|Primitive Cat & Fish, I|
|Primitive Cat & Fish, II|
|"Here Kitty, Kitty"|
|"Rames the Elephant"|
|"Gizelle the Giraffe"|
I am inspired whenever I can be around water. For right now, I'm lucky enough to be living on our boat on the Portland Waterfront and this is my view and inspiration out my side windows for the next three weeks.
Anthropologie is my go-to place to get inspired. I also like some of the occasional sales around the area, like Tarte in Aurora and the Barn House in Battleground. I should also mention Monticello, as it is a fun place to get inspiration.
The ocean really inspires me - the patterns of the waves, unending sky and water, just letting my mind float away on a cloud. Also inspiring is a visit to Monticello Antique Marketplace. I never know what fabulous find is in store for me there. Oh...and art workshops - all of those new techniques to learn and creative "problems" to solve!
Jennifer's piece from a recent Michael DeMeng workshop:
My favorite places that never fail to inspire me are the Portland Art Museum, the Laura Russo Gallery and other art galleries around town. Having said that, I can find inspiration just about anywhere -- nature, picture books, store windows, and people watching.
For inspiration I have a few go to places to window shop. Cargo in the pearl, is a feast for my eyes, bright colors, unexpected vintage and unique finds, I always come away inspired.
Sometimes I need relaxation and focus to be reinspired. At those times, I like to head to the coast by myself for some quiet work. At other times, I want new ideas for inspiration. One of my favorite places is the small library at Oregon College of Art and Craft. They have a great periodical collection. I often get a cup of coffee and spend hours browsing through the latest magazines. I also love to go to the Goodwill bins without a specific project in mind. I just browse through and see if an old bit of linen or an old curtain from the sixties catches my eye and gives me ideas. And walking and window shopping in any city always inspires me.
|"Winnie to the Rescue"|
|"Bandit the Beagle"|
|"Fifi the Poodle"|
1. What are the main mediums you use? What do you find satisfying about them?
My heart belongs to fabric and my favorite drawing tool is my sewing machine. I'm always experimenting with ways to manipulate fabric. I paint it; run it through my ink-jet printer; apply gel transfers to it; cut it; tear it; layer it; burn it; reassemble it. I love the warmth and texture of fabric. The rhythm of the sewing machine is very meditative and a line of free-motion stitching adds an interesting layer of movement over the surface of collaged fabric.
I was a calligrapher years ago and simply adore handmade books and beautiful letterforms.
2. If someone were going to get started in those mediums, what suggestions would you give?
Look, learn and experiment.
Books, magazines, blogs, youtube demos.
Find a peer group. Take classes. Ask questions. Play with techniques and materials. Practice.
3. A perfect art day would look like_________
Friends, food, and plenty of art supplies.
4. Do you have dedicated studio space? Give a brief description of where you work.
I work in a spare bedroom. Previously I had the entire upstairs for a studio, but when the stairs became too difficult I had to move to the main floor. I have MS and can't stand up and work the way I used to, so I'm always looking for better ways to make my space more accessible from a rolling chair. My space is organized with stations: paints/fabric/papers/glues/beads/library.
5. Favorite place you've visited or lived?
I love the delicious clouds of the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the suburbs of LA, I was spoiled by year-round moderate weather, but deprived of interesting skies.
I've had the unique experience of spending time in a small village in Romania where my daughter-in-law's family has lived for generations. I have a collection of sketches from my trip two years ago.
6. What inspires you (or are there recurring themes in your work)?
Inspiration: Quotes, poems, words. Texture and color. The stitch line from my sewing machine. Calligraphy
Themes: Calligraphic lines, hands, nature, story.
7. I still struggle with_________
the lack of respect for the fiber arts. And I'll never get used to having limited energy for my work. When I'm "in the zone" it's frustrating to have to quit and rest.
8. I'd be lost without__________
my husband. He takes care of everything so that I'm able to spend my limited energy in my studio. MS has taken so much from me, but my passion for art keeps me excited and stimulated. I'm always thinking about projects and compositions, colors and textures, words and quotes.
9. Favorite dessert?
Luckily, I don't have a sweet tooth, however a little slice of cheesecake with fresh berries is divine.
10. What's on the horizon?
Another trip to Romania is planned for this summer and I'm looking forward to doing a lot more sketching.