I met B.J. Adams when I interviewed her for a profile in the Summer 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio (out June 1st, 2012). It was a wonderful conversation in so many ways; she’s a lot of fun to talk to, full of ideas, enthusiasm, and a willingness to share information about sources and techniques. When we talked, she was just finishing up a really busy year; when she turned 80, she set herself the challenge of creating 80 8″ x 8″ canvases representing a retrospective of her work so far. And I mean “so far”; she’s in the studio working on a couple new series and with enough ideas, she says, for several more lifetimes. I love this, because I’m at an age when many of the people around me think their careers are coming to a close, that they’re too old to start anything new, that it’s too late to get excited about, well— much of anything. It’s a ridiculous attitude, and I love talking to people like B.J. who are living life the way it’s meant to be lived, savoring everything, finding inspiration everywhere and pursuing her endless curiosity.
In this conversation, we talk about her embroideries; go here so you’ll know what we’re talking about. Go here to see the 80 at 80 series. And here are the book sculptures we talk about near the end of our conversation, and here are photos of the centerpiece for the party. Here’s BJ’s blog, and if you go back to April of 2011, you can read the first of her art app reviews (there are several, so take some time to go through them all if you’re at all interested in iPad apps). Stay tuned for more of those as she gets caught up!
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