Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Work to Be Presented in Inspirational Magazine

Windfall - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
fabric and mixed media - 2015
50.25"h x 34"w

A few years ago I was fortunate to have had my work presented on The Textile Blog which is the well known blog of English writer, facilitator, and motivator for creative artists, John Hopper.  It was an interesting article as he presented his thoughts and observations about my work.  Now John has begun an online publication of a beautiful magazine; Inspirational.

John shared with me his desire for Inspirational to be not only inspirational, but also aspirational, to an audience of artist and non-artist alike. 

He stated that Inspirational will not dwell so much on artist techniques or where work has been sold or shown. Instead, it will concentrate on how each artist perceives the world around them and how that perception in turn becomes projected back onto the world through their work. 

The magazine is in a downloadable format which means Inspirational can be instantly and easily available to an international audience. This format also supports his concern for nature and the conservation of the natural world by not using paper.

As the publication has progressed he is presenting a higher quality of images of the work of the international list of artists he features.  The work of the artists is not limited to textiles.  He has expressed his hope that Inspirational will be a valued addition to the creative arts media that already exists, as well as being an outlet for showing another facet of what it is to be a creative individual, and to see the world through that unique perspective.  

My work will be in the September 15, 2015 issue.  Here is the list of all the artists for this issue:

Christine Chester - a textile and mixed media artist (
David Skillicorn - a fine art painter (
Gopika Nath - a textile artist (
Polly Jacobs Giacchina - a fiber sculptor (
Russell Tomlin - a photographer (
Terry Jarrard-Dimond - a fiber and mixed media artist (
Chriss Keegan - an illustrator (
Jenniefer McCurdy - a ceramicist (

Back issues of the magazine can also be purchased from his site.

Thank you for stopping by
Studio 24-7

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Do You Enjoy the Work of Gerhard Richter?

Cage Grid II, Part C - Gerhard Richter (2011) -

This morning I received an email from a website titled Artsy.  I was not familiar with the site but it is dedicated to art collecting and education about artists giving people a way to see a very broad sample of work as well as bios, articles and exhibition information.

One of their sites is dedicated to one of my favorite artist, Gerhard Richter and I was very impressed with the depth and scoop of his work represented there.

Here is a link:

I wrote about my interest in Richter's work here at Studio 24-7 June of 2010: 

Thanks for stopping by Studio 24-7.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Where Do Ideas for Artwork Come From?

Cultural Assimilation - Terry Jarrard-Dimond

Where do ideas for artwork come from?  There are so many answers for this question I hardly know where to begin but the most direct response is that work begets work.  Work begets ideas for new work and so it goes.  I think any artist who works regularly at their art can agree with this statement.  It's not enough to sit and "think" about what you are going to do.

So how do you ever start this chain of ideas and get the ball rolling.  This is where the path opens very wide.  You can read, listen to music, take a walk, take a trip to the local museum or farmers market.  How about a workshop in the medium you love or in a medium you have always been curious about.  I think the important part of any of these activities is that you give them your full attention and be present when you are doing them. All of these things plus many many more can spark an idea that you take into your studio and begin to explore.  At that point you have to be willing to stick with the work.

Many artists keep journals and sketchbooks.  Other artists keep notes on their ideas in more informal ways.  One friend keeps notes on index cards, punches a hole in one corner and stores them on a large keyring.  I myself have made notes when viewing exhibitions on the flyers about the shows.  Makes the notes very meaningful.  Many people today keep albums of images of things they see that interest them.

Some years ago I made a series of sculpture works based on ideas that came to me while reading a book titled The Queen Must Die: And Other Affairs of Bees and Men by William Longgood.  There is a lot of mystery and history connected with the keeping of bees and these stories made great material for art.  I had never kept bees or even knew much about them but I heard an interesting review of this book which is why I read it.  I had no idea how it would influence my work at the time.

As a young person I thought all artists relied solely on imagination for inspiration.  Thank goodness that is not exactly how things work.  Everything is connected and there is inspiration all around us.  In my opinion, the most imaginative people are the ones who do the most aware looking, reading and listening.  Their senses are engaged and they are open to impressions and insights.

I also encourage students to look at the work of artists whose work they admire.  I am not suggesting that they look so as to copy or "steal" the ideas of other artists but rather to observe and take note of the qualities of work that they find appealing.  The internet makes it very easy to look at amounts of work that simply was not previously  possible.  I have a Pinterest site where I have pinned many images and I'm always amazed at both the amount of work being made and the quality of the work.  It's just another way of stimulating your creativity and pushing "that ball" down the hill.

Thank you for spending time at
Studio 24-7.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Act On Your Ideas

Stonewall - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
hand painted fabric with stitching

I ended my last article in this series with the admonition that you must Act On Your Ideas.  This is so important.  Over and over I hear creative people share this idea.  You must act and if you aren't in a position to get to your studio when you have a great idea you must note it somewhere.  Just today I heard an interview with a singer-songwriter and he related that if he gets an idea in the middle to the night he gets up and records his inspiration whether it is a complete thought or not.  

Creative inspirations can be very fickle and fleeting if not made real.  Ideas have their own time schedule.  This idea doesn't apply only to art, it applies to all creative endeavors.  Napoleon Hill was a famous inspirational/self-help writer.  One of his catch phrases which lots of other people now use is JUST TAKE ACTION.  (Does this sound familiar....Just do it!)  Two of Hill's most  famous works are Think and Grow Rich and The Laws of Attraction.  Hill gathered the material for his work by interviewing the most famous men of his time. (I am confident were he doing his interviews today there would be women included.)  From these giants of industry and letters he found certain elements and ways of doing things that were common to them.  Taking action was one of those elements.

You don't have to be fully formed to get started on your work.  If that were true no one would ever start anything. But we live in a society were everyone wants to be a superstar and often find it difficult to be a beginner.  Think of all the great people and of their amazing journeys to reach the tops of their profession.  They were beginners who took action.

Next:  Where do ideas come from?

Thank you for stopping by
Studio 24-7 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Quilts 20/20 Traditional Works/Contemporary Art

I was really pleased to be invited to be a part of Quilts 20/20 Traditional Works/Contemporary Art at the Susquehanna Art Museum.  The museum is in Harrisburg, Pa. and the show opened June 19 and will run through August 31.

Pat Pauley was the guest Curator and this is her Curator's Notes as presented in the catalog.

"I often straddle the two camps of traditional quilters and art quilters.  In shaping this exhibition, I drew twenty glorious quilts from historical collections and twenty throughout-provoking works from contemporary artists.  This is an open discussion on both the stylistic changes in the quilt genre, and the new work that has transformed the term "quilt."

The contemporary artists have not made direct replies to the historical works in any way - this was not a "call and response" challenge.  Even so, the dialogues between works speaks a universal design language of line, form, color, movement, and composition.  This is what I find exciting.

I see the effect through modern eyes: three centuries of artistic effort meet and, by virtue of proximity, the works reflect light from one to another, spanning the decades."

The artists represented in the exhibition are:

Thank you for stopping by
Studio Twenty-Four Seven