Forks & Corks 2011 Artisans Sept 9th, West Allis

Forks and Corks offers a great evening of Wine tasting, Food tastings and Great Art. We have the privilege of showing a number of Artisan each year.

West Allis Farmers Market So. 65th & National

5:30 to 9:30 pm

Here we will give you some insights into each of the artisans showing with interviews with all of them that are not too shy.
A creation by CJ Sanculi
CJ has a unique method used by the vikings for her jewelery. I own a few myself. Be sure to stop by and try some of her work on.

First off – can we have a little background information on you – Where you live? (if you don’t mind answering)

West Allis, WI

What first drew you to Art?

A project for school.

How long ago was that? 

When I was in grade school. 

How would you describe your medium? 

Jewelry with a statement incorporating intricate detail. 

What does it feel like to create? 

Very Relaxing.

What motivates you?

I normally don’t need to become motivated. I always look forward to creating.

What inspires you? Buying some new beads and other materials. 

I can hardly wait to get home to work with them.

Are you working on any new Art Projects.

 Tell us about your main project?

  My current main project is a Viking Knit necklace. 

Why did you choose this forum to express your art?

I like the light and airy look given to the finished piece.

 Where are you at with your main project now? 

As I am working on this piece I am giving some thought to several different ways that I might complete it. 

 What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

Do not become discouraged. 

Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood?

Or is it something that can be learned?  Personally, for me it is something that is in my blood.  Only once have I taken a class to learn something. 

What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art?  That I should not be so modest about my talents. 

How many hours do you work daily on your Art and what are your daily tasks for your work?  I am employed as a caregiver so my work schedule does not have set hours.  I can work on my art as little as no hours for several days up to 8 or more hours per day.  There really are not any daily tasks for my work. 

What will you be showing at the Vitality Fine Art Fair, Creating Life Pathways; in the Learning Gardens at Kradwell? 

Viking Knit jewelry and hand knit chip bead bracelets with semi-precious stones.

You can contact CJ at csanculi@wi.rr.com

Debra Stubbe Burkart

What first drew you to Art & How long ago was that?

Since 2nd grade I just knew I was an Artist. My interest in the Arts (especially Music and the Visual Arts) became a real focal point of my life. I would have my Dad drive me to the library where they would have live Classical Concerts playing. After the Concert I would spend the rest of the day looking at the Art books.

How would you describe your medium?

My medium is non-traditional. I use acrylic paint on raw or unprimed canvas and then draw the details with magic marker.

Why did you choose this forum to express your art?

I love to paint and I love to draw and this technique allows both loves to unite and complement each other.

What does it feel like to create?

Creating is a high and makes me want to create even more.

What motivates you?

The need and desire to create.

What inspires you?

Many things inspire me but I enjoy textures especially the look of paint on a surface.

What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

Believe in what you are doing and continue to ignite your creativity by challenging and stretching yourself. Always practice thinking outside the box.

Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood or is it something that can be learned?

You really have to have a desire, and a knowing that you are a REAL Artist. Yes you can learn techniques and dress the part but face it being an Artist is not for the faint of heart. It’s tough yet a rewarding road.

What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art?

Always be true to yourself.

How many hours do you work daily on your Art and what are your daily tasks for your work?

I am constantly thinking and producing art. Sometimes the most obscure thing will trigger an idea or solution for a piece of art I might be working on or stimulates a new piece. I carry a sketch book everywhere I go. I’ve been known to wake up at night and start sketching out ideas or at the very least making notes. I normally work at night into the morning. I need to get the busyness of the day out-of-the-way and then I can be “Free to be me” and create without interruption.

Forks &  Corks I’ve been working on some NEW and EXCITING paintings and drawings of Italy and Milwaukee Landmarks. These paintings are done with acrylic paint on raw canvas and magic marker. Originals as well as affordable prints and greeting cards will be available for purchase. Commissions are welcomed.

All Artisans create from their intuitive centers and Barbara’s Art comes from their as well.

