Mixed Media Artist Meet Fiber Artist

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An Editor’s Learning Curve

The best thing about working for Interweave is the exposure to all different art processes and media. The worst thing is that I am sometimes so focused on helping to curate the most amazing issue for you readers that I forget to stop and smell the creative “roses” that surround me.

So is the case with my recent discovery with Fiberarts magazine. I got a free few moments (between photo shoots and meetings with the Cloth Paper Scissors team) to browse the Summer 2010 issue. Wow! I was blown away with the art in this issue. Mere mortals would love this issue but us mixed media-ites? Well, we’ll eat it up and not leave any crumbs.

I really think it’s valuable to see amazing artwork like this on a regular basis whether you do so by visiting a local art museum or gallery, or by subscribing to magazines like this one. I am never tempted to try to recreate exactly what I have seen or read about, but I am always somehow inspired—even if the medium used is far different than my particular favorite.

View Fiberarts summer 2010

These photos are just the tip of the iceberg. From a mixed-media installation, to a seriously intricate paper sculpture, each article offered me enough ideas to jumpstart a week of new projects in my studio. (From left to right: Pam Longobardi’s “Shipwreck (Unintended Consequences),” C. A. Michel’s “Radiance,” Lauren Rosenthal’s “Delaware River Anatomy,” and Rozanne Hawksley’s “Mission Accomplished.”)

Where do you find inspiration like this? Fiberarts has been around for 35 years and I’m just now discovering it! I could just kick myself. (Thankfully the Interweave store has back issues too, so I don’t have to kick myself too hard.) Have you ever been swept away by something you never noticed before—something that you now turn to again and again? Share it with us here in the comments. I’d (we’d) love to know of even more great resources for muse-worthy eye candy.

Cheers,

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