Sunday, July 17, 2016

Inspiration: Chris Roberts-Antieau

While in Baltimore this weekend, I went on my second visit to the American Visionary Art Museum which is one of my absolute favorite places. Some art museums are more inspiring than others, but visiting the AVAM left me feeling refueled. Of all the work that I saw, my new favorite artist is Chris Robert-Antieau. She's a textile artist whose work is a mixture of applique, embroidery, quilting, and collage and it's all just incredible.

Seriously these pictures don't do her work justice! The texture and pattern achieved through her layers of fabric and stitching are what really make her work special, but I couldn't help but share. Her gallery is in New Orleans and I'm praying maybe one day she'll offer some kind of workshop or event that I can attend. Click here to see The Antieau Gallery Website.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Shop Is Back!

Some of you may remember that the whole reason I started this blog years ago was because of my Etsy shop. Since that time my shop was shut down to focus on my "real job" and I continued this blog just for funsies. Well...several months ago I found a huge box of jewelry from my shop and have just sort of been sitting with it and trying to decide what to do with it. The thought of simply donating it to Goodwill has certainly crossed my mind as I wasn't sure of whether or not it would be worth all the effort to get back into the game. After thinking about it for a while, I decided that now is the perfect time to reopen the shop. I'm in a major transition period in my life as I continue to settle into life in Texas, working on growing my new business, and have so many new things in my life. It feels good to reopen the shop and get back to something that is familiar and enjoyable. For now everything being listed is purely stuff I had made and have leftover from a few years ago...and there's *a lot* of it. Eventually, I may dabble into testing out new products like maybe some fabric dolls?! For now it's just some oldies-but-goodies and maybe a way to help bring in some extra money as Made With Moxie gets its legs under it.

You can check it out here! I still have a few bags to sort through so new items will be added regularly!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Made

Since my swap partner finally received her package yesterday, I can safely share what I made! My partner was Trisha from Yankee Rose Creations. Once I chatted with her a bit, I found out she is opening a new art space called Strange Days Creative Arts Center and that her swap item would be on display there. That's when I decided to make her a wall hanging using some Frida fabric I had as the jumping off point.

I combined applique, quilting techniques, and acrylic paint to complete the wall hanging. I really love mixed media and with something decorative you can try so many things! The base of the hanging is fabric with thick interfacing in between. The red border is a standard binding similar to what would be on a quilt.

Trisha said her favorite quote from Frida was "pies, para que los quiero si tengo alas para volar" which translates to "feet, why do I need you if I have wings to fly." I wanted to incorporate the meaning from the quote as well as elements from Frida's work which is why I included the bird as well as the ribbon/banner. Frida's painting were inspired by religious retablos and often had banners or scrolls with text within the paintings. The skeleton Frida was a nod to several things, specifically, the Two Fridas painting as well as Dia de los Muertos.

The back was simple and lined with a contrasting fabric just to sort of make everything feel sealed and finished.

My original plan was to focus on the wall hanging, but I had a bit of extra Frida fabric and I wanted to send something just for Trisha and not her studio so I made her a simple Frida tote bag. The inside is lined with the same blue fabric as the wall hanging. The strap and blue pom poms were also items I already had at home. It was a quick and simple add on, but I still think it's a cute little bag.

I put it all together with some extra Frida postcards I had from my trip to Tesoros. Overall I think it made a nice little package! Now that the swap is over, I'm kinda bummed! I certainly have more projects to move on to, but this was such a highlight for my summer.

If you participated, don't forget to keep sending in your photos so we can share them on Facebook and Instagram! And don't forget to like and follow us to see updates on everyone else's awesome items. To see what Lizette made, check out her blog here!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Got

I was so so so so SO excited yesterday to receive my Viva La Frida swap items from my partner Trisha who is the shop owner of Yankee Rose Creations. Just in time for Frida Kahlo's birthday! Feliz CumpleaƱos Fridita! I received a fun felt pillow, crocheted doll, and a Dia de los Muertos bag! It was all so awesome and thoughtful.

My favorite of the three items she sent was this cute little Frida doll. I love all her little details especially her little cigarette! It kills me! If you love her, you can order one of your own here! She's so well made and she has so many other awesome things in her shop.

Look how cute she is hanging out with the Frida doll I made!!! I am so pleased with this swap so far! Everything that I have seen from everyone has been amazing and I can't wait to see what else everyone has made. What I made for Trisha should arrive to her in the next few days so my post will probably go up this weekend so I don't spoil the surprise for her.

Don't forget to like Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook to see all the swap items as photos come in as well as to get details when we announce our next swap!