Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Kindred Spirit Article

Some of you will already know from my Silk & Art page on Facebook that I had an editorial run this month on my artwork in Kindred Spirit. I was really thrilled that they hardly edited it and just put it out there much in the way they got it from me.

I tried to scan the pages and post them on Facebook but due to the size of the images there, the text was totally fuzzed and no-one could read it.

So… it is again for you in glorious technicolour (well, the second page at least).  You may be able to read it straight from the page, but if not, just click on the image and when the smaller image appears, use the magnifying glass and  the text will appear greatly enlarged. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

November 5th, 2010


Kindred Spirit interview with Fiona Stolze - p1

Kindred Spirit interview with Fiona Stolze part 2


November 10, 2010 Posted by | AWARDS AND ACCOLADES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

In-Depth Interview with Me (Fiona Stolze) in the UkHandmade Blog

Hurrah! I’m rich and famous now. Isn’t it great when other magazines and blogs run features on you? Well, you can imagine how thrilled I am that UKHandmade are doing an in-depth interview with me in their blog. If you read the earlier posts I made, you’ll

Fiona Stolze hand painted silk scarves

Medley of handpainted silk scarves

know that it follows on from a competition they ran which I was joint winner of. We were asked to submit an article of no more than 500 words on a topic relating to arts and crafts. Obviously I wrote about silk painting and how easy it is to start it without digging deeply into your pocket.

My article will be appearing in the Autumn edition of their online magazine but in the meantime they are doing a feature on me. How fabulous is that!!

So, here’s a link over to the post.

In-depth interview with silk painting artist Fiona Stolze.

I must admit, I’m really thrilled with the way it looks. Makes me feel like a real celebrity. Another one to add to the CV. 🙂

July 7, 2010 Posted by | AWARDS AND ACCOLADES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’ve Won a Competition Run by UKHandmade

Last month I was surfing the net, looking at various forums related to arts and crafts in the UK. And just by chance I came across UKHandmade. So I had a quick look, liked what I saw and signed up. It was quick and easy to put together my profile and get started. Then I began to dig a bit deeper and find out what was going on behind the scenes. It was then that I discovered a competition…which had just about run out. That was what really got me interested.

They were asking for articles relating to arts and crafts containing no more than 500 words. It was Thursday and a quick look at my calendar showed me that Friday midnight was the deadline. So…..on Friday evening I had time to sit down and think. But I didn’t think for long as the clock was ticking away and there were a few things to be done.

Fiona Stolze: silk dyes and brushesWhat on earth could I write that would be of interest? There were so few people on the site who even did silk painting…I wonder why? And suddenly it came to me. Very often the idea that this could be a very expensive hobby is enough to deter newcomers. Well, this was the perfect opportunity to prove otherwise. And so the concept was born: how to paint on silk on a shoestring budget. I was off the starter’s block in an instant and a short while later I sat back and realised I was finished.

It was great to just get my head out of the way and allow free flow. That’s always the key for me. The less I think about what I am putting down in word, the easier it all just manifests in front of me. Okay…so, a quick spell check, one read-through to make sure it all makes sense, and off it goes.

You can imagine how delighted I was a couple of weeks later to get an email saying I had been chosen as joint winner of the competition but I was to keep it under my hat until it had been publicly announced! Wow, that really made my day. I was going to have the article published in the Autumn issue of the ezine as well as have an ad for my website. And….there would be an indepth interview with me in UKHandmade’s blog. Yay!

I was very good and did manage to keep this a secret (well, not 100%). But today the announcement has been made and I’m allowed to shout it from the rooftops.

“I’ve won a competition run by UKHandmade!!” And here’s the link to the announcement.

In a week’s time you can read the interview and I’ll be publishing a link to it from this page.

Oh, and while you’re over there you might consider joining the online community at UKHandmade. They’re a lovely, multi-talented bunch and have lots to offer.

July 1, 2010 Posted by | AWARDS AND ACCOLADES | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments