Friday, December 12, 2014

Off the Wall Friday

As my work marathon comes to an end, I realized why balance in my life is so important.  I love my my job, but even I am after 112 hrs, 672 phone calls and many, many, "Thank you for shopping with us and have a Merry Christmas" am tired of taking orders!  So I promise, this is my last No-blog blog and I'll be creating next week, like regular!

So let me just ask. . .

What have you been up to creatively?

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Creative Moment - Off the Wall Friday

Sigh. . . I miss my studio.  A lot.

What I would do for a creative moment.  I don't need a week or a day . . . just a moment.  Last week, my time was consumed with the holiday.  This week, its our Christmas rush at work.  I miss my studio and it misses me!

Closing up our year long Masterclass with Elizabeth Barton, she asked us to look back over the year and decide what we still needed to work on.  With the all the ideas and challenges she threw at us - there is a ton of things to finish up, to explore, to build on.  Still what strikes me most is that I need to learn how to focus solely on my work when I'm creating.  I'm always multitasking when I'm working in my studio.  I can't seem to let myself take a creative moment and just forget about what lies on the other side of my studio door. 

So this week - I'm going to take a creative moment - no matter how busy life gets.

So what have been up to creatively?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankful for being Creative - Off the Wall Friday

Because this week has been dominated getting ready  for our Thanksgiving trip to my parents' cabin . . . I thought I would just offer up some creative quotes to encourage and inspire.

 More than once I've read creative quotes to revitalize my spirit and bring me back to why I create.

So this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful to God for making me creative.  Ohhhh and ....Coconut Cream pie.

So what have you be up to creatively?

Friday, November 21, 2014

To Photo or Not to Photo - Off the Wall Friday

This week my email box has been flooded with  the QuiltArt List's discussion  on the use of photos as a starting point in original art.  Is is copying or is it inspiration?  What makes original art  - original?  What should be accepted into art shows on the national level?  And of course, everyone has an opinion.  Including me.

I, as you know, use photos as inspiration in most of my work.  Is it ever a copy of the photo?  My opinion is no. I thought I would offer the design process of my latest project as the proof of my opinion.

With the Sacred Threads deadline dooming looming -  I started off with photos collected in my pinterest files for inspiration.( They were taken from the Creative Commons with a share/adapt designation).  I loved these images

Cool huh?!  I thought so! Anyways - not being able to sketch - I traced the images into a composition that I liked (this composition was always in my creative mind - I choose the images to suit the composition)
But - I didn't want to work representational or figurative.  I've been trying to flex my abstract muscles plus play with curves.  So being inspired by Sonia Delauney, I came up with this background.  I tried not to overthink it too much!
Then I added the two together. . . blobbing out abstracting the figures so that they should only be the impression of what they really are.
Of course from here comes value sketches and palette choices - But I thought I would think on this sketch for a bit to make sure I really like it.  Let me tell you - even if I do keep this sketch - it will be abstracted even more so that the viewer should only get a hint of what the figures were originally.  Or at least that's the plan.

So needless to say - I'm quite sure that nobody is going to say upon viewing the final piece - OMG - those are cemetery statues aren't they??

No they should say - OMG - Nina- how did you do that?

And that's all I'm going to say on the matter of  using photos for inspiration.

So what have you been up to creatively?

Friday, November 14, 2014

10 Gifts that Quilters Want! Off the Wall Friday

The 11+ inches of snow Erie got today, was the signal that maybe its time to start thinking about the holidays.  Does your significant other ever wonder what to get you?  Do you ever wonder what you really need? Mine does. . . so I thought I would make a list of gifts that any quilt/fiber/textile (or whatever LOL!) artist would like to get.

1.  Prepared for Dyeing (PDF)  Fabric and a gift card to Dharma Trading Co. or Prochem Dye.  Most every quilt artist I know loves to play with dyes but hates to spend the money!   Giving blank fabric is  like giving a million possibilities waiting to happen. (PDF can be found at Testfabrics, Equilter, Joann's online etc)

2.   A Pincushion or  Bobbin Box.  I know mundane right? But I get a lot of compliments on mine  (cute but functional). Also, I  just found these amazing bobbin boxes that are just right (sturdy plastic, holds the bobbins tight)

3. Derwent Inktense Pencils.  These pencils let an artist easily achieve a watercolor painter effect on fabric!  Several color sets are available.

4. DrinkKlip.  Every quilter I knows likes to  have her favorite drink nearby while she's working.  Now she can without spilling it on what she's working on.

