Deniszczuk is a well known local fiber artist whose main mediums are
felt making, both wearable and sculptural, as well as sculptural
basketry. Shemarries both of her loves in her sculptural work which
consists of felt forms surrounded by coiled basketry. She enjoys the
process of felt making from undyed wool to the final product. She dyes
her wools and silk and creates unique sculptural forms that are
thenembellished with hand stitching. She encompasses each felt form
within an undulating hard form made of coiled, hand dyed pine needles
that are hand stitched together with waxed linen thread. Tracy
has studied felt making with world renowned felt makers such as, Mehmet
Girgic (Turkish felt maker), Sharon Costello, Martien Van Zuilen ( New
Zealand), Pam MaGregor, Katerina Mokeyeva (Russia), and Lisa Klakulak
just to name a few. Felt making has been a lifelong passion especially
using it in a sculptural form. Tracy began making felt in college where
she majored in Fine Arts with anemphasis on fiber art and a minor in
printmaking from Southern Illinois University. She continues to work in
her St. Charles, MO studio and hosts a wet felt making study group that
is a part of the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis. She is on the exhibition
committee and jury committee for the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis as
well. Other memberships are Surface Design Association, Missouri Fiber
Artists, and National Basketry Organization.
Framations Custom Framing & Art Gallery
218 North Main Street ~ St Charles, Missouri 63301
I am long past the days of apologizing for not posting here more regularly. It is an easy decision I can either be creating or wrestling with my computer and creating usually wins ....art wins over housecleaning as well which is why you don't get invited to our house unless we have 2 days notice to clean. There is an exception to this rule ...those of you who also let clutter win and I have seen it with my own eyes you know who you are. There are those out there who tell me their house is a mess and not to worry about it. I have seen their house when they are calling it a disaster and it is clear to me we don't share the same view on what a clean house looks like. I suspect a few minutes in the clutter palace (aka our home) might cause them discomfort. So sparing them this suffering seems to me to be the best course of action. Unless of course they want to come out and help me reorganize the studio.
I'll pay with artwork.
I am selfish with my time since I started working part-time. I call it the paycheck I can count on. It helps with some bills and keeps me in art supplies. Friends are saying they never see me. I would have to say Paul Seibert from Straightup Magazine sees me more than anyone... Brad and I see him every time we are out in the world usually involving live local music, Cardinal baseball at 10th Street Baking Company (although we always seem to jink the broadcast) and local art events. Paul offered me the cover of his magazine and an opportunity to be a featured artist in his magazine. His staff writer Kathy Sax came out to my studio and believe me there was some tidying in advance! She took pictures and wrote a lovely piece. Paul even delivered me some copies of the magazine in the middle of a severe storm to 10th Street Baking Co where the Cardinal game was in rain delay...sorry Don!
Thank You to Paul and Kathy it was fun.
If you are interested here is the link to the article.
Proving my point that good things happen on the beach... while there I learned On View magazine was covering the Art Cloth Networks Illumination exhibit and had selected 4 artists to showcase in the article: Joy Lavrencik, Linda Dawson, Barbara Schneider and Jacque Davis. Believe me I had a bit of a tingle when I went to On View to see what they were about and saw a review of a Dale Chilhuly exhibit. The magazine wrote an exceptional article about art cloth perhaps one of the best descriptions I have ever seen. To see the article follow the link. For those of you traveling to Florida it is a great resource if you like to visit art galleries.
This is how we first met last Sunday.... my dogs were barking like fools at these little ones who were sitting just outside our shed. This was a very distressing sight as it was raining they looked so pitiful and were meowing like crazy...to add to the drama my husband I were supposed to be leaving in a couple hours for an overnight trip to Blue Sky Vineyard to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary.
After several calls to various and very closed animal clinics and humane societies (who had very annoying messages I might add). My vets answering machine message was warbly and sounded like this "in case of emergency dial 539 -6 blib17 "what the hell was the number blib? So after dialing several wrong numbers I finally hit on the correct blib= number and left a message for my vet to please call me. Here is the sure sign that you have a good vet he actually returned my call in 5 minutes ( sheesh my doctor won't even do that! ). I explained the situation and he agreed with my suspicions that the momma was probably moving the kittens and was scared off by my dogs. He suggested we leave them overnight exactly where they were, do not touch them, keep the dogs away and the area quiet in hopes the momma would return for them. If she didn't we would need to start bottle feeding them in the morning. This vet is such a nice man ...
he was so calm and matter of fact it eased my fears of
these kittens dying any minute. His advice was also practical the kittens would have a better chance of surviving if their momma was feeding them. So we decided to head for the vineyard... leaving my very tenderhearted son in charge of keeping the dogs away and keeping an eye on the situation...I stressed how important it was not to touch the kittens or disturb the area but knew in my heart their pitiful meowing would tug at his heart... he is my son after all. He says he did not touch them and stayed away during the day but when it started getting colder at sundown he warmed up water bottles and put them out there next to them to try to keep them warm.... not touching them but definitely disturbing the area. He also went and purchased formula in case he needed to start feeding them in the morning. So we texted several times throughout the day still no sign of momma cat.
When I texted for the morning report this was his return text " I started feeding them this morning and have someone coming over to show me how to do it correctly she will take one of the kittens and will bottle feed it with the help of her grandparents" I was not even one little bit surprised. He had a plan in place and things under control. The truth of how that night actually went down will come out eventually! I have my suspicions but have to say I am proud to have a son who does not like to watch animals suffering. I came home to see this little face in my kitchen.
So my son and I have been sharing feeding duties... every 4 hours... he does the night shift thankfully. We burp, and help the little bugger go to the bathroom... this stinks to high heaven I might add! Then we give it a cat bath which is my favorite thing ( no I don't lick it) it purrs and relaxes completely falling asleep.
This morning we go see the vet and get this one checked out and weighed so we know how much formula it should be eating. Hopefully we can learn what the sex is so I can quit calling it the little bugger, this one, and the kitten. I think it is a female. So life in the woods has taken this unexpected and sweet road...sometimes scratchy and frequently purring! Meow!
I am in Denver this week spending some time with my daughter. It is really interesting to be in a city that has such a vibrant art presence. I am especially smitten with the these large posters we have seen on several walls throughout the city.
I would love to know who the artist or artists are. It is such an interesting addition to the street and I would love to hear the back story.
I have been on a mission this summer to make cloth samples from every dye powder on my shelf ... a little bit boring to dye the small one color fabric samples ...but... during the course of the week I play on on a larger piece of cloth mixing and layering colors so I can explore the interactions between multiple colors and removing color.
The shapes you see that look like bones ( to me) were created using soy wax for a resist before dyeing with golden yellow and medium blue.
Then I applied Jacquard Discharge Paste in circle shapes using a
muffin tin for a stamp. After covering the surface with these wonky
looking circles I let the paste dry for a bit then steamed each circle
to remove the color. The fuchsia disappeared leaving the underlying
colors and was very exciting to watch during the steaming process. Yes Rosie... I
was wearing my Darth Vader mask for safety!