Friday, December 28, 2012

Interview With Shark Hat Cafe



Today my interview is with Catherine from Shark Hat Cafe. I have to tell you I was so excited to do this interview because I find Catherine's pieces so unique and I wanted to find out how she found her inspiration. What makes her tick lol. Besides being a truly, in my opinion, unique and very talented artist, Catherine is by far one of the most beautiful souls I have had the pleasure of meeting. I am also proud to say that I own one of her amazing pieces and look forward to owning more. I truly hope you enjoy learning more about Catherine as I did. 

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Well, first and foremost, I’m mom to the best two kids in the world (in my opinion, of course) and wife to the best husband in the world (again, my own humble opinion).  I can be a joker at times- I love playing pranks on my kids.  I enjoy and appreciate satire in all forms, and absolutely hate doing what everyone else is doing just because everyone else is doing it. 
Catherine and her son 
Catherine and her daughter

What inspired you to become an artist?

While I've always been artistically inclined, I decided to produce items for sale in 2010.  My original intentions were to make money to help pay for my daughter’s college expenses, but I realized that art (for me, anyway) is incredibly healing.  It helped me to channel the mental chaos in my life into something productive. 
 


Who is another artist that you admire?

I admire so many!  Michelangelo wasn't just a painter and sculptor- he also made statements with his art. Leonardo was an inventor, as well as an artist.  Picasso helped start a movement that not only changed the art world, but also the way people view life.  In addition to the “traditional” masters, I also like artists who usually don’t come to mind when people think of art.  People like:  Dave Berg, Al Jaffee, and Don Martin (all writers and artists from Mad in the 70s and 80s),  Nobuhiro Watsuki, Yuu Watase, and Rumiko Takahashi (manga writers and artists), and finally, Todd MacFarlane (he took the American comic book industry to another level). 

What is your favorite piece from Michelangelo?? What speaks to you the most??

 The piece that speaks the most to me (and is my favorite) is “ The Last Judgement.”  The whole thing is a story unto itself- you really need to look at every single individual picture to understand and appreciate what’s going on.  I guess this just kind of puts how I feel inside most of the time into a visual.  Besides that, he depicts terror, bodily harm, and agony in a sacred place.  I respect that- a lot. 


Where does your inspiration come from?

Life!  Many of my design ideas, believe it or not, come from nature.  I have several calendars with nature photography- I derive (and then manipulate) patterns from butterfly wings, leaf veins, and even dog fur.  I even sometimes choose colors for my items based on what I look at that day.  Another source of inspiration for me is my trusty A & P (anatomy and physiology) book, “Maritini’s Atlas of the Human Body.”  Most people find the human body and its organs a little disgusting to use as art.  My view, however, is that it’s beautiful!  My interest right now lies in the organs and muscles because like gears in a clock, wires in a robot, and programming in a computer, that’s what makes us “work.”  Why not celebrate that?





What is your favorite book?

I have several: 

Workin’ It! by RuPaul (Sometimes a bit too much personal information, but overall, a must for anyone who needs a pick-me-up and common sense advice about self esteem!)
Disney’s Wonderful World of Knowledge books (I can’t remember what volume it was, but one of them had a section on mythical creatures, specifically, unicorns.  There was a picture of one that mesmerized me.  I drew that picture over and over and over until I got it right!  I must have been about 8, maybe 10 years old.  That was my first serious venture into freehand drawing.)
Aesop’s Fables (My grandma had a copy with beautiful pictures in it- I’d read it almost every month.)
Mad (I don’t remember the titles, but they were compilations.  I used to have frequent, horrible nightmares as a child.  The only thing that could get my mind off my terror was reading these books, even though I didn't get the humor since they were my father’s.)
Far Side Gallery (Same reason, only I read these as a teenager.  I still have these books!)
Rurouni Kenshin, Fushigi Yugi, Ceres, and InuYasha (These are mangas- Japanese comics translated into American.  The stories are adventure, romance, and comedy all wrapped up in drawings.  What more can you ask for?)

What is your favorite piece, and why?

My favorite piece, right now, anyway, is my Facehugger and Alien egg ornament (for those of you who may not be familiar with sci-fi movies, a Facehugger is an alien/monster from the Alien movie franchise). It took me quite a long time to complete, but I’m pretty proud of the way it turned out!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I have a few spare moments, you can find me:
gaming:  I’m a big geek and proud of it!  writing:  I've actually written (but not published) a few mangas, screenplays, and short stories.  and/or:  watching shows on the Science channel and coming up with my own theories about scientific principles and anomalies, questions concerning personality and psyche, and historical events (seriously!).

 Which Games are your favorites?

My number one favorite game of all time is Fable, but I also enjoy Pokemon Puzzle League, Bust a Move 2, Baldur’s Gate, Champions of Norath, Overlord, Naughty Bear, Diner Dash, and Cake Mania.  Most recently, my son got me into playing Halo.  I’m guessing that, much like for the guys on Big Bang Theory, Wednesday night will be Halo night! 

Where would you like to be in five years?

