August 19, 2013

Beginning Again

I have long neglected my blog. A year of unexpected things, some good, some not so good, simply caused me to put this on a back burner. So with renewed commitment, I am here again. Please join me again on my art journey!

June 06, 2012

Thoughts on Polymer Clay

I have started re-exploring polymer clay lately. It was one of the first mediums I used when I began making dolls. The same allure the felt holds for me is what grabs me when I work with clay. I am tactile. I like the sensation of feeling. In felting, the lush texture of wool, the fibers entwined in my fingers, calls to me somehow. With clay, it is the feel of it yielding to me as my hands warm and manipulate it, bending it to my will. And the color. So very many hues and shades can be achieved by mixing a few colors together, in wool or in clay.
I often cruise the web, looking for other artists and exploring new techniques. I came across the work of Angelika Arendt on one such foray the other day. She has a fabulous sense of color, shape, and movement. She does things I haven't seen before. One of her clay sculptures is shown here. Enjoy!

May 20, 2012

Other Artists: Jane Cather

Sometimes I come across other artists whose work draws me in, demanding a closer and closer look. Today, my internet cruising brought me to the work of Jane Cather.  Her art is full of beautiful flowing lines and elegant shapes that draw you in as if you might discover answers to life's greatest mysteries. Go and enjoy the work.

April 13, 2012

Soap in a Blanket

Oh my I have neglected my space! Months of struggling with a clunker computer have finally ended with the purchase of a shiny new laptop. And, with the winter months done, my creative spirit is bubbling again. My muse left my for a bit and when she does that, I try to find ways to keep creating or to stay inspired. Felting soap has worked! Really! Sitting on the living room floor with a basin of hot water, some wool roving, and few bars of soap, I'm good to go for an hour or two of relaxing with the family. My grandsons call this "putting a blanket on soap". I think that's a good description. A bar of my friend Ellen's homemade soap wrapped up in some lovely merino wool, add a tub of hot water and I am in relaxation heaven.

November 13, 2011

The Studio

I spent a lot of time in my studio this weekend, getting ready for the Indie Knit & Spin next Saturday. It is both exciting and daunting getting prepared for this. So far, my art, my crafting, has all either been for myself, for charity or kept low key and not too extremely public. On Saturday I venture into the world of craft fairs and putting what I do out there in a different way than I have before. Eek!
Since I've spent so much time alone in the studio lately I thought it would be fun to share a look at the studio itself. It's a cozy room on the third floor of our house, painted a cheery yellow and complete with both the dogs and the obligatory tin of doggie treats. This is where it happens for me. It is my retreat space, my create space, my time with Mom space. There is a great deal of me in it. Enjoy!

November 09, 2011

Felted Pin Cushions and Retirement

I've never believed that my art had to have a practical purpose beyond being enjoyed by the viewer or allowing me the total abandon I can achieve when I am in the act of creating. Occasionally, I get the questions: "Yea, but what is it for?" I am always dumbfounded by the question. It is art. Period.
I have reached the point in my life, however, when I can see retirement approaching and thoughts of how to support myself in retirement looms right alongside. "Art!!", my heart cries! And my head says, "Not practical." Again, the practicality of art is a question. Giving thought to how to make art and make it be practical enough to supplement retirement.
My friend, Emily Eckel, looks to button making and perhaps woodworking. Art. Yet practical.
I felt. I felt dolls. Art! But Practical? Hmmm, maybe not. Felted Pin Cushions? Maybe worth exploring. I will need more ideas. Please toss me your thoughts. In the meantime, wanna buy a handmade, felted pin cushion?

October 28, 2011

Indie Knit and Spin

See me at the Indie Knit and Spin  on Saturday November 19 from 11 to 5 at the Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square, 7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
There will be lots of fabulous yarn, fiber and all the other must-have items that fiber artists just can't live without!  I'll have some felting kits as well as some felted soaps. Stop by and say hello! Check out the blog at to read about the other vendors. Don't miss it!