in their email.

6/9
Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm. Kelsey Pike will be our guest speaker.
Location: Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park KS, 66205
To learn more about Kelsey's work, click here.


7/23
July Picnic! Please bring something to share (food and libations welcomed!) and a show and tell if you like! We will be meeting at Deneen's home, at the address in your member email, from 11am - 3pm. We are also working on a fun swapping game, more information to come!
Check out the online calendar of events for more upcoming activities.
 
If you have any questions regarding any aspects of the guild, please email us and let us know!
 
Thanks everyone!
Laura C, Denise, Lesley, Kate, and Laura H.
(President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary, and Technology Coordinator)
#KCMQG

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May Guild Meeting Show and Tell Photos

Check out show and tell from this past meeting! We have such talented members!
May Show and Tell over on Flickr

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May meeting in 1 week!

Just a reminder, our next meeting is in a week! We will be at Kauffman and Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul is our guest speaker!

Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

You can find out more about Kirsten, her design, and workshops on her blog, Hey Paul Studios.
 
 
KCMQG WORKSHOPS with Kristen Shuler
Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul will host Happy Hour workshops on Saturday, May 14th and Thursday, May 19th at the Bauer (115 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO). The workshops will focus on embroidery and offer free appetizers, wine, and beer. All supplies are included (we have attached a PDF of the exclusive design we will be making!), and a thread bar will be open if you'd like to pick out different colors for the design. Everything is included, unless you would like to purchase additional embroidery designs.
The cost is $45. To sign up look for the link in your meeting reminder email. 
 
SEW DAY
We have a sew day coming up on May 21st from 9am – 7pm at Sarah’s in Lawrence! The price is $30, and does not include meals. We have had few cancellations create some openings. Members, find the link in your meeting reminder email.

 
SWAPSWe received our I-70 swap blocks from our St. Louis partners at the April meeting, and the finished projects need to be returned at our June meeting to go back to St. Louis. We will have our swap projects and partners revealed at the August meeting. If you have any questions (or need to get your block!), contact Nicole or the KCMQG email account.
See if you catch a sneak of what you're partner is making you by checking out #i70swap

 
RECAPS
In May, we had a Committee Chair Meeting and a Board Meeting. If you would like to read those minutes, please log into your MQG account. Committee Chair Minutes are available here, and the Board Minutes are available here.
 
If you have any hiccups logging into your MQG account, please reply to this email and the board will be happy to assist!

 
UPCOMING
 
5/12: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm. Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul Studios will be our guest speaker.
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
 
5/14 Happy Hour Embroidery Workshop with Kristen Schuler of Hey Paul. At The Bauer (115 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO) includes free appetizers, wine, and beer.
 
5/19 A second Happy Hour Embroidery Workshop with Kristen Schuler of Hey Paul. At The Bauer (115 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO) includes free appetizers, wine, and beer.
The cost  for the Hey Paul Workshops is $45.

 
5/21 May Sew Day from 9am – 7pm at Sarah’s in Lawrence, sign up link in meeting reminder email.

6/9 June Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm. Kelsey Pike will be our guest speaker.
Location: Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park KS, 66205. To learn more about Kelsey's work, click here.
 
Check out the online calendar of events for more upcoming activities.
 
 
If you have any questions regarding any aspects of the guild, please do not hesitate to reply to this email and a board member will be happy assist!
 
Thanks everyone!
Laura C, Denise, Lesley, Kate, and Laura H.
(President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary, and Technology Coordinator)
Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
#KCMQG

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Inspiration of the Week


"Narrow Stairs" album artwork by EE Storey


So often the daily art and graphics surrounding us inspires a spark of quilt potential.

The first time I saw the cover of the Death Cab for Cutie album "Narrow Stairs" improvisational techniques and studies of color value and temperature immediately came to my mind.

Is there an album cover that inspires you to create?

Narrow Stairs is the sixth studio album by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, released on May 12, 2008 in the United Kingdom and on May 13, 2008, in the United States, on Atlantic and Barsuk Records.
The cover art was created by designer EE Storey, the art director for Tegan and Sara.