Our recent move has put most of our family’s art projects on hold. Many of our materials are still packed away in boxes and stored in closets and under the couch. The move from a larger space to a smaller one has necessitated a rearrangement of priorities and a reinvention of defined storage solutions. Although we would have liked to make this new place like our old one, where the living room was morphed into the art studio, and the adjoining dinning area became the living room, the layout of our new place doesn’t allow for it. Instead, we have phased out the dinning nook into the art studio and the living room is open to company, sleepovers and movie watching. Due to the size of the art studio, it’s basically set up for painting and the materials for other art and crafts are tucked away.
My partner, who is the best artist in the world, has taken to painting more often than he used to in our old place and has produced, in the last 1 1/2 months we’ve lived here, two completed paintings and one he is working on presently. I am very proud of him and wish him the most in his artistic/creative endeavors.
Because I have no clue where my beads and beading materials are, my beadwork projects have come to an abrupt stop. A really sad happening, considering that I was halfway through my regalia shirt and Autumn is prime powwow time here in Florida. Hopefully I will find the stuff sometime soon 🙂
3/18/09 Here is my beadwork…
The above was one of two designs that are to adorn the front of my shirt. For the back, I borrowed my mom’s loom- she’s got this awesome adjustable loom she made out of wooden dowels and eyelet screws that is a loom beader’s dream- and have been working a design along the lines of the above cemi, for the back of the shirt. My brother got so excited in seeing the work I was producing that he shared, not only some great ideas, but some hard earned wisdom. “Nanu” he said, “don’t fill the back with a completly beaded image. You may not be able to wear it long. Remember, the beads can become heavy”.
I had to laugh because he went on to share his own experience with an overly beaded jean jacket he made several years ago.
Although the materials I use for creation are hidden here and there, the creative spirit will not be denied. I did find a beautifully empty artist’s journal as well as some crayons and markers, which were promply requested by, and given to, my child to work on. Needless to say, these were received with overwhelming joy and have been used quite extensively since. Although this sharing filled my heart with joy, it did nothing for my own need of creative expression. Until I met L.
I work as a Home Heath Aide and this allows me to share with older folks with all sorts of experience and backgrounds and much to share. I noticed that many of my clients had worked at one time or another in embroidery and crochet, two of my favorite crafts. Being that the materials for these need little room for storage (I usually keep it in tote bags, on hangers in the closet) I knew where my needles and thread were. 🙂
So, now I am learning some embroidery stitches under the guidance of several elderly folks who appreciate the attention as well as the opportunity to share their knowledge to someone eager to learn.
I haven’t made these in a while but here are some samples of my ATC work….
ATC Workshop Book
Here are my attempts at Intuitive Watercolors, the first technique in the book.
Watercolor on Baby Wipes
Painted Paper towel backgrounds
Here is one AB I made. It was altered by drawing with Sharpie pens and colored pencils.