Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Art Therapy

Finding it hard to focus today.  So I am "cleaning" and reorganizing my little craft space.  

The depression that overwhelms my soul and causes me moments of silence so thick sometimes you could cut it with a knife.

I feel like that same knife is stabbing me in the heart and twisting.

So I try to take that pain and create with it.  Something soft and gentle.  Romantic.  Lovely. 

Its very hard to put into words why I feel this way or what makes me feel this way..

Harnessing the feelings and putting them to work for me is a feat in itself.  Sometimes I would rather just go back to bed and forget..

But today I will not let the depression win...








Monday, June 12, 2017

Finished

Honor

So..do you ever stop in the middle of a project and just have to write down what you are feeling?  That is me today.

I have been working on story pennants and I am in love with the process!  When you look at a piece and know the very best element to finish it..or add to the interest that is what makes my heart skip a beat!  

As if, that snippet from a child's bonnet, or that bit of crocheted lace or a tiny button has to go here or there.  It's like home.  Bringing that memory or salvaged piece back to life again.  Re-creating a new and purposeful meaning for something otherwise long forgotten.

I love the tea stains, and the worn through bits, wrinkles and tears and chipped mother of pearl buttons.  Who's hands embroidered such delicate flowers or made such even stitches? The wonderment of it all..  What was behind the smile in an old photograph?  Those things, the vintage, the romantic, the beautiful in there flaws are my most cherished treasures. Oh and I have a trove of them!  

I never wanted to use my stash of mop bottons or rhinestone buckles or rusty keys and spoons but now I have found that when I use them to create a collage or piece of jewelry it really honors the pieces. 
I want to create with them and show them they are still of beauty and value.  

This is who I am..in all these things I am a healer and a fixer and a creative and I have come to realize that these vintage things are truly like my friends and loved ones.  Ones that I have cherished over the years and want to them to know I have not forgotten.  I re-create the joy they bring me every day when I sit down and fiddle with a bit of tatted lace or search through piles of fabric pieces and tons of buttons. 

I will never forget how each one has touched my life in one way or another.  Each and every one of them is important in their own special way and therefore deserve our care.  So as for my baubles and bits, snippets and salvaged trinkets and memories...

I've decided they need shown off again.  

So look forward to more delicious bits to come!  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Inspiration

Vintage photo and a vintage collar.  What inspirational pieces don't you think?  I have been searching for peace.  Sadly depression and anxiety can overwhelm me at times.  I know when I am in my "element" I can find a peacefulness that allows me to create beautiful things.  I love to feel the textures and the fine crocheting and the wonder of simpler times.  This helps me create a story.  Piecing together vintage and new pieces that mingle and merge into an artful story pennant.  The pennants are more than just a sewn collage.  Each one is a journey of the past colliding with the present.  They offer me a sense of peace and calmness.  I hope you find inspiration too, to create your story or recreate one of another.



Story Pennants










Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fabric Story Journals

 Today I wanted to share with you some very special pieces that I am still working on.  I love vintage linens, and buttons, and bits and snipets that I can salvage from my previous projects.

Do you have one of those  "to cute to throw away but not sure what in the world I will do with it" baskets?

I do! And it was time to use some of it up to make room for more! 

I have had a pile of vintage photos just laying around, being moved from one place to another.  You know the old cabinet cards or black and white candids?  I kept looking through them trying to find the right idea...See to me, if the art is not useful in some way, I find that it is not as sale-able.  Maybe I am wrong..but my ability to vend my art has not been as successful as I would like.  I guess I come from an era of knick knacks and shelf sitters being considered dust collectors. And who has time to dust these days?

Recently journaling has been all the rage.  So I decided to try my hand at a few fabric 'story books". These are little stories told with vintage bits, and new, and are a treasure to keep forever.  I've kept with in my mixed media style as they are filled with texture, layering, color as well as a variety of mediums.

I think you will like this artful story.  Mother.  It takes you on a little journey through time with vintage feedsack fabrics, mother or pearl buttons, seam binding, vintage trim and even a bit of wall paper!  Take a look, aren't all the elements just gorgeous?

The second larger Story journal has not been finished and is a work of love I am still creating...I would love any suggestions...It has some gorgeous buttons, some salvaged linen embroidery, ruffles, velvet ribbons and bits from an old wedding dress.  The title is "Family ;Listen to your heart".

 And isn't that what life is all about? Family and Listening to your heart? 






Blogging

A special person asked me just a day ago why I had stopped blogging.  I really didn't have a good answer...  I suppose with today's social media craze it's easier to communicate with a few texts or copy a great quote and post it to your profile.  Upload some photos and you are done.

Well, I'll tell you a little secret, I am a creative.  Yes.  I love to create and in one way or another I try to incorporate that in my everyday life.  Creating things is what keeps me alive.  I suffer from depression and anxiety and a (self caused) stressful life.  It all comes with the depression thing...sigh...

However, when I sit down at my sewing machine or sift and sort through buttons or beads, or feel the textures of fabric and paper I feel at peace.  I don't have to make something that very moment but just the knowing that I am surrounded by artful things make me happy.  Oh yeah, and having a cup of coffee by my side too!

When I started my art journey as a mixed media artist, honesty it was difficult to find aspiring artists and it was such a learn as you go process.  Again social media to the rescue.  Video tutorials, look throughs and even mini Facebook vids are the normal.

However we look at it, inspiring oneself is all in the eyes of the artist and what appeal to him or her.  A question that has haunted me from the very beginning of my art journey into mixed media is how do you take that inspiration and turn it into your own?  Seriously, anyone who has an artful mind or crafty side can copy an idea someone else has already come up with, right?

So for me this has still been my dilema.  Feeling confident in my own twist on art to show it off to the world.  I have decided. inspiration comes from everywhere if you know how to "see" it or "hear" it.   I think that is how we also mature as "artists" when we begin to realize we can find inspiration anywhere. And as one artist friend stated, "find what makes you happy and go from there!"

So today is a rainy day..what inspires me today? Perhaps the calmness,with no hustle and bustle, the dripping of the raindrops on leaves and honeysuckle blooms reminds me of tinkling bells, or charms on a necklace..hmmm

So hear I sit, glad I've started to communicate my art again.  Thanking those in my life who have always believed in my talent and encourage me.    I leave you with something precious to me..a recent piece I gave to a friend..she had it framed and it is hanging in her home.  Now that is what I call inspiration!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mixed media girls

When I start a girl I pencil her in with Prisma color Col-erase colored pencil in black. Then I go over the lines with a fine point water based Sharpie paint pen.  The background is gesso and acrylics. This makes for a smooth drawing (and erasing) substrate. 

The eyes are my biggest challenge. The face.  Here is "J". I started her and am trying a new skin tone with gellatos.