Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

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! 

 

Take a look here

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

Gardens!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

One of the really neat things about California are all of the gardening possibilities.  We are a zone 9 or 10 out here and that means you can grow just about anything.  I am particularly intrigued by all of the xeriscape or low water gardens out here.  Water is definitely scarce and it is the responsible thing to do.  I am inspired by how beautiful they can be!

Here are some gardens that my pooches and I pass by on our daily walks:

I love this one.  This is about as low water use as you can get!

Xeriscape garden!

 

This one is really nice as well:

Xeriscape garden!

 
An another:
 

Xeriscape garden!

This one is at the other end of the water use spectrum, though probably less water use than a traditional lawn.  Really beautiful:

Tropical garden

I have been working on my vege garden as well.  Beds are set up, landscape fabric is laid and I put down straw for mulch betweeen the beds.  The soil comes Tuesday.  The straw is a big hit with Lucy:

Lucy makes herself comfortable

 

 

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!

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

 

San Jose Museum of Art

Hi all,

I can’t believe that it’s been 6 months since I last posted!  My husband and I have been involved in a very complicated process of career change (his) and impending relocation to sunny San Jose, California.  My daughter relocated to Seoul, South Korea a few months ago, as well.  I’m afraid my head has been in a whole other world and I just haven’t had any mental room for making art or even talking about it. 

We are currently in the process of selling our home in Illinois, finding a new place in San Jose and getting ready to move.  I probably won’t be making all that much art this summer, but hope to drag the 3 people left who still read my blog along through our relocation via blog posts.  I’m sure I will have some amazing new art venues to post from California and other useless trivia to share along the way. 

A few other things.  I am moving to a smaller space and am trying to lighten the load a bit before the moving truck pulls up. To that end, I am selling my Gammill Longarm and am discounting almost all of my work by 50% until it’s loaded on the truck (+shipping).  There are a few pieces that I’ve decided not to sell at this time, but anything that is for sale, will be discounted.  Buy more than 1 and I’ll throw domestic shipping in free.    I will post more about that later in the week and have a link to a sale page, but if you have been contemplating a purchase of my work, now’s the time.  Feel free to contact me in the meantime, if there’s something you’re interested in. 

Given that I have never even been to San Jose, this is bound to be quite a ride.  I hope you’ll come along.

-Tracy

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–

SAQA One Foot Square Auction Begins!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) begins their annual fundraiser today!  This is a great opportunity to purchase some great art work and help a really wonderful organization at the same time.

How the Auction Works

There are 288 Benefit Auction quilts donated by our members. The SAQA 2010 Benefit Auction will begin on Monday, September 20th at 2:00 Eastern Time and conclude on Saturday, October 9 at 2:00 Eastern.

Last year’s Benefit Auction raised $47,325. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.

How the Auction works:

The Auction is run in three sections (Section 1 – Pages 1a and 1b; Section 2 – Pages 2a and 2b; Section 3 – Pages 3a and 3b).

On the first day of each section’s auction, the price for all pieces in that section is $750. The next day (at 2:00 Eastern), the price drops to $550. The third day, it drops to $350, then $250, then $150, and finally $75.

The first section will begin September 20th at 2:00 Eastern.
The second section will begin September 27th at 2:00 Eastern.
The third section will begin October 4th at 2:00 Eastern.

On another note, I’ve been vat dyeing again.  This one below was made from a Procion dye that I got from Dharma Trading Company called Mild Wing Sauce.  It was an oops dye they were selling at a great price.  It was screened with golden yellow and scarlet vat dyes.

Scarf Mania! Scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart

this one was created from another oops! Dharma dye called How Now Brown Cow.  I LOVE this color.  It was screened with scarlet vat dye as well.

More Scarf Mania! Scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart