Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One World One Heart Giveaway

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments. I hope you're having fun on the Magic Carpet Ride, discovering all of the creative bloggers out there. If I didn't have a deadline and remnants of a cold, I'd be hopping all over, right now! But I had a few minutes so I've added some more photos as promised.

The theme for this year's One World One Heart is  Magic Carpet Ride.  It is all about getting to know your fellow bloggers.  There are over 600 people signed up - Wow!  The book I am reading now Hot, Flat and Crowded - wonderful book - environmental stuff, economics and politics -deals with the issue of globalization and OWOH is a beautiful example of the some of the best aspects of global technologically connected communities. 

I will be giving away this necklace and earring set.
The pendant is a soldered glass microscope slide with layered transparency images from ARTchix Studio. It is on a long tan silky cord and has a found plastic bead dangle.  The matching earrings are brown glass disc beads accented with bicone bead dangles.  The image is of a 1950s woman, French script and a Venetian canal scene.  

If you'd like a chance to win, leave a comment to this postAnd please include some contact info.  If you post a comment as anonymous with no email, I won't be able to contact you.  I will select the winner by Random Number Generator on February 15th. That's it!  Easy-peasy!

You don't need to follow my blog or check out my ArtFire store, but I'd love it if you did both!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cleaned up a little, then made another mess

So after posting my craft room/studio pictures I FINALLY moved my rolling cart out of the hallway.  Hooray!  But I am still left with 3 vintage suitcases that need a spot.  The vacuum cleaner is back in its spot in the hallway...  maybe it needs one of those silly doll covers, or not.

I just reviewed Ricë Freeman-Zachery's book Creative Time and Space.  And one of the important points she makes is that you can make art ANYWHERE - a tiny desk like Theo Ellsworth, an upgrade from his backpack, or a travel suitcase and hotel room like Traci Bautista or a fully appointed studio.

I'm somewhere in between, but my physical space is taking a huge chunk of time away from creating.  Admittedly, I should focus on one thing at a time, finish one project and move on to the next, but whether that is a self-sabotage or just the way I am.  But I really do find it inspiring to move between house, jewelry, paper, fabric.

Do you have a project list?

Right now, in process, that I want to work on, I have:

A canvas for Aeryn's room...

 She's 7, and this is a collaboration.  Hopefully I will feel it's finished soon and put it up.

Be more Fabulous canvas - submit to CPS

 Fuzzy picture, sorry.  This is just the very 1st layout - it needs to be over the top, silly, fun, glittery goodness!

Reupolster wing chair

 The blue velvet is only one option (all of which have to be from the fabrics I already own), the arm cushion needs to be re-attached.  Oh, and there's a matching footstool.

Select and hang pictures for Art Wall

 Freshly painted with my happy blue paint (mixed from Ethan's bedroom - bright blue- and Dylan's office - muted blue, with a touch of the stairwell - soft mint/moss green).  Check out the 2010 Pantone colors! I think this is in between Turquoise and Amparo Blue.

Art Bead Scene January challenge

Monet "Magpie"  Love this painting!  Need to make a necklace inspired by it!

My primary problem is that my Painting table and my Sewing table are one and the same. So instead of shifting everything around again, I sit at my desk - which I am so NOT taking a picture of - and blog/bitch about it all.

Of course this isn't the whole project list, only the top priorities. So I need to pick one to do... first... right now... 

Which will it be?   Wait and see!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Studio... a work in progress

Come on in...

Don't mind the mess...

This is where I work....

Like life, and my house, and me, it's a work in progress.

It is far from perfect, and is so very full.

But it works ...

And everything I need is here...

I think some of it is really beautiful...

"Oh, hi Momo!"  Come back and visit soon!

Inspired by the delightful photo-story-blog posts of Sandra Evertson. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Do you ever find yourself doing things that are a total waste of time? Like playing "just one more" game of Bejeweled or Spider Solitaire, or "just until you make the scores."  How do you snap yourself out of it?

I had to do this!  Put a silly Post-It note (that's Curious George's yellow hat at the bottom) on the iPhone.  REALLY! 
As in... 
Is this really how you want to spend your time?  
Is this really helping you accomplish anything? 

Is this really Being More Fabulous?

as promised here is the very, VERY rough first stage of my cloth paper scissors submission:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Challenge from cloth paper scissors

cloth paper scissors magazine is starting up a new online community and to kick it off they are hosting an online challenge.  The theme is New Year's Resolutions!!

Deadline is January 25th.  Send a low res image (72dpi) and 50 words or less description of your art piece to

I have a 12 x 12 inch canvas with washes of streaky purple (the color of royalty).  I am using my "Cricut"
(thanks, Tam!) and the Calligraphy Collection cartridge to do the text - Be More Fabulous.  And then I'll just have to see where inspiration takes me!

Photos to come...

Friday, January 8, 2010

My two cents on copyright... and lots of other thoughts

I'm going back and forth between Margot Potter's and Ricë's blogs and my mind is spinning.  If you are an artist/crafter and hope to make a living and not get sued, copyright is important!  So thank you both for doing all this and helping to educate everyone.   This post actually started as a comment and it was getting so long that I figured I had some ideas to "process."

