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If you don’t have a window, at least make sure you can see the world

I’ve been working the last few weeks to clean up and organize my studio to make an area for framing and collage art.  Actually, the work has spilled out the door of my one-room studio and into the warehouse. Since we don’t have any windows in the warehouse, it’s fun to look at the world map instead. And I just …

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Halloween and Spontaneous Creativity

Regardless of what most people thing, Halloween is not just about ghouls and goblins — it’s all about spontaneous creativity. It’s the one time of year that most people think it’s perfectly acceptable to dress up in costumes and become someone or something else and walk around on public streets. Just think about it. Most of people don’t ask what …

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Candy Construction Committee

We invited a few friends over the weekend to brainstorm at the studio and start making some really big candy for a Halloween installation. The idea is sort of big candy combined with road construction, with maybe a few zombies thrown in. And it may involve a back hoe if the weather’s nice. Shopping the warehouse, as I call it, …

some of the volunteers and presenters gather around the PechaKucha light

Art Speed-Dating and Elevator Talks = PechaKucha Night #4

As Julie said in a previous comment on my blog post about hosting PechaKucha Night – it sounds a bit like speed-dating for artists. I love that description. The format of 20 images with 20 seconds to talk about each one puts you in the range of 6 minutes 40 seconds to present your work. That’s a lot of time …

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What is PechaKucha and How do you say it?

Over the years we’ve hosted many events at our studio, but this is the first one that most people I meet have trouble pronouncing. I started saying it just like it looks and am slowly working up to Peh-Chuk-Cha. The name PechaKucha comes from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat.” PechaKucha Night started in Tokyo as an …

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Shoes and Clutter

I don’t know why shoes are so fun to make out fabric. These are sort of fantastic kimono shoes with Japanese socks. I actually have a pair of these, not so high, but probably can’t fit my fat feet into them anymore. The socks are more comfortable than they look. And they snap behind the ankle. These flip-flops on a …

The Vintage Purse quilt hanging over faux leopard sofa and sculpture

But does it match the sofa?

I’ve never really thought about that when I’m making art. When I have a show coming up in a public space, I usually spend a lot of time photographing, measuring, and once even made a gallery dollhouse. I’ve also made pieces and even series of works for specific spaces. But the odd thing is, I’ve never hung one of my …

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Spring Clean Fever

Madly getting ready for a big ArtsFiesta! banquet/party. It’s a lot of work to clean out space for 100+ people sit down for BBQ plus all the other extemporaneous musical activities. It’s tough to know what to do with leftover Halloween snakes, some 30 feet long. And there’s lots of wood to move. Never know when you might need a …

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Late Minute Painting before Winter

It always seems to be same each year, that last minute dash to get the outdoor things done before cold weather hits. November has been remarkably mild, so I’ve been outside every available sunshiney minute for the last few weeks, trying to get our old studio repaired and repainted. This is our old studio before moving to the peanut butter …

Have we entered a beige period?

After renovating the studio last year, we’ve gone to a whole new aesthetic — from orange and black checkered floors and multi-colored walls to more of a retro-Swedish-modern look with bamboo floors. We call it Studio2.0. It’s a very calm clean atmosphere, much different than the usual colorful chaos of my fiber studio in back. I like that I’m finally …