Friday, April 29, 2011

Favorite Artist Fridays: Salley Mavor

People are often told to indulge in creative activities as a way of blowing off steam and regrouping. I can't tell you the number of times I've been encouraged to go home and paint in order to chill out. I get the kindness that is intended, but I wish people understood the nature of being a creative person by trade.

When your trade is to be a painter, it is job. While I love my job, it doesn't really relax me. I've heard it is the same for most people in support/creative trades. Ministers aren't really re-charged by attending church, because it is their job etc. etc.

When I need to creatively relax, I create using textiles. I'm not a natural three-dimensional artist. I also don't understand maps or written directions. As such, sewing patterns make no sense to me at all. What I'm saying is that for me to create embroidered items and soft-sculptures is a huge, epic, massive challenge. And, I can't really plan it out.

When I paint, I can execute exactly what I see in my head. I'm skilled. I know exactly how good something can look, and I know I can achieve it. I understand the thought-process. Creating in textiles, I'm constantly in the dark. I'm forever forced to change my plans because I have no real idea of what I'm doing. The part where I'm forced to let go and just let creativity happen is so freeing. That is why I play with textiles.

Salley Mavor would be the needle laureate of the United States, if such a title existed. I love looking at her work and wondering how the heck she accomplishes it. I mean, wowza. I'm not going to re-post images from her blog here, because I haven't asked her permission. And, as she is a constantly-being-published artist, it concerns me that reposting her work could have negative consequences for her. I would ask that you please extend her that same courtesy.

But, I am free to post her book covers which can be purchased on Amazon.

Salley Mavor's most recent work is "A Pocketful of Posies;" you can purchase it by clicking here.

She also has a great how-to book out about creating wee fairies and the like. You can purchase it by clicking here.

Do yourself a favor and go check out Salley's blog. Just make sure you have a few hours of free time though, you're sure to sucked into a vortex of admiration.


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