Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Art for Arts' Sake

Let’s just say I am excited/elated/fullo’joy/floored/dumbfounded/excited/elated…… you get where this is going?

Let me start this out by letting you in on something. I don’t go out a lot. I don’t show my work a lot. Most of my items are bought on line. I figure that is pretty good because the stuff is selling even though people aren’t able to touch/feel or really see my work close up. I’ve lived here almost 9 years and I don’t have any new friends that live in my town. I am a solitary person. I spend most of my time with B. We spend most of our time together. We work together, play together and create together. This seems to be enough for both of us.

I’ve done a few shows (artsy/crafty type o’ shows). I fret before I do them, but I do them and have been reasonably successful. My work has been sold in a high end yarn shop in a touristy expensive town. I did very well… for both myself and the owner of the shop.

Well… I ventured out into the ‘art world’ and decided, when I received the last “Art Center News” brochure, that I would submit some pieces into an exhibit they were holding with the theme, “Wild about Color”. We’ve been members of the Art Center for several years. B. has had work shown (and sold) through the gallery there. I figured I would give it a shot.

I chose 2 pieces that I particularly liked and that I thought fit the ‘theme’. Entry was today, January 30th between the hours of 9am-12pm. We packed it up this morning and hit the road. 35 miles later we arrived with me fretting about whether or not an art gallery would consider my work ‘art’ (this is a whole nother topic of conversation!)… luckily B. was with me, because I probably would have turned around and gone home if I had been there alone.

We walked in, I was told where the paperwork was and went there to complete it. When I came out to pay my entry fees, I was greeted with “OMG, these are beautiful…. Are you a member???”…. “are you available for a showcase?”…… “how’s October?”. This went on for quite awhile….. I was giggling like a school kid… I was embarrassed… I was floored…………..

I couldn’t believe the reception my work got… I am still in limbo somewhere flying on a real high of accomplishment. They offered me a 6ft x 4ft (approx.) showcase, with lighting, shelves etc., for the month of October 2007 during a very high-end (money-wise) exhibit they will be presenting. All items placed in the gallery are also for sale.

I was told I could ‘go home’ and not have to wait around until between 2-5pm today to find out whether my pieces were accepted into this current exhibit…. They were…. Enthusiastically…………….

The reception and awards are to take place on February 2 and the entire show will run through the end of February. I feel so lucky… so incredibly lucky…. And oh what a joy it will be to create things without a thought of whether they will sell or not…. just to create for creatings sake…. Art for arts’ sake.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

2 Things.......

  • This Art for Your Head - Attitude Hat got bought yesterday.
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    It was bought by a woman who wanted to give it as a gift to the daughter of one of her co-workers. She is going to be starting a years worth of chemo and wanted her to have this... What a great woman she must be.... she is also a knitter and it makes me go all warm and gooey when there is a story like that behind a purchase.

  • My first ACEO card: (Available at DreamWoven.Etsy.com )
  • rubiayatfinis1This is the first ACEO in the series "Exotic Forays". There will not be another like it because each fiber piece will be different.

    "The Rubaiyat" by Omar Khayyam

    This card is comprised of a delicate fiber paisley either crochet,knit or woven (or a combination) by me... It rests on a collage of moroccan tapestry and a partial illusration, as well as Stanza 47 of the Fitzgerald translation of Omar Khayyam's "The Rubaiyat", which reads:

    "And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press,
    End in what All begins and ends in -- Yes;
    Think then you are To-day what Yesterday
    You were -- To-morrow You shall not be less"

    The entire collage is backed on to a 2.5" x 3.5" varnished piece of cherry wood that is 1/8" thick which was purchased from another etsy seller - RonH, whose shop can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=16067 .

    The paisley crochet has been stitched to the collage, prior to backing it on the maple wood. If you really wanted to, it could be removed and used as a patch or pin

    ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. The standard size is 2-1/2" x 3-1/2". That the ACEO is that size is the only requirement in making ACEO's.

    This ACEO will come in a plastic sleeve.... but, due to its nature it is meant to be touched, not sealed away. It will be signed and dated on the back.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Art for Your Head - "Inca Season of Newness" Hat

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"Inca Season of Newness" Hat


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The chill had left the air and in its place came the beginnings of warmth. Green shoots rising from sleeping earth, buds awakening from dormant winter. She swung her head, listening as new sound echoed back at her. She was ready to dance, ready to run, ready to burst forth into a season of Newness.

Wearing this hat may cause "Specialness", so beware!

This is a beautiful hat of a hand dyed Pima, mercerized cotton... Smooth as silk. It is a lightweight hat crocheted by me.

Awash in shades of raspberry, new leaf green, blush roses, this hat is full of details. Five buttons from my stash adorn the hat. These buttons are decorative as well as functional. The 'veil' can be taken off (or worn) using these buttons. The 'veil' can be worn as a neck accessory and comes with it's own tie. A visual textural delight.

The hat measures approx. 9 1/2" when laid flat (at the widest point. With its' stretch, it should fit comfortably on a 19" - 21 1/2" head circumference.

It is a stunning statement, but remember....it can cause "Specialness" and you will always have to be ready for that!

I also accept money orders and cashiers checks as well as paypal.

**NOTE: If you live in the UK, Canada or anywhere other than the U.S., and want this item, please convo me so that we can discuss shipping rates and options.

I'm Lovin' Etsy...

and i love Swooties too!

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Two Heads are better than One.....


I wanted to put a blurb here about a woman that went out of her way for me. I recently ordered some yarn from HandKnitting.com, prior to the holidays. It is a type of yarn i usually dont stock but needed it to complete a custom order. I received a letter from Nancy at Handknitting.com advising that she had sold the business to a lovely woman named Laurel. I contacted Laurel and she advised they were having trouble with US customs, getting the yarn across the border from Canada. She wasn't sure that she was going to be able to ship as expeditiously as she wanted, so she ordered the yarn from another shop and had it sent directly to me. TALK ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish Laurel the best of luck in her new business and will post a link as soon as she has set up shop!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

January 3 2007 - More Attitude..........

My Hat Has Attitude Too - #3

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January 2, 2007 - Art For Your Head - Attitude Hat #3

Art for Your Head - Attitude Hat #3 - "Free The Pony"

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January 1, 2007 - I Got Featured!

here: The Creation Station

Makes me giggle and this lady has a great sense of humour!!! Please stop by, leave a comment,.... it would make me feel all warm and cozy inside!

January 1, 2007 - Attitude Hat #1 and Her New Owner

sarahwearingattitudehat1 Sarah - who fell in love with a hat and now wears it proudly.... (She's wearing Attitude Hat #1)

December 24, 2006 - She Who Must Be Worn

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December 22, 2006 - Art For Your Head

Another Attitude Hat for
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December 20, 2006 - Attitude Hat

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December 20, 2006 - Swooties

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December 18, 2006 - Swooties

For Sale At: dreamwoven.etsy.com


December 18, 2006 - Custom Bag Complete

and I love it, and i will miss it and sometimes that is the hardest part about creating something..............


December 17, 2006





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December 12, 2006

Off for a few days to celebrate my anniversary with a man that is my best friend, my love, my heart! See you in a few days.

December 10, 2006

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