5. A Great Creative Book.  Suggestions?  The Creative Habit by T. Tharp, The Artist Way by J. Cameron, Art & Fear by D. Bayles, Bird by Bird by A. Lamott

6. Thread.  A gift certificate to Superior Threads or Red Rock Threads is always welcome since there is always some new thread a quilter needs.

7.  A Magazine Subscription.  FiberArts Now, Quilting Arts and American Quilter would be my favs!

8.   Gelli Printing Plate and Brier.  This is a new product that a fiber artist probably doesn't have but is easy enough to provide plenty of hours of play!

9.  An Online Quilting Class - There are all sorts of formats to choose from - video classes you keep, Quilting Colleges that host a whole selection of classes and teachers, private teachers . (My mother gave me Elizabeth Barton's Masterclass last year and you know how much I enjoyed that!)

10. Time!  A gift box certifying a set block of time just to sew and create - without interruption  - is an amazing gift!  

 Okay!  So what did I leave out??
  What's on your Creative Christmas List????? 

oh and . . . .

What have you been up to Creatively? 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Orphism - The Voice of Light - Off the Wall Friday

Sonia Delaunay, Market at Minho,1915
So I wasn't kidding a couple of weeks ago, when I said I was scattered!  My house was scattered, my work was scattered, my life - in general - scattered.  Seeing it in print, made me realized that I was craving to bring chaos into order.  And that's exactly what I've been doing - de-cluttering the house, facing pieces from this year, finishing up the edges on the The Curves.  As things get done, its rewarding to see a plan come together.

F. Kupka  Amorpha: Fugue in Two Colors II
That said, its given me time to - to borrow a favorite term from Elizabeth Barton - cogitate!  I mean nothing like sewing 5 - count them - 5 bobbins worth of edges to have time to think.  Working on The Curves, has reminded me how much I've fallen in love with the piece.  I mean curves, color and value - what's not to love?  So I thought I would start planning my piece for Sacred Threads in that direction.

In research for the piece, I stumbled upon an art movement called Orphism.  Orphism developed  during the early 20th century from cubism and narrowed its vision on pure abstraction with bright colors.  It is perceived to be  fundamental in the transit from Cubism to Abstraction.  Now if you've never heard of Orphism - I bet you'd recognize it when you saw it.  Artists like Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Leger, Francis Ficaba and Franz Kupka all figured greatly in the movement.

Robert Delauney,  Homeage to Bleriot
I'm sure you can see why I'm drawn to the movement  and how I can see how its going to inspire me onto my next piece.  When I look at these pieces I see joy, movement, spontaneity - all things that work nicely into the idea of my spirituality.

Sonia Delaunay, Electric Prisms

So What have you been up to creatively??

Friday, October 31, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop - Off the Wall Friday

Better Late than Never - I submit my post on the - "Around the World Blog Hop".  I apologize to Gurli Gregersen that I'm late AND I couldn't find a blogger who wanted to be my next stop (read fail!) - but its not a bad idea to share where I am at this point in my creative journey.

So what am I working on?

OMG - the better question is what aren't I working on?

I'm finishing up my year long master class with Elizabeth Barton which has left me exhausted happily filled with so many ideas and new concepts that my head wants to burst.

I want to continue my exploration of the abstract - especially this whole curve idea.  I love, love, love working big, playing with color and value.   I can easily  see that's where my work is going over the next few months.

Sacred Threads is coming up and I need to get my piece done for that since spiritual communication is near and dear to this God's Girl's heart!

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Well if you'd had asked me a few months ago I would say - it doesn't.  I didn't think I was doing anything special.  Little did I know that a large part  of textile artists had move to collaging and fusing their work.  I like to piece and applique with little or no fusing.  I like to plan before I do a piece and pretty much never work intuitively.

Why do I create?

Why doesn't everyone? I just thought it was a part of life  - like eating. (except with fewer calories and better gadgets)   I can't imagine how people get through life without creating something.  Maybe those are the mean people.

How does my creative process work?

  • Get idea  - from anywhere and everywhere
  • Plan, plan, plan some more 
  • Realize those plans suck  - throw them out
  • Plan all over again
  • Pick a palette, block out idea
  • Realize it sucks, whine on blog about it
  • Rip apart - add to scrap pile
  • Put on big girl panties and make it work
Hmmmm - maybe I should write a book about the process - LOL!!

 side note - Tessa reminds me that they don't sell big girl panties at Walmart - you need to dig deep and find them for yourself!

So sorry that my blog hop doesn't hop somewhere - but if any blogger on OTWF  who wants to continue the hop - please let me know and I'll post a link here!  Email me!

So what have you been up to creatively?