June 14, 2014

Afton Strawberry Festival June 21 & 22nd 2014

Come and visit our Creative Chicks Café members next weekend as we will be participating  in the Afton Strawberry Festival. The Old Art Studio is all geared up to surpass last years fun and attendance.

February 12, 2014

J.Harrison - A Visitor Across The Sea from Aberdeenshire, Scotland


While on a new quest for 2014 to find unique and talented artisans to feature on our Creative Chicks Café blog, I found a portrait of a stunning women on Facebook caught my attention. Her eyes were looking into my soul, they were beautiful and reminded me of my mother's eyes. She looked proud and prominent, but her eyes shown sadness and sorrow. It was not a photograph, or a painting. Rather a portrait created from wool fibre and I was mesmerized by this unique talent and I wanted to learn more. We are honored to connect with  Jill Harrison, and share her story. 


Jill Harrison, Wool Fibre Artist

I was born in 1956, just outside the wool textile city of Bradford, Yorkshire U.K. where I lived with Mum and Dad and three brothers in the same village that the famous Bronte Sisters were born that is Thornton. In fact, I went to school just a few yards away from the house that they were born in! I had a happy childhood and my memories were that of riding horses and playing on farms. I had always been artistic as a child and spent a lot of time drawing.
After leaving school, I went on to study Graphic Art at Bradford College of Art, unfortunately I left college before finishing the course to have a baby and did not pursue my art until years later when I returned to college part time to study Sculpture.
After my four children had grown up and gone their own ways, I moved to Scotland. I now live in rural Aberdeenshire on a smallholding with my second husband and my grandson. We have lived here for 8years now and we moved here to follow our dream of having land and being able to have the many animals that we love. Horses, goats, chickens and of course the sheep .
We wanted the rare breed Hebridean sheep and the beautiful small Shetland sheep, which are both native to our region. The Hebridean's have black fleece, but they range in shades of brown, cream and even white as they age . The Shetlands have the most beautiful, soft wool which is famous for the extremely fine garments which can be knitted with it. They are both hardy little creatures and tend not to need much doing with them .


When I bought my small flock, little did I know how these lovely little animals would change my life. I didn't know anything about textile art until 4years ago, when after a sheep shearing I decided to have a go at felting!


I bought myself a little book and followed instructions, my initial attempts were fun but very crude. I soon grew tired of 'abusing' the fibre, it was hard work! Instead, I started to 'paint' with fibre, carding the wool and laying it in very fine layers ,building up my images like a painting.

I was inspired by film stars and pop idols and later silent movie queens the haunting images of beautiful, but tragic looking women whom they portrayed . I was excited with the whole process researching their backgrounds and then recreating their dramatic beauty with my own wool. They just grew as if by magic.
I still love doing my portraits, but also draw inspiration from the sheep themselves and have made wool images of them in different positions as they move around the fields. My work and technique have progressed somewhat since I first started. I now dye my wool and blend the subtle colors as I work to create a more interesting finish. The final stage is placing the finished image between glass and board, this produces the 'painterly' look which I favor.




I work in my “Crofters Cottage,” everyday. At first it was just for my own satisfaction, but after being featured in various newspapers and on Scottish T.V. News. I have been selling pieces to individual collectors, interior designers  as well as  gettingmore commissions to do.
I have had exhibitions in U.K and Italy and some of my work is in Galleries. I am now venturing into the world of Fibre Festivals. I have been asked by many people all over the world to do workshops but I am afraid I have declined. Not because I don't want to share my technique, but because I am just too shy. I would be no good at standing up in front of a group and talking about my work.
I have a few questions for Jill to help you get to know a bit more about the artist . 1. Question: What is the most significant decision you ever made? 1. Answer: Moving up here to Scotland. 2. Question: What is your favorite food? 2. Answer: That's easy...cheese. I don't eat meat so cheese is good. 3. Question: What things make you laugh the most? 3. Answer: Usually everyday occurrences, silly things that others don't see. 4. Question: Who is your favorite artist? 4. Answer: I bought my husband a book for Christmas, Henry Moore's Sheep Sketchbook. It is made up of squiggles without taking pen from paper. Exquisite sketches of sheep which I actually prefer to his more monumental sculptures. 5. Question: If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? 5. Answer: I would upgrade our home to incorporate a big studio space and also a gallery in which my husband and I could work alongside one another. Each of us would feature our own art and also host other artists work. 6. Question: What words of advice would you have for someone starting out? 6. Answer: Never stop dreaming, even when you get knocked back. Have fun creating your own ideas straight from your heart.  


