I have to start by saying that Dyan Reaveley
is brilliant. I've never seen her before her Dylusions Ink Spray 101 video
. I'm blown away.
- First, she has a lovely accent. I could listen all day, really. Lilting, fun. Maybe I can use her voice as inspiration for one of my puppet's voices. Oooo
- Second, she dresses in fun clothing and eyewear.
- Third, she uses her prepared material beautifully.
- Fourth, she adlibs and thinks on her feet while teaching you in her videos. She allows herself the space of new discovery and sharing that directly with her viewer as she discovers it. And then she's silly about it!
- Fifth, you get to learn in fine detail more than 5 different ways to achieve background and stamping, and varigated looks.
I bought one of these ink spray pads to augment my wee dylusions spray collection not knowing exactly how I'd put it into action. But I tell you what, this girl is Ex-CITE-ED!
I learned about Michele Theberge
's video on the proper acrylic base for your painting after my Mom shared Donna Downey
's post. This was really eye opening.
Michelle is a good video instructor. Her canter is the right speed, her prepared canvases and written items make the video go super smoothly and allow you to focus on the subject she's teaching.
I can't wait to play with airbrush medium
or acrylics on watercolor paper for my next altar piece. Whee!
Pratt Fine Arts Center held their 3x2 Redux again this year and Peg Gyldenege
, metal smith, glass artist and my all around amazing mother
had her name tossed in for joining. I was lucky and got to tag along with her to the initial meeting. WOW! It was such a joy to be in the presence of so many talented artists. I don't work in glass or metal, so it's quite fun to appreciate and observe those who do.
The 3x2 Redux Pratt
is hosting is where 2 artists - one a metalsmith, one a glass artist - collaborate to create 3 pieces. Then, one of the pieces will tour 2 galleries and 1 museum before coming home, that is if they don't sell along the way! The tour is set for the following 3 destinations:
Peg Gyldenege, Metalsmith, and Leslie Goldstein, Glass Artist, are paired up for collaboration on 3 Jewelry Pieces by 2 artists at Pratt's 2013 3x2 Redux
At the initial meeting, the glass artists brought their work to show. 40 glass artists and 40 metalsmiths got paired up and boy did the volume leap up to 11 and the creative juices began to flow. It was exciting just to be there, even if I wasn't a participant.
Leslie enthusiastically explains one of her designs to Peg.
were paired early in the process that night and got started immediately. Leslie
is a friendly and excited person, very fun to be around. And I knew Peg was giddy just by watching her interactions. Peg
brought her work and after being paired with Leslie
, got it out to show so they could both get excited and generate collaborative ideas over the others creations. Leslie even wore her Oregon Ducks colors in the form of her glass bead artwork. Check out the necklace she made in the photo at the top.
Glass Art by Leslie Goldstein (all rights reserved) Metalwork and Mixed Media by Peg Gyldenege (all rights reserved)
Have fun playing & creating girls! I can't wait to see what you create!
Deep down, you are far from ordinary. You are magical. You are a woman of great power and class. You are the Queen, the Fairy Godmother, the Heroine, the Goddess and you only wear things that make you zing, shine, and stand out above the crowd. None of this ordinary, follow-me look for you. You are artsy, creative and wild.
Take a look at these pieces above. Do they make your heart sing? Does it leap at the presence these pieces have? Does it twirl at the sight of the rich and luscious colors? Are you giddy at the sight of those large stick pearls or the purple coin pearls? If you love these, then you'll love Peg Gyldenege's booth full of stunning statement pieces at Best of the Northwest this weekend! She even wrote a poem about needing to pause the creating and step into the show mind-set. I've published it here with her permission.
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Time For Another Hata poem by Peg Gyldenege
The time has come
Said the hands to the head
To put away the jewels & tools
And sell your wares instead.
Needles secure, pliers down
Beads back in tubes
Kiln cycled down
Tumbler at rest
Gleaming finished pieces
Checked polished & priced
Displays packed up
Lists checked twice
Now trading hats
From mole in the workshop
To ringmaster of the selling circus.
Thanks for your support in my life as an artist!!
Here are a few more of her brilliant earrings and bracelets. She has really outdone herself this year. I'm so proud that she is stepping into her power as an artist. There is more talent in this woman's little finger... And I just love how she connects the botanical world - leaves, flowers, gemstones, with the mythic, mystical, faerie, and magical. It's like Disney's Gardeners come to life!
Please stop in and say hello in Seattle, tomorrow 10/18, Saturday 10/19, and Sunday 10/20. Plenty of fun and delight to be had. Just talking to her makes your day better!
Early in September, Seattle had a Fabric Show
where all the reps for fabric vendors like Alexander Henry
, Kona Bay
, Free Spirit
, Michael Miller
, and so many more all had "booths" or in this case rooms where you could see the latest fabric trends. This is where industry folk, like shop owners or clothing/quilt designers, could meet and buy for their business needs. Judy & Sandy of ZPRZ, by the way, gave great samples and also followed up just a couple days after the show. Color me impressed!
