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2015-16 New Lectures & Performances Listed! See 2016-207

2012-17 Promote Your Work Without Apologizing
This interactive empowerment workshop will look at our perceptions of ourselves. Valarie Poitier will offer tools to help participants strengthen their sense of positive self and their ability to talk about their work to the public, peers, and upper management.

2014-18 Lecture: ‘Memory Loss and Fiber Works’
And Still We Rise!

Motivational Speaker: getting unstuck
Techniques: Ditigizing for beginners, Basic Sewing and Quilting, Surface Design
Quilter Comedy Skit:  Ms. V Unpinned, Oh dear an Artist’s Life.

2013-2016 Jurying, Judging, and Curating:  Feeling rejected…don’t take your marbles and go home.  Get the facts in a light, funny, and highly effective workshop.  Tailored for small critique groups or large audiences. Guaranteed to shed light.

2014-2016 Ms. V’s Solo Act: A Quilter’s Life (rib-tickling and off the wall)

Each lecture and workshop was designed to appeal to a wide audience. 
·        PowerPoint presentation available with artwork, and/or a trunk show, they can also be given without using computer and screen.
·        Format of mini-workshops 1-2 hour, 1/2 day, 1- 4 day workshops, handouts, workbooks, with or without a kit,

Lectures and workshops can be adjusted to target specific groups, specific industries, at different levels (beginners-advance), upon request. Lectures can be adapted for general public, (non quilters).

Costs include Fees and traveling expenses, if flying additional baggage charges will be added, contract available.
Lectures $400
Lecture & short skit or theater version,  $400-$910.
Workshops start at $550, up to 12 people, $35-50 additional students. 
Materials Fee depending on workshop: if I am supplementing your stash or preparing entire kit, generally $15-$75.

*Workshops and classes are calculated by the day, number of students, and venue.

Retired New England Quilt Museum Board Member
Guilds: Quinobequin Quilters, Wellesley MA; Quilters Connection, Waltham, MA
Guest Curator, New England Quilt Museum's 2013 Images Exhibition's Special Exhibit of MA/RI SAQA Members "Three Cohesive Pieces" Exhibit August 2013
Curator & Co-Chair SAQA-NEQM-2009-2011 Project "No Holds Barred"
SAQA Regional Representative, retired May 2014

Watch for my quilt 240 Million Slaves Age - Leaving Cincinnati Ohio's Underground Railroad on Labor Day and coming to a museum actually it is in The Orlando History Museum..., left both places currently being exhibited in Austin Texas, heading your way sometime in the next  2-3 years.

UPDATE: Now in Austin Texas at the Bullock History Museum.

And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations Exhibition

February 7, 2015 - 10:00am - May 3, 2015 - 5:00pm
Orange County Regional History Center
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Noon - 5 p.m

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the History Center offers four floors of dynamic permanent exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida history. The smart, surprising fun continues with limited-run and nationally-run traveling exhibitions scheduled throughout the year.

About The Exhibition
Using the powerful medium of story quilts, “And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations” narrates nearly four centuries of African American history, from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Through 85 quilts from more than 60 artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Story quilting is an art form that has derived in part from a long, rich history in Ohio and goes beyond the simple quilting patterns many people may be familiar with. Story quilting expands on traditional textile-arts techniques to record, in fabric, events of personal or historical significance. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns and symbols, the quilts of “And Still We Rise” relate narratives that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our national history, furthering the discussion of racial reconciliation in America.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and is organized by Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Women of Color Quilters Network.
The Mandela Quilt below: 'Trials, Tribulations, and Temporary Lodgings of Nelson Mandela' is in South Africa it will return to the states soon or in two years, either way I will let you know in a posting here where you can see these two next. Here's me standing next to it on exhibit.  This quilt is heading for Kentucky and the off to Ohio.

UPDATE:  It is currently on exhibit here in the states at te Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, Kentucky from September 8, 2015 thru January 31, 2016.

The entire US exhibit will then be shown at one additional venue at the National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce Ohio from April 7- October 7, 2016.  Looking forward to going to Wilberforce, Ohio in April.