Barbara is a intuitive reader Artisan that will be joining us and her website is www.BarbaraKruck.com

Native American Animal Wisdom

Barbara lives in Wauwatosa however she is formerly from Boston Mass. near the ocean. You can often find her sitting on a rock down at the lake front in Milwaukee. “It’s one of our treasures” Barbara says.
What first drew you to your Intuitive Art?
It was a natural progression for me from working with clients to help them become healthier in their bode and mind to now their spirit, a complete circle.

How long ago was that?

It has been about  25 years.
How would your describe your Art/Medium?
I am an Intuitive reader that works with the Native American Animal Totem Cards to help guide and enlighten you.
What does it feel like to create as an Intuitive?
It’s wonderful and it’s a constant discovery about myself, my client and the universe.
What motivates you?
The Excitement of finding answers that will help clients on their journey.
What inspires you?
Life! I find so much in a day to appreciate.
Why did you choose this form to express your Art?
I feel very comfortable with the animals and their “medicine” or “spirit” and want to share my intuitiveness and advise wherever I am needed.
What will you be offering at the Vitality Art show “Creating life pathway” this year?
I will be offering my Intuitive  services to help others on their path.
Here is more from Barbara on her work
    Ever wonder why someone is said to be “gentle as a lamb,” “stubborn as a mule,” or “sly as a fox?” These clichés originate from the time when humans studied their animal friends to learn their ways. Animals taught us how to hunt, what plants to eat and how to exist in an otherwise harsh reality.
    It is believed that every animal has a “medicine” or “spirit” about them. Knowing their particular wisdom can be a message of help and healing to anyone who seeks them out. Animals impart knowledge towards a major path to spiritual and emotional success, guiding us to live in harmony with ourselves, others and nature.
    The belief is everyone has power animals or animal spirits which walk with us. They protect us from harm and guide us on our path. It is a similar belief to the Guardian Angel concept found in many Christian faiths. Power animals are thought to keep negative things away while bestowing various kinds of knowledge and strength to us.
    To the Native American people, the Creator is in everything that breathes, hears, tastes, smells, touches and sees, all with lessons to be shared. The lessons that nature teaches sets a pattern, and each person must find a way to fit into this pattern for happiness and harmony with self and nature. All creatures are equal, each performing its talents according to its abilities.

How Artisans Create, Artisan Interviews with Artisans  See how an Artists mind works, is Alaina Burnett.

Alaina Burnett Creation

First off – can we have a little background information on you – Where you live? (If you don’t mind answering)

I was born, raised, and still reside in West Allis, Wisconsin. I absolutely love where I live! My home studio is right by Greenfield Park so it’s the perfect for me. I get to be surrounded by nature but am still close to the city.


What first drew you to Art?

I have always been creative. I have loved to write, draw, paint, and simply create from a very young age. I feel blessed to have a family that supported and encouraged my creativity from the beginning. There was never a question in my mind that I would dedicate my life to art. When I discovered jewelry making I knew that I had found the perfect medium for me. I have collected gems and fossils most of my life and ultimately found that jewelry design is the perfect way to express my fascination with geology and ancient history.

How long ago was that?

I began making jewelry when I was twelve years old (sixteen years ago). I actually started with seed beads and fishing line! I then began to study the art form of beading and developed my skill and style over time. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I really began to develop my voice as an artist. I began to fold together my love for history, literature and nature and ultimately created my style. I like to think of my jewelry as having a sophisticated style with a bold and archaeological edge.


How would you describe your medium?

Jewelry is a captivating medium. Because it is functional art it affects people in many ways at once. You see the jewelry piece itself, how it accentuates the beauty of the person wearing it, as well as the way it compliments what the person is wearing with it. Jewelry can both be the stand out piece of an ensemble or it can blend with it in order to complete the picture. I love that I get to make a statement when creating the piece and its owner gets to carry that statement further by how they choose to wear it.