How my friend Charity & I attended is that this show happened to also be open to the public and I was fortunate enough to find out about it through Tacoma Sewing and Design School
newsletter that Ryliss puts out regularly.
The show was held at an embassy suites where the rooms all face an inner court yard. Those who have been to Art and Soul in Portland
years past, same floor plan. Some vendors were not interested once they learned we were not fabric business folk. But others were very kind and showed us their many products. Dan Rimmon had many fabrics that could be purchased in small quantities (2-15 yards). See the photos of the yummy purple and blue hemp knits, oh swoon! And he had tons of liberty. Very nice guy. I will definitely be in touch.
Upon stumbling into the Riley Blake
rep, Carrie Strong, I asked her advice on what a budding fabric designer would do to get started. Wow, such a kind, helpful woman. In short, she said, get your body of work together, make it outstanding, then go to one of the major quilt shows (it travels around the US and was in Portland last year), then schedule to meet with the manufacturers. She knew we were "the public" and still was nice to us and helpful anyway. Now that is the sign to me of a sales rep who thinks holistically, and cares about all customers at all levels. One never knows the impact a single person could have even if they are not buying wholesale, they could be a huge influencer. Treating everyone as though they matter is a gold star sales rep in my book.
Last, we met Melissa McGill
who reps for Alexander Henry and Robert Kauffman, two of my absolute favorite manufacturers. She also had a table of these hand-dyed fabrics that totally caught my eye. If you read my post Vintage Apron Grows up to Become a Skirt
, you know that I am totally infatuated with African fabrics since watching Wild at Heart written by Ashley Pharoh (writer of Bonekickers I might add) see below.
Because of this African fabric infatuation, I'm working on a few wardrobe pieces and have been looking for just the right fabric. Well, Melissa's pieces turned out to be perfect. I inquired a bit about the history of the fabric. Turns out, her husband started a school in Uganda for the handicapped so they could learn a trade, have a safe place to live and earn their own money. Melissa visits every 5 years and teaches the women new techniques. These fabrics were shibori dyed or batiked on a huge scale. They lay the fabric out on the ground, then they fold or batik it. Folding occurs lengthwise many times over then dyeing.
A woman at the Kampala school wears a skirt made of a hand-dyed print very similar to one of the bolt pieces I bought. Image Source & Copyright: Melissa McGill (Facebook: NW Textiles Melissa McGill Fabric Sales Rep. Click picture for link)
The other method they use, because wax is expensive to obtain, is to make a cornmeal paste and cover spots with a broom, let it dry, then dye. Think of it like a resist. How fantastic is that? And the colors are rich and remind me of the beautiful images of African sunsets and landscapes.
Kampala School dyers laying out their fabrics to apply resist. Image Source & Copyright: Melissa McGill (Facebook: NW Textiles Melissa McGill Fabric Sales Rep. Click picture for link)
Even better, is knowing that I am directly supporting another crafts-woman and helping her continue creating. Yes, the tears are welling up and my heart warms at this thought. Supporting a fellow artist or crafts-person be it in Africa or be it in your hometown is a valiant and worthy effort. Every choice is an opportunity to ..."be the change you wish to see in the world" (Gandhi). How are you creating a better world?
The day with Charity finished by a visit to Phinney Ridge where we stopped into the Fiber Gallery
, a lovely shop that had a Rowan book I wanted, followed by lunch at Hummus Cafe
and hot chocolate across the street.
I must tell you, do not miss trying the eggplant+falafal sandwich at Hummus Cafe
Totally and completely amazing. I haven't found middle eastern cuisine this good since I lived in Detroit. Plus, the service and the owners were wonderful! Highly recommended.
I was invited to participate in the Little Alters project with a group of amazing artists. It's a project where you create a little piece of art for each person based on what inspires you. We each have a typeset style drawer with funny little compartments where each mini alter will be created. The intent behind alters is that often in our lives we collect objects and gather them together on table tops, nooks, and crannies. Why not create more art and alters at the same time? "Cool!" I thought. I can do that. "And what fun to be part of such an eclectic group!"
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We all started with our own box (Box A), the biggest spot in the drawer, which is not a square, not a rectangle, but it's a square with a square cut out. Grrr... there goes the even, orderly, balance & structure. Getting started on a group exchange project is often the hardest because you feel it sets the tone for what everyone else has done, but Peg, our fearless leader, has encouraged us to not follow a theme, but rather just to create what inspires us.
Whee! Free reign. Oh, wait - that can be unnerving to people like me who have learned to work within a structure. Structure creates freedom to be creative. Ok... so I'm starting with no theme and very little structure. So, I gotta consider the box shape my "structure" rather than rules. This leads me to my inspiration for my box, Box A.
