Friday, May 8, 2015

water


water.


i need water.  not only to drink.  but to swim in.  water is the buoyancy of my soul.  i was born a water girl soaking up the salt air and the ions in the salt marsh since i can remember.  walking through the creeks in search of little signs of clams and other mussels keep me content.  keep me going.  this is where i find the most peace.  if i am to be alone anywhere, this is where i want to be.  i am rooted deep in the waters and creeks, where the egrets sit so still waiting for the tiniest silver fish.  and the osprey swoop overhead calling out to their young, scanning the waters for much awaited meals.  the salt air sustains me.  rooted deep within me, a yearning for this world that is ever changing.  the quiet and peaceful sound of the salt marsh.  i float on the memories of my childhood.  the camping trips with my family.  the vague memory of watching my mom play badminton  on the beach strand.  my dad waking me in the night to go out gigging for flounder.  it’s all there in my memory and in my heart.  i’m grounded by the sea and the salt air.  roaming and searching for treasures.  i have so many treasures.  i know them all by heart.  where and when i found the angel wings after pleading to my mom to show me a sign that she was still near me.  i don't need photos.  the memories are tattooed on my heart. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

spring is here.... time to make some art! (and jewelry)

hello!
i'm excited to let you know about a few fun things coming up over the next few months.... 

i will be teaching again at random arts in saluda nc, april 18-19. we will make a plaster covered art journal and fill the pages with some fun art journaling/ collage techniques.  this class is for all levels.  random arts is located in a beautiful mountain town close to hendersonville and asheville. it's a sweet little spot in the heart of saluda, where we will have fun in the studio, and you can shop for your art supplies and really cool clothes and vintage finds.... jane has it all!!!   please join us if you can!  you can register by calling jane (828-749-1165)..... or by emailing her (randomarts@charter.net).


plaster covered art journal


adding texture to your journal....

filling the pages with your own stories and ideas using learned techniques.....








just a little sampling of what will be happening in the studio there. the book is made using a combination of components and hand stitching with a simple coptic stitch binding.  hope you will join us!

more news......

ALSO!!.......... i'm happy to announce that my friend NINA BAGLEY, will be returning to wilmington, nc to my studio to teach a workshop on may 2-3.  you will find all of the details here!
we will have lots of fun with nina here in my studio! 
you can read more about my studio HERE..... 
hope you will join us for this fun workshop.... it's already starting to fill up, so sign up now if you are interested!

AND as if that weren't enough, i hope you will stay tuned, as i have a couple of awesome artists who i'm ironing out details with and will let you know soon of even more fun workshops to attend!  

i will teach a week long art journal/ collage class in june 8-12 at the cameron art museum.
we will go over lots of different journaling , collage, mixed media and painting techniques to personalize your art journal.  info. on this class can be found here. (scroll down to june 8-12)

and here's a little peek at my recent trip to NYC.... a city that i just love and took my youngest daughter for her 16th birthday.  she will attend the NY film academy summer program in july, so we went to check that out and also take in a broadway show and ending up seeing SO SO much on our visit.  :)

the beautiful view from the top of the empire state building

a little lunch on the stairs of the metropolitan museum of art :)

freedom tower in the distance...


a beautiful tribute to john lennon... yoko ono donated 1 million dollars to this installment.



this is the view from the lounge at the NY film academy.... 

we are looking forward to going back in july !

please contact me if you have any interest or questions about upcoming workshops...
kim@bigstronggirldesigns.com

be love~

LOVE is what we all need :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

hearts and wings




embracing the journey

growing up, we called these angel wings.....
signs.  everywhere. i . look. 
i see you, mom
you are everywhere




in the hearts in the clouds, and the birds flying through, i see you there.....




you are everywhere.... color in the sky, wings flying by.....
i see you there.
and everywhere you are, there is love.


Friday, January 23, 2015

class canceled


embrace the journey~



hello everyone.  i want to thank you for the interest in my online class.  after much thought and consideration, i have canceled the class.  i spent a week working on the class.....videos, class content, uploading pdf's that i had written out and sketched for each lesson, recipes, photos, editing , ..... you get the picture, and i realized that this is not the time for me to be doing this.  i've wanted to do an online class for some time now, and realize that maybe this isn't what i'm meant to do.  i LOVE to take online classes and have taken a few from my favorite artists and friends..... (misty, judy, tracy)...  they inspire to the point that i thought, hey, i should do this too!  well, it's not for me (at the moment) with my two beautiful girls in homeschool high school, my husband traveling less, my animals, bees, chickens, dog, cats and horse....all the things i love were kind of being put on the back burner.  lets just say, i was consumed with making the class one perfect little online class ....
i canceled the class and now am back to my sweet reality, embracing each moment, watching the sunrise and taking the time to do what i love.....with the people i love. 
so, again i thank you all for the sharing, the support, the great feedback, the sign ups... i hope to see you sometime in one of my (in person) classes! i truly enjoy teaching and will continue to focus on teaching across north carolina and wherever else that takes me! 
so, embrace everything!  take time to see the sun rise, to make art, to do anything that brings you joy and happiness.  and above all....love what you do~ do what you love! 
xo

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

remembering 2014....cultivating mindfulness for 2015

with 2014 coming to a close, i'm reflecting on the year with a great big heart.  so many awesome things happened this year.....we've made lots of memories and have much to look forward to in 2015.


