Monthly Archives: January 2015

Café for Yarn, Dialogue & Possibilities

The launch of this blog coincides with my more serious search of a venue for hosting life enriching conversations.  Dialogue is so important these days.  That eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart connect cultivates the mind, body and spirit.

For weeks I’d been driving by a location which seemed perfect for hosting “chats” and I promised myself to drop by for an inside look, scope the place out, you know, intuit the energy as a possible setting for gatherings.

I reCage 2cently had a chance to drop by and fell in love as soon as I entered.  I was pleasantly surprised with the absolutely wonderful rustic décor which engenders a feel of authenticity, a down-to-earth, welcome-home air.

Upon chatting with the owner about the possibility of hosting chats within her venue, we discovered we were in alignment.  She loved the idea of partnering to host conversations in her cafe.  Details are in the works.  I am so excited about the possibilities.

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Under the auspices of yarn, open to all, the purpose of these dialogues is to provide a warm and welcoming setting to kick-back, connect and converse on topics which empower and enrich the spirit.  The conversations are designed to allow exploration of new paradigms for journeying our life paths, personally and collectively.  We shall delve into role of purpose, the value of stillness, the meaning of allowing and letting go, creating space, embracing change, and  examining possibilities and how to get there with ease and grace.  We’ll look at ways to innately shift and how to truly flow during these interesting times.  Participants will be encouraged to bring their yarn and needle to crochet and knit while we dialogue or folks can simply attend, as is, to converse and connect with other like-minds.

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I’ve already claimed this sun-drenched corner as my own for crocheting, creating and expanding possibilities.  

This lovely cafe is on Long Island in New York.

More details to come.   Stay Tuned. . .

I welcome your thoughts.

~ Alicia ~

Director of Yarn

Crochet Meanderings While Winter Beaching in New York

Beach Sun 1 While New York living is not always seasonally optimum for the beach, I frequent the shore throughout the year.  I find the beach to be such a complement to my fiber arts creation where the soothing calm of the sea offers solitude for reflection.  The sea air bursts with intoxicating ions inspiring visions for new projects and breakthroughs for current ones.

I am so blessed to live near the beach and love ending my day with a quick drive to the shore, with yarn and needle in tow.  I especially love this time of year–beach in the winter in New York–where I, and only a few fellow regulars, bathe in the quietude and calm of a tourist-free landscape where seagulls, sand and a meandering mile-long boardwalk become our treasured, sacred playland with no outsiders to interrupt where we can romp free or simply…chill.

There are times when I sit in my car loving the sound of the wind soaring outside while I have the heat blazing within.  I face the setting sun adorned in its winter gala wear of orange and reds and winter yellow-white.  I take in a deep breathe–ahhh– at peace with a ball of brand new yarn, my favorite needle nearby.   My soul is always nurtured at the beach expanding my visions for grand possibilities.

Yesterday’s yarn thrill involved the start of what I call a “magic marker Marker Snuggie 1snuggie”.  By day, I’m a professor and often use black markers for writing on the board; somehow, the markers always seem to disappear within the bottomless pit of my black school bag.  I joyfully began to craft, from scratch, not sure which way to go, a holder just for my markers.  I delighted in selection of a bright orange shade sure to be quickly found in my bag.

I needed this crochet break from my typical wall hangings.  Tomorrow, Marker Snuggie 2tomorrow…I return to my regular work, my adopted artistic forte, my emerging vertical trademark  of crocheted spirals…for meditative meanderings.

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Photos capture my favorite beach hideaway on Long Island in all of its winter glory.

All photos by Alicia Evans (C)  Copyrighted 2015

What moves you?  Prompts excitement in your life?

These Are a Few of My Favorite Trees!

Trees have become one of my fiber art crochet specialties.  My work has been exhibited in New York.  And I have a marvelous art workshop just for children.    Enjoy these trees from my  wonderful garden of life and grand possibilities.

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All displayed works by Alicia Evans  .   © 2014 Alicia Evans All rights reserved.

All works are crocheted and then ‘sculpt’ into form.  Each color represents one continuous flow of yarn.  The beads are woven into the work as I go along.  Backgrounds are natural wheat grass or bamboo.

Which tree tickles your fancy?

I look forward to hearing your feedback.  Leave your comments below or send me a note at:  diamondlight411@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, What’s Your Name?

When I create my pieces, upon completion names just come to me.   This latest piece, a tree of a very unusual color, simply would not name itself.  Seemed to be grunt work to come up with a name.

At the last minute, I decided to have fun with the name.

I called it:  “ROOGY Tree”.    Yeah, that’s short for:  “Ran Out of Green Yarn Tree”

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© 2015 Alicia Evans All rights reserved.

Catchy, fun, sure to make you pause.  In reality, I had plenty of green thread but hey, who is to say, this tree is from this world.  Hhmm….   Perhaps there is an orange tree somewhere.

What would you call this tree?

How do you do that? Creating flow

Many people look at my artistic work wondering how in the world I create such designs.   It is my pleasure to share the road to such pieces.

When I work I use aPhone Thru Jan 20 2015 372 single piece of yarn to create all of the swirls and twirls you see.   When I am creating, I typically do not know what the finish piece will be.   Once I have determined how much to crochet, there is a bland looking array of what can be called ‘string’.  No shape, form….basically nothing.

It is now that I must take pause, a day or so, sometimes weeks for inner processing.  Refreshed, I return to do the ‘sculpting’ of the work.

“Sistah Chat” by  Alicia Evans

It is here I use my Phone Thru Jan 20 2015 397hands, deep focus and patience to create the finished piece, mold it so it reflects a special flow and rhythm.  I sculpt so that my pieces take you on a meditative dance.  My work is designed to take you away, courting you into a whirl where your eyes cannot help but delve into the pathways attempting to discover where it begins and where it ends.

Here is the finished “Sister Chat” highlighting weaved abstraction of two women talking featuring the depth of their entanglement through interwoven yarn.  The tassle celebrates the glorious bond of all they share.

 

© 2015 Alicia Evans All rights reserved.

So what do you think?

Sexy Yarn

Sexy Yarn PinkI was chatting with a friend the other day seeking advice about yarn and she led me to wonderful yarn website.   I arrived at the page in awe of the beautiful, swirling colors of yarn.  Before I knew it, my eyes started to dazzle, my passion slipped out with me lowering my voice and shifting my tone to an ultra sultry murmuring in one long breathe, “Now-that’s-some-sexy-yarn!

My girlfriend’s laughter brought me back to the present.  “Girl, what in the heck is ‘sexy yarn’?”

I couldn’t explain then but thought about it for a few days.  Sexy yarn has a visual flow, a captivating allure.  When all curled up and brand new, its visual aroma implants scenes of finished works of art.  Sexy yarn gently taps the artist’s creativity.  It sets off the fire of possibilities for works of delight and grandeur.

What do you think?

2015 Ready, Set, Go!

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The world of possibilities is soaring.  I ought to know having just worked out manifesting a fancy title of “Director of Yarn”.  Yes, I’ve created and now in the planning stage to spearhead a marvelous crochet and knitting circle partnering the world of academics with community to create items for neonatal babies.  I’ve thought about that title for well over a year, said it aloud, teased about it with friends, talked about its possibility and wouldn’t yah know it…here it goes.   We’ll be yarning and chatting and creating all kinds of possibilities.

Stay tuned!