Green is where the Heart Is for Oct. 29th, 2014

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:00

“Be happy every day.” ~Linda’s mom

Contributing Writer

Linda Craft is a fairly new resident to Carolina Beach, having moved here two years ago. She intertwines her vast creativity with her simple enjoyment of everyday life with her juxtaposition of the depths of creativity and the simplicity of every day life.  Her wall hangings take you under the sea with beautiful blues and sea creatures. She uses found objects, paints and unexpected items to create textures and interaction with lights.
According to Craft, “I have always had my hands in some form of art, from painting to sculpting to quilting.  I grew up in Kentucky and Virginia, married in college to a soon-to-be Naval officer, and raised my family all over the world.  Settled now on the North Carolina coast, some of my color inspiration comes from living on the water, watching the birds and other wildlife.
My degrees are not in art, and neither was my work life.  My approach to art is to play and have fun!  I think adults would be much happier if they incorporated a little playtime in their lives, and that is what art is for me.  I am a terrible sleeper, so a lot of my “playtime” is in the middle of the night. 
I love to experiment with different techniques and textures and come up with something unique.  (I guess I’ve always relished being “different” and not just thinking outside the box but climbing out of it, which my parents and teachers didn’t always appreciate, but that’s a story for another day……).
It’s hard for me to describe my “process” because of the diversity of techniques and materials that I use.  I love to layer different paints, inks, and mediums and delight in the surprises and happy accidents that occur.  My first layer might be paper, fabric (sometimes quilted, sometimes not) or masonite.  If I don’t like the look, I add another layer.  Recently I have been starting a piece with fabric or canvas, a wholecloth (one piece) or pieced unit of fabrics, and putting a tinted medium or mediums over the top.  I have just found string gel and glass bead gel (very cool) and I love the textures they provide.
I enjoy making collages and have used some unusual materials for them, such as drywall paste, dyed teabags, sea salt or rock salt, and burned synthetic fabrics.  I love beading, reverse appliqué (layers of fabric with cuts at different layers to show what’s underneath) and making clay embellishments.
I don’t assign a deep and soulful title like “Angst” to my fiber pieces or paintings like some artists do.  That is fine but it’s just not me.  Maybe I’m not that deep.  I want someone to look at my art and feel happy!  On my mother’s 80th birthday I asked her for her words of wisdom and she responded without a second thought.  “Be happy every day”.  That’s my goal, and my faith, family, friends and art help me toward achieving that goal.  That is also my wish for you.”
Join us at her opening reception in the upstairs gallery on Thursday, November 6th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Artful Living Group, 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  Refreshments will be provided by Riptide Taproom and Grille.  Her show will be on display for the month of November.  What a great way to experience ‘happy.’  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, 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, 20 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 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.


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