I like working in a grid format and after walking around the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver, CO yesterday, I see I'm not alone.
Hannah Dreiss & Nemo are two of the many artists that also are attracted to this composition concept — with wonderful results. And affordable!
Made from recycled aluminum cans and hung on nails, any whiff of a breeze, makes these circles shimmer. I loved it. If I didn't ride to the festival on my scooter, I would have been buying one of their pieces to take home.
Check them out at http://artbynemo.com/
I am interested in drawing people as they are living their lives. It's hard to get them in motion because they are walking, talking, shifting their positions every minute. So I take some photos instead and try to draw from those images. It's so interesting to me that no one really cares I'm taking their photo. My iPhone is so less noticeable than my Canon camera with a telephoto lens.
Looking at a photo also helps me see the relationship between people, their limbs, heads, feet, etc. I will sketch these people in my sketchbook tomorrow!
If you have been reading my recent posts, you know I have been intrigued by book-making over the past year. I'm less inspired by binding techniques than I am by what is inside each book.
I think of these as little books as intimate, small works of art, as each spread or page is a unique image, made by me. Given my background in publishing, my past is just catching up with me in a different way.
I don't think mine are up to the standard of being juried into this exhibit but I just might have the audacity to enter one of them in this year's contest. If you have been making books too, or know another book artist, check out this call for entry. Alicia Bailey is a well-known and respected book artist herself and used to own gallery here in Denver.
Click here for the details.
My friend, Judith Cassel-Mamet just published a wonderful workbook designed to spark your creativity and hone your artistic skills. This a workbook that accompanies her first book, Joyful Pages. I am already 1/2 way through doing all the fun suggestions for completing the pages and boy, am I having fun!!! You can order it here
And, if you haven't already bought her first book, you can buy both together. These are very inspirational and are wonderful gift to your friends who want to explore making art.
I was so excited to see that Asheville had buses that stopped at art venues. Until I found out that ART stood for Asheville Rapid Transit. ;-(
Judith and I had great fun making this video. Hope to see you in September!
Just finished teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Asheville, NC. Normally, I don't get a chance to see much of the cities I teach in but this time, it was different.
I heard Asheville was a fabulous place — full of artists and creative people so I wanted to stay an extra day so I could explore and experience the ambiance. Luckily, the quilting guild ranged for me to have someone who could give me a tour after my last class and she took me for a drive to see the Biltmore Estates and the grounds. What a wonderful tour! She knew everything and shared the history and current activities at this beautiful place.
So, after working hard for 3 days, I had some down time and my spirit is renewed.
I am obsessed with making art books. Faith Hale who teaches on Creative Bug is a wonderful instructor and her latest class shows how to make 3 different "Innovative Book Structures" and i have made all three. This is my favorite. It is a "pop up" book and the art on the panels is a watercolor painting I made experimenting with circles and color. I cut it up into 3" squares to fit the panels and just love how it came out.
I also LOVE the binding idea using Tyvek. So much easier than sewing and glueing. A great way to bind my Gelli prints.
I highly recommend her class. If you go to the JoAnns website, you can click and get one month of free access to their online learning website. Try it! I get no commission on this recommendation — just saying!
I was thrilled to be asked to teach at the Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival this summer.
Telluride is one of the most beautiful places in Colorado. And summer is the best time to be there (if you aren't going just for their 5 Star skiing in the winter!)
I will be teaching Stupendous Stitching and Fiber Art Fun — both great classes to unleash your creative spirit, learn some new techniques and become the master of your sewing machine!
I hope you can join me. The festival is from July 27th through the 29th. Here's how to register!
If you want to make a festival part of a vacation, here's a link to the Telluride website that will show you some other reasons to visit this fabulous place.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!