Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidaze!

Choo Choo
from the Christmas Cats

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ReCaps/Please Vote for Me!

This is my entry for the Green Project Contest sponsored by Make: Online.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chemo Cap Design Contest!

Knit Michigan is sponsoring a Chemo Cap design contest that accompanies the Knit Michigan event on February 5th.  It is free to enter and entries must be postmarked by January 25th.  All entries for the contest will be donated to charity.  More details available at  What a great opportunity for knitters and crocheters!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Art for the Soul Coming Up!

Retread Art coaster, paper, plastic & silk

Local glass artist, Margabeth Cibulka, is hosting a holiday sale in her home on December 4th, 10AM-5PM. Join us for refreshments and wonderful art for sale at reasonable prices. 6177 Zimmer Road in Williamston, Michigan--at the only purple house in Williamston!  Check us out on Facebook too,"Art for the Soul."  See you there for the fun.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Alternative Holiday Sale in East Lansing!  Please join me for the AHS tomorrow, November 20th! 9am-5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing--right across the street from the East Lansing Public Library on Grove Street.  You'll find a unique selection of handmade and fair trade items, along with food and free parking. 
Check out the photos too!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Check out the Artist Market at the Festival  Suggested donation for admission to the Artist Market on Saturday is $3.00 per person.  Don't forget all the neat offerings and free parking!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Upcoming Sales for November & December

25th Annual Women in the Arts Festival at the Edgewood United Church in East Lansing
(corner of Hagadorn and Beech Streets)
Friday, NOVEMBER 12th, 5:30-8:30pm  & Saturday, NOVEMBER 13th, 11:30am-8:30pm
Greater Lansing Green Holiday Event
Lansing City Hall, 124 West Michigan Avenue in Lansing
Thursday, NOVEMBER 18th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Also check out the recycled art ornaments on the Green Holiday tree!
Alternative Holiday Sale sponsored by the Peace Education Center
in East Lansing, Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove Street (across from East Lansing Public Library)
Saturday, NOVEMBER 20th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Art for the Soul hosted by glass artist MargaBeth Cibulka
6177 Zimmer Road, Williamston, 517.655.2551
Saturday, DECEMBER 4th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Holiday Sale and Show at Grove Gallery Co-Op in East Lansing
325 Grove Street (next door to “Woven Art”), 517.333.7180
NOVEMBER 1, 2010 - JANUARY 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

From: Marney Makridakis, ARTELLA

Slow down and focus on what is most important. 
Here are some ideas of things to do when you "do nothing":

  1. Look around you and inside you.
  2. Listen within you and outside of you.
  3. Allow your mind to wander and see where it goes.
  4. Befriend your intuition.
  5. Focus on your "one word". (i.e., just close your eyes and think about breathing "joy" in and out...)
  6. Make new connections between things and ideas.
  7. Breathe deeply. Focus on your breath, and nothing else.
  8. Notice ordinary and extraordinary details around you.
  9. Really, REALLY do nothing.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Artists AND Refreshments on October 7th!

Purse knitted with yarn & VHS tape

Purse knitted with yarn & VHS tape

Check out artists at both Grove Gallery CoOp and Mackerel Sky Gallery in East Lansing on Thursday, 5-8PM.  Both galleries will host special studio demonstrations and provide refreshments in celebration of American Craft Week.  Felt hat maker, Anne Flora, will be at Mackerel Sky (211 MAC Ave).  Resident artists will be at Grove Gallery CoOp (325 Grove Street). I'll be knitting with recycled materials so join in the fun!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Raggedy Silky Cowl

This scarf is knitted with fabric strips, connected as yarn, from recycled silk saris.  The variations in color and texture make for a playful and unique knitted cowl.  This is definitely a one-day project, quick to knit and fun to wear!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mixed Media Artwork

Detail, porcelain doll
A new stitched piece incorporating bottle caps and buttons--two of my favorite things! It is nine inches square with a base of cotton muslin.  Please give me your comments and feedback, thanks!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

AUTUMN Exhibition at Grove Gallery, East Lansing

I will be showing new scarves in a "fallish" theme! Also, join us for studio artist demonstrations on Thursday, October 7, 5-8:00pm.  View the show and talk with artists about their artwork, techniques and concepts.  Call 517.333.7180 for more information.  See you there!
Please check out the show which is inspired by John Keats' poem, "Ode to Autumn."

Monday, September 20, 2010

RED Exhibition at the TIC Gallery

It Pains Me to See You (detail)
It Pains Me to See You, 2010
The Technology Innovation Center in East Lansing (3rd floor over Barnes & Noble) is showing "Red", September 19-December 31, 2010.  Please join me for the opening reception on Sunday, October 3rd, 1-4:00PM.  I am happy to be showing two new pieces (mixed media) but there will be many many interesting pieces.  Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mid-Michigan Knitting Guild News!

