Monday, June 23, 2008

Photograph Manipulations

Traveling gives me many designs points as well as inspiration fuel. I use my images in my work in several ways. This is a somewhat mundane image that
 has a interesting tree. I cropped the image to include just the tree, then played with the image using photo shop filters. I can use this now as is to print or make a thermal fax of it. Using my photography in my fiber work gives my work an individual and personal edge.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is located on Deer, Isle Me. This Isle really resonates with my senses. The sight, sound and smell of the ocean, the vertical pines, and large granite boulders highlighted by lichen and seaweed, create an topography  I am sad to leave. Part of me wants to stay there, making art, living art.
The Crafts school is a lively community of artists working in a non-competitive environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual, to create brave new work.
   This was my 4th session there and every one of them differ. I want to say that the artistic community of kindred spirits touched my soul as it has before, albeit in a totally different way than I expected. I learned how important bonding in a workshop is, that respect and kindness are paramount. That organization and a little planning can go a long way in fostering creative responses to the work. Working together in an intense atmosphere for 2 weeks is difficult but educational. 
Definitely Go- you never know what will happen. Learning always takes place. No matter what.
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