Half Brothers Brewing Company – Art is Up!

I happened to be in Grand Forks this Tuesday so I drove by Half Brothers Brewing Company, and the art was up!  I was so excited!

Check it out.

 

 

What I REALLY WISH is that I had the contact info for the other artists involved.  I mean, I truly have no idea who else participated in this endeavor.  And that makes me sad.  I want to know these talented people.  

Here is a video Half Brothers Brewing Company posted on their Facebook page.

And look at this fantastic Instagram post that Downtown Grand Forks shared!

Alright, that is all for now.  I need to paint something big again!  I had so much fun with this project. 

Psst… the headboard covering is done.  Stay tuned for pics.

 

Finish Art Quilt or Bust

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  I have some creative plans for the long weekend ahead and have made it my mission to finish the art quilt that I am working on.  The art quilt is 30″ x 80″ and will be wrapping the headboard I am making for our bed.  We just moved into our newly remodeled master bedroom, and our bed is against a big wall with lots of potential.  I decided that it needed some fun and color, so the art quilt idea came about.  

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A small sample of the art quilt!

 

You can see in the picture that one the left side there is some mesh looking fabric.  That is actually magenta tulle that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics.  After reading this book about art quilts, I learned about using tulle to cover pieces of fabric that were glued down first.  This way I can have the loose and frayed edges on the indiviudual fabric pieces, but it’s all held together with the tulle.  I bought tulle in nearly every color you can think of and the look the different colors gave the fabric was pretty cool.  I found that blue and white dulled the look but magenta made it SING. 

Can we just all take a moment to acknowledge how amazing my husband is for being cool with a big glittery magenta headboard?  I’m a lucky gal.  He knows color is my soul food! 

Anyway, back to the project.  I started with a piece of fabric that I had laying around and cut it just slightly larger than 30″ x 80″.  If I could choose a different base fabric, I WOULD.  I had a huge curtain panel from JCP that I couldn’t return – it is thick fabric, similar to upholstery actually.  I would choose a thin muslin if I could do it all over again.  When I was quilting the first half of this project, I was literally sweating from the effort I had to give in order to move the project and all its layers around to make a decent stipple pattern.  

Wrong base fabric aside, this project has been exciting and scary.  I spent one afternoon cutting pieces from gorgeous fabrics and arranging/gluing them to the base.  Here is a photo from that afternoon. 

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After I finished this step, I rolled this project up and pretended to forget about it for a month or so.  I tell ya, I was scared about quilting this beast.  I knew the base fabric was too heavy and all those little pieces… how would I keep it all together so it looked like something when I was finished?  Enter Serendipity Quilts to save the day!  This is where I read about the tulle.  Whew!  That problem was solved.  Now to learn how to free-motion quilt, haha!

I bought a new sewing machine so I could finish this project the right way.  I love this machine!  It came with tons of different attachments, most importantly the free-motion quilting foot.  I feel like I caught on quickly to free-motion quilting basic shapes and swirls, so after a few nights practicing I got the courage to start on the project.  I spent about two hours quilting half of the project together and now the remaining half is left.  Did I mention that I really wish I would have chosen a different base fabric?! 

I haven’t touched this project for about a month and I know I’m procrastinating because I know it’s going to be hard physical labor to finish this beast.  It must be done though.  We are moved into our new room and definitely need this headboard piece completed.  This is the weekend!

Well, the quilting will be complete.  I bought a large assortment of beads because I will be hand sewing on beaded accents throughout the art quilt.  I may also do some hand embroidery.  When it’s finished it will be a sight to behold.  I can’t wait. 

*The fabric is a mix of primarily Kaffe Fasset and Tula Pink, and then a bunch of assorted designers. 

Finished Commission for Half Brothers Brewing Company!

I am so excited to share the commission I’ve finished for Half Brothers Brewing Company!

Voila!

This was a BIG project.  From start to finish it took me about 20 hours.  I started with a nice sheet of plywood (Thanks Husband).  I don’t know specifically what the plywood is called but I know it was really smooth and cost about $50.00. 

I had a lot of latex paint leftover from painting various rooms in my house, so that was mostly what I used.  I did go to Lowe’s and get a few sample sized cans for $3.49 each (what a steal!) – but didn’t use much of those. 

