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Monday, May 8, 2017

"Swimming Upstream" Featured in European Magazine!

Here is a copy of the article that will be in the summer issue of the European magazine "Pretty Patches" When I looked up the magazine I knew immediately why they wanted to feature the series, "the color and the smile factor in the textile series"

In 1999, Bonnie Smith suffered an injury that left her with limited mobility for several years – an experience that would prove to be life-changing in more than one way.‘Not sure what to do with my days after I had caught up on all my reading,I turned my attention to sewing,’ she recalls. ‘It was something I hadn’t had the time to do in a long while.’ Bonnie took a quilting class near home, but discovered that certain aspects of traditional quilting weren’t for her. ‘I could not follow a quilting pattern as they simply did not make any sense to me, so I started creating one-of-a-kind quilts,’ she says. She made heirloom quilts for friends and family but soon found herself searching again for a new challenge. ‘From the quilting circles I belonged to I learned about fibre art and immediately knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. Fibre art seemed to be very free form to me, allowing me to be

a lot more creative in my designs. I soon found that I could take pictures of terrain, flowers or people and create a work from the feelings the photographs emitted to me. Being a minimalist at heart, whatever I had photographed I would abstract out until it felt right to my artistic eye and inner self.’ Describing her style as contemporary with ‘a bit of surrealism’, Bonnie has also drawn influence from pop art. ‘I have enjoyed the work of Andy Warhol for a long time, just the fact that he did it his way resonates with me,’ she says. ‘I really like how Andy took the

simple things in life and made them important; in my work you definitely see that trait.’

Bonnie’s full 14-piece ‘Swimming Upstream’ installation will be on display at the Festival of Quilts later this year, and she will also be debuting the second edition of her book, Swimming Upstream: A Memoir. 
For more of the article contact me and I will gladly email you a copy.  Hope to see you at The Festival of Quilts!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

              Memory and Identity, Saturday, April 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
 Twenty-three artists tell their stories in this multi-media exhibition.
The show will be on view from April 14 to May 14 at the Coastal Arts League, 300 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.
This a new series I am working on along with a Memoir of the same title,
"Through a Child's Eyes"

Friday, March 10, 2017

Creative Blogging Writing - National League of American Pen Women

On the National site of National League of American Pen Women is my blog about how my Swimming Upstream installation came to be!  Check it out at
                                   Book available on my website

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Discovery Series: Interview on NPR

linkSelections from my Swimming Upstream installation will be exhibited at Chico Art Center, Chico, California. This is a wonderful art center complete with rooms for classes and community involvement. I will be giving a short talk about my series and how it came to be the night of the opening.
The three of us artist involved with the Discovery Series were interviewed by the local NPR station in Chico.  You can listen to the short interview here!, search for "Discovery Series, A State of Mind"

Monday, December 26, 2016

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: New Beach Series

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: New Beach Series: This is a new series I have been working on titled "Sunset at the Beach" 24h x 18w. The inspiration for the series is photograph...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Excellence In Fibers

Recently, my work was chosen by Fiber Art Now Magazine to be in the online exhibit Excellence In Fibers. click on this link to see the entire online exhibit.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Water Is Life Exhibit" at the United Nations Geneva

As I have said before my artwork "Pescadero" is currently at the United Nations in Geneva, here is a link to see some of the exhibit.  This really is an honor for me to have my work among these talented ladies.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Momentum Details for Sale Now!

This is a detail of my internationally exhibited textile artwork "Momentum". I can personalize this for you when you send me a jpg. of yourself. The words on the artwork are a poem I wrote about the women's movement and descriptions of the other suffragettes along with your name also being hand written on the artwork,The textile will have a small sleeve on the back for hanging or you may place the work in a frame of your own. Shipping free within the United States. Contact me at for questions. Can also be purchased through my website under Social Justice.

Price: $85.00

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: Talk Radio Interview

Bonnie Jo Fiber Arts: Talk Radio Interview: I am posting today a interview I did with the talented Lesley Riley many moons ago.  It is all very relevant and has become even more relev...

Talk Radio Interview

I am posting today a interview I did with the talented Lesley Riley many moons ago.  It is all very relevant and has become even more relevant to me as I am writing my Memoirs and having to do all of that thinking and looking back on my life has reminded me of the wonderful eclectic life I have had. Listen to the interview by clicking this link