Monday, March 27, 2017


I'll let you in on a little secret...

I didn't go to school for graphic design.  Although, my father tried his best to steer me in that direction.  In 1992, before many of us even had a personal computer, I started my BFA at Kutztown University as a sculpture major.  How's that for supportive parents?!  I now know why my dad was so adamant about graphic design.  Little did I know that's where I'd wind up.

Funny thing is, I didn't stick with sculpture after all.  After trying my hand at welding, jewelry making, woodworking, printmaking, oil painting, ceramics, and photography, I wound up majoring in textiles.  While I enjoyed every medium I worked in (minus oils), I absolutely loved working with fibers.  Everything from spinning and dying to weaving and stitching; I couldn't get enough.  I became the professor's assistant just so I could learn as much as possible from her and spend extra hours in the studio.  The extra money didn't hurt either.  I even spent my summers home from college sweltering at a historical village giving guided tours dressed as a 19th century weaver.  Yes, that's how much I love it!

Lately, I've been trying to find some "me time" and limit work to "work hours".  It drives my husband crazy when I work into the wee hours of the night and weekends.  With smart phones always close-at-hand, it's hard to disconnect from customer emails and texts.  Then, when I finally put my phone out of sight, I don't know what to do with myself.  I'm definitely not one who can sit idle.  I get stir- crazy and can't relax.  I need a project to relax me.  So, I think it's time to pick up the needle and thread again.

Stitched South Western Landscapes (my work - circa 1997 - *gulp* 20 years ago - what?!?)
Just yesterday, I found myself sucked into Pinterest, scouring hundreds of artists' work and getting excited to start creating again.

Here are a few of my absolute favorites...

Embroidery Art by Ana Teresa Barboza

or maybe I'll try my hand a portraits this time.
Art by lisa_smirnova


Friday, March 24, 2017

In Awe :: the Work of Nick Kuchar

Nick Kuchar Art & Design Co. 

I stumbled upon Nick Kuchar's work the week after I came home from an unforgettable trip to Hawaii.  Longing to be back on the sunny shores of Oahu, I found myself scouring the internet for anything that could transform my Pennsylvania home into a tiny bit of Aloha.  To my surprise, I didn't have to look far.  Nick happened to be an ETSY neighbor. 

I quickly snatched up my first print as a gift for my hubby (& me, of course) - a sweet reminder of the afternoon we spent on Lanikai Beach, snorkeling and watching the outriggers go back and forth.

and, then, another for Christmas...which now brings a little Hawaiian sunshine to our kitchen...and conjures up fun memories of our visit to Three Tables with friends.

Our collection is a work in progress and I fully intend on covering my walls with more from this amazing artist.
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Until we meet again, Oahu!

Connect with Nick and discover Hawaii through his eyes...