Linda Schmidt

Textile Artist, Quilter, Designer

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New Photos from Celebration, the Bernina Fashion Show Premiere at the International Quilt Festival, Houston TX November 2004

New Day Dawning The coat represents the night fading just before the dawn, and the dress is the new sun rising.

To create the long, fitted coat's waning darkness, I painted silk doupioni in shades of deep ultramarine at the hem to light ice blue at the shoulders. Rows of metallic machine embroidery stream like shooting stars down the coat front, back and sleeves - as well as the coordinated handbag - all enhanced with Swarovski crystals. 

 

   

   

   

The daybreak-inspired spaghetti-strap dress features two fabrics: an asymmetric doupioni bodice sewn with row upon row of hand-dyes silk and Mylar ribbons punctuated with metallic beads and overskirt comprised of hundreds of yards of embellishment threads, ribbons and yarns creatively captured between two layers of stabilizer and washed away.  The tiara and jewelry are my own designs, fashioned with wire and beads to confirm the good news: A new day has arrived!

   
Linda and her Mom, Alice Evanick, enjoying Linda's Bridal Vale Creek (Yosemite) Quilt.
   

 

New Photos from Designing Women’s Showcase

 @ Pacific International Quilt Festival, Oct. 15, 2004

 

Thanks to my fellow designers:

Judy Bishop

Cathie Hoover

Kayla Kennington

Caryne Finlay Mount

Noelle Tamborini-Olson

Great show!

Lots of compliments.

 

 

 

 

 

  I do both a fashion show, "Flamboyancy Rising," and teach classes in wearable art. For more information, read on!

Music of the Night

I've always thought that any show that costs $65 a ticket deserves a new outfit. This jacket was made for my attendance at the Phantom of the Opera. On the back is the musical score of the theme song for that production, plus the mask and the rose that goes along with it. Written on the white slashes are names of other musicals and opera productions that I have seen, been in, or know the music of, and the blouse is made of bits of thread and yarn, sewn together with thread, then laid over black velvet to make a stunning outfit. 

 

The main reason I make clothes is that I HATE to shop - unless it's for fabric. Somehow, lately, my wearable art collection has grown beyond reasonable bounds, and I can't stop making new clothes because once I've worn something, it's old.

I make clothes the same way I make quilts - using whatever technique is necessary to do what needs to be done. My clothes may be pieced, appliquéd by hand or machine, fabric painted, computer printed, free motion embroidered and quilted, hand couched with yarns or ribbons, layered, beaded, or a combination of two or more of the above. Some of them are abstract studies in value and color, experiments with Solvy and other water soluble substances, special events clothing, or just everyday. All of my clothes are WEARABLE - soft, comfortable, attractive, practical, washable or dry cleanable, and distinctive but not stupid. I try not to look like a quilt walking (although that is not all bad), but like a person who wants who they are to show in the clothes they wear.

I do a fashion show entitled "Flamboyancy Rising," where I bring about 35 ensembles ranging from everyday quilted clothing to business wear to elegant evening garments to clothes one would only wear to the Grand Gala Ball. For these fashion shows, I ask the guild to provide 8-10 models close to my size. It's great fun, and I SWEAR I wouldn't ask any model to wear anything I haven't worn...in public...with my 16-year old daughter. I SWEAR! This show takes just over an hour and makes a great program for almost any group.

Anyway, here are some examples of some of my garments. One of my favorites is called "Mermaid Lagoon." It consists of pants, a belt, a vest, and a jacket.

 

On the left is the front, and on the right is the back of this jacket. It uses an old Goose Tracks pattern, but in the class I teach on www.QuiltUniversity.com, I teach you how to adapt any basic pattern that you know fits you to work this way, and then we go to town creating undersea scenes and our very own fabric. The vest, beneath these pictures, goes with it. By the way, this ensemble took the blue ribbon at the NQA Show when it was in Reno.

 

This vest is called Asilomar Sunrise, for the back of the vest shows the steps that lead from the beach up to the conference center, while the front continues the picture to the brush that grows along the shore. This vest was made for a challenge from Empty Spools - and won both Judge's Choice and People's Choice. By the way, ever since I've started winning money prizes for my quilts and garments, my husband buys me fabric wherever he goes. You've got to get them on your side!  The full ensemble also won First Place at the NQA Show in Reno in 2000.

Black Gold

This outfit is a comfortable evening suit for the holidays.  It is a vest, jacket, and skirt, heavily quilted with copper and gold metallic sliver thread, and was accepted at the AQS Show in Paducah.  It didn't win any prizes there, but every woman who sees it wants to rip it off my back.  Thankfully, my hair looks a bit different now, I've lost some weight, and have to take the skirt in!

I teach a class called Wonderful Wearables - Art Garment Techniques. It covers such things as how to make some basic pattern changes, various construction techniques such as foundation piecing, curved piecing, invisible machine appliqué, and how to create your own fabric in various ways. The student experiments with Solvy and thread, Bonding Agent 007, foils and fusing to create their own fabric and embellish what they've already got.  

My favorite pieces of this type are vests - heavily embellished with yarns and beads, an evening vest that can be worn without a blouse for that very sophisticated look. Here is a picture of me with such a vest on - along with a waterfall I made for a Guild Challenge. 

The vest has a cotton background, then is layered with fabric woven of copper threads, shredded, bits of black and blue netting, shredded other fabrics, fused together, then hand couched with yarns and beads and quilted with metallic sliver thread, then embellished with fused glass buttons.  Elegant, comfortable, and a joy to wear.

 

Here are a few more examples - a simple suit made with Maret Kucera's Seminole Jacket;

Feed the Birds, a lavender coat and dress with hand appliqued figures and silk ribbon embroidery,

and my favorite - Where the River Meets the Sea. This outfit was made for the Fairfield Fashion Show in Houston in 1997. The coat is a waterfall rushing to meet the sea, while the dress is made of 18,000 yards of thread, free motion embroidered onto Solvy, over an under dress of hand dyed silk Charmeuse. There is, of course, a handbag and shoes and a necklace and a hairpiece to go with it. Yumm.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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