But What Does Art Have To Do With Football?

Last Saturday, I was in Downtown Asheville at Mountain Made Gallery, demonstrating how I create my fiber art.  This is something I love doing.  And I meet the most marvelous people.  Locals, people on vacation, people in town for a wedding, people "stopping by Asheville" on the way home from dropping a child off at Wake Forrest.  

This time I met a couple.  Long talk with the wife and her friend, and they were such engaging women.  He is an NFL ref.  I've seen him for years, and remembering some of those calls so clearly, especially the San Francisco- Ravens Super Bowl.  Oh, do I remember that.  So there was that football moment.

Then, when I checked my Twitter feed, there is the Dallas Cowboys following along with my artistic journey.

But mainly, it was just about art.  About seeing a vision in the moment of a bad place (radiation treatment for a brain tumor) and transforming that vision into art. And to being a working artist in Asheville.  

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I'm really blessed, and full of Gratitude.  And can't wait for the NFL to kick off!

Talking art!

One kewl thing about the Asheville art community is the joy we artist feel in sharing the "why" of what we do.  This past Wednesday, I went to the Summer Solstice Celebration at Eco-Depot Marketplace.  Lots of folks stopped by from the Community, but there were many artists there, too. 

We shared our "whys" and "hows", and our joys in where we are at in our respective journeys.  Amazing stories from open and creative people.

Tomorrow I'll be Downtown at the Historic Grove Arcade, at Mountain Made Gallery demonstrating what I do and talking about my personal "why".  For me, it's all about Gratitude, and that vision of a vessel I had while having radiation therapy.  Folks alway ask how I came to creating fiber vessels, window panels and lamps.  So many, upon hearing the story, fall into my arms, telling me about their personal stories, or the stories of a friend, sister, mother.  It is a humbling experience.  And it is so much fun talking with kids about art!  So many of them love art and share their projects with me.  Believe me, I have so much Gratitude for these events.

So please come down tomorrow and chat.  The Arcade is beautiful, and there is always something going on Downtown!  I'll be there from 11:00-4:00.  Hope to see you there!

Wonderment Wednesday!

I like to post in "Wonderment Wednesday" about wonderful things I see around Asheville.  Believe me, there are so many!  But today, right in my studio, I'm overwhelmed with wonderment!  

Most of the time, I make pieces I like, inspired by the beauty of nature in my "neck of the woods". But I really love doing commission work.  It's fun to create pieces for a specific window or space, taking into account the likes and thoughts of the clients.  If are hikers, I'll make a trail, and embellish it with chopped wild cherry root.  Pastures may get a scattering of oat grass.  I find this enormously creative and fun!

I've chosen local North Carolina wool, beautiful hand painted bamboo, and silk fibers.  

I've just started on three large window panels. Two are 24 x 39, and the third is 27 x 36.  Huge for my wee studio! Two are The Asheville home they are going to is so beautiful...full of meaningful art that is special to this couple.

I met with the clients last weekend, and on Monday, began sketching out the first two pieces.  They are so big I had to move to the kitchen and sketch on the floor.   Now, I make many "French Broad Rivers" in pieces.  It such a mighty river!  But this is such a huge river, it took me all afternoon to get it right.  Allowed for sweeps and swirls in the River.  The banks will have bit of oyster shell and sand.  Blocks for the rhododendrons and pine trees and an oak grove.   And a trail...the couple love to hike!  

These will take a couple on months, but I'm so filled with Gratitude to have the opportunity to take their vision, my vision and create!

Again, with Gratitude!

On the auspicious occasion of this New Year!

I am filled with gratitude for all that has happened in my studio last year.   Seemed that the techniques I use expanded and deepened.  And I have so much more confidence creating all the different type of pieces.  Window panels with their "waves" are constructed differently than a vessel with the glided "fluted" edges.   

I've always love the week between Christmas and New Years....a week "out of time".  To rest and regroup.  But this year, the designs were coming fast and furious.  I couldn't wait to get back into the studio and have at it.  Working in the studio is work I love.  Actually, it is hard work sometimes, but it always feels like play.

I'm so thankful for the artistic place Asheville is.  The artists I am getting to know.   Those folks I laugh with and contemplate with.  And the people in town who keep me supplied with the items I need to create.    From the local fiber I buy to the guys at the hardware store who so patiently listen  when I'm trying to explain how I need a piece of "bendy" metal, for example, to make a vase.   

And thanks to all of you who are following along....I will try to improve my social media skills this year!