Showing posts from May, 2009

M4: Yes! More!

Here is another M4 figure, "Gina the Gypsy" by Roberta. Using the kit's vintage papers, including the phrases: "That is a good question. And I'd say YES without reservation," Roberta's Gina knows all the answers, and looks very stylish while delivering them, in her map skirt embellished with lace, golden bodice and button hat.

And, as with other pairings, here is a very different way of using all of the M4 Kit Challenge's elements. Toni has created a bird house complete with lacy curtains at the window, puzzle piece flowers in a glass vase, and a perch on the side. When the roof is removed, you can see the birds have lovely wallpaper, and even some art on the walls! HGTV would be impressed!

Simply M4-velous, Roberta and Toni!

M4, Continued, again!

Yes, there's still more M4 magnificence to show. Here is Patti's creation, a very inventive townscape, complete with storefronts, a fountain, grass, puzzlepeople and a puzzlecritter! We love how she's used the kit's various elements in ingenious ways, which keep you going back and discovering more. Be sure to click on the image for the enlarged version.

Penny's hanging assemblage piece includes a winged figure, gorgeous textures, and luscious colors, including metallic gold. She also uses the word 'create,' and adds a touch of whimsy by directing our attention to the back of her piece, as you can see here. As she says: "The key to accomplishing any task--great or small--is simply to begin. You cannot finish what you never start." Outstanding work, Patti and Penny!

CMMAG Special Event Announcement

The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild is pleased to present an Indie Business Breakfast in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, June 6, from 9 am to Noon, entitled:

How to Use Social Media to Leverage Your Brand and Attract More Paying Customers For Your Business!
CMMAG member and artist extraordinaire, Lisa Stewart, CREATIVEGoddess of ECStewart Designs in Raleigh will be the featured speaker. She is an award winning designer and illustrator who, along with her husband and business partner, creates an extensive line of sophisticated images that are licensed on all kinds of elegant home accessories and personal products designed to enhance the lifestyle of the sophisticated customer. Lisa is a graduate of Western Michigan University's School of Graphic Design and Fine Arts.
Through the years, Lisa and her husband have become intimately familiar with the challenges artists and crafters face when seeking to make the most of the financial opportunities that flow from their gifts. Lisa and her work have…

May Member Interview: Nanette Zeller

Nanette Zeller

Blog: Nanette Says Etsy Shop: Fiber Fancies by Nanette Sayz

1. What inspires you to create?
I wish I knew what really triggers my creativity. Sometimes I really could use something to kick my behind. The problem, if you choose to call it that, is that I always want to create. I do know that being around creative souls really gets me inspired to get into the studio. Whenever I have a creative outing, teach or take a class, visit a trade show or gallery, or visit a new “supply” store, I always come home fired up and full of ideas. That’s why I love our guild so much. I know on a monthly basis, I’m going to be around some talented people who “get it.” I don’t have to explain my “weird” passions for fibers or the creative process. After each meeting, I’m ready to get busy in my studio.
2. When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
Professionally, I started pursuing art about 4 years ago. However, it has always been pursuing me. I was always creating things. My mom t…

More of the Marvels of M4

Nanette's M4 creation is shown here, in front and back views. If you click on the image, you'll see both enlarged. Note how she's used the postcard and tickets to create the figure's hat, and she's added the word 'create' in Scrabble tiles as an embellishment on the skirt. And, the skirt is cleverly composed of fibers and folded pieces of the kit's map.
Everyone was amazed by how different each Guild member's work was, despite everyone having the same elements with which to create. Here's another example:

Carolyn used a similar doll theme; her figure's skirt features the letters of the word 'create,' but she's used the tickets, map fragments and puzzle pieces to create the skirt. Carolyn's figure has an old world feel, with lacy elements and leg-of-mutton style sleeves, and a fancy hat.

Outstanding work, Nanette and Carolyn!

M4, Continued

Laurel's M4 creation is shown here both opened and closed. And, she uses the word "possible" on the front door. Lucy's M4 piece is similar, using open doors to showcase how she incorporated all of the kit's pieces.

Excellent work, Laurel and Lucy; you've produced more M4 marvels!

Even More: M4!

After a brief hiatus, here are more images from our wildly creative members who participated in our M4 challenge.

Jodi's work on canvas and Karen's globe truly illustrate what was so great about the M4 challenge: when confronted with the same assortment of disparate materials, two artists produced pieces which are very different, yet equally creative.
Congratulations to Jodi and Karen--great work!