Commissions and Installations
I I work with individuals and organizations who are interested in having a one-of-a-kind art piece. Together we will discuss the colors, size, and character of the custom piece that you would like!
ALL LEVELS, A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS
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1 hr | $30.00
How many plastic bottles and containers do you throw away? Instead of adding to landfills, save those plastics and I will work with you to turn them into unique pieces of recycled art.
1 hr | $30.00
These coiled baskets can be made in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures. At the same time, they use a basic repetitive weaving technique that can help relax your mind, body and soul.
Call us at 440-552-8578 to learn more or book a lesson.
We strive to help people of all ages enjoy life through the creative process. We believe the process and experience of creating art is just as important as the end product. We are a place to have fun, relax, learn, and get away from the daily grind of life. Whether you enjoy making beautiful art, or you need an outlet to release your emotions, we provide a safe environment that caters to your unique needs.
I love creating and teaching art that resonates with the soul.
I would say my passion for art is rooted in my childhood and my professional career.
As a child growing up in South Africa during the 1950’s I did not have all the man-made gadgets and toys that we do today. However, what I did have was an unlimited supply of creative materials provided by nature. I was always using my imagination and creating art with whatever I could get my hands on – sticks, rocks, and flowers of all shapes and sizes. I was always drawn to art as it was an activity where I could express myself, detach from childhood challenges, and feel good about my unique talents.
As for my professional career, I was a ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer. I worked hard at my craft and was fortunate to be a part of three world-renowned ballet companies, including The Royal Ballet in England, The Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, and The National Ballet of Canada and its feeder school. As I reflect on my past, I can see the similarities. I was arranging choreography, music, and costumes to create a complete ballet performance, and today I use color, beads, plastic bottles, textiles, and other found objects to make my art.
My artistic journey has had many phases. I started out by making paper maché jewelry that once painted, looked like agate, jasper, and other semi-precious stones. I then went to a wonderful workshop in Tucson, Arizona, and got bitten by the bead bug and decided to open a store where I carried millions of beads, pearls, and precious stones. My favorite times were doing commission pieces for brides and their extended parties. I would sometimes have to include the mother's and grandmother’s pieces of jewelry into a headdress or necklace; giving me a real glimpse into the bride’s history and bringing it into current times.
My newest creative pieces, often sculpture in form, are made from recycled plastics and textiles. I try to do my little part to reduce the plastic pollution problem by taking water bottles, food containers, and clamshells and turning them into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. In addition to plastics, I have been diving into the world of textiles after visiting a local craft store and seeing the most wonderful collection of yarns and natural wools. I walked out of that store and immediately started working on large looms, which I make myself, and coiled baskets. My finished pieces are always very textural, colorful, and wonderful to the touch!
With my previous career as a ballet dancer and then teacher.....it was a natural transition for me to continue with movement and exercise by learning Yoga. I have been studying both regular Yoga and Chair Yoga for many years. I am now happy to now have my "teachers certification" to be able to teach chair yoga. I now enjoy bringing a gentle, stretching, and strengthening form of exercise to all ages and especially those ..........older and better!!
I would have to say that my work is both spontaneous and experimental with lots of color and lots of movement. I love this approach as it is experimental and emotionally freeing, and I never quite know how one will turn out. I guess I still have "dancing in my blood and combinations in my head!"