She has been an inspiration to me for years. She recently created her own blog and it's awesome so go check it out. Hopefully, this blog tour will spur me to get back to blogging regularly. I must confess, I sort of got sucked up into the vortex of Facebook. It unintentionally became my 'blog'. That has been where I've been posting updates to my work and finished pieces. It was quicker than going to my blog and creating a post. Sad, I know.
I have become a tad bit frustrated with Facebook and have vowed to stay away from it except to post artwork and a link to my recent blog posts! With that said here are my answers to the blog tour monday questions:
what am i working on?
I usually work on several projects at once. I currently have several necklaces laid out on the jewelry design board to finalize and I have a couple of bracelets to finish. Then I have a much larger project that I've been working on for a group I'm in called Womens Journeys in Fiber. We have a yearly project that is due by the end of July. We self-publish a book and usually have 3 group exhibits over the next year. The photo below is a small portion of what I'm working on. This beaded piece will be a small part of my project. Sorry I can't say more about it but we try to keep it a secret until our first exhibit in early November. I will post photos on my blog of the whole process once we go public.
Besides the jewelry and the BIG project, I am also in a bead group that has a monthly color scheme. In the sidebar you can click on the Bead Embroidery Project to see my '12 months of Buddha' that I'm doing.
I have just finished June's Buddha in shades of salmon & coral
how does my work differ from others of its genre?
Wow! What a question. It differs because I'm me. I know that sounds a bit snarky or sarcastic.
But really, why is anyone's work different? If you are creating from the heart and doing 'your own thing' then it will differ from everyone elses. If you are trying desperately to replicate someone else's beautiful work then it will look like someone else's. I have taken many workshops and devoured art books and how-to videos. I now have many tools in my toolbox! And I'm trying to take what I've learned and make my own art. I don't really fit into any one genre. I do feel I am still finding my voice so to speak. But, it takes time and many, many pieces of work to find your style or your voice but I'm getting there!
why do i write/create what i do?
I create because I love it! I create because I feel the need to make things with my own two hands.
I create because I have to.
I have always created. I learned to embroider at the age of 8 and learned to knit at the age of 10. Prior to that I was drawing and coloring in coloring books nonstop!
how does your writing/creative process work?
I have no set process. I have never really been diligent about keeping a sketchbook. Although I do have many sketchbooks with various things written and sketched. But the problem is, I never sit down and say "Oh golly, I don't know what to make". I always have a bazillion ideas in my head. What usually happens is I pick up some beads or some fabrics and threads and just begin.
From there it takes on a life of its own. When I have tried to 'use' one of my sketches or ideas I either don't like the way it turns out OR I just take off in a different direction and it looks nothing like the sketch!
Take for instance, the BIG project I mentioned that I'm working on. It took several months of research and planning and digesting and reworking and right now-it looks nothing like the original sketch I made! As a matter of fact it isn't even made from the materials I had originally set out to use.
Once I started it become what it wanted to be. I kind of like not knowing what things will turn out like.
Sometimes things are great, sometimes not so great. It's like when I used to play with clay and did raku.
It was a gamble. You pull your clay piece out of the kiln and stuff it inside a container full of combustible materials to let it catch on fire. And you never really know what it's going to look like until you pull it out of that container a while later. It was surprising and oh so exciting!
Since I haven't kept on top of blogging in a while I didn't have a long list of people to invite to join in the blog tour. I do however, keep up with Natalya Aikens' blog (through Facebook). Her art quilts are magnificent! And she will be on the blog tour next Monday.
Natalya says the motto for her art is: Architecturally inspired, delicately stitched. The core of her art is deeply rooted in her Russian heritage and the architectural images of St. Petersburg and New York City coupled with the use of recycled materials such as paper, plastics & vintage fabrics. Computer photo manipulation and intense hand & machine stitching, and translucent effects are the techniques she favors.
The other person I invited had already been a part of the blog tour and I had missed her post on it, but you should still go check her out. Kathryn Dyche Dechairo Here's the link to her blog tour Monday post in case you didn't see it. Her photography, photo manipulation and her artwork are amazing as well as her poetry!