Art Quill Studio & Blog | Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Art Quill Studio: A website featuring glossaries & articles relevant to Textile Art

Marie-Therese Wisniowski works as a full time studio artist, researcher, author, curator, university lecturer and is the former co-editor of Textile Fibre Forum art magazine.

She is the Director of Art Quill Studio & Blog. Her first post on the Art Quill Studio blogspot was published on August 26, 2010 focussing on the first ArtCloth exhibition in Australia featuring international and national textile artists and was titled – ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions and featured important textile artists such as Norma Starszakowna (UK), Joan Schulze (USA), Joan Truckenbrod (USA), Cas Holmes (UK), Jane Dunnewold (USA) and Ken Kagajo (Japan) – amongst others. At the present time over 500 posts have been published.

At the outset Art Quill Studio blogspot was designed to educate as well as to entertain. The education posts were titled, Art Resource, under the header of the post. At the time of writing more than one hundred Art Resources have been published. These are mostly published in the first week of every month. In order to access these resources more quickly, in the ‘Preamble’ of every Art Resource post are links to all of the other Art Resource posts on the blogspot. Example:  One Hundreth Art Resource.As an Educator awareness is required as many of the Art Resource posts contain technical words that may be not known to the readers. There are many good dictionaries on the web  one can make use of, but unfortunately few are textile orientated or  culturally sensitive. The latter plays a part because as an Australian Marie-Therese uses terms that an international audience would not necessarily use. To this end she decided to create glossaries, which people can download free of charge as .pdf files. For example, if you go to the Glossary of Fabrics, Fibers, Finishes, Garments and Yarns, you can access all of her glossaries and it also tells you how to download the glossaries onto your computer.

Marie-Therese has given an edition number to each glossary so you will be aware of the latest version. The novice needs to know about the context of wearable and textile art and so some of these glossaries address those areas.

Marie-Therese  has guest editors and artists on the blogspot, so she has other voices as well. She runs workshops and her  posts also feature the outputs of her students after they have completed one of my workshops. She teaches them techniques and they respond by giving me their artistic interpretations using the techniques they have learnt.

Currently there are a large number of post categories on the site. The breadth of the categories are: (i) ArtCloth Textiles; (ii) Art Essays; (iii) Art Exhibitions/Installations/Talks; (iv) Artist Profiles; (v) Art Resources; (vi) Art Reviews; (vii) Book Reviews/Interviews; (viii) Craft and Quilt Fairs; (ix) Fabric Lengths; (x) Glossaries; (xi) Guest Artists/Authors; (xii) Guest Editors; (xiii) Opinion Pieces; (xiv) Resource Reviews; (xv) Prints On Paper; (xvi) Technical Articles; (xvii) Wearable Art; (xviii) Workshops and Master Classes (i.e. students outputs).

Not every category is covered in any given year. The last post in the month of August is a yearly review article that lists each category that had a published post in that year and for each category, the most viewed post is featured. Perhaps not the best statistic to use, but definitely the easiest to access! For the last yearly review see – – The Night Too Quickly Passes.

Marie-Therese asks “What is my reward in all of this?” responding “It delights me to educate as well as to learn, to explore, to teach, and to provide resources so that others can reach the full potential of their artistic voice as well as being entertained in the process. The Art Quill Studio blogspot is my outlet to try to make it happen!”

Text: Courtesy of Marie-Therese Wisniowski. Image: Flames Unfurling (detail). Featuring the artist’s signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) technique employing disperse dyes, native flora and low relief items on delustered satin.

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