A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Resident Artist

Nienke Smit (pronounced Neen'-kah) is our newest resident artist. She has graciously agreed to come on board and bring her fiber art know-how with her. Just this month, Nienke had one of her art quilts accepted into the annual Dutch quilt show, and is co-founder of the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild, a group of 300 women exploring new ways in quilting.

She lives in the Netherlands and is a successful business woman in addition to being an art quilter extraordinaire. Her blog, Verfvirus, which translated means Paint virus or Dye virus can be easily translated with her "Translate" gadget although she usually has a synopsis of her posts in impeccable English.. She certainly has caught the virus and is always involved in some new permutation of fiber art experimentation. She will be joining us in the fall as the artist of the month but will start right in  working along with our other resident artists and blogging.
Welcome to "And then we set it on fire", Nienke.


  1. I wish Nienke a lot of succes! She can learn us very much.

  2. Welcome on board, Nienke! Looking forward to working with you. :)

  3. Welcome! I'm excited you're with us.

  4. Welcome, Nienke! I'm looking forward to learning with you!

  5. Great news, Nienke! We will have a lot of fun with you.
    gr. Marjolijn

  6. Hoi Nienke,
    Gefeliciteerd en succes met je nieuwe betrekking. Waar haal je de tijd vandaan om overal aan mee te doen? Nu moet ik ook weer extra tijd vrijmaken om allerlei proefjes en foefjes na te doen...
    Groetjes, Christel

  7. Thank you ATWSIOF team for the warm welcome. I am thrilled to join and excited to share our experiments. Will start with the gelatine mono print soon!!
    Last but not least I will add more english txt to my personal blog www.verfvirus.nl in the near future as I guess Beth is the only one among you that wants to learn dutch ;-).

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  9. Just a short translation of Chriss-Cross for those who don´t like to learn dutch (such a pity ;-):

    Hi Nienke, Congratulations and good luck with your new ´job´. Where did you find the time to join? Now I also have to make extra time to copy all experiments and tricks as well...
    Regards, Christel

    Glad you follow this blog Christel, send me some pictures at any moment of your experiments and I will share them here!

  10. He Nienke,wat leuk dat je hier mee gaat doen. Nederlandse inbreng in Engeland (toch het moederland van de textielkunst)dat is een compliment.

    Hey Nienke, I'm glad you're going to do it here. Dutch contribution in England (still the home of the textile art) that is a compliment.

  11. The US may be considered the home of art quilts but the work I've seen by Dutch artists is truly cutting edge.

  12. Congrats, Nienke! I'm gonna follow you here as well!


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