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Findings on the Gulf Coast

The days were at first calm and pleasant and the beaches offered very little in the way of shells and other visual delights to scavenge. After a tremendous storm of wind and rain, however, the ocean churned and churned for two days and on my last sunrise walk I found a visual and metaphorical playground to propel my return to the studio.

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Another Fluffy White Medium

photo-10photo-8After driving back 9 hours from Baltimore on Wednesday night, I arrived to a quiet landscape in the process of being carpeted in snow . With my body craving to be moved and my mind soothed after such an expedition, I began walking the streets of Asheville and did so, unknowingly, for three hours. I captured many images that night finding visual inspiration in the way the white snow patterned the dark ground and sky and I was reminded of my most recent body of work…high contrast and defined structure created with a soft white medium.

TBT For my Grandfather

1st awardI think I am about 7 in this photograph which dates it to 1982. I believe my softball team had just won a championship of some sort and I am celebrating in the kitchen of my childhood home in the burbs of Detroit with my grandma, mom, brother, grandfather and uncle. I post this picture today as this Sunday, February 28th will be the 14th year anniversary of the passing of my grandfathe, Karl Fasel. I distinctly recall my grandfather expressing concern in his last days as to how I was going to possibly make a way for myself with having recently completed a BFA in Fiber Art, as he was a very practical man, a farmer who immigrated to the US from Germany. I wish he were here to witness that indeed I have made my way and without a doubt as a result of the work ethic he instilled.

A Journey

A JourneyMy most recent figurative piece and many image details have now been posted in the FIGURE gallery at www.strongfelt.com. I had shared several process images of this piece, A Journey, on Facebook during the fall of 2014, prior to its completion in November. Sharon Nugent, a long time patron of STRONGFELT had commissioned this very personal work and I would like to acknowledge her patronage here as it was this commission that funded the rebuilding of my website this winter. As has been the case for many years now, Sharon has serendipitously supported my work at very crucial times in the development of STRONGFELT, inc. A strongly felt thank you to Sharon and her family for their support!

New Website!

Strongfelt StudioIt’s LIVE!!! With this first blog from my newly launched website at www.strongfelt.com I not only invite you to spend some time wandering through the new site but I would like to pay homage to my old site pictured.

I developed the concept for that site while I was a resident artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN with the intention of sharing the images of my work and my growing passion for the felt medium. I was far from tech savvy and it was a leap of faith to put myself out in the world in such a way. The site developed over the years to promote a plethora of workshops I had designed to address various techniques I implemented in my work, tools I designed and Moroccan olive oil soap that I imported. I have deep gratitude for the connections made through that site over the past decade: sales, opportunities for publication and exhibition and sharing my approaches in workshops and teaching residencies. Thank you! Then the inevitable happened…

 

CHANGE!! The site’s operating system had become dated and it was a challenge to find those knowledgeable or willing to modify the site. It began to not function properly on some browsers as well as the images in my gallery not being viewable on mobile devices. Soooooooooo, I finally stepped it up and designed a site with new aesthetics, a gallery with larger images and ease of navigation, with images to illustrate my workshop descriptions and a page dedicated to the STRONGFELT STUDIO where I now create my work and teach workshops from in Asheville, NC. AND in the future I will be able to set up a shopping cart on the site. Thank you to The Pixel Princess for her assistance in this process! Here’s to another decade of making and sharing….