Move to Kansas from Colorado
Rhonda and her husband, Ray Fallen, moved from Colorado to Kansas in the fall of 2019. They now live on 18 acres just outside of Emporia, Kansas. They call it R&R Acres.
They have several “rescued/adopted” animals including 5 horses, 2 goats, 4 cats and a dog. They live in a custom-designed house/barn that gives them easier access to their four-legged “kids” despite the weather.
Rhonda continues to pursue her fiber art habit. Rhonda’s small business, Cap Rock Inspirations, LLC, moved to Emporia, KS, with her.
Rhonda: Being Creative
Rhonda has a studio in their walkout basement where she does her creating. She loves fiber art, but doesn’t mind using other creative mediums.
She has won many awards for her art quilts and several have been published in books. Many of her fiber art pieces have been on exhibition throughout the United States and worldwide.
Rhonda also creates beaded décor creations and pottery items, as well as other artistic expressions.
Rhonda has always loved to create things, but she got back into creating, especially using fabric and pigments in 2004 at the urging of her husband Ray. His support, as well as their move to their Emporia acreage, has allowed her to explore art more fully and express herself with her creations.
Rhonda’s life experiences provide her with an endless source of ideas. As a young girl, Rhonda had the opportunity to live overseas in Kenya, East Africa and 40 years later, after reconnecting with family and school friends there, she took several trips back as an adult to revisit the area.
Her working career in the field of Information Technology (IT) and her time in the US Army and US Army Reserves supplied her with a variety of adventures.
Growing up with three brothers and two sisters, the many trips the family took together, as well as the many animals the family had as pets when growing up provide inspiration as well.
Rhonda has lived in several different states across the United States over the years but, until this latest move, always returned to her home state of Colorado. She is looking forward to exploring the Flint Hills area where she now lives.
Rhonda has traveled to several different countries on short trips. All of those experiences have influenced Rhonda’s appreciation for the various cultures and architectures around the world.
Rhonda has always loved animals and children, and she enjoys incorporating them into her art.
Discovering Fabric, Stitching & Coloring on Fabric
When Rhonda discovered quilting in 2004, she started exploring the use of fabrics, pigments and stitching as part of her art palette. She likes creating art quilts & fiber art pieces. She loves to play with various Pigments (colors) and textures.
However, Rhonda’s expansive nature ensures that she dabbles in many other modes of creativity, thus all the items available on her web site!
Rhonda uses many different means, along with a variety of artistic techniques, to create art that is an expression of her – a multi-faceted individual with mercurial depths of whimsy and seriousness.
She also likes to share her enthusiasm of artistic creation with others as an instructor/teacher/advisor.
Rhonda’s Works: Pigment Patchwork & others
One of Rhonda’s latest areas of focus is the creation of medium to large fiber art pieces that explore a theme called “The Eyes Have It”. These large (typically 30″ by 40″) dramatic pieces focus on the eyes of various animals, reptiles and insects.
Rhonda uses a combination of fabrics and pigments, along with stitching, in a technique she calls “Pigment Patchwork”. She continues to evolve her techniques with each fiber art piece she creates.
Rhonda offers single and multi-day workshops, as well as on-line training, where attendees create their own fiber art piece. They can use Rhonda’s patterns or their own inspiration photographs. In the process of creating, they learn some of Rhonda’s various Pigment Patchwork techniques. This is done in a fun and supportive environment – perfect for experimenting and creating.
Rhonda also teaches other techniques including Collage/Confetti and Stitching for Dimension. She offers a presentation on her Creative Journey with a close-up view of some of her original works. See her page on Lectures and Teaching for more details. Contact her if you are interested in having her present and/or teach in your area.
Rhonda’s 8-week Get Pigment Confident
Rhonda has developed a unique learning environment that provides a flexible means of learning to color on fabric using pigments. It includes a web-based App, an Accountability Group and Face-to-Face Support sessions.
This training is designed for maximum flexibility of work schedules. It is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to use pigments to color on fabric, regardless of their experience level.
If you are interested in talking with Rhonda about this 8-wk Challenge, click here.
Rhonda’s Other Training Opportunities
Rhonda is continuously developing other training, including in-person, live on-line as well as on-demand workshops and sessions.
She also has a private FB group called Pigment Patchwork Mastery Community. This is open to anyone who has attended one of her training workshops. If this sounds like something you want to do, click here for an Application as your first step. (We will need to create this…. Let’s discuss please).
Rhonda is a Co-Rep of the KS/MS/OK Region of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). She is also a member of the American Quilters Society (AQS).
She is a member of several guilds in Kansas and Colorado. Her work, as well as products featuring her work, are available in several different galleries and shops in both Kansas and Colorado.
Rhonda has taught classes on art quilt techniques throughout the United States as well as internationally.