Daren Pitts Redman presents her collection of quilts and fiber art installations, and talks about making it as an artist.
ABI: What is your inspiration and technique as a fiber artist?
DPR: The 1920-1950’s American abstract artists. I like the shapes and background foreground interplay. I strive to get the arashi shibori patterns, like Lisa Hedstrom and Yoshika Wada.
ABI: You are involved in many different activities related to art. How do you earn income through these channels?
DPR: I apply and receive the opportunity to have solo show exhibits, statewide grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, public art in Indianapolis, regional artists in residencies, Studio Art Quilt Associate exhibits that are national and international, and National Park Artist in Residency.
My quilts are all for sale in these venues. I also am an Indiana Artisan and we have a trade show each year where I sell my small quilts and hand-dyed fabric purses. I also donate to silent auctions in my region, and people become familiar with my art and ask me for commissions.
ABI: Tell us how you find opportunities in the public art realm and elsewhere.
DPR: I look at Call for Art (CaFE’).
I subscribe to the Indiana Arts Commission and Bloomington newsletters where call for art is posted. I own the trademark for Notable Arts and it is for raising money for nonprofits with a silent auction of art. I invite local artists to donate. I inquire about exhibiting my art quilts in large buildings.
Sometimes I invite other artists in my town to exhibit with me. I asked to be an artist in resident at a community center in Columbus, Indiana. They said yes. I created two large quilted wall hangings, lectured and got paid for a week’s residency.