Connie Bloom Quilting Arts Studio

Connie Bloom Quilting Arts Studio The veteran journalist went rogue in 2008 and opened her art quilt studio in downtown Akron. Her artworks are modern day tapestries, fabric paintings....

Building hours are irregular. Please phone ahead at 330-472-0161 for an appointment.

Operating as usual

02/16/2016
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Bernie art show!

This Bernie Sanders-inspired art show had an 8-foot-tall Bernie statue and a free healthcare clinic

Cutting pattern pieces one-by-one: color makes objects appear closer or farther away. Hence, each part of some leaves wi...
02/14/2016

Cutting pattern pieces one-by-one: color makes objects appear closer or farther away. Hence, each part of some leaves will need to be cut one at a time, eAch from different cloth.

The leaf I am making is the lower right, which features highlights and shadows. I began the color selection process for it today, as you can see. These will then be placed on white cloth, with a small line of white left to represent leaf veins. Copious amounts of thread will bring the colors together.

02/10/2016

Megan from The Devil Strip is coming to interview me tomorrow for a story in the magazine. Stay tuned.

Making slow progress on my hostas piece. I got arty with the wavy lines on one leaf. Am working with shadows and highlig...
02/10/2016

Making slow progress on my hostas piece. I got arty with the wavy lines on one leaf. Am working with shadows and highlights.
This last photo shows the basic design.

MASTERPIECES TAKE TIME: This is as close as I will ever get to rocket science.  Pattern making is complex and intricate ...
02/02/2016

MASTERPIECES TAKE TIME: This is as close as I will ever get to rocket science. Pattern making is complex and intricate work. The sizes of the leaves will keep changing because of my construction techniques.

I decided to break down the elements, copy the pattern pieces and assign fabrics one leaf at a time, then fit them together later. This will help resolve the issue of leaves growing in size because I will be cutting on the red lines and inserting leaf vein fabrics there.

If I get in trouble because a color doesn't work, it'll be an easy fix.

HOSTAS MANYANA:  This art quilt has been on the drawing board for 8 months, more or less. Here are the steps I have take...
02/01/2016

HOSTAS MANYANA:
This art quilt has been on the drawing board for 8 months, more or less. Here are the steps I have taken so far (without any mention of all the agony that actually goes into making these decisions).

1. Grow the hostas;
2. Photograph leaves; 3. Create composition; 4. Decide on size;
5. Have composition photo-enlarged to proper finished size plus one inch for seam allowances and make copies.

6. Formulate a plan for execution while drawing a pattern as shown here; this is really several steps. I am working on a pattern for the first half of this composition here.
7. Extend pattern to add seam allowances (last photo). 8. Be thinking about assigning fabrics to each pattern piece. You do not have to commit just yet, but those agonizing decisions will have to be made. More manyana!

New hours for 2016 at Summit Artspace. My studio (3rd floor) will be open: 12:30-7 pm Thursdays 12:30-5 pm Fridays 12:30...
02/01/2016

New hours for 2016 at Summit Artspace. My studio (3rd floor) will be open:
12:30-7 pm Thursdays
12:30-5 pm Fridays
12:30-5 pm Saturdays
Come, browse or buy, no worries!

01/30/2016

Angie Haze playing at the Mustard Seed-- the perfect finish to an evening at Summit Artspace, where two new shows opened tonight.

Good news: the building is going on regular hours, open noon-7 pm Thursdays and Fridays and noon-5 pm Saturdays. My studio is on the 3rd floor. Come, see, enjoy!

I am still studying natural poses of 3 month old Romeo. He makes life look different-- more magical-- and he will make a...
01/21/2016

I am still studying natural poses of 3 month old Romeo. He makes life look different-- more magical-- and he will make a great art quilt.

Which one, if any, do you like?

Which are your most used words on Facebook?
01/13/2016
Which are your most used words on Facebook?

Which are your most used words on Facebook?

Words can never be taken back. Especially when you've used them a million times. See what's your most used word on Facebook!

I am doing a series of studies on my kitten Romeo for an art quilt I will begin designing this week, after a long layoff...
01/12/2016

I am doing a series of studies on my kitten Romeo for an art quilt I will begin designing this week, after a long layoff from art making due to life's infernal vicissitudes. Here are some candidates for poses.

01/04/2016

One year ago today:

12/16/2015

What I was doing one year ago, creating this piece for a couple's home. An art quilt softens the feel of a room that's fraught with furniture and hard edges.

