Sharing what I love to do

img_0595Portland Open Studios (PDXOS) features 106 artists who open their studios, showing their art and work spaces to visitors. This past weekend over 100 guests learned a bit about encaustic collage, hand embroidery and my art practice. Additionally, everyone was given the opportunity to create their own small piece – working with beeswax, demar resin, oil pastels and encaustic colors. They had a blast and so did I! img_0582img_0583Monday evening I visited 8 of the studios in my artist community  (Community #2). Betsy Levine #11, (her meticulous oil paintings of flowers are delightful) organized this private tour – since we’re all booked during the two weekends of the event. The studios and artworks I saw were amazing and getting to know these artists was a treat. David Friedman’s, #17 paper cutting must be seen in person – photos just can’t capture it’s depth and beauty. Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley’s #20, watercolors and acrylics are wonderful – scientific and whimsical at the same time. Dan Pillers #16, heart-felt mixed media/reclaimed wood sculptures tell stories and share his visions. Mona Cordell’s #19, bi-level studio was full of her powerful figure paintings, sumi brush drawings and more. Would so love to see her body painting on the NW Dance Project performers this weekend! Mandy Stigant’s #18, sturdy wood-fired stoneware would be a great to use. Scott Conary’s #13, masterful oil paintings tell stories of places, people and more. Hilary Pfeiffer’s #12, works embrace several mediums: wood, metal and book publishing. Her painted wood birds and animals are truly delightful. Three hours later I came home visually sated, feeling very honored to be included with this talented group of working artists. pdxoscardfront       I’m gearing up for this weekend’s tour (October 15/16, 10am – 5pm), creating some small encaustic pieces (3.5 x 3.5) on the left-over pine blocks that my sweet husband so graciously cut and sanded for me. Sharing what I love to do, having people appreciate my work and also enjoy trying their hand at making is the best! Here are some the Little Art Works (L.A.W.) that will be available this weekend – $25 each and ready to hang. img_0593img_0591Today’s lovely sun is giving way to a weekend of rain, rain, rain. So please do drop by, have some tea and chocolate, play with wax and see my work – I look forward to sharing it with you. Portland Open Studios guides are available at New Seasons, Collage, Dick Blick, Artist and Craftsman Supply as well as other local businesses and there’s a free app, too!img_0589img_0590img_0594img_0588

Embracing over commitment :)

Over committing can be so tempting – saying YES! to all the opportunities that come your way. You can fit them in . . . just don’t sleep, right?

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My late summer and fall are a true train wreck schedule-wise. I’m not sure what possessed me, although I suspect my “art ego” is asserting herself and now she’s driving me out of my tiny mind (the flattery of being selected into juried shows is so enticing). Not only did I agree to open up my studio, I designed the postcard (with the gray background) for my Portland Open Studios Community Group (#2) AND I am handling the inventory for the PDXOS Pop Up Sale – which does fulfill all of my volunteer hours so there is a benefit :).

13882225_10153559205826467_1479156196386313216_nAdditionally, the Local 14 Show at the Left Bank Annex is coming up – September 29- October 2. At the kick-off dinner earlier this month I met several wonderful artists and am looking forward to seeing more of their work. This group is SO organized – they have been producing exhibitions for 49 years – so of course they’re totally on top of every aspect which makes it a real pleasure to be included as a guest artist

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So right now I’m driven to make, make, make when what I really want to do is sleep, sleep, sleep. Ideas are coming fast and furious (which isn’t always the case as many of you know – there are times that the worry about never thinking of another good idea is all consuming – but that’s not happening now). Half finished projects clutter my studio and lists abound. I’m being a whiner-pants, I know it so please accept my apologies now ’cause it’s only gonna get worse. The Wild Arts Festival is in November and then there’s the Solumination Holiday Show and finally my own December Pop Up Shop.

