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!

Monday, October 20, 2014

You know you've made the right decision when....

 Women in Art
D. DelReverda-Jennings, DeAnna Cannon, Laura Levine, LaShawnda Crowe-Storm, me, Jarica Passi.  Not pictured Norma 
I may have said this before, but since choosing to focus completely on creating, selling, showing and teaching , I have been blessed with more opportunities than I could have dreamed of!

Today I was on a panel of women artists who spoke to a class of students at Ivy Tech Community College.  Women in Art.  We shared our journey's, where we get our inspiration and advice for getting into the field of art.
Yarn Tasting

yarn tasting.jpg
Saturday,October 25th
Art by Melissa Cain
68 S. Jefferson St., Danville, IN

Explore different yarns, needles and hooks.
Bring old T-shirts to learn how
to make your own yarn.

Denise Smith

My next event is a "Yarn Tasting" this Saturday.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore different yarns, needles and hooks.  I will also demonstrate how to make yarn from T-shirts.  It will give potential students the chance to meet me and learn about the knit and crochet classes that I will be offering there.

Join us if you're in the area!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YOU are invited!

The last reception for the Flava Fresh Art Show is this Friday, October 17 from 6:30-8:30.  Come out to meet the artists.
This is an informal gathering that is FREE and family friendly.

Pretty Purple  & Flowers 

These are the 2 pieces that I have on exhibit at the
 College Avenue Library