Category Archives: Fiber Arts

Creative Juice #27

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Creative Juice #27

Fifteen inspiring articles to uplift you:

Creative Juice #26

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Creative Juice #26

Sixteen juicy articles to tickle your creativity bone:

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

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Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

If you are in the Phoenix East Valley area this weekend, head down to Old Town Tempe for the Festival of the Arts. I had the pleasure of spending three hours there today. I took lots of pictures and bought some stuff. I’ll share a little with you, but you should go see for yourself. It opened today, and it runs through Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

The first thing I saw was this blue grass band. They also brought along extra instruments so people could jump in and jam.

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After Leah Kiser (below, right) illustrated her brother Seth Ode’s children’s book, Morgan the Ox, she looked for a new project. Her little daughter dressed a toy dinosaur in a doll tutu, and that became the inspiration for the painting Black Swan (second photo below, right).

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Dana Robbins makes amazing art glass. I especially love the knobs in the second picture below.

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Bob Reynolds uses different kinds of woods to make beautiful inlaid cutting boards.

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Elizabeth Jenkins weaves cloth. Some of it she then further designs by removing some of the pigment. She makes unique scarves and shawls and throws–and coats!

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Art below by Deborah Haeffele.

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Joshua Seraphin reverse paints on glass.

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Darryl Cohen and Kevin Frosch make decorative items out of glass. I fell in love with the mirror on the left.

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James Floyd builds, sells, and plays hybrid instruments. Here he is playing some sort of guitar/Dobro/tambourine. In the second picture, an instrument has a mechanical arm for holding a harmonica while you strum.

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Brian Smith spent five years driving around the country in an RV, taking photographs of things that suggested letters to him. He will help you put images together to spell words that hold special significance for you.

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John McDonald’s glass art reminds me of Chihuly. I especially like his “Yard Sticks” below.

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Tom Deitenbeck makes beautiful pottery. I love the knitting yarn bowl in the second picture below. I bought one of his napkin holders.

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Rick Murphy welds together found objects to create curious creatures.

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Bob Cuthbertson plays a Chapman stick. I got to hear him play the Bach Toccata and Fugue. Awesome!

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And, finally, Jocelyn Obermeyer on Irish harp and Nathan Tsosie on Native American flute.

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I hope what you’ve seen, a small sample of the more than 350 booths, will entice you to attend, too. And if you’re there on Sunday, you might even see me. I saw a gorgeous jasper necklace by Jean and Maya Montanaro that my husband said he’d like me to have for Christmas. Best Husband Ever.

The Yarn Creations of Jan Furtado

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The Yarn Creations of Jan Furtado

I met Jan Furtado (then Janette Oborne) when we were in ninth grade. She is my oldest friend, not by age, but by years we’ve remained in contact, even though we’re separated by  2000 miles. I give her all the credit for that—back in the days before email, she kept me up-to-date with handwritten letters, and phone calls whenever we were in the same state.

When my first baby was born, Jan sent me a beautiful yellow lacy blanket she knitted with yarn that was part angora.

The last time we were in the same place at the same time was 2010, when we both attended our fortieth high school reunion.

Recently, she sent me an email with pictures of some of her knitting and crocheting projects, and I was so impressed I wanted to feature her work on ARHtistic License.

Jan isn’t the designer of these patterns, but she has been known to adapt as she goes.

Check out her fashions and accessories (click on any of the smaller pictures for enlargements):

Here’s Jan, modeling her crocheted vest:

 

And look at these awesome toys (I want the monkey!):

These dotty pots fit over bowls. You can turn an old plastic bowl into a beautiful vase for silk flowers.

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Jan’s grandmother (I remember her! Wonderful lady.) taught her to knit and crochet the summer she turned eight years old. How important it is to pass the traditional crafts down to our children and grandchildren.

After high school, Jan earned an Associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College in computer science, and a Bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University in Business Management, also working at Bell Labs as a finance analyst for the Research Department.