As I developed my style, I decided to work specifically with natural gemstones, fossils, and sterling silver. There has always been something very alluring about natural gems and fossils to me. Knowing they come from the earth and the gorgeous colors, patterns, and textures are created naturally fascinates me to this day. I chose sterling silver because it is the most reflective of the precious metals. My work is focused on the stones that I use but I love to incorporate sterling silver to create contrast and little pops of light and sparkle.


What does it feel like to create?

Nothing could ever replace the joy I feel when creating my jewelry. I love what I do and designing new pieces for my collection is a lot of fun! Nearly all of my work is one of a kind so I literally get to start from scratch pretty much every time I sit down at my work table. I hand select my materials in person so that I can choose the best quality but also so that I can begin the design process in my mind before I even get to my studio. My favorite way to design is to first choose the stone or fossil that will be the focal point and study it for a while. I pick out the colors, patterns, and textures and begin to pull other materials that will draw those characteristics out of the focal piece. It really feels like I get to play with my favorite toys for a living. I feel very blessed to be able to dedicate my life to my passion.


What motivates you?

My motivation comes from the passion I have for jewelry and the natural gems, fossils, and precious metals I work with. Jewelry making is in my blood! So from both a creative and business point of view, my motivation starts there. I feel a deep need to express myself creatively in this medium because it is what I love. Likewise I am motivated to be a professional jewelry artist because I literally cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. I love to write and have other creative passions, but it always comes back to my jewelry. I know that this is my life’s calling and I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to get out there and make it happen!


What inspires you?

I am most inspired by my materials but my love for ancient history and nature always find their way into my designs. While I do not believe in the folklore attached to gemstones, I do have a deep love for them. To me, it shows the creativity of God. No man could ever create something as beautiful as the stones we are able to pull from the earth. Likewise, I love to use our forests, deserts and oceans as inspiration for my work. The power and majesty of nature serves as inspiration for most artists for a reason! There is such diversity and raw beauty around us! I have also always been fascinated with ancient times. I am most inspired by Egyptian, Roman, and Greek history but have recently began to delve deeper into my Scottish heritage and have incorporated that into my work as well. Through the use of specific stones, color combinations, and even sterling silver replicas of ancient Roman coins I am able to combine all of my interests in order to create a style that is uniquely my own.

Are you working on any new Art Projects?

One of my favorite aspects of being a jewelry artist is that there are always opportunities to grow. I have always had a love for precious metals and have been slowly accumulating the skills and tools needed to expand into traditional metalsmithing. I have just finished the expansion of my studio space and have most of the tools I need! So, right now my main focus is continuing my education and diving into this new adventure! My mind is filled with so many ideas for this new collection. I have notebooks filled with sketches! Thankfully I have a sketchbook app on my iPhone now so I can make quick drawings on the go without having to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere. Metalsmithing opens up so many doors of creative opportunity and I am eager to see my ideas finally take form!


What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

Three simple words: go for it! Don’t let fear of failure or rejection hold you back from chasing your dreams. It’s not easy to make a living as an artist, but it’s also not impossible. If you dedicate yourself to your craft and are willing to put in the hard work you can make it. It’s a challenge to balance being an artist and running a business. That is why having a plan is so essential! I recommend actually sitting down and writing a proper business plan so that you know what you’re getting into. Once you have those details figured out, force yourself to make a schedule for your week. As odd as it may sound, you really do have to schedule creative time for yourself! I have days dedicated to creating, business contacts and research, photography, and the running of my website and online shops. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fanciful dream of just casually creating art to our heart’s content every day! In reality there has to be balance between the art and the business. Don’t sit around dreaming of what could be. Have those dreams but then make a plan and take action!


Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood?

Yes, I think we are born with talents, passions and abilities that are unique to each individual. I believe everyone has creativity in them but we use it in different ways. Being an artisan is a specific form of creative expression. Like I said earlier, jewelry making is in my blood. You know when you have found your calling – it’s that one thing that draws you in and won’t let go. When you wake up in the morning and just can’t wait to get to work you know that you have found your life’s purpose. I truly believe all of us are born with a purpose!


