Full Reveal – New Work: (Feeling) Connected

It’s time to pull back the curtain for the full reveal of (Feeling) Connected! I finished this piece and it’s ready to share. I hope you enjoy it!

Please keep going to read about the inspiration behind this piece and more. If you’re rather watch and listen, jump to the video at the end.

Connected: art quilt, textured fiber painting
(c) 2020, Hilary Clark, “Connected”, Fiber, 34-1/4″ x 23-1/4″, $2500
Image credit: Hilary Clark

The inspiration…

As always with my Feelings series, most of my inspiration comes from my empathetic nature. This holds true for Connected as well.

When we first moved to Florida in late March, I knew there were two pieces I wanted to make. The first was Isolated, which I completed in May. The second is this piece – Connected. I couldn’t make one without making the other. The two pieces mirror each other and each includes squares as design elements, but there the similarity ends.

Using the slider, you can see a side by side comparison of Connected and Isolated, shown to demonstrate the mirror imaging in overall shape and the contrast in design
Image credit: Hilary Clark

While Isolated was inspired by a cross-country move in the middle of a pandemic, Connected was inspired by its polarity to isolation. Even before the rising tide of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I knew I’d make Connected. I had to. It represents the connection we all have to each other, black or white, due to the irrefutable fact of our humanness.

I feel this connection, constantly. I sometimes see it, as strands of sparkling light, connecting me to everyone and everything, ala the Matrix. That doesn’t mean I don’t have loads to learn; it just means I feel the connection and so I choose to do what strengthens it, rather than what weakens it.

My color choices…

For Connected, I chose the canvas palette colors of black and white because, in my mind, connection is that straight-forward. There’s no grey to the connection that exists between all of humanity.

The black and white squares represent individuals, houses, neighborhoods, countries. Some are mostly black, some are mostly white (and of course some are mostly brown – I just don’t possess any brown fabric and that fabric choice didn’t play well with the contrast I was trying to achieve).

The connecting design elements – the waves of varying colors – represent the rainbow of uniqueness and individuality that exists for all of us. We are at once completely different from each other and yet remarkably the same, with flesh and blood and bone.

What this piece symbolizes…

Each square is linked to the others through the colored wave elements, a network of connection that can’t be broken, no matter how hard we might try.

The connection is ultimately a spiritual one, regardless of the form your belief system takes. We are all made of magical star stuff, coming from Spirit, choosing this human experience to learn and grow and love.

(Feeling) Connected is meant to symbolize the connection of universal love. I felt that connection as I was making this piece. In your viewing of it, I hope you can feel it too.

(To read the poem that accompanies this piece, you can do so here.)

Exit through the gift shop…

Connected is available for purchase and is listed at $2500. If you’d like to own this densely stitched, fused raw edge appliqué textured fiber painting, please get in touch.

If you’re ready for a private (virtual) showing of my art, you can schedule an appointment here.

To discuss commissioning me to make a textured fiber painting specifically for you or someone you love, please schedule an exploratory commissioning conversation and we’ll see what we can create together.

If you liked what you read (or watched if you chose the video), please share with the one person you absolutely know would like it too!

New beginnings

Today’s the first day I’m “broadcasting” from my combined business, where I’ve pulled my Harmony Coaching work under my Hilary Clark Studios umbrella. Thank you to everyone who subscribes to these posts. I truly appreciate it!

For those who’ve been following along with Harmony Coaching, the weekly articles with video will continue on topics related to developing, growing, and maintaining a creative practice. They’ll just come from Hilary Clark Studios now.

For those who’ve been following Hilary Clark Studios, you’ll start receiving the weekly posts I mentioned above. The monthly studio update will be one of those posts, so there’ll still be photos of my work in progress and/or full reveals of finished work. Yay!

Creativity is our greatest gift but many either take it for granted or, worse, believe they’re not creative. I’m working to change that – to help the secret rebel inside us all reconnect to his or her innate creativity so the child who still lives inside can come out and play. If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place!

Even if you believe you have some creative spark within you, you may not see how you could apply that creativity to everything you do, including your job. Or you’re not making time to do creative things because it feels foolish. Or you feel like whatever you make has to be perfect, otherwise, it’s just not worth your time.

These are the topics I’ll address in the weekly articles. I hope you’ll stick around.

What’s stopping you from being creative? Share in the comments or DM me. If you’d like to talk about how you could start, get in touch and we’ll set up time to talk.

If you liked what you read, please share – someone else might like it too!

Studio Update: April 2020

I missed a studio update in March but I had a great reason.  At the end of February, my partner received a job offer that required relocation from Chicago, Illinois to West Palm Beach, Florida.  March was spent preparing for and executing the move.  Thankfully, his new employer included payment for this relocation as part of his job offer so we purged and someone else packed, loaded, and shipped.  We’ve settled into our new home (renting for a while) and he’s going to work daily.  He works in construction, which is an essential business during the corona virus pandemic.

View from the back porch at the old house. Brrr!

View from the back porch at the new house. Yay!

I already worked from home for myself as a Leadership Trainer and Coach, so I just shifted to a new room in a new house.  However, the cross country move in the middle of a shelter-in-place pandemic also shifted my thinking about that business.  The whole reason I wanted to work for myself was to have the freedom to make more art.  And yet, building a business requires a great deal of time.  Art making didn’t go up.  And that hurt my heart.  I’m processing what it is I really want to do with my training and coaching business.  In the meantime, I’m upping my creative making time and I’m back in the studio.

