Free Patterns : : The Rainbow Collection

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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou 

I love rainbows, don't you?  They are frequently a source of inspiration for my designs.  The Rainbow Faith Bracelet I created for Ehow.com.  As it is made with crystals, it is extra sparkly.

©2015 Lindsay Obermeyer Finger Knit Rainbow Scarf

I also made this finger knit scarf or Blanket for Ehow.com.

 Easy to make and a perfect car trip project. 

©2016 Lindsay Obemeyer Rainbow Hat

And last but not least, my rainbow children's beanie, because aren't your children the gold at the end of the rainbow?!  I posted this pattern on my blog earlier this year.


The House of Elsa Schiaparelli : exquisite embroidery

 

Dress designing . . . is to me not a profession but an art. -- Elsa Schiaparelli

 

I am beyond excited to have found this video by the house of Elsa Schiaparelli.  She was a huge influence on my early art.

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Art Review :: Lindsay Obermeyer Art 2009-2012

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -- Pablo Picasso

June 11th is the 10 year anniversary of my blog. Really?! June 11, 2006. I started my blog to record my creative process. Along the way it has done just that, as well as delve into my love of teaching art, and more recently becoming a DIY craft blog and now a bit more on cooking because of my change in my diet. The blog has become a bit of a journal and also a bit of letter writing to myself into the future.

Have you ever noticed that our earlier-selves know our future selves far more than we realize at the time? 

I read recently of a professor who told his ceramic students that half would be graded on the quantity of work they made, while the other half would be graded on the quality of one piece.  Those who were assigned the making of the perfect piece failed.  They spent their entire time worrying over each detail, bogged by discussion of the cultural implications of their chosen material.  Those who made for the sake of making arrived at work that became suffused with meaning.  They had allowed discoveries to happen.  By preventing self censorship from negating production, they could whittle away at an idea until it began to take shape.  Delight came as much from the act of making as it did from the final product. 

I want to make for the sake of making, letting each piece of work act as a point on a map toward the next discovery.

These words were from one of my earliest posts.  June 12, 2006.  I still feel this way.  I have  joy in making for the sake of making. It's that creative adventure, a thrill and a struggle until the end of the piece. For the past few months I've been struggling to figure out the next direction of my work.  I was overthinking it.  I had to just jump in and start making.  The making will lead me down the path.  While looking at exhibition calls, I didn't have recent work to submit, work made within the past three years. With that in mind, I knew I had to get cracking. Make for the sake of making and just trust that a cohesive body of work will emerge.

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So here is the start into the future. Ta da!

The images at the top are the 4th collection in the Facebook challenge.  They are part of a series called Pattern Play and delve into a review of the microscopic patterns, real and imagined that lurk below our skin.  Photo credit: Larry Sanders.

 

 


Art Review :: Lindsay Obermeyer Art 1988-2007

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

A friend recently challenged me to feature an artwork a day on Facebook.  Well, as I am going through my images of previous work and looking at how I want to group them for a new website I am building.  I decided to focus on clusters of art rather than one single work.

The first post is of my Visions of Paradise series completed between 1988-1992.  They were my alternative reality to urban living with all the anger and violence swirling in the air outside my window.  I made a conscious choice to focus on the positive and the beautiful.  This series was well received, and was featured in books and magazine articles and a few of these pieces are now in the Museum of Fine Art Boston.

In 1992 I went off to graduate school in Seattle.  That same year I was diagnosed with cancer again.  My work turned from the exterior landscape to the interior. 

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Much of this work has also sold,some to private collectors and the rest to a university oncology department.  The work allowed me to process, analyze and accept that cancer would be an ongoing problem in my life. I would never be fully rid of it. Basically at the root of this series was the fragility of the human condition and all the fears and anxieties that go along with it.

I continued on this same track but delved deeper into microbiology.This collection began with a grant. I wanted to show at the International Museum of Surgical Science. As I wrote the grant the story of a young Victorian woman developed. She was interested in medicine, but relegated to only the girly arts of embroidery and knitting. So while she embroidered patterns of femurs and leucocytes developed. Her sweaters were non functional and display the tumor they were intended to cover.

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Getting Crafty at the CHA 2014 Mega Trade Show

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Creativity is the marriage humanity makes with eternity.  —  Eric Maisel

I got back this weekend from the CHA 2014 Mega Show.  HOLY CRAFT!  I am on such crafty overload, I had to take the weekend off to just reflect on all I saw and tried out. 

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Christmas Ornament Earrings

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At Christmas, all roads lead home.  --  Marjorie Holmes

The holiday party season is in full swing.  Decorate your ear lobes with a pair of miniature Christmas ornaments.  They
are a breeze to make, taking under an hour total using a Smoothfoam ball for a base and washi tape for the embellishment.  
Make a pair for yourself and another for the hostess!

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Washi Craft Tape Beaded Ornament

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Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....
Dr. Suess from How the Grinch Stole Chrismas!

Grandma loved to make ornaments using sequins, pins and ribbon on a Smoothfoam base.  She'd buy intricate kits and then spend all afternoon making her "treasures" as she called them.   This is my version with a contemporary twist using craft tape to cover the surface before adding the sequins.  My version takes less time to make (approximately an hour), but still has a colorful sparkle.  Try your own tape and sequin combo or make my winterberry.

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Making Art


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Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. --  Andy Warhol

I'm excited.  I am at the beginning of what I know will prove to be an entirely new line of work.  I am using an upcoming exhibition as an excuse to push these new ideas out of my head and onto the embroidery frame.  The task is daunting.  This new line of work leaped in front of me just three weeks ago and begs to be entirely bead embroidered.  There are no short cuts with this medium.  I sew each bead into place one bead at a time.  By the time I finish, I will have stitched over 20,000 beads and sequins onto a silk substructure. And that's just one piece!  My hands ache and my back hurts, but I feel so incredibly energized!

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Huichol Inspired Day of the Dead Beaded Paper Mache Skull

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“Wherever I walk, wherever I sing, there is a blossoming of flowers, a rapture of song.
And there my heart is alive.” - - Huichol saying

I've long admired the handwork of the Huichols, a Native American group living in western central Mexico.  They are well known for their art, in particular their yarn paintings and beaded objects.

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Googly Eyes Halloween Topiary

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Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
--  Joel Benton

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you?

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but for some reason I am totally getting into the spooky, creepy spirit.  I tend to lean toward the benevolent scary creatures of Monsters Inc. rather than the hair raising likes of the Exorcism.  Did you know that the Exorcism is based on the true story of 13 year old boy here in St. Louis?  Yikes!   My hometown is also the location of several haunted mansions.   Anyway, you get the gist.  I'm having fun getting in the mood and preparing the decorations.

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