Or is it something that can be learned?

All of us are creative in some way and just have different ways of expressing it. Whether you’re a teacher developing a way to reach a student most people would have given up on, a doctor researching a new method of treating a disease, a construction worker figuring out a better and more efficient way of completing a project or an artist pushing yourself to try new techniques or mediums we all use creativity in our daily lives. I think we can certainly learn to use that creativity in ways we had not thought of before. That I why education is so important! When we are shown something new or even something we already knew but from a different perspective it can inspire us in ways we never would have imagined on our own.


What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art?

Know when to walk away. Most of the time the jewelry I create just comes together naturally and I am thrilled with the piece right away. However, there are times when something just doesn’t feel right. When that happens I like to lay out a piece or even partially construct it and then leave it for an hour or two (and sometimes even for an entire day). Looking at it with a fresh perspective totally changes how I see the piece. I can better see what is missing or what needs to be tweaked after walking away for a little while!


How many hours do you work daily on your Art and what are your daily tasks for your work?

I am blessed to be able to dedicate my life to my art. Finding the balance between creating my jewelry and running my business is definitely the most challenging aspect of the equation. At this point I spend about 6-10 hours a week actually creating jewelry. The rest of the time is spent running my website, updating my online shops, contacting boutiques and galleries, writing articles for publication and doing the necessary bookkeeping and inventories needed to run a proper business. The allure of being a free-spirited artist just playing in my studio all day is certainly captivating! The problem is that you can’t really make a living that way (well, unless you can afford an assistant or two!). I just recently made a spreadsheet schedule for myself which dictates what I devote each day to and even breaks my days down by the hour. I am amazed by how much that has increased my productivity! Surprisingly, it’s also helped me creatively. Now that I know “Wednesday is a day completely dedicated to jewelry making” I am filled with anticipation and ideas just keep flowing. So, as much as artists generally don’t want to hear it, making a schedule and sticking to it really does make an impact!
What will you be showing at  Forks & Corks this year?

This will be the first show of my summer tour so I am very excited to debut my new collection! By popular demand I will be unveiling a collection of bracelets which feature a sterling silver extender chain which makes the fit completely customizable anywhere from 6 ½ inches to 8 ½ inches. This will allow women of all shapes and sizes to be able to wear them which is something that matters very much to me. I want all women to feel beautiful and be able to express themselves through the jewelry they wear! You will find a lot of exotic colors, rich textures and bold patterns in the stones I have used in my newest pieces. I am constantly amazed by the beauty of the natural gemstones I work with. They really do take my breath away. I can’t wait to show everyone this new collection!

Cynthia Collins

www.BeadworkIngenieur.Etsy.com

Where do you live?

Muskego

What first drew you to Art?

Quilting with my Grandmother.

How long ago was that?

I started quilting when I was four years old.

How would you describe your medium?

I would with a variety of mediums and they all have their attraction.  Some, like chain maille provide a very structured framework to work within.  Others like polymer clay provide a very

tactile and organic freedom to explore.

What does it feel like to create?

Freedom.  Freedom to use whatever medium

calls to me today.  Freedom to use whatever colors I “feel” today.

Freedom to repeat something I’ve done before or jump into something completely

new.  Freedom.

What motivates you?

Sense of accomplishment.

What inspires you?

My work is often influence by my emotions, the

colors around me, and often people (Family, Friends, co-workers).

Are you working on any new Art Projects (if more than one);

I am drawn to Polymer Clay right now.  I’m working to be more free in my work with

less structure and rules.

Tell us about your main project?

There are several new techniques in the works but the main one I’m focusing on right now is adding Resin to my pieces.

Why did you choose this forum to express your art?

In a word, FUN.

This will be my third year at this event and I always meet such fun people.  The

atmosphere is so relaxed.

Where are you at with your main project now?

Early stages but these types of explorations generally result great things very quickly.

