TEXTILE TAXIDERMY

OH DEER!   I’d like to share with you my latest creative obsession of textile taxidermy……I have been layering fabric textures, beads and bling on resin deer forms!   It takes hours, cutting and designing what piece goes where and adding all the shiny things…. but I must say, it’s so much fun!   I have to remind myself from time to time that I really DON’T NEED a herd of deer in my house, however, I’m rather attached to them!  

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This one I call “Pinky” (for obvious reasons)…..

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She has two fawns……

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This one I named “Sparkle”.   This is not the best photo, but you get the idea.

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INSPIRING ME NOW

As always, there are so many creative artists who inspire me and I can’t help but post a few images of their work on my post today.  Their brilliance in layering different mediums in color and dimension, on canvas or other objects, always inspires me to try something new……..

PAINTING by Charles Dwyer Hillary

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PAINTING by Joshua Burbank

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PAINTING by Francoise de Felice

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PAINTING by Ma Pudma Devi

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A PAINTING USING FABRIC AND EMBROIDERY by Sophie Standing

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EXQUISITE ART DOLLS by Marilyn Radzat

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ART DOLLS by Debra Bernier

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WHIMSICAL AND COLORFUL ART by Starla Michelle

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PAINTING by Ashley Joon

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AND THE INCREDIBLE FAUX TAXIDERMY by Frederique Morrel

This artist in particular, has SO INSPIRED me lately to have fun creating my own faux taxidermy deer.  I will post a few pictures of my “little herd” in a later post.  

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SOMETHING TO CONTEMPLATE

Don’t be afraid to show

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how beautiful and brave you are, inside and out

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or how completely you can love.

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Sing your own song and dance your own rhythm.

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No one cares how you look or how you sound!

Relax !

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Because you are a perfect YOU

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IN THE FORM OF LOVE

I’ve been deep in thought for the past few months and slightly out of sync with my normal routines and activities, as I’ve tried to make sense of the shifts that seem to be happening within myself and in the world around me.

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 But as I examine the subtle forces that have slowed me down, while things around me seem to have speeded up, I’ve been replenishing my soul by observing the beauty that surrounds me, in relationships, in nature or in whatever form Beauty shows itself to me.

BEAUTY SHOWS ITSELF IN ALL THINGS

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IN THE SMALLEST

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IN THE LARGEST

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IN THE VASTNESS

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And still, as I am Contemplating the Meaning of Life,…. creativity punctuates my life. When the mood comes to me, I enjoy layering colors and textures together into different shapes……threading beauty into one thing, but into many forms.   Ah hah!  Maybe that is the meaning of life!  To  thread our beauty through many forms, into one form, and that being…….the form of LOVING! 

THREADING BEAUTY

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AND GROWING MY HEART

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WHERE I CREATE

I am very fortunate to have a room in our home, that is my very own… where, from time to time, I get to reinvent its purpose but still have a place for some of my creations.  I call my space, the “Sanctuary Studio”.    It’s a space where I can surround myself with beautiful things that I love, like Tibetan singing bowls, crystals, crowns, my doll sculptures, art work.  The Sanctuary is used for  creativity, meditation, listening to music, a place for my women friends to settle in for conversation or if the mood hits us, a little dancing!    

This is WHERE I CREATE

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Thanks for visiting my Sanctuary Studio!

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GYPSY JEWELLERY

I’ve been making bags and jewellery pouches lately, making use of the

pieces of fabric and embellishment that always seems to be accumulating

in my studio.   I find it a meditative process, organizing and placing color

and texture, fringe and trims with found objects. 

GYPSY QUEEN JEWELLERY POUCHES

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GYPSY QUEEN BAGS

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BAG LADY

It’s official…… I have finally become a BAG LADY!   For the last few weeks I ‘ve been getting a lot of enjoyment creating “Gypsy Queen Bohemian Handbags”.   I love the process of design, technique and layering lots of sequined material, trims and fringe, into something that is actually useful, as well as beautiful.016

I’m grateful to my (accommodating) friend Leah, who modelled some finished handbags, so I could take a few pictures for my blog:

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There’s more sparkle to these than the photos show.

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This one may be a bit “busy” but it suits my “GYPSY QUEEN HANDBAG” label.

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Barely had this one finished….my daughter Kim liked it so much…..so now she has it!  She’ll be a good walking advertisement, if I decide to sell them later on.

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I’ve made about a dozen bags so far, and since I am ankle deep in fabric and trim, I am sure there will be more to come!

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