photo taken by nina bagley~
heading to masonboro island


trip to pacific northwest with my sweet family~


thankful~
coming up on 20 years in february with this awesome human


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my sweet friend, misty mawn is hosting another online workshop in 2015.  i haven't missed one yet, and can't wait for the next one! join in on the fun, you will be happy you did!
https://www.mistymawnart.com/workshops/
this is how i always start my new year....it's so inspiring to start the year with misty....she is such a giving teacher, sharing so much of herself and her knowledge in her online courses.  she is equally awesome in person....a dear friend, who inspires and sparks creativity and love~ 


carolyn , misty and me at random arts in saluda nc~ 

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i'm excited to be teaching again at random arts, in saluda, nc in april of 2015.  we will make a beautiful plaster covered art journal and fill the pages with some fun collage and journaling techniques.  more info. about this class coming soon! mark your calendar for april 18 and 19 and join us if you can! it's a beautiful destination and random arts is a fun studio with a shop full of art supplies, gifts, ephemera, unique finds, clothing, vintage finds and more! jane does a great job keeping it interesting and fun...there's something for everyone!




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tracy verdugo   will also be hosting another online workshop!  she is full of inspiration and COLOR!!   she shares so much with the students and is always there to offer suggestions and critique in the online community.  check out her class and join in!  
http://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.com/p/paint-mojothe-ecourse.html

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NEW PAINTINGS:



"once we are still and listening, we will hear many of the earth's secrets"



"love birds"


"NYC skyline, painted by my daughter Lacie after our trip to New York!


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i will be teaching january 10 and 11 at the museum school in the CAMERON ART MUSEUM!
if you are anywhere near wilmington, nc, join us!  we will make an art journal and fill the pages with explosion journal page ideas and collage and art journaling techniques.  it will be a fun class for all levels.  
"collage play with explosion journal pages"
http://www.cameronartmuseum.org/index.php?c=workshops

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i recently took this photo while my husband and i were enjoying a little boat ride around the spoil islands~ 
it evokes peace and understanding......we are all one, together in this little world...depending on each other for support and kindness.  not all things work out the way we might imagine, but that's okay too; we can go on with kindness in our hearts and send love to everyone who needs it.  there is a fine line between giving too much or not enough.  finding the balance is key....nurturing your own soul, finding peace and setting boundaries is the ultimate goal~ knowing when to let go....knowing when to hold on. 
xo
wishing you all the happiest of new years, filled with lots of art....love....and whatever you need to fill you up~ 
find truth, evolve, and be love.


Monday, November 24, 2014

everything has a purpose....and a re-purpose~

in the midst of the holiday chaos soon approaching, i'm finding ways to be mindful, stay in the moment, and give meaningful, sustainable gifts.  mostly, i like to make my own gifts....whether it be food, art or jewelry, i find that it's the homemade/ handmade gifts that tend to be most appreciated  and definitely more meaningful.  december 2nd i will be hosting an art play gathering in my heARTspace studio.... getting together with like minded kindreds to create all kinds of gift wrap, packaging, and small gifts by re-purposing things we have around the house or in the recycle bin.
i will share lots of ideas for sustainable gifts and ways to re-use/ re-purpose things....as well as my recipes for laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and tips on buying bulk to avoid using plastic!
if you're in the wilmington area, email me for the details...kim@bigstronggirldesigns.com.


chocolate bar wrapper with hand carved stamp from foam board
(great for giving money to the nieces and nephews instead of buying money holder cards)


old used book, repurposed and used as an art journal.



another used book, altered cover and using the same hand made stamp from foam board


thanks for the (very large booklet) wake forest university!
re-purposed into a journal....


more mail from colleges...this one is from tulane i think~
hand made cards for your friends !


don't throw away paper that's been read....use the blank side for print making....
great for gift wrap OR collage 


keep all boxes to up cycle and use again for sending love packages to your friends~
who doesn't love getting a fun package in the mail!!??


ready to fill with goodies for someone i cherish :)
xo

this is just a teeny little glimpse of what will be going on here in my studio on december 2nd.
5:30-8:30

space is limited~ let me know if you're interested and i will save you a spot.
bring something healthy to share
donations for art supplies are welcome. :)
bring any boxes, paper bags, envelopes or old books you would like to work on or share 



Monday, November 3, 2014

change is in the air.....a little announcement~

i will be opening my home studio for workshops in january 2015!
i love teaching workshops and continually have students ask if i teach in my home studio.  at the moment, my studio is a smallish room in the front of my house and serves as my art and metal working space.  (it's getting very crowded)!!  i'm in the process of tricking out the open space above my garage (a whole apartment) into my new ART studio.  i have used this space in the past for a few fabulous workshops and then would shift gears and rent it out, or have guests stay there.  as all things change, this space has undergone many!  appropriately called heART space, this was my mom's apartment before she passed away several years ago.   i honor her through my art and by using her space as inspiration for others.  anytime i am in that space making art, my heart is full with memories of her and all that she instilled in me.  she truly was my best art teacher.   my first guest artist in the space was judy wise.  (one of my favorite humans).... she came all the way from oregon to wilmington, nc.  it was a weekend i will never forget.  my passion for teaching has exploded since then and i am ready to spread my wings a little more and offer workshops and classes in my heART space!  i will post all workshops here, and on my Facebook page.  please stay in touch and come visit for a workshop or class when you can!  i will also open this space to artists who would like to teach in a small and intimate setting.  please email me if you are interested in teaching as a visiting artist.
kim@bigstronggirldesigns.com
i will teach an array of mixed media classes, from collage and art journaling to plaster and wax.  we will make books, play in art journals, be free on canvases, and much more.  i will also have open studio times where artists can bring in whatever they are working on and just play! stay tuned for more info. and photos of the space.  i will share the transformation as i go!