Currently, she holds CYC (Craft Yarn Council) certification and teaches knitting and crocheting at Sheep Thrills in Lauderhill, Florida.

 

Creative Juice #9

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Creative Juice #9

Selected to refresh your soul:

From the Creator’s Heart #62

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He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers–all of them master craftsmen and designers (Exodus 35:35 NIV).

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Where the Magic Happens #ALWorkMagic

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Where the Magic Happens #ALWorkMagic

Today’s post comes with a special blogging *challenge. But first, some background.

I have been wanting to write this post for a long time, but I procrastinated because my office was such a mess–I didn’t want to post a picture of it.

But then I figured out I could just spiffy up the desk where I write, paint, and draw. You don’t have to see the stacked boxes o’ stuff I’m trying to find places for. (Yeah, I know, not that spiffy, but it took me a week to get it this organized.)DSC02747

There’s my laptop, open to one of my favorite sources of inspiration, Pinterest. The pink flower behind it is actually a pen stuck in a vase. To the right, you can see some of the many receptacles for pens, scissors, paperclips, etc. The ubiquitous water bottle–a must for writers everywhere, but especially in Arizona. In the cubbies, a stack of salvaged notebooks, all kinds of sticky notes, index cards, scratch pads, and thank you cards.

Under the light is a panel from a birthday card Greg gave me years ago with a picture of a little boy singing his heart out (who looked remarkably like one of my kindergarten students, so it spent a few years on the wall of my classroom). Below that, a postcard my friend Judy sent me from Florence, Italy several months ago. To the right of that, a list of my creative goals for 2016 (you’re working on yours, right?), with sticky note addenda attached.

Can you see on the perpendicular surface to the right the post card from the Cloisters of one of the Unicorn Tapestries (to inspire me to work on my mystical fantasy-in-progress)? And to the left of the singing boy, two pages from magazines reminding me of places I need to go for photo-essays I’m planning.

On the top shelf of the desk are art supplies, a box of greeting cards, boxes of envelopes, some supplements old ladies take, a picture of Greg when he was a little boy (because he was so stinkin’ cute!), some toys that used to belong to my kids, tissues, hand sanitizer, a mini-stereo (I must have music when I write! You can see the slots where I store some f my favorite CDs), and a Scripture-a-day calendar.

I am fascinated with seeing the workspaces of writers and artists. You, too?

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John Singer Sargent’s studio

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Mark Twain at work

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Paul Cezanne in his studio

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio

To see more, check out these articles on creative workspaces:

Do you have the freedom to do this in your workspace?

And here are workspaces of some of the people who have been featured on ARHtistic License.

Artist (and writer) Robert Holewinski:

Jewelry designer Shirli Matatia:

Artist Michael James:

Not exactly a workspace picture, but here is artist Jeremy Kirsch at work:

 

Woodcarver and furniture maker Scott Zuziak of Lazy River Studios:

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Artist Rachelle Levingston: Rachelle Levingston's studio

*And Now, Presenting: The ARHtistic License Workspace Challenge

Fellow bloggers, let’s take this workspace sharing one step further. Your assignment, should you chose to accept it, is to show us where you create. Here’s all there is to it:

  1. Between now and September 30, 2016, take a picture of your workspace, and post it on your blog. Tell us what you create there. Do you write, design greeting cards, manufacture household gadgets? You can even tell us the special significance of the objects in your photo(s), or why you’ve set up the area as you have. How does it inspire you? Help you to be productive?
  2. Somewhere in the post, include this sentence (cut and paste so that you include the link–when your post goes live, it should automatically generate a ping-back to your post in the comments below): This is my response to the ARHtistic License Workspace Challenge.
  3. Share your article on social media with this hashtag: #ALWorkMagic.
  4. Optional: to spread the word, share this article on social media with the hashtag #ALWorkMagic. Cut and paste this shortlink: http://wp.me/p6gt9v-33p or use the sharing buttons below.

I can’t wait to see where you work!