Monday, November 17, 2014

A Blog Hop Around the World

Blog Hop: I've been asked to participate by answering four questions and adding the links to three additional artist's blogs. Should be fun.

What am I working on? Today I was working on unpacking boxes and organizing a studio space after moving from a home I had lived in since the 1980's. I have a painting space and sewing space developed so tomorrow I am going to be using some of my hand (dye) painted fabrics to begin creating three commissioned textile mini works of art. After about a month away from my creative endeavors, this is going to be fulfilling.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? Textile art: There are not a lot of people who paint with dyes onto fabric so I have developed a lot of my own painting techniques. All my painted fabric pieces are original so people purchasing my textiles are getting unique works of art.

Watercolour: Well I love plein air painting and I know not everyone who paints in watercolour likes to work outdoors. As I paint my life, my experiences are reflected in my paintings. For instance, I have an interest in energy conservation so I have an ongoing 'Clothesline Series' to promote drying clothes without electricity.

Why do I create what I do? Number one I have to create to feel whole and maintain balance in my life. More and more I am drawn to create functional pieces. Creating art work on textile for quilters fills me with joy especially when I get to see what creative things they add to my textiles.

In my watercolour, I attempt to capture the importance of the natural world. I know being in nature helps me to maintain focus on the important things in life. I hope my paintings reflect that to others. Currently I am working on some paintings celebrating the importance of the honey bee in our agriculture.

How does my creative process work? I am definitely influenced by what is important to me and what I am experiencing in my life. Recently I was asked to create a floral on an antique kitchen cabinet door for a home renovation. This was nothing I have ever done before but I like to reuse things and I like painting flowers so this project really suited me.

Shows, retail commitments, and commissions often influence what types of art work I am focusing on at any given time. What I paint comes from within me based on what I am involved in in my life. Interestingly, I have found social media such has facebook and pinterest have focused my attention to really know what it is that I like. For instance I have always liked dogs with red hair and recently created a pinterest board 'animals with red fur'. A month or so ago I was able to photograph a red fox in the wild and I plan to do some watercolours of foxes this winter. Often what I paint in watercolour will further be painted onto textile.
Blog Hop Around the World: Links and Samples of other Artist's work I admire.
by Win Dinn
I was invited to this Blog Hop by my friend Win Dinn. Click here to see more of Win Dinn's mixed media art. I especially like her 'Wingdings'.

I would like to invite a very talented fellow blogger Holly M to the Blog Hop Around the World. Here is one of my favorite samples of her textile art.

By Holly M

I would like to invite a talented quilter Marj Moore to the Blog Hop Around the World. Marj makes stunning wearable art along with quilts and just about anything else quilted.

Wearable Art by Marj Moore
My blog post for November 17, 2014. 

My sewing space is finally set up after our move! Using my antique dentist cabinet for my sewing notions in my new sewing space is working out great.
Great shallow drawers for thread.

 Using my hand dyed fabric as beginnings for 'mini quilts'/ 'mug rugs', I've been requested to create two fall motif mug rugs similar to one I made this summer. Click  here to view it. Of course they will be different as no two piece of hand painted fabric will be the same and I stitch details to suit each individual piece.

There wasn't much left of the strip of fabric I dyed that I had used in the piece of textile art from the summer, but with a small border I had enough for one more.
 Border added of commercial fabric with fall leaves. It seems well suited.
 Strips of coordinating colours are added with a stitch and flip method.
Letting my imagination decide what details should be thread sketched on is pure pleasure for me. Well sometimes it can be frustrating when I can't think what to do but today the ideas flowed.

Just the border to be added and a label. I am thinking about dark brown but the decision will be made tomorrow. Letting things wait over night sometimes brings different ideas.

I am looking forward to my twice weekly posting now that the move is over. Love to hear from you.


HollyM said...

What a surprise to find my work featured! It was interesting to read some of your answers. We are very environmentally conscious here too. It was neat to read about your fascination with clothes lines as I am too. This winter, I have vowed only to use the drier for towels and pants. The rest gets hung out or gets hung on a drying rack in the laundry room.

Win Dinn, Artist said...

I so much enjoyed reading the answers to these questions, Eileen, and seeing your nominees to the hop as well. I can see that in spite of the move, you're on a roll in the studio too!

Watercolour and Textile Artist, Eileen Gidman said...

Win, thanks for inviting me to the Blog post around the world.
Holly, you had asked in a previous post if I had moved far. We are still in Creston, BC but have downsized. My painting imagery might change a bit due to local. It will be interesting to see.

Laura Leeder said...

This beautiful valley we live in offers so much to artists. Great post Eileen, I shall hop over to the other blogs....

Alice Saltiel-Marshall said...

Excellent post Eileen.
So glad you kept the dental cabinet (I'm sure there there would have been a line-up of takers!)
I really enjoy the colour in all of your work, your innovation and how you marry painting and textile!
Looking forward to reading the posts of the gals you've recommended for Blog Hopping!

Watercolour and Textile Artist, Eileen Gidman said...

Thanks everyone for the comments.