Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mobile love...

Yahoo!!
Jelly No5 © Christie Minchew 2014
wire, hand dyed silk and filter cloth, beads, fishing swivels
Have you ever done that mountain-out-of-a-molehill thing?
Me, too.
I've made several mobiles with one vertical assembly, and one with 3 elements hanging horizontally on one arm.  
 Detail, Jelly No5 © Christie Minchew 2014
But I finally managed to get 4 elements on 3 arms and they move around each other beautifully.  I love it when a plan comes together :). 
I'll be bringing it to "Come Out and Play", an Sculpture and Art Show, every Saturday from 4p-dark through September 20th.  It's a very fun show in a beautiful setting with free food and music and a lot of fun, wacky, some serious, a lot beautiful art!

Dog Kisses and Sweet Words

 
Dog Kisses © Christie Minchew 2014
fiber rush, bamboo skewers, cardboard, paper, tuille and joomchi (mulberry paper)

I had a get together with my college roommate and her daughter a couple of weeks ago and made these prototypes for them.
Dog Kisses © Christie Minchew 2014
I wanted to experiment with a couple of things: odd shapes, variations of height on the sides and adding a bit of a surprise when you looked into the basket.
Sweet Words © Christie Minchew 2014
fiber rush, bamboo skewers, cardboard, paper, and joomchi (mulberry paper)
I learned a lot from these little experiments.
Sweet Words © Christie Minchew 2014
And Kim and Suzy were willing guinea pigs :).

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Penland School of Crafts - How I spent...

My first attempt at coiling - oh the possibilities! © Christie Minchew 2014
How I spent my summer vacation?
At least 2 weeks of it was at the Penland School of Crafts and it was fabulous!  I took Sculptural Weaving with Nathalie Miebach and my head is still spinning with all the new techniques and materials I now have to draw from.
© Christie Minchew 2014
I spent countless hours with my fellow classmates in the Lily Loom House (above)
burning the midnight oil (ok, I only lasted until 10pm on a good night!)
My Final Project: My Penland Experience (unfnished) with a curvy, roller coastery road leading to a random-weave world of Penland © Christie Minchew 2014
and making very odd objects that both frustrated and exhilarated me.
Nathalie Miebach was a wonderful teacher of the unconventional (using conventional basket weaving techniques), and my classmates were the greatest group of artists to learn from as well.
Top that off with a filled-to-capacity campus of like-minded artists to chat with, yummy (and plentiful) food and 3 wonderful roommates and I hated to say goodbye.  But alas...

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 www.ArtBrake.net.

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 spark...it'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.