I was reminded recently of the importance of creative community. I had the opportunity to visit Lisa Schonberg’s studio at Zygote press, a printmaking collaborative and cornerstone of the region. Not only does Lisa make gorgeous prints, she is amazingly prolific. As she showed me her work, she spoke of the power of community that Zygote provides her.[Read more…] about A Village of One
Monica Cielesz is a fellow copper artist. She works with the natural elements of fire and copper to create dynamic flame-painted woven pieces. While heat can be used to create beautiful colors on the metal, it is also extremely unpredictable. I asked her what inspires her pieces, and how she handles working with such a challenging technique. She spoke about the need for patience and letting go of perfect – two essential skills for artists, no matter their medium.[Read more…] about Creative People: Monica Cielesz
We went to the grocery store this past weekend. I stopped to visit my favorite cashier. She’s an artist, like me. Hard to tell, on her Clark Kent days as she stands at the conveyer belt filled with coffee beans and carrots. Especially hard now that there are yards of plastic surrounding her.[Read more…] about Keep Creating
If you live in the U.S., I don’t need to remind you that tomorrow is Election Day. Nor do I need to encourage you to vote. Unless you live under a field stone, you’ve been bombarded with that message for weeks now, and quite possibly have already done it.
I want to tell a different story.[Read more…] about MMF
I believe in life we’re all Venn diagrams. We’re the intersection of our hopes, skills, and ambitions. Especially those of us lucky enough to do what we love.
For many years, I was a textile artist – educator. At one point I added a new ring: I became a mother. Motherhood couldn’t help but influence my work. My earliest commissions were portraits of children on fabric.[Read more…] about Venn diagrams