The biggest challenge was working on a project of this scale.  I usually work smaller, with a canvas or paper size no larger than 16 x 20 inches.  To help with the process, I drew my image on a piece of paper that I had cut 4 x 8 inches and then used a projector to make it fit onto the 4′ x 8′ piece of plywood. 

Brett and I are going to be delivering this piece to Half Brothers Brewing Co tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see it in it’s new home! 

If you have a second, take a peek at some of my new Etsy Shop items. 

Etsy Shop is Open!

I have exciting news! My Etsy shop, Wild North Art, is now open for business. It was A LOT Of work to get things organized and listed, but now that it’s done I am so happy I did it. Please take a moment to check it out by clicking the image below.

Wild North Art Etsy Shop Alicia Spilde Original Artwork and High Quality Reproductions

Other than working on my Etsy shop, I haven’t gotten much else done. I am hoping to spend some time in my art studio this weekend, as I have had a few new ideas. I have found the time to practice free motion quilting on my new machine, so that is a good thing. I’m practicing so I can get started on the quilting portion of the headboard covering I’m making. I can’t wait to show you the finished product, it’s HUGE!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

New Hues Exhibit

The New Hues Exhibit artist reception was this past Saturday, scheduled to coincide with the first Art & Wine Walk of 2017.  The weather wasn’t cooperative but the art was fine!

I was inspired by the other artworks shown in the exhibit and have been busy in my art studio getting my new ideas out.  Sometimes I feel so full of passion and new ideas that I feel like my heart is going to burst.  Does that ever happen to you?

On the schedule this weekend is the Northwest Minnesota Art Council’s annual exhibit reception.  I’ll be traveling to Halstad, MN for that event.  I am happy to say that my piece, The Pressing Question, will be making it’s way around northwest Minnesota in the NWMAC traveling exhibit.

I’m working on getting notecards made from some of my prints.  I’m thinking about opening at Etsy store to sell them.  I do wonder if my work will get swallowed into the black hole that is Etsy, but I won’t know until I try.

New Work

I’ve got a few new pieces that I’m excited to share.  Three will be in the NWMAC March Exhibit and one has been entered into the NSMAC Annual Show.  I haven’t heard if it’s been accepted yet, but should find out soon.  All of the artworks I created are mixed media consisting of acrylic, ink, collage, and embroidery.  Wanna see them?  Ok!

This is a 12 x 16 art work called “She Lit a Fire”.  I was inspired by a song by Lord Huron while I was creating this one.

Here is “Hold On. Don’t Let Me Go”.  This was a really fun one to do.  Compared to my other artworks I would almost consider this minimalist style.  This one is 8 x 10.  The women portrayed in this work are the same person.

This is an 8 x 10 called “Luminous”.  I had some help with this artwork as you can see.  Our cat, Cookie, ate part of it while I was at work one day.  I was devastated and considered starting over from the beginning.  I decided to roll with the punches and modify the piece instead.  I will always love this piece because of the story and memory behind it.  I am considering putting some ink on Cookie’s paw and having her stamp the back since she so graciously helped me with this one!

Bonus pic of Cookie!  What a stinker.

The three pieces above are the ones that will be in the NWMAC March exhibit.  The one below is called “The Pressing Question” and the inspiration for this piece came from the political happenings of 2016/2017.

I love the layers of this work and find it so interesting to look at in person.  The colors are so vibrant!  It makes me happy too look at but at the same time communicates my strong feelings to what’s going on in America.  I’m so glad I have this artistic outlet to express my feelings.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

I Was Busy Doing Things

Hey, it’s me!  I’m back to update and hopefully check in a bit more than I have.  The 3 times per year doesn’t really cut it, huh?

This is going to be a quick update for what I’ve been doing and also a preview of what’s to come.

Ok, so since September I have been sewing up a storm.  Some successes, lots of failures, and many learning opportunities and lost money in between.  When something turns out the cost of fabric doesn’t really matter.  But when I mess it up, oh, now that is painful.  I had to put a ban on purchasing the custom fabric from all those Facebook groups that sell it for $20.00/yard.

My garment sewing has now merged with my love of mixed media art.  I started practicing free motion quilting so I can add textiles and stitches to the style of artworks I was creating the previous two years.  Here is an example of an art work created using only fabric and stitching.  This one isn’t finished yet but you get the idea.

