Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Houzz Feature - Where to Put the Piano?

Do you own a midcentury console piano?  Me too!  Trust me, you are not alone!  Do you want to keep it although it really is not your style?  Yes?  Again, you are not alone!  Whether you purchased this piece yourself or it came to you as a hand me down...typically the latter, is here to stay, for a while anyway.  Not only that, but to replace this item is expensive, time consuming, and not an easy piece to have delivered.  But where to put that thing? And how do you integrate it with your other style loving pieces?   Check out this week's Houzz feature, "Yes, You Have Room for a Piano"  by Amy Renea.  One of my piano design solutions has been featured!!  Click HERE!!!

Keep the tunes rolling!  Susan Registered & Protected

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nancy Mackenzie

Texture, fiber, found objects -- how could you not be totally in love with fiber artist Nancy Mackenzie's newest work at the Sticks and Stones show at Raymond Avenue Gallery in St. Paul, MN!  I have always been enthralled with textural work whether it be utilizing nature, handmade paper (I used as a medium to exhibit my Masters color theories), fabric, fiber, felting, etc.  This last exhibit of Nancy's however, is really hitting home for me!  If you are not familiar with Nancy, she is an internationally recognized fiber artist creating wall mounted sculptures and wearable art.  Nancy's work has been exhibited, and in permanent collections, across the country, Asia, Latin America and Tokyo.

I love the simplicity, yet chaotic nature of Nancy's wall and table pieces for this show.  I find both the simple and complex elements in each piece so delicately balanced.  The airy sculptures are made of willow, apple, waxed linen thread, Japanese paper, and apple bark.  The 2D media of the computer does not give due credit to the wonderful 3D aspects of each piece, so an in person appreciation is definitely advised.  The show only goes until June 29th, so hurry and check it out!!  You will be truly captivated!

If Nancy's last name, Mackenzie, sounds familiar to you, she is also known as the wife of internationally recognized potter Warren Mackenzie with hundreds of solo exhibitions and permanent collections in Tokyo, the Metropolitan, Smithsonian, Victoria and Albert, and many more.  Nancy and Warren reside locally in Stillwater, MN.


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