Sunday, February 28, 2016

Me... An Artist in Residence?

Who knew when I decided to spend more time focusing on my career as a Fiber Artist, Certified Knit & Crochet Teacher and business owner that I would have the opportunities that I have had!

On Saturday, February 27th, I was asked to give an artist demonstration as part of Black History Month at the Indiana State Museum.   I offered Cardboard Weaving and Finger Crocheting. 

I met some really nice people who took the time to talk with me and create some unique art pieces.  From the father who said he looks for activities for his children that don't involve electronics, to the women who said they could never learn how to crochet, a good time was had by all!  I even saw some people that I knew who were visiting the museum and the Imax theater. 
What's next?
I am one of the artists in the Hoosier Women in Art exhibition that opens on March 5th at the Garfield Park Arts Center. The theme is Avant Garde so I created some Hyperbolic Crochet pieces.

Some other events are in the discussion stage, but I've learned not to talk about them until all of the details have been worked out.

I am very thankful for ALL that I have the opportunity to do each day and for the people who continue to support me.  Thank you!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sharing some news with you!

Girl Treks offered every Saturday 

I was recently contacted by a reporter whose editor had heard about the #GirlTrek :Hello Haughville group that I started and wanted to interview me.  Below is the very nicely written article that was the result.  
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 12:24 pm
HAUGHVILLE — Denise Smith has lived in the Haughville neighborhood for 21 years. She also walks at least 50 miles a week, belongs to the Speedway Running Club (as a walking member) and regularly meets friends in Avon for walking outings there.
As Smith checked message boards for one of her groups, she began seeing “#GirlTrek” more and more often. She did some research and decided to start her own Girl Trek group in the Haughville neighborhood.
“I heard about Girl Trek and at first I was just going to do it as a solo person,” Smith said. “But then I thought, ‘Let’s just create a team.’”
By May of 2015, more than 35,000 walkers across the United States had signed the Girl Trek Pledge: “To lace up our sneakers and walk each day as a declaration of self-care; To heal our bodies, inspire our daughters and reclaim the streets of our neighborhoods; To re-establish walking as a healing tradition in black communities as tribute to the women who walked before us; and to create a health movement organized by volunteers across America to inspire one million by 2018.”
“I officially started the walks in January, so it’s still small,” Smith said. “And everyone and anyone is welcome.”
Smith walks from her home to the Haughville Library at 9 a.m. each Saturday to meet anyone who shows up for the 9:10 a.m. walk.
“I walk a lot anyway,” Smith said. “I walk different places different days, and I figured people might as well join me. I’m normally a solo person, so it was a big step for me to do something with a group. But I decided I like it. But then I don’t always walk with a group now either. I get my long walks in by myself. I get my fast walks in by myself.”
Smith has mapped out routes for her #GirlTrek Saturday mornings. There are four walks from which to choose that range from a half mile to two miles.

“I’ve walked each of these routes myself to make sure that the sidewalks are in good shape and that people will feel safe where they’re at,” she said. “I’ve also taken a safety class from the police department, and I like to stop and speak to people. For one thing I want to be friendly, and for another it’s a way to combat an issue — to look at somebody in the eye and speak to them.”
Girl Trek, a 3-year-old non-profit organization, was founded on the idea of pioneering a health movement for African-American women and girls based on civil rights history and principles built through walking campaigns, community leadership and health advocacy.
More than 400 neighborhood-based groups across the country are a part of Girl Trek, which is quickly becoming a go-to organization in the arena of public health. Girl Trek has been featured in Essence magazine, on the Steve Harvey Show and on networks such as BET, CNN and MSNBC. The First Lady has made mention of Girl Trek.
“I knew it would be slow starting this up in the winter,” Smith said. “Some will be thinking it’s too cold. But if they see that I’m consistent, then I figure more people will join by spring.”
Whether she’s walking solo or with a large group, Smith is going to continue her Saturday morning walks beginning at the Haughville Library.
For more information on Girl Trek, visit the website

Artist Demonstration @ The Indiana State Museum

I am honored to be included in this event!


Artist Demo:
February 27, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Indiana State Museum will be hosting a dynamic artist demonstration by Denise Smith, the Untangled Stitcher.
Visit Indiana Museum for more information about this free event.

I will be demonstrating and teaching Cardboard Weaving and Finger Crocheting.  If you're in the area, stop by!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New opportunities!

Things continue to be busy but I am not complaining!

* I am preparing for a BIG art show - Hoosier Women in Art
* I am doing an artist demonstration at the Indiana State Museum later this month
* I am in talks with a men's clothing line to supply their hand crocheted hats and scarves
* We have new Michaels projects beginning in March for the crochet and knit classes



* We are adding kids knit classes and continuing kids crochet classes with new projects

There are more FREE yarn classes
February 22 - Arm Knit necklace
March 21 - Finger Crochet Scarf
* That means I'll be making ALL of the new projects

* I've started a GirlTrek walking group in my neighborhood and we walk once a week
* I'm continuing as a member of another running/walking club
* I started volunteering as a ReadUP tutor at a neighborhood school, this is in addition to continuing as a Hosts Reading tutor with another school district (my 9th year) AND I volunteer in 3 of my grandchildren's classrooms once a week

It's all a good busy
I'm in the process of updating my calendar so be sure to check back to see what event/class YOU'll be joining me for :)