My friend, Mary McCauley, is getting ready to teach in New Zealand in October and before she left, we had lunch to catch up. She surprised me by showing me the two vessels she created for class samples that used my Stupendous Stitching techniques. When I took her class in Colorado, it was super fun and at the time, she said to me "This would be perfect for your technique! And my response was "Go for it!" and so she did!
These vessels are absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite elements was the beading she added to the top. Of course, her shapes are uniquely hers and very whimsical.
Mary is an amazing artist and one who freely shares all her secrets. I will never have the patience to create her amazing botanical drawings, not have her ability to create works in 3 dimensions so I am just honored to call her a friend and admire everything she does. She inspired me this week and now I'm starting to think about my work in a new and different way. How special is that???
So thanks, Mary. If any of you have the opportunity to take a class from her or view her art, don't hesitate. She's the best!
One of the joys of my life is to teach.
I love seeing people tap into their natural creativity and make art and that's exactly what happened this weekend in Denver. Judith and I taught a 2 day mixed media workshop where 18 students ended up creating 18 BEAUTIFUL pieces of art. We worked on a substrate called lutradur (cross between fabric and paper) and used a variety of paints, stencils, crayons, and sprays, to make a background which we then embellished with all kinds of fibers. Some people will hang the result on their wall while others chose to make book covers.
I'm sad it ended since I was feeding off the energy of all these wonderful women!
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