Just back from Create Chicago and decompressing from all the artful energy and excitement. Love the art girls in the midwest, so warm and gracious, you feel like you've known them forever. To all my new friends and students, thanks for that!
In the midst of teaching my five classes, i treated myself to taking a class and "being the student". I had an all day workshop, "Mixed Media Needle Felting" with fiber artist Rebekah Meier. It was magical. We even got to use the needle felting foot on the Bernina sewing machines, which was right up my alley. So fun!
I've always loved needlework, sewing and fabric. When it was all the rage In the late 80's, i was a mad cross stitcher and haven't done anything like that in years. Here are my "work in progress" creations, two felted silk pieces started in Rebekah's class. I'm making the covers for two handmade watercolor art journals. I'll post the completed journals when they're done.
I'm still adding hand stitching, words and embellishments to the surfaces. I absolutely love the "art trance" that envelops me while stitching and arranging felted fibers, fabrics, ribbons, dyes and textures. Ahhhhh.........................
For me, trying new things helps me grow and make new art with fresh vision and curiosity.
It always feels so good to stretch your art wings, doesn't it?