Friday Finds: Paints, prints, & more

1.  First, let me introduce you to the tights of my dreams:
These beauties are hand-printed in the UK by Teja Jamilla, and the only reason I don’t already own a pair is that I can’t decide which pair I want need!  I definitely want the pirate print…now I just have to decide on color.

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2.  Blog: The Jealous Curator


I must admit I’m a little jealous of the Jealous Curator.   She maintains a blog featuring art of which one could be reasonably jealous.  But hopefully, in the end, you’ll just be inspired.  (Or, at least, mostly inspired.  I can’t promise you won’t still be a little jealous.  Oh, just go ahead and read what she says herself!) ;)

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3.  Ernest Vincent Wood III
Running across this artist’s exhibit at HUE Gallery last Final Friday was a serious treat.   His oil paintings are simply breathtaking.    I’m so proud to be able to call him a fellow Wichitan!
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4.  bookhou
I discovered bookhou via Geninne’s Art on facebook.  bookou is a collaborative work between John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj, and offers handmade textiles, furniture and house design, and more.

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Giveaway: Hand-knit Mitts!

After the whirlwind that was the end of spring, summer, and fall (up until now), I am so excited about the coming months, because I am taking a break!  Not that I won’t be doing anything (oh, no!) but I am swearing off of commitments outside of my home, garden, and art.   To celebrate, I thought I’d do a giveaway! mittgiveawaynov15 To enter, you’ll need to “like” my facebook page, Prairiesque, and then comment on and/or like the current profile picture, which you can find linked here.  And that’s all you have to do!  A winner will be drawn randomly on Saturday, November 15. So here’s to cleaning, reading, working outside, more creating, and, hopefully, better blogging! PS–if you’d like to knit these yourself, you can find the Miss Practicality Wristwarmers pattern here

DIY: Easy, elegant mask for bespectacled beauties!

Halloween is upon us!!  Annnnnd…I only just started on my costume today.  (Yikes!)  I usually operate on a last minute basis anyway and usually don’t have too much trouble with things working themselves out, but I have been completely stuck on how to deal with my glasses. On rare occasions I will wear contacts, but I just didn’t feel like it this time.
This solution is so incredibly simple (and elegant, I think!) that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner.  But since I didn’t think of it sooner, I’m only just posting it now, and hope that any four-eyes in need will discover it in the nick of time!  :D

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I already know that you know what the earth is without art, but…

There are about a million other things I should be working on right now, but I have to take a moment and get this out, though I almost hesitate to do so.  We’ve become so inundated with clichéd  little quotes splashed across pinterest and facebook and everywhere else, they become stale and trite and it’s easy to not take anything to heart.  I imagine what I’m writing now will inevitably become lost in the sea of inspirational internet rhetoric.  However, if I haven’t lost your attention by now, please listen–and I mean really listen–to this:

BE PASSIONATE ABOUT ART.

And when I say art, I just mean creating.   If you’re thinking, “oh, I’m not the creative type,” or “I couldn’t draw a straight line to save my life,” or some other manner of negative claptrap, STOP NOW.  These are false beliefs.  If you are a human, you ARE creative.  Perhaps your talents don’t lie in the “traditional” realm of art.  Perhaps you’re not a painter or a sculptor, but you can imagine, and you can make stuff.

Of course, you may very well be a painter or sculptor.  Maybe you’re a knitter, weaver, spinner, crocheter.  Or you might be a photographer, or a designer, an organizer, a builder of robots.  Maybe you’re a writer or a performer.  Maybe you’re a curator who appreciates the work of others and facilitates the enjoyment of such.  Maybe you are many of these things.  If you don’t know what you are yet, find out NOW.  And if you’ve already found your niche…DISCOVER A NEW ONE.

Why should you do this?  Because it’s enjoyable, it makes you be more curious, it enriches your life and that of those around you.  Really, just get excited about things.   And once you’ve found your passion, SHARE IT!  Please.  You will inspire others, even if you don’t know it.

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Mark your calendars…if you have room.

I doubt if I have to tell you how busy I am this month…BECAUSE I BET YOU ARE, TOO.  But there are several events coming up that I’d hate my local people to miss!

1.)  TISSU Sewing Studio (the fabulous place where I had my AMAZING art show–amazing not so much because of the art, but because of the people who showed up!) is having a contest for Wichita artists and costume-makers…but the deadline is approaching fast!  You can read all the details here at the Call for Entries event page… and if you don’t want to enter, at least be there for the party on Friday, October 31!!

2.)  Craftacular.  (Of course, Craftacular)…it’s gonna be awesome.   October 25 from 10am-2pm at the Maize Recreation Commission (10100 Grady Ave., Maize, KS, just off of Maize Road.)

