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Structural Language and Connecting Threads art exhibitions in Salt Lake City 2017

July 5th, 2017


Join me for two solo art exhibitions in Salt Lake City Utah this summer!BotaniquedetailB

Structural Language, a fiber art exhibition by Naomi S. Adams Velasquez, will be held July 12 – September 7, 2017 at the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Gallery Center for Arts & Media at Salt Lake Community College. The gallery is located in the East Foyer at the South City Campus, 1575 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. The reception for Structural Language will be held at the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Gallery with the opening on Tuesday, July 18, 6 – 8 p.m. Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 10 PM.

Connecting Threads, a book arts exhibition by Naomi S. Adams Velasquez, will be held July 10 – August 8, 2017 at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch Gallery. The Marmalade Branch gallery is located at 280 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. The reception will be held on Saturday, July 15, 4 – 6 p.m. Gallery Hours are Mon-Th 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm.


Haystack Mountain School of Crafts – Open Studio Residency

August 1st, 2015

Posted 8/1/15

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I spent two weeks at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts this summer with 45 other artists, six amazing technical assistants and wonderful staff and assistants. This was my first visit to Haystack. Hopefully it was not my last!

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I participated in the third year of the Open Studio Residency at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Thankfully, the initial grant that covered the first three years was recently supplemented by a great donation that will allow the program to continue. Apply in 2016! Do it now!

Moving between studios and working with other artists was a gift. It is not a small thing that we were fed three times a day with enough wonderful food and fresh veggies to make me grin! I definitely ate a truckload of fresh cookies and whipped cream.

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I spent my time in the fibers studio. Mostly with a particle mask on my face. I mailed 20 yards of PFD fabric and 2 pounds of soy wax ahead of time and none of it was white when I left! I brought a few things with me so I could create some new samples for students while I was getting warmed up. After that, I spent my time working dyes, stitched shibori resists, and soy wax batik to create some fabric for pieces.

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I also got to work with the clay technical assistant, Yoko Sekino-Bove, to try throwing on the wheel for the very first time!

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Our fiber technical assistant, Kelly Dzioba, kept several indigo vats going for the residents during our stay. A testament to her patience and awesomeness.

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I had an insanely awesome roommate, a papermaking goddess…Aimee Lee. It was a very brisk and rainy residency with close roommate quarters. Keep in mind I live in Idaho now. It was BRISK. I had to burn the fleece jacket I wore every single day once I returned home. Aimee put up with my sleepless tossing and turning and a myriad of other annoying behaviors on my part. Aimee worked on a wonderful family of ducks during her residency.

The Haystack Open Studio Residency was the first two weeks of June and I just made it home for more than an un-packing/re-packing respite this summer. Over the last two days, I finished painting and stitching one of the pieces from Haystack. This is what it looked like at Haystack:

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And now it is a finished textile piece ready to head into the world:


This piece started with a piece of white PFD fabric that I dyed a couple of times to get a nice base color. Then, I added hand stitched shibori resists and dyed the cloth with a yellow and green dye combo. There wasn’t enough contrast, so I dyed it once more with a blue-green thickened dye paste before I removed the resist stitching. Once I got home, I added fabric painting and machine stitched the piece.

I can’t wait to resolve everything I began at Haystack! As with every other experience getting to know other skilled artists using craft mediums to tell their stories, I am grateful and appreciative of all they do to make the world a more interesting and colorful place.

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Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency

July 30th, 2015

Posted 7/29/15

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I was very much in work mode every second while I was there, but I’m posting now about my residency this summer at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. This was my second residency of the summer (or ever!). Please check it out and apply at the next open call. It was a fantastic two weeks and the other four residents were just amazing.


Private Courtyard at KHN Center

I spent two weeks at the KHN Center. It was a fantastic residency. Residents can apply for longer bouts, but I thought I could squish in a book edition and jet back home for other summer adventures. I’m posting some things so that future residents can find a little more information, so I apologize if this is a little specific on a few in’s and out’s. There was art that the previous residents have donated placed all over the center which gives the place a lot of life. Nebraska City is tiny but fascinating. The city is the home of Arbor Day, chock full of museums, and has an interesting cemetery and all sorts of inspiration.

