Exclusive Wearable Art and More
As young as 6 or 7, my grand-aunt Babe, taught me to crochet. I was thrilled to make those long scarfs that we hookers begin creating. I knew I had an artist’s heart. but never was quite sure which form I wanted to work in, whether it was molding clay, painting, writing or, whatever my mind could conceive. Fast forward. My practical left brain suggested taking up typing (proficiently typing 78-80 wpm). My creative right brain viewed typing akin to playing piano as I heard the rhythm and flow of keys inside my head. I only mention this because this skill (to which my fingers are drawn) allowed me to spend nearly 30 years editing theses and dissertations. This skill, I’m convinced, helps my crocheting too in being able to “see” my thoughts translated into my work.
Entrepreneurial spirit is ingrained in my DNA. When our children were small, my sister and I formed Peanut Butter and Jelly, crocheting hats primarily for the lack of something to do and to make extra money. My significant other (an exceptional artist) and I formed Autumn Designsstudio, where we created the album cover for a hot new musical group, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. That cover, Rags to Rufus, was my first real attempt at embroidery, and I remember the feeling of complete joy and pride at its finish. While my middle-class background pushed me toward obtaining a Master of Public Administration degree, art has always given me the comfort and healing I need. When my Rea (my mom/champion) died, I was lost. Making and selling soaps as Mom and Mee with my daughter-in-law helped in the grieving process.
At the start of my retirement from a traditional work environment, I vowed to do exactly as I pleased. Coming from a family of big readers, in year one I read and reviewed 200+ books, mostly mysteries, and who-done-its. Year two, I spent creating crochet wearable art pieces, inspired, influenced, and mesmerized by the work of Mizzie Morawez. She is, in my opinion, a true revolutionary artist who freely uses color that my eyes cherish. In December 2018, I remember some beads a former colleague had given me. That was the start of incorporating beads into crochet pieces. My third year found me learning the varied beading stitches that make up the freeform work that I so love. Creating wearable art jewelry was born and stimulated by the likes of Melinda Barta’s, Mastering Peyote Stitch, and Heidi Kummli & Sherry Serafini’s The Art of Bead Embroidery. Today in the autumn of my dreams, I have so many creative juices flowing that it is sometimes hard to keep up. But guess what . . . I’m content at being able to do exactly what I like doing, making art in whatever genre makes me happy. Thanks for reading this far and I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it. ***