Like most people, I’d like to be a bazillionaire jet setting around the world in five years, but in case that’s not in the cards for me, I’d love to be a well-respected and renowned artist (who also brings in bucks!). 

Thanks so much for letting me share all this with you!

C. Evans



Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview with MK Beckley



 Today's interview is with MK Beckley from Magical Monk Bags. She is a incredible artist with a deep passion about life. I admire her spirit and craft and look forward to owning one of her pieces myself in the near future. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do :-).

Tell us a bit about yourself: 
     I am 42 almost 43 self-employed production artist living happily in Missouri with my husband and two cats.

MK Beckley 
What inspired you to become an artist? 
ART inspired to become a artist. I love all forms of art. It’s like a language all of its own.

Full Moon Owl on Cream Magical Monk Bag


Who is another artist that you admire? 
Besides my Husband Peter Beckley, Mickie Muller, Amy Brown. Tula Pink, the classic artist Monet, Van Gogh

© Peter Beckley
© Mickie Muller











 
© Tula Pink 

Where does your inspiration come from? 
Colors and patterns, if the colors go with a pattern then I must put them together.

Triquetra with Ivy Messenger Monk Sling Bag Purse Purple and Tan




What is your favorite book? 
The Mist of Avalon




What is your favorite piece, and why?
Winter Wolfs in Ink, it’s the piece of art I bought online many years ago, I ended up meeting and marring the artist.


What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time what’s that? …. When I do have a few minutes I like to watch TV shows with my husband play with my grandchildren or cats, read, or just sit in a hot bath tub and do nothing.

Where would you like to be in five years? 
In five years I would like to have a cottage deep in the woods, surrounds with veggie gardens, and a little building off to the side where I can follow my passion for art quilts and embroidery. I would also like to build a cat sanctuary where returnable TNR cats can live their days in peace, and female cats capture for TNR that are with kittens can have their litter then be fixed, returned are stay. I would also adopt out the kittens and or have adoptions of working barn cats.

Mabon
Tiny Battle Cat

You can find MK and all of her wonderful creations on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/monkbagsandmore?ref=seller_info

Or Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/MagicalMonkBags

And find Peter Beckley at:
http://www.peterbeckley.com/


Friday, November 16, 2012

Giving Back




Every year my family and I try to do something for someone else. In the past we have not always had everything we needed and were helped out gratefully. So now we try and pay it forward to others. Some years we have donated a meal for someone who didn't have any food, while in harder years we would give what change we had to the Salvation Army and bought a stocking stuffer at the Dollar Store. It is a time of giving, of showing others that there is someone that cares.


This year my son came up with the awesome idea of donati
ng $3.00 of every sale of one of my ornaments to Tessa. 


TESSA:
  • Provides immediate safety for women and children in crisis.
  • Empowers survivors through programs and support such as advocacy and counseling.
  • Creates a safer future for all families through education and awareness outreach in schools, businesses and civic organizations. 


This is a cause very dear to my heart as I was in an abusive marriage when I was younger. The holidays are a time when domestic violence goes up as people stress over money and basic living in the winter months. So please won't you help our family give the gift of safety to another family this year?? If you would likr to order one of these ornaments for $10 please visit me at 
https://www.facebook.com/DivinaDivaDesigns 
Or on Etsy at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/DivinaDivaDesigns 


Each ornament is 1 1/4" in diameter. I can make them any a solid color or a color combo. I attach a charm to each one and will either attach a ribbon to it or a ribbon necklace (once they arrive lol). The colors I have are: Red, Green, Plum, Black, Sage Green, Purple, Cherry Cobbler, Dark Orange, Pure Pumpkin, White, Bright Yellow, Violet, Bright Magenta, Burgundy, Turquoise, Dark Gray, Aqua, and Bright Blue. I have a variety of charms and will gladly help you find the one that works for your ornament :-)


Love, Light and Creative Blessings,
Tracy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Interview with Nurrgula - Art Jewellry


My first interview is with Kasia from Nurrgula. I first fell in love with her gorgeous designs and then fell in love with the kind person she is. Kasia does not speak English as her first language. She actually speaks it as her third (amazing) and I think she speaks beautifully here. I hope you enjoy this interview.


Tell us a bit about yourself:
Hi, my name is Kasia (eng. Kate), I'm 28 years old and I come from Poland, but currently live in Germany, at the wonderful Constance Lake. I am happy woman, pagan, wife and owner of two Norwegian Forest Cats. I am a graduated journalist and self – taught jewelry artist.
  


What inspired you to become an artist?
I have been connected with art since I was a little girl. I don't really get inspired by anything or anyone.  I have always loved to draw and paint and I was drawing for all of my friends in preschool already. In primary school, high school and college I participated in many art contests and actually won some of them. Like the one for the best project of a badge with the school emblem. ;) I still remember it, cause it was my first contest win ever! And there was a wonderful price – my first Oil paints!

