Thoughts from my Husband....

Patrick said the kindest words the other day! He had always supported my artistic inclinations and endeavors. He’s a master craftsman, and makes the frames for the custom, commissioned window panels I make.

He came into the studio yesterday while I was arranging all these colors for a new piece. Wool, mohair, and a smidge of silk. Patrick remarked that I used many of the same colors in my work. But then he continued with “but you could arrange the same colors in the same pattern and make the same size vessel, but no two would look alike”. How kind is that comment?

So I got to thinking about that, and he’s right. Absolutely spot on. Two colors next to each other “blend” into each other as I sew, the machine pushing then into each other. Then there’s no way I could place layers of paint in the exact way over and over again and have the same result in different pieces.

I suppose this is one of the joys of being a “maker”, of taking an idea and transforming it into a tangible object.

“Floaty” rainbow sherbert silk!

“Floaty” rainbow sherbert silk!

It's not what you think it is!

Recently I answered a question on a group site.  The question was:  tell us something we don't know about yourself".  My answer was that my 2nd grade teacher took my box of crayons away because I kept coloring outside the lines.  And that now I'm an artist here in Asheville.   I included a pic of one of my fiber vessels...the first one I ever created.  This is the one I saw whilst having radiation therapy.  It set me on my path when we moved to Asheville!

best vessel!!.jpg

The comments humbled me, to say the least.  One comment was "I love glass".  BUT it's not glass!  It is colored wool, silk, and mohair sewn together, cast into shape.  Then there layers of paint and epoxy resin!   

So, things aren't always as they seem!

Asheville Skies

Just finished the final bronze "gilding" on this sweet vessel.  Visitors continually remark about the glorious skies in Asheville.  From early morning dawn to our spectacular sunsets, we are blessed each day with this incredible blue, white clouds scudding by.  Beautiful golds and purple caressing our mountains.  

So this vessel with the brown mountains on the bottom and spilling up the sides and the blue, white and gold in the skies is a tribute to Asheville's beauty.

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!

Whew!

Busy in the studio today. And it is such a small studio (12x10)!  

We've set up three worktables...on for sewing, a wet table for painting and resin work, and an all purpose table for works in progress.  I've been working in all three areas, and am now leaving the studio....there is wet stuff, some very sticky, drying all over the place!   The vessel below is "Dawn Sky Over Asheville".

Dawn over Asheville

Starting the week with this...

I'm so pleased with this little blue vessel.  I love the shimmer in the bottom, and think it will look like water when it is done.


The shape is a new one, and I like the organic look of it! Now that it is finally dry, and perfect, the next step is to complete the first layers of paints.   I'll be using great metallics in blue and silver.   And it is a perfect day to paint:  cold and gloomy in Asheville!


Today's Triumph!

Finished a "stubborn" base for a new, small vessel today. I love the combination of blue and green fibers together, with the several different, coordinating threads anchoring the fibers together.

The fun really begins after I cast the base into either a vessel, light, or window panel. I sweep layer and layers of green blue and bronze thread onto and out of the each specific colored field.

But the blue and green piece I've been working on for several days has just seemed like an uphill push.  Maybe it is because I'm a smidge under the weather.

The next piece will be a vessel.  I'm thinking it might want to be "The Flame".  Reds, oranges, yellows and golds!  We'll see!

A nod to Sulky!

Very pleasurable day working on a vessel which reflects the Asheville sky at sunset.  One of my favorite themes!  

As my work has evolved, I've experimented with many different brands.  I have determined that, for my unique work, Sulky Treads are the best.  The thread is smooth, with no burrs to get kerfuddled in the machine.  And the colors!  They are vibrant, and just look like jewels lined up on my worktable.   Looking at them is such a visual treat!

Check out the website.  They have seminars, a handy retail locator guide and free project! sulky.com

 

What I'm working on today....

....a vessel inspired by fall leaves.   My then three year old grandson again brought me some leaves.   They shouted "Fall" to me.   I scurried into the studio and pulled fibers inspired by those leaves.   The fibers were then sewn into one sold piece, becoming similar to fabric.   Next step it to cast the piece into a vessel.   I'll post more pics as I go along.  Really looking forward to a day in the studio....after the gym and Halloween preparations, that is!