Another  shocking intrusion into the sanctity of art space.
12/07/2015
Fight leads to woman stabbed at Art Basel Miami Beach

Another shocking intrusion into the sanctity of art space.

A section of Art Basel Miami Beach was transformed into a crime scene after a fight escalated to a stabbing at the show’s main event inside the Miami Beach Convention Center on Friday night, police said.

The break-in at my studio Tuesday around 8 pm was not this thug's first foray into Summit Artspace, hit several times, p...
12/05/2015

The break-in at my studio Tuesday around 8 pm was not this thug's first foray into Summit Artspace, hit several times, probably by the same guy. See video on this page posted earlier-- call APD with tips. Note to the bandit: a VISA credit card sign on the window means there is NO MONEY inside. Duh.

This same guy smashed the interior window of my art studio (sacred ground) on the 3rd floor on Tuesday. Glass was everyw...
12/05/2015
Police investigate break-in at Akron art gallery

This same guy smashed the interior window of my art studio (sacred ground) on the 3rd floor on Tuesday. Glass was everywhere and art quilts were on the floor, but I didn't have anything with resale street value to steal. Why did he choose an art quilt studio?

He also broke into several other areas at Summit Artspace. Do you know this guy? Please call Akron police with tips on this thug.

AKRON, Ohio-- The Akron Police Department released video on Friday of a break-in at an art center. The suspect got into Summit Artspace through a side entrance on Nov. 29 at about 8 p.m. Akron poli...

Friday night will be a biggie. My studio will be open on the third floor during the opening of Mud and Thread in the Box...
11/30/2015

Friday night will be a biggie. My studio will be open on the third floor during the opening of Mud and Thread in the Box Gallery and Kaleidoscope in the Summit Artspace gallery downstairs. Food and libation will be copious, not to mention opportunities to shop for the holidays.

I have three pieces in Mud and Thread. Come see them! Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., downtown Akron.

The 13th year is the magic number, and this Friday is the big day. The grand reception for Kaleidoscope will be 5-8 p.m., an evening festooned with fine art and fab conversation at Summit Artspace. Lift your glass and nosh a nosh!

Free artist demonstrations run noon-4 p.m. Saturday, with Susan Mencini at noon, Ron White at 1 p.m. and Cari Miller at 2 p.m. on the third floor amid the artist studios and galleries, which will be open all afternoon.

Saturday night is Akron Artwalk, another big night for the show, open from 5-9 p.m. Don't forget to visit the third floor artists' studios and galleries!

Looking back, winning Kaleidoscope artists have painted, drawn, photographed and collaged the kaleidoscope effect featured on our annual postcards: They are: Bob Pozarski, Judy Gaiser, Margaret Otley and Linda Hutchinson.

Not all my art is made of fiber. I also have an affinity for iphoneography. Here is how I spent Nov. 3, an exquisitely b...
11/05/2015

Not all my art is made of fiber. I also have an affinity for iphoneography. Here is how I spent Nov. 3, an exquisitely balmy fall day, on the primitive hiking trails of Sand Run Park, then later at Moe's.

Back in the saddle again, after time away from Bella, my midarm mechanical sewing machine. Here's what the studio looked...
10/29/2015

Back in the saddle again, after time away from Bella, my midarm mechanical sewing machine. Here's what the studio looked like today.

Scores of regional artists compete to get into this prestigious Northeast Ohio art show, but only a fraction make it.
10/28/2015

Scores of regional artists compete to get into this prestigious Northeast Ohio art show, but only a fraction make it.

ARTWORK DROP-OFF IS THURSDAY, NOV. 19:

Artists should plan on bringing in artwork for judging from noon-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. Eligible artists include current members of the Akron Society of Artists, Artists of Rubber City, Women's Art League and Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and have already been sent the entry forms by email and/or snail mail. Extra copies will soon be available on the ledge near the door on the first floor of Summit Artspace.

Please bring your artwork to the second floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., downtown Akron. The building is just due east of the Akron Art Museum and has flags flying from the second floor, an easy identifier. The show will be juried on Friday, Nov. 20, and notices will go out that weekend. Good luck!

Maryann Mosyjoski's watercolor, Iris, was one of last year's winners.

Had a great Art Walk last night. Thanks to Margaret (pictured) and Kevin Carney of Tallmadge for purchasing Heron Hideaw...
10/04/2015

Had a great Art Walk last night. Thanks to Margaret (pictured) and Kevin Carney of Tallmadge for purchasing Heron Hideaway, a piece I completed this summer. Bless the art patrons. 🌺

Art Walk and the grand finale of Akron Art Prize is tonight. Be sure to visit the artists' studios and Crafty Mart on th...
10/03/2015

Art Walk and the grand finale of Akron Art Prize is tonight. Be sure to visit the artists' studios and Crafty Mart on the 3rd floor of Summit Artspace. I will be open from 3 to 9:30 pm today.

