Caroline Alixe Rhuys is a member of the artistic community in Reno, NV. Caroline uses needle felting, painting, and beading to create multi-media art for her customers to wear and display in their homes. She creates her upcycled jewelry, clothing, accessories, and home décor from materials found in local thrift stores and her extensive stash of vintage fabrics, buttons, and hankies. Some favorite materials are silk, leather, buttons, beads, wool felt, wool and denim jackets, ribbons, and found objects. Caroline likes meeting other artists and supporting them by sharing their work throughout her online and personal networks.
For many visual artists today, being “seen” can be a challenge. While online sites like Etsy offer a limitless reach, it can be difficult to stand out in such a vast forest of artists. The nomadic path of craft shows can also be burdensome particularly if one has to pack an abundance of unsold wares for the drive home.
Sara Sifre understands the spirit and the challenges of the creative journey. During college, she took every art class TMCC offered. “I’ve done just about every kind of art, but I always go back to jewelry.”
Sara Sifre’s store, Resi*he(ART), is the culmination of a ten year dream. She yearned to build a community of artists and once considered a coffee house featuring local art, but felt that “it had been done”.
The spring and summer weather in Reno is generally pleasant, anyone who lives here knows that the winds often kick up in the afternoon. The gusts can be quite impressive, so I decided to make some weights to keep my canopy earthbound at the shows I am scheduled for this year.
The instructions are clear and a web search indicated that many vendors find this style of weights to be satisfactory and reasonably easy to transport. The problem I ran into is that I couldn’t find all the materials. Lowe’s had some of the required materials, but they were not able to cut the 10’ pipe into the lengths I need. Home Depot had only a couple of the items I need. I was hoping to get everything at Lowe’s since I have a gift card with them. Frustrating!
I am not giving up! Tomorrow I plan to call local plumbing suppliers and Ace Hardware.
I will be at the Reno Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21st, along with several other Indie Reno artisans. For more information about the celebration, go to http://renoearthday.webs.com/. I hope the weather this year is as nice as it was last year.
As promised in my last post, today I am introducing one of my fellow artisans at Indie Reno.
Under the name “Henna Blessings” Kimberly Allcock practices the ancient art of henna painting, which is known as “Mehndi” or “Mehandi” in India. Kimberly does fantastic body art, including belly blessings for expectant mothers. She has also expanded her artistry to clothing and ornaments.
Among the articles available at the Indie Reno Boutique are silk scarves, clothing, and baby clothes adorned with Kimberly’s original designs. She also has henna painting kits available, in case you would like to try henna painting.
Bored with your plain old shoes? Find some new shoes you love, except for the color?
With a few simple supplies and some spare time, you can transform basic shoes into beautiful works of art. Lumiere paint by Jacquard works well on many materials, including leather, synthetic leather and fabric.
Here is a short explanation of how I decorated the pictured shoes:
First, I painted the heel and strap of a pair of plain fabric shoes, using two shades of green as a base. Next, I painted free-hand stripes on the strap in a darker shade of green. For the final embellishment, I painted small red flowers on the heel and a larger flower on the strap. I suggest application of a protective spray such as Scotchguard to keep smudges to a minimum.
If you are nervous about painting a well-loved pair of shoes, there are many thrift stores around Reno. For less than $10.00, you could find a pair of shoes for practice.
On June 23, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I will be teaching shoe decoration techniques at ArtisTree Studio, located at 18 Stewart Street, Reno, NV. I will provide all supplies (other than shoes).
After seeing me in clothes or accessories I have embellished, sometimes people remark “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “I’m just not artistic.” I believe that sometimes, lack of innate creativity is not the main issue. After all, how many of us are born with the ability to read, or calculate formulas? Learning new ways to express your creativity can be fun, relaxing, and a welcome diversion from a hi-tech world.
Repurposing clothing is an eco-friendly way to show your personality through your wardrobe. Through AlixeArts I intend to help people appreciate the beauty and practicality of clothing and accessories created using a mixture of old and new materials.
For residents of the Reno, Nevada area I am teaching a variety of classes through ArtisTree Studio on ways to re-create your wardrobe by painting, sewing, beading and other decorative methods.