A Look Back

My new studio space is still under construction. So, I thought I would post pictures from my old studio space. Hopefully, I will be a bit neater in the new space. Doubtful, but one can dream. I needed new headshots for an exhibition, so my photographer took a few of me in my natural habitat.


Studio Assistants

May to July has been a crazy experience of moving to a new house. So, while my fabric is still packed away I thought I would take a moment to recognize my studio assistants.


The official greeter of anyone visiting my studio.

Photo by Sam Garnett

Photo by Sam Garnett

Millie is also the studio therapist and the first to talk someone down off a cliff. She has the patience of a saint.

Photo by Sam Garnett

Millie works for ear scratches and belly rubs.

Photo by Sam Garnett


The life of the party.

Indie will convince you that jumping off the cliff sounds like a great idea and will even jump first.

Photo by Sam Garnett

Indie occasionally has her serious moments. But is more likely to run through the studio squeaking a toy during Zoom meetings.

Photo by Sam Garnett

She will let you know when she thinks you have a fabulous idea.

Photo by Sam Garnett

Indie works for food of any variety.

Photo by Sam Garnett

Thank you to Sam Garnett for taking pics of my assistants while shooting my head shots.

International World Poet and Author Challenge Quilt 2019

The International World Poet and Author Challenge Quilt 2019 exhibition opens in May 2019 at Quilt Time Festival in Yokohama. The show will appear in additional venues in Japan before moving on to France and the United Sates.

Constant Change ©Amanda Snavely 2019

Each country participating in the invitational chose 5 poets and authors of their country. Invited artists were assigned a poet or author to represent with their work. I was assigned Charif Majdalani, a Lebanese-French writer.

Moving the Palace, by Charif Majdalani, chronicles the journey of Samuel through Africa and the Middle East while transporting pieces of a palace and artifacts by camel.  Constant Change reflects the colors of the changing scenery -- red and ochre sand, acai and baobab trees, green and turquoise Morrish marble pools, and saffron rugs.  The asymmetrical and shifting patterns, evolving from mashribya geometry, mirror the constantly altered route of the journey.

Constant Change (Detail) ©Amanda Snavely 2019

Constant Change (Detail 2) ©Amanda Snavely 2019

Constant Change (Detail 3) ©Amanda Snavely 2019

Thread Selection

I have been talking with other artists about the importance of sharing our processes. Sometimes it is fun to peak behind the curtain, and see how an artist’s mind works. My mind is usually a tangle of thread. I attempted to be a little neater in my process this time just for your benefit.

Step 1

I begin with a tray or box and start tossing in tons of threads. I try to add a huge variety of colors, thicknesses, and textures to my selection. Tossing the colors together, somewhat haphazardly, allows me to see color combinations that I might not normally choose. I use this same toss in a pile method for selecting fabric.

Step 2

I place the tray next to the piece I am going to stitch. This allows me to get a feel for the color mixture. At this point, I weed out a few threads and/or add other thread choices.

Step 3a

I then check to see if I have enough variety in the color pallets I am considering for the piece. Many people think you should match thread to your fabric. I use the “matching” colors to ground the piece. But then, I add my traditionally non-matching colors. If you match all your threads, they disappear when your piece is viewed at a distance. The threads that stand out and catch your eye are the color shifts. These are the colors that work with your “matching colors” and support them in the overall effect of your design.

Step 3b

Step 3c

Now, it is time to begin stitching. Some threads will not be used and others will be added along the way.

Just Add Color

I’m excited to announce that my piece, Just Add Color, has been selected to be in the On the Edge exhibition at Oregon’s Historical Society Museum.  

The On the Edge exhibition opens on May 3, 2019 at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) located in Portland, Oregon and runs through August 15, 2019.

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