Exhibition File – Out of Fashion

image from Out of Fashion from Cameron Art Museum

Down in North Carolina, the Cameron Art Museum has mounted an exhibition that sounds very intriguing. The show, Out of Fashion, includes 13 designers and artists considering the textile industry’s history in the state.

The “exhibition is a platform to reimagine the possibilities of a once fundamental industrial staple of North Carolina. Featuring performance art, large-scale site-specific work installed in both the museum’s galleries and on the grounds, Out of Fashion mines the histories of fashion to consider regenerative practices from the mountains to the coast.”

It runs until August 19.

Address: 3201 S. 17th St, Wilmington, North Carolina
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 10-5, Friday-Sunday 10-5
Admission: adults $8, seniors, military, and students $5, children 2-12 $3, members free
Website: cameronartmuseum.com/index.php?c=current

A Place to Paint

Liz Moorhead of Happy Sighs and Betsy Ann Paper is a good friend of mine. I met her online and look forward to the day I can meet her face-to-face. She’s wise beyond her years, incredibly creative, talented, and far too humble.

Liz is an artist who creates, among many things, stationary and greeting cards. Betsy Ann Paper, her company, has an etsy shop, and she’s sold her goodies in various pop-up venues throughout the Philadelphia area.

I love learning about artists’ processes, so I suggested Liz share her workspace with us. I think her post is enlightening and shows a snapshot into the mind of an upcoming artist. Here is Liz.

Sharing my workspace with you folks has been a weird thing to wrap my head around. By acknowledging that I have a work space, I’m sort of labeling what I do as “work.” Though I’ve been painting under the heading of Betsy Ann Paper for a few years now, it still seems a little presumptuous to call it “work” and even to acknowledge that I use a space to do it (as silly as that seems).

When I first started trying to sell painted cards, I kept my pretty envelopes and watercolors in a shoebox under the bed. There wasn’t any real organization. I just pulled the whole box onto the kitchen table the once a month or so that I ever had an order. Sometimes, I’d take it out more often, just to admire the colors.

Later, keeping just a few envelopes tucked under the bed was no longer feasible, and my husband helped me to clear space on our crammed bookshelf to store all of my supplies within arms reach.

I still don’t have a specific Painting Only space (though it is a part of the dream!), but I set one or two days a week aside to devote to strictly painting. I take over our old wooden desk (a thrift store find that I refinished), at other times used for design work or writing, and cover it with paints, sketches and envelopes. For those few days, I feel like a legitimate painter.

photos by Josh Moorhead

Geneviève Marquis

Yvonne | Evelyne by Geneviève Marquis

I’m excited to share the work of Geneviève Marquis with you today. She has a true talent for drawing and illustration. Her shop, called Mademoiselle G, was one of the first I fell in love with when I discovered Etsy.

Geneviève’s work is influenced by costume history and fairy tales. There is a certain amount of mystery, fantasy, and twistedness about them that I find really compelling.

She finds inspiration in historic portraits, old photos, and films. Geneviève combines all that imagery in her mind and then puts it to paper with pen and ink. She also creates some of the most charming art dolls I’ve seen.

Geneviève is from Montreal, Canada but now lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Harold and Lorna | Family Portrait by Geneviève Marquis

I own two of her prints. The first is called Dilemma, a portrait of siamese twins from the 1920s. The other is the sweet rococo Marie Guillotine. Both of them perfectly portray Geneviève’s talent at combining sweet with disturbing. The prints are currently in my office at work, and I love them.

Geneviève is running a really great sale in the Mademoiselle G shop, so hurry over to Etsy by June 30! All prints and dolls are 20% off.

A Mysterious Print for the Living Room

Back in February I bought a really cool print at the Unglued Craft Fest, which took place at the Plains Art Museum.

In collaboration, local artists Sophie Johnson and Maren Shallman created a screen print and collage on paper called “A mysterious explosion.” It’s an abstracted image of a woman on a swing in black and white. What makes every piece particularly unique in this series, is that each had a different color drawing of a flower sewn onto it in place of the figure’s head. The flower creates a pop of color and a three-dimensional quality to the piece.

The particular print I bought had a blue flower with petals edged in red sewn onto it. Both artists agreed that it was their favorite of the series.

Since I went to the craft fair, however, it has been sitting around the apartment. I can get a bit indecisive when it comes to picking a frame and finding a spot of the wall for a piece of art. Finally I decided enough is enough and needed to get this guy framed.

The last time my husband was in Chicago, I asked him to stop by Ikea and purchase a 12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inch Riba frame in black. When Travis got back to Fargo, I went to work.

I decided I liked the raw, torn look of the paper’s edge and didn’t want to hide it behind the mat. So I used gaffer’s tape to position the print from the back of the mat, and then put it into the frame.

I choose to hang it in our living room, as that’s the room I spend the most time in. Our bedroom has its fair share of art already, but the living room’s walls were lacking, so I think I found a good place. I can see it from the couch and walk past it every time I go to the bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.

I recently learned that Unglued, the people who held the craft fair and a similarly named pop-up Christmas Market will be at the Fargo Street Fair on July 19 from 10-9. They will be located at the corner of Broadway and Main Avenue. They’ve had a great assortment of crafters and artists at their previous events, so I would definitely check them out if you will be around Fargo on that date.