Friday, December 15, 2017

A New Look

 Time to fill the cold grey days up north with projects. We have had a hand me down bed room furniture set that I couldn't part with. Blonde wood finish. My husband is great at refinishing furniture and was on board to go colorful.

 It started awhile ago with this paint job on an older dresser that was also a hand me down. It had seen 2 other paint colors & 2 other sets of hardware. We like it so much we decided to follow suit with the 4 other pieces, 2 night stands and two dressers, even though the style is completely different.

This is how they looked before the color upgrade.

 Once they were painted it was decided they needed hardware to define the drawers 
 and add a needed element.

This piece is my favorite. They all brighten up the space & unify the pieces in a great way. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Travel Always Inspires

A recent trip to Asheville NC and the Biltmore Industries art community 
 provided some inspiration.  The message above says a lot. The link takes you to the site of
 Daniel Essig, a book artist I've admired for years. His studio in in one of the historical buildings. The history of the fabric, tailoring & wood carving that took place there in it's heyday is worth a read.

The car museum had wonderful specimens ripe for photos. 

 The Grove Park Inn was a masterpiece of Arts & Crafts architecture, furniture, rugs, & light fixtures.

We spent a day in Asheville in galleries, shops & eateries. In a gallery of  the now defunct Black Mountain College they had several pieces by Ruth Asawa.  I had recently learned of  her wire sculptures in an Improvised Life post & was enthralled with her work. To see them up close in person was a real treat!

I have been busy in my studio with more fabric vessels, being a vendor in a local art fair, & an attempt to stay engaged while recovering from a little foot surgery. Photos of the vessels and art fair comments to follow soon.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Contain Yourself

I am delighted to be one of the 22 vendors at the Merry Makers Marketplace at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City on November 17th & 18th.  I will also be one of three artists doing a talk next Tuesday for "Coffee @ 10" as part of the promotion for the event. 

I have been in creation mode to get many fabric boxes done in preparation. 

I  refer to them as Functional Self Art, with the prompt to "Contain Yourself" 
on my tags & cards for the fair. 


 The process has multiple phases. From the first layer of paint on the canvas, then three or more layers of texture & stencils, covering the sturdy Pelon with a fabric for the liner, to the pieces being sewn to create the final structure. I truly enjoy the entire endeavor as well as coming up with my own patterns for each size & shape of container. 

Stay tuned for how this goes. It's my market research for the containers I've been obsessed with.