FIVE QUESTIONS TO MY FEATURED ARTIST... I have admired Jeans creativity for a long time now...Wonderful colours, intricate detail, feminine touches and layers of loveliness! Be prepared for inspiration galore...
Who is Jean Hardy in five words? Lover of all things arty!
Where are you right now as an artist? In the past I have had a go at most art and craft pursuits from tiny miniature paintings, to huge abstract paintings, from sewing and knitting, to pottery and card making, and making stuff has always been a part of my life.
Right now I am playing with lovely fabrics again and trying to get my head around incorporating fabrics, stitch, stamping and paper in the same pieces of work, with some image transfer thrown in.
I haven’t painted pictures as such for a few years now but I would also like to get back into creating paintings...
but with collage elements, stamped and/or transferred images (CI ones of course). Maybe adding wax, textiles and stitch and anything else that seems relevant at the time. However again it is a bit of a challenge for me to allow myself to totally mix up the different disciplines (after years of being taught that this is taboo), rather than see them as totally separate pathways as I have in the past.
I also spend a great deal of my creative time thinking up ideas for new CI stamps, papers and other products on an ongoing basis. The process never stops!
Which of your creations is closest to your heart? I guess that is a pretty easy one to answer. Whichever project I am working on or thinking about at the time!
Currently I am big into making small pretty stuff with fabrics, lace and Tap transfer paper, and I do so love collecting vintage lace, pretty buttons and fabrics to use in my crafting whenever the opportunity arises.
Where do you find inspiration when feeling Mojoless? I have an enormous collection of art and craft books and magazines...
which I find will help start off a train of thought for me if I am stuck. I'm also a keen blog hopper, and love to check out art and craft sites. Mostly in the wee small hours of the morning. This can also spark ideas, however usually taking me in a totally different direction to that which first inspired me. I tend to let my projects tell me where to take them next, rather than having a definite idea to start with.
You are going back-packing in the Himalayas for a year and may only take 3 crafting items. Which and why? Malcolm (my best friend and business partner) commented on this interview! "Love the last question, it's so you!"
I’m afraid to say you would never in a million years find me back-packing in the Himalayas. Physically challenging pursuits are so not me! However if pushed I guess my most precious crafting tools would be firstly my favourite brand of craft knife (Olfa, or more recently Xcut), Then my trusty can of 3M Craft Mount, and finally a tube of Bostik. However I’m not at all sure how I would endeavour to use these three items on their own, without the addition of the rest of the huge mountain of necessary crafting must-have items I have in my stash!!
See Jean on the cover of June's Craft Stamper, visit her wonderful blog here and see the wide range of fabulous Crafty Individuals stamps and products here!
Next... Just can't resist a bit of metal and Steampunk! Once again wonderful Wendy Vecchi stamps, with a splash of Mr. Tim stuff and my own findings.
I painted the outside of the tins with three layers of gesso, added lots of Walnut Stain Distress Ink and wrapped the tin sides with a long strip of embossed metal tape.
Just a roll of aluminium tape from the hardware store which I stuck to card for strength and then coloured with brown shades of Alcohol ink. The insides were silver so no gesso - I just brushed them with more Alcohol inks.
So that was my bit of manning up! My Mojo Monthly is all about the why, the what and your creative adventures in crafting! So please feel free to join in and share your artful take and thoughts on creations for the Gents!! Whatever your style... This month's giveaway is this truly inspirational book from Kelly Rae Roberts.
Thank you so very much to everyone for playing along last month. So many wonderful floral beauties. Congratulations to our May winner Heidi with her very creative hanging. Well done! In July My Mojo Monthly will be little bit different. Firstly, I'm going to be a first time mum (any day now...oh my!) Secondly it's a whole year since MMM started. Wow! I have an idea brewing, but I'll keep it under wraps for now and I will also just have to see how Mother Nature likes to times things! Watch this space...
My Mojo Monthly welcomes all hand-made crafters and artists. A few guidelines on submitting your work:
- In the spirit of MMM please write a few lines in your post about your creativity and why you want to share your work.
- You are very welcome to share challenge pieces, just tell me a bit about your inspiration.
- Please link directly to your post and not your blog so I can find you.
- Please add a link in your post to My Mojo Monthly, thanks!
- You may enter more than once, but multiple challenge photos without description will be removed.
- Feel free to take the MMM button for your blog - please do!
Thank you to each and every one of you for all your creativity, loyal blog visits and encouragement! It's good to share our art, thoughts and lives!