So I have a couple of shows coming up in August including an event I am producing called: Chat in The Park(C) under a gazebo where we will explore the subject of “Living Your Life On Purpose”.
I am so excited and have folks already humming about the upcoming event on Long Island, New York.
Gazebo for upcoming Chat in the Park(C)
We will engage in the first of a relaxing retreat series of conversations that’s sure to empower, inspire and nurture your soul. We’ll experience the sharing of others. We’ll explore how you can shift your life for success at home, at work and in relationships
We’ll be gifted with the decor of nature as our backdrop for a great chat.
August 15, 2015
And, of course, I will have my crochet artwork on hand to adorn the area along with the natural setting of a serene lake, trees, swans, and more.
Wearable Chit Chat Pin
2015 (c) Copyright. Alicia Evans
It is so exciting to be engaged in bringing forth this possibility to fruition.
On another note, I had intentions to showcase my artwork in Soho, an oasis for the arts in New York City. I set that intention at the start of 2015.
Well, sure enough, I’ve brought this possibility to reality. My work will be featured in Gallery La La starting August 1st. Whoop-Whoop!! This is highly regarded venue for artisans. I am so delighted and honored.
I am expanding my collection of “The Minatures”. These are whimsical pins which are great for starting conversations. The work here is great as a special gift, friendship pin, wedding favors or simply extending your appreciation.
This item is crocheted, distinctively knotted and then sculpted into wearable art.
I love placing my focus and energy into these items. I will be adding to the collection.
“Golden Knots II – IV”
(C) 2015 Alicia Evans
I simply love the possibilities for creating and sharing “Golden Knots”.
Have you heard: We, our Earth, are now several years into the Photo Belt. That’s this massive wave of energy we will be travelling through over the next two thousand years. Seems we do this every 26,000 years or so and when we are all up in it, we are exposed to more LIGHT coming from a far away star called Alcyon. It is a normal cycle we are in among many cycles we traverse. It is said to by on a higher frequency impacting our consciousness.
Hearing this, I’ve been inspired to work on artistic visioning coming into my realm.
Here’s the next installation to my inspiration from the universe entitled, Cosmic Meanderings II. This is a series of new works building upon imaging for a show next spring.
(c) 2015 Alicia Evans
All works are charged with the gemstone selenite
During this time of travel for all of us, Selenite enables healing and transformation. On a higher level, Selenite:
Brings higher healing Light into our dimension
Helps with balancing and activating our chakras, internal energy wheels including our third eye and our crown chakra
Heightens positive energy
Serves as a ‘telephone’, of sorts, for better communication within other realms
Acts as a tool for enlightenment
Selenite is a wonderful tool to help enhance your engagement with my artwork.
Yarn Bombing or Yarn Storming: a form of graffiti or street art where the bark of public trees are adorned with colorful crocheted or knitted pieces. The artist is typically anonymous.
While considered a city phenomena, I saw my first live yarn bombing of a tree right in my suburban region on Long Island. I was driving down a street in the quaint lil town of Baldwin on Grand Avenue when I spotted it. I practically did a dead stop in the middle of the street. I could not believe it! Anything crochet makes me stop but these two trees; on a main street in front of a popular strip mall was a sight to see on Long Island.
Too, I giggled, with all of the laws we have, I KNEW this was probably illegal so I had to find a park, find it real fast, whip out my camera to capture this grand moment. Yes, I finally got a chance to see my first tree yarn bomb. It so fit in with my love of trees, crochet and crocheting tree images.
Ahh, a great day; all hail to tree trunks dressed in yarn.
Have you spotted any? Take a picture and please share with me here or send it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As an emerging fiber artist in New York, I delve very seriously into the nature of the business of art. And while I’d like to spend life 24/7 creating works, I must also incorporate the marketing of the works. I will confess, I am living and learning taking my decades of PR and marketing skills and those I teach by day as a professor and applying it to my own works.
An area I have been truly refining is incorporating, that of sharing, my process with my audience. I had the pleasure a few weeks ago to see professional fiber artist Ruth Miller discussing her process. She specializing in making art portraiture using needle and thread.
The detailed hand embroidered works of fiber artist Ruth Miller
I listened closely as Ms. Miller highlighted her process which included:
Ms. Miller’s works typically take one year to complete
Originally from New York, Ms. Miller transported herself to gulf coast of the US, Mississippi, where she had the arduous task of transforming dilapidated property into first, a living space. Thereafter, she created her studio. She shared “before” and “after” photos allowing you to garner an intimacy of the diligent transition and dedication to be able to create her work.
She talked of special threads used and how one company she liked went out of business forcing her to seek another outlet.
She notes how she first sketches out her work and then begins to create using multiple needles.
She shared how her process includes stitching and removing threads to get the right shape so that images are as exact to the actual person as possbile.
I was most moved by her words, how she proceeds through her day and what it takes to truly live and make a living as a professional artist.
One of the areas I have been contemplating is the framing of my work. Should I or shouldn’t I? I just could not see covering up my fiber works with glass yet felt kind of guilty that my art should be in glass, you know, like traditional art. I have opted for no frame and felt excited when Ms. Miller advised that fiber needs to breathe. It is “alive”. When it is covered up, it tends to fog up.
Well, a couple of days later, while doing some outside photography of my smaller pieces, the Chit Chat pins mentioned in a recent blogs…while shooting pieces, I had some in a plastic bag outside in the sun. I could not believe when I turned back to them ten minutes later, the bag was filled with fog. Holy Cow!, the fiber does breathe…they are “alive”. To further confirm, when I had them displayed at a festival, comments included how much the pins looked like tiny little people, living little folks.
Yes, the wool, the fiber is alive with the energy and love I use to create them.
Fiber needs to be in the open; it needs to breathe…no framing!
Described as “tiny, little living folks”, my Chit Chat pins go unframed so they can breathe.
Well, I made it back from this weekend’s museum festival where I launched my Chit Chat pins. As I shared in my last post, these pins are great for adorning bags, t-shirts, hats and more. They are sooo much fun.
From an artist marketing perspective, my Chit Chat pins serve well as an audience engagement prompt for the opening the door to my more serious work focused on my more complex…and major investment…of my fiber art wall hangings, especially those of my major works on tress.
How’d this all work: Well, with the Chit Chat pins creatively displayed it naturally drew an audience. Once drawn to my area, I had an authentic, down-to-earth chat about the possibilities for adorning the pins. After the initial pitch, I drew them into conversation about my larger works which are excellent pieces for decorating their home, office or for gifting for anniversaries, birthdays or other special occasions. I even advised of how my work serves as an excellent way to memoralized a loved one. For businesses and politicians, I indicated the artwork is excellent for awards programs, promotional campaigns and great for other out-of-the-box programming.
Well, indeed, it worked! My “Chit Chat” pins were a hit and accomplished marketing efforts intended.
Adorn a t-shirt, spruce up a bag, start a conversation with a pin dancing upon your hat.
Customers delight over the adornment possibilities for the pins
Customer Claudia Swansey adorns a light green Chit Chat pin to compliment her beautiful outfit inspired by the colors of nature. Thank you, Ms. Claudia.
***************************************************************** Chit Chat Pins are used as a marketing prompt for major works from my collection.