To see more of Jill Harrison's work, please visit her links and send a LIKE to her Facebook page from CCC.
 
 www.facebook.com/pages/Jharrison-wool-images/193158667401924?ref=hl






 

December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Creative Chicks Cafe

Thank you for staying with us in 2013. Even though we had issues with our blog being hacked the past several months, we are back on track. Our Facebook pages for Creative Chicks Café and the Old School Art Studio have remained strong thanks to you. We will see you next year!

October 1, 2013

Afton Art in the Park Festival September 28-29th

Creative Chicks Café Club

While the town of Afton Minnesota celebrated their 35th Annual Art in the Park Festival, the Old School Art School Studio had it's own party going on. By invitation only, our artisans put on the performance of a lifetime. We had arts, crafts, live music and free food sampling. Our missions is to find people with unique talents whom inspire others with their God given talents. Handmade all day, original, passionate and inspirational. The majority of us are entering the second half of our lives. The kids are gone and a spare bedroom becomes available, a corner in the basement opens up. Or even a darn shed in the back yard has been turned into a studio. For most of us, we work a full-time job and evenings and weekends are our time to create. To create with your hands and than "Wow" people with your talents is the greatest gift an artisan can give.
Join us on Facebook and send a LIKE our way. Take a moment to see our photos from our Fall festival held this past weekend.
https://www.facebook.com/Creativechicks?ref=hl

August 9, 2013

Happy Friday from Creative Chicks Cafe

Have an outstanding weekend

June 2, 2013

Afton Old School Art Studio Craft Extravaganza

Mark your calendar for June 22 & 23 for the Afton Strawberry Art and Craft Festival.
Visit Kate Sullivan at the Old School Art Studio and meet the Creative Chicks Café creators and Artisans.
 

April 29, 2013

The Old School Art Studio May Painting Class Schedule

Saturday, April 27th we had a 'Banner" of a day. Gloria Popowitz from Creative Canvas hosted our Welcome Door Banner  painting class at The Old School Art Studio, home of Creative Chicks Café.


(left to right) Jenny, Bonnie, Pam, Kate, Eileen, Patty
We welcomed our first beautiful day of spring in Minnesota filled with inspiration and fun. We even created a video to honor Gloria on our Facebook pages for her instructional, teaching performance. Click on the link below.
 
 
Gloria Popowitz, Creative Canvas Artist, Instructor

Jenny Edwards, Creative Chicks Cafe

Pam Vincent

Patty Sullivan, Creative Chicks Cafe

Bonnie Jo Rohow

Kate Sullivan

Eileen Koch


Kate Sullivan, Owner of The Old School Art Studio and creator of Creative Chicks Café

We have our May classes in place and will be held at The Old School Art Studio in Afton, MN.
All supplies are included in the price. If you are interested, contact Gloria for information and price per class
 at 651-387-1946 to sign up.

May 2nd  - Paint A Wine Glass 6:00-9:00 PM
May 9th - Apple Canvas Painting 6:00 - 9:00 PM
May 11th - Apple Canvas Painting 2:00 - 4:00 PM
May 16th - Ladies Night Out Open Work Shop 5:00 - 8:00 PM
May 23rd - Tote Bag 6:00 - 9:00 PM
May 25th - Tote Bag 2:00 - 4:00 PM
May 30th - Poppies Canvas Painting 6:00 - 9:00 PM
 

March 30, 2013

The Meaning of Easter- What does it mean to you?




Easter did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre.
Goddess of Spring
When the early missionaries converted the Saxons to Christianity, the holiday, since it fell around the same time as the traditional memorial of Christ's resurrection from the dead, was merged with the pagan celebration, and became know as Easter. The meaning of Easter was also changed to reflect its new Christian orientation.

