Welcome to Christmas! Does it seem to you like this year has flown by!? I blinked and it happened.
So… I have a huge pile of interviews, reviews, and giveaways that have been waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting) for me to get around to posting them for you. I am very happy to introduce you to a few more of my very favorite artists.
Desiree Habicht is a multi talented artist working in both cloth and watercolors – and probably other media that I haven’t seen yet. We had a great (email) interview months ago and she has been patiently waiting for me to get around to putting this up. I know you are going to love her art as much as I do!
Lyric: Did you always want to be an artist.
Desiree: Yes, I can say I have always been an artist. My mom often reminds me how I was always making books and cards for people as a small child. They were always fully illustrated too! Everything was fair game and I often sketched on whatever I had close, math homework etc. I was born to create.
Lyric. Describe your journey.
Desiree: I am a self taught artist and was fortunate to have worked with interior designers, professionals and builders doing faux finishes and murals along with my fine art. I worked for years, and as my children got older I was able to travel all over to paint on site . At the point of being almost empty nesters everything changed. In 2000 our daughter was hit by a drunk driver. After 8 months of hospitals and life support we brought our daughter home. She required full time care and all of our lives were forever changed. I was now at home figuring out my new life and saw the TV show “Simply Quilts”. As I watched I was thinking I could do that at home. I started with one quilt class, one night a week and quickly moved into designing my own patterns and art quilts. That led to the opportunity to design fabric which I love. Art is a gift and allowed me to reinvent myself so I could care for Jennifer and still create and work from home. Art is a never ending journey.
Desiree: I love textiles, the feel, the ability to create art from fabric and to create fabric from my art! Quilts symbolize comfort and warmth which they provided me in many ways. My art quilts allow me to tell a story or share an event with my viewers. I love putting in hidden elements and symbolism that mean something to me. Textiles also opened up a whole new group of friends and colleagues which I am so thankful for!
Lyric: Whats coming up that you would like me to share?
Desiree: Right now I have some of my quilts in a book available at Amazon called “Cutting Edge Art Quilts” by Mary Kerr. I also just self published my first pattern book that goes with my latest fabric line ” Gumdrops and Lollipops”. I also have a new fabric line coming out called ” Monster Trucks” which will be sold by Quilting Treasures and will be available at your local quilt shop.
Lyric: Is there anything else you want me to tell my readers.
Desiree: Yes, I want to encourage everyone that no matter what your facing you are not alone and art, quilting, and creating can be both therapeutic and healing.
Desiree’s patterns, art quilts, art work and workshops can be viewed on my website www.desireesdesigns.com. She sends out a monthly newsletter with upcoming giveaways, classes and shows, that you can sign up for on her website. You can also follow Desiree’s blog, http://myclothesline.blogspot.com, and see her monthly contribution to The Sketchbook Challenge blog that both of us contribute to along with some other amazing artists!
And now – the first of many giveaways over the next few weeks. Desiree graciously shared a sweet little bundle of her fabric and the pattern book to go with it. If you have any little sweetlings in your life you are going to love this giveaway. If you are anything like me it won’t get done in time for Christmas but I think these are perfect for valentines day!
Leave a comment below – telling me now your art helps you through the rough times.
I will pick a winner on Monday.