What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

Know your targeted audience and market accordingly.  If your art will attract

certain age groups or has ethnic influences or geographic content, market in

places and ways that target those markets.  As an example, you will be much more

successful targeting a young audience electronically through Facebook, Twitter,

etc.  This approach may not be as successful with an older audience.

Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?

Both!  I have always “doodled” or had a

need to keep my hands busy.  I had to be “taught” what I was creating was

art.  I am very grateful to the people I’ve been blessed to meet that have helped

me understand this.

What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art?

Make what you like, not what you think your customer will like.  No matter

how well executed, if you don’t like what you’ve made it will show in your

work.  When you love what you’re creating its like a piece of you is embedded in

the piece.  A customer can’t help but feel that special nature when they see or

touch your art.

How many hours do you work daily on your Art and what are your daily tasks for your work?

This varies a great deal based on my other daily

obligations.  I try to spend 2-3 hours per day but this rarely happens.  At a minimum I

target an hour a day looking at things that inspire me.  I try to create one

thing every day.  It can be something that takes 10 minutes or 10 hours.  It just

needs to be something.

What will you be showing at the Forks & Corks Fine Art Fair?

My art is almost exclusively Jewelry.  The mediums are varied and will include

chainmaille, glass, polymer clay and more.

Kelly Frost Fine Art Photographer

Kelly loves to travel, and the West coast is her favorite destination. Glorious rose gardens, desert landscapes and rocky California cliffs have given Kelly amazing photographic results. Emphasizing color, light, and texture. Kelly’s collection represents her achievements. Kelly also believes photography is a never-ending learning process. It is an ongoing challenge to capture that perfect reflection of a moment, a subject, a feeling. The pursuit of the perfect translation from eye to camera to paper is what Kelly enjoys most about her craft. She hopes you are inspired by her work.

Artisan Kelly Frost www.KFPhotography.net

If – can we have a little background information on you – Where
you live?

Currently I reside in Brookfield, WI

What first drew you to Art? 

Art is something I have always enjoyed; I would have to say in High School, they offered a wide variety of classes such as painting, sculpture, etc. Going to various museum’s in different states.

How long ago was that? 

Over 20 years ago

How would you describe your medium?

All my Fine Art work is printed on a metallic paper which gives my pieces the impact that I am looking for. They are mounted and matted with an 8 ply white mat. I don’t feel I would get the same results as if I had my work printed on a mat paper.

What does it feel like to create?

It gives me a sense of freedom, that each one of my images is different from the next. Also, that my work is different from everybody else.

What motivates you?

Experiencing something new every day.

What inspires you?

Travel, going places that I have never been before and seeing something for the first time.

Are you working on any new Art Projects (if more than one);

Yes, I have been working on doing some additional portrait work, along with doing my Fine Art Photography

Tell us about your main project?

Starting new project at the end of September, going to go to bond falls where I have never been before and places in Door County; then in October spending time on the west coast.

Why did you choose this forum to express your art?

Photography is something I have always enjoyed, I call it my therapy.

What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

Get your name out there; promote your work, advertising, marketing, and website. Get into art shows, galleries etc…. work on your craft everyday….

Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?

Yes but I also think that it is an undiscovered talent that you might have. I also think that it is something that can be learned…

What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art? A picture is something that can be put on a calendar or a place mat. A photograph is something that can be displayed on a wall.

How many hours do you work daily on your Art and what are your daily
tasks for your work? 

Depends on what I am working on, anywhere from 6-8 hours a day; and reading the latest information on the new trends in photography. Viewing other photographers work and talking with other photographers.

What will you be showing at the Forks & Corks Exhibition?

