Wichita Community Super STAR

Back in April I was tagged in a post by Kate Van Steenhuyse. Little did I know that that post would land me where I am today:

Do you have a friend or neighbor who has been quietly working away on a creative pursuit for years but not had the chance, resources, or opportunity to really shine? Harvester Arts and Fisch Haus are teaming up once again for the Neighborhood Superstar Award. Our two organizations can provide exhibition and work space, promotional and marketing platforms, assistance and support, and a $1000 equipment purchase award. In addition, the recipient will receive a scholarship to participate in Harvester Art’s professional development program Artist INC launching this summer.

The Neighborhood Superstar program is specifically intended to benefit an individual who may not have had access or pursued these sorts of resources in the past. The award is meant to assist with realizing the creative project (of any discipline) of someone working in our local Wichita community. 

You can see the full article here.

I received my fabrics today.

4th Annual Wichita Mini Maker Faire

What a truly amazing event by Exploration Place and MakeICT. I ran a booth called Bags We All Make (BWAM) instead of SWAG bags. The Bags are zero waste and promote the event , the 2 great partners of the event and this year the message of Boomerang Bags-Wichita Chapter. We stayed incredibly busy, sewing and distributing 87 bags on day one, as a bag left the room on average every 5 minutes. We hope to continue to grow and share this event. Photo courtesy the events Facebook page.

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Letizia Fuhr

Letizia Fuhr was an Italian fashion designer who led the accredited college Art of Dress Design in Wichita, KS. She was a bride of World War II and wrote a book about pattern making. I purchased what looks to be 2 copies of the book. While not much info is to be found online, several of her students spoke highly of her on Facebook and I've heard a few tales that paint her as an interesting woman. I will continue to pursue details of her life and her fashion school. 

Estate Sale of Letizia Fuhr

More Photos on FB 

This week......

This week has been a busy one Chapter 8 of the Artist Way, started Artist INC. Live,  learning about Mammatus clouds, and Final Friday. 

Artist INC courtesy Ryan Gates Final Friday pictures from OPENSTUDIOS for Wisdom Tree Art

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ARTIST INC.

LIVE!

Panoramic

Playing with panoramic, on a train, in the sky, how will it influence my art.

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or the randomness of lead shot

there's an art to everything

Scarf Dress

Yes, my weekly post has been missing....life. I taught a class scarf dress class a few weeks ago and forgot to take pictures, but teaching it again.  Below is my dress once I finished it and below that is a gallery of some of my scarf dresses.

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Balancing Act

Life is a balancing act. We have what we want to do and what we have to do. We have things that are fun to do and things that pay the bills. Why can't those things that are fun to do pay the bills, and how do we get to that? Tough questions indeed. The only solace I have is that I'm not alone in this conundrum. Good luck to us all.

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Try to find the Serenity

Among all the chaos

The Words Project

Upcycled Cloth Collective is a Facebook group started by Melaine Brummer . Last November she asked us to put to words to what upcycling meant to us and The Words Project was born. The project intrigued me but the words I would put to my work alluded me.

In February, I recived notice from GoDaddy that one of my websites needed to be renewed. Remnants of Therapy is the name my husband and I came up with for a fabric/craft store, also know as creative reuse, that would keep those items out of landfills. At that point I knew those would be my words, but I not entirely sure how I was going to incorporate them in a piece no bigger than 30cm x30cm.

I'm fascinated with denim right now and it's many uses and my recent discovery that leather is not that hard to sew. So I knew those 2 elements would have to be worked into my piece. I also love hexagons and have drawers and drawers of small pieces of scrap fabric, so a hex quilt was another definite I wanted to include. I find many, many pieces of lace and trim in thrift and that was the last part that came into play to finish out my 4 corners. On top if that, my brain insisted that much of that had to be hand stitched. 

With the May 1st deadline looming and the constant buz that my life is, I set out to get this done over the final weekend. At last, with 3 hours to go I set about hand stitching all the elements that had not been previously machine stitched on the denim. In all I have 8-9 hours of physical work in this piece and countless mental hours.

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Free Art Friday in the ICT

I participated in #freeartfriday when I was in Austin, but weekly was just to much. I decided to try to start something monthly here to coincide with Final Friday ICT. Since, I just got over my leather block and the title of MakeICT's gallery show is Making A Silver Lining . So,  I decided to incorporate elements of the show and leather work into my free art. Thanks, to sojochick for sharing the piece she found at the Keeper.

Leather block

I had a leather block. I don't know why I was resistant, but I was. I'd been looking for good books on leather, but had only come up with about 3, so I purchased them. For the next year they just sat, I'd flip through them and look at the pictures but that was it. Finally, I cracked open How to Sew Leather, Suede, Fur in no time I had read 4 chapters and created a simple pattern. Why had I ever resisted. It's not like I haven't ever sewn leather. I had sewn leather pillows in the past, heck I even worked temporarily making leather seats for airplanes. Well that's all behind me now. And those 4  20 gallon trash cans of leather we purchased at an estate sale, now they have a purpose.

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The book that broke my block

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My first leather project

class in the works

Great week of Teaching

I taught a Know your Sewing machine class and Sewing Fabric and Metal class. My students were thrilled and every time I teach, I think, I learn something as well. In the sewing fabric and metal class we ended up working with leather. I can't wait to see what my student creates and I am inspired too.  If you're in Wichita you can check the calendar or contact me for private lessons

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Learning to production sew

The training cell is right next to the prototype cell at work. They produce large amounts of practice work that is just destine for the landfill. I've started collecting those pieces, in hopes of creating something artistic out of them. 

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Here's some images closer up with details of the stitches.

Pillows

I taught a class this week about Making Pillows. Below are pillows I've made over the years.

I missed a post

Here's where I would normally berate myself for not doing something that I promised myself to do. Not this time SATAN. For your enjoyment I've posted some pictures of things I've done below. We're all human and all we can do is keep trying to be the best at whatever we do.

Making a Fabric Sculpture

I'm submitting a piece called Seeds of the Wind, for the MakeICT Final Friday show Making The Wind Blow. I did some test samples tonight and am beyond thrilled and excited as to how they turned out. I can't wait to produce my 3-5 seed over the next week. Looking forward to sharing my progress. 

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My sample better than imagined

stay tuned...

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Here's a hint

one of my seeds

Wichita Broadsides

We're always creating art as a family. It's fun to create together and use that creativity to create problem solving skills. When I saw that Harvester and River City Poets had teamed up to create this event. I knew it was something I wanted to do, but could  I get my family involved? Emotions aren't always easy to express, but we found a way to express and work through them with art.

 

 

 

I also found a partner in Roy Beckemeyer, I have posted links to our works on his blog below as well as images. He put things into words that I can only express with images.

Renaissance

Type-O Premature

Solar Flairs

Broadsides Details

MakeICT

When we moved to Wichita, we didn't know anyone. After working my butt off for 6 months, my employer decided to go another way. Being in a town 8 hours from home and virtually knowing no one was a daunting situation. I struggled to find fiber related peeps and still do, but I had another though and found a tribe I've grown to love. After being on the fringes of the maker movement in Austin, it occurred me to google "maker space" and I was happy to see  Wichita had one, MakeICT. Here I've found a group of like minded people, who can also help inspire my mini maker. I don't have all the skills he needs to be the maker he wants to grow into, he want's to be a robotics engineer. I'm glad to have my community and have other makers to help fill in the gaps for him.  They also love me back, check out my Featured Maker article here

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