Sunday, November 9, 2014

Knit & Crochet classes on sale!

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NOW may be the perfect time for YOU to register for a knit and/or crochet class at Michaels.

Register between November 9-15th for any class that I have scheduled through December for only $15.00.

This applies to the classes that are regularly $25.00

If there's a class project that I had before that you're interested in, let me know and I can make it happen.

             Knit and crochet classes also make good gifts :)


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fiber Tales Exhibition

The opening reception on Nov 1 was very nice!  I had the opportunity to meet the other artists and we talked about our works.  The show continues through November 19th, if you're in the area stop by.


Monday, October 27, 2014

"It's Just Hair"

Another component of the Fiber Tales Exhibit is that each piece has an accompanying 'story'. This is what goes with mine.

It’s just hair

Curly, kinky, natural, straight, wavy, nappy, relaxed, tangled, fine, thick, thin, receding.

Red, black, gray, brown, blond, fried, dyed laid to the side.

God-given, store bought, borrowed, sewn, glued.

Wet, dry, shiny, dull, wrapped, clean, dirty, flaky.  

Good, bad.

Love it, hate it, cover it, shake it, tie it up, tie it back, cut it off.

Braid, twist, curl, tease, ponytail.

Discussed, complimented, laughed about, pointed at, envied.

It’s just hair.

~Denise Smith, October 2014


That's the title of my latest and biggest art piece.  It was created for the upcoming Fiber Tales Art Exhibit.
This idea popped into my head a year ago.  It wasn't until this past August that I drew it.  I then created a chart from which to crochet it from.
I think this is the piece that I've most felt like an artist while creating it.  It took about 40 hours in total.  One week I worked on it practically nonstop for 3 days. That meant very little sleep and no shower.  It was a good thing I didn't have anywhere else to go :)

I also realized that the closer I got to finishing it I felt like it wouldn't be mine anymore.  The vision that had only been in my head all this time would now be out there for others to see.  That was a strange but liberating feeling.  When I finished the actual crocheting, without thinking I had a BIG exhale.  I felt so proud of myself for finding a way to bring my vision to life.
The next big moment will be seeing it hanging in the Garfield Park Arts Center along with the works of other more established artists.  The exhibit is on display from November 1-15.

The Opening  Reception is Saturday, November 1 from 5-7 pm.  It is a FREE and Family Friendly event that ALL are welcome to attend.

For behind the scenes pictures that show my work on this from start to finish, click on the Fiber Tales tab above.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kids Crochet and Weaving Classes

Did you know that I teach the kids crochet and weaving classes at the Avon Michaels?  5 of the 6 classes are $15 and last 1 1/2 hours.

The weaving scarf class is 2 1/2 hours and costs $25.00

Students learn the basics of crochet and weaving and create fun projects that they can make for themselves or give as gifts.

This Saturday, October 25th from 2:00-3:30 I will offer a demo where I will be working on the projects.  I will have information about the dates and times of the classes.

Stop by if you're interested or know someone who might be!