Fine Art Photography

Mike Frye

Metaphysical and Healing Jewelery

Mike’s interest and inspiration in the Arts surrounds the more metaphysical and healing practices of gemstones and mineral’s. He has studied extensively over the last 15 years to understand the both the positive and negative effects of stones. Mike has a way of bringing this study to the art world via his jewelery work. He combines not only style and color but the healing aspects of each stone together in a package that allows those energies to come to you; what every that energy is. Mike also has a book that he has worked on over the years that allows you to look into what stones you’re wearing and what energies or aliments require certain stones; quite a read

Gay Zurich www.artandsoulinc.com


First off – can we have a little background information on you – Where

you live? (if you don’t mind answering)

Waukesha WI

What first drew you to Art?

I have been creating art since I was 4. I used to make mud pottery and

paint it with leaves and flowers I would mix up to make a paste. I would make plates and foods. I have taught art to adults, juried art shows and made a living selling my art as well as doing business consulting for artists teaching them how to market what they make.

How long ago was that?

My whole life.

How would you describe your medium?

Actually, I make watercolor pen and ink personalized cartoons, I have

sold millions of them, and that brought me into contact with many fine

artisans. I taught them at the local college and met them on the art fair trails, and now I am selling and helping to design hand made candles with my friend Laura.

What does it feel like to create?

It feels fulfilling.

What motivates you?

Everything in life motivates  me . In particular nature, but my best

passion is helping others to succeed in the art world. I had over 10,000 Independent Art Consultants personalizing and selling my watercolor cartoons and now I am helping candle artists to launch their businesses selling their candles in creative markets.

What inspires you?

Nature inspires me, but what most inspires me is helping others to be

successful selling their art, that is why I am concentrating on

consulting

for artists. I have been very successful and want to see that happen for

them too.

Are you working on any new Art Projects (if more than one);

Yes, I am currently launching a new sales endeavor with my artist

candle maker friend Laura, I design the candles and she pours them, and

I am creating a national program to sell her candles privately.

Why did you choose this forum to express your art?

 

My art is not only being a successful watercolor cartoonist, but my

art is a teaching art, teaching others how to be successful selling their art in creative and unusual ways.

Where are you at with your main project now?

I am currently planning to launch a new candle company this fall, and

expand it early January 2012. I am designing more candles for Laura to pour. I am designing all of the sales programs. I will be recruiting many other artists to sell her candles. I am also expanding my consulting business with primary focus on helping artists market what they make and holding day long seminars in my home. Business and Brunch, Learn how to MARKET WHAT YOU MAKE Guerilla

marketing techniques for the artist…or small business person. I am

also looking for recruits who love art and want to net $21,000 working 3 nights a week , 7 months a year.

What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

As I said earlier, this has been my life, teaching thousands of people

how to sell their art and be successful at it, and that , in and of

itself, is an art. Too many of my past students thing the good fairy will fall out of the sky and sell their creations, will not happen, Too many think that if they have a website their art will sell, it is not going to work unless you get out there and beat the bushes, sell at every single event you can from Firemen’s pancake breakfasts to flea markets and knock on doors, sell everywhere you can and put your contact information on each and every item you sell, that way you can be a success.

Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood?

Yes, always has been always will be but I am also an excellent business

person and if you want your art to sell you must move outside of your

comfort zone and sell your art yourself,, you have to combine street

smarts with creative non stop selling. Be curious and never give up.

Or is it something that can be learned?

I think it is in the blood , personally, but that learning part is the

marketing part, and that is almost something that has to be in the

blood as well, your art will never sell if you do not market it properly and aggressively.

What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art?

Nothing, No one told me anything I did not learn by trial and error. The worst thing someone can tell you is to not do the style of art that you love, and college art teachers try to squish you into a box. Avoid that at all costs.

How many hours do you work daily on your Art

I work 7 days a week at my art tasks, sometimes 16 hours a day.

What are your daily tasks for your work?

They range from creative design, to painting,  decorating the candles,

ordering, accounting, advertising, calling customers, booking shows, I

wear all of the hats of a business person and mostly design at night.

What will you be showing at the Forks & Corks Exhibit?

I will be showing and selling the candles that I design and having a

sign up sheet for people who would like to have a private candle showing in their homes.

.