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3.)  Want to bellydance?  I’ll be teaching a beginners’ class, also at the Maize Recreation Commission!!  Okay, technically, this is a November/December event…but you can sign up now!  It’s a shorter session this time, 6 weeks for $45, from November 11 to December 16 on Tuesday evenings.   Learn more and sign up here: Maize Rec Adult Programs.small bellydance poster

Painted Ladies and Other Specimens: An Art Show by ME!

I am so, so, sooo very pleased and grateful to be able to say that I am reaching yet another goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the year: having my own art show!

It wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for another exciting thing I have to tell you about: TISSU Sewing Studio (and, of course, its owner, Nina Winter.)  TISSU is a Wichita studio opening soon; they offer classes in sewing and more, and I’m so excited to see what’s in store for this brand new venue.

I’m honored to be part of TISSU’s grand opening celebration and its very first Final Friday artist.  And since I’ve still got a lot of work to get done…here are the quick and dirty details!  I hope to see you there!!

TISSU Sewing Studio Presents:
Painted Ladies and Other Specimens: A Collection of Work by Leanne Dougherty

Opening Reception: Friday, July 25 from 6:30-9:00pm

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TISSU Sewing Studio in Clifton Square
3700 E Douglas, #59 (upstairs and facing Yale St.)
Wichita, KS 67208

Spread the word and invite your friends!

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Calling Kansas Artisans: Craftacular 2014 is Coming!

I am so excited to announce that Craftacular is back this fall!!

This year, it’ll be even bigger and better.  If you’re an artist, crafter, or vintage vendor in the Wichita area (or beyond!) I want YOU!  You can download the Autumn Craftacular 2014 Vendor Application for details, and visit the Craftacular section here on this blog, prairiesque.wordpress.com/craftacular-2014.  And have you liked the facebook page yet?  Do be sure to check it out, because this is where I most frequently post Craftacular updates.  You can find it at facebook.com/craftacularks.

Posters and more info will be coming soon…so stay tuned!

Intermediate Bellydance: May session

Come dance with us!!  Another 4-week session starts up tomorrow.   This is a bellydance class for all levels of intermediate or advanced dancers, so anyone who has attended at least a few beginner classes can join in!

This session, we are beginning a new cane dance in addition to finishing up our tribal fusion choreography.  There will also be will also be drills, zills, and lots of thrills!  (Or at least a lot of fun!)  A great way to put a little extra dance into your life.

Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
May 1-22, 2014  (No class May 29)
in the gym at Loving Arms Child Care Center
1241 N. Ridge Rd.
Wichita, KS

$20/4-week session

You can reserve your spot through PayPal or just show up the day of class!  (Which would be tomorrow!)

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Questions?  Please email me at prairiesque@yahoo.com!

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slow living: ICT

If you know me very well, you know I have about 27,000 blogs and, like, I don’t know, fifty billion facebook pages…(well, maybe that’s an exaggeration.)  But you get the idea.  I just like having projects, ya know?  And each must have its fitting and appropriate outlet, right?!

My latest project is slow living: ICT, a blog “celebrating the homegrown and handmade…embracing the simple pleasures of the Slow Movement in Wichita and South Central Kansas.”  Really, it’s a somewhat evolved combination of two other pages/projects, the Kansas Creative and Wichita is for Lovers.   While I do celebrate homegrown and handmade here at Prairiesque, slow living: ICT is a little less “personal” (i.e., all-about-me-and-what-I-do), but still personable!  It is there that I plan on doing more interviews with other locals who embrace the slow.

So please, if you’re interested in handmade, gardening, and just enjoying the simple things, visit the official blog, slowlivingict.blogspot.com and “like” it on facebook, facebook.com/slowlivingict.

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Cover Yer Mitts eBook now available!

Cover Yer Mitts: A Collection of Knitting Patterns for Things That Go on Your Hands is now available!

This collection of 7 knitting patterns includes armwarmers, mittens, fingerless gloves, and a bracelet trio (so technically, you’re getting 9 patterns.)

Buying these patterns separately would add up to $28.50, but purchase them together in this ebook, and you get them for more than half off!  What a steal!!!  ;)

Only 16 bucks at the Sugar Pickle etsy shop, and it includes: Rome Wristwarmers, Bittersweet Greens Fingerless Gloves, Classic Chevron Mitts, Mabel Mittens, Tribal Cuff Trio: (Sub)Urban Gypsy, Twining Vines Mittens, and Rosetta Armwarmers.  (And of course, all of these patterns can still be purchased individually.)

To purchase your digital copy of Cover Yer Mitts, click here.

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I hope your Good Friday is a great one so far!

 

Art, Craft, Nature + More on the Kansas Plain

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