With this issue we are springing into the environment, honoring both the blossom-filled season and artists whothink green. If a goal of yours is to create a zero-wastestudio, check out how the pros—the Oiseaux Sisters—recycle, re-use, and re-imagine materials to create funkypieces of art (page 40). Perhaps you’ve admired Austrianartist Sara Lechner’s stitched masterpieces in past issuesof Quilting Arts Magazine® and Cloth Paper Scissors®, but did you know her art is mostly fashioned from organic materials? Sara has a fascinating life story and approach to art, so be sure to read about her in Cate Prato’s artistprofile (page 22). Are you upcycling yet? If not, turn topage 7 to read how Deb Taylor creates treasured gypsy cats from thrift store finds.
We also introduce two new departments in this issue. The first, Muse Flash, is a place to sharea-muse-ing tips, tidbits, and tales from our editors and readers the world over (page 1 ). The second department is called Homework, where you’ll find exercises and ideas to further inspire you and keep you creating and making art every day (page 98). Here’s to a green spring!