Valorie Schleicher VL Schleicher Sculptures LLC

If – can we have a little background information on you – Where
you live?

 

I was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin and call Wauwatosa my home.
What first drew you to Art? 

As a child I used drawing as a form of expression, for me and allowed me to use my eyes, hands, head and heart.  I began drawing the houses in my neighborhood. I progressed through pen and ink, pastels, and then acrylics and oils. I always wanted to work in clay and knew that I would try each medium before I settled into it. My stoneware works have exhibited nationally and taken many awards.

I began Photography while in college it gave me such a sense of freedom I do it to this day. My Photography has been exhibited In the Coos Bay Art Museum in Coos Bay Oregon.

How long ago was that? 

I have been working with art since I was six years old and hope to do it till I pass from this world.

How would you describe your medium?

I work in stoneware clay and Photography. Stoneware allows me to manipulate it into anything I can imagine. I build 2D works that hang on walls and protrude about 2-5 inches from it. I often work from nature and lately I have been working with images of Women within the works.

My Photography has a sense of history, people, place and culture in it. I am amazed by architecture and iron works.

What does it feel like to create?

Creating to me is like taking a breath of fresh air. It is a quiet place where I can listen to my soul. It is a place of abundant joy.

What motivates you?

Creating new and exciting things, learning new techniques and the thought that today I am going to make amazing art.
What inspires you?

Inspiration for me comes from my dreams, People, cultures, history kids and gardens. All these things work their way into my art on a daily basis.
Are you working on any new Art Projects (if more than one);

I am currently working a garden woman. She is life size and when you approach her at the gate or perhaps a door she looks directly at you. When you are leaving she has another face looking away from you.

Tell us about your main project?

I am working on two projects currently a universal religious work for a chapel-meditation room at Aurora Zilber VNA Family Hospice. The second project is a DNA project showing the seven lines of women who populated the world.

Why did you choose this forum to express your art?

After going through most all of the other mediums I find clay the malleable and photography gives me almost instant gratification.

What advice would you a young Artisan in promoting their Art?

Do something every day to inspire you and dream! Visit art shows, museums, work in each medium till you find the one you like and speaks to your heart and soul. Show your work in local regional shows, network with other artisans.

Do you think that being an Artisan is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?

I think it can be both. It comes from inspiration that is within, the want or need to create.

What is the best advice you have ever been given in your field of Art?

Be fluid, sometimes you can’t rush art allow it to sit and speak to you. Sometimes when a piece is done it’s just done, leave it alone. Also, promote your art and network.

How many hours do you work daily on your Art and what are your daily
tasks for your work? 

During show season I am either making art for helping others promote their art, it consumes my day. In the off season I am planning the next season, exhibiting my work and planning new works.

What will you be showing at the Forks & Corks Exhibition?

I will be showing a mix of both sculptures and photography.

Ellen Gvora of Gvora LTD

My name is Ellen Gvora.  I have been creating distinct women’s wearable’s for over 20 years.  First, as a design assistant for E.Drumm Designs in New England and independently as g v o r a Ltd upon my return to the Midwest in 1991.  I currently live in Brookfield with my husband and three very quickly growing children.

I have a technical degree in pattern drafting and manufacturing from Newbury College of Boston.  I’m a slave to observing fashion trends.  Inspired by inventive patterns of by-gone styles and driven by conservative re-use, I am currently focusing on a line of women’s wearable’s using once loved t-shirts.  My tunics, t-shirts and skirts are funky, flirty and comfortable.

My advice to any budding artist is to risk new concepts and experiment with your medium.  Always study,  read and observe the market.  Then, share, share  and share your work for input and new ideas.  Join artist organizations and get connected by networking.

My plans for the future are to continue to design unique garments that are a welcome addition to any wardrobe.  I currently have work at the Morning Glory Gallery in downtown Milwaukee and have shows booked through the fall.  I look forward to introducing my new line of knits and hope that it inspires a fresh style for each customer.

More later from Shelly Orlandini of Orlandini Studios

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