As I have grown/sewn in this field I discovered moving from a private life into a public and on-line life was more than a notion.

I realized I could offer a few How To's...for those of us who are confident and get stuck from time to time, can not see our own worth, get intimidated, feel lost or just not up to the many tasks.  So I looked back and at some of the roadblocks I have hit and decided to write down how I met the challenge or overcame the situations. Thus the series Promote Your Work, was born.

Bless You - detail, 2007
  • Each lecture was designed to appeal to a wide audience. 
  • Trunk Show, and or a PowerPoint presentation available with touchable artwork samples.
  • Has a varied format of mini-workshops 1/2 day, 1- 4 day workshops, handouts, workbooks.  
  • Lectures can be adjusted to target specific levels beginners, intermediate, advance or seasoned artists upon request.  
  • Fees Average $450-$4500 with travel expenses and meals.

Valarie Poitier and Co. Lectures and Workshops available in 2014-16


Creative Workshops:  (designed for either ½ day or 1 - 4 days)

  1. ‘Brainstorming’…Did that great idea dry up midway? Do you have lots of unfinished projects, bring them and learn how to combine and complete.
  2. ‘Perfect-ing the Finish’ includes squaring up, the binding, borders, a firm or fluid body, naming, and the label.
  3. STASH WORKSHOP BRING YOUR old or new tools, favorite fabrics, etc. Learn to use your tools and stash together. (For instance: Fabric paints & markers, poll wrapping, stenciling, silk screening, angle hair, paint brushes, sponges, carving tools & blocks, prepared for dyeing fabric, and fabric scraps.
  4. UFO’s Galore: The what, when, how to finish, or let it go to a friend or auction.  Bring it and Let’s take a gander.
  5. Whole cloth design techniques: Where do I start, how do I finish? You learn how to paint, piece from commercial fabric, start with prepared for dyeing fabric or a combination of the above.
  6. Hexagons, my new love! Explore all the ways you can combine them to make traditional quilts or art quilts.  Cut the Hexagons on site with my studio die cutter.  Hand and machine piecing encouraged.

Professional Development Workshops: (can be designed for 1.5 hours or 1-4 days)
  1. Answering the Call to entry:  To Be or Not To Be Included… Not getting as many acceptances and you would like?  Getting turned down, refused, or hardly ever included?  Let’s take a look at ‘the’ process, and your process, from start to successfully having your quilt hanging in a gallery or museum exhibit.
  2. Jurying, Judging, & Curating:  Feeling rejected…don’t take your marbles and go home.  Get the facts in a light, fun, and highly effective workshop.  Tailored for small critique groups or large audiences. Guaranteed to shed light.
  3. Me First, What Are You Kidding?  I work, my life is so busy, I have no space in my house, I have responsibilities, you don’t understand, I just wish…
  4. Me, not an artist, yes/no everyone says so, but (breaking out in tears)…
  5.   Promote Your Work Without Apologizing
  6. ‘Now What or I’m Stuck’:  I have all the toys or I got a great stash or I finished my studio or spare room I can not get started or stay focused to finish.
  7. Time for a Change:  Where do I go from here or I have done it a million times, or twice and I need a change.

Lectures:  (With or without Trunk Show/Slide Show) Highly interactive!
  1. Answering the Call to Entry.  Soup to Nuts.
  2. Creative Process, various approaches, id yours…
  3. Finding my niche, my style, my voice (also workshop for small groups)
  4.  Ms. V’s Solo Act: A Quilter’s Life (rib-tickling & off the wall)
  5. Promote Your Work Without Apologizing
  6. You Know You Are an Artist When…
  7. UFO's, quilt tops, & best intentions, I got a million of them...
  8. How to promote you work without apologizing
  9. What is the difference judging, jurying, & curating? Why do I need to know?
  10. Preparing your Portfolio, Artist Statement, business cards, & postcards, & attitude.
  11. Interesting Quilts and their story, most based on historical research I have done.