Akron Art Prize opens at 5 today during Art Walk at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., downtown. Come visit the artists studios and Crafty Mart on the 3rd floor.

I will be returning to the studio Saturday for October Akron Art Walk, after a month away working for the Bernie Sanders...
10/02/2015

I will be returning to the studio Saturday for October Akron Art Walk, after a month away working for the Bernie Sanders grassroots presidential campaign. It's been a revelation. I am now connected literally with many thousands of other Bernie supporters from coast to coast.

Bernie is most famous for telling the truth, which has shaken up politics considerably in this country. The media had been ignoring him until recently, because he is leading in the polls in New Hampshire and Iowa. He has promised to be an arts president if elected in 2016. You can see from his quote that he understands the impact art has on the world around us.

Many people still do not know who he is. He has been in congress for 40 years, fighting for the middle class. Here are a few tools to help you get to know him. Please also visit BernieSanders.com, where you can connect with events begin planned in the area.

Hope to see you at Art Walk.

Bernie Sanders promises to be an arts president. As you can see, he has a crystal clear understanding of what that means...
10/02/2015

Bernie Sanders promises to be an arts president. As you can see, he has a crystal clear understanding of what that means.

#FeelTheBern #moredebates

The funky vase of flowers I stitched on craft felt today at the Maker Faire. It was improvisational, stitched freehand, ...
09/19/2015

The funky vase of flowers I stitched on craft felt today at the Maker Faire. It was improvisational, stitched freehand, colored in markers and studded with rhinestuds.
Thanks to the Akron Summit County Public Library for inviting me. It was great fun.

09/18/2015

I will be making a vase of flowers out of everyday craft acrylic and thread at the Maker Faire at the Akron Summit County Public Library today (Saturday 9-19) from noon to 4 p.m.

Then I will bling it out with markers and rhinestuds. Come, see, play. Free.

http://makerfaireakron.akronlibrary.org

Connie Bloom Quilting Arts Studio
09/16/2015

Connie Bloom Quilting Arts Studio

I started writing for BernieBlog.org this week. Gonna save the world, me and Bernie.This is today's story fresh off the ...
09/16/2015
I have always been blue. True blue. A Democrat.

I started writing for BernieBlog.org this week. Gonna save the world, me and Bernie.

This is today's story fresh off the presses. I hope you will visit, peruse, sample the delights by many diverse voices.

Writing has always been my first love. My cheeks flush and the adrenaline pumps when I wander into a comely turn of phrase.

The novelty of writing what I actually think (without an editor hovering over me) is almost too much to bear.

Needless to say I will continue posting here and making art quilts in my studio at Summit Artspace. You may notice, however, the laptop perched atop my sewing machine, an unlikely pair.

By CONNIE BLOOM That's what I always thought, growing up in a neighborhood where the words "left" and "right" were directions, not ideologies. One day the

09/10/2015

Magic Realism contains more than 500 real crystals in three grades.
The lower grades have fewer facets and darker hues, which reflect less light. The higher grades have more facets and are lighter, which makes them fire more readily.

Watch them sparkle as the light hits them. They normally fire when you walk around the art quilt, which makes it interactive. This is a commission I made for Sis Ames. God bless the art patrons!

Akron Art Prize opens at 5 today during Art Walk at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., downtown. Come visit the artists...
09/05/2015

Akron Art Prize opens at 5 today during Art Walk at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., downtown. Come visit the artists studios and Crafty Mart on the 3rd floor.

Sewing advice from the dinosaur age.
09/01/2015

Sewing advice from the dinosaur age.

Ever wanted to know what would happen if Quilters Ruled the World? You can find out Friday (Sept. 4) at the Brecksville ...
08/31/2015

Ever wanted to know what would happen if Quilters Ruled the World? You can find out Friday (Sept. 4) at the Brecksville Public Library, where I will be delivering a Talk & Trunk Show on that very same topic at 10:30 a.m.

The presentation is for Western Reserve Quilters Anonymous but I bet they wouldn't mind a few random visitors. The address is 9089 Brecksville Road. Please join us. This is one of the art quilts I will be bringing along.

08/14/2015
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Taking applications for sewing kitties tomorrow during open studio, 11 am to 4 pm.

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