This year, upon opening a ripe pomelo, I discovered it's delicious floral scent, much like that of walking through an orange grove. Pleasantly surprised and captivated, I had to have more. I wanted to bottle it up and wear it every day. The pith is what holds the richest scent. The pomelo flesh, is also very tasty - like a cross between an orange and a grapefruit and delightfully pink.
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When cut in a cross section, the contrast between the bright green rind, the pithy white and the cheerful pink pulp of the flesh segments is so inspiring. I love how the pomelo segments aren't even in cross section. They remind me of flowers drawn by kids.
So inspired to bottle up this scent, I went out and bought mason jars and all different kinds of citrus to make lemoncello, floral waters (via vodka) and vinegar for cleaning (thank you pinterest
! click the pic above to get a recipe to make your own). So, now that my counters are stacked with mason jars and the multitude of citrus offerings, the inspiration to draw these wonderful fruits happened.
Well, it took a while before I was hit with inspiration. This box, being less than evenly balanced on all sides jarred me so much that I couldn't create. I made that worse by berating myself for not doing anything, then was concerned that my artists block would continue long beyond just this one box into every other box I attempted. Damn that cut out square! But, I put the whole project into a drawer while frustrated and took the day off. I let myself relax, enjoy, and napped. Then, the day after the full moon, I just sat down and started drawing all the citrus that I had brought into my life. I let it all hang out and anchor near the lower right corner. Let the fruit fall where it may! Lo and behold, it behaved! I was able to cut a square out and still maintain the integrity of the art I created. Whew!
My favorite part about this was discovering the cross sections of each fruit. When I look at it, my heart skips a beat over both the pretty pink & green pomelo flower cross section and how I really captured the pink ripening spot on a grapefruit. I think, "Wow, I did that.... I did!"
Today I’m introducing you to Kimberly Kostal
, the jewelry artist known as Lazy K Beads & Stampede Jewelry
and a credit pro in the fishing industry. Here’s a little trivia about her business name. She’s not lazy per say, it's actually her brand, as in cattle (leaning k). Plus, she and her family have a cabin in Stampede Pass. It’s a place she loves to create.
I first met Kimberly
through the Northwest Creative Spirits PMC guild. I heard wonderful stories about her amazing creations and her personal adventures. I’ve been fortunate enough to observe that she approaches art with an open mind and a tenacity that you don’t often see. I recently taught our guild how to carve stamps and she went so far as to use the stamps she carved and even a few of the decorative table wear (napkins) to create a thank you card for me. It was very touching and said a lot about her devotion to art.
I asked her a few questions to help you learn more about her as an artist. One thing I really like about Kimberly is that she gets straight to the point. I often see this pondering look in her eyes when I’ve asked her questions in-person, but she doesn’t dilly dally. Rather, she’s thoughtful and purposeful. Having known and met so many who are glued to their smartphones and can’t break away to even converse with you, her moments to ponder your question are refreshing. Without further ado, here’s our email interview:
GG: Tell me a little about how you became an artist.
KK: I guess you can say I've been creating for a long time. I danced most of my youth with softballl & cheerleading. In college, I earned an AA in Fine Arts and taught dance through City Parks & Recreation and even danced at Bumbershoot a couple of times.
In my mid 30's I stopped dancing and looked for new medium to express myself with. Glass, wire, PMC and as many classes I could find fit the bill. I took a glass bead class at Pratt early 90's. I was very lucky to get in on the Fusion Beads store classes with now national glass bead teachers. I put together a small studio in one of our bedrooms and bought a kiln, then started making beads. I took wire jewelry classes then met the Queen of Possibilities [Peg Gyldenege] and my love of PMC was created. I’ve sold my jewelry at the Woodinville / Kirkland public markets, Burien Strawberry Festival, Mill Creek Festival & Northgate Festival.
GG: No two muses are the same. What inspires you to create?
KK: Life inspires me. Everyday we see, hear, smell & feel our way around. Don't use earbuds! Like my bracelet with the dog/cat charm. I started to make it a cat but that little Yorkie made her way into my inspiration.
GG: What kind of person do you see wearing your jewelry?
KK: I see my jewelry gal/guy wanting a one of a kind piece of jewelry. They're not afraid to pay for quality work/premium product.GG: What is the meaning behind your jewelry? Or, what do each of the pieces represent to you?
KK: It represents to me that I can connect with my customer a same sense of whimsy or design.GG: How would you define your style of jewelry?
Mostly whimsical style has been mentioned by customers at the Public markets and festivals I've done.
Thanks for sharing with us today Kimberly! I wish you joy and prosperity on your artistic adventures. Keep on creating and bringing your “Lazy K” whimsy to the world.
Connect with Kimberly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazykbeads If you’d like to be a featured artist on my blog, please contact me by email.