My parents told me tho, that we had one uncle in our family, who was a painter. There's only one painting left after he died and my parents got it for their wedding more than 30 years ago. So maybe I got something from this mystery uncle? ;)

Who is another artist that you admire?
There are many artists I admire. Starting from the very known painters, like Alfons Mucha, John Bauer, Marc Chagall, Edward Dwurnik,  for example Edvard Grieg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jan Garbarek, Nils Peter Molvaer and Bjoerk, to less known jewelry artists from Poland, like Kornelia Sus, Dariusz Ciszkiewicz or Anna MazoƄ... and many many more: musicians, poets, writers, sculptors, painters and jewelry artists as well.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by Nature. By it's four seasons, it's variability, it's beauty, cycles of Nature. I'm a real Nature lover. I use only natural elements in my jewelry, so you won't find any plastic beads in it. Pure Nature: stones, metal, leather, wood. And spirit – big piece of my heart. :) I get inspired by the leaves dancing in the wind, by the snowflake on my coat, by crystal clear water in lakes and sea, by the majesty of mountains... (This is my favorite part. She spoke it so beautifully)





What is your favorite book?
Reading is like breathing to me. I simply cannot live without it. I read much and fast. And I collect books in their paper versions. I'm old fashioned, I think. ;) 

Favorite book? Depends on my mood, but all of Terry Pratchett's, “Steppenwolf”, Herman Hesse's, “Woman who run with the wolves (...)” Clarissa Pinkola Estes' and all kinds of mythology (Slavic, Scandinavian, German), legends, local fairytales...




What is your favorite piece, and why?
My favorite piece is the big pendant with Labradorite and hand made by me from the scratch birch leaf and braiding. It belongs to Julie from Australia now, but I really adore this piece of my work and I am proud of it. :) 


What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I love to read, swim, walk into the forest, travel, take photos of the Nature around me. But also lay on the couch with my Hubbie and watch some movie or series and play with our cats.


Where would you like to be in five years?
I would like to say, that I've found my place on Earth, where I feel like home. I'd love to have many traveling memories from Scandinavia (which is my passion) and maybe USA. And I'd love to make my passion my regular work.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Upcoming Shows

I have to upcoming craft shows that I plan to be a part of. If you are in the Colorado Springs area or the Cripple Creek area of Colorado please come out and support some wonderful artisans.

First show will be on December 8, 2012 at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation building from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Second show is at Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Details are below:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting Busy for Yule or I Hope to Be (Ramblings of a Diva)

So this blog is just a rambling of thoughts that I have had over the last several days. 

Yule and Christmas are fast approaching whether we like to think about it or not. I am not a huge fan of making things for specific holidays but this one I just can't help it. I have had a lot of new ideas and am working on buying materials to accomplish these things. My favorite new idea at the moment?? 

I want to buy the small glass ornaments and marble paint them and bead them for use as a beautiful pendant. 

Second favorite?? Using colored jingle bells in holiday decor and ornaments (still working on this idea as to what they will actually be). 

This truly is one of my favorite times of year. I love that I get to give to others. I love that all other things seem to be put aside for a few days and that love flows freely through out our planet. No matter your religious belief there is a celebration around this time of year. And an overwhelming amount of love floods our planet. It is a time for rejoicing. It is a time for acceptance and peace to all. It is a time to believe that there is still hope for humanity. 

I look forward to this coming holiday season and hope that I shall be extremely busy. To know that others are giving of my creations that are made from joy and love would fill my heart with joy. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Artist Interviews

I happy to announce that I will soon have some artist interviews from other artist and crafters. I am so looking forward to seeing how others work, what they like and who they are. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. And if you would like to be an interview-ee please let me know :-)

Love, Light, and Creative Blessings,
Tracy

Friday, October 19, 2012

What the Hell is a Witches Ladder

What the hell is a Witches Ladder?? I get asked this all the time. So I thought I would make a short blog post about it :-).


Depending on which site you check you find that a traditional Witches Ladder is made from 3 cords, feathers and a series of knots. There are usually 9, 13, or 40 knots in a witches ladder. These witches ladders were used for spell casting with certain spells being woven into the ladder. 


In more recent years it has taken on a different meaning. According to the Llewellyn Encyclopedia the modern withes ladder is used to keep track of chanting or meditation.

My witches ladders are made with beads and wire instead of rope and feathers. I do say a charm/prayer over them before I put them together and one as I put the last piece together. Unless otherwise asked the charm is for peace and calm. All of my ladders are made with a calm and peaceful energy. If the energy or my attitude are not right well then I don't create one that day. If asked I will do a charm for protection, unconditional love, peace, patience or any number of other things. The one thing I will not do is any dark charms so don't ask ;-). An harm none remember.


I truly believe that what a witches ladder means and represents depends on the person buying the piece. I have had customers buy the 9 or 13 strands and hang them on their rear view mirror for protection. I have had others that hang theirs in their windows of their homes, while others carry then in their pockets. 

This last one is my personal pair. It is made with Amethyst and Fluorite and the charms peace and protection. I use it in my meditations, and wear it as a bracelet while I craft other pieces for my shop to help with energy. I am almost never without it and find it makes a great fashion accessory ;-). My hope is that others will find theirs just as special and meaningful. 

I hope this clears up some confusion ;-). And remember I can always custom make one in colors and stones of your choosing.