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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for March 2011;

Pat Pitingolo

I discovered her work thanks to Art Journalling magazine by Stampington, which is where I first saw her amazing pages. For those of you who haven’t yet found Pat, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

Pat; Hi. I’m Pat Pitingolo from Lost and Found.

Lost n Found Pat Pitingolo's blog.

Lost n Found Pat Pitingolo's blog.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Pat: I live in the US in the Midwestern state of Ohio.

What you do:

Pat: By day I work as an office assistant at a small, liberal arts university. The rest of the time, I am a wife, mother, friend, and maker of things.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Pat: I’ve always had the desire to make things. My mother was a big influence as she was always knitting, crocheting, or sewing late into the wee hours. As a child I preferred craft kits to dolls or toys. In school, I spent more time designing the cover of a report than writing it! I majored in art in college and worked in advertising and design before devoting most of my time and energy to raising a family. For many years my creative outlet consisted of making Halloween costumes, home decorating projects, and participating in mail art. When my youngest went off to college a few years ago, my creative life blossomed. I started taking art classes, experimenting, and blogging. I found some creative friends and we meet regularly to learn new techniques and generally inspire and encourage one another.

What inspires you: 

Wilderness1 by Pat Pitingolo

Wilderness1 by Pat Pitingolo

Pat: Everything! My motto is: I never met an art form I didn’t like. I’ve dabbled in journaling, lettering, altered books, book arts, painting, collage, assemblage, mosaic, sewing, quilting, felting, and more. I enjoy looking at art as much as I do creating it and the internet is a wealth of inspiration. If I had to choose what inspires me most, I would probably say words, color, geometric shapes, outsider and folk art, and anything made with found objects.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

 
 

 

Blur1web by Pat Pitingolo

Blur1web by Pat Pitingolo

 

Pat: I would spend ALL of my time exploring art. I would travel the world taking classes and workshops, meeting artists, and journaling about it in my own handmade journals. I would also have my own art gallery filled with artwork that I discovered on my travels.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Pat: I enjoy the whole creative process. It absolutely thrills me that something can be a tiny spark in your mind one day and a tangible object that you can touch and hold and share another day. I love that concept and everything that happens between the thought and the finished piece. I enjoy getting my hands dirty and sticky playing with paint, glue, paper, and fabric. The greatest feeling to me is when inspiration strikes and you have to drop everything and follow an idea to wherever it leads. Art is one giant adventure and I never want the journey to end.

Links

To find out more about Pat and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below. 

  • I invite you to visit my blog, Lost and Found, at http://patpitingolo.blogspot.com/ as I appreciate your visits and comments. I hope I can inspire you to try something new or discover your own inner artist.

Thanks to Pat Pitingolo for being our Featured Artist of the Month for March 2011.

Happy by Pat Pitingolo

Happy by Pat Pitingolo

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for February 2011

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore Featured Artist of the Month

I discovered her work thanks to sewing shows on Ideal World but for those of you who haven’t yet found Debbie Shore, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

My name’s Debbie Shore

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Debbie: I live in Northamptonshire with 2 of my 3 grown-up children, my photographer husband, two cats and two dogs.

What you do:

Debbie; I’m a presenter on the shopping channel Ideal World, where I’ve spent the last eight years, but began my career in television some 26 years ago on Children’s ITV. The middle years have been filled with commercials, corporate video and a bit of acting.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Debbie: Crafting has always been part of my life, from an age too early to remember I was sewing dolls clothes and making houses from shoe boxes, to modelling scenery for my model zoo from paper mache! But it’s the sewing that I enjoy more than anything. I love the feel of fabric, the texture and colours, and even more I love the way you can transform a room by adding colour and warmth. I like to figure out how things are made and replicate that at home, and I like to save money on shop prices!

What inspires you: 

Debbie; A piece of beautiful fabric really inspires me to get creative with small projects like cushion covers to the nail-breaking task of upholstery.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Debbie;  If money were no object for me, I’d spend my day making soft furnishings for yachts in the Caribbean, and I’d invite you all over for workshops!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Debbie; I am so lucky in my job that I can indulge my passion for sewing and be paid for it, but the most satisfying thing is to inspire others to dig out that old sewing machine from the loft and be confident enough to use it.

Links

To find out more about Debbie and her work, please visit her website, details below. 

I have a lovely bunch of members on my website Shortcuts to Sewing please feel free to visit, and chip in if you wish!