The first meeting of MMKG is at 7:00PM on the 21st.  Please join us for the fun!  We have many announcements about the coming Guild year, plus folks who attended "Stitches Midwest" last month will share their observations and experiences.  Then we'll have a show & tell opportunity for members to display their summertime projects.  Of course, there will be refreshments too...


Please take a moment of silence today in remembrance of 2001.  We miss and mourn those lost and gone.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Show Your Support Contest

The Blondes are showing their support too!

Decorate a bra to help raise awareness of cancer research by September 1, 2010. 

Major Cutie bra by Miss Eva Reiter of Oxford, Mississippi
The Battle Of the Bulge comes to the American Sewing Expo!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Celebrate American Craft Week, October, 2010

Tell the World!
WHY AMERICAN CRAFT IS IMPORTANT with an essay contest!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Recommended Reading

I have to recommend one of my favorite books and authors; The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith. Her web site is  Please check it out to get a fresh perspective on street art and graffiti.

"Guerilla art is any anonymous work...installed, performed, or attached in public spaces, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought-provoking way," page 11.

"Guerilla art is for everyone.  It engages viewers who might never step foot in a gallery.  It is free and accessible," page12.

"There are three possible approaches to guerilla art:
1.  beautifying--altering your surroundings
2.  questioning--using your voice, challenging the status quo
3.  interacting--with the environment or people," page 18
Provide feedback and comments if you can--thank you!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ideas to Share on Friday the 13th!

Fun Ideas for Developing Your Creative Self

Keep an art journal or sketchbook. The daily practice of creating art will strengthen your artistic voice.

Create self portraits—what better model do you have to work with?  Don’t be shy—photograph yourself, sketch yourself, and explore the inner you.

If you don’t have an outside studio for your art, designate an area of your home to be your creative sanctuary.  Be it a separate room or a corner table, having a special area you can go to will inspire you to get creative.

Save horoscopes for interesting words to use in your art.  Cut words out of the newspaper or a magazine to create a short story---maybe you can illustrate it too!

Create an altered-book travel album!  Use an old travel guide about your favorite country (or countries) and add your altered photographs to the pages.  You can also create an album for a fantasy destination, i.e., Never Never Land or Oz.

Incorporate some colored foil candy wrappers into a collage.  Keep your eyes open during the holiday seasons when you might find truly vibrant colors!

Take photographs or create portraits of your loved ones’ hands or faces and alter them.

Take a trip to the hardware store or “Habitat for Humanity” resale store with art supplies in mind.  You might find treasures with creative potential on the shelves.

Invite friends over for an art party.  Cover a big table or the floor with plastic table covers or drop cloths, whip out the supplies, and have fun!  You can also propose a “contest” where each friend gets a bag with an assortment of odd things (maybe from the dollar store?), and then each person creates a statement with their bag’s contents.  One rule—no trading or sharing contents. 

Plan a day to explore art galleries and museums in your area.   Consider a road trip to a special exhibition in the region.  Don’t forget your sketchbook or journal to capture the inspiration!

Carve an alphabet stamp set—buy a box of erasers and design your own personal font.  Or create a poem/haiku collage using alphabet macaroni to spell out your words.

Draw, paint or collage your favorite food on a paper plate. Invite friends over to do their special dishes and host a “picnic,” showing off the plates.  Then host a real potluck meal with real food.

SOURCE:  The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery by Karen Michel, ©2005.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Maker Faire Was a Blast!

A wonderful volunteer helping me with my booth--thank you!
The TNNA tent taught new skills!
Getting into the Twinkie Car--it shot Twinkies!

A few shots of the fun...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Weekend Schedule for Maker Faire!

Maker Faire Detroit Full schedule for the weekend. Great sessions. Great speakers. Plan ahead for a full and fun weekend. Can't wait to see you all.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Knitted VHS Bag

I knitted this bag with recycled video tape and yarn--a very fun project!  The textural contrast between the slick plastic tape and the Japanese nubby yarn is intriguing.  Nine inches wide at base and sixteen inches wide at rim.

Retread Art at the Maker Faire Detroit

JULY 31st & AUGUST 1st

Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
Maker Faire is the Midwest's largest DIY Festival. It is a family fun festival to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired.
Regular adult tickets are only $25 for all day admission to
the Maker Faire AND Henry Ford Museum

For more information from The Henry Ford;

STOP BY AND SAY "HI" TO RETREAD ART AT THE MAKER FAIRE!  I will be demonstrating knitting and crocheting with recycled materials.