Neu Fibers

Quilts and Fiber Art by Julie Brown Neu

“Bullet Holes” Quilt, 2018.

I made the decision when I started my “Victims” quilt series to limit the work to mass shooting events in which more than ten people died. To date, that totals 286 victims of major mass shooting events since the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. However, those 286 still represent a small portion […]

ACA Open Studios – Oct. 13th

I am thrilled to announce that I have been juried into the Arlington Center for the Arts Open Studios day on Saturday, October 13th. You’ll find me at the Central School building at 20 Academy Street in Arlington, MA. I will have thread paintings, quilts, and my books with me and I look forward to […]

Victims Quilt – Parkland, FL 2018

As we move into fall and past the back-to-school rush, it’s hard not to think about the most recent school shooting, the shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day. Here is the finished Victims Quilt, memorializing those who died on that day.

Creative Play Newsletter – Back to School

It has been a really long time since I went back to school in September, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like a new year is beginning each time Labor Day rolls around. I no longer go out and buy new notebooks and packs of pencils, but I do clear away the piles in […]

Victims Quilt – Las Vegas 2017

I recently decided to change the way that I am doing the Victims Quilts. Rather than continue to create two enormous, unwieldy quilts that include multiple mass shooting events, I am separating out each event into its own banner. Here is the first, the quilt for the Las Vegas shooting in October of 2017. At […]

Master Carpenter’s Square, 2017

It dawned on me the other day that I’ve missed posting some of the quilts that I have finished lately (and not so lately!) so I am going to try and rectify that.  I finished this Master Carpenter’s Square quilt a year ago. It was my goal to finally make a quilt for my own […]

The Creativity Habit Podcast

I started listening to a new podcast yesterday called The Creativity Habit™ that I heard about through a newsletter. After subscribing, I scrolled down through the available episodes to see if there were others from the past that I might want to listen to as well. Imagine my surprise when I came across a familiar […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Take a Creativity Break

This week’s episode of the Productivity Paradox podcast was about the importance of taking breaks for increasing both productivity and mental clarity. The show host Tonya Dalton speaks about five different kinds of breaks (because social media breaks scrolling through feeds on your phone are counterproductive): Relaxation breaks, Movement breaks, Alone time breaks, Social breaks, […]

Does Creativity Pay?

In July, the Craft Industry Alliance, of which I am a member, published an interesting and personal blog post from Carrie Bloomston about her decision to give up trying to make a living as an artist and to take a job with a steady paycheck and health insurance instead. The post garnered a lot of […]