Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Three Pairs of Shoes: One Worthy Cause

Steampunked shoes

A couple of weeks ago, I happened to read about a charity event going on right in my neighborhood at the Watermark Center in Muskegon on April 25, 2015, called “Heels for Meals,” this gala event is to raise money for AgeWellServices. In addition to being a very worthwhile, I thought the whole idea of combining shoe fashion with the concept of wheels was very creative as well as bringing awareness to the community of the ongoing need for bringing meals to those unable to prepare their own meals. This event hopefully will raise the needed funds and encourage more attention towards this issue.

I thought it would be fun to create something for this event. I offered my services to help make some of the displays. Here are the three pairs I designed.

The first pair were my daughter’s witness competition shoes she wore in several events.  I thank her for letting me glitter them up. I named them “Ella at the Ball.”
Ella at the Ball

The other two pairs were purchased at Goodwill Industries. The yellow pair caught my eye right away. These reminded me of something from the 50s or 60s, so I went with it and made them into “Sunshine, Lollypops and Rainbows” from the Leslie Gore song of the same name(RIP Leslie) with gold glitter, laser ribbon, and “lollypops.” The last pair were my favorite because they are “Steampunk” They had to have wings, of course.  Not sure what I would name them, maybe “Steam Stomp” or something. Anybody got any ideas for that?
Sunshine, Lollypops & Rainbows

Meals on Wheels serves individuals in their homes who are unable either purchase or prepare their own meals. This name refers to home-delivered meals programs, although  not all of them are actually named "Meals on Wheels". Those served are usually housebound and many of the recipients are elderly. Many of the volunteers are also elderly but able-bodied and able to drive wheeled vehicles. There are Meals on Wheels programs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States.

Hopefully I will be able to attend the event. It looks like it will be a fun evening. For more information, call 231-733-8645. 

If you have a comment, question, please contact me. Namaste! - Marie Helena 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What makes you an artist?

"jeweled girl", 2010

I can’t really remember when I decided I wanted to be an artist, probably around age 12. It was what I told people what I was going to do when I grew up; either that or a nurse. Things being what they were, like having to go out and make a living, I opted for the medical stuff, working a variety of positions within that field for over 20 years. The two careers are seemingly worlds away from each other: The medical field with its exactness and science, and art with its ideal of freedom of expression; although having knowledge of anatomy helps when drawing figures. Even though I love all things medical and “sciency”, my heart still yearned for art. I never stopped drawing in those years, it just too a backseat to the other more important things in my life; especially raising two daughters; being the sole bread-winner until they graduated high school. But I never considered myself an “artist”, just somebody who could draw or design clothes or jewelry, or make crafts.

It wasn’t until recently that I seriously started to pursue becoming better at my art by trying new techniques and studying how to improve on it. While I still consider myself a novice, I have at least acknowledged to myself that I could call myself an artist, not just someone who draws or paints; not so much because of the fact that I have managed to sell a few pieces; but by the fact that art and beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. When we can achieve something that is creative and pleasing to the eye-either our own and hopefully someone elses; if it makes us happy to create it; or that it has the power to move the viewer emotionally or conveys a message; one is indeed an artist. 

So for all you creative people out there: Wherever the wings your creativity take you, soar free; soar happy, for you are an artist; whether or not anybody else acknowledges it for the world needs more creative people. Namaste-MarieHelena.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Extraordinary Art of the Celts

Celtic Horses

It was such a gorgeous sun-shiny day here in my neck o’ the woods (along the lake in Michigan) that I had a hard time sitting down and writing my blog! My instinct was to soak up the sun. But finally I got down to the business of getting my resources and photos ready to post. Phew, found out I had a LOT of material on the Celts and Ireland but predominately Scotland and their “ilk” After I started hauling out all the books, artwork, jewelry and ephemera I had collected in my journey to know all that was about my Scottish heritage, it became clear to me that it would take a lot more posts (and maybe another blog) to cover the subject to my satisfaction. So here is a taste of the Celtic world and the Isles in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day next week.