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Mixed Media Art Quilt Workshop with Mary Hetts

I had promised myself I would try and post at least once a week! Well, it's not happening. I have to confess that I've gotten hooked on Facebook. This time last year I was hooked on blogging. When blogging was new to me I met so many very talented people that I was constantly checking out everyone's blog to see what they had created. I was posting several times a week and I was online daily for several hours in order to keep up with everyone. I finally told myself that in order to accomplish anything myself as far as artwork or housework goes, I needed to 'kick the habit' and limit myself to just one day a week at blogging.

That worked for me and then my Facebook friends started to increase and I have been checking Facebook several times daily for months now! It's become quite a habit and I find myself not getting any blogging done but more importantly, not getting the artwork done that I had planned for the New Year. I have been pretty good about the cleaning and purging of my studio and the rest of my house. BUT, the artwork is calling me and I plan to ween myself from Facebook, just like I did with blogging.

The problem with Facebook, is that my high school is having a MEGA reunion in August and Facebook is pretty much the method of contacting everyone to inform them. Every time someone new joins Facebook and 'friends' me, I have to chat with them and then that leads to commenting on their photos and their status, etc, etc, etc. It's been great reconnecting with folks I haven't seen in 30+ years but I'm going to have to back away from the computer in order to get back to business.

Back to the business of making art! I will try to post weekly but I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't. Hopefully if I start creating I will want to post my new 'stuff'!

Finally, the reason for this post is the workshop I did 2 weeks ago with Mary Hettmansperger. She's FABULOUS! She's fun, warm, giving and oh so talented. I just love her work. It really speaks to me. If you ever get the chance to do a workshop with her, I highly recommend it.

This is Mary demonstrating a technique to Alice.

 



This is Stana at the torch. We did a LOT of torching and a LOT of hammering.



These is some of Joan's work. Love her woven piece!

This is Kathy's torched copper mesh and copper piping.



This is Tracy's mixed media fiber piece. She made the copper leaves and the twined copper to apply to her fiber art. Love it!



This is Shelley's mixed media fiber piece.She created the copper leaves and branch to apply to her fiber art.
Beautiful!


I didn't have the forethought to actually make a fiber piece ahead of time nor did I attempt to create a fiber piece during the workshop. I was having so much fun playing with the metal that I only made jewelry pieces and one piece for a future fiber art project.
Here's a brooch/pendant I made. It has a pin back but also a jump ring so you could hang it from a necklace.

This is a twined, woven and wrapped piece. I incorporated several of Mary's techniques in this piece in order to spread the copper ribs out to form the branches.This piece is a possible candidate for a future art quilt.


This piece was done with the intention of using in a future fiber art piece also. We'll see...

Ok, I'm off to play in my studio. I have a project to complete for a friend of mine and then it's on to finishing curtains for my bathroom. THEN maybe I can concentrate on the projects I have planned out!

I did finish a piece I started in Jeanne Beck's workshop WAY back in September. But I'll wait and post that another day.

Until then...live your life creatively~
cathy

Comments

Terri Kahrs said…
You may not post a lot, but when you DO, they're WELL worth reading, Cathy!!! OMG! Your metal work is outstanding. I have great respect for metal and glass artists. Although I truly appreciate these materials, they're definitely NOT for me. Stunning! Hugs, Terri xoxo
tmstewart said…
Hi Cathy,
What a whirlwind you were at the workshop. As always, great to spend a few days playing with you. I love the metal pieces you made. Gorgeous! BTW, your looping technique looks like you were teaching the class!
Beth said…
Very cool projects from everyone!

I stopped getting on Facebook in December because I was too busy. I don't miss it. :)
Thanks everyone! Great spending time with you too Tracy. I look forward to coming and playing with dyes one of these days.
Beth, I know what you mean about FB. If I stay away from it, I don't really miss it.
Janine said…
Hi Cathy,
that workshop must have been great.
I love the copper- tree you made.
That is a phantastic piece.
Have a great sunday
Janine
Thanks Janine! Hope you had a great weekend.
cat said…
How cool was that to be in Mary's class! Love the piece you made! Where was the class taught?

As for Face Book, I stay away from it. I'm not signed up and it scares me to think of hooking up with some of past.

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