Guest Blogger Lisa Chin Visits Artistic Artifacts

In September the talented textile artist Lisa Chin, a fellow member of the Printed Fabric Bee, visited Artistic Artifacts for the first time. She wrote the nicest blog post about her visit — and she is serving as as a guest blogger and letting us reprint it for us below! I love the beautiful photographs she took — thank you Lisa! (With the gorgeous fall color we’re experiencing, take a look at her website’s tutorial Gelli Plate Printing with Leaves and create a permanent memory!)

A Tour of Artistic Artifacts Brick and Mortar Store, Alexandria VA

by guest blogger Lisa Chin

[Recently] while I was in DC, I stopped at Artistic Artifacts. Artistic Artifacts is a quilt/mixed media shop and it was HEAVENLY! I got there a little late in the day and really didn’t have the time to inspect everything closely. I know I will be returning when I am in the DC area. Let me give you a little tour of the shop:

Panorama shot from the front of the shop.

Beautiful batiks.

Gorgeous papers.

I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t buy some of Seth Apter’s stamps.

I don’t know if the sewing machines are for sale or just for show but I LOVE them!

Lots and lots of beautiful paints.

I bought a nice selection to try out.

These cigar boxes remind me of my grandfather.

Folding yardsticks!

Lovely vintage photos to include in your art work.

LOTS and LOTS of Tjaps for batiking or enjoying.

And a great big wall of stencils.

And this is just a small part of the shop. I didn’t take photos of the wall of beautiful fabrics, the racks of vintage papers, game pieces, game boards, threads, dyed linens and so much more!

If you are ever in the DC area make sure you make time to travel the short distance to Alexandria and see Artistic Artifacts. If you don’t have a car, you can take the Blue line on the Metro to the Van Dorn St. stop and walk the 3/4 of a mile down Eisenhower Avenue to the shop, which is what I did!

Visit Me in Hampton, VA!

I’m on my way to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival! The show opens on Thursday, February 27 and runs through Sunday, March 2 and takes place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. This is the 25th Anniversary of the Festival so I’m hoping for a crowd! I know a lot of my quilting colleagues from the various Quilter’s Unlimited chapters travel down for this show, which is one of the best on the East Coast, so if you’re attending, please stop by to say hello — I’ll be in booth 1021. I’ve packed a nice assortment of fabric and notions, plus selections from the Batik Tambal side — vintage and new tjaps, batik panels and more.

The shop will be open as normal Thursday and Saturday, so if you aren’t attending the show, stop by and shop! Plus there are still seats available in Saturday’s class, a too-cute handmade house journal created from food packaging and paper bags (most materials provided for you!). You can register online for House of Memories: Recycled-Materials Book with DJ Gaskin, which begins
Saturday, March 1, at 10:00 am.

Post-SAQA Classes Coming this May!

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) logo

As noted in this week’s enewsletter, this May the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) 25th Anniversary Conference is taking place in Alexandria, VA, just a few short miles from us. We are planning ahead and have a special week of events and classes planned for May 4 through May 10, following the SAQA conference. My Colorado buddies from Textile Evolution, Liz Kettle** and Ruth Chandler will be visiting Artistic Artifacts again, as will Carol Sloan, a wonderful mixed media artist from South Carolina. They will join local instructors Cyndi Souder, Susan Gantz and Nadia Azumi for these special post-SAQA classes, which are open to all. Schedule your vacation early this year and enjoy a fiber/mixed media retreat by taking more than one!

Many of these classes have already been published with an online registration link, and others will be online soon, so keep checking. Visit both our classes page as well as our online calendar for additional details, and stay tuned!


** Speaking of Liz, take a look at one of her recent blog posts as she shows off her latest creation.

Liz Kettle Fabric Journal

She is teaching a fabric journal class at the Kansas City edition of Art & Soul and designed a beautiful new creation. As she phrases it, one “cure for winter” is gazing at those warm, sunny colors!

I’m proud to be affiliated with Art & Soul the on-site store for Art & Soul Portland and Virginia Beach! This is one of the original creative retreats (held since 1999) and it remains one of the best. Learn more and register at