Category Archives: fiber art

Dreams & Art: The Awakenings Cultural Arts Institute

We all have dreams.  But what does it take to move forward?  That first step is to go from your mind, to intention, to actually writing it down; then action.

I think the greatest fear of bringing forth our dreams is seeing the finished dream which may be very overwhelming.  Time may also be part of that fear…Finding the time or saying it will take too long.

When I first started out as a fiber artist, I had no idea that there was even such an artistic category.  I just knew I was on to something.  I just continued to focus, work on creations, ask questions and began hanging out in those circles where I began to learn and grow more confident in my journey.

I also began to write down on paper:  I am a successful fiber artist!

And, holy cow, I became what I wrote down.  

Your dream begins to truly awaken when you write it down.  I also find that when you commit to at least 15 minutes per day to cultivating, nurturing your dream…Even just focusing on it…My,my..You will be amazed at what develops.

Now, I want to expand my dream to include others:  Alicia Evans’ The Awakenings Cultural Arts Institute™

Here’s what is in the works now from my side of town.

Interested?  Let me know if you are interested and what this will mean for you.  Send me a note here:

awakeningsartsinstitute@gmail.com
May all your dreams come true!

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Women Make Art Exhibit for Women’s History Month

So loving the Cohen Art Gallery in New York for now featuring three of my personal beloved pieces from my Redd Series.  

Featured:  #DeeplyRooted and #ReddPalmTree and #ReddHeartSwirls   Copyright 2016 – 2017 (c) Alicia Evans

New York’s THE Spot for Art Resources

I’m a native New Yorker and spoiled to the tee when it comes to being able to secure anything I want.  As an artist, I am simply loving it.

I just garbled up some great fabric for forthcoming projects this year.  I am in heaven!  Here’s what I got:

Loving the fabric which I use on wood serving as the foundation for my crocheted works.  Those tassels, hey, yah never know where or how they will show up.  Simply inspired right about now.

Luv Yah,  

Alicia

It’s been a moment since my last share with you. I have been taking care of mom. In previous posts I shared how she had become a quadraplegic. She eventually developed additional health complications which required my full attention. Such care for quadralegic–that’s paralysis of all limbs–does not come with a manual, thus, my absence from here.

But…thru it all, my devotion to my art continued. It’s ease of transport, my crochet needle and yarn, allowed me to engaged through the arduos journey of caring for mom which meant constant emergency room visits, appointments with specialists and long stays in rehab.

I am so pleased to share my artwork helped me to make it through this challenging period. All the work I created while in doctor’s offices and waiting rooms resulted in a spectacular solo art exhibition entitled “Tree-Mendous!”. I dedicated the show to my mother and as life would coincidentally have it, on the last day of the show, its closing, my mother, too, closed. Her journey concluded with the closing of my show dedicated to our tremedously rewarding time together during her last year.

Ahh, the memories…and the joy of total emersion into caring for another while using my art to care for me. Art truly heals.

Here are highlights from the exhibition:

“The Beginnings” Copyright (c) 2016 Alicia Evans 

This shows how my process begins with what appears to be crocheted string which I then “sculpt” into images.

Capturing “Tree-Mendous!” on video.  Enjoy!

Would luv to hear from you. What do you think?

When The Media Shows Up

This has been an exciting few months.  I’ve been preparing for a solo show in November.  I’ve just been selected to be in a juried show in October entitled Conversations in Color.  But truly awesome was being interviewed by Newsday, a major New York newspaper.  I was interviewed in several sessions over the summer and then determined to be one of four artist to be included in a major feature on artists dedicated to their craft for the long haul.

After a month a chatting with the reporter, the paper sent their photographer to my studio for a photo shoot.  While shooting, I discover he’s a PULITZER PRIZE photographer.  I am in AWE!  He’s world travelled and had just returned from covering the presidential political conventions. 

Suddenly, I just had to stop our session when it truly hit me that this truly world travelled photographer who had covered wars, Nelson Mandella, politics and more for decades…was in MY studio shooting my artwork and crocheted jewelry…holy cow!  I suddenly loose my quiet professionalism and shift my mode to an unexpected lighter feel:

Me:  Uhh, can we stop for a moment?

Photographer, slowly lowering camera, concerned:  Is everything alright?

Me:  I need to take a ten second break.

Photog:  You OK?

Me:  I just need a moment to pretend like I’m on the TV game show The PRICE IS RIGHT and they’ve just called my name.  ‘Cause that’s how I’m feeling about right now.  I’ve just been selected from the audience to win prizes.

Photog, truly perplexed:  Huh?…Uhh, OK…go on…

Me, in deep announcer’s voice like from the show:  ALICIA EVANS…COME ON DOWN.

I throw my hands up like they do on the show, jump up and give an excited hush-hush scream:  I can’t believe it.  I have a Pulitizer Prize photographer in my studio, taking pics of lil ole me…YES!  YES!

The photographer is stunned.  He’s laughing, about to drop his camera and realizes he has a crazy behind comediene on hand.  He’s starts chuckling out loud.

I slowly go back to my seat, pose and say all professional, as if nothing just happened, smooth down my clothing and say, “OK…let’s get back to the shoot”.

He continues to chuckle while shooting.

At the end of the session, still smiling, he confesses:  “I ain’t never had so much fun.  You are too funny.”

#fiberartistturncomediene
#fiberartistdoespriceisright

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Photographer's camera set up in my studio.
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Photo equipment of Pulitzer Prize John Williams preparing for photo shoot.
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Lights, camera...almost ready...

Stay tuned for the story.

~Alicia~

Introducing: “Purple Reign” Tree

When the great musician Prince transitioned, I felt compelled to create a tribute piece.  I created a swirling purple tree encompassing an abstract silhouetted side view of Prince’s hair with a tree bark reminder of his icon symbol.

I had the pleasure of introducing this oversized work as part of a wonderful new exhibit on Long Island, New York along with the works of several other talented artists.  Oh, how wonderful to share my “ROYALTY REIGN” with the company of others from The Creative Corner.

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"Purple Reign" Copyright 2016 (c) Alicia Evans
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My fiber art displayed during the exhibit opening night. Artists pictured left to right: Eddie Hug, Alicia Evans, Mike Cantone, the artist who calls herself: Miri Had a Little Lamb, Mickey Byrne

It was a glorious affair.  Another highlight in my continuing creative journey.

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"Redd Tree" and "Simple Tree" and "Red Butterfly" All three works Copyright 2015 - 2016 (c) ALICIA EVANS
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Alicia Evans with fiber art during opening night exhibit at Creative Corner in West Hempstead, New York.