I know copyright is important, but I've got to admit that this whole dilemma is very discouraging and so frustrating, but it's making think about all sorts of new things - a very good thing (thank you, Martha).

My personal story: I don't yet consider myself a successful artist (that's a whole 'nother issue), but I've been copied too (maybe).  My avatar is a skull/rose - a photo I took of a cheap Halloween plastic skull nestled in a pale pink silk flower.  Soon after I found a very similar jewelry piece in polymer clay, I think, on ArtFire, within my own guild group even.  My initial reaction was "Hey, not nice!"  But then I thought, "Okay, hand sculpted, glazed, totally different medium ... and am I the only person who has ever put a skull inside a rose?  Of course not.  My daughter has tons of printed shirts with the motif of skulls in  flowers.  I've seen crafters locally (after I created my avatar) selling barrettes and pins with skulls and roses.  There is a point here, really, bear with me.
 - reposting this from someone else's comment on Margot's or Rice's blog, so thank you whoever-  
          The idea of cultural detritus - there is all of this stuff in the air, on the net, and on the ground, in your grandma's attic...  the whole green movement encourages us to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The idea that one page of a $5 fashion magazine(that exists in possibly millions of copies, for which the photographer and publisher already received compensation) should not be used at all - ever - to make a new piece of art seems kind of silly and wasteful to me. 

The image was taken by a photographer and is that person's intellectual property... or does it belong to the publisher?  What about the model, the fashion designer, the hair/makeup/clothes/prop stylist? What about the digital artist (who makes an already beautifully styled young model into an impossible ideal),  the layout designer, the printer, the fashion editor?  Do you see the point I'm making here?  So many of the images in our culture are already part of a long collaborative process.  Current copyright law, and more importantly, common understanding of it doesn't even come close to addressing the complexity of modern image making.

The academic in me totally feels the above paragraph to be incompleteIt is hardly specific enough to make any sort of point.  Show me the magazine picture.  Who is the photographer, the publisher?  Okay, stop pussyfooting around, give me an example of an artist who uses fashion magazine images and almost completely paints over themBut I have the feeling that it would be completely improper within the artistic blogging community that I strive to be a part of to do this.  Am I offbase on this?  But I do think this lack of specificity is necessary and polite, but it really bogs down a critical discussion.

Then there is the scrapbooking and craft industry (billions of $$, someone else can go look up the facts and figures on that if they wish).  This could open up a whole 'nother aspect....  All of these patterned papers, vintage digital image collections, emphemera kits, etc. that are marketed to us, so we can all be artists and explore our creativity. 

There is also the craft/art publishing juggernaut of Stampington and Company, which publishes mixed media and collage artists who use found objects/papers/photos/rubber stamps.  I subscribe to Somerset Studio and purchase far too many of their magazines, and they published my Provence-inspired ATCs (and I'll be in the next GreenCraft), so I really like them, I really, really do.  But there is a "look," a milieu of art using a wide variety of image sources, which also contributes to the muddiness around copyright and what is acceptable and appropriate to use.

For awhile, my inner art historian has been wondering about this, the art/craft environment I've found myself in: creative bloggers, Somerset Studio, Handmade Nation,  the growing number of art retreats, DIY, indie art...  How is all this relating to traditional fine art, contemporary art, museum art? 

Right now in Art Literacy at the elementary school I'm teaching Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Harlem Renaissance, jazz muscian, painter, printmaker,  primarily known as a collage artist.  In preparing to teach the volunteers I thought about something my art history professor at Hartwick College once said, "Collage is the refuge of the uncreative mind."  That stuck with me for many years, and I wish I could remember more of the context or find the source, since I believe it is a quote.  Is it something early critics of collage said or an artistic elite enshrined in the disciplines of Painting, Sculpture and Drawing?

I now think that collage is just as creative as painting, sculpture or drawing, but it is less artistically technical by its very nature.  Collage is accessible to everyone. The use of collage in art therapy, its ability to tap the subconcious, is such an amazing thing.  Please don't let copyright kill the collage!  From an art historical perspective, collage and new technologies have led to a democratization of art-making and creative process causing traditional ideas about creative property and copyright to come into question.  Which all might be elaborate justification on my part, either way I am enjoying the discussion?

But as a working artist, concerned with the business of art and authencity/originality, copyright is huge and personal: 

"Am I ever gonna make any money?"

"Is someone going to steal my ideas?" 

"I know I am influenced by this artist - is what I am making different, is it new, is it me, is it any good?"

"Should I use a free blog background that looks like scrapbook paper?  Where did those images come from?"

"Is it okay if someone uses my images from Flickr, facebook?"

"Should I go with my gut on a case-by-case basis, 
or just not ever use any outside text/image/stamps ever?"

"What about the many artists who do soulful portraits of doe-eyed
women with long necks? Modigliani?" 

"Should I get rid of all my Stampin' Up stamps?"

"Should I just go look for a job?"

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Happy New Year

What does my resolution mean?  Maybe it really isn't a resolution at all, but it makes me happy and hopeful, so it works for me.  How can I be more fabulous?  What changes will I make?  Do I need to quantify all this for myself, or should I just live it, day by day?

So many questions that I don't have answers to... yet.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My resolution...