Green is where the Heart Is for May 27th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:00

“Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job
well for its own sake.” ~ Richard Sennett, The Craftsman

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Five years ago when Artful Living Group opened its doors, the owners wanted to create a space that would make affordable fine art and fine craft available in our community.  Almost 300 artists who have brought their products to the group have been chosen to showcase in the store.  You will not find trinkets made in China or run-of-the mill craft items.  What you will find are items that are artisan designed and handcrafted.  As customers step into the store they first mention how delightful it smells (wafting aromas of soaps and candles) and then allow their other senses to take them on an adventure meandering through the aisles and up the stairs into the main featured artist gallery, peeking into the studios of Mo Linquist Living Solutions, Chris Higgins Fishbone Designs, Susie Linquist Photography, and Glynne Soaps.
One of those special artists with a gigantic green heart is local gal Jillian Boivin.  If you come into the store on any given Thursday she will be working behind the counter at the store.  She may also be working on her current project and you will see her develop her fine craft and recognizable style.  Boivin has become well known in our area since graduating from UNCW in 2009.  Over the past year she has expanded the emphasis on the material in her work, with heavy focus on the fabric. It is still all repurposed material, adding to the unique character of each piece and her living green philosophy.
According to Boivin, “I want to enhance and showcase the pattern and textures of the fabric, with lesser emphasis on the actual imagery of the artwork. This has resulted in purely abstract pieces with geometric, piecework patterns.  By focusing on the patterns and nature of the individual pieces of fabric, the imagery or theme of a piece is driven by the material, rather than the image dictating the choice of medium.  I enjoy referencing other craft mediums that I respect and love for their aesthetic and attention to detail. These include quilting, embroidery, weaving and mosaic.  I hope to balance the worlds of fine craft and fine art. I envision my work always falling into both categories.”
 Another new development in her work is the evolution of the titles of her pieces. She has abandoned the formulaic method of giving descriptive titles to her work. After a fabulous artist and friend made a suggestion, she began choosing names to allude to a narrative, as a way to pay homage to the craft movements she admired.  Quilts, tapestries, stained glass and mosaics have been used throughout history as teaching implements and as a way to pass down stories.
Her newer titles now reference various narratives. Some may be self-evident from the imagery in the piece, while others reference a personal anecdote from her past. Still others are named after current topics and events that coincided with the making of the piece. She hopes these titles will draw attention to the one-of-a-kind quality of each individual piece, and continue the tradition of storytelling through craft and art.
Join us for her opening reception at Artful Living Group on Thursday, June 4th, 6:30-8:30pm. 
Boivin’s craftsmanship combined with her creative imagery tell a beautiful story and it is one of attention to detail and a job well done.  The work of this local artist is a feng shui blessing gracing the walls of any home as reminder of joy, happiness and contentment. 
xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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