Our September show joins the talents of 2 artists who submitted their work to us separately. We're very pleased to present their work with us for the very first time.
Crystal Vision Designs
I've always enjoyed working with my hands, which began when I was about 6 or 7, and my aunt taught me how to sew. I made some clothing and did quite a bit of embroidery. My first venture into jewelry, started off as a job here in Colorado back in the early 70's, where I drilled holes in turquoise in a factory type setting. The supervisor taught me to make a clasp out of silver wire during break time, and I was hooked! Life happened, and I didn't start getting involved in jewelry making again until I was nearing retirement. I began buying beads and making beaded items, taught myself to do wire wrapping, and then took classes at a junior college, where I learned to saw metal, solder, and a whole lot of other skills I didn't know I needed! I've now been fabricating pieces completely by hand for about 5 years.
I'm also a photographer, and love taking shots of beautiful Colorado! I'm also inspired by places I have visited, and many of those fond memories are reflected in my pieces. Sometimes, I look at a cabochon stone, and I get immediate ideas on how to showcase it in a wearable art piece.
I have several sketch books, and whenever an idea hits, I record it as best I can. When the urge to create strikes, I might already have a specific design in mind, or at times I look through my sketches and something will just jump out at me. Sometimes they end up identical to the sketch/idea, other times there are variations.
Art is not really a choice for me, it truly makes my heart sing! I just want my creations to bring joy. They're coming from some magical place beyond me and need to be shared.
My favorite piece is my latest. I love mid-century modern design items and was trying to achieve kind of a mixture of mid-century modern and space age.
My work can be seen on my Facebook page, twokaren2. I am participating at the Farmer's Market at Margarita at Pine Creek on a limited basis. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
My journey into the visual arts started when my husband bought me a camera for my 24th birthday. That camera became an extra appendage to me immediately. I took photos of everything for about five years straight, and it was during that time that my eyes started to "see like an artist". Soon I had the courage to delve into drawing, painting, collage, etching, whatever! I love it all. Now I have had my work shown in some neat venues like the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and I have been privileged to teach art classes for both kids and adults for the last couple years.
Art making is one of the most human things we can do; wonky lines, uneven faces, errant fingerprints in the clay. In a world that aggressively promotes flawless digital avatars, art making remains defiantly human and beautifully imperfect. It is no luxury; rather, it is imperative to our experience on planet earth.
The collection itself is entirely based on this list of native Colorado species that Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages children to be on the lookout for when they go on road trips around the state. I thought it would be fun to do the animals' portraits in the style of a naturalist's field journal, using the types of tools that a naturalist could carry with him/her: calligraphy pen, India ink, watercolor. And the backgrounds are brightly colored, which may just be a reflection of how enthusiastic I was when making them!
Each of these pieces started with meticulous ink-work to draw the animal, then watercolor was added to make it come alive.
Folks will hopefully grow in their appreciation for our native animals here in Colorado, and perhaps be introduced to a couple species they have not seen before. Maybe it encourages them to learn more about our wonderful wild neighbors and to participate in the conservation efforts necessary to keep them around!
I really like the Sage Grouse. Such a manly display of feathered pomp, but so vulnerable to a dwindling habitat.
My work can be fold at: www.andreastolarczyk.com