Debbie x

Many thanks to Debbie Shore, for being our Featured Artist of the Month for February 2011.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

***Updates***

Debbie has just opened a new website called Thimble Lane and now also has videos on You Tube and a shop on Ebay. For more details and links, please vist;

Updated 12 November 2011.

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for January 2011.

Claire Mills

Claire Mills

Claire Mills, Featured Artist of the Month January 2011

I discovered Claire’s work after searching for a cover for my new Kindle but for those of you who haven’t yet found Claire, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are:

Claire: Hi, I’m Claire Mills and I run my own little enterprise called Crabtree Lane. I have a ‘day job’ at the moment and do Crabtree Lane things in the evenings and on weekends – but hope to go full-time with my own venture in Spring 2011.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Claire: I’m based in beautiful, rural Worcestershire in the UK and am lucky enough to have a workshop in my back garden from which I make all my pieces.

What you do:

Kindle3 Cover by Claire Mills

Kindle3 Cover by Claire Mills

Claire: I make hand-made home accessories, using a wide mix of designer and vintage fabrics. I take a great deal of pleasure in sourcing fabrics and this has become something of an obsession! The making side of things really came from the love of fabric – I realised I had to DO something with all this wonderful material.

What I make grows and changes month by month and is usually based on either my own frustration at not being able to find what I want on the High Street or from requests from friends and colleagues. My favourite things to make are those that combine practicality and function with eye-catching fabrics and design. For instance, my range of Kindle covers that come with beautiful ribbon ties or my vintage style Sausage Dog draught excluders made in modern, fresh fabrics.

Sausage Dog by Claire Mills

Sausage Dog by Claire Mills

What got you started in your creative journey?

Claire: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something! I was lucky to grow up in a family that encouraged creativity and tolerated a certain level of mess that comes with that! I had access to unlimited paper, thanks to an Uncle who owned a printing business and was often given paints, pencils, clay, glue and glitters. We would also collect leaves and use foods to make our ‘master pieces’.

At school, the only things I ever felt I was good at were the arts. I had a love for making models and 3D pieces and was particularly drawn to clay. This led me to University where I learned industrial ceramic design processes and later, achieved a degree in ceramics and glass.

But then the world of ‘real work’ called and my creativity was channelled in a very different direction for many years. It wasn’t until a bout of illness forced me to become house-bound for a couple of weeks that I started to consider what I might do with my burgeoning fabric stash. From that, Crabtree Lane was born and I now find myself on another creative journey.

What inspires you:

Claire: I cannot describe the feeling I get when I see a particular surface pattern or certain combination of colours.There is such a huge range of wonderful vintage and modern material out there, designed by incredibly talented folk that I am like the proverbial kid in a sweet shop when I venture into the Haberdashers or stumble on a bag of old material in a junk shop. The possibilities are endless for combining these fabrics and colours and creating something new from them.

I am also inspired by the process of figuring out how to construct something in 3D and there is a definite mental challenge and sense of satisfaction (after MUCH trial and error!) in doing so.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Claire: I would probably become an eternal student! There is still so much that I want to learn how to do – so many techniques, art forms and opportunities yet to be experimented with.

My immediate interest is in re-upholstery and I am looking forward to learning the art of bringing old furniture back to life with new fabrics. I would also love to be able to design and screen-print my own material.

I am constantly frustrated at how rubbish my drawing skills are – and I guess if money were no object I would hire some unsuspecting life drawing expert to help me achieve a half-way decent standard. I pity that tutor!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Claire: Getting into that wonderful state known as ‘the flow’. Hours can pass by and I could swear I have only been in my workshop for a few minutes. Having the time, space and support from a very tolerant partner has enabled me to turn a very tentative hobby into a potentially viable enterprise. I am hugely grateful to have been given the opportunity to see where things might go with Crabtree Lane.

“Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Links

To find out more about Claire and her work, please visit her blog and websites, details below.

Please feel free to drop me a line any time at claire@crabtreelane.co.uk, I’d love to hear from you.

Egg Cozy's by Claire Mills

Egg Cosies by Claire Mills

Thanks to Claire from Crabtree Lane, for being our Featured Artist of the Month for January 2011. Do check out her websites, her finished pieces are really well made.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for September 2010

The Arctic Stamper

I discovered her work thanks to Stamping Mad Forum, but for those of you who haven’t yet found Sari, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are and which country you are based in

Sari: My name is Sari and I come from Finland. I’m originally from Helsinki, so I’m a city girl at heart, but for the last 4 years I’ve been living in the middle of nowhere, way above the Arctic Circle.

