Never too late for a compliment.

“Are you the artist who was in the Waste Not, Want Not exhibit at Olive Hyde?
Your work consisted of plastic bags, toilet paper and receipts? I should
have written you sooner but that show really left an impression on me.”

tri city voice article imageImage from Tri-City Voice Archives (My work is the second image on the left hand side)  Read the full article HERE.

Leah wrote me a nice email about a week or so ago.  It was so great to get a random note from someone telling me they are thinking about my art.  An artist’s dream!  Ask any artist what they want to do with their work and generally speaking the answers are usually, inspire others to create, provide beauty to the world, or show that beauty exists in unlikely spaces, or send a very specific message to a viewer.  There are other reasons to create art and they are all valid.

I became an artist because of the feeling I got when I walked into a museum for the first time.  I thought to myself, if I could make just one person feel the way I feel right now with the work I make I will consider myself a successful artist.

It feels good when your work is well received.

Looking back it is kind of funny because I also received the worst comment to date at that very same show.  Someone told me that my prices were too high and that it diluted the message I was trying to send with my work.

As you can see all responses to an artists work are kept somewhere in their mind forever.

So, comment away folks.  Artists are bred for critiques.  We have to accept them.  The good ones feel so good and the “bad” ones feel really crappy for a while, but we always learn something from them.

Thanks Leah.

Check out what Leah’s currently working on by visiting her blog.

http://leahvirsik.com/

My Creative Reuse in Muir Beach.

Last year I was a vendor at the Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair for the first time.  I had such a blast that I am doing it again this year (and for as many more years as I can!).  If you are in the neighborhood, feel like chatting, or want to spend a day at the beach, come by and say hello.  I will be selling my one of a kind upcycled purses.  So, come and buy one and join the creative reuse revolution (:

To see some of the products that I will be selling, check out my online shop HERE.

Hope to see you there!

GETty Crafty at Fremont Park!

About a week or so ago I was contacted by a fellow Etsian who is holding a Craft Fair Event in order to raise money for her friends, the Storms and their little girl, Getty.  Getty suffers from SMA1.  All of the vendor fees are going to be donated to the Storm family to help them pay for all of the medical equipment and doctor’s appointments that are not covered by health insurance.

I was so honored to be invited to be a part of this event.  It feels really good to feel like I am contributing to something positive.

If you are in the Sacramento area on October 16th, stop by Fremont Park between 10am and 2pm.  I will be there selling products from my upcycled unlimited line.

To learn more about this event, the Storm family, and Getty, check out gettyowl.com

Hope to see you on the 16th!

The Fremont Earth Day Fair.

Last weekend I had a great time celebrating the Earth and its awesomeness.  I went to the city of Fremont and led an Arts and Crafts table where we made patches for a quilt made from recycled materials.  I asked every visitor to take a “swatch” I made from old newspapers, maps, and manila folders and draw, paint or collage what they do to help the earth.

I was really happy with the response and collected several swatches that I will sew into a quilt during the next couple of weeks.

Another great thing about this weekend was the inspiration several people told me they were getting from my table.  One woman told me I made her feel like she could use anything and make art out of it.  I could have passed out!  She got it!  I also had several conversations with people about the environment, recycled, reusing and making art while you do all that.  It was refreshing.

I can’t wait until the quilt is finished!

I’d consider it a success.

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Well, yesterday my very supportive husband and I made the trek out to Point Reyes Station to see my work along with all of it’s new artwork friends at Gallery Route One.

Here’s my artwork!

Portrait of a Mother and a Father

Linocut print on a Mirror

I was happy to see that my work was among some of the best artwork I have seen in a group show in quite some time.  The show was extremely crowded, but I worked up the courage and elbowed my way through the sea of artists and found myself in a short conversation with Kenneth Baker.  He was cordial and cracked a few jokes to lighten the nerves I’m sure both he and I felt.  I have stepped up one more step on my ladder to being comfortable in my role as an artist.

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Sunday was a great day.