I interviewed 5 artists and it was a fun mix of antiques, art from antiques and trash, and art. This is part one of the experience... enjoy
The photo above is from a silk artist who is also an art teacher in the public schools.
It's my opinion that in today's society of making money at any cost, we are losing sight of the fact that expressing ourselves in the arts (music, dance, theater, writing, painting, etc) defines us and touches us as humans.
She is a young woman, moved here from Kansas, and she was providing paper and marbling paint on water to let people experience mixing color and seeing what came of it.
In the booth next to her was a man who moved here from Wisconsin, selling curds.
|Mark at Cream City Market 262 388 2083|
We threw caution to the wind and had some.
He said, they are the cheddar cheese before the moisture is pressed out in a form.
I didn't purchase any... but they were good
We did purchase some pure maple syrup made in Wisconsin. The maker said they moved here but kept their farm and her husband returns every February to tap trees and make the syrup. We always bought syrup at the MD craft show, made in the NE so this was a sentimental purchase.
Moving on we saw lots of repurposed items like this suitcase put on legs...
Pretty much all our family's babies sat in something like this...
We chatted with them because of the picture, and found out the story. Like us, this little boy was their only "child" and passed two years ago at age 17. They were so bereft, they cried, they sought peace, then one day it came to them to start a business in his honor, of re-purposing items into beautiful home ornaments.
I asked if they had a large work space, and the husband said they work in the garage.
They find bits and pieces all over, and think of what it could become. Sometimes they bring home old rusty stuff not knowing what they can do with it at the time, then the magic happens (we know that feeling don't we??) and they look at an item not as it is but as it could be!
Look at these by a different artist... old window sashing turned frames...
This artist sells her repurposed and painted furniture in Boulder
Anyway Claudia Schimert is the artist behind Furniture Arts by Briar Rose.
She laughed and said, she seldom cleans the brush til end of the day! I think it's a beautiful way to work. I loved the way she took old blistered furniture, and made it bright, put on new hardware then sold it to bring color into this drab place. (again my wording)
Now, lookie here! Don't you just want to get down there and dig through this pile of stuff???
Or climb into this display, an actual teeny little trailer...
I talked to lots of artists today. I asked about their process, about finding high end craft shows (it's going to be sparse here) about their lives and their hair. One artists gave me her hair dresser's name. Another one, who worked with a blow torch and metal to make jewelry, said she most loves the pieces she thought were mistakes!
She called them happy mistakes... I made this emblem, didn't like it but cut it in half, then it looked like wings, so I added it to this little squiggle...
you know that story don't you? Can you relate? I sure can!!
I sure wish she lived closer to me, so that we could hang out. I was so busy talking to her, I didn't get a card or a photo but she was one cool woman! If I hadn't asked where she got her ideas, I would not have gotten to know her. It gave me a sense of connection to another artist even if we won't become hard and fast friends.
I was astounded at her bravery!
He is away for months at a time, while she is raising her 3 children. He is in a dangerous country in a dangerous job. I asked how she handled that, and she said, "I trust him to take care! He is trained and great at what he does! We plan for the day he can live with us full time!"
When I met my DH he was flying with NOAH on P3's in hurricanes. I worried all the time! He said it was like a roller coaster, and the mechanics flew with them, so he felt safe.
She is the type to create love wherever she is with what is at hand!
I purchase a few things I will share tomorrow, you'll love them too. And of course there is a story behind both purchases, and two more interviews with the artists.... you know how I am...
For now, here are a few more photos of the day...
From the 20's. She repainted it in white pink and gray, with original mirror.
If we had a home already, this little set would have come to it with me.
It sings! I can see a woman sitting here at night, brushing out her hair with long strokes of a flat brush, patting on face powder, clasping a beaded necklace, carefully applying rouge...
It's the way I choose friends and mates!
It says. " He said,we're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love... true love"
Whether it's love of a friend, a pet, or a mate. Weird might be a harsher term than I would have used, I might have said quirky. Replace weird with quirky and I'm in. None of my friends are boring... we all have a story and all overcome obstacles, and all suspect we hold an important place in the universe... if only to support each other!
More tomorrow! ( link to that is HERE !)
Linking to among others on my page