This week I’m excited to introduce you to our feature artist, Ro Bruhn. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Ro and her amazing artwork.
Ro shared this beautiful quote with me (below). Rumi had it so right. There are a lot of people living but they are not really ALIVE.
To me living means to follow our heart, soul & spirit and doing what makes us feel good. It means telling everyone you love just how much they mean to you. It means laughing with no inhibition. It means to love unconditionally. It means to be free. To be a spirit on this earth responding to every call your heart and soul ask of you.
Sometimes we get lost though, we forget what it means to live and laugh and love. To TRULY live and laugh and love. We forget that life isn’t about being ruled by time, or schedules or societal norms which we never should have accepted in the first place.
This week your goal is to just live a beautiful life. A life you’re proud of. With your favourite things and favourite people. Focus on the beautiful free things of life.
Open up your heart. Come ALIVE.
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Tell us what excites your spirit.
This weeks inspiration:
This is a piece of art created by Ro which is full of colour and fun. Don’t the beautiful bright colours just make your heart sing?
Our feature artist – Ro Bruhn
So excited to introduce you to this weeks feature artist, the wonderfully creative Ro Bruhn. I have been lucky enough to do one of Ro’s fabulous classes when she was teaching up in our area and I had a great time and learnt so much.
Tell us a little bit about yourself …
I’m a graphic designer but gave up full time work six years age to concentrate on my art and teaching. I’ve been an artist, in one form or another, all of my life. I remember as a child in the UK squirrelling away any left over fabric and wool from my mother’s creations, begging her to teach me how to knit and sew. My first efforts were very lacy but before long I was knitting my own jumpers.
When we came to Australia I was nine. My dad and uncle built our house and I took great delight searching through the building rubble for wood offcuts and nails, I was well on the way to my recycling career. Things snow balled from there, I drew nearly every day, mum made me glue from flour and water for creating what I now know as collage, from her old magazines, chocolate wrappers and cards. Painting, making jewellery and textiles all evolved from then on.
My passion now is still working with fabrics, papers, jewellery and painting in acrylic and pastels. Recycling provides many of the materials that I use in my journals and jewellery. I frequent the Charity shops almost as much as the Art shops.
I exhibit my work regularly in exhibitions and also sell my work on-line. My artworks are in Australian and International collections, one of my paintings was acquired by a local government body and now hangs in an information centre in a prominent public garden.
I’ve had my work published in America’s Belle Amoire Jewellery Magazine, Australian Get Creative magazine, Australian Beader magazine, American magazine Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts, one of my journals was featured in the American magazine Cloth Paper Scissors in the July/August 2011 edition. My art has been published in the books, Plaster Studio, The Mixed Media Artist, A World of Artist Journal Pages, Storytelling with Collage and last year I was honoured to be one of six artists featured in Maggie Grey’s book Approaches to Stitch.
I teach workshops on a regular basis from my home and at other venues and have taught with overseas tutors at retreats here in Australia and overseas. I taught at an International Art is You retreat in Melbourne and also taught an Altered Book workshop for the Victorian Calligraphy Society of Victoria. I ran workshops for the Berry NSW Quilting Retreat and the Bright Spring Festival. I taught again in Berry last year in March, for Fibre Arts Australia in Ballarat and for the Australian Quilting Convention in April. I was quest artist at the WA Art and Craft Fair and taught in Perth. I also ran workshops in Noosa and Gympie. I taught at AQC again this year as well as Berry in May. I’ve just returned from teaching at the Embroidery Conference in Auckland NZ. I’ve also taught at many local venues in Victoria. In August I’m off to teach jewellery making and a collage workshop for the Berry Quilting Retreat in NSW.
I love what I do, it’s a great way of life and I thank everyone who’s helped make it possible.
What is your favourite quote?
My favourite quotes are by Rumi ‘Respond to every call that excites your spirit’ also ‘Let the beauty we love be what we do’.
What inspires you?
Colour plays a vital role in my work, it’s influence can be seen across all forms of my art.
My love of colour has been influenced over the years by Kaffe Fassett the master of colour and the amazing work of Hundertwasser. I attended one of Kaffe’s workshops many years ago and have worked with lots of colour ever since, his catch cry about colour is ‘if in doubt add twenty more’.
Where can we find you?
Week 32 Prize Draw:
Ro has donated this gorgeous handmade Sari Silk Bag for our prize draw this week. What a fabulous prize!
We will draw a random name on Friday 19th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 32 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!
Winner of Week 30 Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 30 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Susan Arkley. Congratulations Susan! Here is the page that Susan created.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!