Interview with Mixed Media Artist Jamie Fingal
By Jackie Marsal
Jamie is a teacher, curator and last, but certainly not least, an artist. Her artwork is rich with vibrant and brilliant colors and her unique style is both imaginative and inspiring. I spoke with Jamie recently about her thoughts on art, the industry and her inspirations.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
Since about 2002, when I took a leap to making art quilts with my own designs.
How would you describe your style?
Funky, eclectic, whimsical, edgy, abstract, vibrant, magical, and fun.
Was there an artist that inspired you in the beginning of your career?
Yvonne Porcella, hands down. She creates magical quilts in vibrant colors, and I love the black and white checks that she uses.
Apart from creating art, what else do you do within the industry?
I curate art quilt exhibits with Leslie Tucker Jenison under the name ‘Dinner at Eight Artists.’ http://dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com/ and Leslie and I also team teach.
What is the most challenging part about creating mixed media art?
Keeping my work fresh, without being trendy. Being true to myself.
What’s the best advice you could give someone who wants to try quilting or textile art for the first time?
Just do it. Begin by making a small piece, like 8×10 inches, and put one object it in – a chair, or a flower, or something that inspires you. Do a series of these exercises. Then go larger with more objects and you’re off and running! Make it more about having fun, than about perfection.
About the Author:
Jackie Marsal has been with Havel’s for seven years
and is the Account Executive for Havel’s Sewing.