Posts Tagged ‘Creative Process’

Inspiring Post from Artist Jeanne Beck

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

One of my favorite fiber artists, Jeanne Beck, had a beautiful post this morning about creativity.  Beside  her own commentary, it includes 2 short videos made by John Coffeen featuring artist John Frame and his creative process.  The videos have one of the most beautifully articulated explanations of the making and meaning of art and the artistic process that I’ve heard.  Very, very inspiring.  Thanks, Jeanne! 

 

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Innovative Garden Ideas From Sonoma

Friday, February 10th, 2012
 
 

Hi all,

I can’t seem to maintain any sort of posting schedule since moving.  I feel stretched in too many directions.  I did finally upload a bunch of pictures from my phone.  I’ll try to translate them into some more regular posts!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Sonoma since moving.  There is a lovely complex there called Cornerstone, which has some really beautiful, creative stores and galleries.  It also has a wine tasting room (of course!)  It  has show gardens from various landscape architects.  Definitely worth the trip, if you’re ever in the area. 

Here are some of the show gardens.  I wish I’d noted the landscape architects and artists, but I’m afraid I didn’t
 

More Beautiful Gardens

 

 

Show Garden

 

Show Garden

 

 

Creative Vegetable Gardens

 

More fun with veges

 

 

Beautiful blend of garden and art

 

Garden Structures

 

More vege beauty

 

 

 And some gorgeous Garden Decor from Potter Green:
 

Garden Decor from Potter Green

I am madly in love with Artefact Design and Salvage.  Here is a planter made from a Strangler vine:
 

Garden Decor from Artefact Design and Salvage

 
and more fun stuff from Artefact.  They have TONS of things.  Some have been made into finished pieces; both furniture and art pieces and some are raw materials.  Love this place!
 

Ornate trough from Artefact Design and Salvage

 

 More pictures to come!
 

 

 
 
 
 

Hitting the Restart Button

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Hi all,

I am back.  Our move out to California has had a much longer settle in time than I would ever have imagined possible.   My life was pretty much in a holding pattern for the first 3 1/2 months out here.  Among other challenges, I was never able to fully unpack and my dyeing workspace never materialized.  I don’t want to dwell on the drama of it, but we have moved for a second time.   We are now in a great place, my work areas are functional and I am ready to get on with living and making some art.

 

I had been working on cave pieces prior to all of this life upheaval, but am feeling very drawn to making things with nature images right now.  Making things that reconnect me to a feeling of peace seem just right.  I am busy screening pieces with vat dye and will steam my pieces at the end of the week.

 

Maine Pond (C) Tracy McCabe Stewart

I have been spending time at a great local studio:  A Work of Heart and took a resin class.  I’ll be experimenting with using this new resin to incorporate mixed media into my pieces.  I’ll post pictures.

 

Dragonfly (C) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Thanks for sticking with me!

 

Tracy

Tracy vs. Technology

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Well, by my lack of posts, you can probably guess who’s been winning this one.  I finally got the pictures off my phone, but found I had oodles of other pictures on there like movie promo stills and headlines off the BBC.  Weird.  Anyway, when I tried to delete them, I ended up copying them endlessly.  I tried to make a folder with the photos I’d actually taken and deleting the rest, but ended up deleting  some of the photos I meant to keep.  I did manage to save some, so here goes.

 

I had a wonderful lunch recently with Margie Trembley from the Needle Arts Guild in Chicago.  She was out for a wedding in San Jose.  Beside being an artist herself, Margie and her husband, Glenn have a great gallery in Springfield, NE called Springfield Artworks

 

Margie introduced me to fiber/bead artist, Shirley Cook.  I took some pictures of Shirley’s beautiful work:

Felted Vessel (C) By Shirley Cook

 I took these at the restaurant table with my phone camera, so excuse the backgrounds:

Felted Vessel (C) By Shirley Cook

 

This one turned out a bit blurry:

Felted Vessel (C) By Shirley Cook

I’m sad to say I managed to delete the other photos I had of Shirley’s work.

 

I am setting up my raised bed vege garden this week.  I’ll post pictures, provided that my phone cooperates:-)

Greetings from San Jose

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months!  I left Chicago on August 4th with my 2 dogs and drove about 2200 miles over the next 3 days to reach San Jose.  We spent the next 9 days living with a bed and  plastic  utensils and paper plates.  The movers delivered our stuff on August 15th.  Since then, I have managed to get mostly unpacked, but we are still waiting for our garage to be built before we can unpack all of the stuff that we had in the basement of out old place.  I am hoping that will go up in the next week or so.

 

My sewing room is set up, but I don’t yet have a place to dye or paint fabric, so I haven’t really started any new work.  I also can’t find a regular sized USB cord, so can’t upload all the pictures I’ve been taking with my phone.  I am going out to buy one this week! 

 

I did manage to take a class at a great art studio in my neighborhood- A Work of Heart  It’s got equipment/classes for everything from stamping to dyeing fabric, to precious metal clay, including a class I signed up for in cyanotype printing on fabric  The place has a great vibe and really nice people.  I am sure to be a regular there.

 

I also joined  the Contemporary Quilters Fiber Artists group.  This is a group of extremely talented people that do lots of surface design techniques.  I am sure to learn a ton from them.

 

To top it off, I went to the regional meeting of the Surface Design Association today as well.  It met at artist Judith Content’s home, which is a work of art in itself.  This is a group working and teaching in all aspects of surface design.  Applications include anything from weaving to designing fabric, to felt vessels.  You name it.  Very inspiring!

 

I learned about a really cool company today as well called Spoonflower.  Seems like everyone but me knows about this.  For what I think is a pretty good price, you can upload an image and they will custom print it onto fabric.  Amazing!  Like inkjet printing you do at home, but on a much larger scale. 

