Sunday, February 27, 2011

debby D'Aries

I have always imaging myself being artistic, even as a child.  As a teenager in the 60's, I explored art through my teacher's eyes, building a foundation of basic skills that I still utilize today.  As a young mother, I sewed and created with my boys on my lap.  At a certain point, I decided I needed to focus on a single artistic concept and that choice was custom designed stencils.  At that time, there were not even stencil supplies available, so I learned to 'make do' with what was. (This was before  the internet and AC Moore!)  I needed to convince potential clients as to WHY my stenciled artwork would be an enhancement to their home and lives. 

Fast forward thirty years: the business I created in my kitchen developed into a successful interior design team of several talented women that helped me live my dream.  We traveled all over New Jersey, including several other states and a good time was had by all.  My clients gave me the opportunity to explore my creative side of faux painting techniques, handpainting, murals, interior painting, visual and color coordination and accessorizing. I paid 'my dues' for thirty years by being very dedicated to my clients and their decorating visions.  I would never exchange all that experience for all the money in the world.

Now as life changes gears, I am able to blossom into the artist that I used to imagine as a child.  I create RECYCLED ART, using items that are normally just tossed out.  I have a vision for my salvaged debris that will one day become a unique piece of art made by my hands and comes directly from my heart.  I am again, living my dream as I live my life as freely as I am, with immense support from my beloved husband, family and friends.  I am so blessed to be sharing my dream with so many people that have come into my world. 
                             Life is good!

Claude Larson

Since I was young I have had an attraction to fabric.  My mother and grandmother were both skilled seamstresses who took the time to introduce me to sewing.  Throughout life I progressed through many stages of sewing.  From making doll clothes, my own clothes, curtains, eventually our childrens' clothes and finally to traditional quilting, I fed my desire to be near fabrics.  I dabbled in other mediums as well, but always returned to sewing.  About four years ago, I was introduced to ART QUILTING from a classmate in a graduate course.   This creative marriage of fabric and all other media both common and unique has become a creative pursuit that has consumed most of my artistic energy for the past several years.  With experience with traditional sewing skills and the freedom to recklessly abandon these rules and guidelines, I have discovered my “IT”.  I feel as though I have arrived at the artistic outlet that I will follow for as long as I make art. 

As an artist, I am in what I consider my infancy.  I have no formal artistic training and apart from an absolute love of art and an incredible desire to make art for my own satisfaction, I proceed wherever my heart desires.  I have abandoned patterns, rules, traditions and basically anything that sets restrictions to my work.  This free flow of ideas has filled me with possibilities and thoughts that float around in my subconscious until they are ready for creation. 

I have posted several examples of my work in the gallery.  I hope you will take a look and hope to come visit during our OPEN STUDIOS TOUR in June 2011.