 

 

Last night I started two artworks that will be shown in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council gallery space next month.  These are going to be done on paper in my usual style but with textiles and stitching for embellishments.  I’m feeling so inspired!

Aside from my creative endeavors, my family has taken up snowshoeing.  What a great way to get outdoors.  I love the crunch, crunch of the snowshoes on snow and I enjoy the challenge of braving the cold and snowy conditions.

My husband and I went to Hayes Lake State Park for our first outing.  It was COLD.  There were times when I thought I was going to lose my fingers to frostbite but I powered through. 🙂  We had such a fun night and then went to Roseau for supper afterwards.

 

Yay for date night!

The three of us have gone out several times since then.  Our son caught on right away and he is a great sport with putting up with adventures.  I think he even enjoys himself, haha.

I’m a proud mom.

Look at him go!

Ok, that’s it for now.  I promise to update  on my artwork coming up.  I’m so excited about the direction it’s going.

P4P Jolly Roger Raglan

I completed the P4P Jolly Roger Raglan over Labor Day Weekend.  At first my son wasn’t quite sure if it was cool enough to wear, but after showing one of his buddies and his buddy proclaiming it was a cool shirt, my son then decided it was awesome.

jolly-roger-rag-picI used this Marvel fabric for the body and a stretch jersey ITY knit for the sleeves and neckband.  I didn’t like how the ITY fabric had a different stretch than the Marvel fabric.  I felt like that made the neckband more challenging.

One problem I have when making neckbands is that I sometimes don’t get all the layers through the serger.  That means I end up with a gap between the neckband and body of the garment.  This is super annoying but I am getting better at making sure all the layers are going through.

My current project is the Grandpa Cardi (also from P4P).  I’m hoping to finish up in the next day or so and will definitely be posting the final result.

 

 

Upsetting this Fruit Basket

I am changing the format of my website.  After realizing that my interests span so much more than mixed media art, I am leaving my options open and am going to be posting more content on my blog.  Mixed media art covers A LOT of art, but I don’t know if it covers enough.

 

Here’s the deal.  I recently took up sewing and feel the need to share my creations and process.  I absolutely love reading other sewing blogs and I think having more resources for sewists can only be a good thing.

 

I am giving myself the A-OK  to post whatever content I feel like sharing – it feels so good to allow myself to post freely about other topics – maybe I will post about my life too.  I’m sure you’d all love to read about that, ha!

 

Going forward the look of my website/blog may change and that is ok.  I like the current format but I might be adding a few more pages.  One with my sewing projects and perhaps a page full of useful links.  Stick with me for a while, I am excited to see where this is going to go.

 

 

Winter Holiday Art Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting their annual Holiday Art Exhibit in the NWMAC gallery at River Walk Artists in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  The exhibit will be available to view through January 10, 2016.  This past weekend I attended the artist’s reception and had the honor of meeting a few of the fellow artists that participated in the exhibit.  It’s so fun to meet area artists and visit with them about their technique and process.

From the NWMAC website:

Featured works include whimsical pieces, including the oil painting “Snowman Fun” by Sue Ouellette, “If you Give a Moose a Candy Cane,” an acrylic painting by Erin Nelson of Grand Forks, and a mosaic-encrusted chair by Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada, Minnesota. The exhibit also includes sublime landscape photographs by Raul Consing of Grand Forks, watercolors by LaVonne Forsberg of Thief River Falls, and glassworks by Jolene Juhl of Greenbush, MN.

Other participating artists are: Brenda Baumer, East Grand Forks, oil painting; Elisa Boushee, Grand Forks, acrylic painting;  Phyllis Kalliokoski, East Grand Forks, watercolor; Lynne King, Alvarado, photography; Carolyn Meisel, Grand Forks, acrylic painting; Courtney Olson, Crookston, acrylic painting; Jan Osborn, Thief River Falls, acrylic painting; Jessica Pribula, East Grand Forks, acrylic painting; Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, photography; Leanna Sandahl, Thief River Falls, acrylic painting; Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, reductive printmaking; Dale Sickels, Grand Forks, watercolor painting; Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, mixed media; and Karlee Westrem, East Grand Forks, acrylic painting.

The pieces that I entered into the exhibit were Spirit Moose and Wild.  I was so happy to hear that Spirit Moose actually sold.  A first sale for me at the River Walk Artists gallery!

Wild Sm File

Wild

Spirit Moose

Spirit Moose