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re-do: art and fear

Art and Fear, the 1993 artist’s survival guide written by David Bayles and Ted Orland just never gets old.  Last February I reviewed the book and included six of my favorite quotes.  It’s time to revisit that post and bookmark it as a reminder to read this timeless classic again and again.

Read the post, Six Quotes From Art & Fear.


My favorite quote at the moment:

“Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes.”

Yes, this.

carol cypher felted cane workshop

felted cane beadsLast week I attended a wet-felting workshop taught by Carol Cypher. She was teaching how to make a complex cane – with felt! I’m interested in integrating felt into my polymer work and the workshop was really a primer for me on how to begin the wet-felting process – the fact that it was a cane was an added bonus – interesting to see this idea translated into another medium.

Carol was wearing a wild necklace with enormous felted cane beads that was a real conversation starter but I was so busy rolling bundles with my hands and feet (I’m not kidding) that I forgot to take pictures. Unfortunately I can’t show you her necklace, but here’s my first attempt at making the felted cane beads – not too bad. They were felted correctly so I was happy about that. Now I just need to work on that color scheme!

cypher-style felted cane beads

Primarily a seed bead artist, Cypher fell in love with felting almost twenty years ago. A free-spirited soul with a generous heart and an obvious love for fiber, she teaches all over the country and is the author of two felting books (you can find links to the books in the side bar). Cypher is a warm, giving teacher who easily engages students and the class is designed so that you can’t help but have fun! I am eager to return to Beadzo in Tivoli for her next workshop in September. Hopefully I’ll have something to show by then. For now you can take a peek at the beginning of my felting adventure…

before and after roving bundles and felted roving

Roving bundles on the left – felted on the right. Can you guess what I am going to do with them?

felted bundles

More felted bundles all lined up.

bottle caps and hot glue

Last year Jessica of Zakka Life collected the plastic inserts from Coke bottle caps, grabbed her glue gun and got busy. The result is an interesting bowl – decorative rather than functional. Instructions for making your own bowl here. I could see thin slices of colorful polymer clay canes glued to the center of each plastic cap. Sweet!

She’s got a new blog too – Starving Crafters – where you can find “the latest contests for artists, crafters, designers, and makers.”

recycled plastic bottle caps
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