STUDIO: Thoughts + Art Supplies


Welcome to my studio - 

After I finish a project and move on to the next, I take time to re-explore my sketchbooks.  I sketch quite a bit, but I'm drawn to the written word portion of my process.  I think words are equally as important as sketches - to me, it is the same.  I can visualize through my words exactly what I want to create for LADYFITS.  The above image captures how my process becomes a composition.  Every form of the process is an art form.  I lay out my thoughts in a composition......

1 -  Vaclav Havel books -  Since his death in December, I've been on a marathon of re-reading his books.  He was always a great inspiration to my work and how I can affect my community.  His writing + character keeps me pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.  Truly, he was a great soul.

2 -  I always have this book near me in studio.  It is by far my favorite textile book on Czech folk dress + art.  The way this author compiled this book is perfection - it is not just a museum text on Czech textile art.  Rather, he allowed the people, images, and their work speak to the viewer thru simple layouts.  The image pictured is the main inspiration of my work.  It embodies beauty in cultural expression + this woman has an air about her on the page (such power).

3 -  Research/Inspiration - Cesky Lid (Czech People) - 1950's publications found in Czech Village, Cedar Rapids, IA - The images on wood art as something functional inspired me to examine wood product at Goodwill as a resource.

4 -  I always keep a sketch book near me at all times of the day.  To me, not one thought or idea is bad - which means I have quite the collection of sketchbooks   :)

5 -  Textiles + thrift objects - they surround me as a form of language + keeps my thought process going. 


I've been sketching + writing a lot about my art practice.  I was mainly trained in fiber arts, painting and mixed media.  Most of my focus has been heavily on textiles, so I started to re-look at ways to communicate with the resources at Goodwill for other forms of art making.  I'm allowing myself to get back into my rhythm of painting + creating more mixed media pieces.  It is such a benefit to have a place like Goodwill to start a dialogue of art making through the materials, learning to utilize them in different ways.  I'm sure most would not head to Goodwill specifically for art supplies.  I take on this challenge to find ways to create art supplies through unconventional resources.  So here's the beginning to my art supplies........