Friday, February 10, 2012

An Artist You Should Know

When I first started sharing my art, it was as part of The Sketchbook Challenge. I set up an account through Flickr so I could participate in the group.  WOW, little did I know where that would lead me.  I remember looking through the gallery of work and being so inspired by the way the participants courageously interpreted the monthly themes. 

One of those artists was Catherine Parkinson.  Catherine set herself a challenge, to create every single day, and she was inspiring.  As I followed Catherine's inspirational journey through the Sketchbook Challenge I got to know her.  I was humbled to discover that her primary focus is art quilts and photography.  Catherine's quilts need to be seen to be believed.  She is an award winning quilt artist, mother of 5, New Zealand dairy farmer with the most amazing fortitude, generosity, and kindness.

Catherine and I have become friends beyond our online endeavours, and that alone makes this art journey worthwhile. She has two blogs, here and here. You must check them both out, and if you're a mother, then you'll especially LOVE her second blog.  Catherine isn't just an artist you should know, she is a person you know, and one you'll LOVE.

I am Catherine Parkinson a quilt artist, art journal-er and photographer.
I am married to an amazing man who supports me and loves me in all my endeavors.

I am a mother to 5 beautiful children who range in age from 7 to almost 20.  They are a great joy and inspiration in my life.  They make life worth living.  

We live in South Auckland, New Zealand on a dairy farm.  It is the most beautiful country to live in and inspires me daily to create art.  If you haven’t been here Google some images and you’ll see what I mean, it's just a daily feast of eye candy.

I am an artist who uses fabric and textiles to express myself.

From a young child I have enjoyed the feeling of fabric, the way it moves and how it can be manipulated. I love working with fabric and fibres, it is the tactile nature of textiles that appeals to me. Quilting has to be touched and felt to be appreciated and to be understood. One of the nicest things I get asked is "can I touch your art?"

Last year I began doing The Sketchbook Challenge.  My goal was to draw a page every day of the year.  Although I didn’t quite make that goal I managed to draw a page for most of the year.  Doing this has really improved my drawing skills and pushed me to a place with my drawing I have never been before.  I now consider art journaling a medium of mine too. I have overcome many fears of paint and putting colour onto a page.  This has taken a lot of courage and been worth every particle of energy and time.

Life is a journey that keeps evolving through experiences and relationships.  Art is the same.  It moves and evolves through a process.  It is a fun ride which I love being on.  It is not always an expected journey.  Many experiences of life have sent me off on tangents and down surprising roads to explore.   If anyone had told me 10 years ago that I would be an art quilter and artist I wouldn’t have believed them.  

Another path of art I have been exploring for a few years is photography.  Photography fulfills my instant gratification side of my personality.  I love how it is only a click of a button and a few minutes on the computer to create a work.  Photography has also helped me to record ideas for future work and future themes.  It has given me a selective eye, helps me with design and has helped my eye to notice detail.

Art is a wonderful way to express my inner feelings and to see the world for its wonderful possibilities.   The light around us needs to be captured and injected back into our society so that we can really see clearly the potential human beings have in our world. 

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