In other words, you don't have to be a household name to submit an article idea for publication or a concept for one of our video productions. We're looking for fresh, current ideas and new twists on old ones, whether you're an established artist or not.
However, should you want to become a star–or just get more recognition and publicity for your talents, we have ways of helping you make that happen.
Become a 2012 Artisan. The Artisans Search for 2012 is under way now, and this year we're going international. Yes, artists from all over the world can submit artwork in any of five categories: Mixed-media Stitch, Art Journaling and Bookmaking, Printmaking and Surface Design, Mixed-media Jewelry, and Collage and Assemblage.
The winner in each category will receive a feature in our On Our Radar artist spotlight, recognition in all Cloth Paper Scissors social media outlets, and potential editorial opportunities for the 2012 calendar year. For details, see the March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, or on the Cloth Paper Scissors Today community.
Be on TV! "Quilting Arts TV" isn't just for quilters. Mixed-media artists have been guests from the very beginning!
Why, Season 7 alone features Julie Fei Fan Balzer using software to create contemporary fabric beads, perfect for necklaces and other jewelry; Mary Hettmansperger introducing her unique take on embellishments, using metal and found objects to enhance beautiful fabric choices; and Judy Coates Perez upcycling tea bags to create imagery on fabric for mixed-media art quilts.
Plus, Kerr Grabowski gives a lesson on surface design, demonstrating the permanent application of pastels, charcoal, and water soluble crayons; and Valori Wells demonstrates how to make a tote featuring painting on canvas, fabric collage, and stitching, as well as a mixed-media shadow box, combining freeform strip piecing, knitting, and beading to create a truly unique piece. Whew!
Series 700 is available on DVD now, so you can check it out and then submit your own idea for segments to email@example.com with QATV in the subject line.
Toot your horn in the new Artist Directory. Cloth Paper Scissors and Studios magazines have developed a new advertising section with you, the artist, in mind. The Artist Directory will promote artists, gallery openings, studio happenings, special events and more to thousands of readers each issue of CPS and Studios.
Look for this section in the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, but better yet, sign up for a listing yourself! Artist listings will include: name, medium, contact information (phone, website, email address) and an additional 25 words of text. The cost is $75 per issue or $65 per issue with a one-year commitment (6 issues for CPS and four issues for Studios).
Interested? Contact Stephanie Griess at (877) 613-4630 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more information.
These are just a few of the ways we can help you shine-whether you're a star or want to be. And don't forget, you can always send submissions to us at email@example.com.
When did you first see your star rise? When you sold your first piece? When you finished your first piece? When your art was accepted into a show or gallery? Share your "shining moment" with us below, and feel free to include your web or blog address.