Friday, September 25, 2015

Process

I am a recovering and relocated artist in a deluxe setting: big well equipped studio with a view.

After 10 years of running a small business, and 18 months of planning an house and a move, it is high time I get serious about this art thing. (Those who know me, or read my blog are forgiven if they are thinking "This again" or "Still?")

But now I feel that I have all the right pieces. I might even know where most of them are, and am starting to put those pieces together.
Here is my strategy:

1) meet as many local artists as I can.

2) Become familiar with all the arts organizations in the region - meaning "northwest Michigan". Get involved with a few. This will take some time to figure out.

3) Most important! Time in the studio. Everyday. Or at least 5 days per week. Or 4. Balance is also important. My house still needs lots of work - and then there are those friends and family that deserve a bit of time.

4) Also very important! It doesn't matter what happens in the studio. I can read in there. I can stare out the window. I can plan classes. I will draw everyday. And weave some. Spin some. Play around quite a bit. Try new stuff, or very old stuff that I used to like to do.

5) No judgement. So I can try stuff without fear. It is mental exercise. As with yoga, you are also not supposed to judge your forward bend. You are just supposed to do it, and be glad you did. If at the end of the day I like something I make, I might let it go out.


I have been working with this process for a week or so. I am feeling good about it. Nothing to send off to the galleries yet, but I can feel a blossoming. If you care to share your process in the comments I would enjoy reading about it.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello Fall!

I have two classes on my schedule for this Fall. One at Woven Art in East Lansing. Two  at Interlochen this October. Please read on for details.

Hello Routine! How I have missed you!

Beginning Multi Harness Loom WeavingLearn how to warp (set up) the multiharness loom with a two color warp, and weave basic structures including plain, basket and twill. Discover how color and structure influence each other. You will have a library of patterns when you are finished. If you are a fast weaver, you will have time to plan and complete a simple project of your own choosing with instructor guidance. 
If you are an experienced weaver and would like to move to the next step - I would love to have you in class! Please go to www.mcrayweaving.blospot.com, click on the Classes I Teach tab, and read about my suggested weaving curriculum. 
Class meets Tuesdays October 13 to December 15:15 to 7:45 p.m.$120At Woven Art in East Lansing. Call 517-203-4467 to enroll



Twist and shape! Learn the ancient art of coil basketry in this workshop. 
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Class held from 9 a.m. to Noon
Registration: $65 / Supply Fee: $10
In this three-hour introductory course, you will learn about the ancient art of coil basketry by creating your own colorful basket. Fiber artist Nancy McRay will teach you how to begin the bottom coil of your basket, attach new layers, control the shape and add additional stitches for texture. Students will also learn how to incorporate color patterns and be inspired by both traditional and contemporary artists working with this technique. You will be amazed as your basket takes shape before your eyes as you wrap, coil, and stitch with basic, everyday materials. Continue your experience and learn even more technqiues by registering for the Coil Basketry Package. All supplies will be provided by the instructor. All skill levels welcome. 
Register Here for the October 18th Coil Basketry Package
Extend your experience and sign up for both the 3-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry and 3-Hour Additional Techniques in Coil Basketry and receive a price break on your registration. Enjoy a full day of coil basketry for only $125 (supplies included). 
- See more at: http://college.interlochen.org/introcoilbasketry#sthash.1ZvbY7T4.dpuf

A continuation of the concepts and techniques covered in the 3-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry workshop. 
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Class held from 2 to 5 p.m.
Registration: $65 / Supply Fee: $10
This course is a continuation of the concepts and techniques covered in the 3-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry workshop and/or is a course for those students who are looking to enhance their previously developed coil basketry skills. Further guidance and additional concepts will be provided by the instructor. All supplies will be provided by the instructor.
Register Here for the Coil Basketry Package                                                       
Extend your experience and sign up for both the 3-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry and the 3-Hour Additional Techniques in Coil Basketry and receive a price break on your registration. Enjoy a full day of coil basketry for only $125 (supplies included). 
- See more at: http://college.interlochen.org/additionalcoilbasketry#sthash.NfqHcboU.dpuf

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

No excuses

Studio is set up.
It's a rainy day.
There are no contractors here today.

It's the day I have been waiting for.