Wow! I haven’t posted in a long time! I guess while I am sitting at the side of the road waiting for AAA, I should write one up. Lots of chairs have passed through the Hayloft in the past year. Here’s the latest repair: a lovely green wicker rocker.
I still have my loyal students. It has been a year of anatomy intensives and basic figure drawing. My favorite topics!
We also have a kitty that has adopted us as his barn hosts. We call him ghost for his stealthy appearances and also he seems to be the grey apparition of our first barn cat Barney. Ghost likes the company of my creepy dolls.
Okay, AAA is here. I will post more soon.
Let the reparations begin:
I’d like to say the same of our country post primary season.
Taking the greatest care with this sweet little mission style footstool I grew more and more curious of its history.
When the gentleman picked it up, I learned that he made it when he was twelve years old. Awesome!
There is always a story behind the chairs I work on. This rocker has been sitting on the porch of the customers family house broken and decaying for years. One family member has bought a little cottage on the cape and the rest of the family is pitching in to have the rocker repaired as a house warming gift. I’d like to sit in this rocker with a cup of tea and watch the tides come and go. Jealous.
This spring has been a reawakening at Hayloft Studio. Students are returning that took a hiatus to recover from illnesses and others are straying from the norm to stretch their creative comfort zones. My ever faithful student H. has been diligently trying to master oil paints. With much success, I might add. After a winter of dedication though, he is ready to test out some new art forms. We are going to dig into printmaking and started with some styrofoam printing to get our feet wet.
Title: It’s About America by H.
Title: Self Portrait by H.
Title: Foot by me.
Next we will try some linoleum printing.
My duo class of T. and H. have been needle felting. Sorry, I have no pictures. But this week we moved on to some whittling. After de barking and smoothing these staffs will be garnished with leather and beads and such along with a bit of wood burning and painting.
And fabulous Miss T has returned after being terribly sick. Yay! We are working on a paper mâché globe to coincide with her study of maps at home. Here’s the beginnings:
I look forward to Z. returning to finish our sculptural exploration of numbers. Next up transforming ten. Still wrestling with how to do that one. Here’s the neon nine we left off with in February:
I continue my study of human anatomy:
The beginnings of a needle felted jaw bone:
is an exhibition created by two women artists who, when asked to exhibit together, discovered in their respective works common themes: Darcy Tozier portrays anatomical qualities of the human form through painting and felting, whereas Leonore Alaniz captures structural aspects of plants by imprinting them onto paper and cloth. The viewer is reminded here of integral, but often invisible parts of physiology, such as the spine, ribs and bones, that give many forms of life their stature and poise.
Leonore Alaniz is a teaching textile artisan and print maker at Leverett Crafts and Art. She exhibits widely and is the recipient of international design awards.
Darcy Tozier teaches studio lessons and creates in her Hayloft Studio in Whately MA. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School Of Design.
The show will be held at Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library, 43 Amity St. Amherst MA. Open during library hours: Sun & Mon (1-5:30), Tue & Thu (9-9:30), Wed, Fri, & Sat (9-5:30).
The reception is Thursday April 2nd, 5-8 PM in conjunction with the Amherst First Thursday Art Walk.
Bloodroot by Leonore Alaniz:
Pelvis by Darcy Tozier
Hayloft Studio has been buzzing and breathing and oozing creative juices. So much so, that I have trouble leaving. Who wants to sit at a computer and write posts when there are paintings emerging?
Or when there’s a mask invasion?
How about studying artists, like Louise Nevelson?
Sculpting a number line? Oh the possibilities!
Hayloft Studio has grown as perennials grow in the garden. First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap. Thanks to all who have tended this creative garden.
Pre/early 1900’s Heywood Wakefield wicker chair set. These chairs so easily could have ended up in the dumpster. I’m thankful my customer saw that there was something special about them. It was a challenge and a joy to bring them back.