The Art Shoppe Managers – Artist Statements
I have always enjoyed making artistic creations. I made leather purses when I was a teenager and sold them to local stores. I enjoy making things that others enjoy using. I love beauty and color. I began creating jewelry pieces in the past ten years. I enjoy working with gemstones and other natural materials to make unique jewelry creations.
POLYMER CLAY JEWELRY AND VESSELS
I have been working with polymer clay for over 25 years. It is a very versatile, lightweight, strong craft clay, that comes in many colors. This allows me to mix colors like a paint pallet and also add colors to the clay, in the form of paints, inks, powders, metal leaf, etc. It also takes texture well. I love creating unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces by using many different techniques. Lately I have started to explore creating small sculptures and vessels, incorporating found objects and beads to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
I love taking pictures. I find a lot of my inspiration for my polymer creations in nature. Since I started going to the UP nine years ago, I’ve been taken by Lake Superior and the unique landscape. I make original photo cards and prints from these photos and other locations you may recognize.
I am a photographer who likes to find the magic in things. Art is transformative. Exploring various realms of photography inspires and sustains me. In addition to framing my photos and making photo cards, I have created and performed slide shows with musicians, poets, storytellers, and singers. Singer-songwriter Barb Tilsen and I have performed musical slide shows with environmental, community, peace and justice, or visual journey themes. We worked with children to inspire them to create, illustrate, and perform shows with their drawings. She and I joined various artists to create concerts, including puppeteer Margo McCreary and mime artist Steve Budas. Roy McBride and I performed a poem-photo show about Lake Street. I love collaboration. It is the thread running through the Art Shoppe’s cooperative of local artists, and I am honored to be a part of this venture.
Born with glaucoma, I grew up knowing my vision was precious and fragile. In school I used my poor eyesight to practice drawing – I couldn’t see the blackboard well and I wasn’t interested in school subjects. After learning about occupational therapy in my junior year, I improved my grades and majored in it.
Eventually my eyesight deteriorated. I quit my job as an occupational therapist to work full time in art. I wanted to show how things look as eyesight changes. I started with acrylics and watercolors. When I could no longer mix paints or see the end of a brush, I worked with pastels and sculpture. Pastels worked well to show the softness and blending of objects.
Unable to get caught in detail, my art became flowing, spontaneous, and expressive of my feelings. I saw beauty in fog, in softness, and mystery. The work went from realistic to impressionistic to abstract, representing the loss. Some works were in a series that showed the fading of images into gray hues and subtle shades of color.
As the outer world faded, much of my inspiration came from my nighttime dreams and visions. These art pieces often expressed my feelings about loss, pain and growth.
My techniques changed as I adapted. I used devices such as a monocular, a ruler, dark paper, masking tape, stencils, or modeling clay.
When totally blind I went back to school and now write, using words to paint my dreams and stories.
As a person experiencing loss through disability, both from Fibromyalgia and blindness, my art, whatever form it has taken, gives purpose to my life. I hope it will be an inspiration to anyone facing loss.
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Hallman, Carole. Wearable Art. Delightfully Dyed. carolehallman.com. Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. Studio 143, Minneapolis, Mn. 55413
May, Diane. Painter. www.dianemichelemay.net firstname.lastname@example.org. 651.295.4056. Accepts commissions.