The evolution of a project in glass and photography

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New Portfolio Pages Added

After quite a few crazy months, I am trying to get back on track with new glass, photos and Photoshop manipulated images.  Check out the new Portfolio pages that show more of my photos than most have seen.  I have included a second page of Mirrored images that are pretty fun.  Hopefully, there will be more in the very near future!


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December 4 Promotion

To continue with Holiday specials, starting today, Dec. 4, at 8AM and running until Dec. 5, at 8AM (Central Time Zone), I have free or discounted standard shipping on selected items in my Etsy shop.  Standard shipping is US Postal Service Priority or First Class Mail, and these classes are free for shipping within the US.  International orders will receive a discounted shipping fee.  If you need expedited shipping, or request another carrier, there will be an additional cost.

Check back for another special offer tomorrow!

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Recovering from Artstreet

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The largest Green Bay Area art fair, Artstreet, was last weekend was this past weekend and I am finally recovered. It has been a two and a half day event for a few years and this year a couple of extra hours were added to Saturday.  That made for a very long day, and made Sunday seem longer even though it was an hour shorter.  The weather cooperated, for the most part, and it was reasonably pleasant for both visitors and artists. I met a lot of interesting folks, heard many great comments on my work, and even had some nice sales!  Of course there were many friends who stopped by to say ‘hi’ and that always makes it fun. A big Thanks to all who came out over the weekend!

For those who missed it, or just didn’t buy anything there, you can find more of my work at The Flying Pig Gallery in Algoma, WI.  Just took new pieces over, so there is a good assortment to choose from.

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Sewing?!?

As I said before, I don’t sew. Ask me to cut out and put some glass pieces together, no problem. Ask me to cut fabric and sew it together, big problem. Oh, I can do the occasional hem, repair a split seam and the like, but actually making something gets me crazy.  showing off this fabric I have been designing leads to the obvious question “so what are you going to do with it?”.  Luckily, my Mother still enjoys seeing and is game for a new project while waiting out winter. So we got together and I cut and pinned, she sewed and we made some scarves.  I have been wearing them and getting good response. Today I decided to try my hand at sewing one myself – maybe after all these years things have changed. Nope. Well, I did set myself up for a challenge by using knit fabric, nothing like adding an extra layer of difficulty. A nice infinity scarf is now around my neck, but I don’t want anyone to look too closely. I have a lot of respect for those who sew with knits, and even more for my Mom who made me a bathing suit years ago. I will be going back to my other idea of making bags and clutch purses out of woven fabrics. Maybe with practice on some easier things I will improve. Or, I will find people who do sew…..

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Too Much Fun…..

Making the fabric with Spoonflower’s program made me think about creating mirror images that could be printed on other materials, i.e. standard photos, metal prints.  There is a great tutorial on making them in Photoshop, so I got to work.  Finally got to bed about 1:30 am….. (which was a bit of an issue because our Great Dane/White Shepherd mix had decided he was sleeping in my spot).  My husband questioned whether or not these new images were true to my claim that all of the designs I show are “in the glass”.  Well, the only manipulation I do is to multiply the photographic image, so I’m thinking it’s not much of a stretch.  And what I am seeing seems worth the work!  Enjoy!

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First try….

I couldn’t wait to make something with a piece of the new fabric made from my photos, so this morning I got out a needle and thread and got to work. Now, many of the women in my family (including my mother who still does some sewing and even made my wedding dress as well as a few others) are or were great in the sewing arts…not me.  That gene totally skipped me. So putting something together with fabric and thread is a bit of a challenge, and, since I don’t sew, I don’t have a sewing machine.  Slippery fabric and hand stitching….but I did it!  Add to that the fact that I start ed about 6:30 this morning and you can understand why I don’t want anyone to look too closely at this first bracelet. But, it shows just how excited I am by this new material!  Here are some pictures. Remember, 6:30 AM, needle and thread, slippery fabric, non-sewer who is very excited to see the finished product.

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Fabric!

The new throw pillows available through Fine Art America started me thinking about having some of my images printed on fabric once again.  This is something I have had in the back of my mind for a long time, and I have played with designs on Spoonflower, but never followed through with an order.  Well, time has come!  I ordered a few designs in their 8″ swatch format and they arrived today.  With arrival of an adapter to try my macro lens on my husband’s new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera I had the perfect photo shoot opportunity.  Here are some of the designs (I created a total of 11).  They are “mirror repeat” patterns, each made with one of my macro photos.  The pictures could be better, but this gives you the general idea. New product concepts are forming…..2015 should be interesting!

