Last Monday I was tagged by my good friend and great blogger Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun. She was tagged by someone else that was tagged. This is a great idea guys.
Basically, If you are “it” you have to answer some questions and then tag 3 other blogs to do the same. I really like questions. I’ve never picked dare in Truth or Dare. I loved standardized testing. So hopefully the bloggers I’ve tagged enjoy this exercise as much as I do.
What are you working on?
Psh. What am I not. I have maybe 10 WIPS. 3 or 4 of which are serious ones. Serious meaning there’s a deadline or a predetermined reason to be making them. I’ve got my first Louche Puce coming up on 6/14. And my first class as the Michael’s Crochet Instructor on 6/13. I just finished the two beginner demos projects last Friday. So now I guess I’m working on remembering how to facilitate a class. And reading the instructors manual.
I’ve got my dropped Artbar piece that I feel like is still a wip because I am still holding it in my mind. Artbar is over for the season but I need to still complete this idea before I can put it away. This is what I did with white fabric and a printed picture of one of the first famous tattooed ladies. I kinda love her just like this.
My ‘sign” for my booth at Louche Puce, Two Brother’s Summer Fest, and Alley Art. I’m going to need a tent. I’m emmersed in the local art scene now. I’m showing at shows and people are remembering me for my work. It’s tent time.
This doily that I started because I felt like I needed something somewhat intensive to do. I want to make a few doilies and put them in hoops for the shows.
My work space. Is always a work in progress. I just reorganized a bit. There’s a whole lotta holes in this wall. I’m pulling away from yarn and embroidery at the moment in to paints and color theory. A color theory interest is not new but after taking a Art Therapy class all I can think about is painting.
My art journal.
The stitch along. I haven’t in a little while but its still on my mental list.
Photography. Taking more photos. Being more aware of whats around me.
This blog. Always. I’m still trying to find my identity as a blogger. But the more I think about it the more it’s a lifestyle blog. I just don’t enjoy talking about my kids (Chicken: Potty training, learning sarcasm and metaphor. The boy: teething, giggling and standing) Or my husband (he’s better than most and still pretty hot) or my house (it needs cleaning). I enjoy writing about things that are a little more just about me.
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
I always say that what I’m working on is featured here about 50% of the time. When asked what I do, I say I’m a photographer and fiber artist. I think what is different about me is that I don’t think of my self as an artist. I like to work with my hands and I like process and construction. That’s why I have always leaned towards something fiber related. There is some construction before you can start stitching. A pattern. Gauge. Even just ironing some fabric. What makes me different is I want to know how to do everything. I want to learn everything. I’m not interested in mastering anything. I don’t think I have a signature style. Not yet anyway. I’d like one of those. In the words of the super group House of Pain in their summer of ’92 hit, Jump Around. “Get used to one style and yo, and I must switch”.
Why do you write/create what you do?
I try to remember everything that inspires me in the day and it’s impossible. The word inspire isn’t really it though. It’s more like a bug. A fly buzzing around my head. I have to swat at it until I have it in my hands. Its a compulsion. Sometimes something beautiful comes out. Sometimes it’s something someone enjoys. A lot of the time its to get it out of my head. Crochet and Embroidery each have a million practical purposes. I’ve made an afghan or two and I’ll make more. That is the craft, the relaxation part of it. But it’s the thing in me that can’t just put it down that I do it for. I think that’s why I move mediums or patterns or systems so often. I very rarely make the same thing twice and when I do it’s pure labor. I was purely a writer for a long time. I got my first journal for Christmas when I was 12. I kept a journal until I had a stroke at 24. The writing wasn’t my thing anymore. I painted and drew but not much. I picked crochet back up when I was 22 and then dropped it when I started advancing at work. Then my work was my expression. I loved instruction design as much as I still love a needle and thread. I’m about the process and learning and organically moving from one expression to another.
How does your writing/creating process work?
Something catches my eye. Something I’ve never seen before. A color I love. Facebook. Pinterest. My friends. That’s most of it. My friends, my acquaintances. I’m surrounded my good friends that are also great artists. Its the best thing for what I try to do. I jump in face first everything I start something, I work on it like crazy until its done, or more often then I’m done with it. When it’s lost its newness. (It’s a wonder Jeff and I have been together nearly 8 years). It’s the discovery. When that’s over. The project probably is too. But it’s always beautiful while it lasts.
Now that I sound like a total stuck up artsy type. Its just some thread, a needle, some paint. Maybe a long naptime and some ignored dirty dishes. It’s just this is what I have to do to be good at the rest of my life.
There are a few people I’d like you to meet.
Elisabeth at sewingfairytales.blogspot.com
Elisabeth was my partner for the &stitches Swap. She sent me so many great things (that I will happily dedicate a entire blog post to later) In our correspondence from the swap I have made a new mommy/crafty friend. I’m very excited to share her work with all of my 10 readers. You will find all sorts or fun and sweet things on her blog from recipes to what she’s sewing and embroidering to the adorable things she picks up for her newborn.
Zakkiya at inkstruck.com
First of all, what a great blog name. I met Zakkiya on a creative blogger facebook group. She does design and illustration. Her site is full of printable and inspiration. There are many things I’d like to get my hands on for an embroidery pattern. She’s a very nice lady with a very pretty site.
Coyote at coyoteduran.com
Coyote is a fellow Artbar artist. He’s a painter and a damn fine one. I would consider his art non traditional but we all know I don’t know anything about traditional art. I just like the stuff.