Sometimes, we see art and think we know what it means. At least, we know if we like it or hate it. But knowing the real stories behind the artist's motivation can change our views and experience.
I loved this piece since it dealt with text. But after meeting the artist, Shannon Galpin, I saw this in a different light. When I asked her to talk about her piece, she told me that she was stalked for several years. the person stalking her sent her letters. Some threatening, some filled with rage, and some filled with professed love. She decided to take some words from the "love" letters and pasted them on a wall during Denver's annual CRUSH event where artists come from all over the country to paint the buildings and alleys of the RiNo area.
Shannon is a fascinating person with many interests and passions. I encourage you to visit her website and read about her. She is a person I wish I knew better.
My good friend, Diana Fox, has a solo exhibit at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado.
I attended her opening reception and was amazed at the power of seeing many of her pieces exhibited together. Diana dyes all her own fabrics and the colors were subtle, her compositions bold, and her artistic expression clear.
In fact, I bought a small piece I loved called Tweet Storm. Not only for it's contemporary name in today's environment, but for the energy and colors that made my heart sing. I wanted to acquire the large piece shown in this photo but it was already sold! ;-(
If you live in Colorado or are coming to visit, don't miss this exhibit! Her are the details:
Foothills Art Center
809 15th St
September 12-October 20, 2019
Every year, Denver hosts an art event called CRUSH. This event allows artists to paint buildings all through the RiNo art district. this year, the artists were even PAID! Yeah!
One of my friends applied and was accepted and here is a photo of the fabric flowers she made and attached throughout all the streets and alleys in the RiNo district.
Susan Dillon constantly amazes me with her creativity, innovative approach to fiber art, and upbeat attitude towards life.
Check out her website here.
I wonder what the penalty would be for one of these fabulous flowers to somehow fall into my tote bag. Just asking!
Every year, on the first Tuesday of September, artists participate in "Art Drop Day" all over the world. I believe this is the 5th year I've been participating but honestly, have lost count.
This is a fun event for me, the artist, and people who discover my art as a gift.
Let's face it. I make a LOT of art. And now that I'm making books and journals instead of 5' x 6' fiber art, it's a lot easier to give away!
Recently, I've been fooling around with making journals from file folders and having fun with paints, sprays, and surface texture mediums. For this one, I added some coordinated tags to fit into the pockets.
If you live in Denver (or nearby), I will be giving you the exact places where my art will be tomorrow so you can get a head start!
All my pieces will be in Cheesman Park. I like to sleep in late on most days so I won't be delivering my packages until 10am. Here's where I will stash my art, starting at the Pavilion, then dropping in the rose garden, children's play ground, round bench near the 12th Ave bus stop, and the bus stop bench.
If you don't find any of my pieces, keep your eyes open and check out the Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtDropDenver/ to see where other artist gems can be found. Happy Hunting!
I have taken several workshops with Susan Brooks. I've learned a lot from her as she is an excellent and thorough instructor on many dyeing techniques.
This is the book I made from the papers I made from her eco-dyeing workshops and I love it.
Susan just published a book titled "Eco-Dyed Art Journals" and it is fabulous! Besides giving all her comprehensive tips and recipes, the photographs are the most inspiring I've ever seen in a book of this kind. If you are interested in bringing nature into your art work, I highly recommend buying her book.
Here's her website.
I've been working on painting a wooden panel with layers of different media. This includes acrylic paints & inks, pens and graphite, adding texture with gels and pastes, and lots of other stuff I'm finding in my studio like gliding flakes! this is great fun and at the end, I will create the composition by scraping into all the layers and see what is revealed. This photo shows the first 4 layers (I forgot to take photos of each layer as I added it) but needless to say, each layer was essentially covered up by the next layer.
I can't wait to see what I discover when I dig into this piece!
I've been having a lot of fun making triangle books from papers I've printed with my Gel Plate.
These make great little gifts!
Several months ago, I received a complimentary Print Making Starter Kit from Gelli Arts ®. What a wonderful value! And a great way to start exploring the possibilities of printing on a gel plate without investing a lot of money in supplies.
Included in the kit is a 5" square gel plate, a brayer, 6 little cups of their acrylic paint, some wooden sticks used to scoop the paint onto the plate, 4 kraft tags and several different items to use to apply texture. All for under $20!
I finally had time to open the kit and play and using my signature printing technique, came up with a set of 4 art prints, ready to frame. I love the depth of color i was able to achieve with just 6 colors of paint. I also love how this plate allows me to pick up dried paint from other printings so even more texture is added as the day progressed.
Today I made a triangle pop-up book using some of the tags I printed along with these art prints. I'll talk about that next Sunday!
The highlight of my day was to attend the opening of Judith's solo exhibition at Tansey Contemporary Gallery in Denver. I've known Judith ever since she was President of the Board of Directors of SAQA, and I was a Rep for the organization. Her work has always inspired me because of her unique voice and presentation of her Shibori dyed silks.
But what also impresses me are her leadership skills, sense of humor and modesty about her many accomplishments as a fiber artist. All those traits were on display as she did an artist talk and demo at the gallery for the opening of her exhibition.
I think this photo shows her exuberance and love of dying silk but her artistic expression is unique in the world of fiber and galleries snd museums have taken note! The exhibition t Tansey Gallery traveled from the exhibition Judith had t the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. But Im happy to say, if it continues to travel to other venues, it will be missing a piece in her Wagashi Series 1 because it will be hanging in my home.
I also want to give a shout out to Tansey Contemporary Gallery. I first visited their gallery in Santa Fe, NM. I had a nice conversation with Jennifer and Michael Tansey and thanked them for having the courage to exhibit fiber because none of the other Denver galleries are supporting artists like Judith. Jen seemed to think that this might be changing with the younger population who are less likely to care about medium and more interested in acquiring interesting and unusual art. I hope this doesn't mean we will all have to start working in black, white and grays! (Just kidding!)
So, if you live near Denver, I highly encourage you to visit the Tansey Gallery and see Judith's art up close. It is stunning. The exhibition is up through August 24th, 2019.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!