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

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, 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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SDA 3-Day Textile Bookmaking Workshop Images

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Posted 7/30/13

We had a wonderful Textile Bookmaking 3-day workshop in San Antonio, Texas this June for the Surface Design Association. My students were creative and amazing, so I thought I’d share some photos of their textile books. The covers are quilted, stitched, fused, layered and hand sewn. We covered the Coptic Binding, Medieval Long Stitch, Tape Binding and my little Journey Journal. I’ll post the images of the Journey Journal in a separate post soon, so stay tuned.


Coptic Bound Journal covered in linen


Tape Bound Book


Medieval Long Stitch Yo-Yo Book


Tape Bound Book


 Medieval Long Stitch Journal


Tape Bound Book

Quilting Arts Gifts Holiday 2011-2012

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Posted 8/28/11


Check out the newest issue of Quilting Arts Gifts! I am delighted to have a project included in this year’s issue. This special edition of the magazine is chock full of dozens of patterns and tutorials for fantastic quilted gifts, ornaments, and holiday projects.


This is a sneak peek of my project, a quilted journal, sketchbook or planner cover. It has fantastic pockets for pens and notes.  I use this quilted cover for my planner and simply can’t live without it. Now you can make one for yourself and a friend in no time at all!

New this year is the inclusion of special recipes from the contributors, a delicious bonus. So, go ahead, head to the Interweave store and buy one today so you can start quilting those projects right away!

Houston Hoopla

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

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Greetings from the Houston International Quilt Festival! I’m here standing by my quilt, Diamonds, that was awarded “The Future of Quilting” prize this Festival. Thank you, IQA, and sponsor, Tin Lizzie.

Come stop by and chat. I’ve already met hoards of fabulous and pleasant quilters and can’t wait to meet more. I’d love to explain the 3-D nature of the piece and how I accomplished it. Or just come by to see the fresh flowers that coordinate with my quilt’s colors. ;) I’ll be here through Sunday!

Houston Quilt Festival

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Posted 11/1/10


And away we go! I am off to the annual Houston International Quilt Festival this week. I hope to see you there! This image is a piece I donated to Ami Simms’ Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. You can stop by their booth and purchase as many Priority:  Alzheimer’s Quilts as you can carry at Festival this year!

I will be hanging out at the Festival hoping to meet you. Look for my art quilt, Diamonds, in the judged show, Quilts: A World of Beauty, and also some smaller 9″ x 12″ work in the Studio Art Quilt Associates booth.

Yes, I will be happy to tell you how I made Diamonds. No, I am not totally crazy. I said totally. :)

Review of 2008 Weekly Art

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Posted 1/13/09


This is a snapshot of all of my 52 pieces of 6″ x 8″ weekly art for 2008.  Forgive me for the imperfections in the image, as I’ve only got paint and word available today. They are arranged in order from left to right, top to bottom.

Some were purchased, gifted, donated, mounted, framed, used as imagery for larger works, and revisited in other small pieces. As I look them, and I knew I would, I hesitate to stop making weekly art this year! Many pieces I don’t consider to be successful pieces of art, but there is a progression of learning, testing ideas, trying new techniques and certainly an increase in sophistication in use of surface design techniques. The last 6 pieces I really love.

2008 was a REALLY good year! Here’s looking forward to learning as much with my monthly art this year.

52/52 2008 Weekly journal quilt – Last One!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Posted 1/6/09


This is my weekly journal quilt 52/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. The last one! This picture is a bit dark, but you can get the jist of it. I used some of my new stamps that I carved in December for this piece. I started with a piece of purple batik that has been hanging on an inspiration wall in my studio for months. I added teal “stone” stamps and orange “square in a square” stamps to the piece. I added backing and batting, and quilted the piece with orange and teal variegated threads.  I finished the piece with a zig zag stitch around the edges.

I am also saving this piece for the American Cancer Society fundraiser Collage Mania 2009! I’ll take some better pics in the daylight so it can really shine.

That’s it for my series of 52 – 6″ x 8″ journal quilts for 2008. It was a fabulous year, full of art and creating, friends and family. I’ll post some thoughts soon and divulge my journal quilt project for 2009.

51/52 Weekly Journal Quilts 2008

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Posted 1/6/09


Alright, so now that the pesky AQS entry is out of the way, I can finish posting my last two journal quilts of 2008!

Here is my weekly journal quilt 51/52 2008, 6″x8″. While I was on vacation in December, I spent some time in the lovely hurricane ravaged Galveston, TX. While my husband was out flying for work, I hung at the hotel and carved some new print blocks from Speedycarve Speedycut.  Talk about trying to include all your ideas in one piece!  This piece is made up of 3 of the new blocks I designed and carved.  I started with a piece of nicely textured cotton that had already been used as a wipe up cloth and had some nice orange and yellow colors to it. I then stamped all over with the 3 new blocks in green, purple and orange textile paints. I added batting and backing, and stitched it with orange and teal variegated threads. I finished the edges with a zig zag stitch.

I really like this piece. I am going to save it for the American Cancer Society fundraiser Collage Mania 2009! It’s going to look really great mounted and framed.

What to do at the airport?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Posted 12/29/08


I just got back! Whew, a trip to Prague, Czech Republic and then quickly to Galveston, TX. It’s good to be back and I’ll post pics of my trip to Prague soon.

For now, I’ll leave you with what I did while sitting on planes, at airports, and in hotels.  I caught up on some embroidery that I never do when I have access to my sewing machine. These are all embroidery patterns from the fabulous Jenny Hart, an Austin original, of Sublime Stitching fame.  I am actually keeping the two kitchen towels (rare indeed) and the little adorable sushi kid’s shirt will be a gift to lovely set of friends.