Bounce, bounce, bounce.

Yesterday I had an interesting experience that indirectly involved a bouncy house . I was the featured artist to do arts and crafts and an annual festival in NC. In the past the children came in droves to make and create. This year they bounced and bounced and bounced. In 3 hours I had less the 10 children make and create.
Instead the bounced and bounced and bounced...
The few that did make and create made beautiful doll pins using African print fabric, yarn, popsicle sticks, felt,
beads, a shell and
their creativity.


Below is the finished from the pieced that were made at the make and create a couple of years ago.
There was no bouncy house that year.
         
Here a couple of the children that made doll pins this year. 
 
When I see my own Grandchildren in a bouncy house I smile. I even bounce a few time. This time the bouncy house made me sad. Right now I am feeling childish and immature.
In the end the only thing that really matters is that the children are safe and happy,
Bounce, bounce, bounce...

Peace and Stitch,
Candace
 

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

Yesterday I had an interesting experience that indirectly involved a bouncy house . I was the featured artist to do arts and crafts and an annual festival in NC. In the past the children came in droves to make and create. This year they bounced and bounced and bounced. In 3 hours I had less the 10 children make and create.
Instead the bounced and bounced and bounced...
The few that did make and create made beautiful doll pins using African print fabric, yarn, popsicle sticks, felt,
beads, a shell and
their creativity.


Below is the finished from the pieced that were made at the make and create a couple of years ago.
There was no bouncy house that year.
         
Here a couple of the children that made doll pins this year. 
 
When I see my own Grandchildren in a bouncy house I smile. I even bounce a few time. This time the bouncy house made me sad. Right now I am feeling childish and immature.
In the end the only thing that really matters is that the children are safe and happy,
Bounce, bounce, bounce...

Peace and Stitch,
Candace
 

Things I need, things we all need...Things I love, things I need


In 1988 I was trying to figure out LIFE. Trying to make sense of so many things. My Sister friend Yolanda sent me this list to remind of the basics.
I have kept it with me over the years to remind of the basics.
While it might seem that this has nothing to do with fabric, art or design, it does.
 
 
A couple of years ago my good friend Keisha Roberts and I were asked to speak at a meeting for the Triangle Weavers Association in Chapel Hill. Although neither of us are weavers, they wanted us to speak about our creative process as Art Quilters or Fiber Artists.

At first thought about what I do... what do I do ?...how do I do it ?...why do I do it ? This train of thoughts went on until I was able to get down to the basics of how I am able to create. What core things have to be
 in place.
 
1. will power
2. determination
3. discipline
4. harmony
5. balance
6. self control
7. inner strength 
8. courage
9. faith
10. stamina
11. positive attitude
12. happiness
 
So, I spoke about what I love, what I need, and what it took to get me there
 
Peace and Stitch,
Candace
 

 


 
 


I have a lot of fabric !

Red sand Yellows Browns and Beiges Black and White
Orange and Yellows Purples and Blues Silks

Lately I’ve thinking about how much is enough, are we fabric addicts, or fabricholics, and when do you have too much?

I have a LOT of FABRIC!!!!!!!!!!

This is a very small sample of my orange yellow prints.
I collect fabrics.
When I hear folks say thet are fabric addicts or fabricholics I cringe.


Please leave a note and come back. My site is being revamped

Thank you for visiting Candace Thomas Designs.
I am making major changes to this site.
Click on the the labels to the right to see a sampling of my art.
Please leave a comment and I will contact you when the redo is complete.
Thank you,Candace
This is a quick test to see if I can post from my phone

