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12/31/10
Word for 2011: Focus
Filed under: General, Book Arts, Mixed Media, Creativity, Art Journal, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:25 pm

Last year my word for 2010 was create, posted in Full Moon Dream Board. In 2010 I started off by creating a full moon dream board, then took two online creative classes, exhibited work in the Middletown Art Guild show, attended the Art Is You conference, attended a Quilt Retreat, and nurtured myself to grow as an artist.

This year the word I have chosen to guide me is focus. Focus is a point of convergence as well as a sense of direction and purpose. My intention is to look at the many ways I express myself artistically and synthesize disparate media into a more cohesive and unified whole. The coming year promises to bring continued growth and exploration with more of an emphasis on mixed media.

This index card book that I made recently shows one of my main areas of interest, book arts. It was inspired by a photo in Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynn Perella. At this point there are papers glued down to the background of all the pages and I need to add writing and embellishment to the pages. Yarns were added to the spiral binding to give the book texture and an additional layer of interest. It is so gratifying to hold a creation like this in my hands.



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12/15/10
Fiber Fatbook
Filed under: General, Collage, Quilt Art, Creativity, Inspiration, Art Journal, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 10:34 pm

The term fatbook originated at ArtFest, an annual art gathering in Washington state organized by Teesha Moore. Michelle Geller has some wonderful fatbooks on her blog Hold Dear. There are also some great fatbooks in Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by L. K. Ludwig, a treasure trove of inspiration that I return to again and again. The fatbook is made up of 4″x4″ embellished fiber pages swapped by participants in advance and bound into a book for distribution on arrival at the event. It is a monumental effort and the results are spectacular.

Since I am into art journaling, book arts, and quilting, making a fiber fatbook was a natural choice for me. I chose a 6″x6″ page format, some Hobbs Thermore batting that was on hand, and a variety of my favorite designer and specialty fabrics from stash. Here are some of the pages assembled recently and the next step would be to add some beading and more embellishment. Making fatbook pages is a great way to open up to new creative possibilities and try new things.



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12/03/10
Small Treasures
Filed under: General, Creativity, Inspiration, Design, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:50 pm

Beads have always fascinated me. They are like tiny little treasures in the palm of your hand. I haven’t created jewelry in a long while but recently got the urge to make earrings. I like to use 22 gauge silver wire and findings with semi-precious stone, Swarovski crystal, size E glass beads, and other interesting and unique beads.

My former jewelry teacher was Wendy Black-Nasta of Wendy Black-Nasta Jewelry Design and she is truly inspiring both as a teacher and an artist.

You can find a local bead shop in the online Guide to Beadwork as there is nothing quite like taking in the ambience of a bead shop and feeling the beads combined in your hand for weight and color. You can also order beads online at Fire Mountain Gems.



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