Monday, December 12, 2011

Introductions: Liz Kettle

Hello, my name is Liz Kettle. I am a mixed media artist and most of my work finds its beginning in fabric. My work is inspired by story, history and the environment I live and travel in. I admit to being distracted and inspired by just about everything that crosses my path so my subject matter is eclectic. I find patterns, line and texture fascinating whether they are marks made by wind and time or the patch lines in asphalt.

My work can be found in a variety of forms such as books, sculpture or traditional wall art depending on the type of story I am telling. My work is intuitive with only a bit of basic planning as I begin each project. Each piece evolves as the subject matter, the story, dictates.

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I am passionate about sharing my love of making art with students in classes, workshops and on-line. You can see more of my work, read my blog and find a workshop on my website Textile Evolution.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Introduction-Leslie Tucker Jenison

I am inspired by repetitive patterns and textures found in both natural and man-made environments, from the microscopic and beyond. I am especially fascinated with the effects of pressure upon objects. Much of my work on cloth and paper focuses on the interplay of these themes. Using paint, dye, photography, and stitch to create unique imagery, my work can be found in the form of quilts, paintings, art journals, and the printed page.
It is not uncommon for me to use unconventional objects in my work, either in the form of embellishment or as a mark-making tool. I like using things that had a "different job" before I use them in my art.
mixed media quilt









Sunday, November 13, 2011

Introductions: Kathyanne White

Hello, I’m Kathyanne.  My body of work is about building textures with digital alternative surfaces.  I look to build textures first in the image that will start my piece and then take the image and digital print to a new dimension.  I love to build surfaces uncommon to digital printing, alter and assemble my surfaces with other mixed media techniques and share my process.

As long as the surface created is within the thickness parameters of my printers, I will print it.  Below is a piece that I just finished.  The images for the prints come from patterns and texture created from pictures taken in forests.  The digital prints are on recycled dictionary pages coated with inkAID Semi Gloss Precoat. Once the prints were dry I coated the papers with ice resin.  The papers have been torn randomly, a hole punched through the surface and the pieces strung on cotton cording.  The strands of images are are crocheted into the final configuration and mounted on an under layer of crocheted jute twine.



As I move forward, my Forest Book series will be absorbing most of my artistic hours in the next year.  Here is an example of a book that is growing as I add pages.  The basis of this series is to build surfaces that jump off the page and are inspired by my visits to the amazing forests on this planet.  In the pages you see here I have printed aluminum mesh, copper mesh, recycled printers plates, sheet metal, lutradur, watercolor paper, tyvek, and an assortment of paper and fabric too long to mention.  I added materials such as twigs, wire, twine and anything else I could think of to build textures on the pages.  Since each page is on a separate metal frame measuring 2 feet by 4 feet, I tend to add and change the pages around until the book is ready to leave my studio.

You can see more of my work on my Kathyanne White website and at KathyanneArt that includes tutorials and workshops based on my work.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

introductions: Sue Bleiweiss

My name is Sue Bleiweiss and I've been a full time artist for over 10 years.  I work primarily with sandwashed cotton that I dye myself to create fabric collages with and I work with hand painted silk.

I have become quite enamored with aged, rusted and weathered surfaces and my work with silk is a result of this.

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 I've started a series of corsets and garments from the late 1800's using the techniques I've developed to create these aged painted silk surfaces.

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Silk corset Metal

My intent with the series is to highlight the contrast between how garments of that era that were worn to enhance a woman's beauty were so restrictive and uncomfortable to wear that it must have made the wearer feel weighed down, restrained and anything but beautiful.

I also enjoy creating vessel's using these surfaces.  After fusing the silk to a stiff interfacing the pieces are cut out and the edges are finished with a satin stitch.  They're then assembled into the finished vessel.

Silk Vessel Curves  24” x 3” x 6”

I also work with hand dyed sandwashed cotton.  Using low water immersion methods and procion dyes I dye the cotton in the colors I want to work with and then use them to create fabric collages:


These collages are created using a raw edge fused applique technique.  The black lines that you see in the pieces are all hand cut strips of hand dyed black cotton which is fused in place and then stitched over with black thread.

You can see more of my work in the gallery of my website here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Welcome to the 8 That Create blog!  We've started this blog so we can share our journeys as we create artwork for our group exhibitions.  We'll be talking about the products we use, why we like them and how they compare to other brands in the hope that it will take some of the stress out of shopping for products to use in your artwork.  And like a lot of you we love a good art book so we're also going to be doing book reviews too.

So thanks for stopping by and we look forward to sharing our journey with you!