When I’m deeply involved in a major creative project or working hard to develop the next one, it’s easy for me to neglect things that are going on around me. Luckily, in my studio I am surrounded by six other fantastically creative people and all of their vivid ideas and concoctions. Last night we all gathered in a cozy circle to have a conversation about where our work is going and how it will all come together for an upcoming group show, and I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of what everybody is working on. It was a great way to remember how important it is to look outside of myself when searching for a creative push, and how valuable it can be to start conversations with the people and objects around me. Here are some sweet little tidbits of my fellow studio ladies’ work, followed by a couple of recent experiments by yours truly.
Jill Magi is a poet/writer/diplomatic teacher extraordinaire who has recently found a special place in her soul for hand embroidery.
Astrid Lewis Reedy is a graphic designer by day and whips out her needle, thread, knitting machine, and overall awesomeness to become a fiber vixen by night (and weekend).
Julia Ramsey is a knitwear designer and super-enthusiastic-learner-of-all-things-fiber whose amazing dress-draping skills and wedding designs almost make me want to get married.
Denise Maroney‘s expertise in theater and costume design have lead to a wonderfully raucous explosion of thread, fabric, paper, and paint (and sometimes party decorations) as she thinks about fashion and women’s dress in parts of the world other than the US.
Jordana Martin is an artist of all sorts, whether she is creating the beautiful environment in which we all work, whipping up super-stylish ottomans, or hosting and teaching you how to knit a boob.
My own recent experiments have included this tedious albeit useful dye-mixing resource grid…..
…and this cut-paper pop-up shadow-making contraption, which emerged from my brain after having a grand old time making this card for Mom’s Day.
Don’t forget to look up from time to time, let your eyes focus on something larger than a needle and thread or a sharpened pencil tip, and take advantage of the creative people and things around you!