What got you started in your creative journey?

I’ve always been interested in all things creative. I used to like making just about anything when I was at school. I’ve always liked photography and at one point I went as far as turning our bathroom into a darkroom, about which my mother was not so amused. I’ve been knitting as long as I can remember. Just about every female member of my family, going back generations, was a knitter, so I guess that’s something that’s truly in my blood. Some 20 years ago I visited a very creative German pen pal of mine and she introduced me to silk painting. I was hooked immediately and thought that I’ve found my calling. I few years later, when I was living in England, I ordered a silk painting catalogue from Germany, since I couldn’t find any supplies where I was. This was before the Internet, so when the catalogue arrived in the mail and as I was flicking though it, I saw a small but very inspiring selection of rubber stamps on one of the pages. I’ve not painted silk much after that but my stamp collection has grown from the initial couple to oooh…several thousands, I think. So, about 15 years later and I’m still totally hooked on stamping.

What inspires you: 

My biggest inspiration comes from other stampers and creative people in general. I get inspired by music and films too, nature, weather, seasons, sounds and smells, anything around me. Up here in the north the changing seasons and their colours never stop to inspire me. I love the yellows, oranges and burgundy of the autumn but can’t wait for the whites and light blues, with sparkling glitter, of the winter. And not forgetting the kryptonite greens of the northern lights, of course.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

If money, time and obligations were no object, I’d most likely be travelling round the world. All my belongings would fit in one bag and I would travel from one place to another, moving to a different location whenever I would feel like it. I would probably have an art journal with me, to keep the crafty thing going. Oh, and there would probably always be a knitting in my bag too.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

The thing I enjoy most about my creative life is having an outlet. An outlet for my madness, that is. It’s no good bottling things inside, especially if those things are very crafty thoughts. I recently read that left handers use a ‘visual simultaneous’ method where they process lots of threads at the same time, as opposed to right handers who use their brains in a more linear sequence. That is so true. I have so many threads being processed at all times, having all sorts of ideas in my head. Some of them take shape, change, reshape and eventually come out as something cool.

Another thing I enjoy about my creative life is all the other creative people I’ve met. Now with the Internet, blogs and forums I’ve made so many new friends who all inspire me in one way or another. It also inspires me a lot when others find my doings inspiring.

And the third thing I enjoy is the ability to recycle stuff that would otherwise be chucked to a landfill site. I like to take things apart and turn them into something else. In this very disposable world, it gives me great pleasure to give something a new lease of life. Others have realized this too and they have started to send me ‘rubbish’ parcels.

All in all, I think that the creativity is not something that I do, it’s something that I am. Clever, eh?

Links

To find out more about Sari and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below. 

The Arctic Stamper

Thanks to Sari for being our Featured Artist of the Month for September 2010

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for June 2010.

Sherry Cheever

Sherry Cheever

I discovered her work thanks to a Spellbinders Blog Hop but for those of you who haven’t yet found Sherry Cheever, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

SC: Sherry Cheever a/k/a BadSherry on Splitcoaststampers a/k/a Her Royal Badness

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

SC:  I live in Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

What you do:

SC: I am a freelance paper arts designer and currently design for Spellbinders Blog Team, Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

What got you started in your creative journey?

SC: I have always been a crafter.  I began at a very early age painting, knitting, etc. and in High School, Art was one of my favorite classes.  I went away to college majoring in Physical Education with a minor in art.  At the end of my sophomore year I wanted to switch to an art major and when I couldn’t get the classes I wanted, I threw my hands up and got married instead.  During the summers of my college years I painted watercolor pictures of the race cars at the dad’s race track and sold them.    I began rubber stamping in 1990 but with children on the run, I set it aside for some years. 

Around 2004 I started cross-stitching shadow boxes for friends and decided that stamping them would be more colorful and quicker.   It wasn’t long that I was full-fledged into making cards and totally addicted to the art.  I haven’t stopped since!

What inspires you: 

SC: This is a hard one to answer as my mind runs constantly and I can see inspiration in anything I pick up.  I simply see something, like an old wood box, and I know immediately what I can and want to make with it.  It’s just finding the time to make it happen!

