Holiday Sale at Spark Studio

There’s been a whole lot of activity around the studio in the last couple of weeks. I’ve made a batch of felt soaps, coasters, geodes, flowers and super fluffy sheepskins.

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My studio mates have been sewing sweaters and pounding silver hoops. We’re excited to include the work of Starbelly Handmade and handblown glass of Katrina Hude in our sale this year.

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The walls are filled with the dynamic wire and copper work of sculptor Amy Hamblin. I purchased several pieces of Amy’s work last weekend at her open studio sale. I will definitely be wearing them this weekend.

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One of my talented students, Daisy, has crafted a basket full of adorable flower fairies. The proceeds from the sale of these cuties will support the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project.

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We packed up the work tables, scooted storage bins, swept floors, draped and arranged displays yesterday. The studio sparkles. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend.

Holiday Gift Sale

Follow the smell of mulled spices to the open doors of Spark Studio for a holiday gift show on the main floor of BallardWorks. Leah Adams, DenBerg Designs, Maude May and Gail McCallen will have gift items in every price range. Lisa Snow Lady and Stephen Gilbert will have paintings, prints and more for sale through the open doors at Art & Soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure what to give the creative people in your life? How about a gift certificate for art classes at Spark Studio? We will create a custom gift certificate in various denominations and mail it directly to the lucky person.

Phinneywood ArtWalk

I’m thrilled to be showing two new pieces of fiber art incorporating luscious color and natural wool locks at the Fiber Gallery this weekend during the Phinneywood Artwalk. Have you seen the new space at 8212 Greenwood Ave N? Gorgeous! To see a full list of participating businesses and download a map, head over to the Phinneywood Artwalk website.
The finishing touches are being put on the hanging mechanism for these pieces, so I can only offer a sneak peek at the work in progress. I will also have a selection of brand new nunofelt scarves and accessories on display Friday night from 6-9pm, though the fiber art will stay through the end of the weekend.
Saturday night, I will be in my studio at BallardWorks, 2856 NW Market St, for the Ballard Artwalk. While I plan to be demonstrating in my studio, there is a photography exhibit by urban teens from Youth In Focus hung around the building. Several building artists will also have their studios open for visitors.
If you are interested in trying out a feltmaking class, or learning a more advanced method, my full class schedule through the end of 2012 is live at SpiderFelt.com. Leave a comment through the contact form to register.
Most classes are offered several times before the end of the year; if you are interested in a class but can’t make it on one of the listed dates, let me know. I’m sure we can work something out for you.

Winter Song

Days shorten, children sicken, schools close and meetings pile up. Promises made, deadlines pass, apologies offered.  I wonder where the days have gone. Interviews completed, orders filled, deliveries made. Opportunities arise, boxes packed, bookshelves moved, all is good. Sometimes, what I need most of all is a few moments of quiet followed by a little perspective.

It has been such a busy fall it is hard to prioritize the excitement. SpiderFelt has moved down the hall at BallardWorks to studio 2D. I’m sharing a beautiful space with fellow feltmaker Linda Kjarstad. We have twice the space, twice the light and twice the fun. If only there was a way to capture the feeling of working with golden sunshine streaming on my shoulders; it makes the most monotonous work enjoyable.

With these new digs, we will be able to teach classes and host workshops with lots of elbow room to spare. Come see the new work we’ve been creating and start your holiday shopping by supporting local artists.

There were several large wholesale orders for felt soaps and kits that kept me in production mode in September and October. But just in time for tomorrow’s open studio, I finished a pair of new nunofelt vests or wraps, depending on how you wear them.

Out of the blue, I was interviewed for an article about felting that ran on the AP newswire, which means it was published in various newspapers across the country and will continue to run for the rest of November. It was enjoyable to speak at length about a subject that soothes and excites me every day. The author, Jennifer Forker, did an excellent job providing an overview of the various types of felting.

Unfortunately, this will be our last artwalk for 2011 as the building will not be open for the December artwalk. BallardWorks is located at 2856 NW Market St. We hope to see you tomorrow night.