Happy New Year!  and a belated Merry Christmas!

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Tour d’Art Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s the day!   Even though it may be cold and grey outside, inside it will be cozy and bright.  My studio is almost ready, and Tom (TJ) Krueger will soon be setting his stuff up.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. 10 am to 5 pm both days

N6618 Hillside Rd., Cascoimage

North on Hillside Rd., (about 2 miles from Luxemburg or Casco), 3rd house on the right.

Give me a call at nine2zero-845-five85eight if you need more information.  Or send me a message here


2nd Annual Hillside Road Tour d’Art

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This time next week, the first day of the Tour d’Art will be done. Tom Krueger will be moving his pottery, painting and mixed media  into the greenhouse and I will be opening up my studio for a couple of days. Since there is no Art Studio Tour this year this will be the only time for the public to get the behind the scenes studio experience.  All of the details can be found on my Events page.

I should have have posted this a little earlier, but a lot of my time has been spent getting our newly adopted pups accustomed to their new home. Yeah, we went kind of crazy and adopted a 2-ish year old White Shepherd/Great Dane/who knows what else dog and a 5-7 month old White Shepherd puppy last week. Having so much fun with them. So, instead of artwork I am posting a picture of the new family members. Hope they don’t mind visitors next weekend!


So, it’s been a while

Yes, I am still around.  The last few weeks/months have been a bit crazy, and not so much fun, and it’s been hard to sit down and write.  Things are starting to come around, so here I go again.

First, the photos are getting some great response – yay!  Any of you out there who have tried something new know how it is to wait and see what people think.  Now, I have been doing this for a couple of years, and there have been lots of great comments and purchases, but I still keep thinking it is just a fluke.  I think I have to get over that.  A few weeks ago I decided to see if I could get into our closest big art fair, Artstreet, in Green Bay.  The organizers did have some cancellations, so two weeks before I was told I was in.  Quick jump into art fair preparations (I haven’t done a large outdoor art fair for years!).  And, this was knowing that I had a gallery show coming up in September, what was I thinking?!  Anyway, I’m glad I did it.  Great response to the work and even an Award of Excellence! 

photoThis week I delivered work to the Meadows Art Gallery in Sister Bay, WI, for the show there with Pam Clausen.  Between the two of us we have about 80 pieces in the show.  Pam is a very classic oil painter who does amazing work, so I am very pleased to be in a show with her.  Our work is about as different as you can get, so it will be interesting to see how it all works together.  Will post some pictures tomorrow.  This gallery is in a very interesting setting, the hallways of the apartments in a retirement village.  The organizers, in particular Tom Seagard, have transformed the formerly somewhat institutional looking space into a gallery where any artist would be happy to hang or show their work.  And it is a win-win situation.  The residents get new views every month, the shows bring in visitors and the artists have a great venue that is receiving lots of attention.  This needs to be looked into at more similar locations. 

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One more event that is coming up is the second Tour D’Art with Tom Krueger.  Tom and I have been doing the local Art Studio Tour together for a few years, and this year are doing our own since the Tour is not happening.  So, October 3 and 4 Tom is moving into the greenhouse and I am opening my studio for the public to visit.  Time is 10 am – 5 pm both days.  I will be adding the address and some directions soon.  Just need to get the Meadows show underway.

 

 


Photo of the week – my new favorite

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and I haven’t had a chance to post photos of the week. Hoping this will be a jump start back into it. Just had a few new images printed and am pretty excited. I want to change my wall at Greco Gallery in Sturgeon Bay, WI, and have always thought it would be interesting to have a number of pictures from one “World” for the bulk of the display. The image shown in this post is “Chaos 1”, which is my new favorite – favorites are constantly changing. There is so much going on in it that it takes a while to sort through it all. I had it on display at The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace in Algoma, WI, during their “Birthday Party” this last Saturday and has lots of great comments. This photo has some reflections, I will post a better image soon, plus some of the other images from the same piece.  For now, it’s back to the barn to stack more hay for the winter!

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