You have an outstanding opportunity to spend 7 days with five extraordinary teachers aboard Holland America Line's ms Eurodam. This fantastic group was chosen because they are all exceptional instructors who are friendly, fun-loving and warm. All are internationally known for the books they have published and their exceptional teaching skills.
Gyleen was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in Taiwan and Japan. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University and opened Colourful Stitches in 1999. Those formative years in the Far East developed her love for simplistic artistry.
Gyleen began needlework at the very young age of four and has since pursued artistic expression in drawing and quilt making. Her quilts blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and techniques to simplify visually complex quilts.
Her writing life came much later; she started with technical reports, moved to technical instructions and finally got the courage to do creative organized thinking. Her written works center around Haiku poetry, Quilt project books, patterns and magazine articles and of course the crème de la crème, children's books. As an artist, she has achieved "Best of Show" recognition; as a writer and publisher, she has achieved award-winning status with Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting finishing antique quilts and the new spirit of traditional quilting. Gyleen has an active social media presence on three Facebook group pages and in the Forum of The Quilt Show's website. For Gyleen, quilting is the passion that colors her world as her writing journey continues.
Chardel Blaine is an award-winning quilter, beader and metalsmith whose work has been juried into numerous Pacific Northwest events. Nationally, her work has been juried and displayed at the Nassau County Museum of Art Craft and Fine Arts Fair (Roslyn Harbor NY), produced by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship; Uncommon Threads Art-to-Wear Show, Fine Line Creative Arts Center (St. Charles, IL); and in "Multiplicities: New Directions in Fiber", IMAGO Foundation for the Arts, IMAGO Gallery (Warren, RI).
Blessed with parents who valued creative and independent thinking, there was always some sort of creative experience around the house. Most were done at the kitchen table or in the basement workshop with supplies that Mom and Dad brought in with care and sacrifice. Chardel's mother and grandmother taught her to sew, and her father taught her to saw a shape and pound a nail. Her favorite projects involved designing components that fit, then measuring twice and cutting once to ensure that they did. She has learned how color, texture and unique materials embrace the "what-ifs" and happy accidents that occur when one has backed into an artistic corner and must find a creative means of escape. Chardel managed and taught at a local quilt shop and bead store for 15 years, exposing her to the latest techniques and materials and feeding the creative beast. Fiber art and jewelry, often combining the two, became Flying Goat Studio where she shares her work. And as editor of Create Whimsy, she shares the stories of renowned artists and makers who inspire creatives to get their hands busy every day. Needle and thread consistently bring her joy. She still gets a rush when she turns on a power tool – and that includes a sewing machine!
Scott is the Mad Color Scientist at Blue Nickel Studios which he runs from his rural home in the Pacific Northwest, smack dab between the Cascade Mountains and the suburbs of Seattle. He has been quilting for more than half of his life now, and doesn't see fit to change that any time soon. Mostly self-taught, Scott has found his bliss in the needle and cloth and the glorious combinations of color in this medium. He has designed and created quilts for many fabric manufacturing companies and has had many other quilt designs featured in many leading quilt magazines. He speaks and teaches locally and regionally, sharing his designs and color philosophies. He graduated from Washington State University with honors in English, but quilting and textiles have become his passion. Throughout the years, Scott's aesthetic has continued to evolve from very country, traditional roots into a more modern contemporary design into what he has dubbed under the Blue Nickel Label as "Urban Folk – Modern Design." In his spare time, he tries to maintain his sanity along with the house he built and acreage he thinks can still be the park he envisioned 20+ years ago. He is married to his wife of 25+ years, Linda, a talented mixed-media/doll-loving artist herself, and they have three young adult children, who give them all sorts of joy and challenges as they are stretching their wings leaving the nest. He loves God, his family, trees, architecture, gardens, color, cats, vintage and modern textiles, art, pattern, meeting new people, design, Christmas, books, the color red, fashion history, his curly mustache (when it's in season), and a great many other marvelous people, ideas, places, and things.
Ana Buzzalino grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where sewing was part of her life at an early age. She took dressmaking classes and art classes while in school. In early 1983, Ana moved to Calgary. A couple of years later, while walking down the street, she saw a "blanket" on a window and went into the store to enquire about purchasing it. She was told that it wasn't for sale, but that she could learn how to make her own. She signed up for a beginner's quilting class that same day, and she never looked back. The rest, as they say, is history. Ana has been teaching quilting since 1986 and has taken numerous workshops with renowned quilt and fiber artists throughout the years to improve her skills. She has also attended several classes at the Alberta College of Arts and Design. Ana has been a teacher on a variety of quilting techniques for the past 30 years. Ana's present focus is on Art Quilting, incorporating different elements of surface design, such as fabric painting, mono-printing, screen printing and hand-dyeing. Ana is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV. Her work has also appeared in the American Quilter's Society Magazine, in A Needle Pulling Thread, and in Modern Patchwork, as well as in 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts and Quilt Scene. Ana has also worked on 2 workshop DVDs with Interweave/F&W. Ana's quilts have won several awards at local and national shows, and have been juried into major International shows.
Becky's love for Japanese textiles and crafts began in the 1960's when her father was stationed in the Air Force in Okinawa. She learned sashiko from a Japanese woman over 25 years ago, and fell in love with the craft. It quickly became an all-consuming passion. Sashiko, an easy embroidery technique using a running stitch, is relaxing and fun, and creates a sense of peace while stitching. Sashiko is elegance in simplicity. Becky's business, Shibori Dragon, which opened in 2002, specializes in Asian fabrics and related Japanese textiles. Sashiko is one of our specialties and they are the largest supplier of sashiko supplies in the United States. Becky has taken sashiko classes in Japan and from various teachers in the US, always trying to improve on her skills. She has been teaching and collecting historical sashiko textiles for the past 20 years and has samples dating from the 1800's to modern day which she love to share during trunk shows in her classes. Some of her teaching venues include the Houston Quilt Festival, Road to California, Quilting Cruises and various quilt shows and guilds. In addition to having designed several Block of the Month Quilts, Becky is in the process of writing a book on sashiko, boro and the history of Japanese textiles to be published in 2020.