Textile Fibre Forum – All That Sparkles

Sometimes when an opportunity presents itself, you really don’t know whether to grab it, or let the moment pass you by. Thus was the dilemma when approached by Neroli Henderson at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne a few months ago. She told me she was primed to become the editor of Australian magazine, Textile Fibre Forum, and wanted me on board to write a column for the back page of the magazine. The column needed to be “personal, funny and witty … and pertain in some way to textile arts and artists.” My ego screamed, “Your own column!” My heart embraced those emotional requirements, and then my brain froze at the thought of “textile arts.” 
The feelings of self-doubt swarmed around me. This was a serious magazine about artists creating grown-up artistic content with textiles — beyond my little quilts focusing on pattern and colour. What did I know about the textile arts, and as light-hearted as my column was supposed to read, would my lack of experience disadvantage me to the point of showing me as an imposter in this world of real artists? Indeed, I had given up on being a “real” artist years ago. I was on the verge of letting this opportunity go, and it was only the words of Mr. Sparkles that changed my mind. 
As I described my unease to him, his response was akin to, “Are you crazy? You wrote a masters thesis steeped in fine arts and philosophical theory that I’m afraid to read because I won’t understand all the big words. Of course you can write about textile arts. It would actually be good for you, so shut up and do it.” Sometimes you just need a swift kick in the hot pants, don’t you!? 
So I reached back out to Neroli, confirmed acceptance, and sent her about ten article concepts for review. That was all it took and suddenly I had my very own regular column in Textile Fibre Forum called All That Sparkles. Seriously, what!!! That was back in May, and the first issue with moi hit newsagents around the world (yes, hello world!) this month. Now I don’t profess to being a global textile superstar yet, but I am working on it! (wink wink) Column number two which is due for a December release has been submitted, and column three is already under way. As for my doubt surrounding being a textile artist — well, I had to let that go for good. 

If we collectively create art, and I definitely consider quilts art, you, me, we, are all artists. Reading Textile Fibre Forum has actually given me some insight into all of the other fibre artists out in the global art community. It’s shown how they create, inspire, sell, teach and generally continue to kick ass in the face of a public that might not usually consider textiles a large part of the art world. So hopefully my column adds a little bit of sparkle to the collective voice of this magazine, because it has certainly been instrumental in adding to mine.
If you are interested in catching up on all the textile goss, you can find Textile Fibre Forum at all fine news agents and book stores. Textile Fibre Forum is a quarterly, independent Artwear publication distributed by Gordon & Gotch within Australia, and is also available in New Zealand, Canada, and the USA. If you are all up on your digital life, you can even get it worldwide via Pocketmags.com.au. I’ll make sure and let you know about each new release!

22 Responses

  1. memmens says:

    Congratulations to you and well done for Mr Sparkles for kicking your butt!

  2. Peaches1003 says:

    Good on you for doing it and trying something new. I think it is really hard to step out of your comfort zone, I try to approach it from what I would tell my kids to new (don't say no to new experiences because you're scared) much easier to dish out the advice than at on it!!

  3. I'm glad Mr S gave you a good kick up the hot pants! Shine on 🙂

  4. Leanne says:

    This is great news, congratulations!

  5. What awesome news, Molli, and congratulations! Mr. Sparkles gets lots of sparkly stickers and bonus points in my book. 🙂

  6. Congratulations! Global Sparkly Textile Superstardom is calling!

  7. Brenda says:

    Will go looking for it this week. Congrats. And shame on you for ever doubting that you are an artiste of the first degree.

  8. Anne says:

    Holy crap, that's awesome!!! Congratulations on reaching a whole new and fantastic audience. 🙂

  9. Jayne says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! Kudos for going for it! You do have the flair, the sparkle, the humor and the knowledge. II think that is why I come back to your blog so often. While being serious, you bring a wit and humor that is needed these days! Congrats, congrats, congrats!!

  10. Congratulations!! That's great news. So glad Mr. Sparkles encouraged you to do this.

  11. The O's says:

    Go you. Well played Mr S, well played, kick that butt!

  12. Congratulations! How exciting! I'm so glad you accepted the challenge.

  13. Wow congratulations! Are you sure it's about textiles though? I see hot legs on the cover, and a pretty good looking bloke inside the back cover – no, I don't mean you, the opposite page in black and white. What's he advertising?
    Seriously, I'm sure you'll ease into your new role and make it your own. In a few months it will be second nature and you'll wonder why you even hesititated. I'll look out for the magazine in NZ.

  14. Sue says:

    I love your writing style, Molli, and I'm sure you'll do yourself proud in your new role. I have been desperately trying to read the article from the photo so will definitely look out for it on the newstands.

  15. Lisa J. says:

    The world can only benefit from more sparkles!

  16. You definitely have something worthwhile saying. That's why we tune into to you each week. You already have a column, this is just making it more official. Go for it!

  17. MareMare says:

    Love it! So glad Mr. Sparkles gave you that push, he's so right!

  18. What fun and good for Mr. Sparkles – who wouldn't want to read a glitter-filled column of yours? (Only bores and boors!)

  19. magistra says:

    Congratulations! Ms. Sparkles, you are an inspiration, you truly are.

  20. Laurelle says:

    Good on you! I think it's bloody brilliant! x

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