Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Question of the Month, Jan's reply
"How did you get started making your art? What steps led you to where you are, what you are creating now?" All art shown in this post created by Jan.
My earliest memory of needle work was sitting at my grandmother's knee, being taught to knit. Also, my mother drew around animal shaped cookie cutters on muslin and taught me the basics of embroidery. I did a lot of embroidery on clothing in high school, I made my own clothes too.
I believe my first real steps towards becoming an artist were fueled by an article by Bird Ross in Threads magazine. She told how she created raw edged garments with wild fabrics. I had to make one, I still have that first bolero style jacket but I have made many many more since then. I began to sell them and eventually I was ending up with so many fabric scraps that I decided I should make quilts and so I did.
That first quilt I also still have, and I moved into making fiber art wall quilts, and now am into more mixed media and needle felting. My main passion involves color and thread in some form or other, but I make good use of beads and various paints and pens to supply color too.
I think being involved in this Stitch n' Bitch group for the past 9 years has really helped keep me on track and fueled my passion as an artist. These women are always so positive and cheerful, as well as talented, I don't know if I would be as focused without their continued support. Thank you, my friends!