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Check out the windows (on Madison between 2nd and 3rd) at the Justice Center (1120 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR) through September 25 where I have four encaustic collages displayed as a lead-up to the Local 14 show. Additionally I’m showing work in the 6th Annual RE/MAX Show & Sale that is open October 22 and 29th – 237 NW Broadway, also in Portland. The crow embroideries will be framed and available at the Local 14 and Audubon shows along with encaustic collages and more. I am glad that I my work was accepted for all these exhibitions . . . if I could just clone myself or add several more hours to my days for the next few months – all would be perfect. Oh well since that’s unlikely, it’s back to the studio for me. 🙂

 

Sew Happy Pincushion pattern

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Been working on this (along with encaustics and more) for the last month. This nine page pattern comes in a resealable ziplock bag and contains the following: 10.5 inches of woven ribbon, materials list, pattern pieces, stitch tutorial, color photos with written instructions and resource list. Cost is $10 (includes shipping). You choose your ribbon. Email me at maude@maudemay.com as I’m in the process of setting up a shop and the patterns are available now. Check/cash, credit card orders OK too, (credit card pattern cost is $10.50). Here’s to Happy Sewing friends!

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Renaissance® Ribbons are woven and artist-designed. (From top-to-bottom): Purple/green leaves, Happy houses, Autumn color, Summer flowers, Orange slices and Morning glories. These ribbons come with blue painters tape on the cut ends (to prevent unraveling).

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Midori® Ribbons are these are double-sided! (From top-to-bottom): red/black, spring green/white, purple/white, orange/white. These ribbons come with blue painters tape on the cut ends (to prevent unraveling).

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One of the many color photos included with the written instructions. This pattern is easy to follow and you’ll learn several useful embroidery stitches, too! I’ve taught children as young as 6 and adults as well. Once you’ve made one Sew Happy Pincushion® you’ll be hooked!

 

 

Just finished “Being Alive”

So loving the cooler fall weather! The garden, while still calling to me, doesn’t need constant watering and I now have the luxury to spend six-to-seven hours working in the studio. Seems like I’ve been stitching (on and off) this piece forever (or at least a good part of the summer).

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The animal fabric is by Julie Paschkis, who’s work always makes me smile. The feather fabric was the inspiration for my newest tattoo (I think it’s part of Kaffe Fassett’s recent range). Marcia Derse created the dot fabric – I met her recently at Quilt/Knit/Stitch – love her work! Searching the web for great quotations is an on-going obsession and I’m particularly fond of these words by Frederic Buechner. Such bright words called for sparkly beads, don’t cha’ think? Ironing and shadow box framing will come next and then this work will be for sale in the SHOP.

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Henry was impressed with all my stitching until he saw a bird . . .

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Lots of little stitches . . .

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. . . and glass beads!

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Needless-to-say, this is the ONLY time you’ll see the back!

In the Moment – Save the Date!

Pleased to share the “official” postcard for the upcoming show at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene. My piece “Waiting” (one of my seven stitched collage samplers) is featured on the card. I’m excited to see my fellow artists’ work – we all had such different ideas about the concept of “self portrait.” Stop by the opening May 16, 6-8pm and say hello! There will be music, wine and tasty treats.

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returning to what matters most

For the past six months I’ve been stitching, stitching, stitching for an upcoming show – In the Moment – Self Portraits of 20 Women Artists – which opens on May 16 in Eugene, Oregon at Maude Kerns Art Center. We were asked to start work on October 18, 2013 and end on April 18, 2014. Despite some setbacks, I did complete the work on time, delivering the last two (of seven) pieces to the framer’s the morning of the 18th.

Being occupied by designing invitations, teaching classes, making crafts for an annual holiday sale, downsizing/moving, setting up a new studio and adjusting to a new city (thank heavens for Siri and Google maps!), didn’t leave much room for anything else, so it’s been awhile since I’ve created work “art.” The concept of a self-portrait depicting “where I am now” flummoxed me and for a while I just spun my jets, coming up and rejecting several concepts, finally hitting upon the idea of making “samplers” from several of my journal pages and iPhone photos. Now I’m obsessed with samplers and have purchased several books about sampler history and makers (apparently even ancient Egyptian girls sewed them!).

Making stuff and especially stitching are how I revel myself. It’s wonderful to be return to what matters most to me.

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