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I was the first artist from Southeast Idaho on the map

The visual art studios are large and air conditioned. There is natural light, a sink, shelves, tables, an easel, newsprint, etc.

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Yes, I made a huge mess in my studio. There was only one small drying rack, so I had to improvise.

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The Harry Duncan Letterpress Studio

The letterpress studio definitely needs an intern to come and sort through type and put it away, but otherwise it was in great shape. There was a lot of tiny type (14pt or less), but I was able to make some thinner amounts of large type work for my projects. There was no wood type. The boxcar base is a standard base and the Vandercook SP15 is in great shape. There was also a great proof press. The type I used was in really good condition. I didn’t have to spend hours switching out damaged type.

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There is just something wonderful about type

We happened to have the monthly open studio event occur while I was there and there was a crowd of about 35 folks. It was a great evening!

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The KHN Center staff, Elizabeth and Pat, were simply amazing. If you are flying in and are concerned about getting around, worry not. All of the things you need are right nearby and within walking distance: groceries, restaurants, library. There is a washer and dryer on site. There is even a closet of leftover items should you find yourself missing key toiletries.


My little test binding book. Yes, my glasses are on the table because I need bifocals. Sigh.

I was able to complete printing on my ambitious artist book edition. I pulled at least 468 prints for the book, with 24 unique press page layouts/setups. With a hand cranked roller, my arms were definitely in good enough shape to canoe this past weekend! I am still waiting for book cloth to arrive to bind them, but I can’t wait to stitch up this edition this fall.

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So. Many. Prints.

My trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE was just wonderful. I got to see a kantha quilt from Bengal and lots of other things while on my behind the scenes tour.

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Kantha quilt detail

I found a Trader Joe’s in Lincoln, NE and got to make some chocolate croissants for a brief moment of down time.

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Gratuitous food image

Run, don’t walk to apply to the residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska!

30% off SUMMERSALE and new letterpress print edition

July 27th, 2015

Posted 7/27/15

Don’t miss out on my sale this summer in my etsy shop. Just use the code SUMMERSALE to receive 30% off of your order.

Hot off the letterpress!

The letterpress pressure print images were created on a Vandercook SP15 Print Press at my recent residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Lincoln City Nebraska. I created the images with a special printing plate material and printed them with split fountain green and dark grey inks. I created the handmade abaca paper with map and book inclusions in Pocatello, Idaho. Each print is signed and dated on the back. The image size is 5″x7″ and the paper size is 7″x11″.


I was delighted to use the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts SP15 Vandercook Letterpress for 2 whole weeks. This definitely made my arms strong enough to go canoeing this weekend!

Read More Books prints!



Utah Quilt Guild – Quilt Camp 2015

May 12th, 2015

Posted May 12, 2015

I am delighted to be teaching somewhere close to home for the Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Camp this fall. Their Quilt Fest will be held September 15-19, 2015 in Layton, Utah. The brochure with the complete catalogue and class descriptions is located here.

Registration begins June 1, 2015 for classes at the Davis Conference Center, a fantastic venue!

I’ll be providing my Designing and Organizing your Quilting Space lecture and teaching an all day workshop, Quilted Journal.

Here are some images of projects from my Quilted Journal class.

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Class Description:
Create your own distinctive textile journal or sketchbook! The class will focus on mastering a sewn tape binding technique with a wide range of uses and implications. Learn the basics of handmade bookmaking techniques while crafting a beautiful machine quilted journal. Take this unique bookmaking project with you to document your next travel adventure!

Little Fabric Boxes

May 11th, 2015

Posted 5/11/15


We had our second annual fundraiser this year for the Idaho State University Department of Art, Art a la Carte. The whole department came together to hold open studios, a chili and cornbread dinner, and a silent art auction. Our fundraising this year will be used for student scholarships and visiting artists.  I had some art to donate, but I also wanted to include a small gift item, not just something to hang on the wall. I made these charming little fabric boxes from a wonderful pattern from Carol Fletcher. My version includes screenp rinting, stamping, collage, and machine quilting.

