Lectures

Lectures are one hour long. A trunk show involves bringing about 40-50 quilts.

Casting Shadows:
Creating Depth in Quilts

Trunk Show or Powerpoint Presentation

Colleen Wise - Casting Shadows lecture

My quilts are distinctive for their illusion of depth. I love to play with three dimensions! Objects such as leaves or planets appear to float above a two-dimensional surface. I have a virtual toolbox full of tools I use to create that depth, and I will bring a big trunk full of quilts or slides to illustrate the results.

Hand of the Artist:
Putting Myself into the Work

Trunk Show or Powerpoint Presentation

Colleen Wise - Hand of the Artist lecture

Being an artist means expressing myself--and that mean revealing myself. As my work matures, I find that I am putting more and more of myself and my life into my quilts. This lecture will show this progression, from my first tentative steps "outside the box" to my latest series. I'll talk about my working methods and (virtually) invite you into my studio. You might be surprised at what shows up (and what doesn't!) on the quilt surface.

Wise Words:
Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Powerpoint Presentation

Colleen Wise - Wise Words lecture

Perfection is the enemy of creativity. You need to be able to take risks if you want to create something new. And that means making lots of mistakes! Some are surely avoidable. Join me as I share the lessons I've learned the hard way. You'll have a good laugh! I'll share with you some of the 'cheats' I've developed to compensate for my lack of skill. You'll pick up some 'tricks of the trade' as well as some attitude adjustments.