I have been drawing pictures ever since I could hold a crayon. During my college years in the 1970's, pen and ink seemed to be my natural medium. My love of foreign languages took me to Europe a few times, and I enjoying rendering favorite sites in pen and ink. Back in the U.S. I produced some "house portraits" f… Read More
I have been drawing pictures ever since I could hold a crayon. During my college years in the 1970's, pen and ink seemed to be my natural medium. My love of foreign languages took me to Europe a few times, and I enjoying rendering favorite sites in pen and ink. Back in the U.S. I produced some "house portraits" for my mother to give to her real-estate clients as thank-you gifts.
Having always loved letters and handwriting and hand lettering, in the late 70's/early 80's, I began attending calligraphy workshops, studying under such world-renowned callligraphers as Peter Thornton and Thomas Ingmire. In between stints as a travel consultant, I did a little free-lance graphic design and sign painting work. I discovered the art of hand painted clothing in 1989, when I moved to St.John , USVI, and immediately got a job as a contract artist for a boutique specializing in hand painted clothing. Something about painting it and wearing it appealed to me, and I've been painting clothing ever since. I established a studio/shop of my own in St.John in 1996, which I kept for 8 years.
After returning to my native Winston-Salem NC in late 2004, I shared studio space at Atelier Studios in the Downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem, from 2004-2009. In 2010 I moved into my own, much larger, studio and shop. I was able to expand production after moving into larger quarters. My studio and shop Willy Nilly provided me with work space as well as retail/display space. From time to time I took a break from painted clothing to work on drawing, illustration and design projects. It has been wonderful to rediscover drawing, and to find a talent for drawing dogs--somewhat ironic, as I grew up as a cat person!!
Moving On, Moving Forward....
In March 2014 I made a decision to close my store and move into newly renovated studio space nearby. After 4 years, walk-in traffic had not picked up measurably, so it was hard to justify the rent amount, which was going up. My Etsy shop started getting some action last year, and I get a decent amount of business … Read More
In March 2014 I made a decision to close my store and move into newly renovated studio space nearby. After 4 years, walk-in traffic had not picked up measurably, so it was hard to justify the rent amount, which was going up. My Etsy shop started getting some action last year, and I get a decent amount of business through Facebook posts. !6 over 6 are airy, sunlit studios renovated and maintained by a group of investors who have been active in the Arts District over the years.
I have 2 spaces, one primarily for painting clothing and production of heat-applied graphics; the other space is mainly for drawing, sketching, computer and office work, and napping......I have my hand painted clothing for sale at Studio 7 (ironically enough, this is the space that once was Atelier) The current gallery owner has made wonderful improvements to the space, including open, airy gallery, workshop and meeting space. Currently 8 artists rent studio space there, and she sells other artists' items on consignment, which is where I fit in. I set up and paint hats there during events on Trade Street, since they have walk-in traffic that I don't have at 16 over6.
I have participated in several other outdoor events, one of which landed me a wholesale order with House of Plants, which maintains a huge variety of gifts. The owner wanted to set up a department for babies, and my infant stuff has been very successful over the years. The AFAS group invited me to be one of 8 artists to set up in their large tent at the Salute NC Wine Celebration at the end of May. It takes place on 4th Street and has won much national acclaim as one of the top ten wine festivals in the country. Had a great day there.
Why am I so long winded? Who knows. Time to move on....
5/30/2016 UPDATE: Upstairs at 16over6 turned out to be bad for walk-ins, and the steps were unkind to my knees. So, I moved over to Studio 7 at 619 N.Trade St. Shortly after I'd moved in, the entire group of artists there moved 2 doors down to 625 N.Trade St. Combining Studios@625 with Studio7 has resulted in a SUPER Studio of 8 or 9 artists, depending on whether Donell is hanging out. Moving and then moving the move was painful but has turned out to be for the best, as I really like my space and fellow artists.
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