THE ART OF FIBER ARTS & PAPER
Bill and Linda Sumner
(Bear Paw Paperworks)
Darlene Robinson moved to Hackensack 18 years ago from the Twin Cities and bought a small resort. She truly loves living on the North Woods! She has been drawing and painting since she was a child.
At the age of 11 she took classes at the Walker Art Center from several artists including Ken Zylla. Her paintings are either oils or acrylic and she paints from photos or her own sketches. She also does some painting on wood rounds or other media.
Darlene loves sewing just about anything from clothes to dolls and toys. The dolls are a combination of machine and handwork.
She also creates jewelry which she makes from quality materials and beads. She does not use plastic. “I love anything creative and challenging,” she said. “Producing a quality product is my number one priority!”
Ashley Shamp (Student Artist)
Nature also gives us the old, tried and true, established products that young people can begin to use instead of chemicals for bathing products. The Bath/Shower Bombs are great to use to relax the body with natural essential oil. The Lip Balms are soothing, using real cocoa and vanilla for a wonderful light tint for the lips and great aroma, too.
Ashley likes to recycle fabrics, zippers and buttons when she can, so the Back Seat Bags are a terrific project she creates. They can store toys, snack and books for kids, but are also great for adults for change, sunglasses or other items. It is a responsible way to organize in a fun way!
After drying she cuts and tears into collages. The paper colors are like paints in a pallet so she needs many different colors and textures. Barb tries to give the paper in the collages a three-dimensional look by folding it before gluing it down.
Prismacolor pencils are used to draw on the paper. Wire, shells, sand, ribbon, buttons, and various materials are used in collages. Barb’s husband mats and frames the collages. All art is matted, some is framed. Ornaments and cards are also made from the papers.
Carol has recently retired and is excited about being creative every day! Her art quilts are what she enjoys making now because they celebrate nature and are happy creations. Flowers are a joyful celebration of color that we see each summer and are represented in many of Carol’s quilts. Her love of the north woods is also evident in quilts containing birch and pine trees. Sewing art quilt is similar to drawing but with needle, thread and material.
Each art quilt will celebrate nature and will evoke special memories for anyone viewing them. Enjoy!