 

More later and I’ll have pictures!!!!

Welcome to Box World

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Welcome to Box World.  I had grand intentions of taking you through my moving saga.  Sadly, I have been crazy busy actually living the saga.  Besides, it hasn’t been all that exciting. 

Box Maze

The movers have finished the first day of packing and managed to pack most of the things I had put aside to make breakfast for myself this week.  Luckily, Starbucks has oatmeal.   I had a flash of feeling like this is part of what it might feel like to be in a hoarder’s house.  I feel I am  navigating a maze and can’t see around the high stacks of boxes.

 

My dogs are getting panicky about all the changes and my Great Dane, Lucy the Wonder Dog, has started chewing up anything she can get that gigantic mouth on in protest to all of this upheaval.  Yesterday it was disposable razors and deoderant.  She just chewed the wrappers and was not injured.  The poor old girl is a bit of a mess right now. 

 

An Extremely Stressed Out Lucy

I have a day of relative peace today (thank you!) and the packers are back tomorrow, at which point I will lose my electronics.  Tuesday and Wednesday they load the truck and Thursday I hit the road with the dogs to make the trek cross country.  Nothing like 2000+ miles/3 days in a car with 2 dogs.  My husband joins me after the first day of the drive in Lincoln, NE.   It should be interesting.  I have packed audiobooks and (I hope) my sense of humor and adventure.   

 

Thanks to all those people who purchased work from me this last month.  I sold 7 pieces!  I sincerely appreciate your support of my work.

See you in California!

Back on the Face of the Earth

Monday, December 13th, 2010

 

"Cave Series VII" (C) 2010 by Tracy McCabe Stewart

I know it’s been a while.  I have been busy with non-art stuff for a while and haven’t had much that really seemed worth writing about. 

I just completed the piece shown above.  It’s another piece in my cave series; all are based on the incredible images found on the cave walls of Altamira (Spain), Lascaux (France) and chauvet (France).  As much as I work with these images, they never cease to thrill me.  I have another piece on the boards, so it will be a lot less time before the next post!

Interview on Asian Art and Quilts Blog!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Barb Harms, a wonderful art quilter with a great blog, has posted an interview with me on her blog. 

  Take a look here 

Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Gardens!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

My fabulous guild, the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild is having it’s incredible annual show, “The Fine Art of Fiber” is happening at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.   I will have multiple pieces in the show and have work for sale in the boutique.

The show will run the following hours:

Thursday, November 4, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 5 – 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come and say hi!

Fabulous Felt Classes-Springfield, Nebraska

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hi all,

My friend Margie Trembly of Springfield Artworks is holding some wonderful classes.  check them out:


Springfield ArtWorks in Springfield,NE to Celebrate their First Anniversary with Special Events and Classes

 

Springfield ArtWorks, located at 183 Main Street in Springfield, NE  will be celebrating their first anniversary on November 4,5 and 6th by hosting nationally recognized fiber and jewelry artists and authors, Kay Kaduce and Rona Horn from Wisconsin. Kay and Rona’s popular book(also written by Judy Jacobs) “The Big Book of Needle Felting” is a popular felting book. They also have authored other art books as well.

The classes are as follows:

Thursday,November 4,   Rona Horn


First half day        –Knot right now bracelet    11am-3pm  class fee $65, materials fee $30

Knot Right Now by Rona Horn

Second half day  –Felted bead necklace         4pm-8pm  class fee $65, materials fee $25

Felt bead necklace

Lampwork beads will be available (but not necessary) for purchase for both of the half day classes.

Friday November 5, Rona Horn
 Full Day  –Faux freeform & felt necklace or bracelet  9am-4pm  class fee $130, materials fee $25

Faux Freefrom bracelets by Rona Horn

Faux Freefrom necklace by Rona Horn

Lampwork beads will be available (but not necessary) for purchase for the full day class.
Thursday, November 4,  Kay Kaduce

Full Day- Wet felt vessel  class fee $130,  materials fee $40 –  9am-4pm

 

 

wet felt vessel by Kay Kaduce

Friday, November 5, Kay Kaduce

 

Full Day-   Nuno felt scarf class fee $130,  materials fee $25   9am-4pm

Nuno scarf by Kay Kaduce

Saturday, November 6, Kay and Rona

Make and take it flower Nov 6 from 11:30- 4:30pm   $8

In addition to the classes, Springfield ArtWorks will be hosting a trunk show of Kay’s and Rona’s work entitled:  Wearable Art Trunk Show featuring Kay Kaduce and Rona Horn from October 28th from 1pm-6pm Tuesday-Fridays and 11am-5pm Saturdays until November 20.  Closed on Sunday and Mondays. Art pieces will be available for purchase at the trunk show.

On Saturday, November 6, Glenn and Margie Trembley, owners of Springfield ArtWorks will be showcasing their private collection of glass art including works by Josh Simpson, an internationally recognized contemporary glass artist, best known for his infinity project, Margaret Neher nine time Niche award finalist and two time winner, best known for her glass botanicals, Newy Fagan a renowned artist in the kiln formed glass movement, best known for her fused horses. Diana East from the UK, best known for her award winning glass beads,Kevin Smolark, an up and coming glass artist,and Higgins Studio, best known for blazing the path for fused glass using window glass and glass powder and frit.  They will also have special pieces that they created for their own collection.  This event will be held from noon until 4pm.

The public is invited to attend the open house on Saturday.

 

contact: 
Margie Trembley
Springfield ArtWorks

http://www.springfieldartworks.com
info@springfieldartworks.com
402-301-9162–