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meet linda behar and linda behar

After I posted Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits last week I found Linda Behar’s miniature textile art and knew I wanted to share it with you. Then the fun began.  As I was researching Linda Behar, textile artist, I discovered Linda Behar, glass artist.  Both artists create compelling work worthy of your attention.

 

Linda Behar, textile artist

Combining photography skills with her love of textile art, Behar first prints a photograph onto cotton broadcloth and then stitches the image with colored threads.

Autumn Leaves I

Each piece of art is no larger than the 4″ x 6″ photograph it represents and includes images of the salt marshes she is drawn to; her favorite time of year and cultural glimpses from her travels.

A Linda Behar original – at first glance it looks like she is holding a photograph.

Salt Marsh II, 3 7/8″ x 5 3/4″, Cotton Embroidery

 

“Since 1993 I have been taking photographs and then rendering them in embroidery. My pieces are small – often about 4” x 6”, a size and format that echoes the photos on which they are based. I build the image stitch by stitch, criss-crossing and overlapping thousands of flecks of color. My colored stitches, laid side by side or atop one another, are like the dabs of paint of Monet or Seurat – pointillistic color mixing. But the Impressionists wanted to portray a fleeting moment in time, whereas I want to convey a sense of timelessness.” Linda Behar

See the full portfolio on her website and her Flickr site.
More on the Mobilia Gallery website.

Linda Behar, glass artist

Trained as a civil engineer, the Venezuela native always wanted to be an artist. Eventually she switched careers, studying photography, blacksmithing and metal casting before finding her niche – glass.

From the series “Houses With Soul”
Tree House, pate de verre, mixed media

Behar studied at Pilchuk Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts to learn the glass casting and pate de verre techniques that dominate her work today. All of her previous training – in school and life – show up in her glass and mixed media art.

From the series “Two To Make A Home”
Leaf + Flower, cast glass, 20”x12”x12”

From the series “Houses With Soul”
Nest House, pate de verre, mixed media

“Considering that art is somehow a reflection of our society, I feel that my main objective as an artist is to create pieces that communicate a positive message. My work emphasizes that even in this troubled world, life is still full of meaningful things and joy. I want to show the precious and the beauty of our existence, contradicting some of the actual tendencies of the contemporary visual field.” Linda Behar

See Behar’s work from 1998-2009 on her website.

More current work here.

Two artists, two talented individuals, two voices, two mediums, one name.  Time for a collaboration?  Linda Behar, meet Linda Behar.

sharron parker’s handmade felt wall sculpture

Sharron Parker pays homage to the nature she loves, not by trying to capture what she sees directly, but by creating something new that celebrates the nature that inspired it.

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Capturing the Light II, Handmade Felt, 45″ x 86″ x 4″

She works with wool in a manner similar to the way that a painter works with paint. Using a few basic colors, she blends them together to create new colors – her palette is a drum carder that allows her to comb the basic wool colors together. The wall hangings, ranging in size from small, framed pieces to large-scale works more than 7 feet wide, are reminiscent of sweeping vistas, complex rock surfaces and night skies.


Rose Petal Screen, Handmade Felt, 76″ x 58″ x 34″


Tunic II, Handmade Felt, 31″ x 25″ x 3″


Raku Sky, Handmade Felt, 34″ x 42″ x 3″


Copper Traces, Handmade Felt, 28″ x 58″ x 3″


Rockface II, Handmade Felt, 31″ x 42″ x 2″


Written in Stone IV, Handmade Felt, 38″ x 49″ x 2″

I use the ancient technique of feltmaking not to capture what I’ve seen directly, but to create something new. The simplicity of the technique — combing, layering, and working dyed unspun wool in hot water until the fibers lock — allows me to work spontaneously, and often experimentally. The shape of a piece might come from a bird’s wing, the color from crystals under a microscope, a line from the sinuous edge of a pond meeting the shore, and the texture from the bark of a birch tree. I wish to celebrate nature, not to mirror it.” Sharron Parker

In the video above Parker walks us through her process. More from the artist on artful home.  [/private_archives]

danielle bodine’s paper covered baskets and news from damuse

Danielle Bodine uses traditional basket techniques and found objects to create the lush, paper covered basket forms seen here. Bodine, a textile artist for 30 years, casts paper on the baskets then adds texture by stitching, collaging and burning with a wood burning tool.

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Schroon Lake Melody, 36″ x 7″ x 6″
Mulberry papers cast on basket, removed and reformed into instrument shape.
Painted, printed, and collaged with prints.
Cane, screws, waxed linen attached.

Song of Flight, 19″ x 5″ x 4″,
mulberry papers, Japanese clippers, waxed linen

Mio’s Song, 43″ x 7″ x 3 ”
cast mulberry papers on bamboo basket, plastic gas funnel, and coiled basket, metal clippers, tool, screws, waxed linen

 

Images from Jane Sauer Gallery.  See more of Bodine’s baskets there.

Coming soon from daMuse

When I write about an artist I try to make sure there is a central location to send readers – a place where you can see the full body of work, learn more about the artist behind the art, discover where the work is being shown, get all the latest news…and more.

I came across an image of Bodine’s sculptural baskets during my daily research for DAM and knew immediately that I wanted to share her work, but I couldn’t find a website for the artist. A little digging came up with individual images on different sites and a few galleries showing small collections of the work, an article about her (beautiful) home and a reference to a workshop she taught.

In the end, the images of Bodine’s work on the Jane Sauer Gallery website were compelling enough for me to share with DAM readers (nice job Jane!), but I still wanted to know more, see more, learn more…and so do customers, collectors, galleries and prospective students.

I am getting ready to launch a new service to help artists develop a better web presence. If you are selling your art or are thinking of selling your art, a solid web identity is an important part of a good marketing strategy. Does this feel like an overwhelming, daunting task? Don’t worry – daMuse is here to help!

Whether you have a website that needs a makeover or are just beginning to think about a website design, watch this space for more information…coming soon.

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