What a Fun Saturday!

Little did I know when I got this “honey “ of an idea that it would by fun to do an installation, that September is National Honey Month. I got the okay from Shelley Schenker, the owner of EcoDepot Marketplace in Asheville’s famous River Arts District. Then I upended the studio. It’s a tiny studio, and a large installation, so many fiber piece in progress had to be stored. And I got going

I set to work cutting rectangles from repurposed cardboard and painting them a nice honey-like color. Then my trusty sidekick (that would be Patrick) started turning the rectangles into individual hexagons, which were then attached together. Now the tricky part: attaching the whole piece to unused garden stakes. It did look like a honeycomb! It held together, and off we went to the Gallery!

We mounted the honeycomb in the front window, and that’s when the fun began! To make honey, we need bees, so I utilized the bees created by @ClaudiaMooreField. They are made from screen, of all things, and are just darling!

I delved further into the gallery to get other pieces. Paintings of nature by @SusanHanning, @RickSelf. and @SondraDora. Butterfly jewelry by @LeeMiller. Scarves represent nature by @PamGrangerGale and @LyndaSondles. There’s even a huge bee that’s perfect for the garden by @MattWalker. Added a bit of “bing” with a purple dragonfly by @LindaMartin!

So please come by next Saturday and have a beverage with us and help celebrate our Planet’s pollinators. Shelley has invited a beekeeper come, and @MarkSondals will be showing us how to make bee “hotels”. EcoDepot is a wonderful place to view a wide variety of art inspired by nature. I could also say it’s a “honey” of a place to shop!

And me? Learned so much in this process, and want to do it again!

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A Perfect Day!

It is so Spring today!  Spent the morning in the studio working on a commission piece, and then joined other River Arts District artists for breakfast. 

When I got home, I cut back some of our hydrangeas.  Mind you, these bushes are at least 25 years old.  We brought them to Asheville when we moved.   I saved ooooodles of the dried flowers for embellishing future vessels and window panels!  Loved using dried flowers, leaves and seeds from our little garden in my art!

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2nd Saturday in the River Arts District

What a blast!  The artists of Asheville's famed River Arts District decided to have "2nd Saturdays", meaning the galleries and studios will be busy!   There will be shows, demonstrations, workshops, and of course, artists working and sharing "why they do what they do".  

I was at Eco-Depot Marketplace.  My plan was to paint a new vessel titled "Sea Glass".  Named because the fibers (Alpaca and wool) look just like sea glass.  I also took a "re-claimed" denim jacket to embellish with embroidery stitches.  Here's what really happened:

Not one bit of painting, nor one French knot!   Just hours of talking with the many people who stopped by!  People from Asheville and people from far away.  People that stopped by because they are interested in art.  Also, they love to hear an artist talk about their creative process and vision.   

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There was live music and great eats, too. Mark your calendars...see you on April 14th

Wonderment Wednesday!

"Wonderment Wednesday" is the day I try to get out of the studio and visit Asheville.  Sometimes it is a hike to gather inspiration from Mother Nature.   Sometimes, it is going Downtown and feasting on the Art Deco influences in our City.   

But today, I went to the Wedge Studio in the River Arts District to see the transformational work of Frances Domingues.  She owns FD Design Studio and Gallery.

Now I love transformation!  For example, I take loose fiber, "floaty" as a cloud and transform them into hard vessels that look like glass.  Frances takes flat metal and creates magic.  She  calls it "Vibrational Oxidized Painting"  I've put a pic of one of the pieces I saw today, and a close up of the texture on one painting.  Frances' work mesmerized me.   

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There is an opening reception at the Wedge Foundation Cloud Room is on September 21,  2017, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  I cant wait!  

The only down side to my visit was that Frances wasn't there, so "Hello, Frances"!

What I learned from a wedding and a garden...

Our son got married last month at a local vineyard.  We love her so much, and are so happy for them.  It was quite a celebration....happy families and friends, beautiful venue.  I slept for two days!  

I did some quilting for the event, and realized how much I'd missed that medium.  Last week, I was working in our garden and was struck dumb by the variety of flowers we grow.  Sweet william, lantana, marigolds, morning glories, and my bold and brassy zinnias.  All different, but a part of the overall garden.  

I began thinking "what if my art included quilting?  The vessels, lamps and window panels are made from fiber, and fabric is too.  No?  And I love making these "petite" quilts - only 3x3.  They come with a wee easel, and are great for shelves, desks, and....wherever!   And by "quilts", I don't mean the kind you snuggle in!   Art quilts....full of beading.  

Some of the petites and the art quilts are in Asheville's River Arts District at Eco-Depot Marketplace.  Stop by and see the new additions and other pieces of fiber art!