Sketchbook Project-In Fifty Years

I have already shared the terrific Sketchbook Project by Art House Co-op. Here is a behind the scenes peek at what makes this collaborative roving art project so special. Check out this video interview featuring Art House Co-op’s Operations Coordinator, Eli Dvorkin. It even features a sketchbook to a local Seattlite Elizabeth Beronich Sheets. Talk about thinking outside the box. You can go to the modcloth blog for a special 20% discount code to the sketckbook project.

 

I am still working slowly to complete my self created challenge of illustrating the 2011 sketchbook topics. Here is one more. This one is for In Fifty Years. I call it Return.

Year of The Dragon

I have been told more than once that I should be Chinese. Perhaps it is my sometimes superstitious nature or the fact that my favorite number is 8 (even, symmetrical and easily divided). My Chiropractor said that I described my aches and pains like his Chinese grandmother not his other patients. That said I have always had an interest in Chinese Astrology and the celebration of the Chinese New Year. In the  spirit of the dragon I created this drawing  to usher out the year of the Rabbit and welcomed in the Year of the Dragon.

People born under the dragon are said to be passionate, self-assured and meant to pioneer in whatever they do. This creature of myth is believed to be a symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power. And 2012 is a water dragon year. The element of Water calms the dragon’s fiery nature making them more intuitive and less in need of the spotlight.

It is said that dragons are compatible with the monkey and rat. As a water rat myself I hope this year has a forward momentum. That I can tap into the self-assured pioneering energy of the dragon and breathe fire into my own creative life.  Like the dragon I thrive on freedom. So perhaps this year will bring with it a break from the restrictions that blow out the creative spark. That the free-spirited nature of the dragon will ignite the flame for creative inspiration.

Perhaps you will celebrate with fireworks, sparklers, digest a mandarin orange for good fortune or receive a little red envelope with cash. However you choose to celebrate I hope the dragon breathes fire into your life in 2012.

Tuesday Talent ~ Heather Kraft

 

So when I sat down to sketch this very talented lady I wanted something that encapsulated Material + Movement, her company name. As an artist and dancer Heather Kraft embodies both. Even her Art captures the essense of fluidity.

Heather explains ,”Being of this generation as an artist, I’m driven to re-invent our idea of the heirloom. To take disregarded objects and re invent them in a contemporary and dynamic form, makes them once again accessible; to help people regain a consciousness of the objects in their lives.

I have created a line of simple and elegant jewelry composed of vintage and contemporary porcelain tableware. Using the composition on the plate, elements are cut out and carved into simple shapes. These shapes are then arranged into compositions informed not only by each element but the imagery on their surface. The pieces are fabricated using gold and silver findings.”

 

Who inspires Heather

Innovative designers such as Ram Dieter, and Bruce Mau, and anyone who strives for excellence in all that they do and encourages others to do so.

 

What Heather does

I blow glass, teach dance, drink scotch, listen to blues, practice yoga, ride my bike, and make jewelry!

 

What Heather Does best

I look at ways to make things better, or rather make more sense. Also I think I’m pretty good at dancing in my living room when nobody is looking.

 

What other profession Heather would like to attempt

I’d love to be a human rights lobbyist and fight “the man”.

 

What turns Heather on creatively, spiritually or emotionally

I love to study the way the human body moves, and its interaction with other bodies. Dance is huge for me, I’d love to get a dance history degree someday. I’m also attracted to compositions of similar objects, like the work of sculptors Tom Friedman and Tara Donovan.

 

Where to find Heather

Most nights I’m practicing dance at various venues around Seattle, or in my new art studio in the Salty Dog Building in the Ballard neighborhood. You can find more of me at www.materialandmovement.com

 

Where Heather got her Talent/Education

I think my talent found me before I could walk; I’ve always been an artist. I received my BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta.

 

Finally borrowing from Bernard Pivot- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I’m not sure exactly but I think he’d have some explaining to do.

 

 

Image: (1) Portrait by DCTdesigns (2) Necklace-Material + Movement

***This is  a regular feature on my blog. Tuesday Talent Interviews are designed to introduce you to a myriad of incredible artisans. Make sure to check out the others. Enjoy!

Monday Meditation~Do you have a dream?

 

Martin Luther King had a dream. A dream that shaped the world and the way he lived in it. So today I think it is important to honor our dreams, to shape a few new ones of our own, to define how we want to live in our world and what we hope to see it become.

For Martin Luther King had a vision of a world united. He dreamed……

“I have a dream this afternoon that we will recognize the words of Jefferson, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with some inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“I have a dream this afternoon!  I have a dream that one day “every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

“I have a dream this afternoon that the brotherhood of man will become a reality in this day. And with this faith I will go out with you and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. With this faith, I will go out with you and tranform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. With this faith, we will be able to acheive this new day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, protestants and catholics, will be able to join hands and sing with the Negro in the spiritual of old: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”

Martin Luther King definitely had a Dream. Do you have a dream?

 

Image: DCT

The Weekend ~ 1/13/2012

I read a quote from NY designer Peri Wolfman the other day that “Staying organized is like gardening. You’re constantly weeding; it’s part of the routine.”  I am not a gardener. I have friends for whom digging in the dirt is a form of meditation.

For me, organizing is meditative so Wolfman’s quote fit. I find a tough week can fall away as I organize and straighten up my desk. Rearranging furniture is my own personal therapy session. I realize that this sense of control over the objects in my life is not the same as actually having control over my life. But when my world is spinning around me and I am feeling dazed, settling the objects surrounding me calms me, leaving a sense of peace. Anais Nin wrote “When I cannot bear outer pressures anymore, I begin to put order in my belongings…As if unable to organize and control my life. I seek to exert this on the world of objects.” Oh how I understand this much needed sense of grounding.

So as I head into this long weekend I plan to get things organized and find time to paint so when I return to work on Tuesday I will be refreshed, ready to send out yearend reports.

I think this song “Free My Mind” by Katie Herzig may have to be some theme music to get me going. I thought it should be a runway beat choice. So perhaps I will call it Runway Beat #3b. Besides she is wearing a fun runway worthy dress in the video. Make sure to check it out.

 

 

Weekend Reading List: