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.
Today I washed a bunch of denim clothing and some fabric to use for my spring and summer projects. Some of the fabrics are acrylic prints that I found during various thrifting expeditions.
Handling the fabric reminded me of a business I started as a teenager, while living on Maui. I sewed halter dresses with appliques of mandalas on the front and sold them in local boutiques.
Other than in thrift stores, I haven’t seen any acrylic fabric lately. The colors are incredibly vivid and the fabric is easy care and long wearing. Among the items I plan to use my assortment of new and vintage fabrics for are denim vests and jackets with applique designs and gardening aprons. Some of my things will go into the Indie Reno Boutique and I will take some to the Earth Day Celebration.
This year I will be one of the artisans from Indie Reno in the Artists Grove section at the Reno Earth Day celebration. For more information about the celebration, go to http://renoearthday.webs.com/. I will have many new items for sale. In addition to the jackets and aprons, I am designing some sparkly tiaras for little girls (thanks for the suggestion, Jess Miles http://www.etsy.com/people/FreeToRoam). I know that the other Indie Reno artisans with whom AlixeArts is sharing a booth will also have many fantastic things for sale.
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.
Recently, I joined Indie Reno, an artisan’s co-op. My original intention on joining was to meet some creative people and perhaps make some new friends. Not only have I met some very nice and artistic people, I am excited to have a “brick and mortar” location to sell my work!
As of February 1, 2013, Indie Reno took over management of the gallery at Wildflower Village. We worked to repaint and redecorate the space and bring in lots of new jewelry, accessories, pottery, furniture and home décor. On March 15 and 16 Indie Reno Boutique hosted a very successful grand opening. The address of the Indie Reno Boutique is 4335 West Fourth Street, Reno, NV and we are currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The attached photo shows the “rock lady” who sits in front of the Indie Reno Boutique.
In upcoming blogs, I will feature not only my own work but also the beautiful and original creations of my fellow Indie Reno artists.
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.