Have you met Liz Kettle? Liz is a wonderfully creative and inspiring teacher. I’ve been lucky enough to take several classes from her and have loved every one of them. She is a lot of fun and extremely generous in sharing all that she knows and loves about mixed media and fiber arts. She is also a personal friend of mine, and I feel quite blessed to know her and have her in my life. She teaches classes at a lot of venues, and I am happy to say, she also teaches at Blue Twig Studio.
I thought it would be fun to do an artist interview with her so she could share a little bit more about herself. I also encourage you to visit her website Textile Evolution to learn even more.
Meet Liz Kettle.
- What type of art do you create?
My art is a bit of this and that. I love abstract, collage and really, just about every style of art with the exception of photorealism. That is why I work in mixed media. I use whatever medium best expresses the story or idea I am trying to convey.
- Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere of course. I find great inspiration in nature, whether hiking in the mountains or simply looking out the window. But, I am just as likely to be inspired by history, reading a book, or contemplating the patterns made by the stacks on my desk.
- Do you remember being creative as a child? Or is art something that you came to later in life?
I was frequently found creating when I was little. My Great Aunt and mom were often involved in some fun craft project that I begged to help with. I made my first skirt by myself in middle school and fell in love with embroidery shortly thereafter. I have always loved textiles and stitch. I considered myself a crafter most of my life and didn’t decide that I wanted to have more expressive control over my work and learn to be an artist until I was in my 40s.
- What is your studio space like? What is the best part of your studio?
I am fortunate to have two rooms in my home for my studio space. One is the textile/stitch studio and the other the mixed media, wet stuff studio. Of course I am back and forth between the two spaces all day long when working on a project! Fortunately they are close together on the same floor. I am constantly fighting the organizational battle. I pull so much stuff out when I am working that it is quite the disaster until I finish with that project. I do clean and restore order between projects but it is a losing battle most of the time. I simply love to be in my studio. The best part is probably all the built in shelving.
- Do you have a favorite art quote you would like to share?
I am a bit of a quote junkie! LOL! But, I think my favorite is by Terry Pratchett from one of his books in the Wee Free Men series: “Open your eyes and then open your eyes again.” I think that quote speaks to the core of what being an artist is. You must be mindful of what is present here and now as well as what is possible if you are brave enough to see.
- What inspired you to begin teaching? Do you have a favorite teaching story to share?
I started teaching so I could share my knowledge about thread that resulted from years of experimentation and research. I soon found that I loved it. When a student gets excited about a technique I teach or gains confidence from the skills I teach, I get immense satisfaction. I love inspiring someone! I have so much fun teaching and have enjoyed so many wonderful students that I can’t pick out one story in particular but I get the most satisfaction when I am encouraging a student to bravely step out of their comfort zone and they become so confident and proud of themselves as a result.
- What type of classes do you teach? Which is your favorite class to teach?
The classes I teach are as varied as my art style is. I teach basic tool box classes that give the student a solid foundation so they feel confident in their skills and I teach some more exploratory classes that help the student develop their own style and self-expression.
So now you know a little bit more about the fabulous mixed media & fiber artist Liz Kettle. She is teaching at Blue Twig Studio this quarter. YAY! Her next class is Magical Stitches on Jan 19th. This is a fabulous class where you learn about stitching and beading on silk and fibers to create an ephemeral thread lace embroidery. The pieces created using this process are simply yummy. Here are some samples.
She is also teaching Layer It Up Collage on Feb 16th. This is a class where you learn about layering and composition by creating a wonderful fiber collage of your own. Liz shares a variety of techniques to help you in designing your own fiber collage piece. Here are some samples.
The last class she is teaching this quarter is the Needle Felting Journal. You will learn about machine needle felting (Liz has machines for you to use if you are interested in learning but don’t have your own machine) and play with all kinds of fibers and ribbons and roving and bits and pieces of stuff. You will also do a bit of hand stitching on your piece to finish it off. You will then make a mini art journal cover and learn a basic way to create your journal. This is a fun class with lots of oohs and aahs going on.
These are all wonderful classes and if you have been wanting to try something new this year, here is your opportunity. If you are interested in taking any of these classes, please let me know. They are filling up, and the classes are on a first come-first serve basis (once I receive payment in full you are on the list).
Liz also has several books (I told you she was fabulous). She is the co-author of Fabric Embellishing: the basics and beyond, as well as the co-author of Threads: the basics and beyond. She also has a brand new book out First-time Beading on Fabric. You can find Fabric Embellishing and the Beading on Fabric books on the Blue Twig Studio Website. (Unfortunately I don’t have the Threads book in stock .) Don’t forget to check out Liz’s website Textile Evolution to find out more about what she is doing and where she is teaching.
I hope you know a bit more about Liz Kettle now. If you have an opportunity to take a class from her, I definitely recommend it.
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