Each of us sometimes wants to record a special idea or sketch out a sample. We might keep notes about a fiber project or journal about our daily life or a special vacation. Sometimes we just want to remember an inspiring phrase or jot down a couple of lines of prose that might grow into a poem. Whatever we keep needs to be kept in a special, beautiful place. Cynthia McGuirl’s Hardcover Bookbinding class on Saturday afternoon is an opportunity to fully create a journal and start a second one. What would you use your journal for? Let’s meet fiber artist Cynthia McGuirl.
Who are you? Tell us about your fiber journey.
I am Cynthia Motian McGuirl. I started Art School planning to be a painter. Then Sculpture caught my interest. However, I was unhappy with the teacher. I saw a Weaving class. I had always admired weaving but thought it was difficult and something I couldn’t do. But I took the class and pursued Weaving as my main medium for the next 20 years. I started making etchings as a way to express dreams and stories. While teaching children, I discovered that I enjoyed learning new things and tried metal working, painting (again) and book arts. My current works combines many mediums. www.cynthiamotianmcguirl.com
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given a student?
Keep making stuff. Relentlessly.
What would your Fiber College students be surprised to know about you?
I have a jazz radio show: www.jazzcloset.blogspot.com
How do you manage/balance your work self and your creative self?
If I’m not making things, I get unhappy. So I make it my priority. I try not to be too busy and
over-scheduled so I have time in my studio. Also, housework is low on my list of priorities…
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
What inspired you to become a fiber artist?
I just love doing it. I love practicing skills to get good at something. I feel like each thing you learn well becomes a tool in your kit. With your kit, you can make your ideas into a physical object.
It’s not too late to sign up for Cynthia’s Hardcover Bookbinding class. How would you use a beautiful book that you made for yourself? Or would you give it as a precious gift to someone special? Go to www.fibercollege.org to sign up now!