Friday, April 16, 2010

ARTISTICALLY SPEAKING--JANET COOPER DESIGNS

Meet Janet Cooper, the designer of "Dress Shop Memories," one of the unique quilt projects found in Lark Books' recent publication, "Pretty Little Mini Quilts." See yesterday's post for my version, The Words of the Past," of Janet's project.

JANET COOPER DESIGNS

Janet describes herself as a Mixed Media Fiber Artist who celebrates "the commonplace, the past, and the visual" by creating her unique works of art. She uses only recycled fabrics and discarded clothing . . . mainly her old clothes. A quick stroll through her website reveals Janet's love of history and her appreciation for old and discarded items.

A PEEK IN HER STUDIO

Janet begins her day with a cafe or tea and a trip to the gym to exercise for at least an hour.

Like many of us, Janet's living room is her studio. She creates in a generous space of approximately 20' x 22', which includes a tall sky lighted ceiling and many windows. She also has a loft in her barn which gives her additional storage space.

Janet has been included in several publications besides "Pretty Little Mini Quilts." Her "Wedding Dress Quilt" is included in "500 Art Quilts," another Lark Books publication. "Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art," a beautifully illustrated book that profiles some of the most daring and innovative artists also includes two of Janet's dress sculptures. She has also been included in several other publications.

An emerging artist of textiles as craft-art, she produces unique and whimsical assemblage ladies, tin can work, dolls, quilts and jewelry made from vintage noise makers. She also fashions woodland dresses from moss, netting and sticks.

Sometimes the best way to know an artist is to see their work. This is Janet Cooper . . . Enjoy.

TIN PIN PENDANTS

These tin pin pendants are approximately four inches in length.



JANET'S RECENT WORK

"Stitched Vest"

"Healing Slip"

"Monkey"

Close up of "Monkey"

Janet's love of ethnic art and culture and a fascination with the old and used is evident in her work. I hope you found inspiration in Janet's art. She has inspired me to look at my old clothing with different eyes. Who knows? Maybe some of them will emerge from their storage boxes and find a new home in future fiber pieces.

Doing these book giveaways and artist interviews have increased my appreciation for the broad range of art waiting to be discovered and appreciated. Thanks, Janet, for sharing your art with us.

BOOK GIVEAWAY

Leave your name to this post to be entered in my book giveaway for "Pretty Little Mini Quilts." If you entered yesterday, you can enter again today. I will place all the names in a hat and draw one name on Monday, April 19. Thanks! Tell a friend.


12 comments:

sophie said...

I have only recently discovered our blog and am enjoying it very much. I'd love to win a copy of the book.

elle said...

Nice photo of the healing slip!

kiwicarole said...

I haven't seen this book anywhere, but it sounds like one I'd be very interested in winning!!!
Thanks Fannie, am I right in thinking that your work is published in this book??
I also love your version of the dress too. You are so darn busy, I admire your drive!
xCarole

Genie said...

Hi Fannie.
thanks for stopping by mine. love your work as usual. bit of a rush as now off to Dorset , Grandaughters 4th Birthday .

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOO Pretty Lady!!!
OMG it has been forever! I know, I know, the both of us have been busy and from the looks of your blog you have been VERY busy with lots of beautifulness!!! It's awesome! Love your previous post. Yes I took sometime and went through. Awesomeness everywhere. I was so happy to see your beautiful avatar on my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such encouraging words. I appreciate it so much. I send you hugs from Jersey!
V

Dawn said...

Hi Fannie

thanks for stopping by, sorry i haven't been over for a while, life has taken over I'm afraid.

Your latest favric creations are awesome... never know what lovely surprise I'm going to see here...

Hugs
Dawn

Goldilox said...

I ran across your blog when I was looking for new ways to do fabric paper--I sangw it on Squidoo and then came over to your blog. You are an incredible artist. Me? just a little crafty, but it is therapuetic. Would love to win a copy of the book to get me going with some art quilts. My dress will use lots of really old fabric scraps with hand stitched words and beads somewhere. I will be a frequent visitor.

Goldilox said...

I ran across your blog when I was looking for new ways to do fabric paper--I sangw it on Squidoo and then came over to your blog. You are an incredible artist. Me? just a little crafty, but it is therapuetic. Would love to win a copy of the book to get me going with some art quilts. My dress will use lots of really old fabric scraps with hand stitched words and beads somewhere. I will be a frequent visitor.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book. I just discovered your blog and I so love what I am taking all day to explore. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book. I just discovered your blog and I so love what I am taking all day to explore. Thank you!
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Nancy said...

Enjoying your blog! And I'm curious about the book. Would love to win a copy. Nancy

Fannie said...

Thank you for playing in my book giveaway. I appreciate your support.

I have one more book giveaway coming up soon. Hope to see you again.