Class Descriptions for 54-40 2010 Retreat

Introduction to 3-Dimensional Fiber Art
Full day class


This workshop is an introduction into creating 3-dimensional fiber art. Participants will work with a prepared armature to design and create a 3-dimensional art piece.
Techniques will include designing and creating the cover for the piece, fitting the cover to the armature, adding embellishments, and applying a display mechanism to the piece. Emphasis will be placed on designing and fitting the cover to the armature.
-Because of the time required to assemble the armature, participants will be given instruction on building an armature for future projects.-
Students will complete one 3 dimensional art piece in workshop.
Skill level: While this workshop is structured for all skill levels, basic sewing skills and familiarity with your sewing machine is required.
Equipment and supplies:
Required- A good sewing machine is required. While a straight stitch sewing machine is sufficient, a zig zag stitch can be used on your piece. (Bring extra bobbins.)
Required- Long quilting pins.
Required- Sharp sewing scissors.
Optional- Duck bill Applique scissors.
Required- 1½ yards of base fabric. This fabric will be used as a base to make the fabric to cover the armature. This fabric will not show.
Required- Fabric. Have enough fabric to cover your 1½ yard of base fabric with strips. This is a great time to use up fabric from past projects. Bring fabrics of your choice.
Required- Thread, thread and more thread. This is a great chance to use your machine sewing thread. Bring the colors that you like.
The following supplies can be brought or purchased in class Bring your own or Puchase in Class
Glue Stick.
Button and carpet thread. (This will be used to fit your fabric on the armature.)
Needles: hand needles, beading needle, curved needle, and long doll sculpting needle
½ yard pieces of Wonder Under fusible web.
½ yard piece of Heat’n Bond sewable fusible web.
Buttons, beads, shells, and other embellishments.
Wire for stringing beads.
Beading thread.
Kit fees:
Kit # 1-$10.00 for padded 3 dimensional armature.
Kit @ 2-$10.00 for Glue stick, button and carpet thread, two hand needles, 1 curved needle, 1 beading needle, 1 long doll sculpting needle, ½ yard Wonder Under fusible web, ½ yard Heat’n Bond sewable fusible web, buttons, beads, shells, wire and beading thread.
Kit # 3-$1.00 for display mechanism.
Note-If you are taking the Gumbo Collage, with String/Strip Piecing and Applique you can use the same supplies listed as listed in Kit # 2


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Gumbo Collage, with String/Strip Piecing and Applique
Full day class

This workshop is an introduction to Gumbo Collage. Participants will create a piece of fabric that can be used for a wall hanging, handbag or garment. They will make a base piece of fabric by prequilting a piece of fabric made using a free form variation of string/strip piecing. Participants can embellish their base fabric with patchwork, thread painting, applique and beading techniques. Participants can choose from my library of designs to create their individual piece.
Techniques will include, flat applique, dimensional applique, enclosed transparent applique, thread painting, fabric manipulation and beading.
-Students will complete one complete wall hanging fabric in workshop.-
Skill level: While this workshop is structured for all skill levels, basic sewing knowledge and familiarity with your sewing machine is required.
Equipment and Supplies:
Required
- A good sewing machine is required. While a straight stitch sewing machine is sufficient, a zig zag stitch can be used on your piece. (Bring Extra bobbins)
Required- Long quilting pins.
Required- Sharp sewing scissors.
Optional- Duck bill Applique scissors.
Required- 1½ yards of base fabric. This fabric will be used as a base to make the fabric to cover the armature. This fabric will not show.
Required- Fabric. Have enough fabric to cover your 1½ yard of base fabric with strips. This is a great time to use up fabric from past projects. Bring fabrics of your choice.
Required- Thread, thread and more thread. This is a great chance to use your machine sewing thread. Bring the colors that you like.
The following supplies can be brought or purchased in class Bring your own or Puchase in Class.
Glue Stick
Needles: hand needles, beading needle
½ yard pieces of Wonder Under fusible web.
½ yard piece of Heat’n Bond sewable fusible web.
Buttons, beads, shells, and other embellishments.
Wire for stringing beads.
Beading thread.
Provided by teacher- ¼ yard Timtex, Peltex or other extra heavy weight stiffener.
Kit fee:
$10.00 for Glue Stick, two hand needles, 1 beading needle, ½ yard Wonder Under fusible web, ½ yard Heat’n Bond sewable fusible web, buttons, beads, shells, wire and beading thread.
Note-If you are taking the Introduction to 3-Dimensional Art you can use the same supplies listed above.


What I did when I didn’t know what to do... Create Spirit Babies!

Half Day class

(There are no images of the Spirit Baby Dolls)

This workshop is about what you can do when you don’t know what to do. Several years ago I was stuck creatively. Being stuck creatively translated into being stuck emotionally, financially, and spiritually. All of this brought me to the realization that for me everything was connected. So, here is the story.

