Late Summer Art and Craft Fairs

Its hard to believe we are into August.

Paoli Art in the Mill Park- one of my favorite summer events.

It’s hard to believe we are in August and I have already done some shows. On August 13th, I was fortunate to participate in Paoli Art at the Mill Park Art Fair. It was a humid morning and rained the night before so set up was wet, wet, wet. Fortunately, I was uphill from the standing water and the organizers brought in hay. It was a nice shady spot to enjoy the fair.

The day started out slow but really picked up as the sun dried everything. It’s a really fun gathering with live music and beer. Beer- it’s what Wisconsin Art Fairs need! Many shoppers browsed with glass in hand.

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Agora Art Fair Fitchburg WI

Although I did not have a booth at this lovely event, I helped out at the booth for 14 South Artists. Here are some of our participants.

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Although there was a little shower early, the day turned out lovely with a gentle breeze and the show was well attended.

Next up: Middleton Good Neighbor Fest August 27-28 at Middleton’s Fireman’s Park.

Feed Your Soul!

August

August Blog Post

Here we are in the last month of summer and its 90 degrees out today; typical. We are just past Lamas, the festival of the first wheat harvest.

Lammas is a “cross quarter” day occurring half way between the equinox and solstice; the “quarter days”. Others include Samhain- aka Halloween, Imbolc- aka Ground Hog Day and Beltane; aka Mayday. It’s interesting to me that our culture celebrates these holidays without the knowledge that they are rooted in medieval times.

Many people are familiar with Lammas bread from the Lord of the Rings. It is the bread made from the first wheat harvest of the season and sustains Sam and Frodo for much of their journey.

Lammas Bread

So August begins the last month of summer. For me, it means time to get busy for the upcoming show season. I have a couple really nice shows this month. Come see what’s new! Here is a sampling of new Pirates’ treasures necklaces and Bohemian Medley bracelets.

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I am excited to participate in the Art in the Mill Park art fair on August 13th in neighboring community of Paoli. It is from 10am- 5pm. There will be music, food and beverages all to be enjoyed in a shady park along the Sugar River.

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At the end of the month I will be in Middleton at their Good Neighbor Fest. It’s a two day art and craft fair on August 27-28 and is set in an oak savannah at Fireman’s Park. This is a large show with over 100 vendors. The annual fair offers music, food and beverages.

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2015 Middleton Good Neighbor Fest Art and Craft Fair

Beginning with August shows, I will be bringing hand-dyed scarves to sell since we will be thinking about cooler weather coming. I cannot wait to roll out my new Shibori folded styles.

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See you at the fairs!

 

HOT HOT HOT July

HOT- HOT- HOT— JULY IS FOR TEXTILE DYEING

Its mid-July and the summer is full on hot. This is the time of year that I do some textile dyeing instead of beading.

I have been trying some new Shibori folding techniques this year. I have done many designs in the past with the “scrunch” method and securing the fabrics with rubber bands.

What is Shibori?

Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root Shibori, “to wring, squeeze, and press.”

 

I have been experimenting with accordion folds and tying onto a PVC tube. Here are some results:

Cotton scarf on a PVC tube.

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This scarf was dyed by my good friend Alice.
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This is me in my backyard where we do the rinsing steps.

This white cotton fabric was accordion folded and pressed closed with plastic on the outsides to create the white spaces in a windowpane pattern.

Below you can see all the beautiful colors on the line. The tee was tied and dyed by me and Alice for her grandson. Its the earth and sun. Last is Carol, Alice and me at the end of a dyeing day.

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These are the prototypes for more to come later this month. I am looking forward to debuting them at art fairs in August.

I will be at Paoli Art at the Mill Park on August 13th and at Middleton Good Neighbor Fest on August 27-28.

FEED YOUR SOUL!

The Cusp of July

Wow, June sped by us. Summer is in full swing. There is lots to do ; fireworks, festivals and fun. We have already had firework in Madison at Shake the Lake. This photo was taken by award winning photographer Julie Raasch.

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I have been busy prepping for upcoming shows this month. I have one on July 4th– It’s at a local community festival in Monona. The weather is predicted to be perfect; 60 degrees for set up with 82 for a high. I am optimistic about attendance.

I was lucky enough to pick up a new display piece this week. All it needs is a new color pf paint. Its very versatile and I cannot wait to try it out!

 

New folding display

Feed Your Soul!

 

June – Hitting the floor running

This month started out with a bang. The Dragon Art Fair on Deforest was a fun and variable day. After a week of rainy predictions, it hardly rained on the event on Saturday. Attendance started out a little slowly due to sprinkles but blossomed in the afternoon when the sun came out. The necklaces below went to Deforest with me.

A special shout out to my friend and business partner Betsy for inviting her sister Marge to visit from Mexico. She was a big help and had fun stories to entertain us all day.

Now I am preparing for my next show at Hilldale Mall in Madison on June 18th. This is a new show is at a mall that I have shopped my whole life. The mall, built in the 1960s, has been remodeled and has many unique shopping opportunities including Art Fairs.

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New Website and May Shows

Welcome to my new website!

It promises to be a busy year. The last few weeks have been exciting.

At the end of April I participated in a live Jury process for a local artists group: 14 South Artists

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I have been accepted as a Juried member and am now eligible to participate in shows organized for members. Watch for dates on my events list! Look for 14 South Artists members’ booth at Agora Art Fair in Fitchburg on August 20th this summer.

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