I haven’t posted for quite a while. My father-in-law reminded me this past weekend at our family reunion. He said he checks in from time to time to see what I’m up to! Well, I work a lot now and get very little done creatively.
A couple of weeks ago I stopped at a yard sale and purchased 14 old t-shirts for cheap because I want to make this. It just looks like fun.
Isn’t it the cutest? Can’t wait to wear one, but it’s too hot here right now.
I entered this is in a show and it was rejected. 😦
TriState Artisans will have a new name this year and a new brochure for our studio tour in December. We are losing a few artisans on the Illinois side and adding a couple of new ones. You won’t want to miss it! Here is a photo of my work that will be featured in the new brochure.
More news: I am working on moving into a REAL studio space! A 20 x 80 foot building has come open across the street from where I work. The biggest portion of it will be my workspace and classroom for teaching. I am planning to put a small shop in the front part. Although I can’t be open every day, the shop will have my art for sale as well as consigned items by other artists/artisans. I am looking forward to getting in and getting some work done!
Another piece of good news…I was going to order another Square swiper yesterday because the one they sent me didn’t seem to work in my Android tablet. On a lark, I thought I would stick the one I had back in and check it. Lo, and behold, it worked! I could actually SWIPE the card, so I made two $1 payments to myself. Besides, I need to practice so I know how to use the darn thing. I guess the fees I paid were worth it! I think I’m going to love this little tool.
I received a fascinating new book in the mail! Martha Sielman has hit it out of the ball park again with this next book in the Portfolio series. Many of the artists I am familiar with and many I became acquainted with in this volume. Twenty-one specific artists are given feature status, endowing the viewer with a perspective of their work in six-page spreads. Other artists’ works are sprinkled throughout, amply adding to this comprehensive look at current work featuring people and portraits in the textile art world . Each of the featured artists’ work is accompanied by a rich narrative of what makes them who they are and how they arrive at their finished works.
Enjoy Bodil Gardener’s work with her playful, exaggerated characters. So much fun!
Collette Berends uses a very painterly effect in her work.
I adore the quirkiness and simplified forms of Yoshiko Kurihara. I especially like Morning Breeze.
Mary Pal’s amazing works using simple cheesecloth on black backgrounds portrays details not thought possible by this writer!
Viola Burley Leak uses highly expressive images. Her works are colorful with lots of movement. The use of black gives weight to her use of brilliant colors.
The cartoons of Pam RuBert entertain, as always. She is probably the most humorous textile artist I know.
Kathy Nida is provocative, daring the viewer to be offended by her raw depictions of women in various social situations.
Jenny Bowkers, depicting her middle east travels has work included in this volume. Olga Norris with her faceless figures, and Lora Rocke, Joan Sowada, and Maria Elkins, all with the most breathtaking realism, are in the Portfolio. The painted work of Inge Mardal and Steen Hougs is here.
Sielman has gifted us with another stunning compilation of art in textiles. Purchase here.
May has been a busy month here at my house. The farmer’s and artisans market in New Harmony started much earlier this year on April 21st and has continued. Normally we don’t start til mid-June. The artist festival, Arts In Harmony, was the first weekend of May. The heat was pretty bad that weekend, but I was indoors in the air-conditioned gymnasium, even though they did leave the doors open! It was much cooler inside than it was outside. Sold some scarves, some note cards, some art.
Then came the highlight of my month. I traveled to Tan-Tara resort in the Ozarks of MO for the Missouri Fiber Artists conference and exhibit. The reception for the exhibit was on Friday night and juror Bob Adams chose my piece, Compositions #2, for the Surface Design award. That was a wonderful surprise.
I took a glass fusing class Friday afternoon and learned a little bit about that process. I made some pendants and earrings.
Saturday was an all day class with Bob Adams on building images. That was fun.
Saturday night was a barbecue with everyone together.
Sunday morning was the final day…we had a delicious buffet brunch, short business meeting and a speaker, Annie Helmrichs-Louder, who shared her journey and her work. She is one of the featured artists in the new Portfolio book out by Martha Sielman, The Natural World. It can be purchased here. You can read my review of the book here. Her work is wonderful.
No name for these yet….Paper collaged on cradled wood, then coated with beeswax/damar resin mix, then I “drew” in the wax and colored with paintstiks. Then I used a tracing paper to make marks. Love this whole process.
If you scroll down to the New Mixed Media post on October 17, you will see the beginning of a new mixed media piece. I am going to go back to that process and show the next couple of steps and you will see it beginning to change and transform from the initial fabric and paper collage.
I love using oil pastels…I guess it’s the whole blending with my fingers attribute that I like. I seem to be able to do it better that way than with paint and a brush. It’s definitely more up close and personal. With my finger I can make the pastel go where I want it. I have even been known to apply liquid paint with my finger and rub it in. Anything that gives me a bit more control and blending.
And then it will sit while I decide what bothers me about it. It is not finished. More to come…stay tuned.