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

SC: What I’m doing now!  The only thing I would change would be having a separate house/cabin that I could use as a studio where I would have plenty of room for classes, work space and storage.  I find it amazing that I’m 51 years old and I’m finally doing what I have been meant to do my entire life  . . . make art!  It was a long time to get here, full-time jobs, raising children, part-time jobs, etc., but I’m here.  My secret desire is to have a private island, with all my crafty friends living on the island as well, and we would have cabana boys to see to our every whim.  Of course, this would mean winning the lottery, but one would have to buy tickets for that, and I can’t see wasting money on lottery tickets.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

SC: Working on my own time and not having to get dressed and leave the house every day.  If I want to sit in my pajamas and work, I can!  I can also work when the idea strikes whether it’s early morning or late at night!

Links

To find out more about Sherry Cheever and her work, please visit her blog details below. Her papercraft designs are awesome.

Sherry’s Blog

Sherry’s Favourite Links:

SC: My Favorite Shopping:

Eclectic Paperie

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Thanks to Sherry for being our Featured Artist of the Month for June 2010.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist of the month, for October 2009

Buechertiger

 

I discovered her work thanks to the Book Arts Forum but for those of you who haven’t yet found Hilke, or Buechertiger as she is more often known on line, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are:

My name is Hilke but I am often known online as Beuchertiger.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

I am living and working in Bonn, Germany. That’s a small town at the river Rhine, that was the seat of Government until reunification. I moved here two years ago from Berlin, where I had been living for just one year. – I have been moving around quite a lot in the last years.
Bonn has a little more than 300 thousand inhabitants, but feels like a much smaller town. Maybe one could describe it as neat: the houses in the inner city have no more than 3 floors, the streets are narrow and very clean. It was quite a change from Berlin Friedrichshain where I lived before, the home of punks and left wing activists. And while I enjoy some of the advantages of Bonn, for example that I can do almost everything by foot, I’m looking forward to moving on again.

What you do:

Hilke:

I make books and book art: My blank books serve as journals, sketch or note books, poetry books, guest books, photo albums, diaries, and more. I sell them in my shop on Etsy. With my art I am mainly investigating books themselves, their function and reception. These works are partly available through Etsy, too. But you’ll get a more complete impression by checking my home page.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Hilke:

That’s really a hard question to answer – Probably my birth? I don’t want to go too far back in my personal history and only tell you how I came to work only with books for the last month:
After finishing my phd one and a half years ago I bound my thesis by hand. I only needed about 20 copies, ten for the library and ten for me, friends, and family. Without a conscious decision at first, once I picked this old love of making books, I continued with making some journals for various people, bound some free ebooks, and simply continued binding about a book a day. I applied for jobs, but I didn’t want to do any of them, once I met with the people there for the job interview. And so I decided to take a step back and find out more about who I am, trying to get involved with books and art, before committing myself to a career that I maybe not really want to follow.
During the past year, making books has been my only occupation (well, and applying for grants and shows, organizing the book keeping, and all the organizational stuff that comes with working freelance). For the first time I had enough time and space to think clearly about books, and not just made some blanks under the pressure of having to finish the book before Christmas. And when I discovered the world of book artists and book makers in the internet, the journey into the realm of book arts really started.

What inspires you:

Hilke: 

Usually when I see something that I like I begin thinking about how it could be included into the design of a book. This could be just anything. Sometimes am moved and inspired by nature or people. But thinking about it, I realize that it’s more often made objects, pieces of another person’s thoughts and work that catches my attention. I like to take long walks to think things through and sort my ideas, but they are not primarily sources of inspiration.
I’ll give you a fictional example, to explain to you how my brain works:
For example, three dimensionality has been important theme in my work from the very beginning. The first piece of book art that I made is “Tauchgang”. I made this piece of art before I had seen other people’s work, and especially before I had seen any tunnel books, a structure with which it was often compared. From front cover to the last page each has a hole in it – and this is its main feature. It is meant to look like a water-filled cave. It can be leafed through, of course. If you do so, you’ll find pencil marks, and instructions to myself on the backsides of the pages: just as if you took a look at the stage from the back. Since then I made other “books with a hole”; “the creature nightmare” only has text no images, others only have images. Also to “touch and to cut”, one of my two books that come in an edition, plays with threedimensionality: The pages of this book are translucent and can be seen all at once, and only then you can see the true message of the book.
Threedimensionality in books is something that I am interested in per se.
Now sometimes when I look around me I see, say, a fly stuck to the side of a glass of jam, and I might think: This would be great as a 3D book, and it would be about vanity and pathetic deaths. When I am later in my studio working on a different project and this image sticks to me, I begin thinking about how exactly such a book would look like. Later that day maybe I see someone making a book with an interesting non-rectangular shape. Liking the idea, I connect it with the fly-book that also still occupies my mind. And maybe in the end, I turn up with a round, jam-glass-shaped book with images that are horizontal slices of a fly painted by smearing jam over the page.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Hilke:

