Category Archives: Fiber Arts

Video of the Week #100: Native American Baskets

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Video of the Week #100: Native American Baskets

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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