Carol Fletcher, designer of this Little Treasures quilt pattern, has had this pattern featured in Quilting Arts magazine issues. It is currently available as part of a free Quilting Arts e-book here. It is part of the Small Projects e-book project.

Thank you for sharing, Carol!



Appalachian Center for Craft Workshop Instructor Exhibition 2014

June 17th, 2014

Posted June 17, 2014

The Appalachian Center for Craft 2014 Workshop Instructor Exhibition is open! Stop by the beautiful campus near Smithville, Tennessee and have a bite in the cafe, take a hike, and see all of the amazing artwork. The exhibition runs through July 13, 2014.

For this exhibition, I created a new triptych: Botanique I, II and III. Each piece is mounted to a 12″x12″x1/2″ stretched canvas. I created these pieces this spring as an Idaho winter was slowly ending. I love the bright greens of spring!



Detail view. Stitching with variegated thread.




Botanique II. Created with quilts consisting of two layers of artist hand dyed batting, machine stitched between layers of black Kona cotton fabric.


Botanique III

Boutanique layout

Botanique I, II and III as a triptych. They can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.


Botanique I. Here you can see the edge detail of the painted canvas and the depth of the quilt pieces extending from the surface of the back quilt.


There are still spots in many workshops. For more information about the Appalachian Center for Craft workshops this summer:

Appalachian Center for Craft workshop July 14-19

May 26th, 2014

Posted May 26, 2014

Join me for a workshop this July at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. The workshop is Dye It, Resist It, Rust It!

Explore textiles and surface design in this exciting and dynamic experimental class. Students will learn how to add pattern
to cloth with resists, rust effects, textile paints and dye. Investigate many surface design avenues including: imagery transfer methods, hand created stamps and stencils, sun prints, and found objects used to alter the textile surface. Textiles created in this class can be used in a multitude of ways including art cloth, art quilts, fashion, sewing and book projects.

The facility is truly a beautiful retreat setting. I got to visit this last fall and take a tour of the studios and facilities. Just amazing!


We will have an incredible and messy week!

For more information, please contact me at or the Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Tech University at (931) 372-3051.

The online catalog for all of their workshops and classes can be found here:



College of Western Idaho – Natural Plant Dye Workshop

November 2nd, 2013

Posted 11/1/13

I visited the College of Western Idaho Art Club in Nampa, ID this month to provide a Natural Plant Dye Workshop. Here are some images of the excited and wonderful students. :)


We had some logwood sawdust to play with, which made some lovely shades of violet.


A local restaurant saved us some avocado pits so we could get that luscious pink.


Everyone went home with some samples and (hopefully) ideas.


Thank you to the wonderful professors and students at CWI for a really successful trip!


Arrowmont Bookmaking Class Images

August 14th, 2013

Posted 8/14/13

I had an amazing, creative and impressively productive group of students for my Adventures in Bookmaking workshop last month at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Tennessee. I planned to cover a number of bindings, but I had hungry students and we added about 4 more to the list!  Bookmaking fiends. Because these 7 women had super powerful arms, a number of awls and needles were sacrificed in the name of bookmaking. :)

For even more images, check this flickr set.


Jessica’s Coptic Accordion Binding with a cover flap to allow it to stay closed.


Japanese Stab bindings.


You can’t have a week at Arrowmont without a bear-themed item! Students raised and lowered the surface of their covers utilizing layers of Davey Board. Please note that I did not steal Season’s book. :)


Look at all of these books! Fabric and paper covers.


Sparkly Roach Coptic, my personal favorite.


Elegant Japanese Stabs with Hard Covers, utilizing book cloth.




Some students wanted to try an upcycled or reconstructed Coptic (like the ones I have in the Arrowmont Instructor Exhibition this year.) So, they raided the “for sale” rack in the library and came up with beauties. The paintbrush imagery was on the cover of the original book and Judy added her handmade paste papers to the cover.


Secret Belgian madness.


Winged Book.


I bet you wish you were there.


And lastly, a stack of book boards cut and ready to use at home.

What an astounding week. Great things were happening in all of the diverse classes all over the campus. We had wonderful studio assistants, work-study students, and the staff were supportive and great (as always). Be sure to get to Arrowmont and meet this year’s wonderful resident artists.