I would continue to make books, but I would travel more than I can afford now. I’d visit people all over the world and learn from them as much as I can. Then I would settle down and set up a proper studio. Maybe this would be in Minneapolis or St Paul, or in some other city that I visited in my journeys and liked. Or maybe I’ll appreciate this city more after all the traveling and would set it up simply in the empty shop that I pass every day here in Bonn. I would have at least one printing press, and I would buy a lot of bookbinding tools. 
It would be a workshop in the true sense of the word: a shop where I work. In the front I would have wooden shelves that hold the finished works and can be bought there. It would have a super comfy red couch where I would serve tea to all visitors who bring some time to chat about this and that. – You see, I got it all planned out. And who knows, maybe I will make enough money one day to pay the rent of such a workshop – then I’ll get started right away.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Hilke: 

This is truly the hardest of all your question to answer! I have always been creative, it’s like you asked me what I like about breathing air. Instead I will answer the question what I like about working self employed as I did in the past year.

What I enjoy most is that I can be completely myself. I don’t have to pretend to know everything, I don’t have to prove anything, to anyone. In my previous job I felt a lot like playing poker: Never let the others know what and whether you got up your sleeve, and what you truly know and understand. – Especially when lacking knowledge and understanding.

Despite the necessity of pretense in my other jobs, I always have been working creatively – not always to the pleasure of the people around me. When I was teaching in school, one of my pupils, in a class of 14 years olds, explicitely complained “can’t we just once do *normal* school?!” when I explained what we were going to do at the beginning of the lesson.
That makes me realize: I like about my current occupation as an artist that the outcome of my work and creativity only depends on myself, and not on the willingness of, say, my students.

Links

To find out more about Hilke and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

Hilke: On my homepage you can find more information about me and my work. You find it at http://buechertiger.de.
I am also blogging, the blog can be found at http://blog.buechertiger.de.
Since recently I am also twittering – under my real name http://twitter.com/hilkekurzke
You’ll also find me on Etsy, DaWanda, and Flickr – just search for “buechertiger” and you’ll find me. 

 

Thanks to Hilke for being our Featured Artist of the Month for October 2009.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month our Featured Artist is;

Jackie Poutasse

I discovered Jackie and her work, when I first started bookbinding and was searching for forums/blogs on the subject. Jackie runs an excellent bookbinding forum called The Book Arts Forum Her work is excellent and there are links to her sites at the end of the article. For those of you who haven’t discovered Jackie yet, her in her own words is a little more about her.

BCR: Who you are:

JP: My name is Jacqueline Poutasse but I’m called Jackie
BCR: Where you are (which country you are based in):

JP: I’m on the east coast of the USA in Virginia Beach, Virginia

BCR: What you do:

JP: I’m mainly a book artist and photographer but for the past two years I have been in the fine arts program at our local community college learning how to draw and paint.

BCR: What got you started in your creative journey?

JP: Both my parents are artists. My dad is a woodworker and my mom paints and sews, so the creative gene is pretty prominent. I’ve always done some type of art/craft but about twenty years ago I was inspired to start making books as gifts for friends and then I fell in love with early 20th century French bookbindings and I was hooked.

BCR: What inspires you?

JP: My friends and family, other artists, basically the world around me.

 

BCR: If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

JP: I’d love to travel and take traditional painting classes in places like Italy.

 

BCR:  What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

JP: That I get to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world.

 

BCR:  My blog is all about sharing links to creative people and their work. Are any of your sites/shops/ Classes that you would like to include details of and links to in your article?

JP: Definitely include my blog as well as The Book Arts Forum(which I think is still the best kept secret of the book arts world). Since I am on the final leg of my degree I haven’t had much time to teach classes so I’m not offering any at this time, though I am planning on starting up some online classes this fall in book arts. This summer I am planning on updating the blog and updating the forumsoftware to make them both more functional. I do have a Flickr site if someone wants to see examples of my work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjbookarts/

  

Many thanks to Jackie for being our Featured Artist for the month of September 2009. Do visit her sites and sign up to the best bookbinding forum there is.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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