Welcoming Seth Apter to JAMs

by Judy Gula

Welcoming Seth Apter to JAMs

by Judy Gula

I am on my way to Quilt Odyssey at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, PA. The show runs from July 23-26. If you are attending, come find Artistic Artifacts/Batik Tambal in the Merchants Mall...I’d love to say hi!

Mixed media artist, instructor and author Seth Apter joined Artistic Artifacts for its monthly JAMs meetingThis past Sunday I took a break from the prep and packing for this show to welcome many members of Judy’s Altered Minds for our monthly meeting. We postponed our planned Zen Doodling demo by member Niya Costley to August in order to welcome a surprise visitor, Seth Apter. Seth was in the area promoting his new stamp line and kindly made time to pay us a visit before heading back home to New York.

To prevent him from being trampled with our enthusiasm, we created a sign-in sheet so that we could one at a time shop his amazing new collection, including the sets Solar System, Faded Fragments, Pattern Play, Ink Spots, Cross Hatch and Lineups — these have just been added to our online shop too.

Seth Apter and Artistic Artifacts ownder Judy Gula at the monthly JAMs meeting

Seth was his usual charming self, holding court at the front of the group, and quietly sold his products while had our show & tell session. He requested his own views of everyone’s work and delighted all with his comments and anecdotes.

I was pretty happy to have my own show & tell item — too often this is not the case! I had finished my slow stitched quilt that features wooden printing block images...I showed this in progress in a previous blog posting. Click on the below image for a larger view.

Slow Stitch Outsider Art Quilt by Judy Gula -- click for larger view

Here is a detail view of one of my blocks:

Detail, Slow Stitch Outsider Art Quilt by Judy Gula

Ann showed off her adorable fox quilt (below). She noted that the pattern called for the fox body to be pieced from fabrics, but she thought when she had a fabric as wonderful as Tim Holtz’ Bouquet, there was no need — we all agreed!

Fox quilt by JAMs member Ann

We have an art journal round robin exchange going on within the group, and Kathie enjoyed creating the below page spread so much she made another version for her own personal journal.

Mermaid journal pages by JAMs member Kathie

Sally has been working on this art quilt (below) featuring her own rusted fabrics and materials for some time now, and showed it off in its finished shape. Reminiscent of some of Seth’s own work, don’t you think?

Rusted fabric art quilt by JAMs member Sally

Below are many of the members who were present for the meeting in a photo taken by Seth. If you live in Virginia, Maryland or DC, please join us for JAMs! For those who are too far away, do keep us in mind if a vacation, business trip or family business brings you nearby during the third Sunday of the month, plan to visit us for the meeting — all are welcome!

Some of the members of JAMs in a photo taken by Seth Apter

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