When I’m not in the studio working on my latest textured fiber painting and not working on my coaching business, I’m mapping out a plan to build an art business, as opposed to or in addition to, the coaching business (that’s part of what I’m processing).  I’ve started writing a novel.  I’m developing digital wall art using messages I receive from my meditations.  I’m considering creating wall art from my poetry and from famous poets.  I may offer embroidered pieces with inspirational statements.  I’m absolutely going to create a guided journal to help inspire personal growth.  I’m brainstorming a LOT of art ideas and I’m thinking about how and where I want to offer them for sale.  I’ll keep you posted here and on social media (if we’re not connected on Facebook or Instagram, let’s fix that, OK?)  Links to each are here:

Facebook (Personal)
Facebook (Art Page – Hilary Clark Studios)
Instagram

For now, my big project is my latest textured fiber painting, (Feeling) Isolated.  The other day, I realized my textured fiber painting Feeling series has been built off the empathy hits I get from the Global Human Collective when it’s time to choose a feeling for the next piece.  For example, I made Grief in the first couple months of this year; a feeling that was sitting deep inside the Collective and which has risen to prominence during these #quarantimes.  Now I’m making Isolated (which is a pretty obvious connection 😊).

Isolated – Canvas
(c) Hilary Clark

Isolated – Mono Print
(c) Hilary Clark

Isolated – Progress
(c) Hilary Clark

Watch this space for news about my art business decisions, updates on new work, and musings on living a creative life.

Next up: I’ll continue work on Isolated.  Full reveal expected in May.  And I’ll continue to brainstorm and create other offerings.

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Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling and is based on the empathetic connection I feel to the Global Human Collective.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber to reflect the emotion most prevalent within the Collective at the time the feeling is chosen.

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My art is my work and the majority is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery to view the items for sale.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of my creations, please contact me via this site.

Thanks for visiting my studio!

 

(Feeling) Grief

When I began creating my Feelings series, I always knew I would need to make Grief.  Not necessarily because I would be feeling grief but rather, because it’s an emotion we all experience at some point.  It’s a feeling of raw pain and anguish in the early days, weeks, and months of a loss, eventually edging back into the corners of the heart, yet occasionally rising in waves of sadness at unexpected moments even years later.

Grief drowns us.  It swallows us down and we let it.  We fight our way to the surface to bargain with our Divinity before sinking again into despair, hiding ourselves away, hoping if we hide long enough, it won’t be true.  Eventually, we float, accepting the truth but still never knowing when another wave will come along and swamp us with our loss.

When I opened my design journal to the next doodle for my series, I knew it was time.  This is Grief, as I imagine it would look if feelings had color and shape and texture.

If you are grieving, this piece is for you.  You are seen and you are loved and the one you’ve lost is always with you.

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Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Grief (link to poem)

Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Grief – Concept doodle

Detail view:
Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Detail view:
Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Detail view:
Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Detail view:
Grief ~ February 2020 ~ 35″ x 24-1/2″ ~ $2500

Next up: I’m taking a short hiatus from creating any new work — big changes underway in our household (all good!!).  Once things have settled back down, I’ll be back in late April or early May to continue work on my Feelings series.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Leadership Development Trainer & Coach, helping stressed, frantic, frazzled professionals shift from crisis mode to working in harmony so they can learn how to become the leaders they were born to be.  If you’re interested in leadership development training and coaching, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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The majority of my work is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery for available work.

Thanks for visiting my studio!

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Studio Update: January 2020

I’m going to start the year with a post summarizing the textured fiber paintings I made in 2019.  But before I get to that, I’m currently working on my first piece for 2020 – (Feeling) Grief.  I knew I’d need to create Grief at some point; I guess that time is now.  Here are a few progress photos:

(Feeling) Grief – the template for the canvas

The canvas

The final design, photographed in black and white to show contrast.

Come back next month to see the completed work!

In 2019, I made 6 textured fiber paintings, which was my goal.  Feelings ran the spectrum from Woe to Dynamism.  (If you’re interested, I have the same goal this year.  Considering the amount of stitching I do on these pieces, 6 seems reasonable as I don’t make art full time.)  I’ve included photos below, with links to each piece’s article if you’d like a bit more information about a piece.  All of this work is for sale.  If you’re interested, please visit my Gallery page or contact me through this website.

Woeful - Full(c)
Woeful ~ March 2019 ~ 33-1/2″”x22″ ~ $2500

Passionate ~ May 2019 ~ 37 x 21-1/2″” ~ $2500

Crushed ~ July 2019 ~ 35″ x 22-1/2″ ~ $2500

Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Perplexed ~ October 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Dynamic ~ December 2019 ~ 36″ x 22″ ~ $2500

Next up: I’ll continue work on Grief.  Full reveal expected in February.

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Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Leadership Development Trainer & Coach, working with stressed, frantic, frazzled professionals who struggle to lead, experience self-sabotage, have difficulty communicating, and can’t break through persistent red tape.  What they want is to innovate, achieve consistent results, and come together as a team, so their employers call on me for leadership development training and coaching.  I’m an expert at shedding the stress, designing solutions, and building cohesive, consistent high-achieving teams.  My clients go from crisis mode to working in harmony, saving time, money, and energy, finally getting their shit together.  If you’re interested in leadership development training and coaching, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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The majority of my work is for sale.  Please visit my Gallery for available work.

Thanks for visiting my studio!