There has been some great progress as far as linking Inspirational 10 with the celebration of eight years of The Textile Blog. After some thought, I came up with the idea of using the next issue of Inspirational as a portfolio of all the contemporary artists that I have featured over the eight years of The Textile Blog, featuring work that they are producing now, and getting them to say a little something about where their perspective as an artist is currently. In a way it is perhaps a fitting celebration of what The Textile Blog has become, a vehicle in which to feature and highlight the work of contemporary creativity.
So, I have contacted all of the artists that have been featured on The Textile Blog, from way back in 2009, to a month or so ago in 2016. Bit of a daunting task, contacting and recontacting fifty artists from all corners of the planet, but I have done it and I am heartened by the enthusiasm and generous support from all those corners of the planet, aren't creative individuals the best!
Anyway, in no order of appearance, these are the artists that have agreed to be part of the next issue of Inspirational: Altoon Sultan, Andrea Vail, Anthony Stevens, Barbara Tomecak, Brenda H Smith, Carol Taylor, Catherine Kleeman, Clare Plug, Cynthia Corbin, David Lasry, Deborah Gregory, Deborah Lacativa, Denise Linet, Dennis Potter, Diane Savona, Dominie Nash, Ellin Larimer, Erin Wilson, Gerrie Congdon, Giulia Gazza, India Flint, Jennifer Gaye, Judith Plotner, Karen Stiehl Osborn, Kirsty Wallace, Linda McCurry, Lisa Hochstein, Marlene Cohen, Martin Ebrey, Mary Mazziotti, Mitch Manuel, Nancy Clearwater Herman, Nelda Warkentin, Pat Dolan, Pat Pauly, Peggy Brown, Rayna Gillman, Roxanne Lasky, Stanley Bulbach, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Valerie Goodwin, Wen Redmond.
There are still a handful of artists that I am waiting to hear from, but the majority are on board with this project. Many of the artists are sending in new, never before shown work, which is wonderful.
This special issue of Inspirational now has a fixed release date of May 9, which I am really looking forward to.
Thanks again for all of your support over these last eight years. All support, whether major or minor, is always warmly appreciated, and it makes a difference.