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I totally love my job! This last weekend my studio mate, Cass Mullane and I had the honor and joy of teaching an Adduce class at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. The Adduce Foundation funds a community art education enhancement program. This amazing program is offered to qualifying high school arts students. Classes are free for the students and cover a wide array of media and techniques.
Cass and I were thrilled to present the very first textiles class for the foundation. We weren't sure what to expect and we were totally blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of the students. It was amazing to watch them jump into a totally new medium and start exploring with no fear or trepidation. They each brought their unique voice and style to textiles with fantastic results. Best of all they loved it!
Part of the program is an art show in May. I can't show you their final pieces (except for the little peek in the last photo) until then but I have a few photos from the class to tide you over.
me showing one student's work with a simple comb
Cass consulting with a student
Wooden printing block and textures tell a story...Wow
I have two cures for Winter in today's blog!
I am teaching at Art and Soul just out side of Kansas City in just a few weeks (March 19-23) and I had a request to add a textile journal book class. We put up a class I have taught previously but some students had requested more of a usable journal. I love making books and so I was able (used this as an excuse) to spend some this week creating a new fabric Journal.
Is that not awesome? I just love how it feels in my hands. I think I am going to have to make more of these.
Want to join me in Kansas City? There is still room in most of my classes. I can't think of a better way to get away from winter then to hang out in a beautiful resort making art and making friends with people who love making art.
Students will get to choose between these two styles of fabric books...or maybe we will make up something new! You never know what interesting things we are going to create in my classroom.
Speaking of making art in beautiful resorts...
There is still room in my Mexico Travelogue Art Adventure. April 13-19, 2014.
Did you see my newest video? My son is helping me join the vlog (video blog) world. Nagging might be a better word than helping...he wants to come with me on these trips as my videographer. Anyway, I did a fun really short video and I had a blast making it. Suscribe to my YouTube channel to see the latest ones...I have a studio tour premiering this week!
I just got home from a trip to the Northwest! 4 days in Portland OR cooking up plans for Art and Soul and then 9 days in Bremerton WA welcoming the newest Kettle boy into the family. I am thrilled to introduce Isaak Alexander...just as handsome as his big brothers.
Babies are a different sort of mark making...more of the eternal passing on our DNA type of mark making.
While I was away I didn't have much time for mark making every day. Some days were just too full of cuddling Isaak and battling zombies to pull out my sketchbook but I do have a few to share with you this week.
I have found that even though I sometimes draw more realistic elements I feel so much freedom drawing the organic shapes and lines that I come across in my daily travels.
Some fun hand stitching!
This last one is just a little silly! We need more silly play in our life don't you think?
Have you been working on fitting art and creativity into your life more consistently? What stumbling blocks have you found?
I recently toured Shipwreck beads. This is the largest bead store I have ever been in. Come along and take a peek.
I post on my website blog (www.textileevolution.com) frequently but can't seem to remember to bring those posts here so you all know what is going on in my world! It's not like I am not here...I am here all the time. I am sure you would at least want to know about my tutorials and giveaways! I promise to get organized!
My mom and I have a running joke about 'getting organized'. It is always someday! LOL! Hasn't happened…Continue
My newest book Threads: The Basics and Beyond by Debbie Bates and Liz Kettle is now shipping! Yippee...I am so excited. I am having a bodacious boook giveaway on my website blog.
Leave a comment before midnight Sept 12.
I was distracted by summer yesterday! Reading on the deck and a sudden urge to pull some weeds kept me from beading for very long. I uploaded the photo of the afternoon's progress on the beaded cuff to the photo album.
I had some trouble starting...Yikes! I said I would share photos of my progress with the world so it has to be really great! I had to shake my finger at myself sternly and accept that it would be ok if you all saw some mistakes and imperfections in my work!…Continue
I had a wonderful girls stitching weekend in Breckenridge planned for this past weekend. Unfortunately, I had a severe allergic reaction shortly after our arrival on Friday that knocked me flat out for Friday evening and most of Saturday. My visions of a beading marathon to create a delicious beaded cuff were quickly dispelled because I simply couldn’t see. Incredibly irritating to say the least! But, I made the best of it and enjoyed…Continue