Today, the meaning of Easter, for million of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him. 

 
Happy Spring

February 21, 2013

Treasure Hunting in Nashville

Treasure hunting in Nashville....
Last weekend, Feb. 13 – 16th, in Nashville I attended an awesome antique show near the Grand Ol Opry.  The Fiddler Hotel was host to over 90 antique dealers.  Each dealer was given a room on the first floor to open up shop.
My particular interest this weekend was to find vintage jewelry and religious medallions and rosaries to use in creating unique bohemian jewelry pieces.
In one of the shops I found a beautiful silver bowl filled with religious medallions.  As I was sorting through this bowl I found a wonderful St. Christopher medal.  It was a larger than a quarter and had a wonderful image and patina.  I purchased this along with several other medallions.  Yesterday while taking a closer look.  I turned over the medal and there was an imprint on it that read “To FC  From Bishop Choi.”

My first thought, who is Bishop Choi and who is FC and how did this medal come to play?  So, I googled Bishop Choi and found that he was a Priest, Bishop and Archbishop in Pusan, South Korea, from 1962-1973, during the same time period of the Vietnam War.  There are many stories circulating the internet about these Vietnam-era-medals issued by Bishop Choi. The St. Christopher medal was often attached to a rosary and had the initials of the serviceman hand-stamped on the back of them by the Bishop’s assistants.  So cool, imagine my medal has already been stamped, especially for a certain serviceman.
Now the question is, ‘How much is my hand-stamped St. Christopher medal worth?”  Through research, I have discovered that since the death of Bishop Choi in 2008 these St. Christopher Medals have become highly sought after collectables.  The medals alone without the rosaries are worth anywhere from 15.00 to 65.00, some medals value in the hundreds.  One particular medal is said to have been given to John F. Kennedy.  Bishop Choi sent him one while he was President and unlike most of the medals, which only have the first and last initial stamped on it, President Kennedy’s had “JFK”. 
Call it what you want, treasure hunting, dumpster diving, picking, or even being a modern archaeologist.  I love it!  Meeting the collectors and antique dealers on this memorabilia- seeking mission was truly a history lesson, providing a distance glimpse into the past.
But, this was not the only treasure I uncovered.  Check back to see some of the other pieces I acquired…………
Happy Hunting,
-Kate

February 13, 2013

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

We have had a blessed year with an abundance of inspiration and creativity. Many thanks to our friends and followers from 2012. Our new home for Creative Chicks Cafe at the Old Art School in Afton, Minnesota has been very rewarding. If you have followed our Facebook page, then you have followed our year of success, growth and opportunity for all artisans. Your passion drives us to be better, find new and interesting things to share and introduce you to amazing people with amazing talents.   Happy New Year!!!

October 28, 2012

Trick or Treat Trail In Afton MN at The Old School House

Oh my gosh, the "Trick or Treat Trail" in Afton Minnesota on Saturday, October 27th was a fantastic event. Kate Sullivan was a hit at The Old School House with her Witch Hat cookies. Of course our Chicks at Creative Chicks Cafe were on hand to assist with the spooktacular event. We had 100 children visit- Yahoo! Children from ages 9 months up to 75 years old came for Witch Hat cookies, treat bags and popcorn. (No, it's not a typo error as we are all kids at heart.) Costumes galore, even some scary ones. Hats off to the parents for taking time out of their day to visit our town and patronage the businesses along the way.
These are the great people that made this possible: Sponsored by Selema's Ice Cream Parlour, Valley Orthodontics and the Afton Business Association. Who gave out treats?
Afton Care Senior Homes, Making Waves Hair Salon, Sail Away Cafe', Afton Museum,The Creative Cottage, Bisou Bisou Salon, Swirl Wine Bar, Chelsea Rose Antiques, Historic Afton House Inn, Current Restaurant, Baglio's of Afton, JJ's Boutique, Calla Lily Day Spa, Squire House Gardens, Afton Leather and Old School Art Studio.





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