Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Playing with my food (and other things)

Playing With My Food © Christie Minchew 2014
 I've been working on (ok, playing with) this piece for about 2 years off-and-on (mostly off).  Finally, after ArtBrake! was over, I allowed myself to pull it back out and finish it.  This was a real commitment.  It's about 7 feet high, so it took the majority of floor space in my studio.  And there was stuff, lots of stuff, alllll over the floor around it.  In other words, it wasn't something I wanted to put away and take out too many times.  
Playing With My Food © Christie Minchew 2014
When we put it up over the fireplace, I realized just what a ...statement it made.  The other 3 components I had planned to put with it were, understandably, sacked.  I think this is all the statement I can take in our living room.
Playing With My Food, detail © Christie Minchew 2014
What is in it, you might ask?
Store bags, Chiobani yogurt cups and lids and box pieces, twist ties/labels from organic produce (purple), twist ties from other produce (yellow), fuschia helium balloons, green foil from pointsetta plants, a couple of shower/spray nozzles and hoses, white and yellow plastic spears from a couple of fruit gift arrangements, the green plastic casing from around electrical wire, pieces of creative experiments gone wrong, wood flower stems whose flower heads had detached long ago, and, the only not-used-before ingredient, orange and pink surveying tape.
 Playing With My Food, detail © Christie Minchew 2014
Ahhhh, I finally have my studio floor back!  And my back and knees are much happier, too.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thank You!

© Christie Minchew 2014
 Thank You to everyone who came to ArtBrake! and made it such a fun and successful weekend.  The travelled-farthest award went to an Arizonian. It was great having friends and family stop by and wonderful to meet new folks who were here for the first time.  We really appreciate it.
© Christie Minchew 2014
Whew!  Now to kick back for a few days :).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

T'was the week before ArtBrake!

© Christie Minchew 2014
T'was the week before ArtBrake! and all through the house
Everyone is working, even the mouse!
The "Jellies" are all hung by the woodwork with care
In hopes that art lovers soon will be there.

The "gallery" is almost finished, Chuck is working on four drop-dead gorgeous cutting boards and final touches are being applied all around. The area around Frosty's is reverberating with the sound of creativity (and maybe a little bit of panic)!
We hope to see you next weekend - April 26 and 27.  What a great way to spend a spring day!
For a map and information on the eleven (yes, 11!) Artists, go to

Monday, April 7, 2014

Frilly-Funk necklace - the 1st!

© Christie Minchew 2014
I'm having fun with all of the silk I've dyed plus all of the miscellaneous bits I've been saving for just the right project.  A few beads for a little's coming.
I hope to have a few of these made in different color combinations for ArtBrake!, April 26,27 from 10-5.  Hope you can come.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

All the fun colors and shapes, None of the sting!

Jelly No2 © Christie Minchew 2014
aluminum wire, hand dyed silk and synthetic cloth, mulberry paper, beads, waxed linen and polyester threads
I finished "Jelly" No2 just a while ago.  This one has silk that I dyed (blue) plus some really interesting synthetic cloth I dyed (green).  Those two are layered and stitched with salmon colored waxed linen thread and fuschia colored thread.  Hard to see all of that in the photos.... Guess you'll just have to come by :).

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What's up in the studio

I started getting components ready for Flower Hat Jelly No2.  Sixty four 'stems' of wire... 
and 1,472 beads later!  The blue silk organza in the background was dyed this week, too.  My fingernails are finally looking a little more normal :).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Just the Beginning

Ta Daaaa....
 Flower Hat Jelly I © Christie Minchew 2014
wire, beads, mulberry paper, joomchi technique
I finished...and I'm on to the next!

And if you're in town, come see it at ArtBrake!, April 26 and 27.