It’s National Sewing Month! To celebrate, AllFreeSewing.com is hosting a special blog series throughout the entire month. Check back daily for posts featuring our favorite projects, new sewing videos and tutorials, guest blogs from talented designers and more. We’re also giving away a HUGE sewing prize at the end of the month. You won’t believe how EASY it is to WIN!
Leave a comment on any of the blog posts with the headline “National Sewing Month”. Your comment will count as an entry into the giveaway. You are free to comment as often as once per blog post (for a total of 30 chances to win!). At the end of the month, we’ll pool all of the comments together and pick one lucky winner to win the mystery grand prize. And trust us; you want to win this one!
Whether you’re already a sewing enthusiast or new to the craft, our hope is that this September will encourage you to create wonderful sewn projects.
Happy National Sewing Month!
Here’s today’s guest post:
Alisa Burke is a painter and mixed-media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history, fashion, and found objects. Alisa’s artwork has been featured in Quilting Arts and other magazines as well as in galleries. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nationwide and has appeared as a guest artist on the PBS series Quilting Arts TV and the DIY network. (Bio courtesy of Interweave.com)
Alisa was kind enough to answer some fun crafting questions for our FaveCrafts readers! Read more about Alisa and her new book Sew Wild.
Question: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one art or craft tool with you, which would you choose?
Alisa: Hmmm… I couldn’t choose! My sewing machine is just as important as my pens, brushes, and paint. It’s a tool that has completely changed my concept of art, and I continue to find new and creative ways to integrate sewing with alternative materials and projects. With that said, a hammer (which I often use), might come in handy…
Question: A lot of your work has a graffiti look; what else inspires you visually?
Alisa: While I am typically known for lots of my graffiti inspiration, it is actually just one of many things that inspire me. I most often pull inspiration from nature (the beach, flowers, colorful landscapes, etc.) and always try to look for inspiration in everyday things. I can’t seem to not see inspiration: a crack in the sidewalk, the color palette in a plate of food, shadows that are cast across the water-things that might go unnoticed often end up being used for inspiration in my work.
Question: You write on fabric a lot. What are some of your favorite marking tools?
Alisa: Yes, when I am creating my own fabric I typically write and draw on fabric and the tools I use are very basic. My favorite is just a permanent black marker or black fabric marker; you can do all sorts of fun stuff with just a marker. I also use a small brush that I dip in watered-down fabric paint or acrylic paint.
Question: What is the biggest (or most frequent) mistake people make when it comes to design?
Alisa: Probably not understanding color and how to use it. It is tempting to go wild with color or, on the flip side, only stick to colors that are safe and maybe even boring. But taking the time to really learn about color, how to use it, experiment with it, and plan it out will really take a design to the next level.
Question: What kind of sewing machine do you use?
Alisa: I use a Bernina Aurora 430 and I am in LOVE with it!
Check out Alisa’s latest book, Sew Wild.
We’re thrilled to be a part of Alisa’s blog tour for Sew Wild, and to learn more about the book and see other photos and project tutorials, visit these stops next week:
- 15 Quick Sewing Projects Under 15 Minutes - July 20, 2014
- What You (Almost) Forgot to Bring: Sewing Purses, Organizers, and More for Travel - July 14, 2014
- Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids - July 8, 2014