Although I have written about this before, I love a chance to give a shout out to other artists that I love. So, today’s post features updates to my studio inspiration wire.
My studio inspiration wire has a lot of pieces on it, so I’ve expanded to this metal clip board, too. It’s where I hang treasures I pick up while travelling, trades with other artists and art I buy when I see something I love.
The nature of the wire is that I can change it up as I find new pieces, and I love that. The idea came from a book I read, “The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin. You can read my first blog about it here.
Eric Hoffman of Spofford Press makes the most amazing woodcuts, linocuts and wood engravings. His level of detail is out of this world. I loved this little crab letterpress card he made — the image measures about an inch square.
Here are two artists I love — and although the pieces are too heavy for my wire, they have a special place in my studio bookshelf. The “Blue Jay in a Hoodie” painting is by Justina Smith. Justina creates in her Edmonton studio and makes wonderful acrylic and mixed media paintings. The vase is a beautiful creation typical of glass artist Barbara Rumberger, who is part of Canmore’s Fireweed Glass Studio. Barbara’s vases almost show up the flowers they hold!
These last two entries are cards from a favorite printmaker Heather Smith of Cosmikgoo in Calgary. Another great social media connection, Heather and I have met in person, and I love her quirky sense of humor that definitely shows in her art. That wine card? She hand-carved the alphabet out of wine corks, and hand-prints the messages on by hand. Now, that’s what I call inspired!