EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Stephanie D’Aigle

I have the pleasure of introducing to you this week an EBSQ artist whose stunning creations can’t be duplicated with a pencil or a brush. She is an amazing jewelry artist and a sculptor of unique beads. Who am I talking about? The Beaded Heron, of course!

Who and where are you?

My name is Stephanie and I live in the Wisconsin north woods, near the south shore of the Great Lake Superior.

Calypso

How did you get started art blogging?

I first started blogging on April 1, 2003 as something to do just for fun.  I’ve always enjoyed nature photography so my blog was a place I could post my photographs and blab about what was on my mind, what I was up to, and pictures of places I’d go.  An art blog was not my original intention, but it ended up happening that way.    I think blogging just for fun was fuel for the fire that started me on my path to become a serious beadaholic.  It definitely helped me become aware of it all, since I was writing and posting about it as it was happening.   Having a blog to show my beadwork also helped me become a better photographer.   I had to learn how to represent my work and show it as best I could and I’m still working on that and I think I always will be!  I’ve always had an interest in nature photography and have a whole section of my blog devoted to photos where I post often, sometimes daily.  I spend a lot more time updating that section than I do my main bead section.

Escape!

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I have a lot of different sections on my blog and they all generate hits. Things that I like a lot, I make a section.   I check my stats to see where the traffic comes from and it comes from all of my subjects, or sections if you will.   Update your blog regularly.  When I don’t update, it shows right away in my stats.  Also, Use Stumble Upon, it’s a great tool.   I use Goodblogs as well, and get regular traffic from there.

Photography is a great tool to generate hits.   As example, I live in an area that is a tourist Mecca.  I have loads of photographs that people may come across while searching information for their vacations.  Many of them end up visiting my blog because of a few well placed key words in my posts.    Use key words that will be picked up by crawlers but don’t use the same words excessively, doing that will backfire.  It will cause the crawlers to filter your site out as it appears like spam to them so be creative in your descriptions. .  A high page ranking is nice but getting to the number 1 on Google search is much more important, or at least on the first page.  I’ve done a few wip’s on my blog as well and they get regular traffic.

Poodles on Parade

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

I bead to the blues.  I love BB King’s Bluesville and Blues Women Radio as well as my local college public radio station and I have it piped into my shop.

Sunshine in the Jungle

What’s coming next from your bead studio?

I want to start making my poodles again and I’m sure to do that soon.  I have other ideas floating around in my head but when it comes down to it, I’ve found I cannot dictate to the muse.   I may go out to my shop with one plan, but what ends up happening may be something else all together.   Basically, this is the time of year I do a lot of bead weaving and have less time at the torch.  When the weather gets warmer it takes less wood to heat the shop so I can get out there more often and I’ll make beads to go with jewelry parts that I’ve been in the process of making, such as my beaded spirals.  Once I’ve done that, it’s anyone’s guess.  There is so much I want to try with glass I wonder if I will get to it all in my lifetime!

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Thank you Stephanie for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Cynthia Gaub

This month’s featured gallery is Fibre Art. The fibre arts involve creating art with fibre. It sounds neat and simple, but the fibre arts are so varied that it is like saying that there are fish in the sea; it’s hardly an adequate description. Fibre art includes spinning and weaving. Also quilting and collage. It encompases sculpture and apparel and felting and more. Fibre art is any piece of art made with fibre and it’s application is almost endless.

Ruffled Flowers - Cynthia Gaub
Ruffled Flowers - Cynthia Gaub

Cynthia Gaub

Texture has always been my favorite element of art. In my early paper collages, I was always trying to create texture in a piece by tearing and layering the papers. But then I would lock them away behind glass when they were framed for presentation. You couldn’t touch it! I think that is why I shifted to fabric as a medium. It is so much more tactile. The plush of a rich velvet, the scratch of a thick burlap, the slippery touch of silk. Add to that the layers of batting, the design of quilt stitching, the delicacy of vintage lace and the variety of the beads, buttons, baubles. Now the textures are literally so thick, so 3-dimensional they call out to be touched and you can NOT trap them behind glass.
Because fabric lends itself so easily to the 3-dimensional, I have found myself creating dolls and creatures as often as functional objects, like quilts and clothing, in addition to my art pieces. I feel I am still experimenting, trying to get a handle of the many techniques and materials of this medium that I haven’t really grasped the potential of my vision within it. But my latest series of alter shrines for the Beaded Journal Project are beginning to feel like success.
Interestingly, sharing this kind of work online, in a digital format, it contradictory to the tactile nature of the work. However, because of the strength of the camera, and the speed of our modern streaming, I can actually share the work in a level of magnification and detail that you can’t actually witness in the real world. So, as much as I enjoy touching my work and interacting with it on that level, I also love looking at it digitally and seeing the detail that shows in that format.
I still wish you could come over, sit on my couch and have some coffee, and touch my art! Because texture is my favorite element of art. – Cynthia Gaub

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