The bills were due and I all I had was seven sewing machines and more fabric than most people could imagine. I was not looking at that the fact that I was a talented, creative person with over 35 years of technical skills. All I could do was sing the “I ain’t got no money, what am I gonna do?” blues.
I cried and prayed, prayed and told the story to anyone that would listen. Finally, I heard a voice say, “I have bigger fish to fry, with war and world hunger and you’re asking for money. Please take the talent that I gave you and make Spirit Babies, sell them for $10.00 a piece and get back with me."
I sewed and cried, cried and sewed. I made 1,2 3...10...50...100 plus Spirit Babies. I carried them everywhere I went and sold them to anyone who any and everyone I could from Los Angeles, Ca, to Durham, NC to Washington DC. For each Spirit Baby sold I kept $9.00 and $1.00 went to charity. I paid my bills, I continued to pray, and continued creating. There is no more crying or singing the blues. My work has grown from the Spirit Babies to traveling across the United States,(and I have 12 sewing machines)

While this workshop is not necessarily about learning any specific technique, you will make a beautiful doll that can be embellished with cloths, beads, shells or whatever you desire.

Students will complete at least one Spirit Baby.

Skill level: This class is open to all skill levels.

Equipment and supplies:
This class is for hand or machine sewers.
I will provide all supplies (except sewing thread)for this class with no kit fee. If you want to add a special fabric or embellishment, please bring it.


Candace Thomas

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Books



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Fine Art











When people see my art, whether it is a bag, a broach, or a wall piece, the reaction is usually, “Oh, is that a Candace Thomas?” My art is known for its masterful manipulation of a rich palette of African prints, tie dye, batik, and hand-woven African textiles. To compliment the array of textiles, pieces can be accented with beads, cowry shells and dense thread stitching. It is based on variations of string and scrap quilts and honors African American quilters and their quilts. My work can be built into multi-dimensional quilts, bags, sculptures and various other fine art pieces. My pieces have a strong African aesthetic and are pleasing to the eyes and spirit.




Candace Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California and now resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Larry Thomas. She began working with fiber in the late 1960's. After going beyond the commercial pattern she expanded into wearable art, home d├ęcor, contemporary art quilts, and 3-dimentional fiber sculptures, all with an African Aesthetic. In 2004 she was selected to present a piece to Tanzania's First Lady, Mrs. Anna Mkapa. Thomas was the featured artist for the 2005 African American Arts festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her piece Moonchild, a collaboration with Jazz pianist Yusuf Salim, will be features in the national touring exhibit Textural Rhythms February 2007 to December 2010. In addition to exhibiting her own work she has curated and coordinated juried shows and exhibition on North Carolina. Candace shares her love of textiles and fibers as she teaches fiber art and creative process workshops.


Selected exhibitions or juried shows include:

Through Woman's Eyes, By Women's Hand's, Chapel Hill, NC (2009)
Your Blues Aint’ Like Mine, Durham, NC (2006)
Parallels and Intersections: Women Quilt a World, Cincinnati, Ohio (2006)
Art and the Feminine Devine, Durham, NC (2006)
ARTQUILTSfabrications, Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival (2006)
Nearness of You; Memory and Commemoration in Quiltmaking, Williamsburg, VA (2006)
African American Arts Festival Exhibit, African American Atelier, Greensboro, NC (2005)
African American Quilt Circle, Charlotte, NC (2004)
African Masks, Fetishes and Icons, Portfolio Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (2003)
*Dimensions, Durham, NC (2003)
Through Woman's Eyes, By Women's Hand's, Chapel Hill, NC (2002)
African American Quilters, Mary Lou Williams Center Black Culture Center, Durham, NC (2001)
Ten Artist You Should Know, Durham, NC (2001)
*In My Hands, An Homage to Black Women, Durham, NC (2000)

(*- solo exhibits)


























Blogger Quilt Festival - "My Eyes Home"

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Title: My Eyes Home
Medium: Fabric, thread, beads, shells, written word
Size: 17.5" height 14" width 2" depth
My Eyes Home
This piece was created for the Chapel Hill Women's Center 30th Anniversary Gala.
My Eyes Home looks at home, community and water; these are some the things that we need to live healthy lives.
The technique is a variation of string quilt. Raw edge strips of fabric are sewn on a base fabric and a light batting to create a landscape effect. Heavy thread painting is used to give more depth and texture to the piece. The home at the bottom left of the corner is attached to give a dimensional element.
The water is collection of various blue beads strung on wire.
The beads can be manipulated to change the flow of the water from the mountains to the grassy land.
The entire piece is then stretched on a frame.


This me at The Women's Center Gala.